Lights will be turned on at synthetic fields July 4

Seattle Parks and Recreation will turn on field lighting on ballfields throughout the city on the evening of Monday, July 4 to protect the surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at 8:45 p.m. and most will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field.

The lights will be turned on to discourage the use of fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the city of Seattle and will destroy the artificial turf on the fields or surrounding facilities. The approximate replacement cost for the synthetic surface based on per average full-size field (110,000 square feet) is $1.2 million. All the fields have been renovated in the past several years and benefit field users including players of soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse.

The fields will be monitored by security from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Lights at the following field will be left on all night:

  • Bobby Morris at Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave.

Lights at the following fields will be turned off at 11 p.m.:

  • Delridge Playfield, 4458 Delridge Way SW
  • Garfield #1, E Cherry St. & 23rd Ave.
  • Genesee Upper and Lower Playfield, 4316 S Genesee St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Hiawatha Playfield, 2700 California Ave. SW
  • Interbay Athletic Complex, 3027 17th Ave. W
  • Jefferson Playfield, 4165 16th Ave. S
  • Lower Woodland Playfield #2 and #7, 5201 Green Lake Way North
  • Walt Hundley Playfield, 6920 34th Ave. SW
  • Washington Park Playfield, 2500 Lake Washington Blvd. E
  • W Queen Anne Playfield, 150 W Blaine St.
  • West Seattle Stadium, 4432 35th Ave. SW

Lights at the following fields will be turned off at 10 p.m.:

  • Loyal Heights Playfield, 2101 NW 77th St.
  • Mickey Merriam Athletic field complex, Magnuson #5 (Rugby), #6, #7, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
  • Miller Playfield, 330 19th Ave. E

For more information, please call Seattle Parks and Recreation Security Manager Marlan Teeters at 206-684-7088.

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation begins design process for the A.B. Ernst Park addition

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on the design for the addition to A.B. Ernst Park on Sunday June 26, 2016 at the Fremont Sunday Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation is moving forward with park development of the parcel purchased in 2010 and located at 719 N 35th St. This project will expand upon the existing A.B. Ernst Park, provide access for people with disabilities and improve safety and other park features.

Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planner and Site Workshop, landscape architects, at the Fremont Sunday Market to provide your ideas about park addition. We will have an Open House tent at the market to show design options and gather community input. This is the first public meeting for this project.

The Open House is an opportunity to learn about the project and gather the community’s ideas for the park design. Please participate in this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ErnstPark and participate (post pins) on Pinterest site hosted by the Site Workshops.  https://www.pinterest.com/ernstpark2016/

Funding for the development of this project is provided by 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 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.

If you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0064 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

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

 

Wading pool season opens June 25

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The 2016 wading pool season runs from June 25 through September 5. Your little ones will love the cool, shallow water and you can cool your own grown-up toes too!

Operating days and hours vary by location. We plan to open wading pools on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above. Click here for more information, including a map of wading pool locations.

The Magnuson Park wading pool is currently closed for repairs. We expect the wading pool to reopen the second week of July. Visit our wading pool page to check for updates.

The following wading pools are closed for the 2016 season:

  • Beacon Hill Playground
  • Gilman Playground
  • Peppi’s Playground
  • Ravenna Park
  • Sandel Playground
  • View Ridge Playfield

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jim Ellis Freeway Park on July 3

Join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Jim Ellis Freeway Park on July 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Freeway Park Central Plaza (6th Ave. and Seneca St.).

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Forty years ago, Freeway Park opened to the residents of Seattle. The first park in the United States to lid an interstate, the Park is a feat of architecture and engineering as well as a community jewel. Come celebrate this momentous occasion on July 3 at Freeway Park in Bloom! This community event features free music, food and activities for the whole family including face painting and a tour of Freeway Park’s arboretum with Seattle’s Tree Ambassadors. Celebrate with us from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and stay for the launch of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s second annual free Blues and Cool Jazz concert. Bring a picnic and settle in for a beautiful day at Freeway Park! Click here for more information.

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Music in the Mini Park

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The past two weeks have been filled with cultural events supported by Put the Arts in Parks. Made possible by the Seattle Park District and in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Put the Arts in Parks is helping to bring outdoor arts and culture projects to parks around the city this summer.

