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Wallingford Playfield Improvements
Pro Parks Project Information

4233 N 43rd Street

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Lynn Sullivan, Project Manager
800 Maynard Ave. S., Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134-1336
The park is open and ready for use. Come celebrate with us!

Thank you, Seattle your support for the 2000 Pro Parks Levy has resulted in the following improvements to Wallingford Playfield:
  • New perimeter walking path
  • Renovated park entrances, pool and play area
  • New play equipment
  • New overlooks at the west entrance to the tennis courts
  • New site furnishings including picnic tables, benches, and lamp posts

The Friends of Wallingford Playfield have been instrumental in the success of this project. This park is a result of their vision and dedication.

4233 N 43rd Street
Allocation by Year:
Planning: 2001
Design: 1/1/2002
Construction: 7/1/2002
Completion: 12/31/2002


Project Description:
Using Pro Parks Levy dollars, a perimeter path - occasionally lined with benches - was constructed around the playfield. Park entrances, with the exception of the southwest corner, were renovated with new entry features. Two new play structures were erected and the wading pool was renovated. All elements are ADA accessible.

Construction started in July 2002 and was substantially complete by the end of December 2002.

For pool and play area information contact:
Trevor Gregg, Youth Programs Coordinator
phone: 206.684.4360 or

Project History/Background:
Wallingford playfield was included as part of the Wallingford Neighborhood Plan which was approved and adopted by the Seattle City Council on Nov. 2, 1998. Friends of Wallingford Playfield (FoWP) was founded in 1999 with the intent to renovate the park. A FoWP associated committee initiated the planning process with a survey intended to identify the concerns of park users. Two consecutive small and simple grants from the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) enabled the community to hire the landscape architecture firm of Allworth Nussbum to develop a conceptual site plan for the entire park as well as prepare the construction documents for the Sunken Garden and Southeast Picnic Area.

FoWP then applied for and received a large project grant, also from Department of Neighborhoods, which funded construction of the Sunken Garden and SE Picnic Area as well as the preparation of construction documents for the play area, perimeter path, and entry renovations. When Pro Parks dollars became available through passage of the Pro Parks Levy in November 2000, the Parks Department took responsibility for the remaining construction.

The neighborhood group has also renovated the west border of the park - a rather short, steep, west facing slope - into a vibrant native plant garden.

Play Area
Play Area
Play Area

Planning Document Click an image for the larger, detailed view.


The landscape architecture firm of Allworth Nussbaum held a series of three community meetings during concept development. Throughout the entire process, FoWP provided a "parallel process" which allowed for review and input from those community members who were unable to attend the scheduled meetings. Materials were posted to a website and displays were located at several popular community locations. FoWP then notified community members via e-mail, mail, local press releases, and flyers that new material was available for review and comments were appreciated.

FoWP also included outreach at community events such as the Seattle Tilth Festival, Wallingford Wurst Festival, What's Cookin' Wallingford and the Wallingford Kiddie Parade.


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