Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input for proposed Tashkent Park improvements

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in a public meeting for the Tashkent Park improvements on Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Capitol Hill Branch Library located at 425 Harvard Ave. E.

This meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn about and provide input on the proposed new landscaping and small plaza for Tashkent Park. The scope of the work does not include a dogs off-leash area. The City Council ordinance governing the establishment of off-leash areas doesn’t allow off-leash areas that are directly abutting residences. The park is located on 511 Boylston Ave. E. on the west side of Capitol Hill. Seattle Parks staff will present the improvement project, answer questions and gather community feedback.

Parks staff will also present an update on the E. John Street Enhancement  Opportunity Fund project. For more information on this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/john_street/enhancement.htm

For more information about the Tashkent Park project please visit

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=384 or contact Don Tabor, Project Manager, at don.tabor@seattle.gov or 206-684-0190.

Seattle Parks volunteers log nearly 13,000 hours during Earth Month

April was Earth Month, and Seattle Parks and Recreation volunteers donated more than 12,775 hours to improving our parks and other greenspaces. The hard work and commitment of volunteer trailblazers, forest builders, environmental educators and urban farmers expands the depth and breadth of our programs. These volunteers and the community members they inspire represent the current and future generation of environmental leaders, and we’re so thankful for all they do.

There were 108 work parties hosted in April by various community partners. For more information on getting involved with our volunteer programs, go here.

 

Explore the shore with Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalists

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Seattle Aquarium’s beach naturalists lead explorations during low tides.

 

A group of crabs is called a cast, and they communicate by waving their pincers or beating their claws.

A group of local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches are called Beach Naturalists, and they’ll communicate with you about the wonders of the Pacific Northwest’s marine life if you visit one of our specified beaches this summer.

Every year during low tides, Seattle Aquarium’s Beach Naturalists lead exploration events on regional beaches. The Naturalists teach visitors about how to enjoy beaches while preserving important ecosystems and protecting resident marine life.

The Beach Naturalist events launched May 19 at Richmond Beach, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens Park, South Alki Beach and Lincoln Park. Events will take place throughout the summer at various locations through Aug. 2.

For a detailed schedule, visit the Beach Naturalist program’s website.

MAY 21 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.

@brycewoodhouse @ Gas Works Park "Just a bunch of crrrrrrraaaazzzzzyyy kids"

@brycewoodhouse @ Gas Works Park
“Just a bunch of crrrrrrraaaazzzzzyyy kids”

 

@kevinly787 @ Golden Gardens Park "Golden Garden with friends. :D #nofilter #Seattle #UW #GoldenGardens @ Golden Gardens Park"

@kevinly787 @ Golden Gardens Park
“Golden Garden with friends. 😀 #nofilter #Seattle #UW #GoldenGardens @ Golden Gardens Park”

 

@drewtunes @ Gas Works Park "Got the park goin' up, on a #Friday"

@drewtunes @ Gas Works Park
“Got the park goin’ up, on a #Friday”

 

@lifeoftravels @ Discovery Park "Would love to be sunning at the beach by the Discovery Park lighthouse in Seattle, WA #seattle #lighthouse #travelawesome"

@lifeoftravels @ Discovery Park
“Would love to be sunning at the beach by the Discovery Park lighthouse in Seattle, WA
#seattle #lighthouse #travelawesome”

 

@hotel_max @ Green Lake Park "Perfect day at the lake! #hotelmax #seattle #greenlake"

@hotel_max @ Green Lake Park
“Perfect day at the lake! #hotelmax #seattle #greenlake”

 

@tonythomas @ Golden Gardens Park "Seattle's Golden Gardens; no mystery how it got its name. #seattle #sunset"

@tonythomas @ Golden Gardens Park
“Seattle’s Golden Gardens; no mystery how it got its name. #seattle #sunset”

 

@marapinastories @ Carkeek Park "I am so fortunate that I can easily get to a place like this.  #Seattle #photography #PacificNW #CarkeekPark"

@marapinastories @ Carkeek Park
“I am so fortunate that I can easily get to a place like this.
#Seattle #photography #PacificNW #CarkeekPark”

 

@bdgiddens6 @ Green Lake Park "I hit my PR 8 miles today at Seward Park in Seattle, WA!  #slightedge, #bettereveryday."

@bdgiddens6 @ Green Lake Park
“I hit my PR 8 miles today at Seward Park in Seattle, WA! #slightedge, #bettereveryday.”

