How to enjoy a sunny day in Seattle

Have you checked the extended weather forecast recently? With several upcoming days predicted to reach the high 70s, now’s the time to start planning outdoor activities to soak in the sunshine. With 465 parks, miles of trails, and 26 community centers offering an array of recreational activities, Seattle Parks and Recreation has you covered for getting the most out of our upcoming sunny Seattle days!

Enjoy lunch outdoors

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Whether you grab something to go from a downtown food truck, or pack a proper picnic and blanket, eating lunch outdoors is a great way to break up your work day, get some vitamin D, and enjoy the fresh air.

  • Westlake Park: This urban park is located in the heart of downtown Seattle’s shopping district and features a variety of daily food trucks. There are plenty of spots to grab a seat, enjoy a meal, and do some serious people watching.
  • Lake Union Park: This 12-acre park, located on the north side of Lake Union, features several benches, small tables and a long wood-surface sitting area facing the waterfront—the perfect spot to enjoy a bite to eat while watching sailboats and seaplanes come and go.
  • Victor Steinbrueck Park: Located right next to Pike Place Market, Victor Steinbrueck Park is a great place to sit and enjoy all the culinary treats the market has to offer. On a sunny day, the park bustles with locals and tourists alike, all enjoying the stunning views of Puget Sound, downtown Seattle and the Seattle Great Wheel.

Go for a shaded hike

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There’s no better place to be on a sunny day than outside enjoying our 2,500 acres of urban forest. Let the forest canopy keep you cool while enjoying the health benefits—both mental and physical—of time spent in nature.

  • Carkeek Park: This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Here, 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks and beach have been formed by the magic of water and time.
  • Discovery Park: Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular views of both the Cascade and the Olympic Mountain ranges. The secluded site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadow lands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams.
  • Camp Long: Camp Long is one of Seattle’s best-kept secrets. Located in West Seattle, this 68-acre park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb, and learn about natural history.

Learn a new game

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Our downtown/center city parks offer a variety of games, cultural activities, performances and more throughout the year. Enjoy a sunny day engaging with others through art, celebration and gathering.

  • Drop-in Bocce: Daily, Occidental Square Park. Borrow balls at information kiosk.
  • Drop-in Chess: Daily, Bell Street, Hing Hay, Westlake and Occidental Square Parks
  • Drop-in Ping Pong: Daily, Hing Hay, Pier 62/63, Westlake and Occidental Square Parks

Bring Fido along

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We know dogs love basking in the sun, so why not spend a beautiful Seattle day with your four legged friend at one of our 14 off-leash areas? Many of our off-leash areas include open spaces, doggie drinking fountains, trees, paths, shaded areas, separate areas for small/shy dogs, and more.

  • Magnuson Park off-leash area: Located in northeast Seattle, Magnuson Park’s off-leash area contains 8.6 acres. It is a place where city hounds can romp with buddies in Seattle’s biggest fully-fenced backyard for canines. This off-leash area is the only one inside city limits with water access (Lake Washington’s freshwater shoreline). The site has a large, generally flat play area, a winding trail with several open areas and changes of scenery along the way, and it gives dog owners and their dogs of all ages plenty of space to “work out”.
  • Westcrest Park off-leash area:  Located in southwest Seattle, this area contains approximately 8.4 acres and features open spaces and paths, a doggie drinking fountain, shade, trees and lots of open space. For people, the off-leash area provides benches, chairs, and a shady place to relax.
  • Blue Dog Pond off-leash area: Blue Dog Pond in southeast Seattle near I-90 is 1.7 acres and is a wide, rectangular field perfect for throwing balls with grassy side slopes that your dog can run up and down. There are interesting art sculptures throughout the park that make it unique, including a giant reposing “blue dog” at the entrance.

Join us for Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Blvd.

May is Bike Month, and we are celebrating with the return of Bicycle Sundays! On scheduled Sundays from May to September, a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation invites everyone in the community to bike, jog or stroll along the boulevard between the Seward Park entrance and Mount Baker Park’s beach during these times.

Last year, more than 36,000 people participated in Bicycle Sunday events. With the beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing, and with TWO additional days this year, 2016 will no doubt be another banner year.

The 2016 event dates are:

  • May 1, 15, 29
  • June 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17
  • August 14, 28
  • September 4, 11, 18, 25

For more information on Bicycle Sundays, visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/bicyclesunday/

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Community invited to provide input on new play equipment at Licton Springs Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on new play equipment for the Licton Springs Park play area. Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planner and Sr. Landscape Architect on Sat., April 30, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the park, 9536 Ashworth Ave N.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the improvement project and provide community input. The project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and improve other features at the park.

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for this play area renovation. 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. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/licton_springs/

If you have additional questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Karimah Edwards at Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063.

Meet our staff and apply for positions at youth job fair on May 5

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Are you between 16 and 24 and not in school or working? Join us and other local organizations, companies and service providers on May 5 at CenturyLink Field for the Opportunity Fair.

The Opportunity Fair and Forum is part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country working to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young people.  

The job fair will feature hundreds of job opportunities and on-the-spot interviews. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to discuss our lifeguard positions and other opportunities we are currently hiring for.

Our lifeguard positions start at $16.87 ($16.07 + premium pay) per hour. Lifeguarding is an exciting job and it is an excellent way to start a career with our Recreation Division, plus you get to be a hero and help save lives!

Workforce development and social service providers will also be at the job fair to help young people develop resumes, prepare for interviews, connect to educational opportunities, find work and interview-appropriate outfits, and much more.

