B. F. Day Playground Play Area Renovation

Updated: January 22, 2024

Early 2024

The B.F. Day Playground is now open. The new play area at 4020 Fremont Ave N. provides several “nature play” elements that have been carefully chosen for this site including balance beam logs, a wood seesaw, and mushroom-topped stools. The play structure provides climbing and sliding elements along with an educational panel of animal tracks. These elements fit in well with the existing large trees and nature already on the site. The artistic brass leaves inlaid into the paths surrounding the play area were inspired by the Horse Chestnut trees planted along Fremont Avenue North.

Additionally, there are new swings including a bucket swing for children of all abilities. The renovation relocated the sandbox, further away from the stormwater catch basin, to eliminate the sand migrating to the catch basin and provides bench seating adjacent to the play area. The full site meets the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and national safety standards.

During the beginning of the project, the construction access was moved to the north to minimize any impact on existing vegetation. Construction vehicles entered on a temporary path that ran across the outfield of the ballfields at the site. Construction fencing is now in place around this path to protect the seeded turf as it gets re-established. SPR is working with the turf crew and athletic field scheduling to try and make their requested deadline of reopening this area in March 2024 when the grass has been established. 

You may view the final plans here.

Artist graphic rendering of B.B.Day Play Area, incorporating elements of "nature play" theme
B.F. Day Playground Equipment

Thank you to everyone who provided input at the 2019 meetings and in the online survey for the B. F. Day Play Area Renovation project. Documents from the meetings are located below.


B. F. Day Playground, 4020 Fremont Ave N, 98103


Seattle Park District provides $580,000 for planning, design and construction.    


Planning: Summer 2019 - Spring 2020
Design: Summer - Winter 2020/2021
Construction: Play Area - Complete in 2023, Playfield - March 2024

Project Description

This play area project will replace the play equipment and provide seating. This includes replacing the drinking fountain and accessibility improvements in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The play area and nearby pathways will be closed during construction. Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with the contractor to minimize the impact to the school and playfield.

Community Participation

Download the Meetings Poster

Public Meeting 10/10/2019

Public Meeting 12/05/2019

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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