Second phase of Victory Heights Playground improvement begins

Spring is here and LW Sundstrom, Inc. will begin the second phase of the Victory Heights Playground improvement project in early April. This phase includes the installation of field drainage, construction of a new drainage swale, construction of an asphalt perimeter loop pathway, completion of the half basketball court, and installation of new benches. We anticipate the playfield to be closed from early April through June. Victory Heights Playground is located in northeast Seattle at 1737 NE 106th St., 98125.

Phase 1 of the Victory Heights Playground improvement project opened to the community in early February 2018. The first phase of the project provided a renovated accessible playground that features new play area equipment for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12 complete with new slides, net climbing elements, swings, musical instruments, a merry-go-round, and a deluxe coupe car climbing element as requested by the public. The improved picnic area creates an inviting community space with additional picnic tables and seating. The project also reconfigured the basketball court and now offers a separate sand play area.

For more information about the project please visit or contact the project manager, Katie Bang at or 206-684-9286.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation clears debris from two slides on northeast Burke-Gilman Trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) will be working to clean up debris and provide ditch maintenance at two landslide sites along sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail in northeast Seattle on the morning of Thurs. Jan 19. SPR anticipates completion by early afternoon on the same day.

Trail users will experience short intermittently closures between NE 125th St. and NE 135th St. on the Burke Gilman Trail to allow trucks to access the site and remove debris. SPR will provide flaggers to minimize impact to trail users.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience during this maintenance project.



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Seattle Parks and Recreation to begin construction of drainage improvements at Jefferson Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin construction on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 to improve the sidewalk, drainage and parking along 16th Ave. S between S Dakota St. and S Nevada St. This project, located just west of Jefferson Playfield, includes new drainage infrastructure, wheel stops to define the parking area, and new street trees.

During construction the east sidewalk along 16th Ave S will be closed to pedestrians. The community will be rerouted to the west side of the playfield to access Asa Mercer. Construction will be completed by the end of November 2015.  Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Department of Transportation collaborated on this project in response to the Asa Mercer International Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association recommendation.

For more additional questions about the project or please contact Seattle Parks and Recreation, Capital Project Coordinator Katie Bang at or 206-684-9286.

Seward Park swimming beach will open after two days of clean water samples

Seattle’s Seward Park swimming beach will reopen Saturday, after two consecutive days of testing showed the water safe for recreation. But a four-block stretch of Lake Washington remains closed to contact by humans and pets pending further testing.

The section of Lake Washington shoreline near Wednesday’s sewage spill site — from South Angeline Street north to the 4200 block of Lake Washington Boulevard South (including Lakewood Moorage) — remains closed. Additional testing will be conducted this weekend.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Public Health–Seattle and King County closed areas of the lake Wednesday after problems with a pipe valve caused an estimated 12,000 gallons sewage to spill near South Alaska Street and Lake Washington Boulevard South, more than a mile north of the Seward Park beach.

Wednesday and Thursday, SPU sampled eight locations along Lake Washington Boulevard for fecal coliform bacteria, an indicator of sewage. All locations but one, including the Seward Park swimming beach, showed extremely low concentrations of fecal bacteria.

Water tests over the past two days near the spill site showed an elevated level of bacteria. The area will be tested again over the weekend.

SPU has determined that the spill occurred when a repair crew — relying on an outdated reference document — accidentally closed an electrically controlled pipe valve that should have remained open. Closing the valve caused sewage to spill into the lake. SPU is reviewing its procedures to ensure this type of mistake does not reoccur.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and SPU have posted warning signs in the area, which will be removed as soon as possible.

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