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Major Maintenance Project Information
Hiawatha Playfield Field Renovation


Address: 2700 California Ave SW; Seattle, WA 98116-2451

Current Status

Thank you Seattle! This project is complete.
New rubberized track was installed during the summer of 2010 at the Hiawatha Playfield. The new synthetic field was open to the public in December 2009 with the understanding that the track would be installed during dry weather in summer 2010.

Premier Fields renovated the fields with synthetic turf which accommodates football, soccer and baseball. The schedule for the track installation is weather dependent and the dates may change due to rain.

Project Description

Budget: $3,600,000
Funding sources:
Seattle Parks and Recreation, $2.5 million
Seattle Public Schools, $1 million
King County Council (Dow Constantine), $100,000

Construction begins: Summer 2009
Project complete: Winter 2009

The Hiawatha Playfield will be renovated with synthetic turf and updated lighting. Baseball, soccer, and football will be represented with full-sized facilities. Three lanes of a non-conforming rubberized track will encompass the sports field. Each lane will be 3.5 feet in width. The existing field events located on the east side of the Community Center will also be renovated.

Hiawatha Playfield is an Olmsted park and as such any changes to its existing condition must be reviewed and approved by the Landmarks Board and its subcommittee -- the Architectural Review Committee (ARC). ARC has reviewed the concept twice in the past few months and the full Landmarks Board will likely review the project details sometime in February 2008.

The football grid will be minimally striped with boundary and 5 yard lines.

When Olmsted designed the Playfield in 1911, he only needed to accommodate baseball: football, in its infancy, was primarily played at the college level, and soccer wasn't yet recognized in America. Now, almost 100 years later, those three sports (plus track) must fit into the space as it was created from Olmsted's original design.

In order to accomplish this so that the sports fields are optimally oriented, the single, significantly large elm located at the south end of the existing soccer field, must come down. This elm suffered storm damage in 2003 and is susceptible to Dutch Elm disease. As the elm will likely suffer additional impacts during the pending field construction, it is prudent to remove the tree now rather than compromise the fields' orientation.

In recent years 13 young trees were installed within the inside of the existing track. These trees will either be moved or replaced elsewhere depending on their value.

Community Involvement

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Updated December 13, 2010

More Information

Garrett Farrell
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134


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Hiawatha Playfield

Hiawatha Playfield

Hiawatha Playfield

Hiawatha Playfield

Hiawatha Playfield

Hiawatha Playfield

Hiawatha Playfield
Design Concept
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