Community invited to South Park Community Center to review sitewide plan and enjoy free movie night

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to review the South Park Community Center Sitewide Plan and a screening of Disney’s Coco on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at South Park Community Center’s gym at 8319 8th Ave. S., 98108. The community is encouraged to attend.

The Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge fund provided $50,000 for a South Park Community Center playfield and play area sitewide plan. SPR hired Broadview Planning in 2017 to lead the planning and design with an emphasis on providing strategies for mitigating negative health impacts resulting from the site’s proximity to a major transportation corridor, incorporating the principles of crime prevention through environmental design and approaching this project with cultural competency with a focus on engaging underrepresented communities.

The South Park Vision Plan provided a starting point for the design. Broadview planning incorporated feedback from the community and prepared the final concept design for the site that will be presented at this event. The design includes the renovation of the playfield, re-locating the play area with potential for a future spraypark, fitness zone and dog off-leash area.

This plan was developed with funding from the first round of the Major Projects Challenge Fund community-initiated projects, announced in December 2016, that provided small awards for feasibility and preliminary design work to help define the scope of potential future projects and awards to two construction projects. The MPCF awards were based on screening criteria that included an equitable prioritization scoring matrix, and came recommended by the Seattle Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Superintendent. For more information and a list of projects that received funding in 2016 visit

For more information about this project please visit or contact Karimah Edwards at or 206-233-0063.


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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to review schematic design of Smith Cove Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the Smith Cove Park project on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. W. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project and provide input on the schematic design for Seattle’s new waterfront park. Smith Cove Park is located just west of Pier 91 at the foot of Magnolia Hill on Elliott Bay at 1451 23rd Ave.

 This project will develop the 4.9-acre easterly waterfront property (east of 23rd Ave. W) and make improvements to the westerly property which is the playfield at Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Ave. W). The expanded park will provide opportunities for active and passive recreation for all ages and abilities, increase environmental sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people. Improvements to enhance the playability of the field used for youth sports will also be made to the existing playfield at Smith Cove Park. Thank you to everyone who participated in the first meeting. We encourage you to attend this meeting and see how your input has helped shape the design.

 In early 2016, Seattle Parks and Recreation hired GGN as the design consultant. GGN and Seattle Parks and Recreation will use the outreach and concept completed by the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) in 2015 as the starting point for the design of the park. 

 For more information on the park and the project, please visit or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or


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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to provide input on Brighton Playfield improvement project

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public meeting for the Brighton Playfield improvement project on Tues., July 26, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Aki Kurose Middle School library, 3928 S Graham St., Seattle, WA 98118. Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages the community and field users to attend and provide input on the project.  

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and consultant D.A. Hogan will provide background information and gather input information on how the current field is used, what sports the community would like it to accommodate in the future, and how the renovation can provide the best field for the future.

This project will include replacement of the existing lighted natural turf playfield with a new lighted and renovated 200,000 square foot synthetic turf field. We will look at new/upgraded accessible pathways, spectator areas, reuse of existing seating/bleachers and connections with other existing park features.  

Seattle Parks and Recreation is leading the way to find alternate synthetic turf field design systems/materials and deliver a safe, durable and playable athletic facility and experience. We have met with the manufacturers and will move forward with an innovative infill material for the Brighton Playfield.

The lighting upgrade will include demolition of the existing, outmoded lighting system and replacement with a state-of-the-art system. The goal of the lighting project is to enhance play ability with safe and efficient lighting for field users, and to limit light spill from the field edge, greatly reducing glare offsite.

The Seattle Park District funds provides the funding for this renovation. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog, improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities and programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults, develop new parks, and acquire new park land.

For additional information or for translation of invitation please visit. For additional question or to request an interpreter, please contact Jay Rood, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-733-9194 or