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Brighton Playfield and Science Park
Pro Parks Project Information

Location: 6000 39th Ave S

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Public involvement for this project is complete. Thank you for participating. A summary (PDF) of the public involvement process is now available below under community involvement.


Randy Robinson, Project Manager
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134


Thank you Seattle! This project, to design science oriented park features in Brighton Playfield, is complete.

The science features, including a geography plaza, phyics plaza, and solar system pathway were constructed by contractors, artists, volunteers, and Parks Department staff over the summer. The northeast corner of the park is now open to the public.

6000 39th Ave S
$200,000 — a $100,000 grant from The UPS Foundation and a $100,000 grant from the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund
Planning: 2006
Design: Winter/Spring 2007
Construction: Summer 2007
Completion: Fall 2007


Brighten Plaza Area Plan
Geo Plaza
Geography Wall
Brighten Physics Plaza
Brighton Playfield project display at 2005 Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund open house
Brighton Playfield project display at 2005 Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund open house
Examples of science structures
at other parks
Brighton Playfield is located next to Aki Kurose Middle School. This project will add elements to the park that promote learning, inspire curiosity and build appreciation of science.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with The UPS Foundation, will create a series of instructional science features for Brighton Playfield.

The project originated with a grant application from an after-school-program teacher at Aki Kurose School who applied for money from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund.

The Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee recommended the project receive a $100,000. In September 2005, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the project to be funded.

In October 2006, The UPS Foundation chose to award the project a $100,000 grant to honor UPS founder Jim Casey in recognition of the companys 100th Anniversary. In 1907, Jim Casey borrowed $100 to begin a messenger service in Seattle; 100 years later, UPS is the world's largest package delivery company. In August 2007, UPS employees will also donate more than 1,500 hours of their time to park improvements during a volunteer event in honor of the company's centennial.

Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will clearly impact social issues. The Foundation's major initiatives currently include programs that support increased nationwide volunteerism, family and workplace literacy and hunger relief.

In 2005, The UPS Foundation donated more than US $43.5 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit for more information about UPS's community involvement.

Students at Aki Kurose Middle School will be involved in designing the new park elements. Rainier Scholars, a program at the school, will mentor and supervise the students to combine community involvement and science exploration.

Themes that might be explored in the new park elements include physics, space & time, and earth science.


This project was nominated through the second cycle of the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund.

Public Meeting #1 12/14/06
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Public Meeting #2 03/07/07
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Updated  02/10/2010
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