Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting January 10

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 10, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny. The meeting agenda includes:

Park Safety and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Parks and Seattle Police Department staff will brief the board on the department’s efforts to incorporate CPTED principals when planning and designing parks.

Downtown Parks Initiative. Seattle Parks and Recreation Center City Parks Initiative Strategic Advisor Victoria Schoenburg update the board on efforts to maintain vibrancy in our urban parks.

Park Board Business.

  • Coal terminals. The Board will finalize a letter expressing concerns about any expansion of coal terminals that would result in more trains traveling through Seattle parks.
  • Committee reports.

Associated Recreation Council – Commissioners Angulo

Central Waterfront – Commissioner Kincaid

Discovery Park Mitigation Fund – Commissioner Barber

Seattle Parks Foundation – Commissioner Maryman

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program ( Current members are Antoinette Angulo, John Barber, Megan Heahlke, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Caitlin McKee, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or email her at

This press release is available on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s blog, Parkways.

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Guides needed for Seattle Parks and Recreation Japanese Garde

The Japanese Garden at Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Washington Park Arboretum has opened applications for training to become a volunteer tour guide.

The Japanese Garden displays beautiful foliage throughout the year.

Tour guides will give free guided tours to garden visitors and must learn the techniques of effective guides, elements of the Japanese Garden, Japanese history and culture, and the history and unique features of the Seattle Japanese Garden.

Training will be held on five consecutive Wednesdays, March 13 through April 10, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee for the training program is $50. A limited number of scholarships are available. The deadline for application is February 1, 2013.

Located within the Washington Park Arboretum, the Japanese Garden is a 3.5-acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.

The Japanese Garden offers free public tours with admission on weekend days at 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., April through October. All tours start from the main gate, and are led by Arboretum Foundation Unit 86 Tour Guides. These tours provide an educational introduction to the culture and history of the Seattle Japanese Garden.

For details, and to download an application, please visit                                                

For questions, contact:

Great in-city hikes you can get to by bus

Everyone knows The Mountains to Sound Greenway has some of the best hiking trails in this MercerSlougharea. A rainy day hike to Granite Lakes a couple of weekends ago was no exception. With abundant hiking in the nearby Alpine Lakes Wilderness (the closest wilderness area to any major metropolitan area in the country!), it can be easy to overlook the wonderful trails in our neighborhood parks. Even the smallest urban trails can be places to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life for reflection! Some of them, like the Mercer Slough Heritage Trail, can give us a peek into our history. Others, such as Seward Park’s interior trails, are wooded enough that we can immerse ourselves in nature, forgetting the city is nearby.

How can those who choose not to, or can’t afford to, own a car get to these urban oases? Walking and biking are excellent options depending on your physical ability level and your proximity to the park. As far as transit is concerned, at least in the City of Seattle (we were asked by SDOT –see The Process* below for more information), trails are very well served by transit.

In Seattle there are 47 trails within a ½ mile of transit, 40 within a ¼ mile, and 34 that are adjacent! For more information see table 1. For suggestions including hikes outside of Seattle accessible by bus see Seattle Metro Bus Hiking. Happy hiking!

Table 1. Accessibility of trails by transit in Seattle. (Note: This cataloged was before the fall 2012 Metro Bus changes.)

Trail location


¼ Mile?

½ Mile?

Alki Trail Yes Yes Yes
Burke Gilman Yes Yes Yes
Camp Long Yes Yes Yes
Carkeek Park (Piper’s Creek Trail, 100th Pl and 6th Ave NW) No Yes Yes
Chief Sealth Trail Yes Yes Yes
Cowen Park Yes Yes Yes
Dearborn Park No No Yes
Discovery Park Yes Yes Yes
Dr. Jose Rizal Park Yes Yes Yes
Duwamish Trail Yes Yes Yes
Elliot Bay Trail/ Myrtle Edwards Yes Yes Yes
Fauntleroy Park Yes Yes Yes
Foster Island trails No Yes Yes
Frink Park Yes Yes Yes
Genesee Park and Playfield Yes Yes Yes
Golden Gardens Park Yes Yes Yes
Green Lake trail Yes Yes Yes
Hitt’s Hill Park No Yes Yes
I-5 Colonnade Yes Yes Yes
Interlaken Park Yes Yes Yes
Interurban Trail Yes Yes Yes
Kinnear Park Yes Yes Yes
Lake People Park (Xacua’bs) No No Yes
Lake Washington Blvd trail Yes Yes Yes
Lakeridge Park No No Yes
Lawton Park Yes Yes Yes
Leschi-Lake Dell Natural Area No No Yes
Licton Springs Park No No Yes
Lincoln Park Yes Yes Yes
Madrona Park Yes Yes Yes
Martha Washington Park No Yes Yes
Matthews Beach Park Yes Yes Yes
Montlake Trail Yes Yes Yes
Mountains to Sound Trail Yes Yes Yes
Mt. Baker Park Yes Yes Yes
Northacres Park No No Yes
Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt Yes Yes Yes
Pigeon Point Park No Yes Yes
Puget Park (SW Dawson St and 18thAve SW) Yes Yes Yes
Ravenna Park Yes Yes Yes
Schmitz Preserve Park Yes Yes Yes
Seward Park No Yes Yes
Sodo Trail Yes Yes Yes
South Ship Canal Trail Yes Yes Yes
Warren G. Magnuson Park No No Yes
Washington Park Arboretum Yes Yes Yes
Westcrest Park Yes Yes Yes

*The Process:

A few weeks ago we received a request from the Seattle Department of Transportation locations of the trailheads in Seattle that are served by Metro. It so happened that we had no idea, but we thought it was a question worth researching so I set out to find the answers.

The list of trails within Seattle was combined from a search from Seattle Parks and Recreation and others. To figure out whether these trails are served by Metro I used ½ mile, ¼ mile, and adjacent standards as there is no consensus on how far people will walk to a park. Then it was simply a matter of plugging in and verifying the park addresses, looking for adjacent bus stops on Google Maps, and using Metro Trip Planner to test out walking distance.

This post was written by Gordon Padelford , and originally posted on the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s blog: It was re-posted on Gordon’s blog From Cascadia With Love.

Free tax help is available for households with incomes of $51,000 or less

Any household making $51,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free. Hundreds of IRS-trained and certified United Way volunteers help people file their tax returns. The service is easy, gets clients’ refunds quickly, and is absolutely free. Along with tax preparation, volunteers help clients with additional services such as savings bonds purchasing, assistance applying for public benefits, and pulling credit reports.

A new feature this year—you can text TAX and a five-digit ZIP code (for example, “TAX 98104”) to 313131 to learn which site is nearest to you. The link below provides additional information about this service, and attached are flyers translated into language that many of our consumers speak.

In 2012, United Way of King County served over 3,000 clients aged 55+ and helped return $5.5 million in refunds to the clients. In total, UWKC volunteers prepared 14,400 tax returns and helped return $20.7 million in federal refunds to the community, including $7 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. The tax campaign saved local residents more than $1.5 million in tax preparation fees. There’s still time for new volunteers to receive training, if you or someone you know is interested.