Aurora Licton Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Join Mayor Ed Murray for a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Aurora Licton Urban Village this Tuesday! Refreshments will be provided and the first 75 walk participants who sign in will receive a City swag gift bag.

Who: Aurora Licton community members and City officials
When: Tuesday, May 31 2016 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at Oak Tree Village Plaza by AMC Loews Oak Tree 6 (Between N 100 St. and N 103 St. on Aurora Ave N.)

The Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. Please visit to learn more about the Find It, Fix It Community Walks and Project Grants


24th Annual Beacon Hill Festival coming up June 4!

Neighborhood institution features tons of family fun

On Saturday, June 4, Jefferson Community Center presents the 24th Annual Beacon Hill Festival, with fun for everyone in the family in this lively, diverse neighborhood. The festival will take place at Jefferson Park (3801 Beacon Ave. S) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Festival will feature entertainment by local schools and other performers. Festivalgoers will enjoy local food, carnival games, bounce toys, cotton candy, and with any luck, a warm sunny day.

People interested in being vendors, contributing to the silent auction, or volunteering, please call Doreen Deaver at 206-684-7481 or email her at

In conjunction with the festival, Seattle Parks and Recreation will celebrate the launch of a Troops for Fitness grant, a two-year grant program from The Coca-Cola Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which provides hiring opportunities to military veterans to instruct community fitness and nutrition classes through local park and recreation organizations. The grant celebration will take place at Jefferson Park at 11 a.m.


(Photos from the 2015 Beacon Hill Festival)


QuickStart Tennis League for Beginning Youth

Seattle Parks and Recreation continues the successful play-based league approach to tennis

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will continue to offer a QuickStart tennis league at 14 community centers across the city for youth with little or no tennis experience. The league will run from June 27 to Aug. 17.

QuickStart tennis is an introductory program developed by the United States Tennis Association designed to get youth playing tennis, quickly. Visit their website to learn more about the concept. In six years, SPR has used the program to introduce more than 1,500 kids to the game of tennis in a fun learning environment with the help of more than 100 volunteers. Sitting at home is not as much fun as getting out and playing!

The QuickStart league will consist of two age brackets: seven-eight year olds playing on a 36’ court (standard court is 78’ long) and nine-10 year olds playing on a 60’ court. All equipment and supplies will be provided. The league fee is $40 per player for the eight-week program. Partial scholarships are available to youth who cannot afford the program.

Practices and matches will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6 and 8 p.m., depending on age. Sign up in person by visiting a community center or online using a SPARC account. Parent participation is HIGHLY encouraged, as this is a family game!

Volunteer coaches and parent managers are needed. This helps keep league fees low. Volunteers can be tennis enthusiasts, parents, fans or anyone who loves helping kids succeed. No tennis or teaching experience is required, only a passion for working with youth. There will be two free QuickStart volunteer on-court trainings on June 12 and June 13. 

For more information, or to sign up to be a volunteer, please contact Carl Bergquist at 206-684-4764 or


After-School Enrichment Classes

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) offers after-school enrichment classes right in your child’s school! Enrichment classes include a wide variety of engaging activities like cooking, music, carpentry, chess, sports, science, and more (offerings vary from site to site). Our enrichment classes are taught by qualified instructors and designed to encourage your child’s curiosity while he or she learns new skills, gets creative, and makes new friends. Enrichment classes are offered on a variety of days, giving you flexibility to choose a schedule that works best for your family.


  • For children ages 5-12
  • Hours and cost vary depending on activity
  • An afternoon snack will be provided
  • Scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

Registration begins Sept. 6 for Fall 2016. (Fall class details will be available at participating community centers at the beginning of Sept. Classes start Sept. 19.)

