• Japanese Garden Spring Opening
  • Sam Smith Park
  • Powell Barnett Park
  • Dr. Blanche S. Lavizzo Park
  • Summer Camp Registration

Daddy Daughter Dinner tickets are available now

Guests at the 2013 Daddy Daughter Dinner.

Guests at the 2013 Daddy Daughter Dinner.

Tickets are still available for the 23rd annual Daddy Daughter Dinner from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Ballard Community Center. This year’s theme is Awesome ‘80s.

Join us for a rad night of neon fun, good grub and totally rockin’ out. Bust out your acid-washed jeans, mix and match your brightest colors and tease your daughter’s hair.

Tickets for daddy plus one daughter are $60, daddy plus two are $70 and daddy plus three are $80.

Register in person, on the phone or online using barcode #126275. Call 206-684-4093 for more information.

Ballard Community Center is located at 6020 28th Ave. NW in Seattle.

Seattle Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle.

Seattle Parks and Recreation remembers Sam Smith

Sam Smith with a group from VFW in his office, May 1989. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Sam Smith with a group from VFW in his office, May 1989.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.

In September 1998, the central portion of the I-90 lid was renamed Sam Smith Park to honor Seattle’s first African American City Councilmember.

In the course of a political career that spanned 34 years, Sam Smith served five terms in the Washington State Legislature (the second black member) and five terms on the Seattle City Council.

Smith represented the 37th district in Olympia beginning in 1958. One of his priorities in Olympia was promoting a bill that banned discrimination based on religion and race in the rental or sale of homes.

When Smith became a City Councilmember, he continued to focus on civil rights. In his first year, he successfully championed the adoption of a municipal Open Housing Law. Throughout his career, Smith also pushed for the hiring of African American police officers and firefighters, and, as the long-time chairman of the Utilities Committee, opposed the increase of power, water and garbage rates for low-income residents. He served as City Council President from 1974-1977 and again from 1986-1989, and chaired the Public Safety Committee, Housing and Human Services Committee, and the Labor Committee, in addition to Utilities.

Smith is remembered for his many efforts to promote social justice and to bridge the cultural and political gulf that separated Seattle’s black and white communities.

The I-90 lid was named for Smith based on the nominations of citizens, the Washington Black Heritage Society and the Urban League of Greater Seattle.

Sam Smith Park encompasses the largest and most central part of the I-90 lid. It has a play area for children, picnic tables and tennis courts. It is the site of Blue Dog Pond and the Urban Peace Circle, a sculpture by Seattle sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa, dedicated to children killed by gun violence in Seattle’s inner city.

Parks hosts final meeting on Highland Park play area project

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the third and final meeting for the Highland Park play area renovation project on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Highland Park Elementary School, 1012 SW Trenton St.

At this meeting, the community will review the proposed design and provide final input for the project. The community-initiated project will improve the usability and safety for Highland Park play area. The goal of this project is to create a cohesive park space, improve access, and provide new play features. A Seattle Parks planner will be there to answer questions and gather input.

Families, neighbors and all interested in the project are encouraged to attend. Funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, the play area 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 about the project, please contact Jeron Gates at 206-684-0998 or jeron.gates@seattle.gov.

 

FEB. 19 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.

@liquidnight @ Golden Gardens Park "Photo: Into the Light I Golden Gardens, Seattle, WA, March 2009 Shot with a Holga 120CFN Kodak Ektachrome"

@liquidnight @ Golden Gardens Park
“Photo: Into the Light I Golden Gardens, Seattle, WA, March 2009 Shot with a Holga 120CFN Kodak Ektachrome”

 

@lostpear @ Golden Gardens Park "Building sunny sand castles at the beach at Golden Gardens, Seattle."

@lostpear @ Golden Gardens Park
“Building sunny sand castles at the beach at Golden Gardens, Seattle.”

 

@ashleeomalley @ Volunteer Park Conservatory "these babes bringing all sorts of inspiration"

@ashleeomalley @ Volunteer Park Conservatory
“these babes bringing all sorts of inspiration”

 

@bybridges @ Discovery Park "Youth. Seattle, 2015."

@bybridges @ Discovery Park
“Youth. Seattle, 2015.”

