Mike McGinn, Mayor
2/5/2013 4:32:00 PM
Karen O'Connor 206-684-8020
Construction to Begin For New Westlake Park Play Area
Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) are excited to announce the construction schedule for installing the new Westlake Children’s Play Area. Work is projected to begin on Monday, February 18, 2013 and to last 5-7 days with an opening celebration on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Half of the park will be required for installation and construction staging. The play space will be located on the east edge of the park, about midway between Pike and Pine Sts., across from the Metropolitan Building. Westlake Park is located in the heart of downtown Seattle at 401 Pine St.
DSA has partnered with Parks to help make downtown more family and kid-friendly by providing this small play space for children. This is a two year pilot program.
The play space will be encircled by attractive low fencing and benches where guardians can relax. Inside the play area will be two exciting play elements. The first is called a Mini Geode, a climbing structure with a combination of rounded and linear beams forming the outside sphere and a complex inner structure of ropes. The second structure is a grouping of three rolling climber domes made of stainless steel. The surfacing will be a forgiving rubberized material that rests directly on top of the existing pavers, allowing it to be removed without much disruption. Some of the existing planters have been relocated and pedestrians will be able to move smoothly past and around the play space.
Mithun volunteered their creative skills to design the space and Lease Crutcher Lewis generously volunteered to install the play equipment. Seattle Children's Research Institute is the presenting sponsor for this project.
For a list of partnering organizations and to learn more about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/partnerships/westlake_play_space.htm.
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