By Karen Watson
The community came out to celebrate Seattle’s newest playground last night at the dedication of the nautical themed play space at Golden Gardens.
Although open since the second week of August, this was the official Parks and Recreation Department kick off event. Dozens of kids took full advantage of the clear skies and fair weather, taking turns at the helm of the pirate ship jungle gym and even fending off pretend pirate attacks.
Local band Watch the Sky entertained the crowd with sea shanties and Celtic music.
The Pirates of Treasure Island were a definite hit with the youngest Ballardites, handing out balloon swords and lessons in how to talk like a pirate.
Sue Goodwin, Recreation Director for the Seattle Parks Department, acted as master of ceremonies, cutting the ribbon and taking the time to thanks all those involved in the playground’s development from planning to building. A kite making station and healthy snacks were also provided by Parks and Recreation.