Latest Smith Cove Park news

Posted on November 16th, 2017 by Sara

Seattle Parks and Recreation is beginning the next phase of the design process for Smith Cove Park. A component of moving the design forward from our last public meeting held in February 2017 has been to refine the project budget. To that end, they are proposing to phase the project to maximize investment opportunities.

All are welcome to join Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) on December 5. At this meeting, they will outline their phasing strategy and schedule for the park development. This is an opportunity to learn about the project, receive design updates and ask them any questions you may have about the project. The community is encouraged to attend.

Public Meeting
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
6 – 7 p.m.
Catharine Blaine School
2550 34th Ave W

From Seattle Parks and Rec:

Pipe Replacement Project
On August 21, King County’s contractor began staging equipment for prep work to replace the 3,200-foot pipe connecting the existing sewer system to a storage tank in Smith Cove Park. The pipe was installed in 2014-15 to keep more of Magnolia’s sewage and stormwater out of Puget Sound. It was confirmed to be broken in November 2016. Earlier this year, the pipe break was located about 150 feet below West Galer Street near Thorndyke Avenue West.

Download the Magnolia Pipe Replacement Project document for maps and information. For additional information on the pipe replacement please go to this page.

Thank you to the over 90 people who attended the second public meeting for the Seattle Park District funded Smith Cove Park project on February 8.  The project planner and designers reviewed design options and we heard input from people representing specific groups (dog-off-leash area, sand volleyball, Little League/youth sports, and habitat groups) and from long-time Magnolia residents. This project develops the 4.9 acre easterly waterfront property recently acquired and makes improvements to the playfield half of Smith Cove Park (west of 23rd Avenue West) used for youth sports. The project could include a restroom, improved beach access, playfield improvements to drainage and irrigation, walking and biking trails, sand volleyball courts, dog-off-leash-area and other passive and active opportunities for all. Download the presentation from the February 8 meeting.

About Smith Cove Park

In 2015, the Friends of Smith Cove Park (FoSCP) received a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to undertake the initial public outreach and conceptual design for the expansion of Smith Cove Park. In early 2016 Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) hired GGN  as the design consultant. They will use the outreach and concept completed by the FoSCP as the starting point for the design of the park.  Amenities may include paths, landscaping, waterfront access points, a play area, and related improvements. Some improvements will also be made to the existing part of Smith Cove Park (west of this site), currently used for sports such as soccer. The improved park will provide waterfront access and ADA accessibility; provide enhanced opportunities for active recreation, increase environmental-sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people.

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