Seattle Parks and Recreation’s ‘Big Day of Play’ returns Aug. 13

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The Big Day of Play is a celebration of our city’s diversity, and it encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build relationships and be active together. Research shows that adults can improve brain function, relieve stress and improve their connection to others by taking part in active play. But with busy lives being what they are, few people make time for it. Luckily, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has dedicated a day to play, and the whole family is invited. This year’s annual Big Day of Play takes place Aug. 13. The day to play your way!

Mark your calendar for noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, to see what SPR and other community organizations are offering in the way of fun activities and healthy food. This year’s event will be held at Rainier Community Center and Playfield, 4600 38th Ave. S.

Big Day of Play offers exciting obstacle course inflatables, a rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, dance workshops, and sport exhibitions for all ages! Discover the athlete in you while enjoying the sounds, smells and foods from a range of communities. There will also be a life-jacket giveaway, and photo opportunities with a sailboat! If you need a quiet space to reflect, meditate or relax, we will have a Contemplation Room available in the Community Center.

The Big Day of Play is presented by SPR’s Get Moving Initiative, which supports local groups in offering innovative and culturally relevant events and projects to increase participation in community sports, recreation and physical fitness activities that serve under-resourced communities. Funding for the Get Moving Initiative is provided by the Seattle Park District.

The Big Day of Play’s title sponsor is PCC Natural Markets. Other sponsors include the City of Seattle, the Associated Recreation Council, Clif Kid, Seattle Children’s, ParentMap, Seahawks Play60 and Seattle Storm. Big Day of Play is also happening in conjunction with Seattle Summer Parkways and Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival.

If you’re interested in volunteering or participating as a vendor at Big Day of Play, please visit www.bigdayofplay.com.

Free transportation will be available from 10 of our community centers to and from Big Day of Play. Call one of these locations to reserve a spot by August 10. Seating is limited.

  • Bitter Lake Community Center, 206-684-7524, 13035 Linden Ave. N 98133
  • High Point Community Center, 206-684-7422, 6920 34th Ave. SW 98126
  • International District Chinatown Community Center, 206-233-0042, 719 8th Ave. S 98104
  • Magnuson Community Center, 206-684-7026, 7110 62nd Ave. NE 98115
  • Northgate Community Center, 206-386-4283, 10510 5th Ave. NE 98125
  • South Park Community Center, 206-684-7451, 8319 8th Ave. S 98108
  • Yesler Community Center, 206-386-1245, 917 E Yesler Way 98122
  • Jefferson Community Center, 206-684-7481, 3801 Beacon Ave. S 98108
  • Rainier Beach Community Center, 206-386-1925, 8825 Rainier Ave. S 98118
  • Van Asselt Community Center, 206-386-1921, 2820 S Myrtle St. 98108

More information can be found at bigdayofplay.com and also on the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Big-Day-of-Play-129511957070291/.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on design of new Lake City park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the Lake City community to an Open House on Thursday, July 28 for the design development of a new park in Lake City. Join SPR planner and ELM Environment’s designers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12501 28th Ave NE, just north of the Lake City branch library, or from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Lake City Farmer’s Market, NE 125th St. & 28th Ave. NE, to learn about the new park and provide design input.

SPR purchased the property located at 12510 33rd Ave NE 98125 in 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, to provide additional open space for the Lake City community. The events on July 28 are an opportunity for the community to participate in the design and are the first public events for the new park. To provide additional feedback the community is encouraged to participate in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LakeCityHUV

Funding for this park project is provided by Seattle Park District to preserve open space in urban areas throughout Seattle. 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, improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities and programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults, develop new parks, and acquire new park land.

For more information or for meeting notification translation please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lake_city_uv/. For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at (206)233-0063 or Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to provide input on Brighton Playfield improvement project

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public meeting for the Brighton Playfield improvement project on Tues., July 26, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Aki Kurose Middle School library, 3928 S Graham St., Seattle, WA 98118. Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages the community and field users to attend and provide input on the project.  

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and consultant D.A. Hogan will provide background information and gather input information on how the current field is used, what sports the community would like it to accommodate in the future, and how the renovation can provide the best field for the future.

This project will include replacement of the existing lighted natural turf playfield with a new lighted and renovated 200,000 square foot synthetic turf field. We will look at new/upgraded accessible pathways, spectator areas, reuse of existing seating/bleachers and connections with other existing park features.  

