Seattle Parks and Recreation to resurface West Seattle Stadium Track

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) is happy to announce that the design for the resurfacing of the West Seattle Stadium track is nearly complete and construction will begin this summer. During construction, the stadium track will be closed for approximately seven weeks. SPR is finalizing construction documents and will put the project out to public bid in late spring.

SPR hired DA Hogan as the lead design and engineering consultant for the project, which is located at 4432 35th Ave. SW, adjacent to the West Seattle Golf Course. This project will replace and resurface the existing rubberized track at the stadium. The contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impacts to the neighborhood.

The Seattle Park District provides $950,000 for this major maintenance project. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for SPR including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

To learn more about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/west-seattle-stadium-track-resurfacing or contact Jay Rood, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at jay.rood@seattle.gov or 206-733-9194.

 

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Seattle Parks and Recreation sends three athletes to national cross country competition

Seattle Parks and Recreation cross country participants. Photo submitted by Eric Linxweiler

On Saturday, Dec. 12, three young men represented Seattle Parks and Recreation in the national cross country championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Though the weather was cold and wet, all three boys finished strong competing in a pool of 227.

Boden, Whit and William started practicing with High Point Community Center’s cross country program this fall. The 7- and 8-year-old boys placed second or third in all of their meets this year, including the Western Washington region of USA Track and Field’s Junior Olympics and the regional competition where they faced challengers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

Coach Eric Linxweiler said he’s enjoyed watching every member of the team build confidence and strength this season.

“When we start our season in September, they struggle to run even a mile, let alone one with hills,” Linxweiler said. “Within weeks, they are doing it, and getting stronger. … With resources like Lincoln Park, Alki Beach, and the West Seattle Stadium, we have plenty of ways to mix it up and make it both fun and effective. … Regarding Boden, William and Whit, they are simply some of the best kids to coach you could ask for.  They learn and adjust, they have fun, and most of all, they want to do it again next year.  ”

This year was Linxweiler’s first year serving as the head coach of the program. He received assistance from Seattle Parks and Recreation spring track coach, Johnnie Williams, and former cross country coach Brandee Paisano.

For more information about participating in Seattle Parks and Recreation’s sports leagues, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/athletics/index.htm.

Jen Dixon selected to create artwork for Westlake Cycle Track

Artist: Jen Dixon

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation has selected Seattle artist Jen Dixon to create a permanent, site-specific artwork along the Westlake Cycle Track route.

The Westlake Cycle Track Project will build a protected bicycle lane in the Westlake corridor and provide a direct connection between the Fremont Bridge and downtown Seattle/South Lake Union. The artwork Dixon has been commissioned to create is intended to address the functional aspects of the cycle track by including elements that may contribute to way-finding, lighting, or otherwise making the space more legible for cyclists and pedestrians.  Construction on the track will begin in late 2015.

Dixon was invited from a pre-selected roster of artists to apply for the commission. She is a cross-disciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited locally and nationally. Her art discipline includes small intimate objects, drawings, prints, and books and larger public artworks that reflect the communities they are call home.

Her process is close to that of an archaeologist ­–– uncovering and discovering hidden layers and piecing together a narrative from the remains. In addition, she is committed to projects that allow art to be made accessible to the public in ways that are both subtle and unexpected.

Dixon received an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington, a BFA in painting and drawing from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and studied painting and drawing at the Leo Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France. She has received a number of awards including Seattle Art Museum’s Betty Bowen Memorial Special Recognition Award in 1999.

Photo credit: Jennifer Dixon, FlipBooks, 2008. LOCATION; Interurban Trail, Between North 110th Street and North 128th Street at Linden Avenue North. FUNDING SOURCE; Seattle Department of Transportation’s 1% for Art Funds. Jim Tillman Photography