Seattle Parks and Recreation briefs community on improvements at Gas Works Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Wallingford Community Council invite the community to the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N. on Wed., August 3, 2016 at 7 p.m. to learn about upcoming renovation projects at Gas Works Park. Jay Rood, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager, will present at the Wallingford Community Council monthly meeting. He will provide a briefing and answer questions on the renovation of the playground, comfort station and east entry.

To use resources more efficiently, Seattle Parks and Recreation combined the play areaDSC04792 renovation, comfort station renovation, and east entry improvement project into one construction period. All these park components were constructed in 1974 and opened in 1975, making them over 40 years in age and all in need of repair and improvement. The play area renovation project will improve the play area by replacing play equipment, improving access and providing additional play area improvements. The comfort station renovation will provide a new or revived facility that improves safety and meets accessibility and operational requirements. It will adapt the new guidelines for universal restrooms and provide five stations at a minimum. The east entry improvements include addressing ADA citations in parking area, and provide accessible routes into the park.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $1.4 million for planning, design and construction for the Gas Works Park Play Area renovations.

Gas Works Park, located at 2101 N Northlake Way is one of the City of Seattle’s premier city, regional, statewide and even nationally renowned parks. The park was listed as a Seattle Historical Landmark in 1999 and it is listed on the Washington State Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information about the play area project visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/gas_works/ or contact Jay Rood at 733-9194 or jay.rood@seattle.gov.

Thank you to the Wallingford Community Council (WCC). The WCC is a neighborhood voice representing the greater Wallingford community in interactions with city government on land use, transportation, and parks. They host their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at the Good Shephard Center.

 

 

Community invited to ‘The Garden Party: an Evening for the Senses’ at the Seattle Japanese Garden on July 29

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‘The Garden Party: an Evening for the Senses’ is the premier event of the season at the Seattle Japanese Garden. From 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 29, the Japanese Garden will welcome guests inside the gate after hours to enjoy sake, fine wine and traditional Japanese cuisine.

The event, now in its sixth year, is the garden’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds support affordable public access to the garden, as well as the specialized needs of the garden, including cultural events, garden stewardship volunteer programs and community outreach.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, which manages the Seattle Japanese Garden, reached a new agreement with the Arboretum Foundation in January 2016, selecting the Foundation to be the primary support organization for the Garden. This is the first Garden Party organized and hosted by the Arboretum Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

In addition to food and drinks, Garden Party guests will have the opportunity to read artfully installed haiku as they stroll the garden. There will be a flute performance by White Swan-label recording artist Gary Strousos, traditional koto music and jazz classics performed on harp by musician Monica Schley, as well as a butoh-inspired Tiny Parade.

Prentice Bloedel Japanese Garden Arboretum Unit 86 as well as Noriko and Doug Palmer are the title sponsors of the event. Additional event support comes from JM Cellars, Prestige Sake International, and Vinum Importing.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. For more information, please contact Rumi Tsuchihashi, Seattle Japanese Garden Support Manager, at rtsuchihashi@arboretumfoundation.org.

Whale pod spotted in front of Colman Pool

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A pod of Transient, or Bigg’s Killer Whales visited West Seattle on July 18. The group was comprised of a single family–whale T65A and her offspring. Passing close to the shore of Lincoln Park, they gave swimmers at Colman Pool a rare and enjoyable showing.

Photo credit: Maya Sears. Photo taken under ESA/MPAA Permit No. 16163-01

Organic gardening classes at Victor Steinbrueck Park

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Seattle Tilth is offering a wide spectrum of free classes at Victor Steinbrueck Park on growing food and on sustainable use of natural resources. Topics include summer and fall gardening, growing herbs, composting, permaculture, organic garden pest management, and water conservation.

 Class schedule:

Victor Steinbrueck Park, Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
July 27 Companion Planting for Success
Aug. 3 Herbs for the Kitchen Garden
Aug. 10 Prepare for Fall and Winter Gardening
Aug. 17 Water Conservation for the Garden
Aug. 24 Permaculture Techniques for the Backyard Garden
Aug. 31 Organic Pest Control in the Garden
Sep. 7 Choose the Right Home Composting System for You
Sep. 14 Grow Salad in Containers

All classes are FREE. Participants need to register in advance at http://seattletilth.nonprofitsoapbox.com/-seattle-parks-downtown-seattle.