Seattle Parks and Recreation is leading the way to find alternate synthetic turf field design systems/materials and deliver a safe, durable and playable athletic facility and experience. We have met with the manufacturers and will move forward with an innovative infill material for the Brighton Playfield.

The lighting upgrade will include demolition of the existing, outmoded lighting system and replacement with a state-of-the-art system. The goal of the lighting project is to enhance play ability with safe and efficient lighting for field users, and to limit light spill from the field edge, greatly reducing glare offsite.

The Seattle Park District funds provides the funding for this 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, improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities and programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults, develop new parks, and acquire new park land.

For additional information or for translation of invitation please visit. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/brighton/. For additional question or to request an interpreter, please contact Jay Rood, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-733-9194 or jay.rood@seattle.gov.

 

Join us for the Roxhill/Westwood Find It, Fix It Community Walk

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Please join Mayor Murray and city leaders on Monday, July 25 for the Roxhill/Westwood  Find It, Fix It Community Walk. These walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leadership.

Roxhill/Westwood Find It, Fix It Community Walk
Monday, July 25, 2016
Sign-in and refreshments provided by Starbucks from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Program and walk from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet at the Longfellow Creek P-Patch at SW Thistle St. & 25th Ave. SW

Schedule
6:00 p.m. – 6:30p.m.

  • Sign-in and refreshments at the Longfellow Creek P-Patch

6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

  • Welcome remarks from Mayor Ed Murray

6:45 p.m. – 7:55 p.m.

7:55pm – 8:00 p.m.

  • Walk concludes at Roxhill Park
  • Department representatives and City staff available for follow-up questions

Magnuson Park Wading Pool will remain closed for the 2016 summer season

Because of damage to the Magnuson Park Wading Pool caused by an illegal fire last spring, the wading pool will remain closed for the 2016 summer season.

There is damage to the concrete and the sump/drain cover. While Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has identified replacement products, the process of getting the necessary work permits will take about six weeks, which is when this summer offering would normally end (August 28). Parks will complete the necessary work in the off-season.

SPR regrets the closure, and thanks the public for their patience. The nearest operating wading pools are:

  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE, open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. through August 18
  • Green Lake Park, N 73rd St. and W Green Lake Dr. N, open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5

There are also operating sprayparks at:

  • Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. NW, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5

The lifeguarded beach at Magnuson Park is open daily (weather permitting) from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through August 28. The beach offers life jackets for smaller children and people who do not have basic swimming skills.

Teen Summer Musical performances will take place at the Moore Theater August 25 through 28

Seattle Parks and Recreation, SAMUEL FRENCH, INC, CD Forum for Arts & Ideas and Seattle Theatre Group are proud to present the 16th annual Teen Summer Musical, Peter Pan “My Brother’s Keeper.”

Peter Pan is the ultimate coming of age, “diamond in the rough” story, except of course Peter refuses to grow up and ardently resists any kind of pressure to change. It’s truly a tale that is relevant for every generation of kids.

The summer musical is an opportunity for local teens to perform on the big stage while learning the business side of theater operations. It allows them to connect, communicate and exchange ideas with youth from other backgrounds and cultures. Summer musical participants earn a stipend for rehearsals and performance over the 11 weeks of summer. The teen summer musical theater experience is just one more way to captivate our youth while they are in the “hope stage” of their development into young adults.

The program, which targets youth of color, provides an introduction to the world of theater. Through workshops and collaborative practices, the participants develop self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation, character traits essential to becoming emotionally healthy, contributing members of our community. A staff of professional artists develop the talents and skills of some 100 youth who spend nine hours together Monday through Friday for 11 weeks for acting, dance and vocal training and hands-on work with the technical aspects of theater – costume, lighting and set design. Most past Teen Summer Musical productions have been adaptations of fairy tales whose roles have traditionally been played by Caucasian actors. But here, stories such as Peter Pan, Snow White and Cinderella morph into modern tales that reflect modern experiences. The revisions reflect a look through a true racial equity lens, which allows the youth to relate to the theatrical piece.

The results speak for themselves in a full stage performance mounted in a major theater, with a full professional production team.

2016 performances will take place at the Moore Theater, 1932 2nd Ave., August 25 through 28.

Show times                                   Matinee                                   Evening

Thursday, August 25                           Noon                                       7 p.m.

Friday, August 26                                Noon                                       7 p.m.

