Loyal Heights’ pancake breakfast

Come hungry for all-you-can-eat pancakes! On March 5 from 8 a.m. to noon, enjoy the warm company of friends and neighbors with a stack of pancakes, eggs, and sizzling sausage at the annual Loyal Hieghts Pancake Breakfast. This event is the community center’s major fundraiser. All proceeds go to our scholarship fund benefiting families in need by providing opportunities to participate in programs and activities throughout the year.

Tickets are available for purchase now at the Loyal Heights Community Center, or you can get them upon arrival on the day of the breakfast.

$6 tickets; children three or younger eat free. Volunteers needed! Please contact the community center for details.

Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St., Seattle, 98117. Phone: 206-684-4052.


Empowering Men of Color in Seattle

build startBrothers United in Leadership Development (B.U.I.L.D.) is a Citywide Youth & Teen Program dedicated to increasing civic engagement and leadership opportunities for Men of Color, particularly Black and Latino. The program provides support and mentoring to help men of color navigate systems, develop community partnerships and strengthen their sense of power. Ultimately, B.U.I.L.D.’s mission is to develop leaders who can affect real change in our community.

For the past two years, this Seattle Parks and Recreation-supported program has helped organize community events and host workshops with local schools, nonprofits and businesses. B.U.I.L.D. also offers a young men’s group at two of our Teen Life Centers.


BUILD group photo at BOOM

B.U.I.L.D. hosted an interactive workshop for young men of color at the Boom Experience, an all-day event designed for male students who identify as African, Black, Latino, Native American or a mix of any, who are in grades 7-12 in the Bellevue School District. The Boom Experience provided an opportunity for students to connect, be inspired and find support, and to be led and taught by men who racially identify like them. Students spent the day learning and engaging in discussions around race, culture, leadership and self-empowerment. B.U.I.L.D. members shared resources and stories with the young men about their personal experiences working and participating in the Parks and Recreation profession, and also highlighted Seattle Parks and Recreation offerings that focus on supporting youth of color, including our Teen Summer Musical program, our Teen Life Centers, and our Youth Engaged in Service Learning program.

BUILD the HOOD Softball Event

BUILD Softball event winnersB.U.I.L.D. hosted a resource fair and softball game at South Park Playfield. More than 150 community members attended the event, including a large number of Black men and their families, as well as many Latino families. The resource fair provided voter registration information, on-site free HIV testing, information on City of Seattle employment opportunities, and more. Following the resource fair, B.U.I.L.D. organized a fun and friendly softball game with four teams consisting mostly of “Opportunity Youth”—defined as young people ages 16-24 who are not engaged in work or school.

BUILD the HOOD Community EventBUILD the HOOD 8.9.15 South vr WestB.U.I.L.D. hosted a large-scale community event at Rainier Playfield in Southeast Seattle for at-risk youth, adults and their families from South, West and Central Seattle. More than 500 community members enjoyed the event, which included a barbecue, basketball game, resource fair, and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and arts-and-crafts. Leading up to the event, B.U.I.L.D. members conducted street outreach with active gang members to encourage them to attend and help plan the event. In doing so, B.U.I.L.D. helped put those young men into a positive leadership role within their community, empowering them to step away from negative choices and towards more positive choices to build their community.

BUILD Documentary Viewing

BUILD viewing 13th panelB.U.I.L.D., along with several community partners, helped host a community viewing of the documentary 13th at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. More than 150 community members attended and watched the documentary, which looks at the impact mass incarceration has had on communities of color. After the viewing, members from Southwest Teen Life Center’s Young Men’s Group and Black Student Unions helped facilitate a community discussion, which included a panel made up of community members who are working to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and/or who have been impacted directly by mass incarceration.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Presidents’ Day Closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

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

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

  • Boat ramps
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

Get Moving program helps Seattle residents burn more than 3,000,000 calories!

Our Get Moving program, funded by the Seattle Park District, works to increase participation and opportunities for physical activities, prioritizing neighborhoods where health disparities are prevalent.

Get Moving provides grants to programs that provide free, culturally relevant programming to reach historically underserved populations. As part of the 2016 grant cycle, 14 programs received funding to provide both exercise opportunities and a connection to a cultural practice at locations across Seattle.

Before the start of the program, 21% of surveyed Get Moving participants reported low or no physical exercise. After joining, 75% of participants reported they would continue to exercise after the Get Moving program.

Get Moving awardees have:

  • Provided more than 600 hours of scheduled programming.
  • Had more than 3,500 people attended a class or activity.
  • Helped Seattle residents burn more than 3,000,000 calories (more than 850 pounds!).

