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Jefferson Park, the sixth largest park in the city, offers unparalleled views of the Duwamish River, the city and the Olympic Mountains. The Olmsted-inspired path system flanked by trees offers a wonderful respite from city life along with many active opportunities. The covering of the reservoirs and two voter-approved Park levies transformed the park into a great community gathering place for southeast Seattle. It is the home to the Bill Wright Golf Complex at Jefferson Park, the Jefferson Community Center, Jefferson Lawn Bowling, Jefferson Skatepark and Beacon Mountain.

Bill Wright Golf Complex at Jefferson Park

Bill Wright played golf at Franklin High School and Western Washington University and became the first Black competitor to win a US Golf Association championship.  He learned the game at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Beacon Hill and made history in 1959 when he won the US Amateur Public Links Championship in Denver.  In 2024, Jefferson Park Golf Course was officially renamed in honor of Bill Wright.

Visit the Jefferson Park Golf Course Holes #11-12 Renovation project page for information about the renovation project.

Jefferson Park Playfield Synthetic Turf Replacement Project

The playfield’s synthetic turf was replaced in summer/fall of 2023 and is open for public use. Seattle Parks and Recreation conducted condition assessments on all our synthetic turf fields in 2018, which informed both immediate maintenance needs and the order in which field projects are funded for replacement. This project replaced 153,500 sq ft of aging synthetic turf at Jefferson Playfield. This included the removal of the old ‘worn out’ synthetic turf and addressed structural repairs to curbing, subsurface drainage, and the rubberized running track.

Continued improvements are being planned to make field access more accessible. Implementation of these accessibility improvements is on a separate project timeline from the turf replacement project due to additional permitting requirements. Osborn Consulting is finalizing construction drawings for the addition of two accessible parking stalls and an accessible ramp off 16th Ave S. This work is currently anticipated to be under construction by late summer/early fall of 2024.


The budget for the planning, design, and construction of the synthetic turf replacement and accessibility improvements is $2.8 million.

Turf Replacement Schedule (Complete)

Bidding: Spring 2023
Construction: Late July - Late October 2023

Accessibility Improvements Schedule

Bidding: Summer 2024
Construction: Late Summer 2024

Anticipated Impact

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired will work to minimize impacts to park visitors and the community. For additional information please contact Jonathan Pagan at: Jonathan.Pagan@seattle.gov


Summer 2023

Schedule for all sprayparks here

Reserve your tennis court

Amy Yee Tennis Center's indoor courts can be reserved up to 6 days in advance, over the phone (with  purchase of an annual telephone reservation card) or in person, for a maximum of one court per day. Same-day indoor reservations can be made over the phone at (206) 684-4764 or in person without a reservation card. Find out more about these plus outdoor citywide courts on our tennis court reservations page.

Have your special ceremony here!

You can schedule an outdoor ceremony in almost any of our 400 parks, but this particular location is especially well suited for outdoor ceremonies. Please visit our outdoor ceremonies reservations site for more information.

Parks and Recreation

AP Diaz, Superintendent
Mailing Address: 100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA, 98109
Phone: (206) 684-4075
Fax: (206) 615-1813

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