Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department will use this grant to renovate the turf and lighting at Brighton Playfield, a 200,000-square-foot multi-sport playfield in south Seattle. The City will replace the natural turf with synthetic turf, install new lights, develop pathways, and add spectator seating and baseball and softball amenities. Brighton Playfield supports baseball, softball, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, lacrosse, and other field sports and leisure play. The renovations will expand playfield use in three ways. 1) Synthetic turf and drainage will allow for year-round play; 2) An increased number of playfields and improved lining will allow more simultaneous games and a greater variety of sport uses; and 3) Improved lighting will add hours of playfield use each day. The City estimates the improvements will increase playfield use by 85 percent. Seattle will contribute more than $3.3 million in cash, a local grant, and a state Youth Athletic Facilities program grant.