Beat the heat at beaches, pools, wading pools and sprayparks

Colman Pool

Colman Pool opens for the regular season June 20 at noon.

When it’s hot this summer, Seattle residents don’t need to go far to cool off. Seattle Parks and Recreation has a long list of places to get cool in the water, including beaches, wading pools and water spray features and outdoor pools.

 

2 Outdoor Pools

Parks operates two unique outdoor pools for summer fun. Each offers swimming lessons, family swimming, water exercise programs and special events. The pools can also be rented for special occasions.

Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708, is open daily from May 9 through Sept. 7. Mounger Pool is really two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones. Call the pool to reserve it for your own birthday party or other special event. [Read more…]

Practice your dance moves, warm up your vocal chords: The buskers are back

Musical group Charlie and the Rays will be performing in Seattle parks this summer as part of the 2015 busker program.

Musical group Charlie and the Rays will be performing in Seattle parks this summer as part of the 2015 busker program.

Downtown Seattle has a different feel in the summer.  The sun is out (like all the time) and the parks are bustling with children, tourists and activity.

This summer you’re likely to cross paths with an indie/folk duo sharing their songs in Westlake Park or a juggler dancing her way through Pioneer Square. We know, because we asked them to be there.

Every spring since 2007, Seattle Parks and Recreation has hired a variety of artists to perform in downtown parks in order to make the atmosphere livelier and more welcoming for families, visitors, and lunchgoers. The artists are paid $50 a day to play two-hour sets in their assigned park. [Read more…]

Join City Fruit and Save Seattle’s Apples

Join City Fruit in a series of work party events to Save Seattle’s Apples! This spring campaign is meant to engage the community and promote awareness of the urban fruit trees, prevent common pests from spreading to nearby trees, keeping nutritious food from going to waste and helping to preserve the biological diversity of fruit trees in Seattle.

From noon – 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, City Fruit needs volunteers and volunteer groups to help place protective bags over the young apples growing along the Burke-Gilman Trail. These bags will keep out pests that like to eat the growing fruit. The more apples that can be protected, the more fruit that can be harvested and shared with the community.

Meet on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Wallingford. For more information, go here.

City to provide free activities for Seattle students during May 19 teacher walk-out

21 community centers to serve students from kindergarten to 8th grade

Seattle Parks and Recreation has announced it will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade in response to the May 19 teacher walk-out. The free program will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 and will include supervised recreation activities, with an anticipated supervision ratio of 20 children to 1 adult leader.

“We’re willing to open Seattle’s community centers for parents needing daycare on May 19,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Our programs for school age kids offer educational and fun options during the summer and school vacations. It just makes sense for Parks for to step up during this exceptional circumstance.” [Read more…]

Seattle City Council confirms Jesús Aguirre as new Parks superintendent

The Seattle City Clerk administered the Oath of Office to Jesus Aguirre, the incoming superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Aguirre was joined by his two sons, Diego, far left, and Pablo.

The Seattle City Clerk administered the Oath of Office to Jesús Aguirre, the incoming superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation on May 11, 2015. Aguirre was joined by his two sons, Diego, far left, and Pablo.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is excited to welcome Jesús  Aguirre as its new superintendent. Seattle City Council confirmed Aguirre’s appointment on May 11. He was nominated by Mayor Ed Murray in February.

Aguirre has served as a parks director, educator, and most recently, as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia.

“I firmly believe that Seattle Parks and Recreation is poised to become the best in the nation,” Aguirre said. “Our agency plays a vital role in the development, vitality and sustainability of our city and I look forward to working with each of you to enhance the quality of life for all of the residents of Seattle.”

Aguirre will assume his new position on a full-time basis on Monday, June 1. For more information on Aguirre’s appointment, visit the Mayor’s blog.

MAY 7 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.

