Celebrate Youth Appreciation Week with us!

Each year, Seattle Parks and Recreation celebrates teens with Youth Appreciation Week by providing special programming during Seattle Public Schools’ spring break week. Programming includes regularly scheduled activities, special events, field trips, and activities designed to celebrate this special week for teens.

For more information, call Cindy Sandino-Chang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-551-7316.

Friday, April 7 – Skating at Southgate Roller Rink, 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 8 – Swim at Meadowbrook Pool, 1:30 to 3:p.m. 

Monday, April 10 – Swim at Medgar Evers Pool, 7 – 8 p.m. 

Tuesday, April 11 – Swim at Queen Anne Pool, 7-8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12 – Cook-off at Northgate Community Center, 2-5 p.m. 

Thursday, April 13 – Movie at Langston Hughes PAI, 3 p.m. 

Friday, April 14 – Block Party (2-6 p.m.) and Pool Party (8-9:30 p.m.) at Southwest Teen Life Center


SPR 2017 YAW

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on design of new North Rainier park

Share Button

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on design of new North Rainier park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to an Open House on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 to provide input on the design of a new park for the north Rainier community. Join SPR’s staff from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Gardens, 3610 33rd Ave. S to learn about the new park and provide design input. Neighbors of all ages are encouraged to attend and provide feedback on what amenities and park elements are preferred for the neighborhood. Light refreshments and children’s activities will be provided.

SPR purchased multiple parcels located at or adjacent to 3655 35th Ave. S, north of the Safeway parking lot, to provide approximately .75 acres of open space for the urban village. The design of the park will incorporate accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide access to open space within this high-density urban village. SPR will work with the community on the design and encourages community participation. Please participate in a short survey to inform the design: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NorthRainierPark 

“This park will be an important addition to the north Rainier area as a whole and a wonderful complement to the multi-generational Rainier Court community,” said Jay Woolford, Executive Director of SHAG, which is hosting the meeting and helping support the park concept. “We urge the public to come to the Open House to contribute ideas about how this open space can be most accessible and beneficial to people of all ages.”

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for SPR including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

For more information or for meeting notification translations, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/north-rainier-landbanked-site-park-development. For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations, please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-233-0063 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.


Share Button

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to an Open House for High Point Community Center play area renovation project

Other City departments will also be in attendance to provide community updates and services

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to provide input on the High Point Community Center play area renovation project on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the HighDSCN0461 Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW. Weather permitting, the event will be held outside near the play area. The landscape architect, project planner and project manager will provide information on the renovation project and gather community input on play features and amenities. The play area is south of the community center near the tennis courts.

This is an all-ages event with light snacks and children’s activities. We encourage all to attend and participate by providing input on the best play area design option for the High Point neighborhood.

This project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements, and improve safety and other features at the park.

The Seattle Park District provided the funding for this play area improvement project. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation, including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously-acquired sites.

Translated meeting notices and additional information can be found here: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/high-point-play-area-renovation. If you have questions about the project, or if you would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter, please contact Karimah Edwards, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-233-0063 or karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is partnering with other City departments to provide the High Point community with updates on other City projects and services. The following will be available during this all-ages event:

  • Wondering what Democracy Vouchers are, and how you can use them this year to support participating candidates running for City Council or City Attorney?
    • Come talk with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission about the Democracy Voucher Program and have all your questions about this brand new, first-of-its-kind public financing system answered. Learn who the participating candidates are, how to get replacement vouchers, and more!  For more information, stop by our table, visit our website at www.seattle.gov/democracyvoucher, or contact us at democracyvoucher@seattle.gov or (206) 727-8855
  • Seattle Department of Transportation will provide information on the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project, Delridge RapidRide H Line, Summer Play Streets and other Street Use Permits:
      • The Fauntleroy Boulevard Project builds upon previous planning work done by the community to create a gateway entrance to West Seattle via mobility, landscaping, and lighting improvements to Fauntleroy Way SW between 35th Ave SW and SW Alaska St. We’re currently refining the design, including collecting feedback from the community. Visit the project webpage to learn more and complete an online comment form, now through March 31.
      • The Metro RapidRide H Line project will provide fast, frequent, and reliable public transportation between Downtown Seattle and Burien through the Delridge neighborhood. We’re seeking input on two options. Participate in our online open house and survey at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/rapidrideh.htm. Project materials will be available at this event.
      • Apply Now for Summer Play Streets! With a FREE play street permit, you can temporarily limit your block to local traffic so that kids (and adults) can go out and play in the street. With the extra space, you can play hopscotch or 4-square, have a dance party, practice yoga, create art, have 3-legged races, bounce a ball, skate, bike, and run. The options are endless! The summer season begins on April 1 and ends September 30, 2017. Play streets can happen once or regularly throughout the season, up to three times a week, six hours per day. Learn more and apply at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/playstreets.htm


