Help provide input on the play area relocation and renovation at Hiawatha Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to participate in the design for the relocation and renovation of the play area at Hiawatha Playfield. Please join the design team at the Hiawatha Community Center from either 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Tot Gym or from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for an evening meeting. Both will be held at Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the proposal to demolish and rebuild the play area at Hiawatha Playfield and review design options. Additionally, the community will be asked to participate in a quick survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HiawathaPlayArea2 to help inform the design. The survey will open after the meetings on February 27. Community involvement is essential in developing this new play area and we hope to hear from you.

The goal of this project is to transfer the location of the play area from the north end of the park to the grass area just south of the wading pool. The project includes new play equipment and restoration of the old play area site. The new location will improve visibility and access for all.

We anticipate holding a final Open House in the late spring to present the schematic design.

Funding for this park is provided by the Seattle Park District. The Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog for Seattle Parks and Recreation as well as other facilities including the Aquarium and Zoo. The Seattle Park District helps improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserves the urban forest, performs day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provides more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, supports programs for people of all ages and abilities, and acquires and develops new park land.

For more information or for meeting notification translations, please visit https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/hiawatha-play-area-relocation

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations, please contact Ed Pottharst at Ed.pottharst@seattle.gov or 206-386-4232.

Thank you to the Hiawatha Community Center and the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) for their partnership with the community engagement for this project.