Pathway of Lights returns to Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 10


Seattle Parks and Recreation presents the Pathway of Lights at Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Join thousands of families, friends and neighbors for this beloved Seattle tradition. Travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria, music and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at three sites around the lake:

  • Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Aqua Theater on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side

This fun event is free, but community members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to benefit neighbors in need through the FamilyWorks food bank. Food donation bins, as well as warm drinks and treats, will be available at the locations listed above.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and cleanup from 7:30 to 9 p.m. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Vicki Allgood at 206-684-0780 or

This Seattle tradition is presented in partnership with the Green Lake Advisory Council and with help from community partners, PCC Natural Markets, the Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149, Seattle City Light, Green Lake Chamber of Commerce, FamilyWorks, and the Associated Recreation Council.

Become a fan of the Pathway of Lights Facebook page,, to get updates about the event. For more information, please contact Green Lake Community Center at 206-684-0780 or email Chris Easterday at

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Seattle Parks and Recreation announces 2016 Denny Award winners

Annual awards recognize outstanding volunteer service

Today Superintendent Jesús Aguirre announced the winners of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 2016 Denny Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship. The winners are a cross-section of Seattle’s most creative, dedicated and hard-working volunteers who donate precious time and energy to improving Seattle’s parks and recreation programs.

“Choosing award winners was a difficult task for us,” Aguirre said. “We are grateful to the many volunteers who contribute to Seattle Parks and Recreation’s mission of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities.”

In 2015, 38,386 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 270,360 hours of service, which is a donation valued by Independent Sector at $23.07 per hour or $6.2 million dollars in 2015.

Healthy People:
Leon Preston, Garfield Community Center
Leon Preston has served for more than 10 years as a Taekwondo teacher for participants ages 6 to adult at Garfield Community Center. Students from Leon’s program have competed in meets around the world. Leon’s goals while working with youth are to build life skills, self-confidence, leadership skills and compassion, and to promote racial understanding and engage at-risk youth. Leon has been teaching and practicing Taekwondo for 40 years and was a 2008 Olympic Games referee in Beijing, China.

Healthy People:
Leatha Bailey, Sound Steps, Rainier Beach Community Center
Leatha Bailey has volunteered for ten years as a Sound Steps walk leader, helping over 100 mostly senior walkers improve their health. Leatha helps support healthy people in the community by teaching behavior change, encouraging participants to lead a healthy lifestyle, transporting those who can’t walk to activities, and presenting at health fairs.

Healthy Environment:
Tom Kelly, Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance and Green Seattle Partnership, Magnuson Park
For more than 20 years, Tom has removed invasive plants and planted native species to help restore acres of forested parkland at Magnuson Park. Tom has led hundreds of work parties with both students and corporate groups. In total, Tom has led 15,000 hours of volunteer work and planted 11,000 native trees and shrubs. This year, Tom’s quick action with CPR saved the life of a Forest Steward who had a heart attack at Magnuson Park. Tom is also a mentor for the UW Restoration Ecology Network Program.

Healthy Environment:
East African Senior Meal Program, Yesler Community Center
East African Senior Meal Program volunteers at Yesler Community Center grow food at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and bring it to the community center to cook and share with others. Over the past seven years, the Senior Meal Program has grown from only Ethiopian/ Eritrean elders to include Asian, Caucasian, mixed and African American backgrounds. The program helps elder adults access free, healthy, homemade and traditional food.

Strong Communities:
Rainier Community Center Advisory Council
For more than 20 years, the Rainier Community Center Advisory Council has supported countless volunteers, special events and fundraisers to encourage new, diverse programs for community members in this multicultural neighborhood.Council volunteers have helped to not only advise Seattle Parks and Recreation staff but also to be proactive in recruiting new members, creating new events, supporting new community initiatives like Rainier Valley Radio and Community Kitchens.

Strong Communities:
Andrew Miller, Lake City Community Center
Andrew has donated his time and materials as an artist to engage Lake City Young Leaders Teens in making murals to highlight the diversity of the neighborhood. Lake City Community Center volunteers are helping Seattle Parks and Recreation engage teens in cultural placemaking in Lake City.

Equity Champion:
Carol Valdrighi, Magnuson Community Center and Magnuson Park Advisory Council
Carol has advocated and raised resources so that diverse children from low-income families who live in the Solid Ground housing at the Magnuson Campus can take part in programs. Carol has created partnerships with Sand Point Elementary and their Parent Teacher Association, has tutored young children and taught parents how to apply for scholarships, and has advocated for an expanded Magnuson Park Community Center with more program hours.

Equity Champion:
Nancy Olsen, Lifelong Recreation, Sound Steps and Dementia-Friendly Recreation
Nancy and her husband Steve joined Lifelong Recreation’s Sound Steps walking program in 2007, and they founded the Sound Striders in South Seattle walking group in 2008. When Nancy’s husband was diagnosed with dementia, they decided to continue their walks and connect with others dealing with this loss by providing walk participants with stimulation and a supportive community. The committee decided to recommend Nancy for the Equity Champion award because inclusion for all abilities is an important part of social equity.

