Join Mayor Greg Nickels, Seattle Parks and Recreation and friends and neighbors of Magnuson Park for the dedication of the 43-acre Wetland, Habitat and Athletic Field Development, including Frank Papasedero Field in the Mickey Merriam Athletic Field Complex and a new multi-use trail along NE 65th Street.
The ribbon cutting will be at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 26, in the park, located at 7400 Sand Point Way NE. There will be tours of the educational wetlands on the hour, and family friendly activities until 1 p.m.
The dedication will commemorate the completion of one of the last Pro Parks Levy projects (wetland, habitat and athletic field development), and one of the first Parks and Green Spaces Levy projects (65th Street entry improvements). Voters approved the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy in 2000, and the $146 million Parks and Green Spaces Levy in 2008. Most of the Pro Parks Levy’s 140 projects have been completed, including the acquisition of new parkland, development of playgrounds, creek daylightings, art installations, habitat restoration, upgraded community centers and much more.
“This project is a huge step toward realizing a healthier community and the vision of Magnuson as a great and vibrant urban park,” said Mayor Greg Nickels. “This is a dramatic example of the greening of Seattle. What were once Navy buildings and acres of concrete is now a unique landscape that lends itself to a great nature experience in the city.”
The Berger Partnership is the landscape architecture firm, and Ohno Construction built the project, beginning construction in April 2008. More than 200,000 square feet of old tarmac concrete was removed and reused in establishing field sub grades, and more than 150,000 square feet of asphalt was removed from the site and recycled. The project provides 14 acres of created or rehabilitated wetlands and five different athletic fields. As the plants and trees in the wetlands mature, the park will continue to evolve as the living ecosystem develops.
In the past 34 years, beginning in 1975, the City of Seattle has made enormous investments in Magnuson Park, totaling more than $21 million and including utility upgrades, a new community center and annex, Parks offices, a community garden, dog off-leash area, and a playground. Nothing has been as significant as the ballfields and wetlands project with a total investment of $17 million.
Visitors should come prepared to explore the wetlands — rain or shine. Please enter the park on NE 65th St off Sand Point Way NE. If at all possible, walk, ride a bike, carpool or take the bus # 30, 74, or 75. Warren G. Magnuson Park is located 7400 Sand Point Way NE. For more information please visit or contact Andy Sheffer, Project Manager at 684-7041 or email@example.com
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