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Cal Anderson Park - Play Area & Other Improvements
Pro Parks Project Information

Immediately west of 11th Ave. and Howell St.

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On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, the community gathered to celebrate the opening of this wonderful new park.


Seattle Parks and Recreation
Planning and Development
800 Maynard Ave. S., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336
Thank you, Seattle! This project is complete.

The final phase of this project included:
  • Construction of a childrens play area,

  • Conversion of the temporary play area to basketball,

  • Park entry improvements; and

  • Site furnishings.

  • Earlier phases at Cal Anderson Park included reconstruction of the reservoir with a hard lid and construction of the new shelterhouse, plaza and public toilets. These improvements were identified in the 1999 park master plan, developed with substantial community participation.

    Immediately west of 11th Ave. and Howell St.
    Approx. $1.1 million from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and a grant from the State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (IAC)


    Schematic design drawings of planned improvements
    > Schematic Design NarrativeYou will need Adobe Acrobat reader to view this document

    Play Area
    New Playground Equipment

    The City has made substantial improvements to Cal Anderson Park. These improvements were done in conjunction with the replacement of the old open-air Lincoln Reservoir with a new underground lidded reservoir. A master plan for park improvements was finalized October 1999, after extensive public involvement. The Seattle Parks Board, Seattle Design Commission, and Seattle Landmarks Board endorsed the master plan. The project was done in four phases:

    Phase Description Status
    Phase 1 Reservoir bypass piping Complete
    Phase 2 Shelterhouse, toilets and plaza Complete
    Phase 3 Reservoir construction/park expansion Construction
    Phase 4 Childrens play area and other improvements Construction

    The Shelterhouse
    The Shelterhouse renovation included creation of a multi-purpose room with small kitchen, outdoor restrooms, a plaza, and storage for maintenance equipment. This new community space, completed in 2003, is seeing a lot of use for community meetings, events, and performances. Funding for this $1.2 million project came from the Pro Parks Levy, the Neighborhood Matching Fund, Seattle Central Community College, SPU, and the Cumulative Reserve Fund.

    Lincoln Reservoir Undergrounding
    SPUs reservoir covering program is a citywide effort led by Mayor Greg Nickels to improve the quality and safety of our water supply, Another major benefit of the program is the creation citywide of 76 acres of new open space, four of them at Cal Anderson. SPU completed the Magnolia Reservoir cover in 1995, and the Lincoln Reservoir cover at Cal Anderson Park in 2003. Project funding comes from water revenues. SPU will cover five more reservoirs by 2013; the next ones scheduled are the Beacon Reservoir at Jefferson Park and the Myrtle Reservoir.

    Park Improvements on the Reservoir Cover
    A design team, including artist Douglas Hollis, developed the Olmsted-inspired improvements to the newly created four acres of park land on the reservoir cover include a fountain, texture pool, and reflecting pool; promenade paths, landscaping, an irrigation system, and lighting.. This new park site invites walking, sitting, reading, contemplation, and informal sports in the meadow. Funding for this $5 million project comes from the Pro Parks Levy.



    5-26-04 Community Meeting Image 2
    5-26-04 Community Meeting Image 4
    Parks held two public meetings. A preliminary public meeting was held March 30, 2004, near the end of the schematic design process to present the scope of the project, background information, and design alternatives. A second public meeting was held May 26, 2004, after the design was refined and more specific information was available. These meetings were publicized via posters, press release, web notice, email notice, and mailed flyers to nearby residents and businesses.


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