Current Projects

Seattle Parks and Recreation values the community's commitment and support to our parks and green spaces. One of our goals is to actively engage and build relationships with Seattle's diverse population. From this page, we invite you to explore information on how to get involved with Parks and to learn the best way to provide input or participate in public processes.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is funded through the Seattle Park District, general funds, previous levies, and our supporting non-profits. Learn more about our funding sources and how we get financing for projects.
The 2016 Community Center Strategic plan named eight community centers for major maintenance projects focused on extending the life of these facilities and increasing programming potential. The eight centers are listed below. Each link brings you to more information about that center's project.
This project will develop this space acquired by Seattle Parks and Recreation in 2014. The design will incorporate accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as the intent to develop green space in identified gaps throughout the city. Use is restricted to low impact, passive recreation and impervious surfacing shall be limited to 15% or less.
This Seattle Park District project was funded to provide the community access to open space within high density urban areas across the city.
In coordination with a new funding partner, Seattle Parks and Recreation is excited to proceed with a second round of four additional adult exercise equipment locations. The installations are incorporated into capital improvement projects with construction scheduled to be completed between winter 2017 and spring 2019.
This Seattle Park District project provides funding for the extension of Baker Park. The design will incorporate accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as Seattle Parks and Recreation's intent to create access to open space in areas of high urban density.
The project will include installation of two new synthetic turf baseball infields, replacement of field lighting with a new energy efficient lighting system, and retrofitting facilities to improve accessibility to the exterior restroom, community center entrance and ballfield in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Create a schematic design for improvements at Be'er Sheva Park. Possible improvements to the park's lakeside end of the S. Henderson Street corridor include greater shoreline access, walkways, and art installations. The Rainier Beach Link2Lake Open Space Steering Committee has hired a landscape architect to facilitate the community engagement process, develop the schematic design and investigate feasibility and permitting requirements.
Project improvements include the installation of new retaining walls and pathway widening, pathway removals, and plant restoration.
The new lighting system will reduce light spill into the neighborhood and night skies. It will also be more energy efficient and provide safe, uniform lighting levels for the users. Existing poles and fixtures will be demolished. New poles, fixtures and electrical control equipment will be installed.
The project will replace the existing lighted natural turf playfield (soccer, baseball, softball. . .) with a new lighted and renovated 200,000 square foot synthetic turf field. We will be looking at new/upgraded accessible pathways, spectator areas, reuse of existing seating/bleachers and connections with other existing park features.
The purpose of this project is to renovate the playground at Burke-Gilman Playground Park into a play space that specializes in nature-based play for children of all abilities.
Repair trail at prioritized sites as determined by 2015 condition assessment currently under way in collaboration with Seattle Department of Transportation.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is undertaking a lighting study to improve lighting at Cal Anderson Park. The goal of this project is to define a path forward that both enhances the night-time experience of visitors while preserving the historical character of Cal Anderson Park.
The current development project will add much needed public green space to the busy Madison corridor, link the Central District and Capitol Hill, represent the community through design and the namesake history and beautify what is currently an empty lot.
The Cheasty Mountain Bike and Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project will provide recreational opportunities for families and neighbors to access nature through our urban park greenspaces. The project site is an urban greenspace that has been heavily logged and is overgrown with invasive species. Work is underway by the Green Seattle Partnership to restore the area. The trail is designed to work in harmony with this restoration effort.
This Seattle Park District project provides funding for the extension of Christie Park. The design will incorporate accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as Seattle Parks and Recreation’s intent to create access to open space in areas of high urban density.
As a project management efficiency, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Planning and Development Division (PDD) consolidated needed citywide pool repairs into one bid package. Bids opened on April 25 for the City Wide Pools project addressing needed structural improvements to seven existing pools: Ballard, Queen Anne, Medger Evers, Madison, Southwest, Meadowbrook and Pop Mounger.
Restore the slope at the west edge of Colman Park to the historic design planned by the Olmsted Brothers. This first phase of the project will include an assessment of the slope, gathering of community input, and the development of a long-range Vegetation Management Plan.
In 2015, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division finished the upgrade to the Barton Pump Station, next to the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, to accommodate West Seattle's growing population. As part of the construction of the new pump station, King County acquired the property just to the north of SW Barton Street, which was used as their temporary construction offices. Now that the project is finished, King County no longer needs the property and is proposing to trade it to the City in exchange for the vacation of the portion of the SW Barton Street right-of-way where the pump station is constructed.
