Help protect our play fields

Please call 911 if you see anyone letting off fireworks on Miller or Bobby Morris play fields: the plastic playing surface is easily destroyed by fireworks.


Mike McGinn, Mayor                         

Christopher M. Williams, Acting Superintenden

For immediate release                                                                      July 2, 2012               

Contact:          Karen O’Connor, 206-684-8020

                        e-mail: karen.o’


 Seattle Parks and Recreation will activate the field lighting on synthetic ballfields throughout the city on the evening of Wednesday, July 4, to protect the synthetic surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at approximately 8:45 p.m. and will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field. 

The lights will be turned on to discourage the use of fireworks.  Fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle and will destroy the artificial turf on the fields.  The approximate replacement cost for synthetic carpet based on per average full size field (110,000 square feet) is $1.2 million. All the fields have been renovated over the past five years and benefit field users including soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse.     

 Seattle Parks and Recreation appreciates all the community involvement in the field restorations and reminds the community to be good stewards of the synthetic fields. 

 The lights will be turned on at 8:45 p.m. at the following fields, and turned off at the time noted:

(relevant ones from their list)

  • Bobby Morris at Cal Anderson Park off at 11 p.m.

1635 11th Ave

  • ………
  • Miller Playfield off at 10 p.m.

330 19th Ave. E



  • For additional questions or information please contact Seattle Parks and Recreation security officer Lisa Harrison at 206-423-0526.


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Karen O’Connor

Communications Strategic Advisor

Seattle Parks and Recreation

100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle 98109

206.684.8020 (o)

206.909.6849 (c)

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