Seward Park water system project will close sections of loop trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation is replacing the domestic water system throughout Seward Park necessitating closure of sections of the Shore Loop Road (pedestrian and bike trail).

Parks’ contractor for the project, Jansen Inc., will temporarily close 1,000 feet of the road at a time during construction hours, Monday – Friday, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, visitors will not be able to detour around the construction area. There will be signs to indicate the area is closed and pedestrians and bicyclists will need to backtrack on the loop. [Read more…]

Water access re-opened at Magnuson Off-leash Area

Good news! Seattle Parks and Recreation has re-opened access to the water at the Magnuson Park dogs off-leash area.

Earlier this month, toxic algae had been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the off-leash area.

Tests of the water this week by the King County Water and Land Resources Division show that the toxin levels are normal and the lake waters are now safe for dogs and humans. Water access had been closed at the popular dog park since Jan. 14, 2015.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

 

Seattle Parks launches dementia-friendly recreation in 2015

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Dementia-friendly recreation participants and supporters dine at China Harbor on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

 

Greenwood Senior Center staff member Cayce Cheairs stood before dozens of Seattle seniors at Seattle Parks and Recreation’s dementia-friendly programming “Momentia!” kickoff on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and asked them what they wished for in the coming year.

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Seattle Parks Recreation Specialist Mari Becker, left

More longs walks, replied one man. More dancing, said a woman. More time with the people here in this room, said another.

“Can you feel the hope in the room?” Cheairs asked the crowd.

Seattle Parks created a pilot program for dementia-friendly recreation in 2014 in response to the growing number of community members living with memory loss and the firm belief that people living with memory loss should remain a vital part of our community. This January marked the program’s official launch.

“We’re taking something that’s traditionally only been offered through medical facilities and we’re looking at it differently,” said Cheryl Brown, a member of Seattle Parks Lifelong Recreation staff. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation opens Day Camp and Activity Camp registration

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On Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 Seattle Parks and Recreation will open registration for all of its amazing summer camp opportunities for youth ages 3-17!  This includes a wide variety of camps including Nature Camps, Preschool Camps, Tween Camps, Sports Camps, Arts Camps and more.

There are also state-licensed day camps available for children kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants will be put into age-appropriate groups to better meet the needs of the child.  Families may register children for a timeframe of one to 11 weeks.  Scholarships and Department of Social and Health Services subsidies are available for these camps. [Read more…]

Jan. 22 PARK 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.

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@morganejanine @ Gas Works Park “Lucky to live in such a beautiful place. This is just a short jog from my dorm. #Seattle”

 

@flowerdude @ Golden Gardens Park "#gull #goldengarden #seattle"

@flowerdude @ Golden Gardens Park
“#gull #goldengarden #seattle”

 

@monica_fox @ Magnuson Park "A little rain won't stop me #one5Kamonth #magnusonseries @ Warren G. Magnuson Park"

@monica_fox @ Magnuson Park
“A little rain won’t stop me #one5Kamonth #magnusonseries @ Warren G. Magnuson Park”

 

@liquidnight @ Discovery Park "Photo: To the Lighthouse Discovery Park, Seattle, WA, March 2009 Shot with a Holga 120CFN Fuji Velvia"

@liquidnight @ Discovery Park
“Photo: To the Lighthouse Discovery Park, Seattle, WA, March 2009 Shot with a Holga 120CFN Fuji Velvia”

 

@laura_depauw @ Gas Works Park "Enjoying the view from Gas Works Park!"

@laura_depauw @ Gas Works Park
“Enjoying the view from Gas Works Park!”

 

@jenkstagramm @ Discovery Park "Mother Nature's Brush Strokes | Discovery Park, Seattle"

@jenkstagramm @ Discovery Park
“Mother Nature’s Brush Strokes | Discovery Park, Seattle”

 

@blonderunner @ Volunteer Park  "18 mile #run + park views! #Running #Seattle #earthathon"

@blonderunner @ Volunteer Park
“18 mile #run + park views! #Running #Seattle #earthathon”

 

@xcaptainloud @ Volunteer Park "a couple of my favorite shots from today taken at the arboretum and volunteer park"

@xcaptainloud @ Volunteer Park
“a couple of my favorite shots from today taken at the arboretum and volunteer park”

 

@aimeeburchard @ Green Lake Park "Seattle, Green Lake inspiration. Such a perfect place for elopement photos! Xo!"

