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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Magnuson Park To Gain Wetlands, Habitat And Five New Athletic Fields

3/13/2008  3:03:00 PM

Magnuson Park To Gain Wetlands, Habitat And Five New Athletic Fields
Construction will affect traffic flow, parking, picnic shelter availability

As Parks and Recreation takes another step toward achieving the vision for Magnuson Park through the construction of restored natural habitat and wetlands and new athletic fields over the next year and a half, it may take park users a little more time to get in and out of the park, find a parking spot, or secure a picnic table.

The proposed 43-acre development project, funded primarily by the Pro Parks Levy, will provide new amenities for a variety of users. Parks will develop 10 acres of new wetlands at the south end of the park, and will demolish 12 acres of asphalt and replace it with natural habitat. The project also provides for the construction of two lighted synthetic soccer fields, two baseball diamonds, and a synthetic rugby field. Construction will take place daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is slated to begin in late March and end in the fall of 2009.

During the construction period, parts of several parking lots will be closed and roads may periodically be blocked, resulting in traffic slowdowns in and out of the park. Picnic shelters #2 (near the swim beach) and #4 (south of the Junior League Playground) will be closed throughout the construction period.

The project also includes restoration of electrical power at the beach, which is necessary for functional bathrooms. However, electricity will not be available until next fall. During the summer, Parks will provide additional portable toilets that will be serviced daily.

The Wetland, Habitat and Athletic Field Development project calls for the removal of the parking lot next to the Sports Meadow and tennis courts, and return of the land to its natural state. This new habitat area will complement the reconstructed wetlands and is consistent with the Magnuson Park Master Plan's goal to create a large natural area in the middle of the park.

Parks encourages sports facility users to use either the parking lot closest to the dog off-leash area, which has plenty of capacity, or the lot near the swimming beach bathhouse, which often fills up on sunny summer days. Parks will clearly mark walking paths that lead from the parking lots to the sports facilities. The access road leading to the north end of the parking lot along NE 65th St. will also be demolished, so visitors should access the lot from NE 65th St. Please download the following map for details: Construction at Magnuson Map (PDF)

The new amenities, when completed, will bring us a huge step closer to realizing the vision of Magnuson as a great urban park. We appreciate park users' patience while construction is under way. Please contact Charles Ng, 206-684-8001, with questions and concerns.

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