Beat the Heat! at Seattle Parks & Rec

When it’s hot this summer, Seattle residents don’t need to go far to cool off. Seattle Parks and Recreation has a long list of places to get cool in the water, including beaches, wading pools and water spray features and outdoor pools.


2 Outdoor Pools

Parks operates two unique outdoor pools for summer fun. Each offers swimming lessons, family swimming, water exercise programs and special events. The pools can also be rented for special occasions.

Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708, is open daily from May 9 through Sept. 7. Mounger Pool is really two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones. Call the pool to reserve it for your own birthday party or other special event.

Colman Pool, at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, 206-684-7494, opens for the regular season at noon on June 20 and will remain open until Sept. 7. The pool will also be open on certain pre-season weekends including May 23-25, May 30-31, June 6-7 and 13-14. The pool enjoys a spectacular view of Puget Sound from its prime location on the beach in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park. It features heated salt water and the Giant Tube Slide!

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT COLMAN: Colman Pool is closed to the public July 9-11 and 17-18 for swim meets.


Wading Pools and Water Spray Features

Your little ones will love the cool, shallow water and you can cool your own grown-up toes too. We will operate 15 wading pool sites this summer, and there are 10 parks with spray features to enjoy. Please note that the pools take about an hour to fill and drain each day, as required by law. Closing and opening dates vary. See the Summer Guide at for schedules. Wading pools are open on days with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Call the hotline at 206-684-7796 by 9 a.m. each day for find out whether pools will be filled. All spray features are open from May 23 to Sept. 7.

Four-day-a-week Wading Pools (both are open noon to 6:45 p.m.):

  • Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat
  • Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun

Three-day-a-week Wading Pools (all are open from noon to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th, noon to 6:45 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th NE, Tues/Wed/Thurs
  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Sun/Mon/Tue
  • C. Hughes, 2805 SW Holden St., Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th, Sat/Sun/Mon
  • South Park, 8319 8th S, Mon/Tue/Wed
  • Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri

Daily Wading Pools (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Green Lake, N 73rdand E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW
  • Magnuson, eastern end of NE 65th, noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Volunteer Park, 1400 E Galer St.

Daily Water Sprayparks (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd NW
  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
  • John C. Little, 6961 37th S
  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th E (Miller will open at a later start time May 23-June 21, call the wading pool hotline for the best information 206-684-7796)
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st NE
  • Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St.


Beaches open June 20

Parks offers safe, lifeguarded beaches at nine sites around the city, and we strongly recommend swimming only where lifeguards are present. Beaches open June 20, weather permitting, from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Amenities range from swim rafts and low and high diving boards to nearby wading pools, play areas, ballfields and more.

These beaches are open through Sept. 7:

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE
  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E
  • Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr.

These beaches are open through Aug. 23:

  • East Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65thand Sand Point Way NE
  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd.
  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55thS

For a more complete and detailed listing of fun summer activities in Seattle parks, please visit  to view the 2015 Summer Guide.


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Skatepark Plan moves forward with new skatespot in Lake City

Community encouraged to participate in park design meeting

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public design meeting for the new Lake City Skatespot at Virgil Flaim Park on Monday, July 13, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Lake City Branch Library located at 12501 28th Ave. NE.

The community-initiated project is funded by Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. At the meeting, the community will have an opportunity to provide input on the skatespot’s features and other changes to the park. Staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Cascade Design Collaborative and Grindline Skateparks will be on hand to present site analysis, review the current design from the Opportunity Fund proposal and answer questions. [Read more…]

Seattle parks become smoke-free on July 6

As of Monday, July 6, 2015, all Seattle parks will be smoke-free. Smoke-free parks further Seattle Parks and Recreation’s mission to provide healthful and welcoming places for all residents to enjoy.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners unanimously recommended to approve a parks-wide smoking ban in May. The new rule will expand the existing smoking ban from within 25 feet of another park visitor to no smoking on any publically accessible park land. This is similar to rules in more than 1,000 other cities and jurisdictions nationwide, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Portland and San Francisco. [Read more…]

Enchantment in the trees: Experiential Play and Zip camp at Camp Long

UntitledShake things up this summer and spend a day suspended high up in the trees. West Seattle’s Camp Long is hosting eight sessions of Enchantment Experiential Play and Zip camp at the high ropes challenge course. Play and zipline with your friends 40 feet above the ground.

The experience is open to ages 14 and older and costs $30 per person. Sessions are Saturdays July 11 and 25; Aug. 8 and 22. The available time slots are 9:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. or 1:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

To register for a session, call 206-684-7434 or email

July 9, 2015 Board of Park Commissioners meeting canceled

The Board of Park Commissioners canceled the July 9 meeting. The Board will be discussing the Supplemental Use Guidelines for Natural Areas and Greenbelts at the July 23 meeting. A Board recommendation will happen at a future meeting.

