FOLLOWUP: Closed structure at Alki Playground removed, won’t be replaced before school rebuild

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2:19 PM: Thanks for the tips and photos. The closed/fenced-off play structure at Alki Playground has been removed. Seattle Parks had said they’d do that before the start of the school year; the educators’ strike apparently bought them some extra time. The play structure was taken out of service in early August; Parks told us afterward that a “safety inspection revealed a major structural issue with the wood decking.” At the time, they hadn’t decided what would happen once it was removed – whether it would be replaced before Alki Elementary closed next year for its rebuild – so we have an inquiry out to see if that decision’s been made yet, and will update when we hear back.

3:08 PM: Parks spokesperson Karen O’Connor says, “We are coordinating with Seattle Public Schools for the play area to be renovated and the structures replaced during the school rebuild between 2023-2025. We will not be replacing the play structures that are being removed before the new school is rebuilt. Some of the play equipment will remain and is not being removed.”

3 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Closed structure at Alki Playground removed, won't be replaced before school rebuild"

  • Kyle September 12, 2022 (10:21 pm)

    Any updates on Westcrest and Lincoln Park? I’m just hopeful more asking will get Parks moving…

  • Mj September 12, 2022 (10:32 pm)

    This is pathetic, maybe by the time my five year old has kids they will have it replaced.  

  • GW September 13, 2022 (7:06 am)

    So why did it ever say it was going to be rebuilt by mid October?Why couldn’t they just replace the questionable boards or whatever? Did they ever specify what exactly was wrong? It’s not like cars need to drive over the wool decking….

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