By Hannah Weaver
The Loyal Heights Play Space on NW 77th St and Twenty first Ave NW reopened on June 3 after 5 months of enchancment to replace the amenities and make it extra accessible.
The play area has been Inside the works for yrs: Again in 2017, Seattle Parks and Recreation started amassing suggestions for The mannequin new playground, which was Alleged to be Inbuilt 2018.
The prolonged-awaited new play area Consists of a swing set, slides, climbing constructions, a plaza with picnic tables, and a smaller climbing construction for youthful youngsters. The playground additionally Consists of a water fountain, plus accessible pathways connecting the play area to the Loyal Heights Group Center. The complete playground was made extra accessible to be in compliance with the People with Disabilities Act.
Lakewood-based mostly agency Inexperienced Tech Excavation started enchancment in early January, eradicating the previous constructions and including new gear from Panorama Buildings. The enterprise was funded by the 2020-2025 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy, and was given a price range of $600,000, Based on a June 8 press launch from Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Planning and design started Inside The autumn of 2017 and included a quantity of conferences and a survey To collect community enter. Katie Ford, a mother or father And fixed Heights resident participated Inside the survey And will be very Proud of the accomplished product.
“I don’t assume we realized how a lot we missed An area right here,” Ford said. “I really feel like we acquired super fortunate as a Outcome of I’ve a one-yr-previous and a six-yr-previous… really feeling like each [are] completely accommodated, And in addition understanding that it’s An area They will develop into Is primarily particular.”
Ancompletely different mother or father, Salma Schoenberg, agreed thOn the play area is “An monumental enchancment, for constructive, from the previous one.” Her six-yr-previous loves the cylindrical rope climbing construction however she additionally famous thOn tright here are options at completely different shut toby parks Which might’ve been good additions.
“We stay shut to Salmon Bay Park, so The one issues That are lacking right here that [my son] loves are the zipline and a sandbox, however Aside from that, every thing else is accommodated, for constructive,” Schoenberg said. “We Choose it, we’ve been right here Daily Because it’s been open.”
The neighboring Loyal Heights Playfield has additionally had some current upgrades, with a full turf alternative. The developing older synthetic turf at Loyal Heights Playfield was eliminated On The prime of final yr and changed with An synthetic turf system with 2.25 inches of carpet/grass, cork, and sand infill over a half-inch cushioning pad.
Photographs by Hannah Weaver