BEACON MOUNTAIN | SEATTLE, WA
Owner/Client: Seattle Parks and Recreation
SvR Role: Landscape Architecture & Civil Engineering
Construction Cost: $1.5 million
Start Date: 2007
End Date: 2012
From Beacon Mountain’s covered overlook, users of this innovative natural play environment are able to take in panoramic views of Jefferson Park and Puget Sound. The real fun begins when they splash in the sprayground, swoosh down the curving slides or glide along the ziplines.
Like the relationship between Beacon Hill and the Duwamish River Valley, Beacon Mountain rises above the surrounding landscape of Jefferson Park. At the foot of the hill, a sequence of water elements—a cistern, a rain garden, porous pavements and a sprayground—combines the best of natural and industrial processes to demonstrate a more sustainable strategy for urban hydrology.
The sprayground is a recirculating system using only low-flow, in-ground spray elements. After the water is dumped from the recirculation system it is pumped into a large cistern and then slowly released into a large rain garden via an underground drip irrigation system. The plants and soils clean the water before it infiltrates showing today’s kids the kind of simple and sustainable solutions they can define for tomorrow.