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Parks Standards

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Seattle Parks & Recreation (SPR) Standards provide design and construction guidelines for Seattle Parks' facilities. These standardized requirements have proved successful during the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Seattle Parks' facilities.

These Standards are intended as a library of options for individual park design conditions. In certain situations additions, deletions or deviations may be acceptable if approved by the Parks Engineer and/or Construction Manager during the design review process.

The Consultant shall verify that contract documents reflect use of the most current Standards. Documents are updated regularly. It is important to refer to this site at the start of each project. Do not carry over this information from one project to the next.

The items contained within the following PDFYou will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document. portfolios are sample documents. These are intended for reference purposes only and are not to be directly incorporated into project contract documents. Consultants shall request original versions of the documents in MS Word or AutoCAD format as applicable by emailing:

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Updated March 10, 2016

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Becky Rufin
Park Engineer
800 Maynard Ave S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA  98134


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These Standards are not intended to supersede City/State/Federal laws or codes or generally accepted design practices of professional consultants. It is meant to be used on Seattle Parks' projects only. Seattle Parks shall not be held responsible if these standards are used for other purposes.

If the Consultant identifies any conflict between these Standards and City of Seattle or other governing codes, he/she shall notify the Project Manager and seek a resolution, which complies with City codes and thereafter is acceptable to the Seattle Parks.

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