Construction work to renovate the Montlake Playfield football/soccer field will resume on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. Ohno Construction will begin preparing the field for the turf installation and anticipates construction will last through the end of May 2012.
Parks brought in the materials at the end of 2011 and weather conditions are now conducive to construction.
The installation of the reclaimed artificial turf from the Husky stadium will solve long-term problems with soggy, swampy ground and provide a great space that will be available year-round for community use. This new surface will mean less daily and annual maintenance and will make the field safe, playable, and available much more often for community events.
The project provides a challenge for construction equipment as it is a one-way, dead-end street. Ohno Construction, whose generous donation made this project possible, is committed to working with the neighbors and with Parks and Recreation staff to make this project a success.
Parks held two public meetings at the Montlake Community Center on October 10 and 13, 2011 to describe the proposed improvements to park neighbors and users. There is no proposal for lighted fields in the project.
Despite repeated filling over the years, the playfield has been only intermittently playable because of uneven pressures on the viscous peat below that causes upheavals in the playfield area and shore lands. Field conditions have continued to deteriorate and have required seasonal renovation projects every year, including reseeding of the entire field, removal of existing turf, and importing thousands of pounds of sand and sod.
For more information please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/montlake/playfield_upgrade.htm or contact Linda Hubert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206- 386-1959.