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Posted on: February 22, 2023

The City Closes Playgrounds Due To Safety Concerns

oak hill park playground equipment

***UPDATED March 3***

Due to safety concerns, the City of Lake Stevens Parks and Recreation Department is closing five playgrounds today, February 22. Four of these playgrounds will be removed, the other one will need to have significant repairs made prior to reopening.

Several additional playgrounds also need repairs, although they will stay open to the public. Most of the playgrounds needing repair are 15 - 22 years old and are smaller in size, located in residential neighborhoods. The closed playgrounds will have temporary orange fencing installed and signs posted to let the public know if it will be removed or repaired.

Part of the process for getting all the playgrounds repaired and replaced, or the smaller area repurposed for other recreation will include community feedback.  It is important that all community members and immediate park neighbors participate in the process. All community members are invited to attend a public meeting in-person in the Sawyers Room at The Mill, 1808 Main Street or online on Zoom, on Thursday, March 2, at 6:00 pm to discuss playgrounds. 

This meeting will be the first of several public meetings scheduled to discuss the City’s parks and ensure that the recreational needs of our community are met. The Parks and Recreation Department encourages all community members to attend meetings or watch them on YouTube when they can’t attend in person. Your comments and feedback are very important in deciding the future of parks. 

Read the press release here for the complete list of playground closures and more information.

See the listings with photos of each closed playground here  

Watch the Parks and Recreation Playground Meeting here

Updates: Greenwood Village 2 had repairs made and was reopened on March 3. Mandolin Court and Summer Hill Estates have had their play equipment removed on March 2.

The playground surveys are now available and will be open for a two-week period to allow for as many community members to respond as possible. They will close on Monday, March 20 at 10:00 am.

All residents are encouraged to complete the City-Wide Playground Survey, which is for playgrounds and recreation throughout the City. The other five (5) surveys are specific to the parks which had playgrounds removed and should be filled out by residents who live close by or that have interest in the park.

Greenwood Village 2 Playground Photo

Mandolin Court Playground Photo
The Reserve 2 Playground PhotoSummer Hill Estate Playground Photo

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