Public invited to the Third Annual Momentia Celebration for people living with memory loss


Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to attend the Third Annual Momentia Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Royal Room (5000 Rainier Ave. S). Momentia Celebration is a free event for people living with memory loss, their friends and family, and for all who support a dementia-friendly community.

Join us for a no-host happy hour, door prizes, music, and dance moves led by Southeast Seattle Senior Center Fitness Coordinator Mark Bryant, and enjoy a brief presentation on Southeast Seattle memory loss programs. Momentia Celebration is presented by the Southeast Seattle Momentia Committee with support from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, Full Life Care, and Elderwise.

Over three years ago, a group of people living with memory loss, and their care partners, gathered to give input and share bold ideas for innovative new memory loss programs in Seattle. This process was supported by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation, the Southeast Seattle Senior Center, Full Life Care, and Elderwise. The group came up with and piloted programs such as a dementia-friendly drum circle, a gardening program, and the Momentia Celebration. Three years later, these programs continue, and along with the Alzheimer’s Café at the Columbia City Tutta Bella, they offer Southeast Seattle residents living with memory loss meaningful ways to connect in the community.

For more information about Momentia Celebration, please contact Cayce Cheairs, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at or 206-615-0100.

Basketball coaches needed for winter youth recreational league

Basketball season is just around the corner, and at Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) that means hundreds of Seattle youth will be coming in to the community centers to sign up for teams.

It also means that we will need volunteer coaches for those teams. If you’re 18 or older, have a love of basketball, and want to be a positive influence in youths’ lives – consider becoming a coach! Visit our website at and register as a volunteer. We require that all coaches also pass our background check before working with youth.

You can coach at a center near your home or work with any of the 26 centers across the city. Not all centers get enough kids of the same age group for a team, in which case more than one center may put together enough kids to form a team. If your child and/or neighborhood kids are interested in playing, and you are interested in coaching, the staff at any community center can help form a team.

To register online please go to:

Seattle Parks and Recreation Veterans Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Teen life 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
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses

Southwest Pool to close for three weeks for repairs

16139920242_7d2495327d_bSouthwest Pool, 2901 SW Thistle St., will be closed from Oct. 24 through Nov.13 for preventive maintenance. The pool will re-open on Monday, November 14.

The closure is needed for preventive maintenance to rebuild pumps, and to check boilers and critical systems. The closure also provides the opportunity for repairs and repainting throughout the building. This closure is a regular part of an 18-month maintenance cycle with the next closure planned in spring of 2018.

The final week of the three-week closure (Nov. 7-13) will result in full facility shut down including Southwest Pool, Neighborhood Service Center, Southwest Teen Life Center, and childcare services. During this time, wood floors will be resurfaced using products that prevent anyone from being in the building for several days. Gym floors require this treatment every two years. Other wood floors in the building have not been refinished for four years and are overdue for this essential work.

For a list of other Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor pools you can use as options for alternate swim sites, please visit

New date: Maple Viewing Festival at Seattle Japanese Garden, Oct. 23

Photo credit: Camille Lyver

Photo credit: Camille Lyver

Bring your cameras and capture the breathtaking sight of Japanese maple trees ablaze in fall color at the annual Maple Viewing Festival, Oct. 23.
This family-friendly event, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, features nature-inspired craft making, riveting taiko performances, and maple tree scavenger hunts for the kids. Fans of samurai swords will not want to miss the live Japanese sword demonstration by instructors of Seibu Ryu Battojustu.

There will also be free tours with guides, giving visitors insight into the garden’s history, and helping to identify the various species of maple at the garden.

The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see Impressions of Fall, a stunning photography exhibit curated by Vashon Island-based photographer Ray Pfortner. The exhibit showcases the juried works of students who participated in Pfortner’s fall photography workshop at the Japanese Garden in 2015.

The event is free with garden admission, no advance tickets necessary. Garden admission prices: Adults, $6; Youth 6 -17, students with ID, and seniors 65 and over, $4. Children 5 and under are free. Annual pass holders are welcome to use their pass to gain entry to this event.

Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E.

For more information, visit

Paving project will close the Gas Works Park parking lot Oct. 17-19 and restrict access to portions of N Northlake Way Oct. 17-21

Access to the Gas Works Park parking lot will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17-19 for a Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) paving project. Access to N Northlake Way in front of Gas Works Park, from Densmore Ave. N to the railroad tracks east of Meridian Ave. N, will also be restricted. The pedestrian entrance to Gas Works Park west of Densmore Ave. N will remain open. Sidewalks and the Burke-Gilman Trail will remain open.

Another paving project will restrict access to N Northlake Way from the railroad tracks east of Meridian Ave. N to N 35th St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 19-21. Sidewalks and the Burke-Gilman Trail will remain open.

For more information, please the SDOT notices linked to below, or contact David Allen, SDOT, at or 206-733-9302.

SDOT notice Oct. 17-19

SDOT notice Oct. 19-21

Jimi Hendrix Park ‘Little Wing’ Phase 1 opens Oct. 7

If landscapes were lyrical, the layout of the newly opened Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle might be reminiscent of a scene created by one of the iconic musician’s songs. Gently curving walkways, comfortable benches, sculpted green lawns and a central plaza create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to Jimi Hendrix Park.

Situated on 2.5-acres in Seattle’s Central District, the area landmark honors the hometown music great for his artistic contributions not just to the Pacific Northwest, but on the world stage. With Phase 1 now completed, the park will be opened to the public on Oct. 7, 2016. Phase 2 is still in the works with an expected unveiling in 2017. This initial phase, named “Little Wing,” marks the much anticipated introduction of a project six years in the making. The construction fencing will be removed during the day on Friday, Oct. 7. The public is invited to join members of the Jimi Hendrix Park Committee between 2 and 4 p.m. for “Little Wing Ramble: A Walk Through Jimi Hendrix Park.”

The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation collaborated to bring this dream to life, celebrating Jimi Hendrix. It is a long-awaited dream come true for the family of Jimi Hendrix and all those who love his artistry, said Janie Hendrix, founder and director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.

“This beautiful park will provide a welcoming and inspiring community gathering space as well as a place for fans of Jimi’s music to celebrate his indelible contributions to the music world,” said Hendrix, the sister of the legendary guitarist, who has been involved since the planning stages. “Seeing the work in living color, now tangible and not just on paper or a drafting board, is like hearing Jimi’s music for the first time. It’s overwhelming.”

Located at 2400 S. Massachusetts St., adjacent to the former Colman School that now houses the Northwest African American Museum, the new park fits in beautifully with the cultural essence of the area. The park features a grand entrance and stairway adorned with Jimi’s signature at the corner of Massachusetts and 25th Avenue South, lending convenient access. A walkway toward the central plaza incorporates a timeline of Jimi’s life and career embedded in the pavement, making it historical and educational. In keeping with the musical emphasis, lyrics from the iconic Hendrix songs “Angel” and “Little Wing” are etched into a purple ribbon along the timeline. But the creativity doesn’t end there. New plantings of trees and flowers decorate the terrain, as well as four rain gardens with native plants and a butterfly garden with flowering shrubs to improve environmental sustainability.

For added convenience, an additional access point recently was added with the construction of a paved walkway from 23rd Avenue South, with funding provided by the Seattle Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

The park design by Murase Associates of Seattle was inspired by the music and art of Jimi Hendrix and also involved public participation from the neighborhood. Contractor EERG of California led the construction process during the past year. Funding of $1.5 million was raised through countless individuals, grants and donations from sources including the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund. Major donors include:

  • Hard Rock International
  • KISW Radio
  • Experience Hendrix LLC
  • Authentic Hendrix LLC
  • King Conservation District
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Fender Musical Instruments Company
  • Monterey International Pop Festival
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable Fund

Phase 2 of the park will include installation of a colorful central shelter to serve as an amphitheater for live performances and multi-use. The shelter’s canopy is funded by 4Culture and a King County Council Building for Culture Grant. An additional $329,000 must be raised in order to create the iconic “wave wall” displaying silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix on the north ridge of the park. Both components will complete the second phase. Following the installation of the central shelter, a grand opening celebration is planned for the summer of 2017.

