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Warren G. Magnuson Park
Baseball, soccer or ultimate Frisbee anyone? Warren G. Magnuson Park offers nine fields perfect for these league sports and others . . . if you don't mind playing in the middle of some of the most picturesque surroundings in the city, that is!
Two sets of sports fields are found within the park-the Sports Meadow (Fields 1-4) and the Mickey Merriam Athletic Field Complex (Fields 5-9). Field Number 8 is named after Frank Papasedero.
To get to the Sand Point Fields, enter the park at N.E. 74th Street from Sand Point Way N.E. Drive, drive straight until you see a large planted median. Turn right and you’ll find a 300-space parking lot. The Sports Meadow is directly east (toward Lake Washington) while the Merriam Field Complex is directly south. Park anywhere as close to your field as you can in the large lots.
While you're on the field, younger children will enjoy the nearby Junior League of Seattle Playground and undersized outdoor basketball courts. Portable toilets and waste containers are available near all the Sports Fields
To check youth and adult league play and practice schedules or to reserve a field for daytime use, call the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation at 206-684-4082 or 206-684-4077. Field reservations include use of facilities for soccer, ultimate Frisbee, softball and baseball.
Who is Mickey Merriam?
Gathering information from tributes and obituaries, the picture of Michael "Mickey" Merriam is one of a man who had a “can do” attitude. Before his untimely death in 2003 at the age of 46, Merriam had a hand in improving every Seattle athletic field through his advocacy for ballfields and kids sports.
In the four years prior to his death Merriam worked as Senior Athletic Field Coordinator for Seattle Parks and Recreation. In the 18 years before becoming a Coordinator he worked for Seattle Parks as a grounds maintenance worker. Outside of work, he pitched on elite adult slow-pitch softball teams and in 1999 managed one to a national championship.
As the department's senior athletic field coordinator, Merriam juggled the demands of athletes, coaches and parents in scheduling the city’s 185 fields. In addition he rounded up volunteers and corporate donors to help maintain them. A shining moment was when he helped the Department win a $1 million grant from Major League Baseball and the Seattle Mariners to upgrade a baseball field at Lower Woodland Park. Today the Mariners All-Star Field remains as a testament to Mickey’s work, including a jersey on the backstop with his name.
Who is Frank Papasedero?
Papasedero was the first baseball and basketball coach at Bishop Blanchet High School. He spent more than three decades with summer leagues and was among the Washington state’s most successful baseball coaches with an overall record of 1,174-335, winning at least 41 league championships and 50 tournaments. Papasedero who died in 2005 at age 78, also coached at Eastside Catholic High and Seattle University and won the 1972 Senior Babe Ruth World Series.
In 2004-05, the sports meadow was reconstructed. This project included raising the height of the meadow almost eight feet to allow better drainage. After allowing time for the turf to grow and get established, the meadow opened for use in fall 2006. The west side of the sports meadow includes public art to commemorate a survey calibration line and the edge of the main runway of former Naval Air Station Seattle.
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