Seattle Parks and Recreation Presidents’ Day Closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents’ 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
• Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses
• Amy Yee Tennis Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks proposals for seasonal food service, recreational activities, and fitness concessions

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is seeking proposals for seasonal partners to operate food service, recreational activities, and group fitness concessions in various park locations throughout the city of Seattle. Locations vary with sites appropriate for carts, food trucks and other self-contained service businesses. 

Request for Proposal (RFP) packets can be downloaded, picked up in person at the address below, or mailed to you. Small businesses, women and/or minority businesses are encouraged to submit proposals.

Proposals are due Thursday, March 31, 2016. SPR will host a pre-submittal workshop on February 24, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA, 98109.

For more information or to download a copy of the RFP packet, please visit:

Mailing Address and Contact Information:
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Attn: Antoinette Daniel
800 Maynard Ave. S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134-1334
Office: 206 684-0902



12th Avenue Square Park Opens

12th AveSeattle Parks and Recreation and the 12th Avenue Stewards are excited to announce the opening of 12th Avenue Square Park located at E. James Court and 12th Avenue between Ba Bar and Cherry Street Coffee House in the Squire Park neighborhood.  Hewitt Architects and artist Ellen Sollod collaborated with the community on the woonerf designed park which provides pedestrians and cyclists priority on the street. This technique of shared spaces, traffic calming, and low speed limits contribute to improved pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety.

Situated between the Central Area and Capitol Hill, the 7,332 square-foot park is considered part of both communities. The park space will be used to strengthen community ties through programming local events and offering a great gathering place.

The artistic sculptural canopy structure called “Cloud Veil” that hovers over a rounded “pillow” and the wavy concrete paving design grew out of the Hewitt and Sollod collaboration. Several other smaller pillows for seating are sprinkled through the space. The park’s unique design also includes rain gardens to extend the feeling of open space for the entire block on E. James Court, a single east-bound lane.

This project is community-initiated with both the purchase of the parcel and the development of the park receiving different park levy Opportunity Fund awards. The 12th Avenue Stewards saw an opportunity, in this quickly developing area, to create a park for the community. “The park is the result of a decade of advocacy by 12th Avenue Stewards a neighborhood group, including residents, business owners and institutions, formed in the 1990s to champion the redevelopment of 12th Avenue.  Twenty years later, 12th Avenue Stewards continues to be an active neighborhood partner working with the City, local businesses and nonprofits, to advance the 12th Avenue Urban Village as a neighborhood corridor of vibrant businesses, restaurants, arts organizations, and institutions,” said long time neighborhood advocate Bill Zosel.

The creation of this new public space was made possible with funding from the Seattle Parks and Green Space Levy Opportunity Fund, the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, Seattle Parks Foundation Stim Bullitt Parks Excellence Fund, and Seattle Department of Transportation.

A grand opening celebration will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 5-7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk. Headlining the event is Naomi Wachira, Winner of Seattle Weekly’s 2013 “Best Folk Singer” award. The ribbon-cutting event will kick-off with a trio from the Garfield High Jazz Band.  The opening event is sponsored in part by Swedish Medical Center Foundation and will include refreshments provided by local businesses.

For more information about the park or to get updates on the upcoming event please visit or contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation at karen.o’ or 206-233-7929.

Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day Feb. 11-13

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NAD 2016 2x1.4 Icon F1We’re thankful for our Seattle neighbors every day, but in February, we dedicate a holiday just to them. Neighbor Appreciation Day is Friday, Feb. 13. Join the celebration at an event listed below!


Magnolia Community Center
What: Cookies, punch and coffee served
When: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13
Cost: Free

Ballard Pool
What: Public swim, free slide
When: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13
Cost: $2


Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
What: Free play space and light refreshments
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13
Cost: Free


Garfield Community Center
What: Indoor tot gym, cookies and juice
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12
Cost: Free

Miller Community Center
What:  Mighty Mights indoor playground with cookies and hot cocoa
When: 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, Feb. 11
Cost: Free


Southwest Pool
What: Public swim with snacks, games and prizes
When: 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13
Cost: Free

For more citywide events, visit the Department of Neighborhoods’ events calendar.

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents design for new waterfront park in the University District

Community invited to provide input

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to review the design for the development of a new park at 1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Bryant Building, 1117 NE Boat Street.  Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team from Walker Macy at 6:30 pm. Families, students, and neighbors are encouraged to attend and participate in the design.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team have incorporated community feedback from previous meetings into the design. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project and provide input on the final design.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014. The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and completed in 2018.

