B. F. Day Playground Play Area Renovation

Updated: June 7, 2022

Spring 2022

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) paused the B. F. Day Playfield play area project after receiving community concerns about the impact of construction on the existing trees on site.

As a Parks and Recreation agency, it is our job to balance the needs of the natural environment and the built environment, particularly in a growing, urban city. This is not always a simple task. After meeting with the Fremont Neighborhood Council and agreeing on an alternative construction entry we are happy to announce construction will resume this summer. We have developed a plan that takes into account community concerns and puts in place a plan that will minimize any impact to existing vegetation.

This plan includes changing construction access to the existing entrance off N. 41st St., adjacent to the softball field. The access will begin near first base with turf protection in place in order to cross the outfield.  SPR is committed to restoring the turf after the project is complete. Pedestrian access to the park from this point will be maintained during construction.

Additionally, this new plan allows the contractor to work during the dryer summer months limiting the rutting and impact to tree roots. The project will take approximately fourteen weeks to construct, and we anticipate the playground and playfield to reopen by late fall.

We are excited to see that there is a path forward and resuming this challenging project and we appreciate everyone’s cooperation during construction. The play area was well used by the community and needed updating as the equipment was past its useful life. Through the community design process, we heard that the sandbox and swings were well loved. We are replacing the swings and relocating the sandbox. Additionally, the updated design includes several “nature play” elements which have been carefully chosen for this site. These elements will fit in well with the existing large trees and nature already on the site. The project also includes decorative elements and renovating the full site to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and national safety standards.

You may view the final plans here.

Artist graphic rendering of B.B.Day Play Area, incorporating elements of "nature play" theme
B.F. Day Playground Equipment

Thank you to everyone who provided input at the 2019 meetings and in the online survey for the B. F. Day Play Area Renovation project. Documents from the meetings are located below.


B. F. Day Playground, 4020 Fremont Ave N, 98103


Seattle Park District provides $580,000 for planning, design and construction.    


Planning: Summer 2019 - Spring 2020
Design: Summer - Winter 2020
Construction: Fall 2021 - Fall 2022

Project Description

This play area project will replace the play equipment and provide seating. This includes replacing the drinking fountain and accessibility improvements in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Play area and nearby pathways will be closed during construction. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the contractor to minimize impact to the school and playfield.

Community Participation

Download the Meetings Poster

Public Meeting 10/10/2019

Public Meeting 12/05/2019