Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting an open house to share plans for replacing aging timber features in Mayfair Park, including a stairway from the ‘70s, retaining walls and light fixtures. The play area is not part of the project, and the park will need to close when the project starts in spring 2020.

The open house will take place 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, in Mayfair Park, 2600 Second Ave. N.

SPR is replacing the retaining wall and stairway with $1.1 million in project funding through the Seattle Park District, which includes planning and design.

SPR project manager Emily Griffith said the stairway, leading up to the park from Mayfair Avenue, and the retaining wall will be replaced with more sustainable materials.

“It’s going to be an MSE wall,” she said. “It’s a kind of wall that has layers of earth that support it and it has a concrete face.”

Geotechnical firm Aspect Consulting performed machine and hand borings late last year to make sure there would be no negative impacts due to the steep slope of the park.

“It’s had a good run,” Griffith said of Mayfair Park, “and it’s time to reinforce it a little bit.”

The project is at 30 percent design currently, and construction is expected to take around 90 working days to complete, Griffith said.

Anyone with questions or accommodation needs before the open house can contact Libby Hudson at or 206-256-5988.