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 Wassail is a beverage originally made from mulled ale, apples, nuts, spices and curdled cream.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 http://soundandfurymorris.com/.

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 www.pipersorchard.org or email pipersorchard@gmail.com.

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 pamela.kliment@seattle.gov 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 http://www.seattle.gov/hala/calendar.

For more information about our development plans and to learn about the other input opportunities, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/policies-and-plans/2017-development-plan or contact Susanne Rockwell, Project Manager at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-684-7133, or 2017DevPlan@seattle.gov

Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation

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Join Seattle Parks and Recreation at a Volunteer Information Fair to learn about our volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers coach youth sports, help us plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.

We will be hosting a Volunteer Information Fair on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S), and on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave. NE). You can find out what opportunities are available, learn more about the jobs that volunteers do, ask questions and get registered as a volunteer on site. Plus, we will be serving a free lunch!

Representatives from several of our units will also be on hand to describe their volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for this event, please call Cheryl Brown at 206-615-0619.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

20741989465_3f7df9da17_kMany Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Teen centers
  • Environmental Learning Centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Small craft centers
  • Moorage Operations Office

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

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

Youth to lead annual MLK march on Jan. 14

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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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1016557558473533/

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 cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov.

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South Park Community Center to close for one week for floor-resurfacing project

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South Park Community Center will be closed from December 26 through January 2 so that the gym floor can be resurfaced. The community center will re-open on Tuesday, January 3.

South Park Community Center is located at 8319 8th Ave. S in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood.

For a list of other Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers, please visit https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/community-centers-a-z