@aimeeburchard @ Green Lake Park
“Seattle, Green Lake inspiration. Such a perfect place for elopement photos! Xo!”

 

@justinmeckley @ Golden Gardens Park "Post NFC Championship victory lap! #Seattle #Ballard #GoldenGardens #GoHawks"

@justinmeckley @ Golden Gardens Park
“Post NFC Championship victory lap! #Seattle #Ballard #GoldenGardens #GoHawks”

 

@thechrisduclos @ Magnuson Park off-leash area "First time ever at Magnuson park and I run into Sumo's brother from the same litter Otis."

@thechrisduclos @ Magnuson Park off-leash area
“First time ever at Magnuson park and I run into Sumo’s brother from the same litter Otis.”

Parks to host Momentia! event to support dementia-friendly community

On Tuesday, Jan. 27, Seattle Parks and Recreation invites persons living with dementia, family, friends and all who support a dementia-friendly community to the 2015 Momentia! New Year Celebration at China Harbor restaurant.momentia

The Momentia! New Year Celebration will offer refreshments, drinks, musical entertainment, dancing and karaoke. To register, call Cheryl Brown, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-386-9106 before Jan. 23. Tickets cost $12.

Seattle Parks and Recreation piloted dementia-friendly recreation in 2014 in response to the growing number of community members living with memory loss and the firm belief that people living with memory loss should remain a vital part of our community. [Read more…]

Parks to host community update on multi-use trail in Arboretum

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting for the Washington Park Arboretum Multi-use Trail. This community update will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. at the Arboretum’s Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E.

The Arboretum Multi-use Trail project provides a pedestrian and bicycle loop trail through the Arboretum. The community update will provide information on the design, the construction timeline and impacts to the park and neighborhood. The meeting will focus on the improvements on the south end of the trail. For the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists at the south end of the park, the City is exploring options to make 31st Ave. E a one-way street southbound. [Read more…]

Community invited to ‘Activate Northgate’ at Hubbard Homestead Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Northgate Community Center Advisory Council invite the community to a celebration dedicating the new skatepark and outdoor exercise equipment at Hubbard Homestead Park, 11203 5th Ave. NE, in the Northgate neighborhood. The celebration, Activate Northgate, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with the official ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.

The event features activities for the whole family including free beginner skate lessons, exercise equipment and skateboard demonstrations, giveaways, music and snacks. Skate Like a Girl encourages beginner skateboarders to come out and learn how to skateboard. All skateboard equipment will be provided and there will be fun skate giveaways.  [Read more…]

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club members earn two national titles

Jeff Covell Andy Klubberud competing in the Bowls USA National Championships in Florida.

Jeff Covell Andy Klubberud competing in the Bowls USA National Championships in Florida.

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club’s men’s teams swept the Bowls USA National Championships in Florida this November. For the first time since 1945, the Jefferson men’s singles and pairs teams both took first place.

To compete in the National Championships, one must qualify by winning either Pairs or Singles in division playoffs.  The Northwest Division, comprising a six-state territory, is one of seven divisions in the nation.  The playoff winners then play each other in the National Championships to determine the National Champion. The title is awarded to both men and women in Pairs and Singles.

[Read more…]

Access to water temporarily closed at Magnuson Off-leash Area

page-0Toxic algae scum spotted in Lake Washington

As a precaution, Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at the Magnuson Park dogs off-leash area.

Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the off-leash area. Toxic algae blooms are most common in the summer and fall, but can occur any time.

King County Department of Natural Resources collected water samples and submitted them to the State Toxic Algae Program. The information was reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Tests have revealed that the toxins are currently found in the scummy algae that accumulate in some places along the shore.

In general, people and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated and dogs should not drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae. Out of an abundance of caution, Parks closed beach/water access in the off-leash area until it is deemed safe for dogs to swim and play in the water.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.