Seattle Parks and Recreation opens Pratt Park Spraypark
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is pleased to announce that the Pratt Park Spraypark renovation is complete and invites the community to enjoy the new spraypark! The spraypark will open on Saturday, May 28 over Memorial Day weekend. Pratt Park is located at 1800 S Main St. in the Central District. The spraypark is located near the playground at the corner of 20th Ave. S and S Washington St. A community celebration and ribbon cutting will take place on Friday, June 10 and the community is encouraged to come out and celebrate.
SPR hired Site Workshop Landscape Architects and Hoshide Wanzer Architects to work with the community and design the park improvements. The initial scope of the project included the installation of a water recirculation system and new play features in the existing spray park and expanded to include a new restroom building, fitness facilities for adults, site furniture, trail improvements and upgrades to the irrigation system. The recirculation system significantly improves water conservation and increases safety and play value, which improves the user experience. The custom-designed restroom building features a butterfly roof and vegetated wall trellis systems, as well as a gender-neutral single-cabin restroom.
The spraypark’s revetment features a map of Africa etched in concrete and retains bronze sculptures created by artist Monad Elohim; the sculptures represent the spirits of African-American ancestors. The spraypark also preserves bronze plaques, created by artists Monad Elohim and Daniel Minter, reflecting the identity, culture, and places of origin of the African-American community. These plates will be reinstalled later. The path between the spraypark and the playground will have painted lines for hopscotch, two squares and the skipping rope.
The renovation is a great example of public and private funding coming together to make improvements. The Parks and Greenspace Levy and the Seattle Park District provided initial funding for the park, with Vulcan Real Estate and the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation contributing a total of $50,000 toward park renovations and improved amenities. trails. A partnership with Kaiser Permanente provided $80,000 for adult fitness equipment.
The park is located in the Central District and is named after Edwin T. Pratt. Pratt was a community leader, executive director of the Seattle Urban League, and founder of the Central Area Motivation Program and the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center. He was killed by unknown persons at his home in 1969.
For more information on the project, visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/pratt_park/. For questions regarding the project, please contact Shannon Glass at [email protected] To see a list of other sprayparks in Seattle, visit https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/sprayparks-and-wading-pools.