From Friday’s opening via Mayor McGinn’s Instagram account
While Capitol Hill has a plethora of play areas for kids, downtown is getting its first one Friday at Westlake Park.
Formally a concrete space with a couple benches, trees and statues, the space will now include various play structures, according to the Downtown Seattle Association:
The play area will be encircled by attractive low barriers and benches for guardians to relax on. There will be two exciting play elements inside. The first is called a Mini Geode, which is a climbing structure with a combination of rounded and linear beams forming the outside sphere and a complex inner structure of play ropes.
The second structure is a grouping of three rolling climber domes made of stainless steel. The surfacing will be a forgiving rubberized material that rests directly on top of the existing pavers allowing it to be removed without much disruption.
The two-year pilot program aims to create a safe, fun place for children to play, including the 3,000 kids who live downtown.
“You can’t really have a neighborhood without families, and young families deserve easily accessible play spaces,” said DSA President & CEO Kate Joncas, in a press release. “Attracting and retaining families is a top priority for making Downtown a diverse and healthy neighborhood and the new play area certainly helps.”
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, complete with free musical performances, face painting and treats:
When: Friday, March 1
11:30 a.m. with remarks beginning at Noon
Where: Westlake Park (401 Pine Street)
Who: Kate Joncas, President & CEO, Downtown Seattle Association
Mike McGinn, Mayor, City of Seattle
Sally Bagshaw, Councilmember, Seattle City Council
Christopher Williams, Superintendent, Seattle Parks & Recreation
James Hendricks, PhD, President, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
The ceremony will include a ribbon cutting, a performance by the Spruce Street School Marimba Band, face painting courtesy of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and hot chocolate, coffee and treats provided by Starbucks.