Laurelhurst Community Center and friends to host Laurelhurst Salmon Bake

salmon bake

Join your family and friends for the traditional Salmon Bake at Laurelhurst from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. Special community businesses, Laurelhurst Community Center, Lifelong Recreation and Specialized Programs have partnered to make this another fun event for neighbors to enjoy.

This salmon bake features delicious food and great entertainment. The menu includes grilled wild salmon, pulled chipotle chicken sandwiches, corn, watermelon, tangy coleslaw, fresh rolls and chocolate brownies. The salmon dinner is market price; the chicken sandwich dinner is $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and younger; the hot dog or garden burger dinner is $8.

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) thanks co-sponsors Melissa Maxwell with Eat Well Seattle, Metropolitan Market, Era Living, Kwanchai, the Laurelhurst Advisory Council, the Lifelong Recreation and Special Populations Advisory Councils and the Associated Recreation Council.

Live music will be provided by Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana and we will have our popular carnival for the kids to enjoy! For more information on Lifelong Recreation and Special Populations programming, please go to or

SPR works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see


Temporary detour of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Fremont


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is planning a temporary detour of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Fremont so that contractor crews can continue painting work on the SR 99 Aurora Bridge. The new detour route on North Northlake Way is scheduled to be in effect from Aug. 22 to Oct. 31. For more information, visit:

Parks and Recreation Labor Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.

These facilities and services will be CLOSED:

  • Community centers  
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

These facilities are OPEN:

  • Golf courses
  • Boat ramps
  • Beaches (Matthews, Madison, Mt. Baker, Seward, West Green Lake)
  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
  • Colman Pool
  • Wading pools (Green Lake, Lincoln Park, Van Asselt, Volunteer Park)
  • Spray Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks proposals for long-term food concession at Golden Gardens Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is seeking proposals from qualified operators to manage and operate the Golden Gardens Park Food Concessions under a long-term agreement. SPR is seeking and will select the concessionaire who best demonstrates the ability to provide innovative, affordable, healthy, safe and reliable food service to park patrons while paying reasonable concession fees to SPR.

Request for Proposal (RFP) packets can be downloaded, picked up in person at the address below, or mailed to you. 

Proposals are due Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2 p.m.

For more information or to download a copy of the RFP packet, please visit:

Mailing Address and Contact Information:
Theresa “Terri” Burns, Parks Concessions Coordinator
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Contracts Administration and Support Office
800 Maynard Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134

Office: 206-684-8008 / Fax: 206-233-3949

Kubota Garden’s Annual Fall Plant Sale

plant saleFrom the Kubota Garden Foundation:

Attention garden, tree and plant enthusiasts!

Kubota Garden’s Annual Fall Plant Sale is coming up on Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kubota Garden Nursery.

This is your opportunity to purchase unique and high quality plants with all proceeds benefitting the Kubota Garden Foundation, and ultimately Kubota Garden.

Expect to find an excellent selection of perennials, grasses and both deciduous and evergreen shrubs and trees as well as our usual great selection of Japanese Maples and dwarf conifers. Many of our plants and trees can be grown in containers.

Our experts will be available on site for any advice needed on this method of gardening as well as any assistance with general selection and care of our plants. As usual, those first to arrive will have the best selection to choose from, so plan to arrive first thing for the opening at 9 a.m.!

We’ll provide assistance with loading plants into your vehicle as well.

Free parking is available and located close to the Garden.
When:  Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kubota Garden Nursery (9817 55th Ave. S)
More Info:; 206-725-5060;

Rare corpse lily bloom to cause big stink at Volunteer Park Conservatory

corpse flowerSeattle’s mysterious corpse lily (Amorphophallus titanum) is in the early stages of blooming at the Volunteer Park Conservatory, on loan from University of Washington Biology.

Native to the equatorial rain forests of Sumatra, the corpse lily is the world’s largest inflorescence and can grow up to 12 feet tall in the wild. The nickname refers to its powerful stench, likened to that of rotting flesh, which attracts carrion-seeking pollinators.

Retired UW Biology Greenhouse manager Doug Ewing sowed his first corpse flower seeds in 1993. Then in 1999 the first-ever flower blossomed at UW. Though this specimen is smaller, it is special to UW Biology. This is the first corpse lily to bloom from a batch of seed that resulted from pollinating two flowers at UW twelve years ago. This specimen follows two others that were displayed at the Conservatory.

In the horticultural tradition of naming corpse lilies, this specimen has been named Dougsley in honor of Doug Ewing. The specimen will be at the Conservatory until flowering is complete.

The Volunteer Park Conservatory is located at 1400 E Galer St., at the north end of Volunteer Park. It is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there is a $4 admission charge ($2 for youth age 13-17; free for kids 12 and younger).

For more information about the Conservatory, please visit

Connect to the Friends of the Conservatory about this event via and through Facebook at

Practice your favorite Olympic and Paralympic sports with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Did watching the 2016 Olympic Games inspire your inner athlete? If so, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has a number of ways for you to practice some of your favorite Olympic and Paralympic sports.

With 6,300 acres of parkland, 120 miles of trails, 26 community centers, 204 athletic fields, and countless opportunities to join a sports class, camp or league, we’ve got everything you need to start training. So lace up your sneakers, grab an oar, or pick up a tennis racquet and let the excitement of the 31st Olympiad inspire you to start preparing for the 2020 Tokyo games!



