Seattle Parks and Recreation is awaiting approval of its master use permit to begin bidding for the first phase of redevelopment for Smith Cove Park.

“Summer would be a great time to start this project,” said SPR project manager Toby Ressler.

The 11.8-acre site is on the north end of Elliott Bay, between Queen Anne Hill and Magnolia Bluff, and is split by 23rd Avenue West.

The first phase will improve athletic fields on the west end of the park, add a half-acre, fenced off-leash dog area, gravel pathways and a picnic perch. The fields will include improved greenwater infrastructure to provide better filtering of runoff that ends up in the Puget Sound. A bioretention basin will be developed to the south of the off-leash dog park, which had originally been designed to be a full acre.

“The east side will come kind of as our phase two,” Ressler said.

The east side of the property is currently barren, save for the Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility and some vegetation.

The second phase will add kayak and beach access on the northeast end, a playground, beach grove, two sand volleyball courts, a parking lot, restroom facility and a beach stair. It will take longer to complete and be more expensive, Ressler said.

SPR strategic advisor David Graves told Queen Anne News last September that the department would seek more capital in the 2021 funding cycle.

A notice of application for the master use permit was published by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections on April 25, initiating a 30-day public comment period. Those comments can be sent to or by mail: Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, ATTN: Public Resource Center, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA, 98125-4019.