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Spring break staycationing with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Ah, spring break. You’re picturing yourself on a beach in Mexico. Or hiking in the Grand Canyon. You’re looking at airline and hotel prices and…wait. You’re not going anywhere.

Perhaps you can’t afford to go out of town for spring break or maybe you can’t escape the 8-5. Don’t you worry, friend. There are PLENTY of breathtaking and memorable activities to embark on right here. In fact, we don’t know why you’d ever want to leave! [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation begins Park District implementation


Green Lake Park


On Aug. 5, 2014, voters in the City of Seattle approved Proposition 1, which created the Seattle Park District. Property taxes collected by the Seattle Park District will provide funding for City parks and recreation including maintaining parklands and facilities, operating community centers and recreation programs, and developing new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

The Park District will be governed by the Seattle City Council acting ex officio as the District Board. As established in an interlocal agreement between the City and the District, Seattle Parks and Recreation will provide services on behalf of the Park District. [Read more…]

Mayor recognizes Citywide Youth Basketball champions

Image5Image1Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Athletics Unit held the first event of the Citywide Youth Basketball Championships on Sunday, March 15, at Rainier Community Center. These championship events are a culmination of the 10-week basketball program involving approximately 400 volunteer coaches and more than 4,000 youth ages 10-17.

Mayor Ed Murray attended the high school championships on March 15 and awarded medals to participants following the games.

Championship events for youth ages 10-13 will continue throughout the month.

Volunteers needed for spring egg hunt


Volunteers are needed for the Cal Anderson Park 2015 Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4! We’re looking for people to help with face painting, to hide candy, to supervise the park, to monitor children in the hunt area, to clean up after the event and to hand out prizes.

Volunteers need to arrive at the park at 9:15 a.m. The program ends at noon.

To sign up, contact Faizah Osayande at 206-512-5256 or Faizah.osayande@seattle.gov.

Spring plants and expert advice at Kubota Garden’s plant sale

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Kubota Garden’s 2014 spring plant sale

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Kubota Garden’s 2014 spring plant sale

The Kubota Garden Foundation will host its annual spring plant sale from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the Kubota Garden Nursery.

There will be beautiful and high quality plants for sale at extremely competitive prices. The selection will include perennials, annuals, grasses and both deciduous and evergreen bushes and trees. There will also be a great selection of Japanese Maples.

Most of the available plants and trees can be grown in containers.

Garden experts will be available on site for any advice needed on this method of gardening or on general plant care.

The first to arrive will have the best selection to choose from, so plan to arrive early! Plant sale staff will provide assistance with loading plants into vehicles.

All proceeds from the sale will go towards maintaining the garden.

The Kubota Garden Nursery is located at 9817 55th Ave. S. Free parking is available.

For more information, visit www.kubotagarden.org or call 206-725-5060. Staff can also be reached at office@kubotagarden.org.

Discounted drop-in swims and fitness sessions now available

DiscountPricing-8.5x11-Rev-Final (2)-page-0Doggy paddle, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke. We think it’s important to master one or two of these when you live in a city nearly surrounded by water, so this year, we’re making our swimming pools more accessible.

New in 2015, individuals that qualify for Seattle Parks and Recreation program scholarships or reduced fees can also receive discounts at drop-in public swims, family swims, lap swims, pool playlands and selected aquatic fitness programs.

[Read more…]

Your Seattle Parks Spring Bucket List

Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’” In our fair city, spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Come out of hibernation, Seattleites.’”

It’s getting lighter in the mornings! The sun doesn’t set at 4:30 p.m. anymore! There are leaves and FLOWERS on the trees! No more excuses, friends. It’s party time.


Get out on the water!
Or at least watch people on the water. On the first full official day of spring, March 21, Green Lake is hosting its 53rd annual spring regatta. Hundreds of rowers will descend on the lake for a day of nail-biting sprints and friendly competition. Gather you family, take to the grandstands and cheer for your favorite teams. Find all the details you need here. [Read more…]

Coach your kids!

Picture1South Park and High Point Community Centers are looking for volunteer soccer coaches to start a brand new soccer league in their neighborhoods.

Coaches will be teaching soccer skills to 5-7 and 8-10 year olds on either Monday or Wednesday afternoon/evenings. If there is enough interest, games will be on Friday nights.

If you are interested please contact Giovannina Souers at giovannina.souers@seattle.gov.

Kids’ Carpentry turns students’ imagination into toys

Kids' Carpentry winter participants' creations.

Kids’ Carpentry winter participants’ creations.

On Saturday afternoons, kids at Magnolia Community Center aren’t playing with toys; they’re learning how to build them.

This winter, Instructor Loren Kite is teaching his Kids’ Carpentry class in Seattle Parks and Recreation  community centers for the first time. Kids’ Carpentry is a hands-on toy-building class designed to teach boys and girls ages 5-10 practical woodworking skills with an emphasis on the safe use of hand tools. The students are empowered to construct wooden toys of their own creation, building self-esteem, confidence and life skills. [Read more…]

Seattle named sixth friendliest city for wildlife


Coyote in Discovery Park.


Just ask the beavers at Golden Gardens. They’ll tell you. Or consult the barn owls in Magnuson Park. They know. But now it’s really official, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has just announced that Seattle is the sixth friendliest city in that nation for wildlife.


Yellow-bellied marmot in Discovery Park.

To kick off the 77th annual National Wildlife Week, NWF announced its “Top Ten Cities for Wildlife” in the United States. The scoring was based on three important criteria – the percentage of parkland in each city, citizen action to create wildlife habitat and school adoption of outdoor learning in wildlife gardens.

It’s no surprise Seattle made the cut. Seattle has more than 400 parks and open areas and 6,200+ acres of parkland.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has played a major role in preserving wildlife habitat and educating citizens about interacting with urban wildlife neighbors. [Read more…]