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 The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

July 2 Parks Buzz: You haven’t been there unless you have a PIC to PROVE it

Send your photos to @seattleparks on Twitter for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Visit our homepage and subscribe to Explore More, our twice-monthly newsletter, to learn about new things happening in our parks and community centers this month.

@sarahchan215 @ Green Lake Park "One happy little trooper. #greenlake #Seattle"

@sarahchan215 @ Green Lake Park
“One happy little trooper. #greenlake #Seattle”


@julietobiason @ Golden Gardens  "Golden gardens!! Beautiful northwest beach! #beautifuldayinseattle #familyfun #seattle #washington #ballard #goldengardens #beach #sun #beachbum"

@julietobiason @ Golden Gardens
“Golden gardens!! Beautiful northwest beach! #beautifuldayinseattle #familyfun #seattle #washington #ballard #goldengardens #beach #sun #beachbum”


@booshoe37 @ Gas Works Park "This is my happiest of places. ❤️ #GasWorksPark #Seattle #Home"

@booshoe37 @ Gas Works Park
“This is my happiest of places. ❤️ #GasWorksPark #Seattle #Home”


@8bitcrush @ Golden Gardens Park "Golden gardens sunset bike ride with @jenniferlbuse #seattle #goldengardens #sunset #seattlesunset #elliotbay"

@8bitcrush @ Golden Gardens Park
“Golden gardens sunset bike ride with @jenniferlbuse #seattle #goldengardens #sunset #seattlesunset #elliotbay”


@jphagsy @ Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area "#swim #dogsofinstagram #igers_seattle"

@jphagsy @ Magnuson Park Off-Leash Area
“#swim #dogsofinstagram #igers_seattle”


@ppfuentes @ Gas Works Park "This is #Seattle"

@ppfuentes @ Gas Works Park
“This is #Seattle”


@stelliish @ Green Lake Park "Green Lake, Seattle"

@stelliish @ Green Lake Park
“Green Lake, Seattle”


@nofriday @ Gas Works Park "Lulu chilling at the Duck Dodge"

@nofriday @ Gas Works Park
“Lulu chilling at the Duck Dodge”


@daddymarkisgay @ Golden Gardens "End to another beautiful day in Seattle. #Seattle #summer #lovewins #gaypride"

@daddymarkisgay @ Golden Gardens
“End to another beautiful day in Seattle. #Seattle #summer #lovewins #gaypride”

Seattle teens take second in international digital media awards

An image from Seattle teens' winning video collaboration "A Questions is."

An image from Seattle teens’ winning video collaboration “The Questions is.”

Teens at Delridge and Rainier Beach community centers received second place in an international digital media competition as part of the 2015 Adobe Youth Voices awards.

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) empowers students to develop digital media skills to inspire change in their communities. AYV is a global program that has about 250,000 participating youth from 60 countries. Adobe provides students with access to audio/visual software and mentoring and collaboration opportunities. [Read more…]

Make a wish; Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates Tanabata on July 11

Mother and son exploring the Seattle Japanese Garden

Mother and son explore the Seattle Japanese Garden. Photo by Amanda Sarnoski

The Seattle Japanese Garden invites the community to celebrate Tanabata from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. The annual Japanese festival is celebrated with magnificent colors, craft making and a tradition of writing wishes. The garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E.

Tanabata, (Evening of the Seventh) is based on the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi, star crossed lovers separated by the Milky Way. According to legend, each year on the evening of July 7, Orihime and Hikoboshi are allowed to reunite for one night. In Japan, Tanabata is celebrated by decorating bamboo branches with origami ornaments and tanzaku, poems or wishes written on small strips of paper. [Read more…]

Green Lake Small Craft Center offers beginning sailing

This summer Seattle Parks and Recreation and Green Lake Small Craft Center are offering weeklong youth sailing camps. The center is located at 5900 W Green Lake Way N.

The camps will be held from noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and sessions will be held from now until Aug. 14. Participants will learn sailing skills using the Topper boats available at Green Lake. Beginners will learn the basics of sailing, rigging, safety and boat handling. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation reminds public to recreate safely at beaches and pools

With high temperatures predicted across Western Washington this summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to remind the public about water safety precautions. During the last four years, there were only five days in the month of June when temperatures reached more than 80 degrees. In 2015, June saw at least 15 days with 80+-degree heat.

Lifeguarded beaches opened in Seattle on Saturday, June 20. Since then lifeguards have performed 16 water rescues. By this same time last summer, only three water rescues were necessary. [Read more…]