 

@sarahchan @ Golden Gardens Park "Lovely birthday stroll along Golden Gardens. So lucky to have this in the neighborhood. #Ballard #Seattle"

@sarahchan @ Golden Gardens Park
“Lovely birthday stroll along Golden Gardens. So lucky to have this in the neighborhood. #Ballard #Seattle”

 

@areosl @ Gas Works Park "#gasworks #seattle #lakeunion"

@areosl @ Gas Works Park
“#gasworks #seattle #lakeunion”

 

@jagstudios @ Green Lake

@jagstudios @ Green Lake

 

@marissatejada @ Occidental Park "Walking Pioneer Square. #Seattle #visitseattle #washingtonstate #loveseattle"

@marissatejada @ Occidental Park
“Walking Pioneer Square. #Seattle #visitseattle #washingtonstate #loveseattle”

 

@mycastleheart @ Green Lake Park "Seattle seems to think it's spring. Who am I to argue? #februaryflowers #GreenLake"

@mycastleheart @ Green Lake Park
“Seattle seems to think it’s spring. Who am I to argue? #februaryflowers #GreenLake”

 

@nicklights @ Discovery Park "Seattle is cool."

@nicklights @ Discovery Park
“Seattle is cool.”

 

@nickisobrien @ Gas Works Park "Seattle with the Bros"

@nickisobrien @ Gas Works Park
“Seattle with the Bros”

 

@dianelewis48 @ Golden Gardens Park "Fun in the sun. #GoldenGardens #Seattle"

@dianelewis48 @ Golden Gardens Park
“Fun in the sun. #GoldenGardens #Seattle”

 

@instamartagram @ Seward Park "#Seattle #Seward #park #french #kid #fishing. #bicycle #exploring #bike #bicycling"

@instamartagram @ Seward Park
“#Seattle #Seward #park #french #kid #fishing. #bicycle #exploring #bike #bicycling”

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Seattle Parks and Recreation remembers Powell Barnett

Powell Barnett being shown development plans by John O. Andrew, former Chair of the Board of Parks Commissioners (left), Hans A. Thompson, superintendent, Roy Lehner, designer, David Jensen Association. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives

Powell Barnett being shown development plans by John O. Andrew, former Chair of the Board of Parks Commissioners (left), Hans A. Thompson, former Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent, and Roy Lehner of the David Jensen Association in October 1970.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives

The 4.4-acre park that lies between East Alder and East Jefferson streets was named for civil rights activist and community leader Powell Barnett in 1969.

Barnett’s father, an ex-slave, was recruited to work in the coal mines in Roslyn, Washington in 1889. Barnett worked in the mines as a young man, but moved to Seattle in 1906 to explore other opportunities. He worked as a sub-foreman installing street car lines and later helped build downtown hotels. He clerked for State Senator Frank Connor and served as a maintenance man at the King County Courthouse before retiring at age 71.

Barnett is remembered for his passion to improve race relations in the city. He organized the Leschi Improvement Council and became the first president in 1967, in addition to organizing the East Madison YMCA and serving as board chairman.

Barnett helped bring together different races in the YMCA and was the first African American to become a member of the once all-white Musicians Union, Local 76.

Powell Barnett Park has a children’s play area, summer wading pool, basketball hoops and tricycle maze.

Teen Recreation Leader Jean Lee receives 2014 John C. Little, Sr. Spirit Award

Recreation leader Jean Lee is the 2014 recepient of the John C. Little, Sr. Spirit Award

Recreation leader Jean Lee is the 2014 recepient of the John C. Little, Sr. Spirit Award for her dedication to improving the lives of Seattle teens.

At the Feb. 12 Board of Park Commissioners meeting, the 2014 John C. Little, Sr. Spirit Award was presented to Seattle Parks and Recreation employee Jean Lee for her steadfast commitment to improving the lives of young people in the community.

John C. Little, Sr. served the community as a member of the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners from 1990-1997 and was known for his careful consideration of how proposed policies would affect youth. His motto was, “In order to improve the life of all people, you must improve the life of young people.” Jean demonstrates that motto every day in her interaction with teens both in her role as a Teen Recreation Leader at Jefferson Park and outside of work.

Jean Lee, bottom left, with her Mock Trial teens.

Jean Lee, bottom left, with her Mock Trial teens.

Jean’s nomination applications sung her praises and described the many ways and reasons she is so deserving of the award.

