Status Update on Myrtle Reservoir Park (to be, soon)

What’s with the Myrtle Reservoir Park?  Information is abstracted below from the Seattle Parks and Recreation website for the Myrtle project.  Update!!  The fences around most of the perimeter of the new park are now removed and the playfield is accessible.

We are making steady progress towards completion of the new park at Myrtle Reservoir. Construction of our new park is almost complete and we are eager to open this site to the public as soon as possible.

The lawn areas have been recently seeded and we want to protect these areas from foot traffic, but we also understand the community’s desire to have access to this new park. In the next several days we will be testing and commissioning our irrigation system and doing final cleanup work.

We also will be installing temporary protective fencing and signs within the park to direct people away from the newly seeded lawn and to protect SPU facilities. We are working closely with SPU to install fencing as soon as possible.

Once these things are done we will selectively remove construction fencing at the entry pathways, opening the park pathways and play area to the public.

Parks is planning on this “soft opening” soon after the above work is complete. An official public opening celebration, yet to be scheduled, will follow the “soft opening.

The design incorporates recreational elements and ideas suggested by the community members, Parks staff, Seattle Public Utilities and the Seattle Design Commission. The design includes an open grass field on top of the lidded reservoir for informal play with a pathway circling the field and ADA accessible pathways.

The children’s play area will feature open toy structures to enhance visibility and provide for better security. A viewing plaza north of the lid will include an interpretive element indicating High Point’s elevation as well as that of other prominent hills on the Seattle skyline. The slopes of the reservoir will be seeded with erosion tolerant Ecoturf which includes a mix of grasses and flowers.

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