To learn more about the project and to make a contribution to the construction of Phase 2, please visit the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation website, or


Public invited to experience the ‘Big Shaker’ at earthquake event on Oct. 11

Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite members of the public and media to attend the City’s first ever ‘Big Shaker’ Earthquake Event at Westlake Park on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

City officials will also be in attendance to take a ride in the ‘Big Shaker’ to highlight the importance of preparing for earthquakes. The ‘Big Shaker’ is a 22’ foot-long, 6,500-pound earthquake simulator that gives participants the opportunity to experience the shaking of a simulated 8.0 earthquake.

Mayor Ed Murray proclaimed October as Emergency Preparedness Month to encourage Seattle residents, businesses, and organizations to get prepared.

More than 100 members of the public will also have the opportunity to step into the ‘Big Shaker’. The event will be held at Westlake Park (401 Pine St.) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Tickets will be distributed to the public at Westlake Park on the day of the event and are on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for riding in the ‘Big Shaker’ between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon will be passed out at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for riding between noon and 2 p.m. will be distributed at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to riding in the ‘Big Shaker’, several City departments and vendors, including QuakeHold, will be present to give participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to build an emergency kit, make a disaster plan and help each other
  • Hear about how to get involved in neighborhood and community preparedness
  • Practice shutting off utilities
  • Play fun preparedness games and win prizes

“Preparing for disasters starts with individuals,” said Seattle Office of Emergency Management Director Barb Graff. “People need to plan to be on their own for a minimum of 7-10 days following a major disaster.”

Members of the public are also invited to participate in the annual ‘Great Washington ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Those who participate will join millions of people worldwide in practicing how to ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’. Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management plans to issue an AlertSeattle message immediately before the drill begins to encourage participation.

For information on Seattle’s earthquake risk and how to get prepared for disasters, visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s webpage.

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.


Apply now for three Seattle Park District-funded programs for community activities in 2017

13631451_10154265792878567_7123805924094841341_nSeattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is now accepting applications for three Seattle Park District-funded programs for community activities in 2017.

Arts in Parks

  • This program funds outdoor arts and cultural events in parks throughout the city.
  • Funded projects include new and established festivals, events, and temporary public art that bring life to Seattle’s parks, especially in underserved areas of the city.
  • Individual artists, neighborhood arts councils, and local community-based groups are eligible to apply.
  • Applications are available online at, in multiple languages. Applications are due by October 19, 2016 at 11 p.m.
  • For more information, please call Jenny Crooks at 206-684-7084 or email her at

Get Moving/Recreation for All

  • These programs fund culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under resourced communities and in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent.
  • The goal of the community funding is to further strengthen the collaborative working relationship between SPR and Seattle communities through innovative and sustainable programs.
  • Nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups are eligible to apply.
  • Applications are available online at in multiple languages. Applications are due by October 24, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • For more information, please contact Lakema Bell and Jeron Gates at

Learn what makes a strong application by attending a workshop. This interactive question-and-answer session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. We can make interpreters available with 72 hours advance notice. First time applicants are encouraged to attend.

September 14, 2016
Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE
6:30-8 p.m.

September 17, 2016:
Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S
4:00-5:30 p.m.

September 21, 2016
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S
6:30-8 p.m.

September 27, 2016
South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S
6:30-8 p.m.

October 1, 2016
Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St.
5:00-6:30 p.m.

October 4, 2016
Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way
5:30-7 p.m.

October 11, 2016
Southwest Teen Life Center, 2801 SW Thistle St.
6:30-8 p.m.