Major Maintenance Project Information
Hiawatha Playfield Field Renovation
2700 California Ave SW; Seattle, WA 98116-2451
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.
Seattle Parks and Recreation, $2.5 million
Seattle Public Schools, $1 million
King County Council (Dow Constantine), $100,000
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
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
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'
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.
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December 13, 2010