Organize your own Dream Team and play a pick-up game at one of our 205 basketball hoops spread out across the city at our parks and community centers. We also offer seasonal youth basketball leagues to provide young athletes the opportunity to learn and solidify the fundamentals of basketball while participating in weekly organized games and practices.



We are blessed to live in an area with water at our doorstep, and SPR offers a variety of ways for residents to get out and enjoy it. The Green Lake Small Craft Center and Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offer youth and adult rowing crew leagues. Rowing on a team is a great experience! As part of our youth crew, young people gain a sense of accomplishment and pride, working to meet the sport of rowing’s physical and mental challenges. We also have novice, intermediate and competitive rowing crews for adults, as well as Paralympic paddling programs and special events on Green Lake using modified flatwater racing canoes and kayaks.



SPR has what you need to become the next Serena Williams or Roger Federer! We have 165 courts, from the tucked-away single court at Victory Heights Park, to the impressive Amy Yee Tennis Center, which offers 10 indoor courts and six outdoor courts. SPR also offers an array of tennis programs for youth and adults, and we host more than 100 United States Tennis Association (USTA) League, Junior Team Tennis, and Cup League games over the course of the year.



Did you know that there are 16 Olympic swim events in the pool, and four Olympic swimming strokes—butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle? You can practice all of them at one of our eight indoor or two outdoor pools. Whether practicing lap swimming, or getting fit with one of our aqua jog, water exercise or master workout classes, there are plenty of ways to enjoy our pools.



Seattle has some pretty amazing bike trails that take riders along a variety of impressive scenery. Running from Golden Gardens Park in Ballard, and connecting to the Sammamish River Trail in Bothell, the Burke-Gilman Trail offers more than 18 miles of multi-use trail perfect for cyclists. Seward Park boasts 300 acres of beautiful forest land, and is home to eagle nests, old-growth forest and a 2.4 mile bike and walking path. Extend your trip by several miles by biking from Seward Park to Mount Baker Park Beach along Lake Washington Blvd. If you prefer a shorter jaunt, Myrtle Edwards Park features a 1.25-mile winding bike and pedestrian path along Elliott Bay, and has fantastic views of the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound.

Rainier Valley Summer Parkways and Big Day of Play

Coming out for fun at the Big Day of Play? Rainier Valley has a huge celebration going on Saturday, August 13. Summer Parkways are events where designated streets are closed to cars so that folks can walk, bike and roll between parks, interact with neighbors and get active in a safe environment. Join us for Big Day of Play at Rainier Playfields and live entertainment at Othello Park and Brighton Playfield. Offerings include live DJ’s, live jazz, blues, Hawaiian slide guitar, Zorb Balls, face painting, and food trucks. We’ll see you there!

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Othello Park and Brighton Playfield Entertainment 12:30 to 4:30 PM
Parade starts at 11 AM
Big Day of Play 12 – 6 PM
Download the Poster and learn more at

Rainier Valley Parkways Poster

LEEF youth reach new heights

20160423_132531_resizedJumping off ledges, scaling walls, and swinging from trees aren’t part of most youth development programs. But for Seattle Parks and Recreation’s pilot program ‘Leaders in Environment, Equity, and Facilitation’ (LEEF), these exhilarating activities are built into the curriculum! LEEF is designed to help develop the next generation of challenge course facilitators and environmental leaders, and to connect young people from diverse backgrounds to employment opportunities.

LEEF is specifically geared towards low-income youth who identify as people of color and/or LGBTQ. No other challenge course training program like it exists in the country. Over the course of six months, LEEF provides training on a variety of subjects, including social equity, leadership, public speaking and decision making, followed by paid internships over the summer. Youth participants also receive training on how to lead groups at Camp Long through the challenge course–a series of activities involving logs, platforms, posts, ropes and cables attached to trees and other structures used for team building and personal development.

With a core tenet of contributing back to the community, LEEF helped host the Environmental Education Station on June 18. Through a partnership with the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association (DNDA), LEEF offered hands-on environmental learning and activities for the public at Camp Long’s 68-acre wooded forest.

Aji, a 15-year-old who attends West Seattle High School, said his favorite part of the program is being able to receive free training in high ropes facilitation, something that his family wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Aji described the high ropes course as being “like a giant jungle gym in the sky” and said that he gets excited about leading groups through the course because he likes being able to help create connections among different groups of people.

Other LEEF participants said they enjoy the family-like atmosphere and the opportunity to develop important life skills, such as public speaking and teamwork. Kaydee, a 20-year-old participant, described the impact of the program: “I feel I’ve learned a lot of leadership skills and how to push yourself, and how to be more inclusive and how to make programs more equitable. I enjoy the outlet to be outdoors because I don’t usually get to do that.”


Community encouraged to provide input for renovation of South Park Community Center play area at Duwamish River Festival

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to a learn about the South Park Community Center play area renovation project during the Duwamish River Festival on Sat., August 20, 2016.  Join us at Duwamish Waterway Park, 7900 10th Ave S., between 1 and 3 p.m. and provide input on play equipment. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to meet the design team from Cascade Design Collaborative, learn about the project and provide input. South Park Community Center Play Area is located at 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 and the play area is behind the center.

This project will replace play equipment, provide access for people with disabilities and improve safety and other features at the park. Families, neighbors and park supporters are encouraged to attend the festival and participate in a park survey

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for this renovation.  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 will include 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.

For more information about the project and to download translated flyers (Spanish and Vietnamese) please visit

or contact Karimah Edwards at 206-233-0063 or