Share Button

Celebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks and Recreation

A month of earth days draft 2B

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, but we’re using the whole month to celebrate! Join us and our partners at one of the many volunteer Earth Day events listed below, or view our event calendar or the Green Seattle Partnership for more options, and help give back to your community. Volunteers can get involved in a variety of projects at local parks, urban forests, and other natural areas around the city. Volunteer activities include nature walks, gardening, trail repair, mulching, cleanup, planting, weeding, invasive species removal, nature exploration, and much more.

Promoting responsible stewardship of the land is part of our mission, and volunteering with an environmentally focused program is a great way to make connections and spark action, inspiring the next generation of stewards.

April 8: Salamander Search
2 p.m.  – 4 p.m. at Camp Long Environmental Center
Register by calling 206-386-4237

April 22: Earth Day Beach Clean Up
2 p.m.  – 4 p.m. at Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
Join other volunteers for a work party to help clean up beaches at Discovery Park. Suggested donation of $5 to support nature programs at the park.
Register by calling 206-386-4237

April 29: Peekin’ in the Ponds – Tots Walk (ages 2 – 3)
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. at Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
Register by calling 206-386-4237 or at www.seattle.gov/parks

April 29: Tidepool Investigations
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
Register by calling 206-386-4237

April 29: Low Tide Beach Safari
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at MeKwaMooks Beach
Register by calling 206-386-4237

April 30: Low Tide Beach Safari
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at MeKwaMooks Beach
Register by calling 206-386-4237

April 22: Celebrate Urban Nature!
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Magnuson Community Center gym and auditorium.
Fee: $2 per person (Kids ages 2 and under are free!)
This annual spring event is co-sponsored by Magnuson Community Center and Earthcorps, and features a myriad of family-friendly presentations, interactive booths, and displays; art and nature activities; a Nature Explorers Lab, and more!
More info: http://magnusonnatureprograms.com/?page_id=2455

April 22: Duwamish Alive Earth Day Event: West Seattle
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meeting location: Pathfinder School/Pigeon Point Park/West Duwamish Greenbelt
Duwamish Alive collaborates with the community, municipalities, non-profits and businesses within the Duwamish River watershed to preserve and enhance habitat for people and wildlife and improving the health of Puget Sound.  As a Duwamish Alive member organization, EarthCorps supports this vision of creating a River for All.  Hundreds of volunteers will work with Duwamish Alive member organizations to make a huge impact on the health of the Duwamish River Watershed.
More info: https://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer/event/a0E8000000OR5BREA1/

April 1: Lincoln Park Volunteer Work Party
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Lincoln Park
Join the Friends of Lincoln Park as we work to bring the beautiful mature forests of our park into restoration.
More information and to register: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10526/

April 1: Woodland Park Work Party
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Woodland Park
Make seed balls and do some light weeding. This will be a fun event for adults and kids alike! Dress for the weather, wear closed toe shoes, and bring a water bottle. We will provide tools and adult sized work gloves.
More information and to register: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11063/

April 2: Lewis Park Restoration Event
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lewis Park
With Spring in the air and warmer temperature, it’s time to begin our park Spring cleaning. We will be pulling weeds, grooming the trails and clearing any fallen debris from the winter winds.
More information and to register: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11073/

April 8: Licton Springs Park Work Party
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Licton Springs Park
Join Friends of Licton Springs for our monthly work parties– Get yourself and Licton Springs Park in shape! Canary Reed pulls, Mulch barrow jogs, Wood chip bends, planters’ squats and bramble root digs. All you need for a good day’s work out.
More information and to register: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10979/

April 15: Golden Gardens Park Work Party
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Golden Gardens Park
We remove invasive weeds and plant native species that return the forest to a more natural ecosystem. We provide tools and training so we only need your enthusiasm to help restore this beautiful park.
More information and to register: We remove invasive weeds and plant native species that return the forest to a more natural ecosystem. We provide tools and training so we only need your enthusiasm to help restore this beautiful park. http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10439/

April 22: Nora’s Woods – Earth Day Celebration
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at corner of 29th and Columbia St.
Neighbors and visitors get together to freshen up this pocket park from its winter doldrums. Hoist wheel barrows of trail chips and plant mulch to all corners of the park.
More information and to register: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10871/