Father and Sons Together


Father and Sons Together (FAST) is a Get Moving grantee whose participants are largely people of color (88% Black; 6% Asian; 3% Hispanic). FAST provides positive and safe activities for Fathers/Sons in Southeast Seattle. This program seeks to help strengthen the Father/Son relationship, replace hopelessness with hope and inspire leadership through recreation activities. FAST has served more than 300 people and has hosted several community events, including a Fishing Day of Play, Empowerment Baseball Camp, Walk for Change & Family Day of Play, Overnight Camp at Camp Long, and Empowerment Basketball Camp.

“Some of the challenge courses, wall climb, and the rock climbing challenges were difficult but I didn’t give up. I kept going because of the encouragement my father along with all of the other fathers/sons were giving me. I learned that I am never alone.” Donald, a youth participant.

Lao Women Association of Washington


The Lao Women Association of Washington has held eight Get Moving-funded classes, teaching a variety of dance styles to community members including traditional Lao dance, Zumba and Cha Cha. The Association helps participants increase physical activity and mental well-being. Lao dance helps to boost mood and energy, reduce stress and increases self-image and confidence. Several participants reported weight loss attributed to this Get Moving-supported program, and 100% of program participants reported that they were “very satisfied” with the program.

Young Women Empowered


Through the Get Moving program, Young Women Empowered served a small but diverse group of people (44% Black; 12% African; 16% Hispanic; 8% Filipino; 8% Multiethnic). This group provided dance classes to more than 50 girls and women ages 12 to 50+. Young Women Empowered hosted eight dance classes, enabling participants to move creatively and joyfully. The program also helped to ignite participants’ passion for dance while exploring the rich cultures of the African Diaspora. Participants reported the lowest levels of pre-program exercise out of all the Get Moving grantees. Only 23% of participants reported exercising once a week or less before the beginning of the program.


Seattle Parks and Recreation to host free soccer clinics with Seattle Sounders FC’s RAVE Foundation

21518856229_a849c4944c_zSeattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will host two free soccer clinics at Yesler Community Center with the Seattle Sounders FC’s RAVE Foundation. Youth ages 8 to 14 are encouraged to come out and enjoy the free futsal clinics on Friday, January 27 or Friday, February 24. Both clinics will be held at Yesler Community Center (917 E Yesler Way) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Futsal is a variation of soccer played on a hard court smaller than a traditional outdoor soccer field.

Group sessions will be divided by age, 8 to 11 and 12 to 14. We are looking for 40 participants in each age group session. Please stop by or call the Yesler Community Center at 206-386-1245 to register.


Seattle Parks and Recreation focuses on inclusiveness and equity

13631451_10154265792878567_7123805924094841341_nSeattle Parks and Recreation is committed to utilizing Seattle’s parks and community centers to promote and sustain racial equity in our city. At Seattle Parks and Recreation, we know that access to outdoor space and community center activities are vital ways to keep communities healthy, strong, and supported. Yet in our city we know that these resources are not distributed equally to all Seattle residents. With an increasingly diverse Seattle, we work to make sure our programs and services are available to everyone by focusing on the following:

Investing in Youth of Color:


  • SPR Community Learning Centers combat summer learning loss with 5+ week summer academic and enrichment programming for students who are at risk of falling behind or failing courses, many of whom are students of color. In 2016, the program served more than 900 students with all students meeting their academic performance goals.
  • Our Summer Food and Expanded Recreation Program offers free lunches and free drop-in activities to youth during the summer months. Programming helps ensure that vulnerable youth have access to healthy meals during the summer. In 2016, together with the United Way, we served over 40,000 meals at over 20 sites across the city.
  • Our Trails Program engages youth of color through the public schools’ service learning program in maintaining and restoring Seattle’s park trails.
  • O2, the Outdoor Opportunities program, is an outdoor expedition program designed to expose youth of color (ages 14-19) to environmental education, urban conservation, and stewardship.
  • SPR partners to annually put on the teen summer musical. This year, 88 young people enjoyed a nine-week theatrical journey full acting, song, dance and discovery through this program which is geared toward youth of color.

Reducing barriers to access:


  • SPR wants all of Seattle’s residents to have access to recreation, and provides Scholarships to individuals and families for our programs and activities. We have processed 5,167 scholarships for the June 2016-June 2017 cycle.
  • Beginning January 2017, we have eliminated fees for most drop-in activities, including Tot Gyms, Fitness Rooms, Basketball, and many others.
  • We are extending hours at community centers in underserved neighborhoods to see how we can reduce barriers to utilizing our facilities and services. Community centers with expanded hours include International District/Chinatown, Magnuson, Miller, South Park, Yesler and Van Asselt community centers.

