SURVEY: What do you want to see at renovated Fairmount Playground south play area?

Another city-park playground renovation is in the works.

(Seattle Parks photo)

This time, it’s Fairmount Playground‘s south play area. Seattle Parks has opened a survey – take it here – and scheduled a community meeting, where you can “meet the design team and provide input on play equipment.” That’s set for 6:30 pm May 30th in the cafeteria at nearby Fairmount Park Elementary. Read more about the renovation here. (The Fairmount north play area was renovated less than a decade ago.)

13 Replies to "SURVEY: What do you want to see at renovated Fairmount Playground south play area?"

  • Riptide May 15, 2019 (11:11 am)

    Less off-lease dogs! 

    • ACG May 15, 2019 (12:24 pm)

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  That’s a good one. (But one that unfortunately will never happen.) Too many self entitled folks out there. 

    • Abc May 15, 2019 (2:54 pm)

      Ha! I actually mentioned that in the comments box on the survey this morning.

  • Nw mama May 15, 2019 (2:33 pm)

    That playground is fine!  Seriously.  Has anyone in the parks department looked at Hiawatha?  It’s in Terrible shape (and has been for the past 8 yrs) and it is one of the most heavily used parks in the area.  

    • Admiral Mom May 16, 2019 (7:42 am)

      I have been wondering the same thing! That playground is actually dangerous. There are high ledges that little kids can call off of. It looks like it was built at least 40 years ago. I know a lot of these projects are through the Neighborhood Matching Grants program but I’m sure there are people who have tried to renovate Hiawatha. The only thing I can think is that it’s an Olmstead Park and has limitations.

      • KA May 17, 2019 (10:45 am)

        At Highland Park Playground there are monkey bars under the bridge on the climbing structure with decks.

  • Kirk May 15, 2019 (7:38 pm)

    I speak from experience here. We had several meetings with the people renovating the Highland Park play structure. Everyone asked for monkey bars. Over and over. Monkey bars. They said “OK Great!”  Guess what?  No monkey bars. My advice is be a PIA over it.

  • Joyce May 16, 2019 (12:05 am)

    Does anyone know why this playground was chosen for an upgrade over many other needed in the neighborhood? And, why doesn’t the Fairmount Park school community need to do the playground replacement? Our school’s playground is in much worse shape and our school PTSA had to organize and pay for a new playground — not the parks dept. 

    • WSB May 16, 2019 (12:55 am)

      This is on Seattle Parks land, not the school. So it’s a Parks project. Parks has to do a lot of accessibility work and the description of that project repeatedly mentions accessibility.

  • Junction Lady May 16, 2019 (8:39 am)

    It’s a high use playground and from first hand experience monkey bars are in high demand with school age children and currently there are not enough for the demand.  

  • Retired Don May 16, 2019 (10:03 am)

    So why would my granddaughter and I be told not to play at the south playground during school recess?   The staff told us to leave.  I don’t go on school playgrounds because we know that’s the rule. They actually put fences and lock up the play fields on most school grounds.  Maybe if a sign was installed  giving the hours we are allowed by the school to use our public park..

    • west_seattle_steve May 16, 2019 (8:21 pm)

      The playground and soccer fields at Alki Elementary is the same way. It is a public park, but the school kids get exclusive use when they are at recess or gym.

  • Lo May 17, 2019 (10:20 am)

    Surprised to see that this is the one in line for a rebuild. We like this one a lot, and there is another modern playground right next to it we also use. Hiawatha is in terrible shape and way too small for the crowds it draws. 

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