South Park Community Center Site Redevelopment

Updated: September 10, 2019

Determination of Non-Significance (DNS)

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is proposing to redevelop and update the community center park features and amenities. The park redevelopment proposal includes both active and passive uses. 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 (9/12/2019).
Comments must be submitted by September 26, 2019. The appeal period ends October 3, 2019.
Download the DNS document for additional information.

Summer/Fall 2019

In May 2019 Seattle City Council authorized Seattle Parks and Recreation to enter into a partnership with Seattle Academy. Seattle Academy will provide funding for the field renovation including, fencing, lighting, and other mutually agreeable elements of the turf field and have use of the field on Monday through Friday during the fall and spring sports seasons in the afternoon. This is roughly 7.5% of total time the field will be available to the community. To learn more about the project see the fact sheet.

Thank you to everyone who attend the March and April 2019 open houses to review and provide input on the detailed site wide design for the exterior park area around South Park Community Center. Documents from the open houses are posted below.

We presented the final site wide design at the March 2018 community meeting. The final plan was developed after receiving community input at the Duwamish River Festival and from an online survey. Everyone's input was helpful and greatly appreciated. View the presentation and other meeting documents below.


South Park Community Center Play Area8319 8th Ave S, 98108


$10 million - Seattle Park District; Seattle Parks Foundation; additional grant funding


Finalize design details: 2019
Construction: 2020
Completion: Summer 2021

Project Description

In 2017, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) began collaborating with the South Park community on redevelopment, of the site, to promote a healthier and more vibrant space for all community members.
The project will include:

  • A full-size multi-sport synthetic turf field with a circular walking trail and an outdoor fitness zone.
  • Field lighting with new technology that minimizes glare and reduces light pollution.
  • New play facilities - including playgrounds, a sport court, and spray park - for a range of ages and abilities.
  • An off-leash dog area and expanded parking lot.

Through a partnership with SPR, Seattle Arts and Sciences Academy will provide funding for the synthetic turf field and lighting. This collaboration will provide improved recreation space for South Park residents while allocating designated time in the afternoon during the fall and spring sports season for Seattle Academy students.

The converted field will be available for unscheduled community use during the first few years. Seattle Academy will work with SPR and local organizations to fill gaps in the community offerings and facilitate an on-going relationship between Seattle Academy and South Park residents.

Community Participation

Open House and Input Opportunity 8/20/2016

Community Meeting / Site Wide Plan Review 3/9/2018

2019 Open Houses with Input Opportunities 3/29 and 4/19