@emilyrolsen @ Green Lake Park "Went on a short walk around Green Lake. #Seattle #nofilter #sunny #feelslikesummer"

@emilyrolsen @ Green Lake Park
“Went on a short walk around Green Lake. #Seattle #nofilter #sunny #feelslikesummer”

 

@zach_kroko @ Golden Gardens Park "Celebrating six wonderful months of matrimony with @katie_kroko in Seattle #norain"

@zach_kroko @ Golden Gardens Park
“Celebrating six wonderful months of matrimony with @katie_kroko in Seattle #norain”

 

@messyepicure @ Gas Works Park "Space Needle selfie! Seattle has some really nice parks."

@messyepicure @ Gas Works Park
“Space Needle selfie! Seattle has some really nice parks.”

 

@jharrison1982 @ Discovery Park "Find something fun to do today! #k5spring #Seattle #PNW"

@jharrison1982 @ Discovery Park
“Find something fun to do today! #k5spring #Seattle #PNW”

 

@alexsum24 @ Discovery Park "Seattle's huge Discovery Park's view of Puget sound - lovely. The cliff is pretty spectacular."

@alexsum24 @ Discovery Park
“Seattle’s huge Discovery Park’s view of Puget sound – lovely. The cliff is pretty spectacular.”

 

@frannybiscuit @ Golden Gardens Park "First beach day #seattle#Golden Gardens #sun #fun #smile #shine #love #happy #spring #beach #filter"

@frannybiscuit @ Golden Gardens Park
“First beach day #seattle#Golden Gardens #sun #fun #smile #shine #love #happy #spring #beach #filter”

 

@hemlocksmoothie @ Gas Works Park "Never gets old."

@hemlocksmoothie @ Gas Works Park
“Never gets old.”

 

@funachu @ Discovery Park "Beautiful sunny day today #sunny #seattle"

@funachu @ Discovery Park
“Beautiful sunny day today #sunny #seattle”

 

@dianahuey @ Gas Works Park "Missing this guy already. andrewgutauskasmusic #amazingseattleday #comebacknow @ Gas Works Park"

@dianahuey @ Gas Works Park
“Missing this guy already. andrewgutauskasmusic #amazingseattleday #comebacknow @ Gas Works Park”

 

@mzmaldita @ Magnuson Park "The #shy #ladybug at #MagnusonPark #Seattle #SunnyDay #Sunshine #QuietTime #LovingTheSun #BeingAlone #MyTime #MeTime #206 #PNW"

@mzmaldita @ Magnuson Park
“The #shy #ladybug at #MagnusonPark #Seattle #SunnyDay #Sunshine #QuietTime #LovingTheSun #BeingAlone #MyTime #MeTime #206 #PNW”

 

@tassos_sym @ Golden Gardens Park "Brilliant day at #GoldenGardens in #Seattle. Feeling blessed!"

@tassos_sym @ Golden Gardens Park
“Brilliant day at #GoldenGardens in #Seattle. Feeling blessed!”

 

@lswartos @ Green Lake Park "#ducklings #greenlake #seattle #nature #cute #adorable #fuzzy"

@lswartos @ Green Lake Park
“#ducklings #greenlake #seattle #nature #cute #adorable #fuzzy”

 

@wildtalesof @ Seward Park "Pitstop from the bike to explore the lakeshore...#sewardpark #seattle @ Seward Park, Seattle"

@wildtalesof @ Seward Park
“Pitstop from the bike to explore the lakeshore…#sewardpark #seattle @ Seward Park, Seattle”

 

 

Seattle Parks expands programs for special populations with 2015 Park District funding

Though 2015 is considered a ramp-up year for the Park District, (2016 being the first year that the District collects property taxes) Seattle Parks and Recreation has already implemented two new exciting community programs.

Using ramp-year funding, Seattle Parks was able to hire a half-time Recreation Specialist to officially launch its dementia-friendly programming citywide. Cayce Cheairs started with Seattle Parks in January and has since led excursions and classes for seniors all over the city.

A full-time Recreation leader for dementia-friendly programming was hired using 2015 Park District ramp-up funds.

