Seattle Parks and Recreation briefs community on improvements at Gas Works Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Wallingford Community Council invite the community to the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N. on Wed., August 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. to learn about upcoming renovation projects at Gas Works Park. Jay Rood, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager, will present at the Wallingford Community Council monthly meeting. He will provide a briefing and answer questions on the renovation of the playground, comfort station and east entry.

To use resources more efficiently, Seattle Parks and Recreation combined the play area renovation, comfort station renovation, and east entry improvement project into one construction period. All these park components were constructed in 1974 and opened in 1975, making them over 40 years in age and all in need of repair and improvement. The play area renovation project will improve the play area by replacing play equipment, improving access and providing additional play area improvements. The comfort station renovation will provide a new or revived facility that improves safety and meets accessibility and operational requirements. It will adapt the new guidelines for universal restrooms and provide five stations at a minimum. The east entry improvements include addressing ADA citations in parking area, and provide accessible routes into the park.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $1.4 million for planning, design and construction for the Gas Works Park Play Area renovations.

Gas Works Park, located at 2101 N Northlake Way is one of the City of Seattle’s premier city, regional, statewide and even nationally renowned parks. The park was listed as a Seattle Historical Landmark in 1999 and it is listed on the Washington State Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information about the play area project visit or contact Jay Rood at 733-9194 or

Thank you to the Wallingford Community Council (WCC). The WCC is a neighborhood voice representing the greater Wallingford community in interactions with city government on land use, transportation, and parks. They host their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at the Good Shephard Center.



Spring Public Art Collection Conservation and Maintenance Highlights

This spring the Office of Arts & Culture was very excited to begin working with contractor Diamond Kitchen & Bath to recondition Watergate at Meadowbrook Pond. Created by artists Kate Wade, Peggy Gaynor and Lydia Aldredge in 2000, the original wood comprising the structure has deteriorated over time and will receive a critical renovation of the support timbers to ensure integrity for many years to come.


In Columbia City, Marvin Oliver’s Spirit of Washington, a bronze Coast Salish design whale fin, received conservation treatments to restore its beautiful finish. Installed in Columbia Park in 1991, the Spirit of Washington artwork proudly ornaments the landscape between the Columbia Branch Library and the Rainier Valley Cultural Center.


On Kite Hill in Gasworks Park, artists Chuck Greening and Kim Lazare completed the finishing touches on the conservation of their historic Sundial artwork installed in 1978. Seattle Parks and Recreation have been working on a significant renovation of the landscaping around the artwork, including rebuilding the berms that frame the Sundial and modifications to drainage and access paths. Kite Hill re-opened to the public on June 15, 2015.


The Office of Arts & Culture conservation staff had the privilege of meeting with artist Val Laigo’s family to consult on the conservation of his 1981 mural East is West, located at Jose Rizal Park on Beacon Hill. Val’s family is graciously donating ceramic and glass tiles remaining from the original installation, and spoke with staff about the artist’s unique creation process and extraordinary life.


Photos by Tiffany Hendrick

Everything you need to know about Seafair Summer 4th

Seafair Summer Fourth 2014 at Gasworks Park, photo by Seafair

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Locations: Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way, or Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave N

Where can I find information about the fireworks displays?
The best resource for information regarding the Seafair Summer Fourth firework display is Please note that neither the City of Seattle, nor Seattle Parks and Recreation pays for the firework display.

Where can I view the public firework display?
The best views of the public firework display are from Gas Works Park and Lake Union Park. Both locations are free to the public, but also feature reserved, ticketed seating. Reserved seating for both locations can be purchased here.

Seafair Summer Fourth 2014 at Gas Works Park, photo by Seafair

What takes place at the parks?

Gas Works Park: Noon – 11 p.m.
-All-American games presented by Smith Brothers Farms
-Festival-style food trucks and concessions
-Large beverage garden
-Exhibit booths
-Kids Zone
-Washington National Guard Display
-SkyDive Kapowsin Landing Zone
-DoubleDown interactive live music and entertainment stage – emceed by Warm 106.9 FM
-Open and reserved seating options

South Lake Union Park: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. 
-Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria live music and entertainment stage
-Food booths and concessions
-Beverage garden
-Exhibit booths
-Part of Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
-Open and reserved seating options

If I attend Seafair Summer Fourth events, what are the rules?
– No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the event unless they are purchased at the on-site beer garden
– No personal barbeques are permitted
– No marijuana is permitted
– No fireworks, explosives, incendiary materials or devices are permitted
– No pets other than service animals are permitted
– No weapons or firearms are permitted
– Tents are allowed, but must be collapsed at dusk
– No glass bottles are permitted
– No illegal drugs are permitted
– All bags and coolers are subject to search

What can I bring with me?
– Food and non-alcoholic beverages (coolers are subject to search)

What’s the best way to get there?
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the event. Public transportation is encouraged, but buses will be running on a reduced holiday schedule (Plan your trip here). Parking will be limited due to street closure. People with disabilities will get parking on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cyclists are welcome to use the express entrance, but there will be a limited number of bike racks inside the park.

Tips from Seattle Parks Crew Chiefs
– Slather on the sunscreen!
– Do not drink and drive!
– Parking enforcement will be out in full force, be careful to adhere to street signs and do not block driveways or park on private property (take public transit!)
– Pets are not allowed in the park during Seafair Summer Fourth – please leave them at home! A hot vehicle is no place for a pooch.


Kite Hill re-opening at Gas Works Park

Monday, June 15, 2015; Reception starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation are celebrating the reopening of Kite Hill at Gas Works Park. On Monday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. there will be a short ceremony honoring the architecture of Gas Works Park and the artwork Sundial.

Designed by renowned landscape architect Rich Haag, Gas Works Park is a unique reclamation of industrial land as a public park. Haag will share his experiences designing the park and will be joined by artists Chuck Greening and Kim Lazare, as they share the story of the creation, fabrication and installation of the artwork Sundial.

Kite Hill has been closed since Sept. 2, 2014 as Gas Works Park has undergone a soil cover project on the hill. The project added a layer of soil and new grass on Kite Hill in advance of an offshore sediment cleanup at the edge of Lake Union. By adding clean soil to Kite Hill the risk of recontamination of the sediments from the surface flow of storm water is minimized. Both Ecology and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are very supportive of this early action as we move towards the sediment remedy.

Gas Works Park is located at 2101 N. Northlake Way on the edge of Lake Union.

Image caption: Charles Greening and Kim Lazare “Sundial,” 1978; courtesy Office of Arts & Culture.

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