Schools offering SPR enrichment programs include:

    1. Adams Elementary by Ballard Community Center: 206-684-4093
    2. Alki Elementary by Alki Community Center: 206-684-7430
    3. Daniel Bagley Elementary by Green Lake Community Center: 206-684-0780
    4. Hazel Wolf K-8 STEM by Northgate Community Center: 206-386-4283
    5. John Rogers Elementary by Meadowbrook Community Center: 206-684-7522
    6. Leschi Elementary by Garfield Community Center: 206-684-4788
    7. Lowell Elementary by Miller Community Center: 206-684-4753
    8. McGilvra Elementary by Montlake Community Center: 206-684-4736
    9. Sacajawea Elementary by Meadowbrook Community Center: 206-684-7522
    10. Stevens Elementary by Miller Community Center: 206-684-4753
    11. Thornton Creek Elementary by Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center: 206-684-7534
    12. TOPS K-8 by Montlake Community Center: 206-684-4736
    13. Whittier Elementary by Loyal Heights Community Center: 206-684-4052
    14. Wedgwood Elementary by Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center: 206-684-7534

Questions? Please contact participating community centers for details.

These enrichment classes are offered in partnership with Associated Recreation Council (ARC).

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Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4


National Trails Day is Saturday, June 4, and Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites everyone to lace up their shoes and celebrate by taking a walk on the many miles of trails found in Seattle’s park system.

“Access to invigorating ways to enjoy nature is key to any great city’s livability. And Seattle Parks and Recreation is blessed with over 6,300 acres of parkland, including more than 100 miles of trails,” said SPR Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. “National Trails Day is a time for Seattleites to celebrate their trails through recreation and restoration, and to enjoy the health benefits—both physical and mental—of time spent outdoors.”

This year, SPR is partnering with Totago, a mobile app designed to get people outdoors, and with the Seattle Trails Alliance to encourage Seattleites to take public transit to hike in local parks. See below for information on joining a hike on June 4, including a hosted hike at Carkeek Park led by SPR and the Totago team, and self-led hikes at Discovery Park, Seward Park, Ravenna Park and Lincoln Park.

  • Carkeek Park Hike: This event will be hosted and led by SPR and the Totago team. Visit one of the gems of the Seattle park system with a hike along a beautiful ravine leading to amazing views of Puget Sound.
  • Discovery Park Hike: Join other community members for a self-led hike of Discovery Park. With seven miles of trails on 534 acres, Discovery Park offers some of the best in-city hiking in Seattle.
  • Seward Park Hike: Join other community members for a self-led hike of Seward Park. Hike a loop that follows the water’s edge on a smooth, paved trail at this forested park in southeast Seattle.
  • Ravenna Park Hike: Join other community members for a self-led hike of Ravenna Park. Comprised of a wooded ravine just north of the University District, Ravenna Park is a popular spot for hiking.
  • Lincoln Park Hike: Join other community members for a self-led hike of Lincoln Park. Located on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Lincoln Park has 4.6 miles of walking paths.

SPR encourages Seattleites to get out and explore the trails in their neighborhood and to tell others by using the hashtag #SEATRAILS on Twitter.

Student-created artworks at Cal Anderson Park

The historic Lincoln Reservoir Gate House at Cal Anderson Park is receiving some color in the form of 14 original temporary artworks designed by nine students at Washington Middle School. The artworks will be showcased from May through December 2016.

The Gate House project is a collaboration between the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Out of School Time program at Washington Middle School, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program.

Washington Middle School students creating their drawings:

classroom drawings with final works

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Before and after photos:

Lincoln Reservoir Gate House BEFORE

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Youth Green Corps restores trails in Seattle parks

June 4 is National Trails Day! In celebration, we’re highlighting the great community-supported work that happens year-round to maintain the more than 100 miles of trails found in Seattle’s park system. One program helping to build, maintain and restore trails is the Youth Green Corps (YGC).

YGC is a nine-month program that provides environmental stewardship training to young people ages 18-24. The program is run in partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and Goodwill. Participants work on restoring trails, urban forests and parks, and also receive educational and career training.

Many YGC members are homeless youth or people from underserved communities. In an effort to address youth employment and create a pathway into green jobs, the program teaches site management, restoration skills and management, tool safety, native plant species identification and invasive plant identification. Goodwill offers training and classes such as GED preparation, basic computer skills, reading and writing, and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

What has the YGC been up to?