As part of this program, Lake City Future First is bringing “Music in the Mini Park” to Lake City Mini Park on Wednesdays from 5 to 7p.m. through July 13. Performances so far have included New England contra-dancing and flamenco, to the delight of Lake City locals.

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Community invited to provide input for a new Greenwood/Phinney park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input for a new park in the Greenwood/Phinney neighborhood. Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planner and Cascade Design Collaborative’s designers at the Greenwood Car Show between11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 8100 Greenwood Ave N. This project provides additional open space for the neighborhood by developing the Seattle Parks and Recreation property located between 81st and 82nd on the east side of Greenwood. This is the first of three public meetings. We will be gathering thoughts and ideas around the character of the park.

The Open House is an opportunity to learn about the project and gather the community’s ideas for the park design. Please participate in this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GreenPhinn and participate in the Pinterest account https://www.pinterest.com/greenwoodphinn/

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased two property sites between N. 81st and N. 82nd in November 2012 and July 2015. The two buildings will be demolished in the fall 2016.

Funding for the development of the sites into a park is provided by 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 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.

If you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0064 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

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

 

Celebrating the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico

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The Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park Amphitheater recently came alive with the bright colors of traditional Oaxacan costumes at the 14th annual Guelaguetza festival, a day-long, family-friendly event featuring live music and dances from Oaxaca, Mexico.

The seats of the amphitheater were overflowing with families gathered to watch the lively dances as performers tossed oranges and limes out to the crowd. “Guelaguetza is a holiday that is about helping and giving. This community is very open and welcoming and keeps that tradition alive,” said one performer.

Guelaguetza is organized by Grupo Cultural Oaxaqueno and the event received support from Put the Arts in Parks. Made possible by the Seattle Park District and in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Put the Arts in Parks is helping to bring outdoor arts and culture projects to parks around the city this summer. Click here to view all 2016 Put the Arts in Parks events.  

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Celebrate Colman Pool’s 75th anniversary on July 4

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Colman Pool, West Seattle’s outdoor pool and Seattle’s only heated saltwater pool, celebrates its 75th birthday this year, and Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding a celebration on July 4.

The celebration at the pool, 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW in Lincoln Park, will begin on the deck at 11 a.m. and include light refreshments and special entertainment. The celebration on the deck is free; regular fees apply for all swims, however the slide will be free all day. See swim schedule below. 

The event will also include the unveiling of the restored entry mural, which was commissioned in 1941 when the pool was opened. The mural was restored with help from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. A presentation by mural conservator Peter Malarkey will take place in the lobby at 10:15 a.m.

Swim schedule for July 4

Noon-1:30 p.m. — Lap and family swims
1:45-4:45 p.m. — Public swim (slide and diving board open)
5-7p.m. — Lap and family swims

About Colman Pool

Colman Pool enjoys a stunning setting on the beach and features the Giant Tube Slide and one-meter diving board. The pool is Olympic size (50 meters long with eight lanes) and the water is kept at 85 degrees F. For more information, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/colman.htm.

South Park Queer Pride Picnic

IMG_4006 (002)Seattle Parks and Recreation recently supported the sixth annual South Park Queer Pride Picnic, a community event for the LGBTQ community, friends and neighbors. The event featured live music, drag performances, activities for kids, and free food.

The picnic kicked off with a variety of lively drag performances, including a performance by local belly dancer Chucho. Audience members participated in the dancing and enjoyed the sunny day outdoors, as well as delicious complimentary tamales. Kids gathered around the craft table and played in the grass with artistic rainbow balloons.

“It’s important to have events like this in places to show that we respect each other, and that we are all one family, brothers and sisters,” said Martha, a member of Entre Hermanos, which helped organize the picnic.

This event was supported in part by the Seattle Park District’s Put the Arts in Parks initiative, which supports new and established community festivals, art happenings, and music concerts that are seeking to enliven Seattle parks by promoting arts and culture, celebrating diversity, building community connections, and energizing parks while connecting with underserved communities.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Fourth of July closures

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Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Independence Day or on special holiday schedules. Some facilities may be open, but have limited operations. Please call in advance.

These facilities and services will have CLOSURES:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

These facilities are OPEN:

  • Golf courses
  • Boat ramps
  • Beaches
  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
  • Colman Pool
  • Wading pools (Delridge, East Queen Anne, Green Lake, Lincoln, Magnuson, Sound View, South Park, Van Asselt and Volunteer).
  • Sprayparks