Seattle Parks launched dementia-friendly programming in 2015 with the support of Park District funds.

“I am excited that our city is undergoing a transformation to become a dementia-friendly and inclusive community and I’m thrilled that our city government is onboard.” Cheairs said. “Our Parks and Recreation department is unique in the nation with the launch of dementia-friendly recreation, and we already are serving as a model to other cities. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with and collaborate with inspiring and fearless community members and mutually-supportive and creative community organizations. I’m especially excited for opportunities to connect with and learn from our community members living with memory loss.” [Read more…]

Seattle 2035: Draft Environmental & Equity Analyses Published

Today the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) released for public comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update. This a major milestone towards an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan which plots a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future growth and livability. The Draft EIS provides detailed information on various growth alternatives, their potential impacts to the environment, and proposed mitigation strategies. The City wants your voice to be heard as we refine strategies for accommodating growth for the benefit of all. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks wins two statewide awards

The Pianos in the Park recently recognized by the Washington Recreation and Park Association. Photo provided by Laird Norton Wealth Management.

The Pianos in the Park recently recognized by the Washington Recreation and Park Association. Photo provided by Laird Norton Wealth Management.

The Washington Recreation and Park Association awarded Seattle Parks and Recreation two spotlight awards at a statewide Parks conference on April 30.

Pianos in the Parks

The Pianos in the Parks program a Spotlight Award in Arts and Culture.

In July 2014, Seattle Parks partnered with Laird Norton Wealth Management, King County Parks and local arts organizations to launch the Pianos in the Parks campaign. The campaign placed 20 decorated pianos in Seattle parks, King County parks, Seattle Center and City Hall Plaza to encourage residents to explore green and open spaces and to share and enjoy each other’s art.

The pianos were donated by Classic Pianos and were stationed in the parks until Aug. 17. People were invited to play the pianos and were encouraged to upload videos of their park performances to a Facebook page for a chance to play at KEXP’s and Seattle Center’s “Concerts at the Mural.” The Facebook entries that received the highest number of “Likes” were judged by a community panel.

At the end of the campaign, the pianos were sold to the highest bidder in an online auction. Proceeds from the pianos sales benefitted art and community organizations.

The Pianos in the Parks campaign was designed to foster a sense of community, break down class and racial divides and to make summer safer by activating neighborhood parks. More than 150 people submitted online contest videos. Additionally, the campaign was featured in approximately 100 media stories.

Seattle Parks heard many stories of families and individuals who made it their summer goals to find every piano. In fact, one Seattleite completed a 59-mile urban hike over one weekend to visit all 20 pianos.

For more information on the program, please visit http://pianosintheparks.com/.

Teen Programs Unit

The Teen Programs Unit won a spotlight award in Cultural Competency for its unit-wide Race and Social Justice Initiative which requires all persons interacting with teens, regardless of whether they are staff, volunteers or partner agency employees, to participate in an eight-hour training experience which examines racial inequality, the historic legacies of inequitable treatment that persist into today and how institutional racism perpetuates these inequalities on a systemic level.

By requiring all staff, volunteers, and partnership agency employees to participate in a shared framework, a clarity of intention results that helps all involved become clearer in the underlying message to and treatment of teens participating in Seattle Parks programs. The Initiative provides recurring opportunities for those providing services to teens to ask sometimes difficult questions of themselves and other adults. The ability to ask questions and raise topics related to race and equity can bring to light unconscious beliefs or assumptions that may subtly – or not so subtly – reinforce systemic racism or other prejudices that work to disadvantage some youth for qualities that are not under their control (such as appearance, gender expression, perception of their family’s wealth or poverty).

Park Board postpones May 14 meeting; board to make recommendations on smoking ban & Cheasty trail on May 28

The Board of Park Commissioners has postponed its May 14 meeting and will discuss and make recommendations on both the proposed smoking ban in Seattle parks and on the proposed Cheasty Bike and Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project at its subsequent meeting on Thursday, May 28.

That meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N. [Read more…]