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APRIL 16 PARK BUZZ: You haven’t been there unless you have a PIC to PROVE it

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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.

 

@goodgoodkarma @ Jefferson Park "Zipline Sister Style"

@goodgoodkarma @ Jefferson Park
“Zipline Sister Style”

 

@jgrienauer @ Volunteer Park Conservatory "Big orchid hullabaloo at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle this Saturday. Check it out!"

@jgrienauer @ Volunteer Park Conservatory
“Big orchid hullabaloo at the Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle this Saturday. Check it out!”

 

rebekahjsanders @ Volunteer Park "Squirrel glamour shot #squirrel #westerngraysquirrel #nature #pnw #washington"

rebekahjsanders @ Volunteer Park
“Squirrel glamour shot #squirrel #westerngraysquirrel #nature #pnw #washington”

 

@kaylenechung @ Gas Works Park "He's more Lecrae, I'm more Kendrick Lamar."

@kaylenechung @ Gas Works Park
“He’s more Lecrae, I’m more Kendrick Lamar.”

 

@being therephotos @ Green Lake Park "Spring hail - Green Lake, Seattle"

@beingtherephotos @ Green Lake Park
“Spring hail – Green Lake, Seattle”

 

@rwebjr_weber @ Discovery Park "lighthouse Discovery park, Seattle. Beautiful moody evening, excellent mist infused with salt & sea, last day."

@rwebjr_weber @ Discovery Park
“lighthouse Discovery park, Seattle. Beautiful moody evening, excellent mist infused with salt & sea, last day.”

 

@kft206 @ Magnuson Park "Happy Birthday my love! #HBD @dialtone206"

@kft206 @ Magnuson Park
“Happy Birthday my love! #HBD @dialtone206″

 

@manniezak @ Carkeek Park "Seattle sunshine #Seattle #instaphoto #easter #carkeek #SundayFunday"

@manniezak @ Carkeek Park
“Seattle sunshine #Seattle #instaphoto #easter #carkeek #SundayFunday”

 

@jelrgreen @ Carkeek Park "Adventure Time: Carkeek Park - April 2015 #Seattle #WA #PNW #nature #trail #moss #mushroom #UpperLeft #hike #outdoors "

@jelrgreen @ Carkeek Park
“Adventure Time: Carkeek Park – April 2015 #Seattle #WA #PNW #nature #trail #moss #mushroom #UpperLeft #hike #outdoors”

 

@mariafalvey @ Golden Gardens Park "#sailing through the weekend on #pugetsound"

@mariafalvey @ Golden Gardens Park
“#sailing through the weekend on #pugetsound”

 

@libertylovesyou @ Seattle Parks egg hunt "Thanks for the great egg hunt, @SeattleParks! Bowie and the rest of the crumb-snatchers had a great time. "

@libertylovesyou @ Seattle Parks egg hunt
“Thanks for the great egg hunt, @SeattleParks! Bowie and the rest of the crumb-snatchers had a great time. “

 

@chrismark06 @ Magnuson Park "And tonight's indoor soccer game will be played @ Magnuson Park, where an old military hangar has been turned into an indoor soccer field. #nofilter #seattlesunsets #magnuson"

@chrismark06 @ Magnuson Park
“And tonight’s indoor soccer game will be played @ Magnuson Park, where an old military hangar has been turned into an indoor soccer field. #nofilter #seattlesunsets #magnuson”

 

@jheckyeah @ Gas Works Park "Sometimes we go to Seattle #northwestisbest"

@jheckyeah @ Gas Works Park
“Sometimes we go to Seattle #northwestisbest”

 

@suzipratt @ Volunteer Park Conservatory "One of the best places on a sunny day in #seattle. #vscocam"

@suzipratt @ Volunteer Park Conservatory
“One of the best places on a sunny day in #seattle. #vscocam”

 

@victorrasgaitis @ Gas Works Park  "Travelers"

@victorrasgaitis @ Gas Works Park
“Travelers”

 

@UWGBCC @ Gas Works Park

@UWGBCC @ Gas Works Park

 

 

 

 

Register today for the LoveGreenLake.com Fishing Kids event May 2

There are plenty of fish in the sea, and this May, there will be plenty of fish in Green Lake.

A previous Fishing Kids participant shows off his catch. Photo provided by C.A.S.T for Kids.

A previous Fishing Kids participant shows off his catch. Photo provided by C.A.S.T for Kids.

The LoveGreenLake.com Fishing Kids event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. A net will be installed in the swim area by Green Lake’s Bathhouse Theater and stocked with trout. Kids from the community are invited to head to the shore and fish for 30 minutes (or until the child has caught two fish). There will be volunteers on-hand to help bait hooks, remove hooks, untangle lines and to clean the caught fish.

This event is designed to provide all children ages 5 – 14, with an opportunity to receive hands-on fishing lessons and to enjoy a quality outdoor recreational experience.

Before the event, there will be a brief water safety segment. Registration includes a free Zebco fishing rod and reel, t-shirt and trout recipes. This event is free and is sponsored by the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce and the support of a Neighborhood Matching Funds grant.

There will be five fishing time slots for the children: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

To register, visit our SPARC registration page. Select the “Hobbies, Clubs & Lifestyles” category and choose “Fishing.” For event details, visit LoveGreenLake.com or the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce website.

Find rare blooms at the Friends of the Conservatory Plant Sale

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James Whetzel buys an orchid at a previous Friends of the Conservatory plant sale

James Whetzel buys an orchid at a previous Friends of the Conservatory plant sale

Mark your calendar for the Friends of the Conservatory Spring Plant Sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, on the lawn outside of the Volunteer Park Conservatory (1400 East Galer St.).

