Historically low levels of investment in South Park have resulted in limited public spaces for kids to play. Inequities are exacerbated by the impacts from diesel emissions from surrounding highways, proximity to the Duwamish superfund site, waste facilities and industrial development — playing a significant role in the community’s health. Improvements to the Concord campus are critical to the needs of the diverse community.
Two years deep into the pandemic, the Concord International and South Park communities are small and under-resourced but have a lot of dedication, heart, and are so enthusiastic about the rethinking of the Puma Playfield. Now more than ever — as we begin to emerge from a great period of pandemic-fueled isolation, anxiety, and inactivity — a fun, useful, functional outdoor space that is instrumental in facilitating and encouraging play, activity, health (mental and physical) and community is of the greatest value to our kids and neighbors.
The Concord International School Parent Teacher Association (PTA), with permission from Seattle School District, is seeking qualifications from licensed, insured design teams to lead a planning and design effort that transforms the Eastern portion of the campus. The project includes conceptual design alternatives, a preferred schematic plan and a corresponding cost estimate. This effort is funded by the Seattle Parks Foundation in conjunction with the Concord PTA. The full RFQ can be found here.