Making our parks more accessible

This fall, Duwamish Waterway Park became accessible to more people in our community. With support from the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF), Seattle Parks and Recreation was able to replace or repair existing benches, picnic tables, barbecues and bollards and develop a simple system to add accessibility to the entire park.  Seattle Parks and Recreation Landscape Architect Pamela Alspaugh designed the improvements, which the Seattle Conservation Corps installed.

The existing casual walking trails over the grass were muddy and not accessible. The benches and picnic tables were in poor shape and many were not accessible to anyone in a wheelchair. None of the barbecues were accessible to those with mobility problems, and it was impossible for the wheelchair-bound to comfortably enjoy the views of the Duwamish.

This September, Seattle Parks and Recreation installed an accessible gravel path that was designed to reach all the major viewpoints and picnic areas, replaced all the benches and added two new accessible picnic benches, and an ADA-compliant barbeque. Seattle Parks was able to recycle two small pieces of play equipment that were removed from a park during a previous renovation and Seattle Conservation Corps installed them.