Bitter Lake Playfield - Play Area and Comfort Station Renovation

Updated: October 14, 2021

October 2021

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the public process. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) appreciates the community's participation in designing the new play area for Bitter Lake. The design team from Hoshide Wanzer Architects and Berger Partnership incorporated community input into a preferred schematic design and gathered additional feedback on the swings, spinners, and multi-generational fitness and sensory equipment at the park on September 18, 2021 and collected additional feedback in the September 2021 online survey. See survey results and Schematic Design below.

This project will replace the play area equipment and renovate the existing comfort station (restroom) with the goal of bringing these amenities up to current safety and accessibility standards. Accessibility for all is a value of Seattle Parks and Recreation. The comfort station renovation will likely include individually accessed, all-gender toilet facilities, and the play area will include new play equipment that is accessible to children of all abilities. In addition, the project will make other site accessibility improvements that meet the standards from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Location

Bitter Lake Playfield13035 Linden Ave N, 98133

Budget

Current budget includes $1,520,000 of REET 1 funding for planning, design and construction.

Schedule

Planning: Fall 2020
Design Permitting & Bidding: Fall 2021 - Spring 2022
Construction: 2022

Project Description

This project will replace the play area equipment and renovate the existing comfort station (restroom) with the goal of bringing these amenities up to current safety and accessibility standards. Accessibility for all is a value of Seattle Parks and Recreation. The comfort station renovation will likely include individually accessed, all-gender toilet facilities, and the play area will include new play equipment that is accessible to children of all abilities. In addition, the project will make other site accessibility improvements that meet the standards from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

During construction the contractor will need to close this portion of the park. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood. 

Community Participation

Seattle Parks and Recreation thanks everyone who participated in the December 2020 play area survey. 
See survey results here

Seattle Parks and Recreation thanks everyone who participated in the summer 2021 second play area survey.
See survey results here

Seattle Parks and Recreation thanks everyone who participated in the September 2021 online survey and the third public meeting in the park on September 18, 2021.
Feedback results from both events are combined here
See the Schematic Design presented here

Online Open House 2/9/2021

Online Open House 7/15/2021