Youth to lead annual MLK march on Jan. 14


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

The theme of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 2017 annual youth march is Honor the Cause: First Class Citizenship for all Mankind. Teens, families and community members from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day.

At the event, participants will hear from keynote speaker Eddie Rye, Jr. and everyone will have the opportunity to participate in three different workshops. Following these activities there will be a group discussion, games, trivia, and a free meal.

The event is free of cost to all teens and community participants and will include food, live music, a safe environment and plenty of fun!

The link to the event page is:

206 Forward-Youth Advocates of Seattle will be hosting a poster making pajama party on Friday, January 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Ave. S). The public is invited to attend to create custom posters to be used in the MLK march on January 14.

For more information, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-551-7316 or



Family swim lessons teach beginning skills in a fun and relaxed atmosphere

16044476602_2c60e1464a_zSeattle Parks and Recreation is offering family swim lessons for beginning-level youth swim instruction for children ages 4 to 10. Lessons are held in shallow water and provide a great way for youth to learn to swim in a safe, fun and relaxed atmosphere.

A parent or guardian must be in the water with his/her child as a teaching aide, but parents/guardians do not need to know how to swim to participate. Lessons are ideal for children who would benefit from having the security of a trusted adult present to support and assist them under the direction of a skilled swim instructor.

Family swim lessons are available at all eight of our indoor pools beginning in January, 2017. There is a child lesson fee of only $7.50 per day for a half-hour swim lesson, and there is no cost for the parent/guardian in the water. Scholarship funding is available for those who meet eligibility based on family size and income, which can reduce the cost to as low as $0.75 per day.

Call or visit your local pool to sign up. Enrollments may be accepted after the start date if space is available by contacting your local pool directly.

Click here for more information on our scholarship program.

Click here for a list of our indoor pools.


Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to participate in the Brighton Playfield improvement project

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on design options for Brighton Playfield renovation. Please join us at a public meeting for the Brighton Playfield improvement project on Wed., Oct. 5, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Aki Kurose Middle School, 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, project manager, and D.A. Hogan, consultant, will provide backgroundbrighton-pic information, present schematic design options and gather information on how the renovation can provide the best field.

This project will replace the existing lighted natural turf playfield with a new lighted and renovated 200,000 square foot synthetic turf field. We will be looking 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 manufactures and will move forward with an innovative infill material for the Brighton Playfield.

The lighting upgrade will demolish the existing, outmoded lighting system and replace it 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.

Brighton Playfield is located north of Aki Kurose Middle School at 6000 39th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118.

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; 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 additional information or for translation of invitation please visit. For additional question or to request an interpreter please contact Jay Rood, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-733-9194 or


Board of Park Commissioners to hold a Public Hearing on the Community Center Strategic Plan


The Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing to receive feedback on the Community Center Strategic Plan. The meeting will take place at Van Asselt Community Center (2820 S Myrtle St.), on October 13, 2016 at 6:30pm.

The Community Center Strategic Plan is available here. The Community Center Strategic Plan will lay the foundation for both operational and facility decision-making for the community center system in the future. The 2014 Parks Legacy Plan established two general goals for community centers:

  • Ensure community centers are the focal points in our neighborhoods and serve as places where people can connect, foster relationships, build community, and enhance their health and well-being by offering programs, activities, and events to Seattle’s changing population.
  • Ensure community centers are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places for individual enrichment and community growth.

The Board of Park Commissioners will receive oral and written testimony, and will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent based on the feedback they receive from the public. Those who want to give input on the plan but are not able to come to the public hearing can send written comments, which bear equal weight to oral testimony. Please email comments to

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 there is work going on in every corner of the city. This year includes 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.

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 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.


Celebrating the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico

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The Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park Amphitheater recently came alive with the bright colors of traditional Oaxacan costumes at the 14th annual Guelaguetza festival, a day-long, family-friendly event featuring live music and dances from Oaxaca, Mexico.

The seats of the amphitheater were overflowing with families gathered to watch the lively dances as performers tossed oranges and limes out to the crowd. “Guelaguetza is a holiday that is about helping and giving. This community is very open and welcoming and keeps that tradition alive,” said one performer.

Guelaguetza is organized by Grupo Cultural Oaxaqueño and the event received support from Put the Arts in Parks. Made possible by the Seattle Park District and in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Put the Arts in Parks is helping to bring outdoor arts and culture projects to parks around the city this summer. Click here to view all 2016 Put the Arts in Parks events.  

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Fourth of July closures


Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Independence Day or on special holiday schedules. Some facilities may be open, but have limited operations. Please call in advance.

