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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Parks opens renovated Volunteer Park play area

4/15/2013  4:37:00 PM

Seattle Parks opens renovated Volunteer Park play area

The newly renovated Volunteer Park play area will open to the public on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Fencing around the play area will be removed before the end of the day Tuesday, but fences around the upper lawn will remain until early June to allow the grass to establish. The play area is located near the 15th Ave. E and E Galer St. entrance. 

The play area offers musical components, climbing rocks, a climbing wall, net, slides, higher swings, and a new sand box. The play area now features wheel chair access onto the small play structure and into the two play spaces. ADA compliant pathways connect the play area and wading pool with the restrooms and parking area to the west. The design of the new pathways is sensitive to the original Olmsted plan and mimics the historic promenade. Olmsted style benches will be added near the wading pool.

The existing Block ("bone") play sculpture, created by Chas Smith in 1962, remains in the renovated play area. The design also retains the shooting star paving feature and Pablo's plaque installed as part of the 1991 Neighborhood Matching Fund project.

During the 2011 design process Volunteer Park was approved as a Seattle landmark. Prior to the park’s landmark status, the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Volunteer Park Conservatory buildings were individually landmarked.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy funded the renovation of the play area. 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 improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, renovated playgrounds, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities.

For more information, please contact Virginia Hassinger at or 206-233-7929 or visit

This press release can be found on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parkways Blog.

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