Garfield Super Block - Play Area, Promenade & Comfort Station Renovation

Updated: February 21, 2023

Spring 2023

The Garfield Super Block Renovation Project recently completed 30% design and presented to the Seattle Design Commission (SDC). Check out the presentation package here.

The community and design team have made good progress on further developing the design! In the SDC package you will find the following:

  • Look and Feel for the accessible loop path, ramp, site furnishings, and amenities
  • Design and floor plan for the comfort station building
  • Plantings, hardscape, and accessibility plans
  • Designs for the play area and all ages park spaces

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


Garfield Playfield Campus, 537 25th Ave 98122


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!


Design, Permitting & Bidding: 2023
Construction: Funding and Permitting Contingent: 2024

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. 

Parks and Recreation

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

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