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Judkins Park and Playfield

Address: 2150 S Norman St, 98144 (Map It)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509

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4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.


Judkins is a multipurpose park corridor in the Central Area. Its six-block strip of green enlivens the Rainier Valley with picnic, play and sports areas - and with grass, grass, and more grass.

The park is roughly divided into two sections, north and south. For access to the south part, turn west off 23rd South at Day Street and play areas, a shelter, barbecues, basketball hoops, skatespot, multi-use courts, a lookout area with benches, and restrooms. North of S. Normal Street you will find another shelter house, two spacious ballfields, play equipment, lots of open green fields, and restrooms. More parking space can be found on the east and north sides.

Seattle Parks deliberately identified the tennis courts at Judkins Park and Bobby Morris Playfield as sites to hold an initial Multi-Use Court Pilot Project in 2011 and 2012. At the conclusion of the pilot, Seattle Parks and Recreation officially moved forward to transition these tennis courts to permanent Multi-Use Venues, which include Bike Polo, Dodge Ball, skating, Futsal and other non-traditional court sports.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy funded the construction of the skatespot that opened in early 2013.

Both an abundance of facilities and attractive landscaping here draw residents from all over the Central Area and Rainier Valley all year long. The park is kept well lighted at night be a veritable forest of lamps.

(Excerpt from Enjoying Seattle's Parks by Brandt Morgan)

Acreage: 6.2


Judkins Park originally was a deep ravine. As the area became more settled, the City began filling the ravine with garbage, to create more play space. The odors became problematic, and the City then added dirt on top of the other fill. Through the 1930's, area residents continued to complain of odors from the playground. After years of grading and adding dirt fill, the area was finally made into a park and playfield and named after Norman B. Judkins, a pioneer realtor.

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.


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