Play Area Drinking fountains


Go three blocks east from the southeast corner of Rodgers Park to find this street-end knoll, cleverly converted into a tiny park. It has a central play area, with a drinking fountain and benches conveniently placed so you can watch your children climb, slide and crawl. (Excerpt from "Enjoying Seattle's Parks" by Brandt Morgan)

The flat ravine bottom just below the viewpoint was the site of the early-day "Killman's Sand Bunkers". The area was platted in 1907 by the Mayfair Land Co. Mayfair is a fashionable district in London, so named from an annual fair held in May, which was actually abolished in 1708. (Edited from the files of Don Sherwood, 1916-1981, Park Historian.)

Mayfair Park Retaining Wall and Stair Replacement Project

On August 14, 2019, Seattle Parks and Recreation met with approximately 15 community members at Mayfair Park to present a concept drawing for the upcoming park improvements. The park project will replace the existing timber retaining walls, wood stairs and wooden light pole/standards that have all reached the end of their usefulness. The project requires some paving repair and removal of a few trees that are either hazardous or need to be removed to accommodate the wall replacement. Everyone at the Open House was pleased with the proposed plans.
View the presented concept drawing here.
View the event poster for the completed August 14 Open House

The existing timber structures in the park have reached the end of their useable life and need replacement. These are situated in an Environmental Critical Area due to the steep slopes. A Major Maintenance project is in the planning and design phase. The intention is to replace structures and stay within the existing footprint of these structures to the extent possible in order to reduce impacts to the steep slopes. Durable materials that will reduce maintenance and prolong the life of the walls, stairs and light fixtures will be used.

Sample boring took place in May, this was required to determine the best engineering solution for the retaining walls:
   •  Boring locations indicated with dots, in the attached PDF document with photos

The Seattle Parks District provides $1,100,000 in funding for the planning, design and construction.

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2020. During construction the contractor will need to close the park. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood. 

For additional information contact:
Emily Griffith at or 206-615-0075