Culturally relevant programming:


  • Our Food and Fitness program, funded in part by the Seattle Park District, provides opportunities for older adults to congregate and celebrate their culture and language through weekly gatherings that include a communal lunch and a social, educational and fitness component. We currently offer an East African and a Vietnamese meetup.
  • We offer Women’s Single Gender Swims at three of our eight indoor pools for women who, for cultural, personal or religious reasons, choose not to swim in a co-ed environment.
  • SPR’s Get Moving and Recreation for All programs fund culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under resourced communities and in neighborhoods where health disparities are prevalent.

Friends of Piper’s Orchard to host apple wassailing and pruning work party

20550987630_2966e7cd40_kThe Friends of Piper’s Orchard and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite the community in celebrating Carkeek Park’s historic orchard on Saturday, February 4 for a wassailing and pruning work party. Wassail is a beverage originally made from mulled ale, apples, nuts, spices and curdled cream. Today’s version is usually eggnog or spiced cider. Historians have traced the wassail tradition back as far as the 8th century, and some look on it as the last revel of the holiday season.

This free event will feature hot apple cider and treats. The event will also feature the Sound and Fury Morris & Sword Dancers. Morris dancing is a traditional form of English folk dance accompanied by music; dancers often wear bells tied to their knees. For more information on Sound and Fury Morris & Sword, please go to http://soundandfurymorris.com/.

The Friends of Piper’s Orchard is a group of dedicated volunteers who rescued the historic North Seattle orchard from invasive plants. The volunteers ensure that the orchard, originally planted in the 1890s, will survive at least another 100 years.

This event is sponsored by Friends of Piper’s Orchard, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Carkeek Park Advisory Council. For more information, please go to www.pipersorchard.org or email pipersorchard@gmail.com.

We’re expanding operating hours at several community centers!


Thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District, six geographically diverse community centers have received additional staffing to support expanded operating hours. We are extending hours at community centers in underserved neighborhoods to see how we can reduce barriers to utilizing our facilities and services.

Community Centers with expanded hours (see below for details):

  • International District/Chinatown Community Center
  • Magnuson Community Center
  • Miller Community Center
  • South Park Community Center
  • Yesler Community Center
  • Van Asselt Community Center

With additional staff and additional hours, many centers will add programming for seniors, teens, and people with special needs. Combined with our free drop-in activities, these efforts allow for more accessible programming to more people, and more consistent operating hours.

Community Center Operating Hours, 2016 vs. 2017

International District / Chinatown Community Center

Day 2016 Operating Hours 2017 Operating Hours
Monday 11am-9pm 11am-9pm
Tuesday 3-6pm 10am-7pm
Wednesday 12-9pm 11am-9pm
Thursday 11am-2pm 10am-7pm
Friday 11am-9pm 11am-9pm
Saturday CLOSED 10am-5pm


Magnuson Community Center

Day 2016 Operating Hours 2017 Operating Hours
Monday 4:30-9 pm 2-9 pm
Tuesday 4:30-9 pm 2-9 pm
Wednesday 4:30-9 pm 2-9 pm
Thursday 4:30-9 pm 9 am-9 pm
Friday 9:30 am-4:30 pm 9 am-11 pm
Saturday CLOSED 9 am-5 pm


Miller Community Center

Day 2016 Operating Hours 2017 Operating Hours
Monday 4-9 pm 12-8pm
Tuesday 9:30am-2:30 pm 9am-5pm
Wednesday 4-9pm 12-8pm
Thursday 9:30am-2:30pm 9am-5pm
Friday 4-9pm 12-8pm


South Park Community Center

Day 2016 Operating Hours 2017 Operating Hours*
Monday 12-8:30pm 10am-9pm
Tuesday 12-8pm 10am-9pm
Wednesday 12-8pm 10am-9pm
Thursday 12-8:30pm 10am-9pm
Friday 12-7pm 10am-7pm
Saturday 9am-3pm 9am-5pm

* Beginning February 1, 2016


Yesler Community Center

Day 2016 Operating Hours 2017 Operating Hours
Monday 1pm-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Tuesday 1pm-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Wednesday 1pm-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Thursday 1pm-9pm 10:30am-8pm
Friday 1pm-7pm 10:30am-8pm
Saturday 10am-5pm 10am-5pm
Sunday CLOSED 9:30am-5pm


Van Asselt Community Center

Day 2016 Operating Hours 2017 Operating Hours*
Monday 3-8pm 2-8pm
Tuesday 3-8pm 10am-8pm
Wednesday 3-8pm 2-8pm
Thursday 3-8pm 10am-8pm
Friday 3-8pm 2-8pm
Saturday CLOSED 9am-4pm

* Beginning February 1, 2016