• Japanese Garden Spring Opening
  • Sam Smith Park
  • Powell Barnett Park
  • Dr. Blanche S. Lavizzo Park
  • Summer Camp Registration

FEB. 5 PARK BUZZ: You haven’t been there unless you have a PIC to PROVE it

Send your photos to @seattleparks on Twitter for a chance to be featured on our blog!

Visit our homepage and subscribe to Explore More, our twice-monthly newsletter, to learn about new things happening in our parks and community centers this month.

@greggorovitch @ Golden Gardens Park "Everyone in the NE is preparing for snowpocalypse and I'm just biking to  Golden Gardens in shorts #seattle #juneuary"

@greggorovitch @ Golden Gardens Park
“Everyone in the NE is preparing for snowpocalypse and I’m just biking to Golden Gardens in shorts #seattle #juneuary”

 

@joyftnssandstyl @ Discovery Park "Got some fresh air and Vit D today. #DiscoveryPark #Washington #trails #trees #pnw #Seattle #GetOutside"

@joyftnssandstyl @ Discovery Park
“Got some fresh air and Vit D today. #DiscoveryPark #Washington #trails #trees #pnw #Seattle #GetOutside”

 

@karechap @ Gas Works Park "I was trying to be serious but ended up laughing. Story of my life."

@karechap @ Gas Works Park
“I was trying to be serious but ended up laughing. Story of my life.”

 

@divalins @ Discovery Park "Great day for a walk at #DiscoveryPark #lighthouse #seattle"

@divalins @ Discovery Park
“Great day for a walk at #DiscoveryPark #lighthouse #seattle”

 

@andreehurley @ Golden Gardens Park "Another beautiful Seattle sunset! @ Golden Gardens Park"

@andreehurley @ Golden Gardens Park
“Another beautiful Seattle sunset! @ Golden Gardens Park”

 

@coryaw @ Gas Works Park "typical but never tired. #gasworks #seattle @ Gas Works Park "

@coryaw @ Gas Works Park
“typical but never tired. #gasworks #seattle @ Gas Works Park “

 

@evolveexistence @ Gas Works Park "#Seattle Saturday @ Gas Works Park @ Gas Works Park"

@evolveexistence @ Gas Works Park
“#Seattle Saturday @ Gas Works Park @ Gas Works Park”

 

@fstop_seattle @ Golden Gardens Park "Sunset over Golden Gardens last week. #fstopseattle"

@fstop_seattle @ Golden Gardens Park
“Sunset over Golden Gardens last week. #fstopseattle”

 

@meltwist @ Golden Garden Park "Let's go fly a kite! Spring weather today in #seattle"

@meltwist @ Golden Gardens Park
“Let’s go fly a kite! Spring weather today in #seattle”

 

@a-laura_able @ Golden Gardens Park "happy birthday to my favorite ray of sun!!! #nofilter #sunset #seattle #birthday"

@a-laura_ble @ Golden Gardens Park
“happy birthday to my favorite ray of sun!!! #nofilter #sunset #seattle #birthday”

 

@amadssss @ Discovery Park

@amadssss @ Discovery Park

 

@kealanandreas @ Gas Works Park "#lakeunion #Skyline #seattle #washingtonst #gasworks #northwestisbest"

@kealanandreas @ Gas Works Park
“#lakeunion #Skyline #seattle #washingtonst #gasworks #northwestisbest”

 

@serenamarie8 @ Gas Works Park "Seattle with my girls"

@serenamarie8 @ Gas Works Park
“Seattle with my girls”

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Seattle Parks offers opportunities for seasonal food trucks, activities and concessions

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking seasonal partners to operate food services, activities and group fitness classes in various park locations throughout the city of Seattle. Locations vary with sites appropriate for carts, food trucks and other self-contained service businesses.

To apply, submit a proposal to Seattle Parks on or before Monday, March 30, 2015. Proposal applications can be downloaded, picked up in person at the address below or mailed to you. Small businesses, women- and/or minority-owned businesses are encouraged to submit proposals. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation 2014 accomplishments

As we ramp up our efforts to implement the Park District, we’re reflecting on the many significant accomplishments of 2014 for Seattle Parks and Recreation. We are excited about the many opportunities we were able to provide Seattle families and individuals last year.