 

@tifomsirk @ Volunteer Park "This water tower in Volunteer Park functions as an observation deck now. Over 100 years old, its been watching Seattle grow up from virgin timber to city of the future. A very cool relic."

@tifomsirk @ Volunteer Park
“This water tower in Volunteer Park functions as an observation deck now. Over 100 years old, its been watching Seattle grow up from virgin timber to city of the future. A very cool relic.”

 

 

Rainier Vista Environmental Leadership Institute earns $20K Parks Build Community grant

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Project coordinator Justin Hellier with Rainier Vista youth last year.

 

In April, we asked you to vote on which Seattle Parks and Recreation project should receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association, and the results are in. Seattle voters selected the Rainier Vista Environmental Leadership Institute as their top project.

“Seattle is a community that is committed to the environment, committed to equity and committed to developing young leaders,” project coordinator Justin Hellier said. “The Rainier Vista Youth Environmental Leadership Institute is an opportunity to bring all three of those commitments to life this summer.” [Read more…]

The Trust for Public Land names Seattle’s park system in national top 10 list

Seward Park, photo by Laurel Mercury

Seward Park, photo by Laurel Mercury

Seattle residents are quick to boast about the Emerald City. Seattle is home to Super Bowl champions, and a great cup of coffee. Now Seattleites have another item to add to their long list of bragging rights. The Trust for Public Land recently named Seattle as having one of the top 10 park systems in the country.

According to ParkScore, an annual ranking system designed by the Trust, Seattle’s parks are ninth in the nation. The Trust analyzed the 75 largest U.S. cities and used mapping technology and demographic data to determine how well each city is meeting the need for parks. Points were awarded for factors such as park accessibility, recreation facilities per 10,000 residents and maintenance funding. [Read more…]

Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates Children’s Day May 31

A child visit Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Aurora Santiago

A child visit Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Aurora Santiago

Experience family-fun surrounded by the beautiful scenery at Seattle Japanese Garden on Sunday, May 31, when the garden hosts its annual Children’s Day event.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. there will be live entertainment and a variety of hands-on activity stations to give visitors of all ages an opportunity to enjoy Japanese cultural traditions. The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. [Read more…]

Community input invited on plans for Fitness Zone® Areas in Seattle neighborhood parks

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The community is invited to provide input on Fitness Zones® coming to one of four Seattle neighborhoods. Public meetings have been scheduled for local residents living close to local parks chosen as the sites for new Fitness Zone installations. The meetings will give people information about free outdoor gyms, and gather feedback that can be incorporated into the installation plans by the project design firm Johnson + Southerland. Please consider walking or taking alternative forms of transportation to the meetings as all community centers have limited parking.People exercising on outdoor gym equipment at Dalton Park in Azusa, California.

Each Fitness Zone, due to be installed in the next eighteen months, will be equipped with top-quality, durable exercise equipment appropriate for teens and adults of all levels of fitness. Independent research has proved that Fitness Zone areas encourage exercise and increase the overall activity level of park users. Once completed, more than 19,000 people—nearly half from low-income households—will live within a 10-minute walk of one of the four new Fitness Zones. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation Memorial Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial 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
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

 

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

  • Boat ramps
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses
  • Outdoor swimming pools

Park Board to hold hearing on June 11 on Greenbelt and Natural Areas Supplemental Use Guidelines

The Board of Park Commissioners will host a public hearing on Thursday, June 11, to take comments on Supplemental Use Guidelines for Greenbelts and Natural Areas.

The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N.

The Supplemental Use Guidelines will serve as a transparent tool to evaluate use proposals in Parks’ classified Natural Areas and Greenbelts. This tool will include a checklist of criteria that will allow for low-intensity, passive and active recreation activities while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment. It will provide criteria to determine the compatibility of activities in these areas, their design character and level of use; while providing access, opportunity and sustainability.

The intent of this effort is to develop values-based guidelines for the appropriate use of Seattle’s natural areas and greenbelts. This process will result in a vision for natural areas and greenbelts that will maintain the native forest ecosystem, protect public safety and enhance positive uses over the long-term.

Parks staff will present their findings based on their robust outreach efforts, which includes feedback from key stakeholders, the mind-mixer website, and the mini-summit held in April.

Those who want to give input, but are not able to come to the meeting can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged  PROGRAM (http://pugetsoundoff.org/getengaged).

The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.