The play area renovation will update play equipment with play structures accessible to children of all ages and abilities. Additionally, accessibility improvements that meet the standards from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be made throughout the play area.
The Preventative Tree Maintenance crew will begin preventative tree work at Discovery Park in February 2018. This work is part of our Preventative Tree Maintenance Program, which aims to reduce risk related to trees and improve the long-term health of trees throughout our parks system.
One of the Seattle Park District Maintaining Parks and Facilities funding initiatives is Improving Dog Off Leash Areas. This initiative will improve existing off-leash areas through increased maintenance and updates to aging infrastructure.
Recent public planning through the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition's Healthy Communities program (2013) and Seattle Parks Foundation's South Park Green Spaces Vision Plan (2014) have identified Duwamish Waterway Park as a key open space in the community in need of improvement. There is a strong interest from the community to create more amenities to draw people to the park.
Generally, this proposal enhances the new park and P-patch by adding a bioswale, planting area and providing better pedestrian connections and is based on the Opportunity Fund application. Please see three design alternatives reviewed at the meeting.
The play area renovation will update play equipment with play structures accessible to children of all abilities, ages 2-5 and 5-12. Additionally, the project will enhance safety and improve play area accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This project aims to envision, research, enhance, and design a new future for First Hill Park. The process is to be based in an understanding of the community's desires and needs, with the ultimate goal of implementing a design with the most positive impact for the greatest number of people.
The scope of this project brings the play area into compliance with current play area safety standards and guideline efforts of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) as well as meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The 2016 alum treatment is intended to reduce phosphorus levels in the lake, limiting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms and improving recreational use of the lake. The alum treatment is applied from a barge on the lake. The treatment is pumped from a truck staged in the parking lot through hoses that will run over the Green Lake path to the barge. These hoses will require a small ramp to allow Green Lake path users to travel safely over them.
These repairs include a crucial roof repair and replacement of the pool pump which will lengthen the life of this facility. SPR is still aware that a longer-term plan for the recreation needs of Green Lake and surrounding neighborhoods will need to be addressed as this facility continues to age.
In 2017, with funding from the Major Projects Challenge Fund and in partnership with the Rowing Advisory Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation hired Schact Aslani Architects to undertake a pre-design feasibility study to look at options for improving the Small Craft Center. The study is complete and the project is currently funded through the first phase of design.
This initiative will further develop the partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to enhance and activate connection points from Neighborhood Greenways to parks, with parks-oriented expertise. Greenways are a key component of the 2014 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, comprising 250 miles or 41% of the total proposed network. These corridors enhance safe, calm residential streets designed to give bicycle and pedestrian travel priority. They provide people of all ages and abilities with comfortable and attractive places to walk and ride.
Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased this .1 acre site at 8809 Fremont Ave N. in 2013 to provide more open space for the growing neighborhood and expand the existing Greenwood Park. The Seattle Park District provides funding for the development of this parcel and the extension of Greenwood Park. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the community to design the park space. The design will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This Seattle Park District project was funded to provide the community access to open space within high density urban areas across the city.
This Seattle Park District project will replace playground equipment which will include play elements and access for children of all ages and abilities.
This project was selected for the second round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application received in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park’s public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.
Renovation of existing park and development of park on land acquired with 2000 Pro Parks Levy.
This project will develop a play area within the existing Hubbard Homestead Park. The goal is to provide playground equipment which will include play elements and access for children of all ages and abilities. Improvements will include fall surfacing, seating, storm water mitigation and limited landscape improvements.
The renovation planned for Jefferson Golf Course Holes #10-13 will reduce golf balls travelling out of the park and into the adjacent streets and homes. The renovation changes the traffic pattern for holes #11-13 from a counter-clockwise pattern to a clockwise pattern which will have a higher percentage of balls remaining on the course and in play.
The improvements to Jimi Hendrix Park will create space that is welcoming and provides an experience that clearly defines its namesake. Phase 1 of the park development, designated "Little Wing," will include a new stairway and entrance at the southeast corner of the park, paved pathways, a chronological timeline of Jimi's life and career, enhanced landscaping with trees and native plantings, seatwall benches, ADA accessible walkways, rainwater infiltration gardens and a butterfly garden.