The Spring Plant Sale features unique tropicals, orchids and rare cacti that are similar to the plants that grow in the Conservatory.

A percentage of the Spring Plant Sale proceeds directly support the displays and collections and the remainder support the Friends of the Conservatory and the group’s educational programming.

Plenty of free parking is available.

If you have questions, please email foc@volunteerparkconservatory.org.

More information can be found online at www.volunteerparkconservatory.org.

Friends of the Conservatory members may start shopping at 9 a.m. and will receive a 10 percent discount. To become a member, please visit http://www.volunteerparkconservatory.org/support-the-conservatory/membership/.

Your go-to guide for a Happy Mother’s Day

When you’re sick with the flu, when your casserole is sticking to the pan, when you’re disgruntled about work, when you’re heartbroken…who do you call? (Hint: not Ghostbusters.)

Mom. She always knows what to do or say to prevent a crisis, and she deserves a special day. Unfortunately, Mom is the one person you can’t call for surprise Mother’s Day ideas. Luckily, we’re here to help. [Read more…]

New Kinnear Park tree signs encourage environmental stewardship

Students from John Hay Elementary School helped spread mulch in Lower Kinnear Park on April 14.

Students from John Hay Elementary School helped spread mulch in Lower Kinnear Park on April 14.

Nestled in Lower Kinnear Park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill stands one of the largest big leaf linden trees in Washington state. In the past year, the tree conserved enough energy to heat or cool a house for one week. It intercepted the equivalent of 13 people’s annual water consumption, and it reduced atmospheric carbon equal to a car’s six-day output.

Informational tree signs were placed in Kinnear Park earlier this month.

Informational tree signs were placed in Kinnear Park earlier this month.

The more we know about trees and wildlife, the more motivated we become to take care of them. This April, Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with HBB Landscape Architecture and the Friends of Lower Kinnear Park, placed 16 informational signs around Lower Kinnear Park to teach the public about an urban forest’s quantitative environmental benefits, tree species and growth patterns. The signs were sponsored by a grant from the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment. [Read more…]

Register now for Seattle Storm basketball clinic with Sue Bird

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free basketball clinic with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Jefferson Community Center.

The clinic is open to all girls ages 6-12. Players of all skill levels are welcome. Bird will lead the group in technique and skill development. For more information on activities, call Navreet Gill at 206-272-2516 or email NGill@StormBasketball.com.

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S. To register for the clinic, visit https://class.seattle.gov/parks/Start/Start.asp  and use course #134534. You may also register in person at any of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s community centers.

There’s still time! Find an Earth Month event near you

At Seattle Parks and Recreation, we work toward improving the quality of life for Seattle residents every day. Because our parks and natural areas provide tremendous educational and recreational opportunities, it is vital to maintain them; but we can’t do it without your help.

Volunteers play a crucial role in the City and their contributions are invaluable to Seattle Parks and Recreation. In 2014, 36,633 volunteers donated nearly 260,000 of hours of service to the department.

This April, we’ve been hosting work parties and other volunteer events in honor of Earth Month, and there are still plenty of opportunities to pitch in.

For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit the online calendar. Always call ahead to ensure that the volunteer event is still taking place. [Read more…]

Join in Carkeek Park’s 35th Annual Earth Day celebration

11094751_405769276263304_8692252526607294862_oJoin Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council and the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project for Carkeek Park’s 35th Annual Earth Day event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This inspiring day of service will include both one-time, day-of volunteer projects, such as a beach cleanup and trail restoration, as well as an opportunity to learn more about and sign up with volunteer groups and organizations that work in the park year-round. [Read more…]

Jefferson Park Golf Course opens new clubhouse and driving range

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Jefferson Park Golf Course’s new clubhouse and driving range open April 11.

Grab your clubs rain or shine and head to Jefferson Park Golf Course because the new driving range opens April 11, and it’s ready to be broken in.

Guided by the 2009 Golf Master Plan, the Jefferson Park Golf Course renovation is substantially complete and the new clubhouse and driving range will open this Saturday, April 11.

The $8.7 investment includes a new clubhouse facility, new putting greens and parking improvements. The clubhouse facility includes a two-story covered and heated driving range, an enlarged and improved food and beverage operation with indoor and outdoor facilities, banquet and meeting rooms, and a large pro shop with club repair and teaching areas.

The new facility was built by CE&C and designed by Bassetti Architects.

On April 11, the driving range will be open, but the new cafe will still be undergoing final maintenance. For hours and to learn about special April deals, visit http://www.premiergc.com/jefferson.

An official grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting is planned for Saturday, May 16. Jefferson Park Golf Course is managed by Premier Golf Centers.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation week from Seattle Parks

Volunteers at Tom Wales Park.

Volunteers at Tom Wales Park.

Sunday, April 12, is the beginning of Western Washington’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, and that means Seattle Parks and Recreation volunteers can put down their gardening gloves and coaching whistles and enjoy some freebies April 12-18!

Volunteers play a crucial role in our neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout the city and their contributions are invaluable to the department. In 2014, 36,633 volunteers donated nearly 260,000 of hours of service to Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Currently, we have more than 5,000 registered volunteers, and we’re saying thank you by offering them free admission to many local places of interest during Volunteer Appreciation Week. Venues include the Asian Art Museum, the Northwest African American Museum, MOHAI, the Museum of Glass, Olympic Sculpture Park, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Chinese Garden, Pacific Science Center and more!

Registered volunteers were sent email invitations that include information about the Volunteer Appreciation Week deals.

If you’re interested in becoming a registered volunteer, visit our Volunteer webpage. Earth Month is a great time to get involved! Check out our April volunteer opportunities here.