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Maple Leaf Play Area Renovation & Reservoir Park Development
Parks and Green Spaces Levy
Project Information


Location: 1020 NE 82nd St, Seattle 98115

Project Status

Thank you Seattle!
Seattle Parks and the neighborhood celebrated the new park space on October 27, 2013. Hundreds attended Maple Leaf neighborhood's costume parade and then joined the opening festivities at the park. The community enjoyed the sport courts, open green space, and views while live music performances and refreshments were served.

The renovated play area dedication took place May 18, 2013. The park was decorated with butterflies and swarmed with neighborhood children. The new play area will surprise you with all the diverse ways to play - whizz down the zip line, practice your bouldering and explore the children's garden.

Parks awarded the construction contract to Paul Brothers Contractors. They completed the play area and the reservoir section. For additional background information please see presentation and meeting notes below.

Parks expects the final rain garden planting to take place this fall while the ball fields will be ready for use in Spring 2014.

Budget: A budget of $450,000 for total project costs has been allocated to the play area. This budget covers planning, design and construction costs. The available funding includes the renovation of the traditional play area.

The Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park (FGMLP) and a local family received a Department of Neighborhoods Large Matching Fund to help make the adventure play and children’s garden come to life! They will be adding $175,000 to the project.

1020 NE 82nd St, Seattle 98115
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy
provides $5 million for planning, design
and construction.
Planning: November 2009 - July 2010
Design: June 2011 - Spring 2012
Construction: Summer 2012 - Summer 2013
Completion: Fall 2013

Project Description

This project provides for new park development on the reservoir lid and the development of a comprehensive site plan for the park space, including the existing Maple Leaf Playground. This plan will be implemented to transform the 16 acres of open space on the reservoir lid into a new neighborhood park for northeast Seattle.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is replacing its open reservoirs with underground structures that will improve the quality and security of our water supply and provide new public open spaces on reservoir lids throughout Seattle.

A series of public meetings were held in 2010 to gather ideas and creative input from the community for the park design. In 2011, a series of community meetings were held to gather more input to develop a schematic design for the play area.

Community Participation

Community Meeting #1
An Open House on 12/15/2009

Community Meeting #2 2/9/2010 Community Meeting #3 4/22/2010

Community Meeting #4 6/16/2010

Community Meeting #5
1st Meeting for the Play Area 6/1/2011

Community Meeting #6
2nd and Final Meeting for the Play Area
Plus Reservoir Project Update 7/13/2011

Important Links

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Updated May 11, 2015


Currently no project related public meetings or events are scheduled.

Visit Reservations & Permits for information on scheduling community or private events at this location.

Frequently Ask Question

How long is the "trail"?
The outer asphalt pathway is 2540 so 2 laps is just 200 under 1 mile.

Reservoir Park Opening Celebration Photos
Reservoir Park Opening Celebration Photos
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Play Area Opening Celebration Photos
Play Area Opening Celebration Photos
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Art by Patrick Marold
Art by Patrick Marold

Patrick Marold, Denver artist, installed his sculpture in the park funded by 1% For the Arts program. The sculpture is made from two boulders taken from both the Cedar River watershed and the Tolt River watershed. The reservoir is fed by both of these water sources.

Kids Club Children Share Ideas
Kids Club Children Share Ideas
May 18, 2011 Olympic View Elementary Kid's Club children share their play area idea drawings.

Schematic Design
Schematic Design
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