Magnuson Park Play Area Renovation

Updated: October 31, 2023

Fall 2023

The second in-person public meeting is being planned for early December. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) encourages the community to participate and help shape the future of this play area.

Prior to the meeting in December an updated online survey will be posted.

This project will replace the play equipment, making accessibility improvements in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), construct a new gender-neutral restroom and complete a conceptual design for a spray park. In addition, a conceptual design for a picnic shelter will be developed which will replace a damaged restroom located north of the Magnuson Boat Launch.


Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, 98115


$600,000 (play area), $975,000 (gender-neutral restroom), $500,000 next Municipal Park District funding round; total $2,075,000
Source: Major Maintenance Project Fund


Public engagement and design process: Summer - Winter 2023/2024
Design and Permitting: Winter 2023/2024 - Winter 2025
Construction: Early 2025 - Late 2025

Project Description

This play area, constructed in 1999, with the support of the Junior League of Seattle commemorated 75 years of their organization helping young women and children in Seattle.

This improvement project consists of four elements. The play area improvements, restroom construction, and demolition of a damaged restroom are fully funded. A conceptual design for a new splashpad is also part of the project.

Play Area – The existing play equipment was constructed in 1999 and as of 2023 has reached SPRs 21-year cycle for replacement. Numerous accessibility barriers have been identified along the walkways that connect the play area to the children’s garden to the north and athletic fields to the southwest. The project calls for replacing the play area equipment and bringing the play area up to current SPR safety and accessibility standards.

Restroom –The design of a new restroom near the play area will be completed followed by construction. A potential site was proposed to the south of the play area. As facilities were developed around the play area such as the off-leash area (2003) and the athletic fields (2009) citizens wanted a more centralized restroom.

Damaged Restroom – North of the Magnuson Boat Launch a former navy radar equipment building was converted into a restroom in the 1980s and was used to store SPR Aquatics equipment. However, this building was damaged by arson fires in 2011 and 2016. This project includes funding for demolishing the damaged structure and developing a conceptual design for reuse of the footprint as a picnic shelter.

Splashpad – a conceptual design for a splashpad for future construction is included in this project. It is considered a replacement for a wading pool located 3,000 feet to the east near the Magnuson Swim Beach.

Community Participation

Please watch this webpage for a second meeting to be scheduled for early December 2023.

Magnuson Junior League of Seattle Playground - First Survey Results

Public Meeting 8/3/2023 - Design Process Kick-Off

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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