  • poolsIn the Recreation Division, Aquatics staff taught 320,000 swim lessons; the Business Service Center expanded the use of Quick Cards, offering more affordable opportunities for people to exercise and recreate; in support of the Mayor’s Summer of Safety Initiative, Parks reallocated approximately $125,000 to provide programs to “activate” parks in certain Seattle neighborhoods.
  • In the Regional Parks & Strategic Outreach Division, we completed the new Jackson Park Golf Course Driving Range; we established a new Center City Parks Unit that combined maintenance, activation and park rangers; after completion of a renovation project in Building 11 in Magnuson Park, Waldorf High School and the Cascade Bicycle Club moved in as tenants.
  • environmentIn the Parks Division, we completed the Environmental Stewardship Report to convey the great work of our environmental program; the Green Seattle Partnership removed 40 acres of invasive species, planted 66,000 plants and trees and weeded 191 acres of forest; the Youth Green Corps served 11 youth for nine months and the Corps restored three acres of parkland and a half-mile of trail.
  • In the Planning & Development Division, renovations were completed at Magnuson Park’s Building 30, 11 and 18; other completed projects included the renovation of the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the completion of Bell Street Park in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood.

We look forward to the year ahead and to continuing to serve the people of Seattle.

An insider’s guide to Discovery Park

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Naturalist Anne Bentley has been working in Discovery Park for more than 25 years, and knows the area better than most. We interviewed Anne to learn her expert tips for getting the most out of a visit.

 Q. Many visitors to Discovery Park head straight to West Point Lighthouse, but what are some other lesser-known places of interest?

In the northwest corner of the park, just off the north parking lot, there is a half-mile loop trail called the Wolf Tree Nature Trail. It has the largest collection of native plants in the park. The trail includes two beautiful streams, forested wetlands and some fairly large conifers and big leaf maples. It is a trail used in environmental learning classes and quiet contemplation, so we discourage jogging and dogs are not allowed. It is a great place for a walk anytime of the year.

The Wolf Tree Nature Trail has a spur trail to three reflecting ponds. These are human-made ponds retaining stream water from the hillside. The last pond or the lowest pond is largest with places to sit and picnic, birdwatch or enjoy the quiet. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation Presidents’ Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 16, 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

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Seattle Parks and Recreation remembers Dr. Blanche Seller Lavizzo

Photo courtesy of HistoryLink.org.

Photo courtesy of HistoryLink.org.

This February, to commemorate Black History Month, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be honoring some of the African American men and women who helped shape our city’s history for the better. There are 16 facilities in our parks system named for these leaders and throughout the month, we’ll be telling a few of their stories on our blog.

“Quality care with dignity.” That was the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic’s motto coined by Washington state’s first African American woman pediatrician, Dr. Blanche Seller Lavizzo. [Read more…]

Seward Park water system project will close sections of loop trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation is replacing the domestic water system throughout Seward Park necessitating closure of sections of the Shore Loop Road (pedestrian and bike trail).

Parks’ contractor for the project, Jansen Inc., will temporarily close 1,000 feet of the road at a time during construction hours, Monday – Friday, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these hours, visitors will not be able to detour around the construction area. There will be signs to indicate the area is closed and pedestrians and bicyclists will need to backtrack on the loop. [Read more…]

Water access re-opened at Magnuson Off-leash Area

Good news! Seattle Parks and Recreation has re-opened access to the water at the Magnuson Park dogs off-leash area.

Earlier this month, toxic algae had been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the off-leash area.

Tests of the water this week by the King County Water and Land Resources Division show that the toxin levels are normal and the lake waters are now safe for dogs and humans. Water access had been closed at the popular dog park since Jan. 14, 2015.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

 

Seattle Parks launches dementia-friendly recreation in 2015

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Dementia-friendly recreation participants and supporters dine at China Harbor on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

 

Greenwood Senior Center staff member Cayce Cheairs stood before dozens of Seattle seniors at Seattle Parks and Recreation’s dementia-friendly programming “Momentia!” kickoff on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and asked them what they wished for in the coming year.

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Seattle Parks Recreation Specialist Mari Becker, left

More longs walks, replied one man. More dancing, said a woman. More time with the people here in this room, said another.

“Can you feel the hope in the room?” Cheairs asked the crowd.

Seattle Parks created a pilot program for dementia-friendly recreation in 2014 in response to the growing number of community members living with memory loss and the firm belief that people living with memory loss should remain a vital part of our community. This January marked the program’s official launch.

“We’re taking something that’s traditionally only been offered through medical facilities and we’re looking at it differently,” said Cheryl Brown, a member of Seattle Parks Lifelong Recreation staff. [Read more…]