About Seattle Tilth: Seattle Tilth’s mission is to build an ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable food system. Programs focus on hands-on learning for all ages across the full spectrum of the food system: earth, farms, gardens, kitchens, markets. We also offer volunteer opportunities and community events. For more information, please visit www.seattletilth.org or call 206-633-0451 ext. 128.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s ‘Big Day of Play’ returns Aug. 13

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The Big Day of Play is a celebration of our city’s diversity, and it encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build relationships and be active together. Research shows that adults can improve brain function, relieve stress and improve their connection to others by taking part in active play. But with busy lives being what they are, few people make time for it. Luckily, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has dedicated a day to play, and the whole family is invited. This year’s annual Big Day of Play takes place Aug. 13. The day to play your way!

Mark your calendar for noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, to see what SPR and other community organizations are offering in the way of fun activities and healthy food. This year’s event will be held at Rainier Community Center and Playfield, 4600 38th Ave. S.

Big Day of Play offers exciting obstacle course inflatables, a rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, dance workshops, and sport exhibitions for all ages! Discover the athlete in you while enjoying the sounds, smells and foods from a range of communities. There will also be a life-jacket giveaway, and photo opportunities with a sailboat! If you need a quiet space to reflect, meditate or relax, we will have a Contemplation Room available in the Community Center.

The Big Day of Play is presented by SPR’s Get Moving Initiative, which supports local groups in offering innovative and culturally relevant events and projects to increase participation in community sports, recreation and physical fitness activities that serve under-resourced communities. Funding for the Get Moving Initiative is provided by the Seattle Park District.

The Big Day of Play’s title sponsor is PCC Natural Markets. Other sponsors include the City of Seattle, the Associated Recreation Council, Clif Kid, Seattle Children’s, ParentMap, Seahawks Play60 and Seattle Storm. Big Day of Play is also happening in conjunction with Seattle Summer Parkways and Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival.

If you’re interested in volunteering or participating as a vendor at Big Day of Play, please visit www.bigdayofplay.com.

Free transportation will be available from 10 of our community centers to and from Big Day of Play. Call one of these locations to reserve a spot by August 10. Seating is limited.

  • Bitter Lake Community Center, 206-684-7524, 13035 Linden Ave. N 98133
  • High Point Community Center, 206-684-7422, 6920 34th Ave. SW 98126
  • International District Chinatown Community Center, 206-233-0042, 719 8th Ave. S 98104
  • Magnuson Community Center, 206-684-7026, 7110 62nd Ave. NE 98115
  • Northgate Community Center, 206-386-4283, 10510 5th Ave. NE 98125
  • South Park Community Center, 206-684-7451, 8319 8th Ave. S 98108
  • Yesler Community Center, 206-386-1245, 917 E Yesler Way 98122
  • Jefferson Community Center, 206-684-7481, 3801 Beacon Ave. S 98108
  • Rainier Beach Community Center, 206-386-1925, 8825 Rainier Ave. S 98118
  • Van Asselt Community Center, 206-386-1921, 2820 S Myrtle St. 98108

More information can be found at bigdayofplay.com and also on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Big-Day-of-Play-129511957070291/.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on design of new Lake City park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the Lake City community to an Open House on Thursday, July 28 for the design development of a new park in Lake City. Join SPR planner and ELM Environment’s designers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12501 28th Ave NE, just north of the Lake City branch library, or from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lake City Farmer’s Market, NE 125th St. & 28th Ave. NE, to learn about the new park and provide design input.

SPR purchased the property located at 12510 33rd Ave NE 98125 in 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, to provide additional open space for the Lake City community. The events on July 28 are an opportunity for the community to participate in the design and are the first public events for the new park. To provide additional feedback the community is encouraged to participate in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakeCityHUV

Funding for this park project is provided by Seattle Park District to preserve open space in urban areas throughout Seattle. 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, improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities and programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults, develop new parks, and acquire new park land.

