Apply for 2017 Recreation for All funds


The 2017 Recreation for All (Rec4All) fund through the Seattle Park District supports local nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups to provide culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under-resourced communities in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent. The goal of the community funding is to further strengthen the collaborative working relationship between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community through innovative and sustainable programs.

Download the 2017 Recreation for All Guidelines here.

Applications may be completed online at  

 Applications open on March 20, 2017 and are due online by 5PM, April 21, 2017.

Information Sessions: Learn what makes a strong application by attending a workshop. These interactive question-and-answer session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. We can make interpreters available with 72 hours advance notice. Childcare and light snacks will be available at each session. First time applicants are encouraged to attend. Please register with Kathleen Gantz at 206-386-4671 or email to request your preferred language(s) for the session(s) you plan to attend.

South Park Community Center
March 7, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Rainier Beach Community Center
March 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Northgate Community Center
March 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Bitter Lake Community Center
March 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m.


Wallingford Find It, Fix It Community Walk

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Join Mayor Ed Murray for a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Wallingford neighborhood on Tuesday, March 14! Refreshments will be provided and the first 50 walk participants who sign in will receive a gift bag  full of City department goods and information.

Who: Wallingford community members and City officials
When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Refreshments served from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
Walk is from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Meet at the southeast corner of N. 50th and Green Lake Way N. at Woodland Park.

The Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. Please visit to learn more about the Find It, Fix It Community Walks and Project Grants

For more information please contact Program Coordinator Lemmis Stephens via email Lemmis.Stephens@Seattle.Gov or Call 206-386-1907.

Spring/Summer 2017 Brochures

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Our Spring/Summer 2017 Brochures are here! Spring and summer are our favorite times of year because the weather is great and the outdoors call 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.

Take a look at our many recreation offerings by clicking on the brochures below.From team sports, to pottery classes, to nature hikes, and everything imaginable in-between, we have everything you need to keep you and your family active, engaged and connected this spring and summer.

Important Dates: Register for spring programs and activities beginning March 7; register for summer programs and activities beginning May 27.


Japanese Garden opens March 5 with ‘First Viewing’

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Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 5 as the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the first time in 2017.

First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing, which is a formal ceremony that has been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki—life energy—for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shine in Granite Falls, WA.

Trained guides will be available to give complimentary tours of the Seattle Japanese Garden, deepening the experience of strolling the garden by sharing insights on the garden’s history, design, and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours begin at the ticket booth starting at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Tateuchi Community Room will also have its doors open to the public. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in the ICHI-GO ICHI-E digital painting exhibit by local artist Season Yoshida.

Admission is $6 adults; $4 youth 7-17, students with ID, and seniors 65+; kids 6 and under are free.

Advance ticket sales can be purchased at

Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle. More event details and photographs from past events are available at

Legislative Youth Action Day

youthThis year, 10 members of 206 Forward- Youth Advocates of Seattle, a Seattle Parks and Recreation Citywide Teen and Young Adult club, joined more than 120 young people in Olympia on January 29 & 30 for the Legislative Youth Action Day.  Young people came from around the state to speak with their state legislators about several issues, including funding services for people who are homeless, equitable distribution of funding for education, and police accountability.

Ericka Guan, a Junior at Rainier Beach High School and a member of 206 Forward  wrote about her experience in Olympia:

Youth action Day impacted me by believing and trusting that I can actually speak up for my own beliefs.  The most memorable moment for me was when I spoke with Representative Eric Pettigrew about police brutality.  It was scary but worth it.  I was completely ready to say what I had to say .  I had the confidence to talk to Eric about my personal experience and asked for his support in holding police more accountable.

206 Forward members also met with their Senator, Rebecca Saldaña.  She listened as young people shared their families’ experiences of homelessness and encouraged young people to break down barriers so people who are homeless are not separated from the community.

Members of 206 Forward also shared their concerns with Representative Sharon Tomiko-Santos about budget cuts that Seattle School District is experiencing.  Representative Tomiko-Santos highlighted that while the state determines the amount of money dedicated to fund education, school boards are responsible for how funds are distributed within the district.  When she asked 206 Forward about whose parents have ever attending a school board meeting, no one rose a hand.  Representative Tomiko-Santos encouraged students to use their voice at school board meetings to advocate for how school funds are distributed, especially for students whose parents are not able to attend these meetings.

