Colleen Hackett, Parks Operations Crew Chief, sent in this response to comments on the Wallingford Playfield Update post:
Because the playfield is intended for youth soccer, wear-and-tear from play is inevitable.
Because Seattle law entirely prohibits dogs from playfields, that wear-and-tear is avoidable.
Seattle Parks does close the field when it’s too wet. We also wait to schedule after-school and weekend play until late spring when it’s less wet. But drop-in play (like the cleat-wearing Frisbee games) we can’t control. I will look into ending youth soccer earlier at the end of October, rather than in November to reduce wear.
Thanks to the community for any help avoiding the wear-and-tear that’s avoidable!
(Photo from the set of progressive photos of the playfield taken and poste by Fred Slater)