If you remember playing on the Volunteer Park Playground when the equipment was new, you are now officially old. Seattle Parks is beginning the design phase for a planned $800,000 renovation of the playground to replace the aging play structures. You’d better get your fill of the playground this summer. In 2012, it will be closed from spring to fall.
“It doesn’t look that bad, but it really needs to be updated and be accessible,” said Emily Fuller, the project’s manager at the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The playground was selected after the department conducted a study of all the playgrounds in the city a few years ago.
“The ones that were either the oldest or needed updating were prioritized,” said Fuller.
So how old is the Volunteer Park Playground? The equipment turns 20 years old this year.
The scope of the plan does not include expanding the shape or area of the playground, but Parks will be seeking public input on what kinds of equipment should be installed. The first public meeting has not yet been scheduled, but it should be in early June.
Construction is scheduled to start in March 2012 and be finished by September, according to the project webpage. $800,000 has been allocated for the planning, design and construction of the new playground — though the sign posted at the park says the amount is $600 grand. We’ll check with Parks to ask about the gap.
The renovation project is funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces levy. For an example of a recent $300,000 parks playground project, here’s what the community organized to build in Seward Park. With more than twice as much to deploy, we’ll be interested to see just how impressive the new Volunteer Park playground will be.
In other Volunteer Park news, Friends of the Conservatory at Volunteer Park is holding their annual meeting at 6 PM Thursday down south at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse (2811 Mt Rainier Drive South). Here’s more info via Facebook. We’ll have more about the financial situation around the organization which has been feeling the pinch of ever-shrinking parks operation budgets.
The Friends of the Conservatory at Volunteer Park request your presence at our 31st Annual Meeting.
Please join us to hear about the triumphs of the past year, and the challenges yet to come.
Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.
For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.322.4112.