Lincoln High is getting a $19M update. An earlier version of this story mentioned that that part of this would involve changing the parking lot into a playfield (which would have a pretty big impact on the surrounding neighborhood), but I got a few notes that this was in error. Rachel wrote:
I just wanted to correct some of the information you posted about the proposed athletic field at Lincoln High School. I was on the design committee as a community participant, and the plan to is to keep the north lot as a parking lot when the school is renovated, as well as take over the current library/Solid Ground parking (which belongs to the school district). The master plan would convert the west half of the parking lot into a small playing field in the future. But funding for that is contingent on future building levies (there is no current funding for it, nor for providing seismic and ADA upgrades to the two east buildings).
Also, there will be no outdoor athletic/play spaces in the current plan (the plan is for students to use the fields at Lower Woodland).[Also of note,] the gym and theatre (the 2 east buildings) will NOT be seismically retrofitted or modified to accommodate disabled students under the current plan. The buildings have not been updated since they were built in 1959, and would not likely withstand a major earthquake.
If you want to learn more about it, there’s going to be a community meeting on Thursday to learn about the Lincoln High renovations in general. Presumably, the parking lot conversion will be part of it.
Lee Basset writes:
The plan for renovating Lincoln High School will be presented to the community on June 23rd from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Lincoln High School Auditorium. This renovation is part of the Seattle School District’s “Building Excellence” bond program. I think the community will be pleased with many of the ideas being proposed. However, the design team was faced with significant challenges due to the age of the building, size of the lot, and historic preservation constraints. Perhaps the biggest constraint has been an inadequate budget which resulted in disappointing compromises: non-compliance with American with Disabilities Act access standards in the east building, no seismic upgrades to the east building, no significant theatre upgrades, and no outdoor athletic facilities. The east building issues are to be addressed by future bond funding.
As a former Lincoln High School faculty member, community resident, and member of the renovation advisory team I have mixed feelings about the plan. On the one hand, I believe the design team has come up with educationally sound ideas and an attractive design. On the other, it seems unacceptable to go forward with a design that fails to meet seismic and ADA standards in all buildings.
Please plan to attend, learn about the plan, and share your enthusiasm and concerns.
A bit more info can be found on the BEX IV project page.