12th Ave. Square Park Celebration

12th Ave. Square Park-page-001 Seattle Parks and Recreation and 12th Avenue Stewards invite the community to the grand opening celebration of 12th Ave. Square Park on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. during the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Headlining the event is Naomi Wachira, winner of Seattle Weekly’s 2013 “Best Folk Singer” award. The ribbon cutting will kickoff with a trio from the Garfield High Jazz Band. Yesler Community Center will offer a children’s craft activity. The event is sponsored in part by Swedish Medical Center Foundation and will include refreshments provided by Cherry Street Coffee, Ba Bar Restaurant, and Starbucks Coffee.

12th Ave. Square Park is located at E James Court and 12th Ave. between Ba Bar and Cherry Street Coffee House in the Squire Park neighborhood. It is a community initiated project that created a new 7,332 square-foot park and gathering space.

Hewitt Architects and artist Ellen Sollod collaborated with the community on the design of the park and woonerf, which provides pedestrians and cyclists priority on the street. This technique of shared spaces, traffic calming, and low speed limits contribute to improved pedestrian, bicycle, and automobile safety. The artistic sculptural canopy structure in the park is called “Cloud Veil.” It hovers over a rounded “pillow” and wavy concrete paving. Several other smaller pillows for seating are sprinkled through the space. The park’s unique design also includes rain gardens to extend the feeling of open space for the entire block on E James Court, a single east-bound lane.

The creation of this new public space was made possible with funding from the Seattle Parks and Green Space Levy Opportunity Fund, the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund, and Seattle Parks Foundation Stim Bullitt Parks Excellence Fund.

For more information about the park or to get updates on the upcoming event, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/ProParks/projects/12thAve.htm or contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.



High Point Community Center is looking for volunteer track and field coaches

High Point Community Center is currently looking for volunteer track and field coaches for their Youth Track and Field program. Practices begin next week and meets begin April 26. The meets are held once a week through May 26.

Please contact Shari Watts, High Point Community Center Recreation Coordinator, at 206-684-7422 or shari.watts@seattle.gov for more information.



Celebrate April Pools Day 2016 – Free water activities and safety information

With the beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing and summer fast approaching, there is no better time than now to start preparing for how to stay safe and get the most enjoyment out of swimming and water recreation season. This month, all eight of our indoor pools will host April Pools Day events for families and community members. These events will include FREE public swims, water and boat safety information, and fun activities for kids.

Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your family how to enjoy summer safely. April Pools Day water safety topics will include:

  • Preventing open water drowning
  • Lifejacket use and promotion
  • Cold water awareness
  • Basic water rescue for children

Events and activities will vary by pool location. See table below for information on Seattle Parks and Recreation events or click here for information on all pool facilities participating in King County.

Pool Address Phone Date Time
Ballard Pool 1471 NW 67th St. 206-684-4094 4/16 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Evans Pool at Green Lake 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N  


4/16 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Helene Madison Pool 13401 Meridian Ave. N  


4/17 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook Pool 10515 35th Ave. NE  


4/16 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Medgar Evers Pool 500 23rd Ave. 206-684-4766 4/16 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Queen Anne Pool 1920 1st Ave. W 206-386-4282 4/23 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Rainier Beach Pool 8825 Rainier Ave. S 206-386-1925 4/16 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

Southwest Pool



2801 SW Thistle St.





10:30 a.m. -12 p.m.

Vote for your favorite Seattle parks project this Earth Month

One of three parks projects has the chance to receive $20,000!

Through an initiative called “Parks Build Community,” one of three local parks and recreation projects will receive a $20,000 grant – and Seattleites get to choose which one.

This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN, are collaborating to invigorate park and recreation programs and facilities across the U.S. including projects right here in Seattle through Parks Build Community — an initiative that gives back to the places that shape so much of our lives.

Seattle Parks and Recreation aims to make Seattle a better place to live by providing places and programs that encourage people to be active and healthy. That’s why from April 1 to April 30 we’re asking residents to vote on which project they’d like to see receive $20,000 in grant funding.