The YGC has been doing restoration work at Puget Park in West Seattle. Members have been laying crushed rock as an initial layer for the beginnings of a trailhead and removing blackberry bushes. The crew has also been working at the Washington Park Arboretum to surface trails and to finish moving a gravel pile from a recent Earth Day project. YGC members have also started a new trail project at Lewis Park in North Beacon Hill. Recently, members were hauling out trash and brick rubble when they discovered a native bumblebee hive that would be impacted by the projected route. While these bees are not endangered, they are most certainly an asset to the native habitat, so the crew suited up in Tyvek protection suits (pictured) and successfully moved the beehive without destroying it or getting attacked.

From removing invasive plants, to hauling rocks, to planting and much more, the Youth Green Corps provides hands-on help to maintain and restore our many miles of trails for the enjoyment of all.


Beat the heat at beaches, pools, wading pools and spray parks

20553232389_d6be32f0d8_zWhen it’s hot this summer, Seattle residents don’t need to go far to cool off. Seattle Parks and Recreation has a long list of places to get cool in the water, including beaches, wading pools, water spray features, and outdoor pools.

Two Outdoor Pools
Parks operates two unique outdoor pools for summer fun. Each offers swimming lessons, family swimming, water exercise programs and special events. The pools can also be rented for special occasions.

Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708, is open daily now through September 11. Mounger Pool is really two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones. Call the pool to reserve it for your own birthday party or other special event.

Colman Pool, at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, 206-684-7494, opens for the regular season at noon on June 20 and will remain open until Sept. 5. The pool will also be open on certain pre-season weekends including May 28-30, June 4-5, June 11-12 and June 18-19. The pool enjoys a spectacular view of Puget Sound from its prime location on the beach in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park. It features heated salt water and the Giant Tube Slide!

Wading Pools and Water Spray Features
Your little ones will love the cool, shallow water and you can cool your own grown-up toes too. We will operate 16 wading pool sites this summer, and there are 10 parks with spray features to enjoy. Please note that the pools take about an hour to fill and drain each day, as required by law. Closing and opening dates vary. Click here to see the Summer Guide for schedules. Wading pools are open on days with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Call the hotline at 206-684-7796 by 9 a.m. each day to find out whether pools will be filled. All spray features are open from May 28 to Sept. 5.

Four-day-a-week Wading Pools (open noon to 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat-6/29-8/20
  • Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun-6/27-8/21
  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S, noon-7pm., Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs-6/27-8/18

Three-day-a-week Wading Pools (all are open from noon to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri-6/29-8/19
  • Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., noon to 6:30 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun-7/1-8/21
  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE, Tues/Wed/Thurs-6/28-8/18
  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Sun/Mon/Tue-6/27-8/21
  • E.C. Hughes, 2805 SW Holden St., Wed/Thu/Fri-6/29-8/19
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St., Sat/Sun/Mon-6/27-8/21
  • Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri-6/29-8/19

Daily Wading Pools (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 6/25-9/5, unless otherwise noted):

  • Green Lake, N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW
  • Magnuson, eastern end of NE 65th St., noon to 6:30 p.m. 6/25-8/28
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Volunteer Park, 1400 E Galer St.

Daily Water Spray Parks (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 5/28-9/5 unless otherwise noted):

  • Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd Ave. NW
  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
  • John C. Little, 6961 37th Ave. S
  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E (Miller will open at a later start time May 27-June 21, call the wading pool hotline for the best information 206-684-7796)
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE
  • Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St.

Parks offers safe, lifeguarded beaches at nine sites around the city, and we strongly recommend swimming only where lifeguards are present. Most beaches open June 25, weather permitting, from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Amenities range from swim rafts and low and high diving boards to nearby wading pools, play areas, ballfields and more.

These beaches are open May 28 through Aug. 28:
(Hours from May 28-June 24 are 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays)

  • East Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd.

These beaches are open June 25 through Sept. 5:

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE
  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E
  • Mt. Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr.

These beaches are open June 25 through Aug. 28:

  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE
  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th Ave. S

For a more complete and detailed listing of fun summer activities in Seattle parks, please visit to view the 2016 Summer Guide.