Updated: Credit Card Payment System Now Restored

1 p.m. Update: Our credit card payment system has been restored. We appreciate your patience!

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Due to recent network updates, Seattle Parks and Recreation is currently unable to process credit card payments. Thank you for your patience as our IT team works toward a solution.  Courses remain viewable online. To register and make cash or check payment please visit your local center.

Severe Weather and Storm Information

Seattle Parks and Recreation staff are busy preparing for the two storms we anticipate will come through Seattle over the next few days. Please check our Parks and Recreation website and or Parkways Blog for detailed information about program cancellations, athletic field closures, where to call to report downed trees, and more.

  • Please take extra precautions for this weekend’s storm and stay indoors during high winds.
  • All grass athletic fields, including West Seattle Stadium, are closed through the weekend. For updated information on whether synthetic turf fields are open or closed, please call the rainout hotline at 206-233-0055.
  • All community centers and pools will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.
  • All Late Night Programs are cancelled on Saturday, Oct. 15 due to the weather.
  • If you cancel an event scheduled this weekend at a Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) site or facility, we will issue you a refund.
  • The Maple Viewing Festival at Seattle Japanese Garden, originally scheduled for Oct. 15-16, has been cancelled due to the inclement weather forecast this weekend
  • Discovery Park: The Discovery Park Visitor Center will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Saturday morning Bird Tour and Saturday evening Full Moon Adventure are canceled
  • Camp Long (both the park and the lodge) will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

Please use extreme caution outdoors. SPR will continue to monitor weather forecasts and will announce additional closures, if any, here. Please stay safe!


Denny Award Nominations Open

Denny Awards 2015

The mayor speaks at the 2015 Denny Awards ceremony

Looking for a way to honor an awesome volunteer in your midst? Do you know a volunteer who has excelled at creating Healthy People, Healthy Environment or Strong Communities? A volunteer who has advanced the work of Race and Social Equity in Seattle?

It is time to nominate a volunteer or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the people of Seattle through Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Mark your calendars! Nominees and winners will be honored Tuesday, December 6th at the Seattle Art Museum from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Please complete the 2016 Denny Award Nomination Form  through Survey Monkey. Also connect with us on our Seattle Parks and Recreation Volunteer Facebook page.

Download the past Denny Award winners list

Dog Swim at Madison Pool

Join us at Madison Pool for Dog Swim!

Sunday, September 25
1 -3 p.m.
$15.00 per dog

Dog Swim

We are hosting a dog swim at Madison Pool before the pool is scheduled to be drained and cleaned. We expect a lot of barking and a good time being had by all! There will be an outside area for dogs to be washed before entering the pool and a few vendors will be on site with treats and handouts. Tennis balls will be available on the pool deck. Stairs and pool docks will be available to make access easier for the dogs. We are expecting about 35 to 50 canine attendees. Lifeguards will be on duty to ensure the safety of your furry friend.

Health department rules prohibit humans from being in the pool with the dogs. All dogs must be licensed. Animal control will be on site to help with licensing and questions.

GIS / Map Outage this weekend, September 9 – 11

NOTICE:  Maps on our Parks and Recreation website will be out of service starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9  as Seattle IT relocates some critical equipment to its new data center.  The outage is expected to continue through Sunday, Sept. 11.  Maps may display error messages, give incomplete information or simply fail to appear.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will make every effort to restore service as quickly as possible.

Loyal Heights Community Center Offers After School Enrichment Classes

Loyal Heights Community Center is offering enrichment classes this fall. Classes include a wide variety of engaging activities like cooking, music, carpentry, chess, sports, science, and more (offerings vary from site to site). Our enrichment classes are taught by qualified instructors and designed to encourage your child’s curiosity while he or she learns new skills, gets creative, and makes new friends. Enrichment classes are offered on a variety of days, giving you flexibility to choose a schedule that works best for your family.


  • For children ages 5-12
  • Hours and cost vary depending on activity
  • An afternoon snack will be provided
  • Scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

Download the flyer for Loyal Heights

32nd Annual Emerald City Open Water Swim Results

Thank you to everyone who swam, supported, spectated, or sponsored the 32nd Annual Emerald City Open Water Swim! We had beautiful weather, amazing prizes from our sponsors, and lots of fun.  Race results for the Half Mile and One Mile races are now posted!

2016 Half Mile Results

2016 One Mile Results

Sponsors: Sylvia’s Swimwear, Super Jock ‘n Jill, OutdoorsNW, Big Chickie, Fat’s Chicken & Waffles, SANCA, Pilates on 10th, Emerald City Fired Arts, Woodland Park Zoo, Northwest Outdoor Center, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center/Teen Summer Musical,  Associated Recreation Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Northwest Outdoor Center

Rainier Valley Summer Parkways and Big Day of Play

Coming out for fun at the Big Day of Play? Rainier Valley has a huge celebration going on Saturday, August 13. Summer Parkways are events where designated streets are closed to cars so that folks can walk, bike and roll between parks, interact with neighbors and get active in a safe environment. Join us for Big Day of Play at Rainier Playfields and live entertainment at Othello Park and Brighton Playfield. Offerings include live DJ’s, live jazz, blues, Hawaiian slide guitar, Zorb Balls, face painting, and food trucks. We’ll see you there!

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Othello Park and Brighton Playfield Entertainment 12:30 to 4:30 PM
Parade starts at 11 AM
Big Day of Play 12 – 6 PM
Download the Poster and learn more at www.seattle.gov/summerparkways

Rainier Valley Parkways Poster

Annual Big Day of Play Vendors Wanted

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play is an ideal opportunity for vendors to reach children, families and seniors from across Seattle in a fun-filled and healthy environment. Share your products and services with 2,500+ attendees; build relationships with new clients and peer organizations; show support for Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Get Moving Initiative; get exposure and expand your presence. There’s something for everyone!

Food Trucks

We are looking for vendors that will support our communities in their journey to a healthier lifestyle. And food is a big part of that! Call out to all food trucks; come share your masterpieces at Big Day of Play! Healthy food options within your menu is preferred.

Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 13th from noon-6 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center Playfields.

For more information about these opportunities and to join us for our Big Day of Play, visit www.bigdayofplay.com. To register as a vendor, please complete the vendor application form and email to bigdayofplay@seattle.gov.