12:41 PM: If you’ve driven along Fauntleroy Way SW in recent days, you likely have noticed the missing fencing across the front of Fairmount Playfield. (One person even wondered if it might have been stolen.) It’s intentional – a replacement project is under way, says Seattle Parks spokesperson Karen O’Connor: “Seattle Parks and Recreation will be replacing the fence at Fairmount Playfield next week. To complete the project Parks will mark about 250′ of parking on the east side of Fauntleroy Way SW, south of Brandon Street, with ‘No Parking’ signs.” Find out more about the project here.
9 PM UPDATE: In case you’re wondering why the fenceposts have been there for some days with no work appearing to be done – Linda Hubert, Parks’ major-maintenance manager, explains what happened: “When the contractor removed the fence, he found an asphalt mow strip that we did not realize was there. Apparently, it had been covered over with turf for some years. The bid had been for replacement of fencing in the ground, and did not include paving. Our budget did not include paving. So, the contractor had to regroup, change his technique, order new materials, and will begin work again on Monday, September 17th. We are so sorry for the inconvenience to users. Fortunately, no games are scheduled until September 21st. The project should be complete by then.”