Photo depicting Girmay Zahilay playing street hockey with other community members wearing Kraken jerseys.

PHOTO ESSAY | Revitalized Skyway Park Reopens!

by Nikki Barron


Skyway Park is back!

After months of renovation, Skyway Park is now open to the public after a major capital project that added a new playground, installed a new mini-turf soccer field, refurbished the softball field, and upgraded the basketball court. King County Parks also installed a new pathway with security lighting and improved ADA accessibility.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Skyway community members joined King County Executive Dow Constantine and County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay at a community event to celebrate the completion of the $3.9 million improvement project. Representatives from the Seattle Kraken hosted a hockey workshop, gear giveaway, and offered tickets to a regular season game.

“I am grateful to the community for providing the momentum — and cocreating the design — to transform this park for a new generation of Skyway residents,” said Constantine. 

Photo depicting Dow Constantine speaking in front of King County Parks' blue and green van.
King County Executive Dow Constantine speaks during the Oct. 9, 2022, Skyway Park Reopening event. (Photo: Nikki Barron)

The project was mostly funded by the voter-approved King County Parks Levy. The U.S. Department of the Interior contributed about $300,000. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Shannon Estenoz recently toured the park along with Constantine.  

King County Parks partnered with Skyway Coalition to conduct extensive community engagement to ensure that the redesigned park offers amenities that are most beneficial to local residents.

“We know that access to green spaces and recreation is vital for community health and resilience,” said Zahilay, whose district includes Skyway. “This community deserves a stellar park.”

Photo depicting Girmay Zahilay speaking in front of King County Parks' green and blue van.
King County Councilmember (District 2) Girmay Zahilay speaks during the Oct. 9, 2022 Skyway Park Reopening event. (Photo: Nikki Barron)

The Seattle Kraken will organize another community event in January after installing permanent convertible basketball hoops and hockey goals at crosscourt along with four new lights for the basketball court and another swing set. The team will also unveil new artwork created in partnership with local artist T.R. Miles.

Photo depicting a map of the renovated Skyway Park leaning against the King County Parks van.
A map of Skyway Park with its new renovations, including improved ADA accessibility. (Photo: Nikki Barron)
Photo depicting community members playing street hockey within a pop-up Seattle Kraken ring.
Representatives from the Seattle Kraken hosted a hockey workshop, gear giveaway, and offered tickets to a regular season game at the Skyway Park Reopening event on Oct. 9, 2022. (Photo: Nikki Barron)
Photo depicting Rebecca Berry speaking in front of King County Parks' blue and green van.
Rebecca Berry, manager of the Skyway Coalition, speaks during the Oct. 9, 2022, Skyway Park Reopening event. (Photo: Nikki Barron)
Photo depicting an individual seated at a table and under a pop-up tent branded with WC Teen Program and King County Parks' logos.
The White Center Teen Program also had a booth at the Skyway Park Reopening event. (Photo: Nikki Barron)
Photo depicting community members playing street hockey.
Skyway community members played street hockey at the Skyway Park Reopening event on Oct. 9, 2022. (Photo: Nikki Barron)
Photo depicting Warren Jimenez speaking in front of King County Parks' blue and green van.
Warren Jimenez, King County Parks director, addresses attendees during the Oct. 9, 2022, Skyway Park Reopening event. (Photo: Nikki Barron)
Photo depicting two youth playing street hockey.
Skyway community members played street hockey at the Skyway Park Reopening event on Oct. 9, 2022. (Photo: Nikki Barron)

Nikki Barron is a freelance photographer, videographer, and graphic designer for the South Seattle Emerald based in Seattle’s Skyway neighborhood. When she’s not working at The Emerald, you can find her working as the Communications and Outreach Manager at SMASH, a nonprofit that provides access to free and low-cost healthcare to Puget Sound area musicians or as the founder of Papercut, a magazine, and community for women and those that experience misogyny in music. You can learn more about Nikki and see her work at NikkiMarieBarron.com

📸 Featured Image: Skyway community members play street hockey with King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay and King County Executive Dow Constantine. (Photo: Nikki Barron)

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