Save the Date for 2017’s Big Day of Play!

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Presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative, Big Day of Play will be held on August 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Rainier Playfields and Center (4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle WA 98118).

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.

You can also hop on down to Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center (3800 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118) for some sailing, rowing and stand-up paddle boarding!

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. It’s the day to play your way!

Free transportation will be available! More information to come later.

We’ll see you there!


Become a Sponsor!

Big Day of Play draws more than 5,000 attendees to the Rainier Valley for a day of fun, fitness and community. It is an ideal opportunity for sponsors to reach youth, teens, families and adults from across Seattle in a fun-filled and healthy environment. Build relationships with new clients, consumers and peer organizations; highlight your support for Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Get Moving initiative; get exposure and expand your presence. There’s something for everyone! View our sponsorship prospectus to make a difference while having fun!



We’re looking for volunteers! Please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang at for more information.

Follow Big Day of Play on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about the event!

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LGBTQ Senior Resource Fairs

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Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Programs, in partnership with Generations Aging with Pride, will offer a series of LGBTQ Senior Resource Fairs in April and May. The resource fairs are designed to engage, support and empower LGBTQ seniors on their personal aging journey.

LGBTQ seniors, as well as friends and allies, are welcome to drop by any time during the hours of the fair and enjoy light refreshments as they browse the programs and providers in attendance. Exhibitors include representatives from the City’s LGBTQ seniors’ social groups, many of the Senior Service Centers, city and social service agencies, and private care providers.

The resource fairs will be held on the following dates. All events run from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Wednesday, April 19 at Rainier Community Center in Southeast Seattle (4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118)
  • Saturday, April 29 at Northgate Community Center in North Seattle (10510 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98125)
  • Wednesday, May 10 at Miller Community Center in Central Seattle (330 19th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112)

The fairs are being held at Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Centers that are ADA accessible, on major bus routes, and that have ample on-street parking.

For questions please contact Cheryl Brown, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at, or 206-615-0619.

More information:

Join us for Bicycle Sundays along Lake Washington Blvd.

May is Bike Month, and we are celebrating with the return of Bicycle Sundays! On scheduled Sundays from May to September, a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation invites everyone in the community to bike, jog or stroll along the boulevard between the Seward Park entrance and Mount Baker Park’s beach during these times.

The 2017 event dates are:

  • May 21 and 28
  • June 4, 25
  • July 2, 9, and 16
  • August 13, 20, 27
  • September 3 and 10


“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow”

If Punxsutawney Phil and the upcoming weather forecast are any indication, we still have a while before it starts to feel like spring in Seattle.

While indoor play on a soggy February day sounds nice, it is the joyful challenge of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning Unit to find pleasure in the puddles, creativity in the cold, and fun in the phenological changes of our natural world as we move towards spring.

Our environmental learning programs run year round; in order to keep our participants happy, engaged, and excited in the outdoors, we facilitate high quality experiences using high quality materials and gear.

This year we found amazing support in great businesses that have generously donated (or provided at a discount) goods that will allow us to fully experience and celebrate not only Seattle’s transition from winter to spring, but all of our beautiful seasons.


Instead of avoiding puddles, Roxhill Elementary students play in them while participating in Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Explore Roxhill Bog program. Photo Credit: Elaine Chuang

Thank you to Seattle Marine & Fishing Supply for keeping our toes warm, dry and comfy! Our feet are now truly all-terrain vehicles in our new XtraTuf’s!


Roxhill Elementary students make use of their Rite-in-the-Rain journals to practice recording and questioning with Environmental Educator, Devin O’Reilly. Photo Credit: Beth Mahrt

Thank you to Rite-in-the-Rain for a donation and discount on these amazing all-weather journals. Roxhill Elementary students will use them in rain, sleet, snow, and sun to improve literacy skills, record observations, and conduct field investigations in Roxhill Park’s bog.


Who doesn’t love seeing the bright green and magenta of the Anna’s Hummingbird?

Thank you to Eagle Optics for providing us with binoculars too so we may see some our favorite Seattle birds up close.

What excellent additions to our programming! Thank you for your generosity and support.

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 acquires land to expand Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) purchased a 4,400 sq. ft. property at 4451 33rd Ave. W, expanding Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park in January 2017. The Seattle Park District provided $158,000 for the acquisition of this parcel which SPR has been trying to purchase since the mid-1990’s.

This property expands the protection of Kiwanis Ravine, which provides significant open space benefits including DSC06173wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, and a buffer between the industrial and residential land-use. The Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park was once the home to the largest heron colony in the northwest. In May, 2013 due to extreme eagle predation, the Kiwanis Ravine heron colony moved to Commodore Park. For more information or to volunteer with Heron Habitat Helpers, visit

This is the first purchase funded by the Seattle Park District. Approved by Seattle 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.

For more information, please visit

Seattle Parks and Recreation applies for coverage permits from the Washington State Department of Ecology

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Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is seeking coverage through Washington Department of Ecology permits to use aquatic herbicides to systemically control certain aquatic weeds. The goal is to improve water quality by managing both the invasive water lilies and milfoil at City’s freshwater beaches, swim areas, moorages and high use recreation sites. This is part of SPR’s integrated weed management plan for Eurasian milfoil and other regulated aquatic weeds.

