September 5 community invited to celebrate expansion of Hing Hay Park


Hing Hay Park is the premier gathering space in the Chinatown-International District.  Hing Hay literally means “pleasurable gatherings.” On Saturday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the community is invited to celebrate Hing Hay Park at 423 Maynard Ave. S. before construction begins for the park expansion in the fall.

The celebration marks the upcoming construction of the Hing Hay Park expansion and the closing weekend of the Bruce Lee Year 1 exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing), which will be open until 8 p.m. that night. The celebration starts with plenty of activities for families to enjoy.  The event features displays of the new Hing Hay Park expansion, historic photographs of the park, children’s activities including paper lantern making, coloring, face painting and dragon hand tattoos, table tennis and chess. All will be treated to a Bruce Lee movie entitled  “Enter the Dragon “ at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). [Read more…]

Seattle author turns orchard into poetry

"HEIRLOOM" project in Piper's Orchard by Shin Yu Pai

“HEIRLOOM” art installation project in Piper’s Orchard, photo by Shin Yu Pai

Stenciled apple in Piper's Orchard, photo by Thendara Kida-Gee

Stenciled apple in Piper’s Orchard, photo by Thendara Kida-Gee

You’ve probably spread a blanket out beneath a tree to read, but you’ve probably never read a tree.

This summer, author and artist Shin Yu Pai stenciled words onto hundreds of apples in Carkeek Park’s Piper’s Orchard. Shin Yu encountered the orchard numerous times on her hikes down to the beach and thought it would make an interesting location for public art. She took a tour of the orchard with a resident apple expert with her 10-month-old son in tow, and said she was inspired by his reaction to the trees. [Read more…]

Aug. 20 Parks 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.

girls kayaking on Green Lake

@aleasurender @ Green Lake
“this fine monday morning consisted of kayaking in green lake, seattle”


Girl working out on Kite Hill

@nikimae @ Gas Works Park
“Warrior III at Gas Works park. #barre3anywhere”


Girl at tennis court

@funachu @ Green Lake
“Hit ball 🎾 #tennis #Seattle #workout”


Kids on beach

@darienlaird @ Golden Gardens
“A perfectly overcast Seattle beach day. #goldengardens”


@soderberg @ Golden Gardens "Blue Heron at Golden Garden's Park, Seattle, WA"

@soderberg @ Golden Gardens
“Blue Heron at Golden Garden’s Park, Seattle, WA”


Four girls watch sunset at Gas Works Park

@mr_sunday_82 @ Gas Works Park
“#daughters & #nieces catching a #pnw #sunset #ballardbridge”


@bradley dobbs @ Golden Gardens  "Framing your shot of the sunset - Carkeek Park, Seattle"

@bradley dobbs @ Golden Gardens
“Framing your shot of the sunset – Carkeek Park, Seattle”


Pug watching bubbles at Green Lake Park

@windermere @ Green Lake
“#WinderPup had a great time at the #WindermereSummerSplash event today! #Bubbles @SeattleParks @WRE_GreenLake”


Boy and father at Gas Works

@instajojo @ Gas Works Park
#soSeattle #fatherhood”

Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool to close for maintenance

Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool will be closed from Sunday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 7 for facility maintenance. The community center floors are getting refinished and the chemicals used required the buildings to be vacated.

The outside bathrooms will remain open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. during this time.

Although the community center will be closed, reservation applications can still be dropped off outside the community center on Sept. 1. A staff member from Seattle Parks and Recreation’s events scheduling office will meet applicants outside at 10 a.m. to collect paperwork.

May we have this dance? Dancing ‘til Dusk continues through August

Dancing 'til Dusk in Westlake Park

Dancing ’til Dusk in Westlake Park, photo by TIA International Photography

Are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here, and the time is right, for dancing in the street PARKS!

Grab your friends, kids, neighbors or significant other and get ready for the second half or our annual Dancing ‘til Dusk events.

