Seattle Parks and Recreation will host celebrations for the new Maple Leaf and Volunteer Park play areas this week.
Funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy contributed to both play area renovations. These projects provide new play equipment and bring the play areas into compliance with current safety standards and guideline efforts, and meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Seattle Parks has completed 19 of the named 23 play area renovations since the Parks and Green Spaces Levy passed in 2008.
Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by a 59% vote in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provided acquisition funding for new neighborhood parks and green spaces and development funding for projects such as play area renovations, improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities.
The Volunteer Park play area dedication is Friday, May 17, 2013 from 4 – 6 p.m. The event features music by CHORAL5 from Stevens Elementary along with other family entertainment and light refreshments.
The renovated play area offers musical components, climbing rocks, climbing wall, slides, higher swings, and a new sand box. The design of the new pathways is sensitive to the original Olmsted plan and mimics the historic promenade. The Volunteer Park play area opened to the public in mid-April. It is located in the northeast corner of Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave E.
For more information on the Volunteer Play area please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/projects/volunteer_park/playground.htm
The Maple Leaf play area dedication is Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10 a.m. – noon. The park features a zip line, climbing rocks, and a children’s garden.
In conjunction with Parks and Green Spaces Levy, a Large Matching Fund Award of $100,000 from the Department of Neighborhoods provided funding for the children’s garden, adventure play and whimsical art area. The community raised $75,000 in cash to support the effort and contributed $25,000 in volunteer labor. The event on Saturday includes family entertainment and light refreshments.
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is replacing its open reservoirs with underground structures that will improve the quality and security of our water supply and provide new public open spaces on reservoir lids throughout Seattle. The Maple Leaf Reservoir is one reservoir that is getting covered.
Seattle Parks, along with the contractor, worked hard to have the play area portion of the park open to the public for the summer 2013. Construction for the reservoir project will be complete in fall 2013. The play area is located at 1020 NE 82nd St.
For more information on the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/maple_leaf_reservoir/
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