Encouraging healthy activities for older, diverse community members

Food and Fitness (003)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 bi-weekly gatherings that include a communal lunch and a social, educational, and fitness component.

As part of the program, we offer an Eritrean/Ethiopian meetup at Yesler Community Center with approximately 30 participants, and a Vietnamese meetup at Garfield Community Center with nearly 50 participants. At both sites, the program offers socialization, a lunch, and creative ways to encourage people to be more physically active, in addition to occasional speakers, ongoing ESL classes, and field trips.

Visit our Lifelong Recreation page for more information on fitness and social programs for people 50 and older.

Participants in the Eritrean/Ethiopian group enjoy a hot meal.

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Michael Neguse leads a group in light stretching before sharing a cooked-from-scratch meal with participants.

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Participants play Xiangqi, a game similar to chess.

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Table tennis at the Vietnamese Food and Fitness program.

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Wendy Nguyen teaches an ESL class Tuesdays and Fridays at Garfield Community Center.

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Youth Summer Sailing Camps

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Enjoy the summer sun on the protected waters of Green Lake! Space is available in our youth summer sailing camps at the Green Lake Small Craft Center. Youth will have a great time learning sailing skills, including rigging, sailing theory, water safety, and more. And the best part is we provide all the equipment!

In our introductory class, participants will learn the basics of sailing, rigging, safety, and boat handling. With one week of experience or adequate proficiency, youth can participate in our advanced class where they will learn about small boat skills, sail trim, basic racing techniques, and racing rules.

Camps run Monday – Friday from June 27 – August 12, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, visit us at the Green Lake Small Craft Center Office, call us at 206-684-4074, or visit our website: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/boats/Grnlake.htm

To register, drop off registration with payment in our mail box, register over the phone with a credit card, or register online with SPARC.

Join us at the Belltown Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Join Mayor Ed Murray for a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in Belltown this Tuesday! Refreshments will be provided and the first 75 walk participants who sign in will receive a gift bag.

Who: Belltown community members and City officials
When: Tuesday, June 28 2016, refreshments from 5:30-6:00 p.m. and walk from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the Belltown Community Center on 5th Ave. and Bell St. (415 Bell St.) 

The Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. Please visit www.seattle.gov/finditfixit to learn more about the Find It, Fix It Community Walks and Project Grants.

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Lights will be turned on at synthetic fields July 4

Seattle Parks and Recreation will turn on field lighting on ballfields throughout the city on the evening of Monday, July 4 to protect the surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at 8:45 p.m. and most will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field.

The lights will be turned on to discourage the use of fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the city of Seattle and will destroy the artificial turf on the fields or surrounding facilities. The approximate replacement cost for the synthetic surface based on per average full-size field (110,000 square feet) is $1.2 million. All the fields have been renovated in the past several years and benefit field users including players of soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse.

The fields will be monitored by security from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Lights at the following field will be left on all night:

  • Bobby Morris at Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave.

Lights at the following fields will be turned off at 11 p.m.:

  • Delridge Playfield, 4458 Delridge Way SW
  • Garfield #1, E Cherry St. & 23rd Ave.
  • Genesee Upper and Lower Playfield, 4316 S Genesee St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Hiawatha Playfield, 2700 California Ave. SW
  • Interbay Athletic Complex, 3027 17th Ave. W
  • Jefferson Playfield, 4165 16th Ave. S
  • Lower Woodland Playfield #2 and #7, 5201 Green Lake Way North
  • Walt Hundley Playfield, 6920 34th Ave. SW
  • Washington Park Playfield, 2500 Lake Washington Blvd. E
  • W Queen Anne Playfield, 150 W Blaine St.
  • West Seattle Stadium, 4432 35th Ave. SW

Lights at the following fields will be turned off at 10 p.m.:

  • Loyal Heights Playfield, 2101 NW 77th St.
  • Mickey Merriam Athletic field complex, Magnuson #5 (Rugby), #6, #7, 7400 Sand Point Way NE
  • Miller Playfield, 330 19th Ave. E

For more information, please call Seattle Parks and Recreation Security Manager Marlan Teeters at 206-684-7088.

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation begins design process for the A.B. Ernst Park addition

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on the design for the addition to A.B. Ernst Park on Sunday June 26, 2016 at the Fremont Sunday Market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation is moving forward with park development of the parcel purchased in 2010 and located at 719 N 35th St. This project will expand upon the existing A.B. Ernst Park, provide access for people with disabilities and improve safety and other park features.

Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planner and Site Workshop, landscape architects, at the Fremont Sunday Market to provide your ideas about park addition. We will have an Open House tent at the market to show design options and gather community input. This is the first public meeting for this project.

The Open House is an opportunity to learn about the project and gather the community’s ideas for the park design. Please participate in this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ErnstPark and participate (post pins) on Pinterest site hosted by the Site Workshops.  https://www.pinterest.com/ernstpark2016/

Funding for the development of this project is provided by Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

If you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0064 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/a_b_ernst/

 

Wading pool season opens June 25

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The 2016 wading pool season runs from June 25 through September 5. Your little ones will love the cool, shallow water and you can cool your own grown-up toes too!

Operating days and hours vary by location. We plan to open wading pools on sunny days when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above. Click here for more information, including a map of wading pool locations.

The Magnuson Park wading pool is currently closed for repairs. We expect the wading pool to reopen the second week of July. Visit our wading pool page to check for updates.

The following wading pools are closed for the 2016 season:

  • Beacon Hill Playground
  • Gilman Playground
  • Peppi’s Playground
  • Ravenna Park
  • Sandel Playground
  • View Ridge Playfield

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Jim Ellis Freeway Park on July 3

Join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Jim Ellis Freeway Park on July 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Freeway Park Central Plaza (6th Ave. and Seneca St.).

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Forty years ago, Freeway Park opened to the residents of Seattle. The first park in the United States to lid an interstate, the Park is a feat of architecture and engineering as well as a community jewel. Come celebrate this momentous occasion on July 3 at Freeway Park in Bloom! This community event features free music, food and activities for the whole family including face painting and a tour of Freeway Park’s arboretum with Seattle’s Tree Ambassadors. Celebrate with us from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and stay for the launch of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s second annual free Blues and Cool Jazz concert. Bring a picnic and settle in for a beautiful day at Freeway Park! Click here for more information.

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The past several weeks have been filled with cultural events supported by Put the Arts in Parks. Made possible by the Seattle Park District and in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Put the Arts in Parks is helping to bring outdoor arts and culture projects to parks around the city this summer.

As part of this program, Lake City Future First is bringing “Music in the Mini Park” to Lake City Mini Park on Wednesdays from 5 to 7p.m. through July 13. Performances so far have included New England contra-dancing and flamenco, to the delight of Lake City locals.

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Community invited to provide input for a new Greenwood/Phinney park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input for a new park in the Greenwood/Phinney neighborhood. Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planner and Cascade Design Collaborative’s designers at the Greenwood Car Show between11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 8100 Greenwood Ave N. This project provides additional open space for the neighborhood by developing the Seattle Parks and Recreation property located between 81st and 82nd on the east side of Greenwood. This is the first of three public meetings. We will be gathering thoughts and ideas around the character of the park.

The Open House is an opportunity to learn about the project and gather the community’s ideas for the park design. Please participate in this survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GreenPhinn and participate in the Pinterest account https://www.pinterest.com/greenwoodphinn/

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased two property sites between N. 81st and N. 82nd in November 2012 and July 2015. The two buildings will be demolished in the fall 2016.

Funding for the development of the sites into a park is provided by Seattle Park District Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

If you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0064 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/greenwood_phinney_uv/