The 2008 parks levy paid for work on the Lower Woodland Park playfields and for a playground at Gasworks. The playfields were done right away because they saved the parks department on maintenance costs, and the playground at Gasworks has been put off to next year because it adds to maintenance costs (the levy didn’t include money for operations, so that’s how parks sorted projects). The Gasworks playground is currently scheduled to open in March 2016 after construction this fall, but it is running behind schedule. I’ll post plans when they are done.
While you wait, a number of other projects are finished, and a fun thing to do with the kids is to check out new playgrounds and parks. To the East, the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and Playground represents almost 6 million tax dollars all on its own and has great views and equipment. Matthew’s Beach and Laurelhurst playgrounds also have new equipment and are a good target for a day on the Burke Gilman trail. The arboretum also got 3 million in upgrades which make a walk through there even a tick nicer than it was before.
To the West, the playground at the NW corner of the zoo was just finished last year and Ross Playground was finished in 2012. Kirke Park is also a really cool new playground that’s easy to miss but includes a nice piece of history centered around the foundation of a church with a crazy back story. The Heron Rookery on the far side of the Ballard locks is really worth a visit during nesting season- it feels prehistoric to be in the woods surrounded by herons overhead. And of course there’s Golden Gardens playground, an upgrade that happened a while ago but that is still worth appreciating.
Below is an interactive map, if you can’t view it (in email or smartphone world), click here for full screen view.
The only clear failure is the funding for the Burke-Gilman through Ballard. Here’s a nice post on the history of the project.
For a PDF view that includes all the investments including south of downtown, see here. Note the PDF map is nicely clickable too, which is where I got most of the links shown above. On the PDF view the status color red means “project finished” and green means “project not finished”, which seems totally backwards to me but made sense to someone.