The 2012 Kubota Garden Strategic Plan Update, approved by Seattle Parks and Recreation, identifies the need to complete the enclosure of the garden. This would better secure and protect the garden and help to accommodate the over 65,000 visitors annually to the garden.
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $24 million for the acquisition of neighborhood parks in up to 20 identified areas throughout the City. The Lake City Residential Urban Village was included in that list. Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin planning this space in 2016.
This project, funded with 2008 Parks Levy funds redirected from the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation project, investigates and repairs subsidence issues in walkway areas at Lake Union Park, along the north side of the park adjacent to the water, and east and north of the pedestrian bridge on the west side of the park. Temporary repairs have been made to eliminate tripping hazards, but this project constructs a long term solution to ensure safe and accessible walkways.
The goal is to restore the habitat of Lewis Park, foster long term community stewardship and bring in people from all different backgrounds to enjoy it. This project will continue the habitat restoration, provide access via trails and create areas for educational programming.
This improvement project is funded by the Seattle Park District. The play area renovation will update play equipment with play structures accessible to children of all ages and abilities. Additionally, accessibility improvements that meet the standards from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be made throughout the play area.
Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased this .27 acre site in 2013 to provide the community access to open space within this high density urban area. The Seattle Park District funds the development of this parcel into a park. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the community to develop a design for the park.
This play area renovation will update play equipment with play structures accessible to children of all abilities, ages 2-5 and 5-12. Additionally, the project will enhance safety and improve play area accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This project will replace the existing artificial turf surface with a new advanced synthetic turf system and improve access to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. These upgrades will address recreational demands and provide access for people of all abilities to the restrooms and other areas of the field.
This project was selected for the second round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application received in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park’s public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation. This project will complete the plan for opening up and improving the level area of the park. This project will also provide a needed second access to the P-Patch.
Phase Two of this project is underway. This phase will include analysis by geotechnical engineers, wetland biologists and more. In the proposed project area many environmental critical areas (ECAs) exist and were identified. These areas include: potential slope slide, steep slope, wetland, and "flood prone" areas. More research needs to be done before the trails can be located. Permitting costs will also be researched during this phase of work
This project will build out the south wing of Building 47 to allow greater programming capacity for Magnuson Community Center. It will also make accessibility improvements to the parking, entry and lobby of the community center.
This project will develop the park, which includes the Marra Farm, Seattle's largest site for urban gardening, in accordance with the Long Range Development Plan.
In 2014, Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the .28-acre property at 6311 California Ave SW, north of Morgan Junction Park, to expand the park and provide additional open space for this high-density neighborhood. The design will incorporate accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and additional park elements will be incorporated after gathering public input. We anticipate construction and completion by the end of 2020.
Seattle Parks and Recreation proposes a pilot project to institute a 15-mph speed limit, allow Class 1 and Class 2 electric-assisted bicycles, and begin an education and outreach campaign on trail use and etiquette. The pilot project would take place on five multi-use trails (Burke-Gilman Trail, Elliott Bay Trail, Mountains to Sound Trail, Melrose Connector Trail, and Duwamish Trail) starting summer 2018 and lasting for one year.
This Seattle Park District project will create a new neighborhood park. It was funded to provide the community access to open space within this high density urban neighborhood.
The Carving Shed will provide insight into distinctive varieties of Native American culture and be a place where Native carvers are safe and the public is welcome. The Shed will include a living roof and the beach will have a carved Welcome Figure.
Improvements include playground renovation, basketball court improvements, new benches and game tables, pathway way-finding markers and miscellaneous pavement replacement. The play area renovation will include a central plaza seating area, new play equipment and a new sand & nature play space. The existing zip line will remain and swings will be replaced with new equipment to meet current safety standards.
The goal for the project is to design a park that provides shoreline/water-related experiences for all ages and abilities. The park will provide a range of passive recreational opportunities as well as shoreline restoration and habitat, small gathering areas, picnic spots, and opportunities for interpretation and education. The project also includes cleanup of site contamination, building demolition, potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.
This project repairs and replaces the surface at the water play feature, installs a recirculating system and performs other related improvements to the water park. The focus is to improve water conservation, safety and water play value at this location. The project also replaces the existing damaged comfort station with a new code compliant building and installs adult fitness equipment.
Replace playground equipment which will include play elements and access for children of all ages and abilities.
