Garfield Super Block - Play Area, Promenade & Restroom Renovation

Updated: February 14, 2024

Early 2024

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Design Project Open House on February 1! In case you were unable to attend, please watch the 60 % Design Virtual Presentation Video to learn more about the project and provide your feedback using the link below.

Provide feedback here! 


     The project team presented to the Seattle Design Commission (SDC). Check out the presentation package here

    View the Play Area, Promenade, and Comfort Station Renovation Plan here.

    Logos of the Garfield Super Block Collaborators - Garfield Super Block; Site Workshop Landscape Architecture; Seattle Office of Economic Development; Seattle Parks & Recreation; Seattle office of Planning & Community Developpment; Seattle Parks Foundation; 4 Culture; King County Equity Now

    Location

    Garfield Playfield Campus, 537 25th Ave 98122

    Budget

    REET I, REET II, City Council and SPS Levy funding in addition to grants.

    As of February 2022, the project has secured over $1.7 million in combined public and private funding for construction. In April 2022 the project was awarded Land and Water Conservation Fund – Legacy grant for $2,085,000! 

    Please visit the Garfield Super Block website for the most current information and to donate!

    Schedule

    Design, Permitting & Bidding: 2023-2024
    Construction: 2025 (Funding and Permitting Contingent) 

    Project Description

    This community-led full renovation project will address the unfinished portion of the 2005 Garfield Super Block Master Plan: grounds improvements within the park to strengthen site use and activity, and a "Legacy and Promise Promenade" which integrates arts and amenities to reflect the cultural diversity and rich history of Seattle's Central District.

    The scoped site area is bounded by East Cherry St (North), 25th Ave (East), 23rd Ave (West) and the Teen Life Center (South). The renovated park will improve access for multi-generational recreation, with new play areas for different age groups and abilities, a nature play area, an all-ages parkour facility and an accessible .34 mile loop path around the park. At the south property line we are also collaborating with SPS to implement landscape improvements that will bridge both properties to provide a unified site plan.  

    Other upgrades include site lighting, an accessible ramp at the southeast to complement existing stair access, a multi-use court for tennis and basketball, and a reconfigured plaza around the comfort station (restroom building) at the northeast.

    The project will also include public art installations. The artworks are collectively identified as “The Legacy and Promise Promenade”, which includes seven installations, designed to share the story of seven cultures that originally settled in the Central District. These seven cultures include: Duwamish, Jewish, Black/African American, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Italian.

    During construction the contractor will need to close the park. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood. 

    Community Participation

    Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Design Project Open House on February 1! In case you were unable to attend, please watch the 60 % Design Virtual Presentation Video to learn more about the project and provide your feedback using the link below.

    60% Design Open House - 2/1/24

    Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request.

    The Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) was issued on January 8, 2024 under 197-11-340(2). The lead agency, Seattle Parks and Recreation, will not act on this proposal for 14 days from the date of issuance (January 8, 2024). Written comments must be submitted by January 23, 2024 to David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov

    Download the DNS document for additional information. 
     

    Parks and Recreation

    AP Diaz, Superintendent
    Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
    Phone: (206) 684-4075
    Fax: (206) 615-1813
    pks_info@seattle.gov

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