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It’s a walk in the park

Get-Out-and-Walk-InfographicStarting a new fitness routine can be intimidating, that’s why we’re recommending that you start this one step at a time – literally. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently released a video encouraging people to walk more.

According to the NRPA, one-third of the adults in the United States are overweight, and less than 50 percent of adults get their needed amount of recommended weekly exercise.  Walking just 30 minutes each day has long-term benefits. It can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, depression and some cancers and can lower blood pressure and sugar levels.

So let’s get started. Seattle Parks and Recreation has 120 miles of developed and semi-developed trails scattered through beautiful forests, beaches and meadows. Take a look at the list here and pick a walk for yourself this weekend. If you want something more urban, do some laps at Green Lake Park or Maple Leaf Reservoir Park or walk along the water at Lake Union.

With 400+ parks in our area, there’s no reason not to get moving! Grab your tennis shoes and get healthier.

Community invited to participate in design of the Seattle Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Woodland Park Zoo invite the community to participate in the planning for a new Seattle Sensory Garden at the zoo. The first public meeting for this project is Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 from 7 -8:30 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N. in the Red Room.

At the meeting, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and the design team of Fischer Bouma Partnership, Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology and Mark Epstein of Hafs Epstein, will provide project information and gather community input for the design of this unique garden. [Read more…]

Seward Park swimming beach will open after two days of clean water samples

Seattle’s Seward Park swimming beach will reopen Saturday, after two consecutive days of testing showed the water safe for recreation. But a four-block stretch of Lake Washington remains closed to contact by humans and pets pending further testing.

The section of Lake Washington shoreline near Wednesday’s sewage spill site — from South Angeline Street north to the 4200 block of Lake Washington Boulevard South (including Lakewood Moorage) — remains closed. Additional testing will be conducted this weekend.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Public Health–Seattle and King County closed areas of the lake Wednesday after problems with a pipe valve caused an estimated 12,000 gallons sewage to spill near South Alaska Street and Lake Washington Boulevard South, more than a mile north of the Seward Park beach. [Read more…]

Sound Steps tour the waterfront; admire art

Sounds Steps is a volunteer supported walking program with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation. The program is designed to get adults age 50+ moving and gaining the health benefits of regular exercise, while building social connections and having fun.

Participants in this free, year-round program are connected to other walkers on their level and matched with a walking group close to home. Encouragement comes from the support of volunteer walk leaders and regular events and activities that bring together participants from around the city. [Read more…]

Friends of Piper’s Orchard host ninth annual Festival of Fruit

The Friends of Piper’s Orchard invite the community to join them in celebrating Carkeek Park’s historic orchard from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. Events will include cider pressing and tasting, live music, an apple pie contest, activities for kids, guided tours of the historic orchard and more.

The event takes place at and around the Nancy Malmgren Environmental Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Road. Visitors are encouraged to park below the learning center. Volunteers will be directing guests. [Read more…]

Rock climbing’s history and rising popularity inspires Seattle festival

2015 has been an exciting year for climbing, and Seattle Parks and Recreation is set to celebrate it all with the Camp Long Mountain Fest on Sept. 13, 2015. 


Schurman Rock at Camp Long

Rock climbing is fast becoming the sport of choice for many in search of an athletic activity with both grit and Zen. Climbing, it seems, is scaling into the mainstream. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, more than 10 million people in the United States participate in rock climbing at some level, and Seattleites in particular have embraced this sport with a passion, with rock climbing gyms and venues, indoor and outdoor­, growing exponentially. To celebrate both this coming-of-age time for the sport of climbing and Seattle’s long-standing mountain and climbing history/community, Seattle Parks and Recreation will open its historic Camp Long for a Mountain Festival on Sept. 13, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—where anyone, from the novice to the hard-core enthusiast, can put hands on the rocks and get feet off the ground. [Read more…]

Seward Park beach closed after Lake Washington sewage spill

Park to remain closed at least until test results are back, Thursday afternoon

Seattle’s Seward Park swimming beach has been ordered closed following a large sewage spill Wednesday morning into Lake Washington.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities made the decision to close the park based on the size of the spill, estimated at about 12,000 gallons. The park will remain closed at least until test results are back from the lab, tomorrow afternoon. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation superintendent to visit International District/Chinatown

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre will host a series of community meetings throughout the summer and fall to share his vision for the future of the department and to learn more about the unique needs of each of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

Superintendent Aguirre will give a brief presentation on the department’s goals moving forward and will lead a discussion with community members to learn more about what’s important to them with regards to recreation and public spaces.

The superintendent will host a meeting at International District/Chinatown Community Center from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1 (719 8th Ave S, 98104). All are welcome to attend.

For more information on the Superintendent’s Listening Tour, please visit


Open Houses
The superintendent will also host two large open houses – one south of the Ship Canal, and one north of the Ship Canal. These will be great opportunities for the community to meet and talk with Jesús personally, as well as to learn all about the great stuff Seattle Parks and Recreation does.

These Open Houses will feature staff from all over the department to share their work — from the employees who buy and build new parks to those who organize summer camps to our Park Rangers. We’ll also have free children’s activities, and food.


Open House #1:
Sept. 22, Tuesday
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Van Asselt Community Center,
2820 S Myrtle St. 98108



Open House #2:
Sept. 26, Saturday
2 – 4 p.m.
Northgate Community Center,
10510  5th Ave. NE 98125





Community invited to Cayton Corner Park Open House

The Friends of Cayton Corner Park invite the community to an Open House on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cayton Corner Park, 1831 E Madison St.  At the event the community is encouraged to learn about the new design, meet the designer, JA Brennan, ask questions and get involved.

In 2011, funding from Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund contributed to the purchase of the 4,500 square foot, triangular-shaped lot on E. Madison and 19th Ave. This property helped fill a need for open space in the neighborhood. [Read more…]