Ballard Playground Athletic Field Lighting Replacement

Updated: July 9, 2020

Summer 2020

The primary improvement project which included new synthetic turf infield and subsurface field restoration, improving accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards along with field light poles and light replacement has been placed on hold, due to COVID 19, except for the field light poles and light replacement. Seattle Parks and Recreation is invested in installing the highest quality energy-efficient filed lighting which minimizes spill light and glare off the field while providing performance recreation light. Construction is anticipated to begin in November 2020.

Thank you to those who attended the community meeting at the Ballard Community Center, on August 23, 2018, to learn about the schematic design for the playfield improvements. Documents from the meeting are available below.

Seattle Parks and Recreation's staff and design team thank everyone who attended and offered input at the community meeting on June 11. Your desire to learn about the playfield project and provide input on improving access to the playfield is greatly appreciated. Documents from the meeting are viewable below.


Ballard Playground, 2644 NW 60th Street 98107


$1.3 million for the lighting replacement project is funded by Reserve Funding and Real Estate Excise Tax.


Design: Summer 2020
Construction: Winter 2020/2021

Project Description

Why are we doing the playfield poles and lights?

  • The replacement of the old and aging wooden poles has been prioritized as a health and safety project for the community. The wooden poles require immediate attention by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

What Special Considerations Are Needed for this Project?

  • We value our trees! 
    Ballard Playfield is graced with two beautiful Heritage London Plane trees along 26th Avenue NW
    • Special care will be taken, in both project design and construction, to reduce impacts to the two Heritage Trees
  • The new field lighting technology will minimize glare and spillage, and result in fewer poles, better energy efficiency, and reduced light impacts to neighbors

During construction, the contractor will need to close the playfields. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood and provide ample notification to the Community Center, ballfield schedulers and community users.

Community Participation

Public Meeting and Input Opportunity 6/11/2018

Public Meeting 8/23/2018