For more information about the Portage Bay park project please visit or contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or




Do you like being outdoors and sharing nature with others? Become a Seattle Volunteer Naturalist!


Environmental Learning Centers (ELCs) play a vital role at Seattle Parks and Recreation: to get people outside to learn about the natural world around us, and inspire them to become stewards of our environment. One of the many ways ELC staff does this is by training volunteers to be Seattle Volunteer Naturalists (SVNs), and we could not do this valuable work without them.

Our environmental learning programs serve all ages – organized groups and school groups from preschool through high school, as well as adults and families with children of all ages. Volunteers may lead a small group of elementary school students on an urban forest ecology walk at Camp Long, or teach families about the amazing intertidal life of Puget Sound at Discovery or Carkeek parks.  Whatever it is, our aim is the same: to enjoy exploring and learning about nature!

For further information on how you can learn about local plants and animals, and enjoy teaching effectively to small groups about our natural world, click on the poster above.




Seattle Parks and Recreation aquatics programs

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Doggy paddle, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke. We think it’s important to master one or two of these when you live in a city nearly surrounded by water. Our swimming pools offer swimming lessons, public swims and special events year-round, and best of all, they’re indoors. [Read more…]

Burke-Gilman Trail RE-OPENED at NE 132nd St. after landslide cleanup

Seattle Parks and Recreation has reopened a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail at 13200 Riviera Pl. NE that was closed on Thursday, January 28 due to a landslide.

Two caution signs stating “Slide Area” are posted at each end of the trail section between NE 127th and NE 142nd streets to inform trail users of this area over the weekend. Seattle Parks and Recreation crews also installed barricades and traffic cones on the west side of the trail adjacent the slide area.

Seattle Parks and Recreation work crews began cleanup efforts yesterday, removing three trees and approximately 20 yards of debris from the trail surface and adjacent area. Cleanup continued today, with work crews spending the afternoon sweeping and blowing off the trail. The trail section was reopened at approximately 2 p.m. today and trail users are no longer being detoured on to Riviera Pl. NE.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will continue to monitor the area to determine when the caution signs can be removed.


Participants “travel the world” with Dementia-Friendly Folk Dance class

Folk 3Seattle Parks and Recreation recently hosted a three-week Dementia-Friendly Folk Dance class to bring together persons living with memory loss and their care partners. The class met at Montlake Community Center, where participants “traveled the world” by performing a variety of folk dances from France, Greece, Russia, West Polynesia (Rarotonga/Cook Islands), Mexico, Japan, Turkey, and Aztec cultures. The group even created their own original folk dance performed to a song by South African musician Brenda Fassie.

Silver Kite teaching artist Susan Wickett-Ford shared her enthusiasm for leading the class: “Sitting there with a grin on my face at the end of class, and none of us wanting to leave, I looked around the circle and saw the same smile on every face.  ‘Dancing makes you happy,’ is what one participant said. I could say something more complicated, but not more true. I loved getting to play with these new friends. They helped each other, they encouraged me, they tried everything and laughed a lot. I thought I might have to be a cheerleader at times to get people on their feet, but I couldn’t stop them from dancing! What a privilege!”

Offered as part of a new partnership with Silver Kite Community Arts, the class was supported through a grant from the MemoryCare Plays at Taproot Theater, which supports creative opportunities for persons living with memory loss and care partners. Funding was also provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by 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.

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Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 132nd St. closed due to slide clean up and repair

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to clean up debris and temporarily stabilize the adjacent hillside at the site of a landslide, which occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, on a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail at 13200 Riviera Pl. NE.

The trail is closed from NE 127th to NE 142nd streets and bicyclists are being detoured on to Riviera Pl. NE, east of the trail. It is not currently known when the section of the trail will reopen.

The hillside in question is on private property and Seattle Parks and Recreation has notified the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, which will work to notify the homeowner.

Seattle Parks and Recreation dispatched civil and soil engineers, two heavy equipment crews, a tree crew, and a traffic control crew to the location of the slide this morning to assess the slide, stabilize the hillside, and begin cleanup efforts. Crews removed three trees and approximately 20 yards of material, filling up three dump trucks before a second slide occurred at approximately 1 p.m.

Crews are currently onsite working hard to stabilize the hillside. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Civil Engineer is directing cleanup efforts and monitoring the area to determine how much of the hillside is loose. Traffic control crews are set up on each side of the trail section with signage alerting bicyclists of the closure.