Vote for your favorite Seattle parks project this Earth Month

One of three parks projects has the chance to receive $20,000!


Through an initiative called “Meet Me At The Park,” one of three local parks and recreation projects will receive a $20,000 grant – and Seattleites get to choose which one.

This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN, to revitalize parks across the U.S. including projects right here in Seattle through Meet Me At The Park – an initiative that gives back to the places that shape so much of our lives.

Seattle Parks and Recreation aims to make Seattle a better place to live by providing places and programs that encourage people to be healthy and connect with their community, while supporting a healthy environment. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 we’re asking residents to vote on which project they’d like to see receive $20,000 in grant funding.

“Thank you to the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company for this wonderful opportunity, and for supporting park and recreation projects that encourage Seattleites to explore open spaces and to better connect with their communities in vibrant and healthy ways,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre.

The project choices are:

  • Connecting kids to nature at Carkeek Park: This project will restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the salmon-bearing creek in Carkeek Park and the Viewlands Elementary School that sits adjacent to the park. The project will connect kids to nature by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting carkeek to 35350.*
  • Urban Fresh Food Collective: The Urban Fresh Food Collective is a partnership between community-based organizations and Seattle Parks and Recreation to develop local foodshed leadership and workforce opportunities, enhance community health, and increase access to fresh, culturally relevant food. This project will support five community leaders in receiving stipends for their roles mentoring and instructing a team of youth in hands-on growing of food, and bringing it to market and table. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting urbanfresh to 35350.*
  • Rock the Park at Magnuson Park: Rock the Park is a program that enriches the lives of formerly homeless youth living at Solid Ground Housing at Magnuson Park. The program focuses on healthy living and offers youth a variety of activities including nutrition classes, nature walks, field trips, rock climbing, tennis lessons, sailing and more. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting magnuson to 35350.*


By visiting, you can vote daily for your favorite park project. At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. New this year, everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a tablet outfitted for the outdoors.

“Supporting local parks is essential to the health and vitality of communities everywhere,” said Lori Robertson, NRPA Director of Conservation. “That’s why we are proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help fund critical park improvement projects in communities in need. We encourage everyone to join us in giving back to the places that shape so much of our lives by voting in this year’s Meet Me at the Park campaign.”

Last year, the public voted for Climb, Hike and Restore at Camp Long to win $20,000. With that funding, Seattle Parks and Recreation brought ten different elementary school third grade classes to Camp Long for a field trip of rock climbing, hiking and a service-learning project.

This Earth Month, show how parks revitalize your community and vote to improve local parks right here in Seattle. Encourage your friends to vote too by taking a selfie in your favorite park and using the hashtags #MeetMeAtThePark, #Parkies and #BeInspired.

For more information and to vote, visit

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The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit





Three-week closure for Rainier Beach Pool; One-week closure for Rainier Beach Community Center


Rainier Beach Pool (8825 Rainier Ave. S) will be closed for preventive maintenance for three weeks from Monday, March 27 through Sunday, April 16. During this period, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be upgrading the popular corkscrew slide, working on preventive maintenance on the facility’s three pools, moving to LED lighting, completing minor deck grating repairs, and doing general cleaning.

To find an alternative pool to use during this time period, please visit:

Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Ave. S) will be closed for one week from Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 16 for a hardwood floor refinishing project.

To find an alternative community center to use during this time period, please visit:

Seattle Japanese Garden begins First Saturday Family Program on April 1


Experience family fun surrounded by beautiful scenery at the Seattle Japanese Garden! On Saturday, April 1, the Japanese Garden will launch its new First Saturday Family Program. The program will feature special family-oriented entertainment to give visitors of all ages an opportunity to learn about Japanese cultural traditions. Performances will take place at the Japanese Garden from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month in April through October.

The first program on April 1 will feature the Japanese-America Society of the State of Washington, which will present their fun and educational program Taro Goes to School. Children and adults alike can enjoy this interactive program that describes the average Japanese child’s school day. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy coloring pages and origami folding in the Garden’s Tateuchi Community Room.

Admission is free for children age 12 and under. Ticket price for adults is $6; for youth 13 and over, seniors ages 65 and older, and students with ID, it is $4. Annual passes are accepted for event admission with no additional charge.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. For more information, including the exact time of the performances, visit

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent names two new parks

real yeslerSeattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Superintendent Jesús Aguirre has approved the names of two new parks: a 1.7-acre neighborhood park that is part of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community and a new park in the heart of Fremont. SPR invited the public in October 2016 to submit potential names for these sites to the Parks Naming Committee.

The Yesler Neighborhood Park project will be named Yesler Terrace Park. The scope of this project is to develop a 1.7-acre neighborhood park that is part of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community. The intent of the park is to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of Yesler Terrace as well as people who live and work in the surrounding community. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $3,000,000 for a new park at Yesler Terrace. Additional funding has been secured from the Seattle Housing Authority, State of Washington Recreation Conservation Office Recreation Grant, RAVE Foundation, Stim Bullitt Park Excellence Fund, Wyncote Foundation, and Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Foundation. The overall budget now totals $4,330,000. More information can be found here.

