FOLLOWUP: Hiawatha Playfield reopening after turf replacement

12:56 PM: Thanks to Scott for the tip! He noticed that part of the fence was down and Hiawatha Playfield‘s new turf looked complete, so we went over for a look and then asked Seattle Parks about its status. Spokesperson Karen O’Connor replied that the turf-replacement project “is substantially complete,” adding: “The field is available for use and the remainder of the construction fencing will be removed by end of today. FieldTurf USA, Inc, the contractor for the project, will be working on finalizing a few items including delivering new soccer goals and completing the batting cage frame and tunnel.” FieldTurf won the contract with a $1.2 million bid.

3:33 PM: Update from Parks spokesperson O’Connor: “I just learned the construction fencing at Hiawatha will stay in place for another week or so; their subcontractor had some trouble with truck availability. There are openings in place around the field.”

13 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Hiawatha Playfield reopening after turf replacement"

  • Admiral-2009 September 8, 2023 (1:39 pm)

    It’s open now, yay

  • Admiral E September 8, 2023 (1:51 pm)


  • Spencer September 8, 2023 (2:28 pm)

    Alright! The Delridge Playfield replacement is moving along well too – as of today, it looks like about a third of the field has new turf. Here’s hoping it wraps up quick too!

  • Vee September 8, 2023 (2:39 pm)

    People , keep your dogs off it!

  • LOL September 8, 2023 (3:17 pm)

    Awesome the numbers are nice and clear so if you are walking/running on the track and you approach the numbers and they are upside down, that is your queue to turn around and go the right way.

    • Carson September 8, 2023 (3:51 pm)

      Ha ha ha, no. I always run in both directions. 

  • onion September 8, 2023 (3:56 pm)

    I just got back from an afternoon walk and finished with two laps around the track. Both the track and the turf replacement are very nice and cushy. if I were a young athlete I’d really appreciate playing on that field.

  • Les September 8, 2023 (4:38 pm)

    Fossil fuel byproducts are used in many everyday items that improve our lives such as artificial turf. The only green thing about this turf is the color.

  • Dogs September 9, 2023 (8:16 am)

    I already saw a dog owner with their dog on it. I am a dog owner and know to not let my dogs pee, or poop on turf and that they are not allowed on school fields or community turf fields. I wish all the rest of the dog owners will follow those rules too as those activities ruin turf. It is not a dog park. Keep emailing the city to create more dog parks in west seattle instead.

    • flimflam September 9, 2023 (10:31 am)

      Ugh, so frustrating. Some people really think they are special and above the rules.

    • FedUp September 10, 2023 (1:03 pm)

      The funny thing is the people who say they are only using a field for their dogs because the field is already in bad shape contribute to the field being that way.  They also say dog owners will stop using the field when they add artificial turf.  But of course that doesn’t stop them.Looking forward to these jerks ruining Madison Middle School field again when the work there is done.

  • Oh dang September 9, 2023 (8:34 am)

    Exciting news. This is a close park for us and my kiddo will have soccer games here! Thank you everyone for the hard work getting this completed for our community. Much appreciated! 

  • Bea September 11, 2023 (9:02 pm)

    Beautiful job; well done.

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