Gas Works Park Renovations – Playground, Comfort Station and East Entry

Updated: January 28, 2021

Determination of Non-Significance (DNS)

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is proposing to replace an existing comfort station (restroom & concessions structure) with a new comfort station (4 restroom stations) in the same location with a reduced footprint. Existing pathways and ADA parking will also be renovated from the park's East Entry and parking facility to the new comfort station and picnic barn plaza areas. A new accessible ramp will also be installed along with a portion of the Burke Gilman Trail between Northlake Way and the east entry. SPR has determined that it does not have probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request.

This DNS is issued under 197-11-340(2); SPR will not act on this proposal for 14 days from date of publication (2/1/2021).
Comments must be submitted by Tuesday February 16, 2021. The appeal period ends February 23, 2021.
Download the DNS document for additional information.
Download the Analysis and Decision of SPR.
View the SEPA Environmental Checklist document here.

Early 2021

Comfort Station and East Entry

Seattle Parks and Recreation design team has been working to secure additional funding for this project. The funding has been secured and we are working on final design, construction documents, and permitting. We anticipate construction occurring in spring 2021 and being completed in late 2021. We will keep the current restrooms open until that time.

The Seattle Parks and Recreation project team presented the proposed design for the comfort station renovation to Landmarks Board in June 2017.

Play Area - Thank you, Seattle! This project is complete.

Wyser Construction replaced the decayed smoke arrestor in the middle of the play area in January. The smoke arrestor cap was an original piece from the Gas Works plant that was repurposed in the 1970's original play area design. The replica cap was fabricated off site and requires a crane to assist in the installation. This is one of the final items for the play area renovation project.

A new remediation/injection/monitoring well system has been installed under the play area. The Play Area project was awarded to Wyser Construction.
Download the Play Area Design Concepts document


Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way


The Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $1.8 million dollars for planning, design and construction for play area, comfort station and east entry access.


Comfort Station and East Entry

Construction: Fall 2020
Completion: Early 2021

Play Area - Thank you, Seattle! This project is complete.

Planning: 2014
Design: 2014 - 2017
Construction: January 2018 - Late Summer 2018
Completion: Complete

Project Description

This project will provide for replacement of play equipment, access improvements and other work at this existing play area.

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).

Community Participation

Public Meeting 8/3/2016