Permitted use of an aquatic herbicide is endorsed by Washington Department of Ecology as a systemic solution to control specific aquatic weeds that impact recreation and water quality. The permit will cover the City owned properties on Lake Washington, Bitter Lake and Ship Canals –Lake Union.

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Fragrant white water lilies

Bellevue, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Medina and Renton have current permits from Ecology. The permit allows the discharge of a specific list of herbicides provided permit conditions are met, however, the herbicides currently anticipated for use are: Glyphosate, Imazamox, Imazapyr and Triclopyr TEA.

More information about the permit

Questions and comments during the permit process should be addressed to the Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, Attention: Aquatic Pesticide Permit Manager, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600 or

Your Seattle Parks and Recreation Spring Bucket List

After the dark, cold, and rainy days of winter, we are thrilled to welcome the official start of the spring season on March 20! If you’ve spent the winter hibernating, now is the time to start venturing out and getting reacquainted with all of the wonderful outdoor opportunities our city has to offer. From spectacular flower blooms at our parks and gardens to countless sports leagues, classes and activities offered at our fields and community centers, we have endless ways to help you enjoy the warmer weather, longer days, and abundant plant life that springtime brings with it.

Let it bloom


Our parks have been a palette of subdued greens and browns for the past several months. But now is the time that they come alive with vibrant pink, blue, yellow and orange hues. Enjoy the sights and smells of nature’s color show at the following locations:

  • Woodland Park Rose Garden: The Rose Garden is one of only two dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the United States. At its picturesque best from May through August, the garden displays new rose hybrids before they become available to amateur rose enthusiasts.
  • Washington Park Arboretum: This 230-acre park features an impressive assortment of plants and flowers, including rhododendrons, azaleas and cherry blossoms.
  • Volunteer Park Conservatory: Stroll through this historic botanical garden and visit the five display houses featuring bromeliads, ferns, palms, seasonal plants, and cacti/succulents.


Get outside


With 465 parks, 120 miles of trails, 6,200 acres of parkland, 25 miles of boulevards, 4 golf courses, 2 small craft centers, 150 play areas, 165 tennis courts, 204 athletic fields, 205 basketball hoops, 112 baseball fields, 14 off-leash dog areas, 120 miles of soft surface trails, and much, much more, we have everything you need to enjoy the outdoors!

  • Spring Egg Hunts: We will host free egg hunts at various locations throughout Seattle in March and April! Grab your little ones and bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
  • Adult sports programs: Join our adult sports programs! Looking to get active in a fun way, but not sure where to start? Try out our adult sports leagues! Or what about a roller derby class? You like running? Sign up for a track meet! Start getting active by exploring our adult sports leagues and programs.
  • Discovery Park: Go for a walk at beautiful Discovery Park, the largest park in our system! Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. The secluded site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadowlands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams.


Hit the water


Get out on the water, or at least watch people on the water! You can learn how to row or sail at our small craft centers, or if being a spectator is more your speed, head down to Green Lake on March 18 to watch hundreds of rowers participate in the annual spring regatta.

  • Spring Regatta: Green Lake will host the 55th annual spring regatta on March 18. Hundreds of rowers will descend on the lake for a day of nail-biting sprints and friendly competition. Gather your family, take to the grandstands and cheer for your favorite teams.
  • Learn to sail: Interested in a family outing? Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center offers an Intro to Sailing course that is designed for beginners looking for an introduction to sailing on a larger, more stable boat. The Flying Scot is a 19-foot centerboard sailboat, which can hold up to five people. You will be introduced to the helm, being part of a crew, points of sail, parts of the boats, basic safety rules on the water, and you’ll learn a few sailing knots.
  • Adult rowing: Individual and team boat competitions at regional and USA Canoe/Kayak National regattas can be in your future! The Green Lake Small Craft Center offers an Adult Learn to Row class. Join to take part in conditioning, stroke improvement, wake riding, starts and watercraft skills in sprint boats and surf skis.


Get ready for summer


Summer is one of our favorite times of year because the weather is great and the outdoors calls us. Our wading pools are teeming with toddlers, our lawns are filled with picnic baskets, our beaches are dotted with volleyball players and sand castles, and our pools are inundated with swimming kids and seasoned divers.

  • Spring/Summer brochures: Our Spring/Summer 2017 Brochures are here! Start planning your seasonal activities, classes, sports leagues, camps, programs and more! See all of our brochures here.
  • Scholarships: Thanks to the Seattle Park District, Seattle Parks and Recreation has scholarships available to individuals and families for our programs and activities. Scholarships are based on income and family size, and are available to anyone who qualifies, including seniors and people with disabilities.

Increasing access for Seattle residents

delridge staffAs Seattle continues to experience a homelessness crisis, we are committed to ensuring access and opportunities for those living unsheltered. To that end, we have opened showers at several of our community centers to people experiencing homelessness. Last year, we had more than 1,000 usages of our free shower program.

