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Children's PlayGarden
Parks and Green Spaces Levy
Project Information


Location: 24th Avenue South and South Grand Street

Project Status

Thank you Seattle! This project is complete.
The opening celebration for the Parks and Green Spaces Levy project was held on June 19, 2010.

For updates on construction please visit:

24th Ave S and S Grand St
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $950,000 for garden development and construction.
Construction: Winter 2009 - Spring 2010
Completion: Spring 2010

Project Description

The Seattle Children’s PlayGarden is a nonprofit organization intending to create a natural outdoor environment that is fully accessible to children of all abilities. The PlayGarden was founded in 2002 by a group of people who believe that all children have the right to play outdoors. The City of Seattle through the Parks and Recreation supports the idea and in 2003 negotiated with Seattle Children’s PlayGarden a 10-year lease at Colman Playground. In this park, children with physical or mental disabilities will play alongside their typically developing siblings and neighbor friends, and will be supported by professionals.

More than just a garden in a park, the PlayGarden will be program-oriented. When fully operational, there will be year-round inclusive programs such as day camps and summer camps. Elements of the PlayGarden will include gardening spaces, specialized gardens (e.g., butterfly, herb), accessible play equipment, and climbing mounds. The project includes renovation of the existing Shelter House and a new 1,400-square-foot Garden House.

In 2004, schematic designs were completed for the PlayGarden. Construction will be completed in 5 phases. Phase 1 is complete, and involved moving an existing basketball court on the site and improving its design to accommodate wheelchair athletes. The Garden House is part of Phases 2 and 3 for the PlayGarden, which also includes renovation of the out-of-use Colman Playfield Shelter House and construction of a Family Play Plaza.

Community Participation

Please contact us with any comments, questions or concerns at the addresses below:

Kelly Goold
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

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Updated November 30, 2010


There are no events scheduled at this time.

For More Information

Kelly Goold
800 Maynard Ave S,
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

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Breaking October 18, 2009

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