FOLLOWUP: Southwest Athletic Complex work begins

<(WSB photo substituted Thursday for original district-provided image)

Back in March, we wrote about renovation work planned this spring/summer at Southwest Athletic Complex – and now Derek McCloud from Seattle Public Schools (which owns SWAC) sends word that work has begun:

Construction has started on the track at SWAC … most of the old track has already been torn up. It looks like the installation of the new track will begin next week! Graduation for Chief Sealth (5 PM on the 21st and West Seattle on the 21st @ 8) will still take place at the complex.. After graduation the field, will be torn up, and our hope is it will be ready by mid- to late August/early Sept for high school football practice. We would like to let the public know the field will be closed most of the summer, and to please stay out of the complex (which is locked) during the construction project!

District documents say the $1.5 million project “will include replacement of the existing synthetic turf at football, softball, and baseball fields using cork infill, refurbishing the existing rubberized running track, and associated work.”

7 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Southwest Athletic Complex work begins"

  • JR May 24, 2018 (6:16 am)

    I’m not crazy, am I?  That photo is reversed??  It’s OK if I am crazy, just wanted to know…

    • Derek May 24, 2018 (7:31 am)

      It is! I took the photo, but my camera was cracked, so I took it in selfie mode.

      • WSB May 24, 2018 (7:59 pm)

        Sorry, I didn’t catch that, despite having been at Southwest Athletic Complex many, many times. Substituting a photo we took this afternoon.

  • J May 24, 2018 (4:44 pm)

    Whatever happened to the walkway improvement they were going to do around there?

  • Alki Betty May 25, 2018 (1:05 pm)

    Will this construction impact pre-Seafair Parade Band Jam night, usually late-July?? One of my favorite annual  West Seattle summer events! 

    • WSB May 25, 2018 (1:09 pm)

      Ours too. Good question. Will see if we can find out.

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