South Park Community Center Site Redevelopment

Updated: March 4, 2024

Early 2024

The City is working to get the contractor on board and start construction in spring 2024.

The Community Center closed on 9/15/23 for the site redevelopment and improvements. The center will be closed through 2025. 

South Park Community Center programs have temporarily moved to Concord International Elementary School (723 S. Concord St.)

Review Site Plan Rendering

This project will include a spray park, play area, picnic area, lawn, extended parking, dog off-leash area, a full-size multi-sport court, and an all-season synthetic lit turf field with a circular walking trail, in partnership with Seattle Academy (SAAS). This project will be concurrent with the South Park Community Center Stabilization Project which will address a number of major maintenance, accessibility, and program needs at South Park Community Center.

Seattle Parks and Recreation entered into a partnership with Seattle Academy to provide funding for the field renovation including, fencing, lighting, and other mutually agreeable elements of the turf field and they will have use of the field on Monday through Friday during the fall and spring sports seasons in the afternoon. This is roughly 7.5% of the total time the field will be available to the community. To learn more about the project see the fact sheet.

Location

South Park Community Center Play Area8319 8th Ave S, 98108

Budget

$11 million construction budget - Seattle Park District; Seattle Parks Foundation; additional grant funding

Schedule

Planning and Design: 2019 - Fall 2021
Permitting:  Fall 2021 – Summer 2023
Construction: Fall 2023 - Early 2026
* Construction will occur at the same time as the South Park Community Center Stabilization Project

Project Description

In 2017, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) began collaborating with the South Park community on redevelopment, of the site, to promote a healthier and more vibrant space for all community members.
The project will include:

  • A full-size multi-sport synthetic turf field with a circular walking trail and an outdoor fitness zone.
  • Field lighting with new technology that minimizes glare and reduces light pollution.
  • New play facilities - including playgrounds, a sport court, and spray park - for a range of ages and abilities.
  • An off-leash dog area and expanded parking lot.

Through a partnership with SPR, Seattle Arts and Sciences Academy will provide funding for the synthetic turf field and lighting. This collaboration will provide improved recreation space for South Park residents while allocating designated time in the afternoon during the fall and spring sports season for Seattle Academy students.

The converted field will be available for unscheduled community use during the first few years. Seattle Academy will work with SPR and local organizations to fill gaps in the community offerings and facilitate an on-going relationship between Seattle Academy and South Park residents.

Community Participation

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request. The Determination of Non-Significance was issued September 12, 2019.
Download the DNS document for additional information.

Open House and Input Opportunity 8/20/2016

Community Meeting / Site Wide Plan Review 3/9/2018

2019 Open Houses with Input Opportunities 3/29 and 4/19

Online Open House 2/24/2021

Parks and Recreation

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

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