Saturday, August 27                           1 p.m.                                      7 p.m.

Sunday, August 28                             1 p.m.                                      7 p.m.

Ticket information

$5 for noon matinee shows on August 25 and August 26

$10 for youth and $15 for adults for all other shows

Tickets are available beginning Wednesday, July 20 at www.STGpresents.org, or by calling 877-784-4849. To avoid the online $3.25 fee per order, tickets are also available in person at the Paramount Box Office at 9th Ave. and Pine St. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are also available at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S, on Fridays beginning July 22 from 4 to 5:40 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: LHPAI can accept only checks as payment.

Park District Oversight Committee to hold hearing on Major Projects Challenge Fund Initiative

The Park District Oversight Committee will host a public hearing on Tuesday, August 16 to take comments on Major Projects Challenge Fund proposals. The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters (100 Dexter Ave. N).

The purpose of the Major Projects Challenge Fund is to provide a funding match to fund a “major project” on Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) property. The Major Projects Challenge Fund will provide City funding to leverage community-generated funding for renovation of parks and park facilities where other City funding is unavailable.

A “major project” is a significant improvement or renovation to an existing SPR-owned site or facility. It should significantly expand the life and usability of the facility. The combination of Major Projects Challenge Fund money and community-generated money will allow for major projects to be accomplished throughout the city.

The Park District Oversight Committee will meet regarding the Major Projects Challenge Fund in July, August and September of 2016.

Those who would like to give input but are unable to attend the meeting may submit their feedback in writing. Please email comments and feedback to shanyanika.burton@seattle.gov by September 2, 2016.

All interested community members are encouraged to attend the Tuesday, August 16 public hearing for the Major Projects Challenge Fund.

The Park District Oversight Committee is a 15-member community advisory board, serving three-year terms. It consists of four members from the Board of Park Commissioners, seven members – one from each Council district, and four members on recommendation from City commissions. All member appointments are confirmed by the City Council. The Mayor appoints the Chair of the committee. The Committee typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Please see the Committee’s meeting schedule at: http://www.seattle.gov/parks-and-recreation/about-us/park-district-oversight-committee.

July 28, 2016 Board of Park Commissioners meeting canceled

The Board of Park Commissioners canceled the July 28, 2016 meeting. The next meeting will be on August 11, 2016.

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 program: https://getengaged.wordpress.com/. 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.

Discounted tickets for Wild Waves and Enchanted Village in Federal Way

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Programs are selling deeply discounted tickets for Wild Waves and Enchanted Village in Federal Way. Discounted tickets purchased through Seattle Parks and Recreation cost $24 for entry to both parks. This is a savings of $19.78 off the gate price.

Tickets are on sale now through Sept. 3, 2016. Tickets are good for any Wild Waves and Enchanted Village operating day until Sept. 5, 2016.

Tickets are on sale at the following Community Centers:

• Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N, 206-684-7524
• Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N, 206-684-0780
• High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW., 206-684-7422
• International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 8th Ave. S, 206-233-0042
• Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S, 206-684-7481
• Magnolia Community Center, 2250 34th Ave. W, 206-386-4235
• Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S, 206-386-1925
• Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way, 206-386-1245

Celebration for Broadway Hill Park

IMG_8607Please join Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre and the Friends of Broadway Hill Park at the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Broadway Hill Park. The event takes place on July 14, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. Broadway Hill Park is located at 500 Federal Ave. E. Join us for the ribbon cutting, music and refreshments.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the property at the corner of Federal Ave. E and E Republican St. in March 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy acquisition program. This acquisition helped fill an identified need for more open space in the Capitol Hill Urban Village area.

The community received a Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award and hired Site Workshop to work with the neighborhood to develop a design for the park. The preferred design, conceived as a “front porch” and a public yard for the neighborhood, features a large lawn area, varied seating and tables at the top of the site, a barbecue, a community garden, and landscaped planting, as well as opportunities for natural play and artwork. The community garden will be operated as part of the Department of Neighborhoods P-patch program.

In 2012, a neighbor submitted the name Broadway Hill Park to the Park Naming Committee, which unanimously recommended it for the site. The name provides a strong link to the history of the neighborhood and has community support. Both Cal Anderson Park and Bobby Morris Playfield used to have “Broadway” as a part of their names, but when they were renamed the historical references to the “Broadway Hill” neighborhood were removed.

For more information about the park please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/capitol_hill_uv/ or contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.