Seattle Parks and Recreation Partners with The Silent War Campaign to Increase Volunteer Engagement

Seattle Parks and Recreation, South Shore K-8 and The Silent War Campaign invite the community to a volunteer rally at South Shore K-8 School on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. South Shore K-8 School is located at 4800 South Henderson Street, Seattle, WA 98118.

At this event the community can learn about volunteer opportunities that support and mentor youth in southeast Seattle and learn the steps to get involved.  Opportunities range from assisting with Seattle Parks and Recreation Late Night programs to volunteering for after school homework help to actively engaging community youth through civic leadership. This effort will provide avenues for volunteers to become active participants and informed about safety in their community. 

 “The vision is to create a sense of community through civic engagement using recreation as a primary focus,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “This is a great opportunity to get involved if you are interested in volunteering with youth.”

Seattle Parks’ Late Night programs provide a safe, supervised, environment for teens ages 13-19 to socialize with friends, interact with staff and participate in a variety of formal and informal recreation and learning opportunities.

The Silent War Campaign is an organized response to break the silence against violence crimes that affect our communities.  In 1999 the Silent War Campaign began convening focus groups to study blacks’ attitudes toward violence within their midst.

For information on how Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Violence program please call Jeron A. Gates, Sr. Program Coordinator, at 206-255-4051 or email

Seattle Parks Central Community Centers Host Open Houses

Come learn about the new spring programs and activities at central area Community Centers!

Montlake, Garfield, Yesler, Miller and Queen Anne Community Centers host consecutive open houses the week of March 19, 2012.   At these events, the Community Centers will showcase their fun, exciting and educational programs.  This is an opportunity for the neighborhood to meet community center staff and instructors, gather program information, provide input and observe some of the classes.

Montlake Open House -Monday, March 19 form 6 – 7 p.m.

Garfield Open House – Tuesday, March 20 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  

Yesler Open House- Wednesday March 21 from 5 -6 p.m.

Miller Open House – Thursday, March 22 from10 – Noon and 6 – 8 p.m.

Queen Anne Community Center- Friday,  March 23 from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

In January, Community Centers changed to a new tiered system for operating that reduces operating costs, while maintaining essential services. In the new system, community centers are grouped into five geographic areas of five centers each. They are managed and programmed in a coordinated fashion. The new system partially or fully restores the current limited use sites. Five limited use sites were established in 2011, which involved a significant drop in public operating hours. The new tiered system for 2012 saves approximately $1.23 million in the 2012 budget.

For more information please visit Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Center web page at