Work to start on Bhy Kracke Park maintenance project

Much of Bhy Kracke Park (1215 5th Ave. N.) will be closed to the public as construction work begins on a much-needed maintenance project later this month. 

Funded by the Seattle Park District's Fix It First Initiative, crews will install pipe pile retaining walls at the pathway behind the play area, and remove a deteriorating cherry tree, which will require the closure of the play area (and pathways behind both it and the arbor), the adjacent lawn, the lower field and the picnic/arbor area. The work is expected to be completed by early July. 

While the contractor for the project — Bayshore Concrete — will work to minimize impacts to the neighborhood, the work to drive piles for the foundation of the wall will be noisy, and take about a month. 

Two additives were not within the budget and will not be constructed as part of this work; an additional pipe pile wall behind the arbor along with the removal of its northern bay, and the removal of a secondary switchback pathway at the lower garden with vegetation restoration. 

For more information about the project, visit or contact project manager Katie Bang via email at or by phone at 206-684-9286.