Aden Afework, a Junior at Cleveland High School, shared that she was inspired during Youth Action Day to see so many other young people, especially young People of Color, passionate and advocating for what is important to them and their communities.   While in Olympia, she quickly jumped into action with Gian Rosario (Junior at Rainier Beach High School)  to rally young people to comment in favor of  a bill that would allow school districts to temporarily  use local levies while they wait for the state to fully fund education.

Thank you to everyone who helped support the third year 206 Forward has participated in Youth Action Day!


Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies

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Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E). Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.  

Several City departments offer summer employment appropriate for teens and young adults, including positions in Seattle Parks and Recreation Aquatics (life guards, boat ramp monitors), Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Engaged in Service (job shadowing an adult mentor, usually in an office setting), Seattle Parks and Recreation Student Teen Employment Program and Summer of Service (building trails in local parks), and the Seattle Public Libraries Student Assistance program. At last year’s fair many local businesses, such as Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, and non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill and Seattle Youth Garden Works, participated with positions and programs available for youth.

The Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies is a collaborative effort led by the Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation. To participate in the fair or for more information contact Randy Wiger at or 206-684-0775.  

Bitter Lake’s Pancake Breakfast

Join your friends and neighbors for Bitter Lake Community Center’s Annual Pancake Breakfast on February 19! Bring the whole family and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes along with scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, and coffee! Proceeds from this event will help provide scholarships for our low-income neighbors.

Location: Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave. N)
Date: Sunday, February 19
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Tickets: $5 (ages 4-64); $4 (ages 65+); children ages 0-3 eat free!


Beach Closures

The King County West Point Treatment Plant experienced an equipment shutdown early on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is posting signs at several beaches warning people to avoid contact with the water and sand over the next several days as a precaution.

The following beaches will be closed until the situation is resolved: Smith Cove Beach, West Ewing Mini Park Beach, Discovery Park Beach, Commodore Park Beach and Golden Gardens Beach.

UPDATE: Seattle & King County Public Health has cleared Alki Beach, Seacrest Beach and Myrtle Edwards Beach to reopen.

The Beach Progam at Mee Kwa Mooks Beach is canceled for Friday, February 10. Beach passes will not be issued at Discovery Park until the beach is re-opened.

For the latest information on the King County West Point Treatment Plant, please visit their incident response website here.

Severe weather and storm information for Thursday, Feb. 9

Please use caution in our parks during the heavy rainfall we are experiencing and stay out of undeveloped areas of parks.

  • Power has been restored at Amy Yee Tennis Center. The Center is now open.
  • The Upper Loop is currently closed at Seward Park.
  • Carkeek Park is currently closed for storm response and cleanup.
  • For updated information on whether sports fields are open or closed, please call the rainout hotline at 206-233-0055.
  • To report downed trees, please call 206-684-4111.

Facility and Program Information for Tuesday, Feb. 7

Tuesday, February 7 — Most Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities are open today for business during their regularly scheduled times, unless noted below. Please check this page regularly for updates.


Due to the Seattle Public School Late Start this morning, all Before School Child Care and morning Pre-School programs are cancelled. Afternoon Pre-School programs and After School Child Care will occur as scheduled.


  • Early Morning Lap Swims, Morning Rentals, and Morning Lessons are canceled at all Pools.  Pools will resume normal operation after 11a.m. today, including rentals, lessons, and open swims.


  • Registration for Summer Recreation Programs begins today at noon as scheduled.

Woodland Park Off-Leash Area

  • The Woodland Park Off-Leash Area is now open.

Seward Park

  • The Upper Loop Road is now open.

Volunteer Park

  • Some areas at Volunteer Park are taped off and closed within the park. We are assessing the conditions at Volunteer Park; when these areas are reopened we will post the information on this page.

Burke-Gilman Trail

The area of the Burke-Gilman Trail at N.E. 95th and Matthews Ave. NE is now open.  The downed tree was cleared.

Amy Yee Tennis Center

  • The Amy Yee Tennis Center is open today for regular operating hours.

Golf Courses and Sports Fields

  • Interbay,  Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, and West Seattle Golf Course are closed due to freeze/thaw conditions. No sledding and snow play allowed today. The Driving Range, Pro Shops and Restaurants are open for business.
  • All Synthetic Sports Fields are closed.