Hiawatha Play Area Relocation and Renovation

Updated: August 3, 2021

Summer 2021

Seattle Parks and Recreation presented the Hiawatha Play Area project at the Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting Remote Meeting in July 2020 and presented the schematic design below. The design was well-received, and SPR will soon submit an application for a final Certificate of Approval from the board.

The project requires a building permit from the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI). Construction will start after the permit is approved. We anticipate construction in Winter 2021/2022.

To review the design see the Hiawatha Play Area Design & Elements PDF document Thumbnail image of Hiawatha Plan for play area and elements

Seattle Parks and Recreation is improving the play area at Hiawatha Playfield. The project will remove the play area from the north end of the park and provide a new play area just south of the wading pool. The project will provide new play equipment, park amenities and landscaping. The new play area site and features will provide improved visibility and access for all. The project includes restoring the old play area site for nature play.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the design process. Please see meeting notes and survey results below.


Hiawatha Playfield2700 California Ave SW, 98116


The 2013 King County Parks Levy provides $800,000 in funding for this project.   


Planning and Design:  Fall 2019 - Fall 2021
Bidding: Fall 2020
Construction: Winter 2021/2022

Project Description

This project relocates the play area from the north end of the park to the grass area just south of the wading pool closer to the community center. This includes providing new play equipment and improved visibility and access at the new play area and restoring the site of the old play area.

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

Community Participation

Open House 10/25/2019

October post-meeting online survey results may be viewed here

Public Meeting 2/27/2020

Please take this post-meeting online survey