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Help design a new park in Wedgwood!


Seattle Parks and Recreation is inviting the Wedgwood community to participate in the design of a new park located at 8605 35th Ave. N.E.

Join parks staff and the design consultant, Studio 41, on Monday, February 25, 2019, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Thornton Creek Elementary School, 7712 40th Ave. N.E. This meeting will be an opportunity to learn about the project and provide your own input that will inform the overall design for the park.


A second meeting with be held on April 3 (same times and place) to show the design options that reflect on what SPR and Studio 41 hear from the community. Community members will also have a chance to provide additional input on park design options at the April 3 meeting.


The city website has full details on the project.


For questions about the project, please contact Colin Campbell at 206-256-5604.


Lakeridge Playground Improvement Project survey

Seattle Parks and Recreation is starting the design phase for the Lakeridge Playground Improvement Project at 10145 Rainier Ave. S. The project will make playground and playfield renovations including new play equipment, new field grass turf, irrigation and drainage renovation, court resurfacing, retaining wall study, and access improvements to meet ADA standards.

The project team has designed an online community survey to gather initial feedback and encourages neighbors and friends of Lakeridge Playground and playfield to participate.  Additional input will be gathered at an upcoming public meeting in March.

The project is expected to be complete and put out to public bid by the end of 2019, with construction slated for 2020.


Here are public meetings planned about the project:


6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday March 6, Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Avenue South.

4-7 p.m. Wednesday June 5, Lakeridge Playground Park, 10145 Rainier Avenue South.



Seattle residents: How to get city funds for your neighborhood project

Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods has launched its program for 2019 in which Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) grants will be awarded to certain community-initiated projects that could include park improvements, special events, art and more.

There are two different programs:

The Community Partnership Fund awards grants of up to $25,000 per project. Deadlines are March 4, June 3 and Sept. 9. 

The Small Sparks Fund is for smaller projects, up to $5,000, that might include National Night Out or a neighborhood cleanup, for example. Funds will be awarded, on a rolling basis, through Oct. 31.




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