Roxhill Castle progress report: Help still welcome

(First two photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Inside the tiled turret on the Roxhill Castle play structure, that’s a view that soon only children will see. We got a peek when we dropped by the soon-to-open renovated playground on Saturday to see how “artist in residence” Mike Henderson and volunteers are doing:

There’s still work to be done, and more help would be welcome. The playground’s not ready to open yet, but that’s not because of the turret project – remember, there’s a skatespot going in next door, too:

(Aerial photo by Long Bach Nguyen)
From the air, you can see the scope of the project. Here’s the skatespot view from ground level:

(This photo and those below are by Nick Adams for WSB)
WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams photographed it during a visit to the site earlier this week. But the skatespot is a separate project, out of the playground volunteers’ control. So they’re working on the mosaic, which includes the face of a dragon …

… and the grace of an astronaut:

The tile work is proceeding under a tarp:

Mike told us they’re not ready to grout yet and would still appreciate help – e-mail him at to coordinate when and how you can assist. These are the finishing touches on the project, most of which went up thanks to days of volunteer work back in November, with the replacement “castle” accompanied by new features awaiting the go-ahead for playtime:

5 Replies to "Roxhill Castle progress report: Help still welcome"

  • Amanda February 24, 2013 (8:22 am)

    Mike! & The Crew! What a beautiful job you have done :) Thank you all so much for your hard work!

  • lina February 24, 2013 (8:40 am)

    looks amazing! I can’t wait to play on it! (with or without my little boy) thank you so much everyone for all your dedication to making this dream become a reality for our neighborhood!

  • Sillygoose February 24, 2013 (8:48 am)

    This is wonderful, what a wonderful person you are to design something so beautiful for the children, love it! I spent hundreds of hours at this park in the old castle when my daughter was little, I am so happy to see it thriving.

  • West Seattle Hipster February 24, 2013 (7:39 pm)

    Community involvement at it’s best.

  • Centerforawesome February 25, 2013 (7:54 pm)

    Hi. I am leading the tile work. That is the main reason it was kind of fantastic to read the previous comments. To you, I am thanking. 5% of the tiling left which means done this week and grout on Saturday the 2nd. This time the plan can’t fail. Onward! So we Need 6 people for Saturday. capital N. grouting is easy to learn and more fun than throwing carrots at the moon! But! With such chaotic joints it takes a lot of people to properly shape them. Super fun. Email me at

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