West Seattle projects in first wave of approved Parks Levy spending

The City Council Parks Committee meeting that’s under way now included a major milestone: Approval for the first spending in connection with the Parks Levy approved by voters last fall – more than $24 million in all. This includes some West Seattle projects, such as the start of design work for the extra park space that will be created on the new “lid” of West Seattle Reservoir in Westcrest Park, $1 million in renovations for the Camp Long Lodge (left), $3 million for Delridge Playfield artificial turf, and $170,000 for Fairmount Playfield renovations including play-equipment replacement. The full list of projects can be found in the official legislation approved by the committee this morning (which goes to the full Council next week). Earlier in this morning’s meeting, the committee — chaired by West Seattle-residing Councilmember Tom Rasmussen – listened to a Parks Department presentation addressing concerns about artificial turf on Seattle playfields (including 12 existing installations as well as the aforementioned Delridge plan); Parks staffers noted that the city’s preferred supplier provides a product with no lead, while adding that only one city playfield has turf with lead (Genesee, in southeast Seattle), and said the advantages of artificial turf include year-round usability and lower maintenance costs.

1 Reply to "West Seattle projects in first wave of approved Parks Levy spending"

  • Susan April 14, 2009 (9:31 pm)

    That’s great news about the Fairmount Playfield – and the first I’ve heard about replacement of the play equipment. I hope that Parks will choose equipment that will make this underutilized play area more attractive for children in West Seattle. I wonder whether there will be opportunities for neighborhood input.

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