Magnuson Park Building 18 Request for Proposal (RFP)


March 22, 2019 - Seattle Parks and Recreation enters contract negotiations to re-develop and restore historic Building 18 at Magnuson Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation has invited Outdoors for All to enter into contract negotiations for a long-term lease agreement to re-develop, restore and activate historic Building 18 at Magnuson Park. Building 18 is a 13,247-sqaure foot, two-story brick building that was constructed in 1936 and served as the former Naval Station firehouse. Outdoors for All was selected following the department's issuance of a Request for Proposal process in August 2018.  

Outdoors for All, whose mission is "To enrich the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation," plans to use the space to offer a wide variety of adaptive recreation programs, and will provide opportunities for public access and public benefits.

"We are excited to move forward with Outdoors for All on redeveloping one of the last remaining vacant buildings at Magnuson Park," said Christopher Williams, Seattle Parks and Recreation Interim Superintendent. "Outdoors for All provides opportunities for families and children with disabilities to connect to the natural world and is in keeping with the department's values of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities."  

"We are thrilled that the City shares our big vision for the building - we want it to be a showpiece for the transformative powers of adaptive recreation, and a launching pad for our program participants, volunteers, employees and anyone else," said Ed Bronsdon, executive director of Outdoors for All. "We look forward to reaching a lease agreement with the City so we can formally begin the renovation."   

About Outdoors for All Foundation Outdoors for All has been enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities in Washington state since 1979. Today, more than 2,900 people with disabilities exercise their abilities annually thanks to the support of more than 800 volunteers. More information is available at

The City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation (SPR) is seeking proposals for the redevelopment and renovation of Building 18 located within Magnuson Park. Building 18 is an approximately 13,247-square foot, 2-story brick building. It was initially designed in 1935 and constructed in 1936 as a single-story building with a 4-bay garage, workshop and 2 bays for a fire truck and ambulance, totaling 5,274-square feet. 

Through this Request for Proposal (RFP), SPR is seeking a proposer(s) which can make a significant capital investment in exchange for a long-term Agreement. Proposals should include the management and operation of recreation, arts and cultural, or environmental programming that will be open to the public. SPR does not have designated funding for this redevelopment. Therefore, proposals should also include a well-defined funding plan.   

Event Date


RFP Package Available  

August 1, 2018  

Site Tours These are formal tours provided by SPR staff. All visitors will be required to sign-in and all questions and answers asked during the tour will be published on the RFP web site.

August 14, 2018 at 10 a.m.
September 12, 2018 at 1 p.m.
October 11, 2018 at 3 p.m.  

Building 18 Magnuson Park 6305 NE 74th St. Seattle, WA. 98115  
Open Houses (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) These tours will be informal, providing teams access to the building to aid in developing proposals. All questions from these open houses will be submitted by Proposer(s) via email ( These questions and respective answers will be published on the RFP web site until the deadline noted below.

August 24, 2018 September 7, 2018 September 21, 2018 October 5, 2018 Building 18 Magnuson Park 6305 NE 74th St. Seattle, WA. 98115  
Deadline for Written Questions to SPR Questions can be sent to:

October 12, 2018  
Proposals Due to the City All proposals must be submitted by 4 p.m.

November 1, 2018, 4pm  
RFP Evaluations During this time-period, Proposer(s) may receive questions with a response timeline from the SPR evaluation team. Proposer(s) may also be invited by the evaluation team for an in-person interview.

November 1, 2018 - January 15, 2019  
Evaluations Team makes award recommendation to the Superintendent of SPR

February 1, 2019  
Superintendent announces award

March 1, 2019  
Anticipated Contract Negotiation Schedule

To be determined  
Submit Agreement for City Council Approval

Following conclusions of negotiations  
Anticipated Contract Execution

Following City Council approval  

Application Materials

Building Tour Questions and Answers Archive

Reference Documents

Building 18 Deed

Hazardous Materials Reports

Building Details

Renovation Estimates

Environmental Baseline Survey

Hazardous Materials Reports

Historic Preservation Guidelines

Warren G. Magnuson Park Strategic Development Plan

Magnuson Park Reuse Plans

Outreach and Engagement

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Interim Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813

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