Burke-Gilman Playground Park Renovation

Updated: February 15, 2022

Early 2022

Eli's Park Project group has launched an interactive series to engage the community in the process of gathering name ideas for the newly renovated park. Please visit https://www.elispark.org/post/pathways-to-a-new-name to learn more and submit a name before February 25, 2022.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working with the Eli's Park Project and the community to renovate the Burke Gilman Playground Park. Check out the plan, here. This 70,000 square foot park will see many improvements:

  • Renovation of the existing comfort station to include a community room and universally accessible restrooms with an adult changing table. Revised parking lot striping to increase available accessible parking spaces. Installation of pedestrian lighting.
  • Site upgrades include regrading to minimize disturbance around existing trees. Improved stormwater management that connects to new bioretention facilities at the south edge of the site.
  • Installation of new plant material and trees with new irrigation system. Logs, nurse logs, boulders, and snags to be installed throughout the site.
  • Multiple art elements installed throughout the park.
  • New play equipment at multiple locations on the site with safety surfacing installed throughout play areas. Equipment includes but not limited to slides, swings, spinner, balance/climbing elements, sand and water play space with manual water pump.
  • Site furnishings including, but not limited to benches, picnic tables, picnic shelter, wetland overlook view point, boulder seating, barbeques, bike racks and bike maintenance stand.

These upgrades are in direct response to community engagements efforts which highlighted the desire for a park that is welcoming and accessible to all abilities. The design team is working towards completion of the construction documents.


Burke-Gilman Playground Park, 5201 Sand Point Way NE, 98105


Neighborhood Matching Fund, provided $43,200 for planning and $25,000 for design development. King County Parks Levy, REET I and Washington State Local Community Projects have provided $1,8820,000 for construction. As fiscal sponsor, Seattle Parks Foundation has provided $2,252,374.

As of December 2021, the project has secured over $4 million in combined public and private funding for construction. Please visit the Eli's Park Project website www.elispark.org for the most current information and to donate.


Design: Summer 2018 - Spring 2022
Construction: Funding and Permitting Contingent: Summer 2022

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to renovate the Burke-Gilman Playground Park into a nature-based park for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. An innovative collaboration between Seattle Parks and Recreation and a diverse community group will result in a beautifully renovated park where people can find play, peace, and belonging.

Using the Neighborhood Matching Fund and working with Seattle Parks and Recreation the consultant selection completed with the hiring of landscape architects at Site Workshop who are leading an inclusive design process.

The community approached Seattle Parks and Recreation in 2017 with their ideas to renovate the Burke-Gilman Playground Park to be accessible, inclusive and nature-based. In 2018, they received a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the Department of Neighborhoods for the purpose of renovating the park at Burke-Gilman Playground Park into a space that will provide access to nature and community for our diverse community.

Community Participation

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has determined that the project does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with SPR. This information is available to the public on request. The Determination of Non-Significance was issued May 27, 2021.
Download the DNS document for additional information
Download the Analysis and Decision of SPR
View the SEPA Environmental Checklist document here

Public Meetings for Eli's Park Project - A community initiated project 
   •  Informational Flier

Hear from Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation

In the news!

Seattle's new inclusive park to be made in memory of boy with down syndrome - KOMO News

Family wants to renovate park in memory of special toddler - King 5 News

All are welcome and wanted on our journey to design a park for all. The more diverse our interactions, the more inclusive our world can become. To receive notifications about upcoming meetings, please join the Eli's Park Project mailing list.