Lakeridge Playfield Renovation

Updated: August 27, 2020

August 2020

Determination of Non-Significance (DNS)

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is proposing to make improvements at Lakeridge Playfield including to the ballfield, play area, play courts, and pathways. The work improves accessibility to the playfield's facilities, replaces a failing retaining wall, and improves site drainage. Site drainage improvements include the installation of new underdrainage in the existing baseball field, with improved maintenance access to drainage structures throughout the playfield. The project includes approximately up to 2,500 cu.yds. of grading to remove the existing ballfield grass and put in place better-draining soil and a new drainage system. Other areas of the site will be lightly graded to update existing pathways for accessibility. SPR has determined that it does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) 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 (August 31, 2020).
Comments must be submitted by September 15, 2020. The appeal period ends September 22, 2020.

Download the DNS document for additional information.

We are beginning the final design phase and expect to put the project out to bid in late 2020. Accessible improvements to the comfort station may be added to the project. We expect construction should begin in early 2021. Please watch this space for future updates.

In June 2019 approximately 150 people from the community joined Seattle Parks and Recreation for a fun time at Lakeridge Playfield to learn more about the park improvement project. We gathered valuable input from the community. Please view the presentation from the event below.

Thank you to Seattle Parks and Recreation's Community Engagement Ambassadors for their outreach efforts and support in making the event successful. A special thanks to Rainier Beach High School Soccer, Rainier District Little League, and pickleball proponents for help making the event fun. 

Lakeridge Playfield is also known as Lakeridge Playground. The project site includes the play area, ballfield, associated circulation, and the courts (one basketball court and one tennis court). The tennis court has been impacted by continual soil sliding onto the court and is currently unusable. The retaining wall replacement study has determined that the tennis court will not fit with needed improvements. This project will make needed playground and playfield renovations, including new play equipment, new field grass turf, irrigation and drainage renovation, court resurfacing, and access improvements to meet ADA standards.

Seattle Public Utility Project

Another ongoing City project is located along the western boundary of the park and across Rainier Avenue South. This adjacent project is led by Seattle Public Utility (SPU) and will improve stormwater management and restore habitat along Taylor Creek. To learn more about SPU's Lower Taylor Creek Replacement Project, please visit the project webpage or see the project sign that is situated at the northwest corner of the park, along Rainier Avenue South.


Lakeridge Playfield, 10145 Rainier Avenue S, 98178


The Seattle Parks District Major Maintenance provides $1,799,555 for this project.  


Planning: Fall 2018 - Winter 2019/2020
Design: Early 2020 - Fall 2020
Bidding: Late 2020
Construction: Begin Early 2021

Project Description

This project will make renovations to the playfield - play equipment and ballfield. The work also includes court and path resurfacing, new paths, and upgraded irrigation. The work creates accessible (ADA) access throughout the playfield including the parking and comfort station.

During construction the contractor will need to close the park. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood. 

Community Participation

First Online Survey - We received nearly 350 responses and the results are helping guide the design of the park improvements. 
You can view the first online survey results here.

On April 20, 2019 the Rainier Beach community came to a town hall gathering to learn more about the Lakeridge Playground Improvements project and other projects in the Rainier Beach area.

Download the 3/6/19 & 6/8/19 meetings poster

Public Meeting 3/6/2019

Public Meeting 6/8/2019