Highland Park Spraypark update: Problem fixed; it’s open

July 5, 2013 at 11:20 am | In Highland Park, West Seattle news, West Seattle parks | 5 Comments

11:20 AM: The new Highland Park Spraypark has had a few technical glitches since opening a week ago, as we’ve been noting, and Seattle Parks just sent word there’s another today:

Highland Park Spraypark has mechanical problems with the backwash system. It cannot open until repairs are made. Tom Dunning, (project manager) Kelly Goold and Contractor are on site, but it will not open at 11:00. There is no estimate for the time.

We have updated the Wading Pool Hotline.

Of special note, people in the community brought their own brooms to help clean up the spraypad to remove fireworks garbage.

We’ll post an update when we hear (or see) that it’s fixed. Parks spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad, who sent the announcement, says, “We do expect to get it open today. We just don’t know when.”

ADDED 11:44 AM: We asked if this is related or similar to the earlier problems. Parks says no – the first-day glitch involved nearby grass-mowing just before the spraypark opened, and cut grass repeatedly clogged the system; today, it’s “an electrical problem on the automatic backwash system.”

3:26 PM UPDATE: Seattle Parks confirms a commenter’s report – it’s open!

5 Comments

  1. Way to go neighbors for cleaning up the trash left by inconsiderate *******s!

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 11:37 am July 5, 2013 #

  2. There’s a Wading Pool Hotline!

    Comment by mookie — 11:45 am July 5, 2013 #

  3. my neighbor and i were asking people to not do the fireworks in the spray park area – but we couldnt stay all night – and it was trashed this morning. I wish people would at least clean up after themselves – but no they just leave it behind for someone else.

    Comment by christie — 12:50 pm July 5, 2013 #

  4. It’s now open

    Comment by Mike — 1:19 pm July 5, 2013 #

  5. Thanks to Christie for asking for no fireworks in the spraypark. We were doing the same. FYI the spraypark has a recirculating water system and all the toxins and hazardous materials going down the drain will be in the water.

    My kids, hubby and I were sweeping up the trash this morning. Three of our other neighbors were picking up garbage in the field and playground.

    Daily there is trash left behind at the Spraypark. Please practice Pack In Pack Out or use the trashcans.

    There is still more fireworks trash that needs to be cleaned up around the playground and the fields. Parks Department has been there once already to clean up.

    Please come play, and help keep the spray park, playground, and fields free of litter.

    It takes a community to build a community. :-)

    Comment by HP Community Helpers — 1:33 pm July 5, 2013 #

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