Roxhill Castle still closed: Strategizing turret removal

(WSB photo from last Thursday afternoon)
The community-built play area at Roxhill Park is closed for a fifth day, according to Seattle Parks, because removing its distinctive turret isn’t going to be as easy as hoped. That’s according to Parks spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad, who says an onsite meeting is planned with its artist tomorrow, to strategize. As first reported here last Thursday, the metal turret was noticed early this month as leaning significantly; after checking that out, a Parks structural engineer voiced concern that the turret’s tiles might be too heavy for the play structure to bear. They subsequently closed and fenced off the play area as a precaution. They had hoped removing the turret to take it away for reinforcement might be an easy job, but now have found its not. Other parts of the play area are closed; the fencing is just around the “castle” at the heart of the play structure put up in a community collaboration a year and a half ago.

2 Replies to "Roxhill Castle still closed: Strategizing turret removal"

  • Seattle is Crazy October 27, 2014 (6:43 pm)

    Bring Bertha over she is not busy….

  • Daily's Construction Co. October 28, 2014 (1:03 pm)

    They should try to reinforce this – not remove it completely. I went and had a look for myself. After years of construction experience, I think removing it is overkill. They could certainly reinforce this. It would be a shame to lose such a unique piece of art.
    Pro tip: Next time bring in structural engineers before you bring in the artist.

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