Community invited to provide input on new play equipment at Licton Springs Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on new play equipment for the Licton Springs Park play area. Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planner and Sr. Landscape Architect on Sat., April 30, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the park, 9536 Ashworth Ave N.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the improvement project and provide community input. The project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and improve other features at the park.

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for this play area renovation. 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.

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

If you have additional questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Karimah Edwards at Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063.

Meet our staff and apply for positions at youth job fair on May 5

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Are you between 16 and 24 and not in school or working? Join us and other local organizations, companies and service providers on May 5 at CenturyLink Field for the Opportunity Fair.

The Opportunity Fair and Forum is part of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, which aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country working to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young people.  

The job fair will feature hundreds of job opportunities and on-the-spot interviews. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to discuss our lifeguard positions and other opportunities we are currently hiring for.

Our lifeguard positions start at $16.87 ($16.07 + premium pay) per hour. Lifeguarding is an exciting job and it is an excellent way to start a career with our Recreation Division, plus you get to be a hero and help save lives!

Workforce development and social service providers will also be at the job fair to help young people develop resumes, prepare for interviews, connect to educational opportunities, find work and interview-appropriate outfits, and much more.

In Seattle, the youth unemployment rate is over 13%, and more than 1,500 Seattle youth are expected to attend the event. To date, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative has helped over 25,000 youth find jobs through similar hiring fairs in Chicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Sign up for an interview today: http://100kopportunities.org/seattle/

What: Opportunity Fair and Forum
When: Tuesday, May 5. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center

 

 

 

Registration for Before and After School programs opens May 10

kids1Seattle Parks and Recreation provides a diverse range of programs for the social, recreational, and physical development of children and youth. Our Before and After School programs provide fun, engaging opportunities that support continued learning and personal growth outside of school. Trained staff work daily to offer activities in arts and culture, environmental stewardship, health and fitness, academic support, and more.

Our Before and After School programs focus on providing children with opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, and physically. We emphasize community relationships, while also recognizing individual achievement, creativity and original thinking. Self-awareness, self-control, conflict resolutions skills and positive decision-making abilities are also emphasized. We like to work in partnership with our local schools to make sure your child’s educational experience is constantly being enriched.

About Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Before and After School programs:

  • For children 5 years through 12 years
  • We ensure quality and consistent care with qualified staff
  • We welcome all members of the community
  • A morning and afternoon snack will be provided
  • Scholarship applications may be picked up at your local community center. DSHS child care subsidies are also accepted.

Sites offering before and after school programs:

Questions? Please contact the participating community centers for details.

Transportation for public school students

Seattle Public Schools will transport children within the district’s busing zones (see the Seattle school district web site for specific schools). If a child comes from outside the Seattle Schools’ busing zones, or if a child will be coming from a private school, the family is responsible for transportation.

Child Care Hotline: 206-684-4203

This is a 24-hour line giving information about School-Age program closures due to extreme weather or emergencies. It is updated each day by 6 am and as needed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community input for renovation of Discovery Park play area

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on play area equipment for the Discovery Park play area on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Harrison Design Consultants are hosting an Open House from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd.

This project will replace play equipment, provide access for people of all abilities and improve safety and other features at the play area. The Discovery Park play area is located near the Environmental Learning Center, behind the tennis courts.  The community is encouraged to participate in a short play area survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DiscoParkPA

Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and the 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 urban forests; 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.

For more information on this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/discovery/play_area/ or contact Karimah Edwards at Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063. The Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center will be offering other family fun activities on April 23.  Pre-registration if required for the bird tour, tidepool trek and Earth Day Beach clean-up.  For more information on these programs visit  www.seattle.gov/parks/environment/discovery.htm or call 206-386-4237.

Celebrate your health in Jefferson Park with free community event on April 24

The National Park Service, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and U.S. Public Health Service invite you to celebrate your health!

Join park rangers, fitness program coordinators, doctors, and community organizations at Jefferson Park on Sunday, April 24 for a free afternoon of fun activities, health screenings, and education to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

What: FREE event celebrating National Park Rx Day and the national movement to “prescribe” parks to promote active and healthy lifestyles
When: Sunday, April 24. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Jefferson Park, 3801 Beacon Ave. S

Park Rx (park prescriptions) are programs designed in collaboration with healthcare providers and community partners to utilize parks, trails, and open space to improve individual and community health. National Park Rx Day events are taking place in parks across the nation—from Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC to Jefferson Park in Seattle, and many parks in-between—to highlight that the health benefits of parks go beyond just physical health. Lear more at ParkRx.org.

Short film screening at Meadowbrook Teen Life Center

The Student Teen Employment Preparation (STEP) program will screen their short film Stereotypes in Schools on Saturday, April 30 at the Meadowbrook Teen Life Center (10750 30th Ave NE) from 6-8 p.m. The screening will include a short activity, discussion, and shared meal. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Amanda Locke, Seattle Parks and Recreation, by emailing amanda.locke@seattle.gov.

About the STEP program: The STEP program is a year-round job readiness program designed to provide youth with education, job skills and career development training. Work focuses on addressing community needs; team projects may include forest enhancement, trail construction, habitat restoration, organizing community building events and mixed media projects. The program combines on-the-job work experience, environmental education, safety education and career development training. Participants develop positive work habits, strong team building and communication skills, as well as learning a sound cultural awareness of the environment and their communities.

Film Screening Flyer

Community invited to review play area equipment for Highland Park Playground

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Highland Park Parent Teacher Association invite the community to review play area equipment options for the Highland Park Playground project on Monday, April 18, 2016.  The Open House is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. with a formal presentation at 6. The event will take place at Highland Park Elementary School, 1012 SW Trenton St.

