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Cal Anderson Park

Address: 1635 11th Ave, 98122 (Map It)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509


Bobby Morris Playfield Turf Project

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to FieldTurf USA for the renovation Bobby Morris Playfield.  They are on schedule to complete the project by August 12, 2016. This project replaces the aging synthetic turf. The project includes new infill and testing, any structural repairs to curbing or base required, and new soccer goals and nets. This pilot project will test the durability, safety, playability, maintainability and environmental health of a new synthetic turf infill material.  This project is funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and the Seattle Park District.

Seattle Parks is leading the way to find alternate synthetic turf field design sections/materials and deliver a safe, durable and playable athletic facility and experience thus our Bobby Morris Playfield Turf Replacement PILOT PROJECT. For more information download the flyer.

All-Gender Restroom/Changing Room Study

The All-Gender Restroom/Changing Room Study recommended by the LGBT Task Force is complete. It evaluates best practices used by other jurisdictions and schools to address the need for safer restroom and changing rooms facilities for the transgender and gender non-conforming community. During the study, Seattle Parks and Recreation consulted with representatives of the transgender and gender non-conforming community in evaluating best practices.

The study also assessed several options to address needs for changes at the Cal Anderson Park restroom facility. Research revealed that direct entry from the public space into toilet stalls greatly increases safety and privacy. The option chosen for the restrooms at Cal Anderson retains the existing exterior architectural character of the building and changes the gendered, multiple stall restrooms into 4 separate direct entry toilet rooms that meet ADA requirements as well as the needs of fathers caring for their daughters, mothers caring for their sons and disabled people who have a caretaker of a different gender assisting them in the restrooms. The design of the remodel is underway with construction planned for 2017.

Download the study resutls

Please contact Cheryl Eastberg, Sr. Planner, at  206-386-4381 or for more information.

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4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.


Recognized by as one of the nations best parks You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document. in 2009, Cal Anderson Park includes a fountain, texture pool and reflecting pool, promenade paths, landscaping, a shelterhouse, a plaza, a children's play area, a wading pool, a lighted sports field, and a number of oversize chess boards. This open park invites walking, sitting, reading, contemplation, informal sports in the meadow, and organized sports on the athletic field.

For walkers: the circumference of the park on the sidewalks, including Bobby Morris Playfield, is 3,325 lineal feet, or about 2/3 of a mile. An interior loop on gravel paths, using the old concrete gatehouse as the most southern edge and passing the cone water feature to the north, is 1,700 lineal feet, or about 1/3 of a mile.

Cal Anderson Park Alliance

CAPA is a new organization convened by Seattle Parks and Recreation which brings together citizens and parks employees who are dedicated to generating creative, innovative activities, programs and events to activate Cal Anderson Park.

Acreage: 7.37


Cal Anderson Park includes Lincoln Reservoir and Bobby Morris Playfield.

Lincoln Reservoir was constructed following the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. It was put in use in 1901. In 2000 it was taken out of service and replaced by underground tanks. The park reopened in 2005 with four additional acres of useable open space.

Originally named Lincoln Park by the City Council in 1901, it is the first park designed by the Olmsted Brothers in Seattle and was one of the first playgrounds to be developed (1907). For more information on the Olmsted legacy, please see

In 1922, the Park Board renamed it "Broadway Playfield" after the neighborhoods main street and neighborhood school to avoid confusion with a new major park acquired in West Seattle which was to be named Lincoln.

In 1980, the playfield was renamed Bobby Morris, after a beloved Capitol Hill coach who also served as King County Auditor for many years. In 2003, the entire site was named, "Cal Anderson Park" after the state legislator from this area. The ballfield retains its name.

In 2005, after Seattle Public Utilities covered the reservoir, Parks worked with the Berger Partnership to make the improvements to the park, with funding from the Pro Parks Levy, state grants, and other sources. In September 2005, the park reopened with greater open space, a new water feature, improved play areas, athletic facilities, restrooms, and meeting space.

For more information on the SPU reservoir covering program please click here.

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.


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