The renovation project will update the community-built park features with play structures accessible to children of all abilities, ages 2-5 and 5-12. The intent is to maintain the charm of the small park and enhance the safety and play area accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This program is intended to satisfy the Park District Investment Initiative 2.6: Fund the renewal of existing P-Patch gardens, update aging garden infrastructure, increase accessibility, and expand essential services. This initiative fosters community building and recognizes both the importance of P-Patches as community spaces and the support needed to sustain them for everyone, including underserved and underrepresented communities. $85,000 is provided for the plan and $200,000 is provided each year for construction.
The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy includes $9 million to support the renovation of the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) in Volunteer Park.
The Friends of Seward Park and community supporters will work with a consultant team to lead a community engagement process to create a new torii gate to replace the one that stood at the entrance to Seward Park fifty years prior to its removal in 1986.
During the public process led by the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) in 2015, beach volleyball was also highlighted as a potential active recreational use on this parcel. Current improvements may be limited to drainage and irrigation infrastructure to make the current field more playable. However, the long term vision is that the field be improved so that it is playable year-round and available for a variety of youth and adult sports.
The Seattle Park District provides funding for renovation of the Soundview Playfield. The budget will define the scope of the project. The proposed project will include installation of synthetic field surfacing, lighting, ADA access and site improvements. We are committed to renovating the lower playfield with synthetic turf and lighting. We anticipate providing additional improvements for the upper field that will be defined by the budget. Seattle Parks and Recreation is investing in state of the art synthetic turf systems that are safe, playable and durable. Additionally, we are investing in the highest quality energy-efficient field lighting which minimizes spill light and glare off the field while providing performance recreational light. The project will improve the accessibility to the field in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This Seattle Park District project will replace playground equipment which will include play elements and access for children of all ages and abilities.
As included in the Parks and Green Spaces Levy language improvements to the park will include improvements to public safety including but not limited to improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children's play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping
Install updated play equipment and improve access to the Victory Heights Park play area. The play equipment will include play structures and seating accessible to children of all ages and abilities and also other elements for play.
This project will replace play area equipment due to insect infestation in old equipment. The new play equipment will meet current national safety standards and assure accessibility to children of all abilities, ages 2-5 and 5-12. Access improvements will be made to the play area, if needed, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), in equal partnership with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UW), and the Arboretum Foundation (AF) are engaging in a pre-design study for the building of a new Environmental Education Center at Washington Park Arboretum. This new facility will allow the current youth and adult education programming to expand by nearly double those currently served annually. The desired goal is to serve 20,000 children and adults annually from diverse communities across the region.
This project provides a multi-use/loop trail from the intersection of East Madison through the Arboretum to the intersection of Foster Island Road and Lake Washington Boulevard. The addition of the 1.2 miles of paved multi-use trail creates a "loop" with the existing Arboretum Drive providing an accessible path for all visitors. The path will offer recreation opportunities and access to new parts of the Arboretum collection for all
This project was selected for the second round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application received in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park's public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.
Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased this .33 acres in 2014 to provide the community access to open space. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the community to develop a design for the park. Please participate in the public process as we work together to design your park.
Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased .65 acres in 2012 to provide the community access to open space within high density urban areas across the city. The Seattle Park District funds the development of this parcel into a park. The design will incorporate accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and additional park elements will be incorporated after gathering public input. Please participate in the public process as we work together to design your park spaces.
This project redevelops the previous Enterprise Car Rental site into park land that will serve the downtown businesses and residences. It may include lighting, seating, landscaping, ADA access, places for vendors, and other park elements. It will be designed to have a seamless transition between the park and the adjacent tower development. Collaboration, on grading; circulation; materials, between the Parks Department team and the tower design team for areas within the alley which is being vacated, will occur at the schematic design stage.
Develop a five senses garden by adding enhanced sight, touch and smell elements with the intent to increase accessibility and providing a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Seattle Sensory Garden is an expansion of the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden on 1.3 acres of existing Zoo property.
The scope of this project is to develop a 1.7 acre neighborhood park that is part of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community. The Seattle Housing Authority will transfer ownership of this property adjacent to the Yesler Park Community Center. Parks will develop the park using 2008 Parks and Green Spaces levy funding. Yesler Terrace is being redeveloped from a low income housing development to a combination of low income housing, market rate housing, offices and community spaces. All the existing housing will be demolished and a variety of housing and building types will be built. The street grid will be partially restored.