Highland Park Spraypark: Bids soon, but not open till next year

July 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 5 Comments

(Courtesy SiteWorkshop - click for full-size PDF version)
Good news and not-so-good news for everyone looking forward to the Highland Park Spraypark, to be built on the current site of the Highland Park wading pool, which is in its fourth season of closure: The good news, according to Seattle Parks project manager Kelly Goold, is that the King County Health permit for construction/operation was finalized just yesterday – and that means construction is a go. But now, they have to get the $635,000-budgeted project out to bid. Goold says that process is likely to start next Wednesday, with a three-week window for bidding, meaning a contractor won’t be chosen before mid-August, and construction would start in the fall. He says that’s perhaps just as well, since use of the play area would be dramatically curtailed by construction operations right at the heart of summer season, so bottom line, looks like the spraypark won’t open till next year. (The rendering above shows the final design as presented to the community at a Highland Park Action Committee meeting this past March [WSB coverage here].)


  1. A a FYI, the Beacon Hill Jefferson Park Spraypark is supposed to be open sometime this month.

    Comment by RobertSeattle — 1:18 pm July 19, 2012 #

  2. We’re also checking with Parks re: Georgetown, which isn’t too far away – TR

    Comment by WSB — 1:32 pm July 19, 2012 #

  3. Jefferson Park’s is open as of last weekend, and so is Georgetown’s, and they are awesome- and pretty close, but excited for Highland Park’s! Burien’s library/town hall also has a fun water play area in front of it. An artist has been selected for the Highland Park project, and the restroom building will be having some renovations too- so with this delayed spray park timeline, looks like all of those things will be ready at the same time for next summer! yeah for highland park!

    Comment by cs in hp — 1:32 pm July 19, 2012 #

  4. thanks, they hadn’t updated the city web page for G’town either (it still says they’re waiting on approvals) and the HP page hadn’t been updated since spring, which is why we checked with Kelly. Here’s the map to Georgetown site: http://goo.gl/maps/JWfk

    Comment by WSB — 1:43 pm July 19, 2012 #

  5. The Georgetown spray park is AWESOME!!! Planes fly really low overhead (it’s directly under the runway flight path), a train comes by right next to the park to visit, the playground is great, there’s lots of benches and picnic tables and big huge shady trees. Super great spray park!

    Comment by AJP — 8:50 pm July 19, 2012 #

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