Cal Anderson, E 26th & Lynn Streets, and Soundview Terrace Play Area Renovations

Updated: July 12, 2023

Summer 2023

July 19th at 10am: Lynn Street Playground Opening celebration!

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation and our partners, the University of Washington Botanic Garden and the Arboretum Foundation as we celebrate the renovation of the Lynn Street Playground (West Arboretum Tot Lot). The morning will be full of fun with kids activities, lemonade, music and exploring the new play area.

Lynn St./West Arboretum Playground Celebration Poster with Details

To increase project efficiency, the original Cal Anderson play area renovation was bundled and put out to bid with renovations for two other play areas: the West Arboretum Tot Lot (E. Lynn and 26th E.), and Soundview Terrace. We awarded the construction contract for all three projects to LW Sundstrom, Inc.

  • The Cal Anderson project should be completed by the end of July 2023, as we work diligently to open the area.
  • We will start construction on the Soundview Terrace play area renovation around July 17 and work through August. 

History of Cal Anderson Play Area

aprevious small play structure was installed in 1999 and needed replacement. The site is often used as small gathering space for local groups, library programming, and as an entrance to the Arboretum and, of course fun play for kids.

The Montlake community provided early input on the Tot lot playground replacement project by reviewing options for the play area and taking an online survey. The project design team is reviewing the input to consider what is important to you at the tot lot play area.


Cal Anderson Park1635 11th Ave, 98122


Fix It First - Capital Improvement Project has assigned $250,000 in funding for planning, design, and construction of this project.   


Planning: Summer 2020 - Winter 2020/2021
2021 - 2022
Construction: Begins Early 2023

Project Description

This play area renovation project will:
   ·   Replace play area equipment due to deterioration of wood in old equipment
   ·   Repair/Replace play area surfacing
   ·   The new play equipment will meet current national safety standards and assure accessibility to children of all abilities, ages 2-5 and 5-12
   ·   Improve access to the play area, if needed, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

During construction the contractor will need to close the play area. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor hired for the project will work to minimize impact to the neighborhood.

Community Participation

Please watch this page for opportunities to participate in the public process.

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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