For more information or for meeting notification translation please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lake_city_uv/. For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at (206)233-0063 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

 

Friendly Folk Dance

june 2016 seated stretchy bandFriendly Folk Dance, an international folk dance experience for people with memory loss and their loved ones, had its first series at Yesler Community Center in June. Teaching artist and folk dance instructor Susan Wickett-Ford of Silver Kite Community Arts led eight participants in a variety of dances.

Program participant Alice Padilla loves to dance and is thrilled there is a dementia-friendly dance opportunity that is open to all abilities: “This is so good for us! Dancing gets your whole body going. It is beautiful to see all the smiles from the other dancers, it is fun learning different types of dance. This is a joyful experience that is good for the heart and mind.”

Like so many, folk dance instructor Susan Wickett-Ford has personal experience with memory loss in her family. “I love being part of this so much. Previously in my life I ran from anything that had to do with Alzheimer (books, movies, fundraisers, articles, even conversations) like the plague because it was associated with only horribleness. And now I have these associations with art, and playfulness and joy. Amazing.”

Friendly Folk Dance is funded in part 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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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to provide input on Brighton Playfield improvement project

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public meeting for the Brighton Playfield improvement project on Tues., July 26, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Aki Kurose Middle School library, 3928 S Graham St., Seattle, WA 98118. Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages the community and field users to attend and provide input on the project.  

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and consultant D.A. Hogan will provide background information and gather input information on how the current field is used, what sports the community would like it to accommodate in the future, and how the renovation can provide the best field for the future.

This project will include replacement of the existing lighted natural turf playfield with a new lighted and renovated 200,000 square foot synthetic turf field. We will look at new/upgraded accessible pathways, spectator areas, reuse of existing seating/bleachers and connections with other existing park features.  

Seattle Parks and Recreation is leading the way to find alternate synthetic turf field design systems/materials and deliver a safe, durable and playable athletic facility and experience. We have met with the manufacturers and will move forward with an innovative infill material for the Brighton Playfield.

The lighting upgrade will include demolition of the existing, outmoded lighting system and replacement with a state-of-the-art system. The goal of the lighting project is to enhance play ability with safe and efficient lighting for field users, and to limit light spill from the field edge, greatly reducing glare offsite.

The Seattle Park District funds provides the funding for this 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, improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities and programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults, develop new parks, and acquire new park land.

For additional information or for translation of invitation please visit. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/brighton/. For additional question or to request an interpreter, please contact Jay Rood, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-733-9194 or jay.rood@seattle.gov.

 

Join us for the Roxhill/Westwood Find It, Fix It Community Walk

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Please join Mayor Murray and city leaders on Monday, July 25 for the Roxhill/Westwood  Find It, Fix It Community Walk. These walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leadership.

Roxhill/Westwood Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Monday, July 25, 2016
Sign-in and refreshments provided by Starbucks from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Program and walk from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet at the Longfellow Creek P-Patch at SW Thistle St. & 25th Ave. SW

Schedule
6:00 p.m. – 6:30p.m.

  • Sign-in and refreshments at the Longfellow Creek P-Patch

6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

  • Welcome remarks from Mayor Ed Murray

6:45 p.m. – 7:55 p.m.

7:55pm – 8:00 p.m.

  • Walk concludes at Roxhill Park
  • Department representatives and City staff available for follow-up questions

Magnuson Park Wading Pool will remain closed for the 2016 summer season

Because of damage to the Magnuson Park Wading Pool caused by an illegal fire last spring, the wading pool will remain closed for the 2016 summer season.

There is damage to the concrete and the sump/drain cover. While Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has identified replacement products, the process of getting the necessary work permits will take about six weeks, which is when this summer offering would normally end (August 28). Parks will complete the necessary work in the off-season.

SPR regrets the closure, and thanks the public for their patience. The nearest operating wading pools are:

  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE, open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. through August 18
  • Green Lake Park, N 73rd St. and W Green Lake Dr. N, open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5

There are also operating sprayparks at:

  • Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. NW, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5

The lifeguarded beach at Magnuson Park is open daily (weather permitting) from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through August 28. The beach offers life jackets for smaller children and people who do not have basic swimming skills.