Two Ballard park play areas close for renovation

Gilman Playground (923 NW 54th St) and Webster Park (3025 NW 68th St) play areas are scheduled to close beginning the week of Sept. 5 for approximately four months for renovation. During construction, the Gilman Playground basketball court and surrounding area will be closed; however, the comfort station, east/west walkway and associated stairs and sports fields will remain open. At Webster Park the play area and basketball court will be closed for the duration of construction.

Both play area renovation projects will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and install new park furnishings. Thank you to everyone who attended the public meetings and provided input on the improvements.

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for these play area improvement projects. The District approved by Seattle voters in 2014 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 information about the projects and construction updates please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/gilman_pg/ or http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/webster/. If you have questions about the projects please contact Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-9286 or katie.bang@seattle.gov.

Seattle Park District funds two Ballard play area renovations

Community invited to provide input

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a meeting on Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. to review schematic designs and provide input on play equipment for two play areas in Ballard. Seattle Parks and Recreation is renovating Webster Park play area located at 3025 NW 68th St and Gilman Playground play area located at 923 NW 54th St.

These projects will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and improve other features at the parks. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s in-house landscape architect and project manager will present the designs and gather community input. Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting at the Ballard Farmers Market in November and provided initial input on play area designs.

For information about the projects please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/gilman_pg/ or http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/webster/. If you have questions about the projects or would like to request special meeting accommodations please contact Katie Bang, Capital Projects Coordinator at 206-684-9286 or Katie.bang@seattle.gov

The projects are funded by the Seattle Park District. 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; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.