This new park space will be an integral part of the Yesler Community Center and Yesler Terrace. The Park Naming Committee recommended Yesler Terrace Park to highlight the terrace view, recognize the connection of the park spaces, and clearly define the location of the park.

Troll’s Knoll Park Development will be named Troll’s Knoll Park. This project utilized existing public land to create a new park in the heart of Fremont. The park is a model design of a sustainable park space and provides a critical pedestrian link to other areas of Fremont, particularly bus stops and the developing neighborhood business district in northern Fremont. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund allocated $685,000 to this project. More information can be found here.

The Parks Naming Committee recommended Troll’s Knoll Park because it has become the commonly used community name for the site and because the name reflects the site’s proximity to the popular Troll’s Knoll sculpture.

Criteria considered in naming parks include geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features. The Park Naming Policy, clarifying the criteria applied when naming a park, is available here. For more information about the park naming process, please contact Paula Hoff, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-615-0368 or

Seattle Parks and Recreation Presidents’ Day Closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

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

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

  • Boat ramps
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation to host free soccer clinics with Seattle Sounders FC’s RAVE Foundation

21518856229_a849c4944c_zSeattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will host two free soccer clinics at Yesler Community Center with the Seattle Sounders FC’s RAVE Foundation. Youth ages 8 to 14 are encouraged to come out and enjoy the free futsal clinics on Friday, January 27 or Friday, February 24. Both clinics will be held at Yesler Community Center (917 E Yesler Way) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Futsal is a variation of soccer played on a hard court smaller than a traditional outdoor soccer field.

Group sessions will be divided by age, 8 to 11 and 12 to 14. We are looking for 40 participants in each age group session. Please stop by or call the Yesler Community Center at 206-386-1245 to register.


Friends of Piper’s Orchard to host apple wassailing and pruning work party

20550987630_2966e7cd40_kThe Friends of Piper’s Orchard and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite the community in celebrating Carkeek Park’s historic orchard on Saturday, February 4 for a wassailing and pruning work party. Wassail is a beverage originally made from mulled ale, apples, nuts, spices and curdled cream. Today’s version is usually eggnog or spiced cider. Historians have traced the wassail tradition back as far as the 8th century, and some look on it as the last revel of the holiday season.

This free event will feature hot apple cider and treats. The event will also feature the Sound and Fury Morris & Sword Dancers. Morris dancing is a traditional form of English folk dance accompanied by music; dancers often wear bells tied to their knees. For more information on Sound and Fury Morris & Sword, please go to

The Friends of Piper’s Orchard is a group of dedicated volunteers who rescued the historic North Seattle orchard from invasive plants. The volunteers ensure that the orchard, originally planted in the 1890s, will survive at least another 100 years.

This event is sponsored by Friends of Piper’s Orchard, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Carkeek Park Advisory Council. For more information, please go to or email

Central Area neighborhood invited to celebration for new Community Living Room

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the 23rd Avenue Action Community Team (ACT) and the Garfield Campus Advisory Council invite the community to a ribbon cutting celebration on Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. for the new Community Living Room. The Community Living Room is located on the south side of the Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St.

The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates the opening of this newly constructed space with the theme of “A Safe Place for All.” The Community Living Room was conceived as a gathering space for the neighborhood and features barbecues, benches, a large picnic table, game tables, a beautiful seating stone, and a large flexible space for events. When the doors are open to the Garfield Community Center gym and multipurpose room, the indoor and outdoor spaces will connect and provide a new welcoming space for the community.

The 23rd Avenue Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) calls for the investment in more functional gathering spaces in the Central Area. The Neighborhood Park and Street Fund provided $83,000 for the project. These funds are available for neighborhood-based small projects and improvements.

For more information about the project, please contact Pamela Kliment, Seattle Parks and Recreation at or 206-684-7556.

Provide input on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s development plans and strategies

Community encouraged to provide input on 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition Strategies and learn about upcoming improvements for Cal Anderson Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to provide input on SPR’s 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition strategies for open space on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Optimism Brewing (1158 Broadway) during a Housing Affordability and Livability (HALA) Open House.

This open house is being held in conjunction with other City departments and provides an opportunity for the community to learn about SPR’s walkability mapping and to give input on priorities for long-term open space acquisition goals. SPR will also provide an update on Cal Anderson Park improvements scheduled to occur this year, including interior renovation of the comfort station to ADA accessible all-gender restrooms, a lighting study, repairs to the Cal Anderson Fountain filtration system, and construction of a new ADA path.

The 2017 Development Plan is a 6-year plan that documents and describes SPR facilities and lands, looks at Seattle’s changing demographics, and lays out a vision for the future. A goal in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan is to consider access to our parks by transit, bicycle, and on foot when acquiring, siting and designing new park facilities or improving existing ones. SPR manages approximately 11% of the City’s land area, and is proposing a new mapping approach based upon walkability to inform the City’s long-term acquisition strategies for future open space.

For more information on other Housing Affordability and Livability(HALA) community events and to see which City departments will be attending, please visit

For more information about our development plans and to learn about the other input opportunities, please visit or contact Susanne Rockwell, Project Manager at or 206-684-7133, or