The Dancing ‘til Dusk program began in 2007. The original program produced five Thursday nights of dancing, one night for each of five styles—Waltz, Zydeco, Salsa, Line Dancing and Swing. Seattle Parks and Recreation bought an outdoor dance floor, set up a bandstand and distributed invitations widely. Dancers of all ages and abilities came from all over the city and beyond, from a diverse cultural and economic base. Dancing ’til Dusk was born, and has been growing ever since. Now moving into its ninth year, the program includes four downtown parks with 15 nights of dancing, drawing a crowd of 500-800 people per night. [Read more…]

Amy Yee Tennis Center to close for maintenance

Amy Yee Tennis Center will be closed to the public for maintenance Aug. 24-Sept. 7. The center will reopen Sept. 8 at 7 a.m. During this time the public will be able to access outdoor tennis courts and there will be a Porta-Potty on site for our outdoor courts.

Center staff will check phone messages and try and respond regularly, but will not be answering phones. If you need to register for a class you can call any community center and give them the six-digit barcode number from the brochure to register. If you would like to reserve an outdoor court or anywhere in Seattle during the closure you can email (please allow three days to schedule your court).

Thank you Amy Yee Tennis Center volunteers

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

Amy Yee Tennis Center’s staff hosted a wonderful Jamboree for the QuickStart Tennis Program participants, volunteers, parents and friends Aug. 12. This year the program had 240 kids at 13 sites around the city, from Soundview in Ballard to Rainier Beach. Forty-five volunteer coaches contributed over 1,465 hours to make this program a huge success this summer!

Your volunteer efforts make a real difference in our community.

Explore the Japanese Garden after hours by the light of the moon

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden,

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden,

Enjoy the Seattle Japanese Garden after hours for the annual Moon Viewing Festival from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. For one enchanting evening each year, the Japanese Garden is magically lit up with lanterns, luminaries and floating boats on the pond welcoming the arrival of the full moon in Japanese tradition.

During o-tsukimi –the Japanese word for moon viewing–the beauty of the garden is enhanced by the sweet sounds of live instrumental music afloat in the night air, inspiring both romance and poetry.

Performers include Marcia Takamura and Chigusa Kitai on koto, James Jennings on shakuhachi, Gretchen Yanover on cello, and White Swans Records artist Gary Stroutsos on bamboo flute.

The festival features a popular haiku writing contest sponsored by Haiku Northwest. Winning poems, which are awarded prizes, will be read aloud to the audience at the end of the evening. [Read more…]

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Seattle Parks and Recreation present Snow White and the Seven: ‘Each One, Teach One’ a Teen Summer Musical extravaganza

Aug. 20 – 23, 2015, Seattle Repertory Theatre

Teens rehearse for the Teen Summer Musical.

Teens rehearse for the Teen Summer Musical.

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) and Seattle Parks and Recreation present the Teen Summer Musical (TSM) extravaganza, Snow White and the Seven: “Each One, Teach One,” featuring 80 youth ranging from 7-18 years old, Aug. 20 -23 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre (155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109). Tickets are $8 for youth (12 and under) and $10 for adults.

Seattle Parks and Recreations’ Citywide Teen/Young Adult Programs is committed to impacting the life trajectories of the young people it serves by enhancing the experience they have with recreation programs and related opportunities. Each teen between the ages of 13-18 years old participating in the Teen Summer Musical will receive a stipend of $599 from Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Career Training Program (YCTP) under its Artist-in-Residence training program. Youth will have assigned roles in music, dance, choreography and group ensembles. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation temporarily closes all outdoor aquatic facilities due to weather

Effective immediately Seattle Parks and Recreation is temporarily closing all public outdoor aquatic facilities today, Aug. 12, 2015, due to unstable weather and reports of thunder and lightning. The closure list includes:


Outdoor Pools

  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708
  • Colman Pool, at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, 206-684-7494

[Read more…]