April 22: Earth Day Habitat Restoration at Discovery Park
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Discovery Park
Celebrate Earth Day with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust! As the City of Seattle’s largest multi-use park at 534 acres, Discovery Park is a park of regional significance. However, many of the areas of the park have been degraded by invasive plant species and lack the diverse habitat needed to provide a balanced ecosystem. We will be continuing our restoration efforts by removing invasive plant species. The project will enhance the species diversity, forest structure, and function of the area.
More information and to register: http://mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/sites-and-opportunities/discovery-park-1/earth-day-habitat-restoration-at-discovery-park

April 22: Jackson Park Golf Course – It’s Earth Day, Hooray!
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Discovery Park
Help restore native vegetation to remnant forests along the peaceful 2.2-mile trail that wraps around the Jackson Park Golf Course! We’ll remove invasive ivy and blackberries, roots and all, to ready another piece of ground for planting native species later, during the rainy season.
More information and to register: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10737/

April 22: Me-Kwa-Mooks forest friends restoration
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at a picnic table on the lawn at 4503 Beach Dr. SW.
Volunteers will continue work to restore the Me-Kwa-Mooks greenbelt to a more natural state, removing invasives and liberating native plant species. Activities can include, blackberry lopping, ivy wrestling, planting, and enjoying the forest and views of the sound.
More information and to register: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/11087/

April 22: St. Marks Greenbelt – Refresh and Restore
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Meet at the St. Mark’s Greebelt trail sign on the south edge of the St. Mark’s Cathedral parking lot (1245 10th Ave. E).
This is a beautiful place to spend your Saturday morning restoring your nearby urban forest. Help our group of Forest Stewards with monthly tasks and nourish your mind and body with refreshing Nature. In addition to working with us, you can take a walk and tour the acres of towering Big Leaf Maples and Sword ferns. If you are lucky you’ll see a Coopers Hawk or two!
More information and to register: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/10787/

April 22: Student Conservation Association Earth Day in Seattle
9a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Washington Park Arboretum
Volunteers will restore the Washington Park Arboretum through planting, mulching, removing invasive species, and maintaining trails throughout the arboretum.
More information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sca-earth-day-in-seattle-wa-registration-32304834630?aff=es2


Share Button

Vote for your favorite Seattle parks project this Earth Month

One of three parks projects has the chance to receive $20,000!


Through an initiative called “Meet Me At The Park,” one of three local parks and recreation projects will receive a $20,000 grant – and Seattleites get to choose which one.

This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. including projects right here in Seattle through Meet Me At The Park – an initiative that gives back to the places that shape so much of our lives.

Seattle Parks and Recreation aims to make Seattle a better place to live by providing places and programs that encourage people to be healthy and connect with their community, while supporting a healthy environment. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 we’re asking residents to vote on which project they’d like to see receive $20,000 in grant funding.

“Thank you to the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company for this wonderful opportunity, and for supporting park and recreation projects that encourage Seattleites to explore open spaces and to better connect with their communities in vibrant and healthy ways,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre.

The project choices are:

  • Connecting kids to nature at Carkeek Park: This project will restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the salmon-bearing creek in Carkeek Park and the Viewlands Elementary School that sits adjacent to the park. The project will connect kids to nature by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting carkeek to 35350.*
  • Urban Fresh Food Collective: The Urban Fresh Food Collective is a partnership between community-based organizations and Seattle Parks and Recreation to develop local foodshed leadership and workforce opportunities, enhance community health, and increase access to fresh, culturally relevant food. This project will support five community leaders in receiving stipends for their roles mentoring and instructing a team of youth in hands-on growing of food, and bringing it to market and table. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting urbanfresh to 35350.*
  • Rock the Park at Magnuson Park: Rock the Park is a program that enriches the lives of formerly homeless youth living at Solid Ground Housing at Magnuson Park. The program focuses on healthy living and offers youth a variety of activities including nutrition classes, nature walks, field trips, rock climbing, tennis lessons, sailing and more. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting magnuson to 35350.*


By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, you can vote daily for your favorite park project. At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. New this year, everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.

“Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA Director of Conservation. “That’s why we are proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help fund critical park improvement projects in communities in need. We encourage everyone to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by voting in this year’s Meet Me at the Park campaign.”

Last year, the public voted for Climb, Hike and Restore at Camp Long to win $20,000. With that funding, Seattle Parks and Recreation brought ten different elementary school third grade classes to Camp Long for a field trip of rock climbing, hiking and a service-learning project.

This Earth Month, show how parks revitalize your community and vote to improve local parks right here in Seattle. Encourage your friends to vote too by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired.

For more information and to vote, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.

*Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 35350 to opt out and to discontinue further participation in the Promotion.  Text HELP for information. If you enter via text messaging, you will receive four (4) text messages in response to your entry from an automated system. Consent is not required to buy goods and services.  To view the Sponsor’s Mobile Privacy Policy, http://www.nrpa.org/About-National-Recreation-and-Park-Association/the-fine-print. To view Mobile Terms and Conditions, visit http://www.helloworld.com/terms.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.





Share Button

Yesler Community Center closure

5408151141_83abecd086_bYesler Community Center (917 E Yesler Way) will be closed through Sunday, March 26 for a pest control inspection. Following the inspection, the Center will remain closed from Monday, March 27 through Sunday, April 2 for planned maintenance. Yesler Community Center will reopen on Monday, April 3.

To find an alternative community center to use during this time period, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/community-centers-a-z

Share Button

First section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail opens to visitors


Community encouraged to visit Looptrail.seattle.gov and sign up for construction updates

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation are excited to announce that on Thursday, March 23, 2017, the first section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum opened to visitors.

The new path from 31st Ave. E and E Madison connects Arboretum visitors to Arboretum Dr. via the new paved asphalt path. Additionally, a short section of trail on the west side of Arboretum Dr. is open to pedestrians, connecting access up to the Pacific Connections Garden. The path is ready for use; landscape and other work elements will continue into the spring.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a multi-use path open to pedestrians and bicycles. Bicycles in the Arboretum are welcome on asphalt trails only; they must yield to pedestrians and follow the maximum speed limit of 10 mph.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes as construction progresses to the north. SPR and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work on this project. We anticipate completion of the trail by early 2018.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Dr., creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden.

SPR is happy to open this key section of the trail. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff continue to be the priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. To receive construction updates please visit LoopTrail.seattle.gov.

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum Loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is a key component of mitigation work being done as part of the SR 520 Bridge replacement. The Loop Trail fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands.

For more information about the project visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/washington-park-arboretum-loop-trail For additional questions please contact project manager Garrett Farrell at garrett.farrell@seattle.gov or 206-233-7921.


Share Button

Celebrate April Pools Day 2017 – Free water activities and safety information


With summer fast approaching, there is no better time than now to start preparing for how to stay safe and get the most enjoyment out of swimming and water recreation season. In April, seven of our indoor pools will host April Pools Day events for families and community members. These events will include FREE public swims, water and boat safety information, and fun activities for kids.
Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your family how to enjoy summer safely. April Pools Day water safety topics will include:

  • Preventing open water drowning
  • Lifejacket use and promotion
  • Cold water awareness
  • Basic water rescue for children

Events and activities will vary by pool location. See table below for information on Seattle Parks and Recreation events or click here for information on all pool facilities participating in King County.

Pool Address Phone Date and Time
Ballard Pool 1471 NW 67thSt. 206-684-4094 April 15; 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Evans Pool at Green Lake 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N 206-684-4961 April 15; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Helene Madison Pool 13401 Meridian Ave. N 206-684-4979 April 16; 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Medgar Evers Pool 500 23rd Ave. 206-684-4766 April 15; 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook Pool 10515 35th Ave. NE 206-684-4989 April 15; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Queen Anne Pool 1920 1st Ave. W 206-386-4282 April 15; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southwest Pool 2801 SW Thistle St. 206-684-7440 April 15; 10:30 a.m.-noon


Share Button

Our 2017 Summer Employment Guide is here!

summer employment

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) and 37 citywide advisory councils, is now accepting applications for various summer programs. Temporary positions are available at 24 community centers, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor pools, two small craft centers, and many public beaches and wading pools.

Click here to download information highlighting the programs and positions for which we are currently recruiting for the summer season. If you need more information regarding the programs or positions, please inquire with the appropriate contact person for the program in which you are interested.

Positions include:

  • Special Needs Youth Counselor
  • Adults with Disabilities Counselor
  • Boat Ramp Ranger
  • Wading Pool Attendant
  • Cashier
  • Lifeguard
  • Day Camp Director/Assistant Director
  • And many more!


Share Button

Three-week closure for Rainier Beach Pool; One-week closure for Rainier Beach Community Center


Rainier Beach Pool (8825 Rainier Ave. S) will be closed for preventive maintenance for three weeks from Monday, March 27 through Sunday, April 16. During this period, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be upgrading the popular corkscrew slide, working on preventive maintenance on the facility’s three pools, moving to LED lighting, completing minor deck grating repairs, and doing general cleaning.

To find an alternative pool to use during this time period, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/pools/pools-a-z

Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Ave. S) will be closed for one week from Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 16 for a hardwood floor refinishing project.

To find an alternative community center to use during this time period, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/community-centers-a-z

Share Button