“Thank you to the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company for this wonderful opportunity, and for supporting park and recreation projects that encourage Seattleites to explore open spaces and to better connect with their communities in vibrant and healthy ways,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre.

The project choices are:
Good Food Program: This project would serve vulnerable communities by building an intergenerational team of local leaders focused on improving local food production and community health through a 12-week training program.
Carkeek Park Viewlands Trails Restoration: Carkeek Park is home to one of the few salmon-bearing creeks in Seattle. The trail that links the Viewlands Elementary School and the Salmon Imprint Pond is in severe decline. This project would help connect kids and nature by installing a new trail to allow better access to the salmon-bearing creek.
Climb, Hike, and Restore at Camp Long: This project would improve access to outdoor recreation to underserved youth in South Seattle through opportunities to participate in rock climbing, hiking, and creating service-learning projects at Camp Long that connect elementary students to their local, natural world.

By visiting NRPA.org/BeInspired, you can vote daily for your favorite project. At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding.

“Parks have immense power. They help families live healthier lives, connect kids to nature, increase kids’ access to sports and so much more,” said Barbara Tulipane, President and CEO of NRPA. “Parks Build Community is a great opportunity to share the power of parks during Earth Month while bringing essential funds to critical local park projects.”

Last year, the public voted for the Rainier Vista Youth Environmental Leadership Institute to win $20,000. With that funding, the community developed a six-week youth employment program involving work in urban agriculture, trail maintenance and forest ecology, and leadership building.

This Earth Month, show how parks build your community and vote to improve local parks.

For more information and to vote, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 47,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

2016 Green Lake alum treatment to begin on April 4

In order to preserve the health and safety of Green Lake, Seattle Parks and Recreation is treating the lake with aluminum sulphate or alum. Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the contract for the alum treatment to HAB Aquatic Solutions. The contractor will close the parking lot north of the Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 West Green Lake Way N. to stage alum treatment equipment. Staging and treatment is anticipated to take two weeks beginning Monday, April 4 and be completed by Monday, April 18, 2016.

The 2016 alum treatment is intended to reduce phosphorus levels in the lake, limiting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms and improving recreational use of the lake. The alum treatment is applied from a barge on the lake.  The treatment is pumped from a truck staged in the parking lot through hoses that will run over the Green Lake path to the barge. These hoses will require a small ramp to allow Green Lake path users to travel safely over them.

The alum will be applied near the water surface and it removes phosphorus from the water column as it forms small clumps and settles. It then covers the bottom sediments to further prevent the internal release of phosphorus from the sediments. The alum treatment is effective immediately upon application.

Previous lake-wide alum applications in 1991 and 2004 effectively limited algae blooms and improved water quality. The alum treatment is expected to be effective for up to 10 years. The alum treatment plan was developed as part of the 2016 Green Lake Phosphorous Management Plan.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/green_lake/alum.htm. If you have additional questions about the project please contact Chris Mueller, Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager at chris.mueller@seattle.gov or 206-684-0998.


Medgar Evers Pool closed March 27 through April 3 for repairs

Medgar Evers Pool is closed March 27 through April 3 so Seattle Parks and Recreation crews can repair a major leak in one of the pipes. The pool will re-open on Monday, April 4.

Medgar Evers Pool is located at 500 23rd Ave. in Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood.

Click here for a list of other Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor pools.

Bus Route 62 entering Magnuson Park as part of 90-day pilot

Bus access to Magnuson Park just got easier for north Seattle residents. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has worked in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro (KC Metro) to establish a 90-day pilot to modify Route 62. As part of the modification, Route 62 is now entering Magnuson Park around Building 30 in order to turn around. This turn-around loop through Magnuson Park occurs during weekday evenings after 7 p.m. and all day on weekends. Changes to the route began on March 26 and will be piloted through June 25. The pilot period allows for SPR, SDOT and KC Metro to evaluate the route changes and listen to and respond to community concerns.

