Ballard Playground Athletic Field Improvements

Updated: March 4, 2020

Early 2020

The project was delayed because bids came in well over budget. The re-bid process is taking place in March. If a successful bid is received, then construction will begin in 2020.

Thank you to those who attended the community meeting at the Ballard Community Center, on August 23, 2018, to learn about the schematic design for the playfield improvements. Documents from the meeting are available below.

Seattle Parks and Recreation's staff and design team thank everyone who attended and offered input at the community meeting on June 11. Your desire to learn about the playfield project and provide input on improving access to the playfield is greatly appreciated. Documents from the meeting are viewable below.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is investing in state of the art synthetic turf systems that are safe, playable and durable. Additionally, we are investing in the highest quality energy-efficient field lighting which minimizes spill light and glare off the field while providing performance recreational light.

Improvements are being planned for the Ballard Playfield that include new synthetic turf infields for the two baseball fields, replacing field lighting with a new energy efficient lighting system, and improving accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.


Ballard Playground, 2644 NW 60th Street 98107


The project is funded by Reserve Funding and Real Estate Excise Tax, for a total of $2.15 million.


Planning & Design: Spring 2018 - Spring 2019
Construction: 2020

Project Description

Why are we doing this upgrade?

  • As our city continues to grow, Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks to do all it can to offer activities and recreation that will keep our communities strong and healthy.
  • Ballard Playfield is well used by the community, especially youth leagues. Due to the demand, age, and wear at this field, Ballard Playfield has been selected for renovation.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation is investing state of the art synthetic turf systems that provide safe, playable, and durable fields. Additionally, we are investing in high quality energy-efficient field lighting that minimizes off-site light pollution, while providing light for field play.

What Special Considerations Are Needed for this Project?

  • We value our trees! 
    Ballard Playfield is graced with two beautiful Heritage London Plane trees along 26th Avenue NW
    • Special care will be taken, in both project design and construction, to reduce impacts to the two Heritage Trees
  • The new field lighting technology will minimize glare and spillage, and result in fewer poles, better energy efficiency, and reduced light impacts to neighbors

The project includes:

  • New synthetic turf in two existing baseball/softball infields
  • Field lighting upgrades (a new LED lighting system, new light poles and fixtures), and improved field access from the community center (installing travel pathways that meet ADA standards, including pathways to the exterior restrooms and to the field dugouts)
  • New drainage and irrigation, and other ballfield amenity improvements, as budget will allow

During construction the contractor will need to close the playfield. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood.

Community Participation

Public Meeting and Input Opportunity 6/11/2018

Public Meeting 8/23/2018