Seward Park Electrical System Replacement

Updated: September 18, 2020

Fall 2020

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) awarded the construction contract to perform an emergency replacement of the main electrical service at Seward Park to KC Equipment, LLC. KC Equipment has begun construction and work closes multiple areas throughout the park Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Construction is anticipated to take 8 to 10 months to complete, weather dependent. 

The work began at the southeast parking lot near the play area. Construction will progress in phases from the entry loop near the play area and Audubon building, moving along the roadway into the park. Signs indicate the area closed and pedestrian detours are posted. SPR and KC Equipment rely on the patience and cooperation of all park users as construction work progresses through Seward Park. We ask park users to follow construction notifications and be prepared for detours around work areas.


Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S, Seattle, WA 98118


The Major Maintenance Fund provides $2,239,000 in funding for this project.


Planning & Design: Spring 2018 - Winter 2019/20
Bidding: Summer 2020
Construction: Summer 2020 - Early 2021

Project Description

Replace the failing direct burial primary electrical service with a new service installed as an underground raceway system. The new "raceway" system has underground pipes ("conduit") connecting to a series of concrete boxes ("vaults"). This "raceway" system allows access for repairs and meets the current code requirements for Seattle City Light.

The failing powerline runs underground around the outside walking path from south to north. The original intent of the project was to follow the same path for this replacement project, however, during the design phase sections of rock were discovered that would make the new raceway install much more complex. Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle City Light checked numerous locations within the park to reroute the electrical system and based on that work revised the design to route the new power system up the main road. This has allowed us to avoid many impacts to the natural areas and will enable future access to service and maintain the system.

During construction the contractor will need to close off sections of Seward Park roadway. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impacts to park users and the community.