One community center that has been at the forefront of providing outreach to the homeless population is the Delridge Community Center. The center provides a warm and dry place for those experiencing homelessness to rest, charge a phone, access free Wi-FI, and use the computer lab.

Homeless residents have been using the shower facilities at Delridge Community Center for years. The center originally charged a $3 shower fee, but thanks to the advocacy of center staff, the showers became free to use for homeless individuals beginning in 2016.

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Staff help launder, fold and distribute towels for the free shower program.

Staff have conducted outreach to local partners to solicit donations to support the free shower program. Fauntleroy Church and Peace Lutheran Church, as well as other generous supporters, stepped up to provide towels and toiletries. Staff help out by laundering, folding and distributing towels upon request. We also sort out the toiletry donations and have individual bins for shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and other items.

Toiletries and other donated items are sorted at the center.

     Toiletries and other donated items are sorted at the center.


Delridge Community Center Coordinator Angie Ramirez describes the impact she has seen the center have on the homeless community:

“I believe the impact we have on the homeless community is immense for a variety of reasons. For one, most of the time the homeless residents who use our facility are very gracious. Their gratitude shows with a simple smile, kind words towards our staff, and genuine displays of appreciation.

I believe that after these residents are able to shower, feel clean and valued, they have a more positive outlook on life. We have come to know that many of these patrons have a job but their living situations are complicated. When they are able to come here after work and shower, they are able to go back to work feeling somewhat refreshed the next day.”

“Brenda”, a homeless resident who has recently started to use the shower program and is now also using the center’s weight room since we eliminated drop-in fees, told us she appreciates the fresh clean towels and says, “The staff are always so sweet and make me feel comfortable coming here to use the facilities. It is a great help for us who are less fortunate.”

“Jorge”, another member receiving services at Delridge Community Center says, “I am very thankful that I can come and shower and go to work the next day feeling refreshed. I am sure my boss and coworkers do too”.

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Delridge Community Center staff make sure the shower facilities remain clean and welcoming for all.

As Seattle’s population changes, we are committed to serving the needs of unserved and underserved people and communities. We recently expanded operating hours at several community centers in neighborhoods with limited access to recreation alternatives; beginning this year we made most of our drop-in activities free after hearing from many community members that even small drop-in fees can be a barrier for people with low incomes; and our scholarship program continues to provide low-income individuals and families with discounts to our facilities and services, including classes, swimming, enrichment programs, school-aged child care for before and after school, and much more.

Spring Eggstravaganzas: Seattle Parks and Recreation offers free egg hunts throughout the city

16044435992_18d7ae02f2_kSeattle Parks and Recreation will host free egg hunts at various locations throughout Seattle in March and April. See below for location details.

Events subject to change; please call local community centers to confirm dates and times.


Lucky Leprechaun Hunt
What: Hunt for special gold coins and win candy, treats and prizes in this annual event.
Ages: 6-10
Location: Magnuson Community Center
Time: 4 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 17

Mighty Mites “Egg” stravaganza
What: Egg hunt, play equipment, bounce house and other fun activities.
Ages: 5 and under
Location: Miller Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. to noon; egg hunt at 11 a.m. sharp. Thursday, April 6

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 1 to 11
Locations: Montlake Community Center, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
Location: Nathan Hale Stadium; Laurelhurst Park (Laurelhurst Park community, please help support our can food drive to assist our local food bank and our bake sale to support the community)
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15 sharp (rain or shine).


Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 10 and under
Locations: Ballard Community Center Field, Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, Loyal Heights Community Center, Magnolia Community Center Field
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 11 and under
Location: Meet in the Queen Anne Community Center Gym.
Time: 10 a.m.- Noon, come rain come shine. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Scramble
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Location: Green Lake Community Center, come rain or shine.
Time: Saturday, April 15: 10 a.m. ages 1-3; 10:30 a.m. ages 4-6; 11 a.m. – ages 7- 10


Flashlight Egg Hunt
What: Bring a flashlight and a bag to hunt for eggs in the dark.
Ages: 12 to 18
Locations: Van Asselt Community Center Gym; Jefferson Community Center Gym
Time: 8 p.m. Friday, April 14

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for goodies.
Ages: 11 and Under
Location: Rainier Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m., April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 11 and under
Locations: Jefferson Community Center; Van Asselt Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15


Spring Egg Hunt
What: Come gather eggs treats and fun prizes,
Ages: 1 to 11 years old
Location: Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle WA 98126)
Time: 10 a.m. sharp. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunts
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 10 and under
Locations: Hiawatha Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m., Rain or shine. Saturday, April 8

Toddler Eggstaravaganza
What: Peter cottontail, cookie decoration, balloons, music and fun.
Ages: 5 and under
Locations: High Point Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. – noon. Thursday, April 13
Cost: $5

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Breakfast snacks and egg hunt.
Ages: 11 and under
Location: Alki Community Center
Time: 9-10:30 a.m. (Egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp). Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Come gather eggs treats and fun prizes,
Ages: 12 and under
Location: Delridge Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Easter egg hunt
Ages: All ages
Location: High Point Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp. Saturday, April 15