Jean Lee cares about young people.  Jean is the person that teens look for at Jefferson Community Center, wrote one nominator. She is a mentor to these kids and they, in turn, look up to her for guidance, volunteer work and job experience. She always takes time to listen to their concerns and makes them feel welcome and appreciated. [Read more…]

Japanese Garden opens March 1 with ‘First Viewing’

Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 as the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the first time in 2015.

First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing. The Shinto blessing is a formal ceremony that has been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki –life energy– for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Granite Falls, WA.

Trained guides will be available to give complimentary tours of the Seattle Japanese Garden, deepening the experience of strolling the garden by sharing insights on the garden’s history, design and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours begin at the ticket booth starting at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. [Read more…]

Happy Valentine’s Day from Seattle Parks and Recreation

Artwork by Alex Taylor, courtesy of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Artwork by Alex Taylor,
courtesy of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. It can mean pampering your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, friends or fiancé. It can mean expensive dinners, chocolates or roses. To Seattle Parks and Recreation, Valentine’s Day means showing love to our vibrant Seattle communities.  It also mean carbs, caffeine and free events!

This year Valentine’s Day coincides perfectly with Neighbor Appreciation Day, and we’re excited to celebrate you.

Friday, Feb. 13

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FEB. 5 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.

@greggorovitch @ Golden Gardens Park "Everyone in the NE is preparing for snowpocalypse and I'm just biking to  Golden Gardens in shorts #seattle #juneuary"

@greggorovitch @ Golden Gardens Park
“Everyone in the NE is preparing for snowpocalypse and I’m just biking to Golden Gardens in shorts #seattle #juneuary”

 

@joyftnssandstyl @ Discovery Park "Got some fresh air and Vit D today. #DiscoveryPark #Washington #trails #trees #pnw #Seattle #GetOutside"

@joyftnssandstyl @ Discovery Park
“Got some fresh air and Vit D today. #DiscoveryPark #Washington #trails #trees #pnw #Seattle #GetOutside”

 

@karechap @ Gas Works Park "I was trying to be serious but ended up laughing. Story of my life."

@karechap @ Gas Works Park
“I was trying to be serious but ended up laughing. Story of my life.”

 

@divalins @ Discovery Park "Great day for a walk at #DiscoveryPark #lighthouse #seattle"

@divalins @ Discovery Park
“Great day for a walk at #DiscoveryPark #lighthouse #seattle”

 

@andreehurley @ Golden Gardens Park "Another beautiful Seattle sunset! @ Golden Gardens Park"

@andreehurley @ Golden Gardens Park
“Another beautiful Seattle sunset! @ Golden Gardens Park”

 

@coryaw @ Gas Works Park "typical but never tired. #gasworks #seattle @ Gas Works Park "

@coryaw @ Gas Works Park
“typical but never tired. #gasworks #seattle @ Gas Works Park “

 

@evolveexistence @ Gas Works Park "#Seattle Saturday @ Gas Works Park @ Gas Works Park"

@evolveexistence @ Gas Works Park
“#Seattle Saturday @ Gas Works Park @ Gas Works Park”

 

@fstop_seattle @ Golden Gardens Park "Sunset over Golden Gardens last week. #fstopseattle"

@fstop_seattle @ Golden Gardens Park
“Sunset over Golden Gardens last week. #fstopseattle”

 

@meltwist @ Golden Garden Park "Let's go fly a kite! Spring weather today in #seattle"

@meltwist @ Golden Gardens Park
“Let’s go fly a kite! Spring weather today in #seattle”

 

@a-laura_able @ Golden Gardens Park "happy birthday to my favorite ray of sun!!! #nofilter #sunset #seattle #birthday"

@a-laura_ble @ Golden Gardens Park
“happy birthday to my favorite ray of sun!!! #nofilter #sunset #seattle #birthday”

 

@amadssss @ Discovery Park

@amadssss @ Discovery Park

 

@kealanandreas @ Gas Works Park "#lakeunion #Skyline #seattle #washingtonst #gasworks #northwestisbest"

@kealanandreas @ Gas Works Park
“#lakeunion #Skyline #seattle #washingtonst #gasworks #northwestisbest”

 

@serenamarie8 @ Gas Works Park "Seattle with my girls"

@serenamarie8 @ Gas Works Park
“Seattle with my girls”

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