Seattle Park District provides funding for renovation of Soundview Playfield in northeast Seattle

Community encouraged to participate in design

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to an Open House on Saturday, June 3, 2017 to provide input on the renovation and design of the Soundview Playfield. Please join SPR’s staff from 1 to 3 p.m. at the playfield near the play area at 1590 NW 90th St. The proposed project will include installation of synthetic field surfacing, the addition of lighting, access improvements that meet the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other site enhancements. We will have a tent at the park near the play area with light refreshments and activities for children. Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn about the proposed project and provide input on the preferred design elements for the playfield.

SPR is investing in state-of-the-art synthetic turf systems that provide safe, playable, and durable fields. Additionally, we are investing in high quality energy-efficient field lighting which minimizes spill light and glare off the field while providing recreation light on the field. SPR is committed to renovating the lower playfield with synthetic turf and lighting. We anticipate providing additional improvements for the upper field that will be defined by the budget. These upgrades will address recreational demands and repair field drainage issues.

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by Seattle 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.

For more information or for meeting notification translations, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/soundview-playfield-athletic-field-renovation. For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-233-0063 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

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Bobby Morris Playfield renovation begins

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to replace the aging synthetic turf at Bobby Morris Playfield to FieldTurf USA. FieldTurf USA began preliminary work on June 10, and they will install construction fencing on June 22. FieldTurf USA will be occupying parking spots on the west side of 11th Ave. adjacent to Cal Anderson Park to stage equipment. The project will be completed in early August 2016. The project includes new infill and testing, any structural repairs to curbing or base required, and new soccer goals and nets.

This pilot project will test the durability, safety, playability, maintainability and environmental health of a new synthetic turf infill material. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been looking for an alternate infill material for over three years. The industry is working to offer alternatives such as coconut fiber, minerals (light stone – zeolite), cork and Thermal Plastic Elastomer (TPE – a food grade inert plastic). Cork met Seattle Parks and Recreation’s playability, durability and safety criteria and has a reasonable cost. This pilot project will test the capabilities we believe cork has.

For more information and construction updates please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=3102. For additional question please contact Jay Rood, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-733-9194 or jay.rood@seattle.gov.