The project improves access into the park and provides play structures for people of all abilities.  The design choices are based on input received during the community initiated Opportunity Fund project. The goal is to create and deliver a cohesive space that improves the usability and safety for the play area.  

Families, neighbors and all interested in the project are encouraged to attend. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund project is located at Highland Park, 1100 SW Coverdale St. in West Seattle 

For more information about the project including notes from the first meeting please visit:http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/highland_park/. For special meeting accommodations or for questions concerning the project please contact Karimah Edwards, Project Planner at 206-233-0063 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

 

Community invited to final meeting for proposed improvements at Denny Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the final public meeting for the proposed improvements at Denny Park. The meeting is Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ken Bounds Board Room, 100 Dexter Ave N. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will present project plans. Following the presentation there will be opportunity for input and questions. Construction is anticipated to begin by mid-2016 with completion by early 2017.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has efficiently coordinated the improvement projects within the park. The project includes storm drainage, sanitary sewer, irrigation system, and pavement replacement. Potential modifications to the parking lot and entry drive will expand available parking and address overflow parking on pathways. Enhancements to the central plaza will improve pedestrian and maintenance vehicle circulation, provide ADA accessibility and create a more functional community gathering space.  Planting bed refinements will address maintenance concerns and facilitate design of a new irrigation system that meets long term needs.  Other improvements include new benches, café tables and chairs and replacement of the drinking fountain.

Denny Park is located at 100 Dexter Ave N. Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and the 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 urban forests; 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.

For more information on this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/denny_park/ or contact Chris Mueller at 206-684-0988 or chris.mueller@seattle.gov.

Hope for Youth Grants support youth-serving organizations

Seattle Parks and Recreation has applications available for the 2016 Hope for Youth Grants. Hope for Youth Grants provide increased access to recreational, athletic, and positive youth development activities by providing administrative and scholarship support to youth-serving organizations in the Seattle area.

The main goal of the grant is to increase regular and on-going participation in sports or structured recreation activity by addressing economic and social barriers that inhibit youth from marginalized and economically distressed communities from accessing these services. A total of $42,000 will be made available to reduce the cost of participation in organized activities and to promote active and healthy engagement.

An information session on Hope for Youth funding and process will take place on April 23rd at Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St., Seattle) from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information about Hope for Youth Grants, contact Jeron A. Gates, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-386-4671 or jeron.gates@seattle.gov.

Celebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Earth Day is Friday, April 22, but we’re using the whole month to celebrate! Join us and our partners at one of the many volunteer Earth Day events listed below, or view our event calendar or the Green Seattle Partnership volunteer calendar for more options, and help give back to your community. Volunteers can get involved in a variety of projects at local parks, urban forests, and other natural areas around the city this month. Volunteer activities include gardening, trail repair, mulching, cleanup, planting, weeding, invasive species removal, and much more.

Promoting responsible stewardship of the land is part of our mission, and volunteering with an environmentally focused program is a great way to make connections and spark action, inspiring the next generation of stewards.

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April 13: Lakeridge Park Environmental Restoration
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Lakeridge Park
Join the Green Seattle Partnership for a work party at Lakeridge Park. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. The Green Seattle Partnership will provide tools, gloves, drinks and snacks. Email Peter Mason at petermason065@gmail for more information or click here for details.

April 14: Garden Planting at Garfield Community Center
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Garfield Community Center
Join other volunteers for a work party to help weed, spread compost, and plant at Garfield Community Center. Call Britt Lord-Jacobsen at 206-684-4788 for more information.

April 15: Forest Restoration at Carkeek Park
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Carkeek Park
Join the Green Seattle Partnership for a forest restoration work party at Carkeek Park. Wear weather appropriate clothing and bring any tools you wish. Call Loren McElvain at 206-782-7617 for more information or click here.

April 16: Restoration at Green Lake
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Green Lake
Join the Green Seattle Partnership for a restoration work party at Green Lake. Volunteers will spend the morning removing the English ivy that is growing along the northeastern shoreline. Email Andrea Watts at andwatts@live.com for more information or click here.

April 16 – 22: Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail
Various times at various locations along the Burke-Gilman Trail.
Join the Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail for a work party to clear a new section of the Burke-Gilman Trail as they celebrate Earth Week. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle; tools and gloves will be provided. Please email Jim Corson at jim.corson@comcast.net for details.

April 17: Lewis Park Restoration Event
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lewis Park
Join the Green Seattle Partnership for a restoration work party at Lewis Park. Volunteers will help prepare some of the areas along 15th Ave. S by clearing woody material, spreading mulch and doing maintenance on the trail work already completed. Call Peter Kalmes at 206-947-2393 for more information or click here.

April 19: Kubota Work Party
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Kubota Garden
Enjoy hands-on work with staff gardeners and other like-minded volunteers. Tools and gloves are provided. Meet at the Crew Quarters (brown building, south of Parking Lot) prior to 10 a.m. Contact Marcia High at 206-684-4584 for more information or click here.

April 22: Restoration at Carkeek Park
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Carkeek Park
Join the Green Seattle Partnership for a forest restoration work party at Carkeek Park. Wear weather appropriate clothing and bring any tools you wish. Call Loren McElvain at 206-782-7617 for more information or click here.

April 23: Find Your Park Day of Service at the Washington Park Arboretum
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Washington Park Arboretum
Join the Student Conservation Association, the Washington Arboretum, the UW Botanical Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation to do restoration work, including mulching, planting, and trail repair at the Washington Park Arboretum. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, preferably work boots or sturdy sneakers, and bring a reusable water bottle. Contact Lauren Sinnott at lsinnott@thesca.org for more information or click here.

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