In Seattle, the youth unemployment rate is over 13%, and more than 1,500 Seattle youth are expected to attend the event. To date, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has helped over 25,000 youth find jobs through similar hiring fairs in Chicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Sign up for an interview today: http://100kopportunities.org/seattle/

What: Opportunity Fair and Forum
When: Tuesday, May 5. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center

 

 

 

Registration for Before and After School programs opens May 10

kids1Seattle Parks and Recreation provides a diverse range of programs for the social, recreational, and physical development of children and youth. Our Before and After School programs provide fun, engaging opportunities that support continued learning and personal growth outside of school. Trained staff work daily to offer activities in arts and culture, environmental stewardship, health and fitness, academic support, and more.

Our Before and After School programs focus on providing children with opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, and physically. We emphasize community relationships, while also recognizing individual achievement, creativity and original thinking. Self-awareness, self-control, conflict resolutions skills and positive decision-making abilities are also emphasized. We like to work in partnership with our local schools to make sure your child’s educational experience is constantly being enriched.

About Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Before and After School programs:

  • For children 5 years through 12 years
  • We ensure quality and consistent care with qualified staff
  • We welcome all members of the community
  • A morning and afternoon snack will be provided
  • Scholarship applications may be picked up at your local community center. DSHS child care subsidies are also accepted.

Sites offering before and after school programs:

Questions? Please contact the participating community centers for details.

Transportation for public school students

Seattle Public Schools will transport children within the district’s busing zones (see the Seattle school district web site for specific schools). If a child comes from outside the Seattle Schools’ busing zones, or if a child will be coming from a private school, the family is responsible for transportation.

Child Care Hotline: 206-684-4203

This is a 24-hour line giving information about School-Age program closures due to extreme weather or emergencies. It is updated each day by 6 am and as needed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community input for renovation of Discovery Park play area

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on play area equipment for the Discovery Park play area on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Harrison Design Consultants are hosting an Open House from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd.

This project will replace play equipment, provide access for people of all abilities and improve safety and other features at the play area. The Discovery Park play area is located near the Environmental Learning Center, behind the tennis courts.  The community is encouraged to participate in a short play area survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DiscoParkPA

Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and 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. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information on this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/discovery/play_area/ or contact Karimah Edwards at Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063. The Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center will be offering other family fun activities on April 23.  Pre-registration if required for the bird tour, tidepool trek and Earth Day Beach clean-up.  For more information on these programs visit  www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovery.htm or call 206-386-4237.

Celebrate your health in Jefferson Park with free community event on April 24

The National Park Service, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and U.S. Public Health Service invite you to celebrate your health!

Join park rangers, fitness program coordinators, doctors, and community organizations at Jefferson Park on Sunday, April 24 for a free afternoon of fun activities, health screenings, and education to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

What: FREE event celebrating National Park Rx Day and the national movement to “prescribe” parks to promote active and healthy lifestyles
When: Sunday, April 24. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave. S

Park Rx (park prescriptions) are programs designed in collaboration with healthcare providers and community partners to utilize parks, trails, and open space to improve individual and community health. National Park Rx Day events are taking place in parks across the nation—from Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC to Jefferson Park in Seattle, and many parks in-between—to highlight that the health benefits of parks go beyond just physical health. Lear more at ParkRx.org.

Short film screening at Meadowbrook Teen Life Center

The Student Teen Employment Preparation (STEP) program will screen their short film Stereotypes in Schools on Saturday, April 30 at the Meadowbrook Teen Life Center (10750 30th Ave NE) from 6-8 p.m. The screening will include a short activity, discussion, and shared meal. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Amanda Locke, Seattle Parks and Recreation, by emailing amanda.locke@seattle.gov.

About the STEP program: The STEP program is a year-round job readiness program designed to provide youth with education, job skills and career development training. Work focuses on addressing community needs; team projects may include forest enhancement, trail construction, habitat restoration, organizing community building events and mixed media projects. The program combines on-the-job work experience, environmental education, safety education and career development training. Participants develop positive work habits, strong team building and communication skills, as well as learning a sound cultural awareness of the environment and their communities.

Film Screening Flyer

Community invited to review play area equipment for Highland Park Playground

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Highland Park Parent Teacher Association invite the community to review play area equipment options for the Highland Park Playground project on Monday, April 18, 2016.  The Open House is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6. The event will take place at Highland Park Elementary School, 1012 SW Trenton St.

The project improves access into the park and provides play structures for people of all abilities.  The design choices are based on input received during the community initiated Opportunity Fund project. The goal is to create and deliver a cohesive space that improves the usability and safety for the play area.  

Families, neighbors and all interested in the project are encouraged to attend. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund project is located at Highland Park, 1100 SW Coverdale St. in West Seattle 

For more information about the project including notes from the first meeting please visit:http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/highland_park/. For special meeting accommodations or for questions concerning the project please contact Karimah Edwards, Project Planner at 206-233-0063 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

 

Community invited to final meeting for proposed improvements at Denny Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the final public meeting for the proposed improvements at Denny Park. The meeting is Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ken Bounds Board Room, 100 Dexter Ave N. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will present project plans. Following the presentation there will be opportunity for input and questions. Construction is anticipated to begin by mid-2016 with completion by early 2017.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has efficiently coordinated the improvement projects within the park. The project includes storm drainage, sanitary sewer, irrigation system, and pavement replacement. Potential modifications to the parking lot and entry drive will expand available parking and address overflow parking on pathways. Enhancements to the central plaza will improve pedestrian and maintenance vehicle circulation, provide ADA accessibility and create a more functional community gathering space.  Planting bed refinements will address maintenance concerns and facilitate design of a new irrigation system that meets long term needs.  Other improvements include new benches, café tables and chairs and replacement of the drinking fountain.

Denny Park is located at 100 Dexter Ave N. Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and 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. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information on this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/denny_park/ or contact Chris Mueller at 206-684-0988 or chris.mueller@seattle.gov.