These facilities and services will have CLOSURES:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

These facilities are OPEN:

  • Golf courses
  • Boat ramps
  • Beaches
  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
  • Colman Pool
  • Wading pools (Delridge, East Queen Anne, Green Lake, Lincoln, Magnuson, Sound View, South Park, Van Asselt and Volunteer).
  • Sprayparks

Free meals and programming for Seattle’s youth this summer!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to host free programming and meals for Seattle’s youth this summer. From educational activities to games and sports, our programming helps ensure that youth remain connected, active and engaged over the summer months. And our food program helps make sure that children still have the opportunity to have healthy meals during the week while on vacation.

See below for a list of what’s available; programs will be held rain or shine.


Night crew helps keep facilities open for public use during the day

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Thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District, we’ve added a Night Maintenance Team, which works on a variety of repairs, upgrades, and other preventive maintenance to better preserve our facilities. And because this team works at night, facilities such as our pools and community centers don’t have to be closed, and people can use them during the day!

The Night Maintenance Team, which consists of skilled craft members including plumbers, painters, carpenters and electricians, is assigned to a different facility for a multi-week period and focuses on all kinds of electrical, irrigation, plumbing, painting, and installation projects, to name a few. In addition to working on projects at playfields, tennis courts, pools, and other facilities, the team has been busy making our community centers look great, while improving their function, efficiency, and safety.

Alki Community Center

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Dramatic improvements were made to Alki Community Center and include painting in all rooms facility-wide; restroom upgrades including new partitions, flush valves, and faucets; and repairing water damage to the ceiling.

Miller Community Center

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Staff spent three weeks at Miller Community Center working on a variety of repairs and upgrades, including painting the gymnasium and multi-purpose room, replacing ceiling tiles and a faulty ballast in the lobby, replacing damaged emergency exit signs and broken lighting, installing new flushometers and commode seats in the bathrooms, and repairing a faulty heating control valve.

Montlake Communtiy Center

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The team repainted the entire gymnasium and multi-purpose room, repaired damaged blinds, installed new doorstops, replaced emergency lighting and motion sensors, repaired plumbing, cleaned all light fixtures and reflectors, and replaced two toilets.

International District/Chinatown Community Center

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The team replaced emergency lights in the gymnasium, replaced exit signs, installed new safety cages around fixtures, installed a new folding wall partition, repaired dozens of wall dents and holes, sanded and varnished windowsills, and painted in several locations throughout the facility.

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The Night Maintenance Team installed new shelving, painted the child care room and staff office, repaired mirrors and divider walls in restrooms, upgraded lighting to LED, replaced emergency exit signs, and more.

Yesler Community Center
Work done at Yesler Community Center included repairs to wall heaters, blinds, gymnasium mats, holes in walls, kitchen cabinets, and restroom dispensers; painting the facility interior; re-lamping the entire gymnasium and spot re-lamping the rest of the facility; replacing emergency lighting; clearing slow-running drains and traps throughout the facility; replacing restroom urinals and flushometer valves; assembling a Ping-Pong table, and more.

Weekend heat wave


With temperatures expected in the high 80s on Saturday and in the 90s on Sunday, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) reminds park users to stay cool and hydrated, and to avoid swimming in waters that are still cold. Seniors and people with health concerns may experience impacts from the heat.

SPR is gearing up for the summer season. This weekend, Colman Pool in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park and Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool in Magnolia are open Saturday and Sunday. Madrona and East Green Lake beaches will also be open this weekend with lifegaurds from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For the little ones, all sprayparks are open:

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Celebrate the Seattle Fire Festival on June 4

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Join us in celebrating the annual Seattle Fire Festival on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bell Street Park (located between 4th and 5th on Bell St. in downtown Seattle). This free, annual festival commemorates the re-birth of Seattle’s business district following the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889.

The Seattle Fire Festival includes a display of antique fire items (including fire trucks), as well as live music and family-friendly activities. Come cheer on the area Fire Cadets and Explorers as they compete against each other; you can also pan for gold, check out the City Service Ladder on display, or color a picture while sitting in the back of a 1940s fire engine! Author and firefighter TJ Spencer will read from his Nozzlehead Adventure Series children’s books at 11:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m.

The Fire Festival gives attendees of all ages a glimpse into Seattle’s past with antique and classic displays by Last Resort Fire Department and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park-Seattle. Seattle Fire Department will showcase a variety of fire equipment and provide tours of Station 2, and the Seattle Fire Department’s Medic II program will have a display in the Belltown Community Center.

Sponsors and partners of the Festival include Friends of Bell Street Park, Last Resort Fire Department, Seattle Fire Department, and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

For more information, visit the Seattle Fire Festival on Facebook at