Modified Route 62 is using the following routing weekday evenings and all day on Saturdays and Sundays:


Construction of Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum begins

Community encouraged to visit Looptrail.seattle.gov and sign up for construction updates

Seattle Parks and Recreation and partners, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation, are happy to announce the beginning of construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. The  1.2-mile trail will connect to Arboretum Drive and create a 2.5-mile loop path through the Washington Park Arboretum, providing improved access to the flagship public garden. Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract for the paved, multi-use Arboretum Loop Trail to Ohno Construction

The Arboretum will remain free and open to the public throughout construction. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff is the top priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. We may temporarily close or reroute some trails when work is taking place nearby. To receive meeting notification and construction updates please visit LoopTrail.seattle.gov.

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund the implementation of the Arboretum Loop Trail. The project, originally outlined in the Arboretum’s 2001 Master Plan, is part of the required mitigation for the replacement of the SR 520 Bridge. It fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands.

Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2017.

For more information about the project visit: LoopTrail.seattle.gov. If you have questions email looptrail@seattle.gov or contact project manager Garrett Farrell at garrett.farrell@seattle.gov or 233-7921.




Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies on Saturday, April 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98112. Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.

Several City departments offer summer employment appropriate for teens and young adults, including positions in Seattle Parks and Recreation Aquatics (life guards, boat ramp monitors), Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Engaged in Service (job shadowing an adult mentor, usually in an office setting), Seattle Parks and Recreation Student Teen Employment Program and Summer of Service (building trails in local parks), and the Seattle Public Libraries Student Assistance program. Local businesses, such as Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, and non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill and Seattle Youth Garden Works, also have positions and programs available for youth. The job fair will also feature employment-training programs for youth interested in getting a GED, and services for homeless youth.

The Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies is a collaborative effort between the Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation and several City departments supporting the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative, including the Office of Economic Development and the Seattle Human Services Department’s Youth Employment Programs, and a number of private businesses and non-profit employment and job readiness programs.

Participants in the Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies include:
Centerstone of Seattle
Lambert House
LGBTQ Allyship
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets
Seattle Goodwill Industries
Seattle Youth Garden Works
Youthcare Youthbuild Program
Seattle Parks Aquatics
Seattle Parks Youth Employment and Service Learning
Seattle Police Recruiting Unit
Seattle Public Library
The Greater Seattle Business Association
Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce
Office of Economic Development
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
Seattle Gay News
Reel Queer Youth
TRAC Associates

Non-profit partners providing youth services and support include:
HEYO Youth Program at Lifelong
Neighborcare Health’s 45th Street Youth Clinic
PFLAG Seattle
Youthcare James W. Ray Orion Center
United Way of King County

The Miller Community Center is directly served by Metro 8, 12 and 43, with nearby service from Metro 10 and 48. For participant information, email: Gwen.Wessels@seattle.gov. For information on how a company or organization can participate, contact Randy Wiger, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at Randy.Wiger@seattle.gov or 206-883-6110.



Seattle Parks and Recreation is hiring now for temporary summer lifeguard positions

Temporary summer lifeguard positions at pools and summer beaches are available in Seattle Parks and Recreation Aquatics.

Current Red Cross Lifeguard certification is required. Must be at least 16 years old to apply.  Part time work hours are available. Starts at $16.87 (16.07 + Premium pay) per hour.

For any of the lifeguard positions offered by Seattle Parks and Recreation, e-mail resume/cover letter to parksaquatics@seattle.gov or contact the pool in your area.

Questions may be directed to Andy Bernard at (206) 684-4078.

For more information go to http://www.seattle.gov/Parks/aquatics/employment.htm

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  • Pool lifeguard and summer beach lifeguards being hired for summer
  • Part time work available year-round

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Enrollment now open in training classes across the City!

Location Traditional or Blended Learning Start Date Number of Weeks Course Code Total Spaces
Rainier Beach Pool Traditional 30-Mar 10 147598 10
Evans Pool at Green Lake Blended 2-Apr 6 142470 20
Helene Madison Pool Traditional 11-Apr 1 142464 20
Helene   Madison Pool Traditional 18-Apr 1 142465 20
Meadowbrook Pool Blended 18-Apr 4 143215 10
Southwest Pool Blended 27-Apr 6 145185 10

Blended Learning has less time in a classroom and more independent computer time