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Seattle Parks and Recreation opens Day Camp and Activity Camp registration

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On Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 Seattle Parks and Recreation will open registration for all of its amazing summer camp opportunities for youth ages 3-17!  This includes a wide variety of camps including Nature Camps, Preschool Camps, Tween Camps, Sports Camps, Arts Camps and more.

There are also state-licensed day camps available for children kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants will be put into age-appropriate groups to better meet the needs of the child.  Families may register children for a timeframe of one to 11 weeks.  Scholarships and Department of Social and Health Services subsidies are available for these camps. [Read more…]

Jan. 22 PARK BUZZ: You haven’t been there unless you have a PIC to PROVE it

Send your photos to @seattleparks on Twitter for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Visit our homepage and subscribe to Explore More, our twice-monthly newsletter, to learn about new things happening in our parks and community centers this month.

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@morganejanine @ Gas Works Park “Lucky to live in such a beautiful place. This is just a short jog from my dorm. #Seattle”

 

@flowerdude @ Golden Gardens Park "#gull #goldengarden #seattle"

@flowerdude @ Golden Gardens Park
“#gull #goldengarden #seattle”

 

@monica_fox @ Magnuson Park "A little rain won't stop me #one5Kamonth #magnusonseries @ Warren G. Magnuson Park"

@monica_fox @ Magnuson Park
“A little rain won’t stop me #one5Kamonth #magnusonseries @ Warren G. Magnuson Park”

 

@liquidnight @ Discovery Park "Photo: To the Lighthouse Discovery Park, Seattle, WA, March 2009 Shot with a Holga 120CFN Fuji Velvia"

@liquidnight @ Discovery Park
“Photo: To the Lighthouse Discovery Park, Seattle, WA, March 2009 Shot with a Holga 120CFN Fuji Velvia”

 

@laura_depauw @ Gas Works Park "Enjoying the view from Gas Works Park!"

@laura_depauw @ Gas Works Park
“Enjoying the view from Gas Works Park!”

 

@jenkstagramm @ Discovery Park "Mother Nature's Brush Strokes | Discovery Park, Seattle"

@jenkstagramm @ Discovery Park
“Mother Nature’s Brush Strokes | Discovery Park, Seattle”

 

@blonderunner @ Volunteer Park  "18 mile #run + park views! #Running #Seattle #earthathon"

@blonderunner @ Volunteer Park
“18 mile #run + park views! #Running #Seattle #earthathon”

 

@xcaptainloud @ Volunteer Park "a couple of my favorite shots from today taken at the arboretum and volunteer park"

@xcaptainloud @ Volunteer Park
“a couple of my favorite shots from today taken at the arboretum and volunteer park”

 

@aimeeburchard @ Green Lake Park "Seattle, Green Lake inspiration. Such a perfect place for elopement photos! Xo!"

@aimeeburchard @ Green Lake Park
“Seattle, Green Lake inspiration. Such a perfect place for elopement photos! Xo!”

 

@justinmeckley @ Golden Gardens Park "Post NFC Championship victory lap! #Seattle #Ballard #GoldenGardens #GoHawks"

@justinmeckley @ Golden Gardens Park
“Post NFC Championship victory lap! #Seattle #Ballard #GoldenGardens #GoHawks”

 

@thechrisduclos @ Magnuson Park off-leash area "First time ever at Magnuson park and I run into Sumo's brother from the same litter Otis."

@thechrisduclos @ Magnuson Park off-leash area
“First time ever at Magnuson park and I run into Sumo’s brother from the same litter Otis.”

Parks to host Momentia! event to support dementia-friendly community

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Seattle Parks and Recreation invites persons living with dementia, family, friends and all who support a dementia-friendly community to the 2015 Momentia! New Year Celebration at China Harbor restaurant.momentia

The Momentia! New Year Celebration will offer refreshments, drinks, musical entertainment, dancing and karaoke. To register, call Cheryl Brown, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-386-9106 before Jan. 23. Tickets cost $12.

Seattle Parks and Recreation piloted dementia-friendly recreation in 2014 in response to the growing number of community members living with memory loss and the firm belief that people living with memory loss should remain a vital part of our community. [Read more…]

Parks to host community update on multi-use trail in Arboretum

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting for the Washington Park Arboretum Multi-use Trail. This community update will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the Arboretum’s Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E.

The Arboretum Multi-use Trail project provides a pedestrian and bicycle loop trail through the Arboretum. The community update will provide information on the design, the construction timeline and impacts to the park and neighborhood. The meeting will focus on the improvements on the south end of the trail. For the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists at the south end of the park, the City is exploring options to make 31st Ave. E a one-way street southbound. [Read more…]

Community invited to ‘Activate Northgate’ at Hubbard Homestead Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Northgate Community Center Advisory Council invite the community to a celebration dedicating the new skatepark and outdoor exercise equipment at Hubbard Homestead Park, 11203 5th Ave. NE, in the Northgate neighborhood. The celebration, Activate Northgate, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with the official ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.

The event features activities for the whole family including free beginner skate lessons, exercise equipment and skateboard demonstrations, giveaways, music and snacks. Skate Like a Girl encourages beginner skateboarders to come out and learn how to skateboard. All skateboard equipment will be provided and there will be fun skate giveaways.  [Read more…]

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club members earn two national titles

Jeff Covell Andy Klubberud competing in the Bowls USA National Championships in Florida.

Jeff Covell Andy Klubberud competing in the Bowls USA National Championships in Florida.

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club’s men’s teams swept the Bowls USA National Championships in Florida this November. For the first time since 1945, the Jefferson men’s singles and pairs teams both took first place.

To compete in the National Championships, one must qualify by winning either Pairs or Singles in division playoffs.  The Northwest Division, comprising a six-state territory, is one of seven divisions in the nation.  The playoff winners then play each other in the National Championships to determine the National Champion. The title is awarded to both men and women in Pairs and Singles.

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Access to water temporarily closed at Magnuson Off-leash Area

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As a precaution, Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at the Magnuson Park dogs off-leash area.

Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the off-leash area. Toxic algae blooms are most common in the summer and fall, but can occur any time.

King County Department of Natural Resources collected water samples and submitted them to the State Toxic Algae Program. The information was reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Tests have revealed that the toxins are currently found in the scummy algae that accumulate in some places along the shore.

In general, people and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated and dogs should not drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae. Out of an abundance of caution, Parks closed beach/water access in the off-leash area until it is deemed safe for dogs to swim and play in the water.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

 

Seattle youth unite for justice

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The third weekend in January, come rain or snow, Seattle Parks youth come together to learn, reflect and follow in the footsteps of one the most influential civil rights leaders of our time.

“We cannot walk alone,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. announced in August 1963.  “And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.”6762347617_8ab7896525_z

On Saturday, Jan. 17, Seattle teens will gather at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at 11 a.m. for their annual march. The teens will hold a moment of silence and put flowers into the fountain for youth we have lost to violence, before making their way to Rainier Community Center via Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Rainier Avenue S.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

 

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

  • Boat ramps
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses

 

Jackson Park Golf Course opens new driving range

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On the morning of Jan. 9, Seattle was covered in a blanket of fog, and yet resident golfers still arrived early at Jackson Park Golf Course’s new driving range to practice their swing.Jackson-Range-Nov2014

The driving range, which opened to the public Jan. 8, is a two-level, 50-stall, lighted and covered facility. It sits on the previous location of the course’s 10th hole.

“The fact that people are coming out in this fog tells us that this is going to be a popular place,” said Jackson Park Golf Course tournament coordinator Geoff McNeish. “We’ve gotten really good feedback on the facility. Everything has finally come together.”

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