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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Parks to Move Forward with Construction of Skatepark at Lower Woodland Park

11/22/2006  10:43:00 AM
Christina Hirsch  (206) 684-7241

Seattle Parks to Move Forward with Construction of Skatepark at Lower Woodland Park

The City of Seattle Hearing Examiner issued a decision this week that Seattle Parks and Recreation correctly assessed the potential for adverse environmental impacts associated with the construction of a skatepark at Lower Woodland Playfield.

Parks issued a Determination of Non-significance (DNS) consistent with the requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The Hearing Examiner affirmed the DNS, which will allow the City to move forward with construction of a new skate facility at Lower Woodland Park.

A group of neighbors challenged Parks' assertion that a skatepark in Lower Woodland Park would not generate significant adverse environmental impacts, including aesthetics, and open space and recreation impacts. After reviewing the DNS, the Hearing Examiner concurred with Parks.

The Hearing Examiner is separate and independent from all other City departments. Its mission is to conduct fair and impartial administrative hearings to review actions of various City departments.

The 18,000-square-foot skateboard park at Lower Woodland will be located between the existing soccer field and the cloverleaf ballfield diamonds, near the western edge of the site. It will have areas for street-type and bowl skating, as well as challenges for skaters of all levels.

Parks will continue working to finalize construction documents throughout the winter, and publicly advertise the project for construction bids in spring 2007. Construction will take place in the summer and fall of 2007. The project budget is $850,000, and is funded through the Cumulative Reserve Fund.

Seattle Parks and Recreation held four community meetings to work with the community on the design and location of the facility. The skate facility at Lower Woodland will be the second Parks-owned and operated skatepark in Seattle. The other facility is located at Ballard Commons Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is currently conducting a Citywide Skatepark Planning Process to develop a plan for building a citywide network of safe and accessible skateparks. Skateboarding is the fastest growing sport in the nation. Seattle is home to approximately 20,000 skateboard enthusiasts.

This project will help build a stronger community and healthy families, one of Mayor Greg Nickel's highest priorities for Seattle.

For more information, please contact Parks Project Manager Kim Baldwin at 206-615-0810 or

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