Superintendent’s Award:
Sea Mar Community Health
Founded in 1978 with the sole mission to provide comprehensive health and human services to families in Washington State, Sea Mar Community Health Center is a supremely reputable community-based organization that has honed its services and ties to South Park by positively impacting the health and wellness of its patrons though the execution of case management, medical, dental, as well as behavioral health services. Leveraging Preventative Health Programs as well as Community, Education and Service Learning Programs that aim to increase the healthy eating habits amongst its clients, this organization engages in a plethora of program services that help South Park build a sense of community. In building that community, this organization has partnered with the South Park Community Center to extend its recreational and preventative health services. These services include not only a Soccer Preventative Health Program that serves an average of 235 youth annually, but also cooking programs, health education services and fitness activities that reach upwards of 1,500 community members annually.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is extremely grateful to the thousands of people who dedicate themselves to supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities.

The Denny Awards are named after David T. and Louisa Denny, who in 1884 donated land for the first Seattle park (Denny Park), where Seattle Parks and Recreation headquarters is located.

Seattle Parks and Recreation gratefully acknowledges Denny Award sponsors and supporters: ARC, Seattle Park Foundation, and Parker Design House.




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Conservation Corps works to prevent street floods

aThe Seattle Conservation Corps, established in 1986, is a unique Seattle Parks and Recreation program that gives homeless adults opportunities to train and work in a structured program that provides them with job skills. It trains formerly troubled people for viable, living-wage jobs, provides them with the skills to succeed in a variety of environments and helps participants find employment after they successfully complete the program.

Program participants are contracted to do work for City departments in jobs such as watershed improvement, urban forest restoration, park upgrades, recycling and many others.

Recently, Conservation Corps members finished restoration of the east drainage channel at Licton Springs in the nick of time for the October rainstorms. Not only was the work beautifully done by Corps crews, but a functioning channel is key to preventing street floods in the neighborhood caused by storm events.



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Night Maintenance Team makes South Park Community Center shine!


Thanks to the 2014 voter-approved Seattle Park District, we’ve added a Night Maintenance Team, which works on a variety of repairs, upgrades, and other preventive maintenance to better preserve our facilities. And because this team works at night, facilities such as our pools and community centers don’t have to be closed, and people can use them during the day!


Recently, the Night Maintenance Team finished a d three-week maintenance window at South Park Community Center. The painters prepped and painted the gymnasium, kitchen, hallway trim and offices, and did touch-up painting throughout the facility. The plumber replaced all the soft parts in the restroom fixtures, replaced the flush-o-meters and gaskets on the restroom toilets, and lowered and replaced the drinking fountain in the hallway. The carpenter installed new baseboards in the hallways and replaced the countertops in the restrooms. The electrician installed new emergency lighting and guards in the gymnasium and repaired wiring in the computer room.


The crew also did drain repair work at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center; worked on the new broiler at Garfield Community Center; and cleaned clogged drains at Golden Gardens Bathhouse and Southwest Teen Life Center.

Thanks to the team for the team for making our community centers look great, while improving their function, efficiency, and safety!

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Reducing our energy use and supporting a healthy environment


As a department, we plan for the future by integrating an environmental ethic into our everyday activities. We know that small steps can have a big impact in helping us achieve our mission of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities.

We continue to work to support a healthy environment by reducing electricity and gas consumption at our facilities. This year, we are on track to complete more than 20 retrofit projects that reduce utility use, including LED lighting upgrades, variable frequency drive installations, a boiler replacement, and others. So far this year, we have collected $117,000 in utility conservation rebates from Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy. All of that money is reinvested in reducing the department’s utility consumption.

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Public invited to the Third Annual Momentia Celebration for people living with memory loss


Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to attend the Third Annual Momentia Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Royal Room (5000 Rainier Ave. S). Momentia Celebration is a free event for people living with memory loss, their friends and family, and for all who support a dementia-friendly community.

Join us for a no-host happy hour, door prizes, music, and dance moves led by Southeast Seattle Senior Center Fitness Coordinator Mark Bryant, and enjoy a brief presentation on Southeast Seattle memory loss programs. Momentia Celebration is presented by the Southeast Seattle Momentia Committee with support from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, Full Life Care, and Elderwise.

Over three years ago, a group of people living with memory loss, and their care partners, gathered to give input and share bold ideas for innovative new memory loss programs in Seattle. This process was supported by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation, the Southeast Seattle Senior Center, Full Life Care, and Elderwise. The group came up with and piloted programs such as a dementia-friendly drum circle, a gardening program, and the Momentia Celebration. Three years later, these programs continue, and along with the Alzheimer’s Café at the Columbia City Tutta Bella, they offer Southeast Seattle residents living with memory loss meaningful ways to connect in the community.

For more information about Momentia Celebration, please contact Cayce Cheairs, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at or 206-615-0100.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Thanksgiving holiday closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for one or more days in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Community centers and teen life centers are closed Nov. 24-25
  • Environmental learning centers are closed Nov. 24-25
  • Indoor swimming pools are closed Nov. 24-25
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center is closed Nov. 24-25
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center is closed Nov. 24-25

These facilities are OPEN:

  • Boat ramps
  • Golf courses (will close early on Nov. 24, around 2 p.m.)
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center (7 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Nov. 24; no regular courses or programs over the weekend but center is open regular hours for court reservations)
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Community invited to learn about the renovation and proposed expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum

On Sat., Nov. 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the community is invited to attend a community meeting at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St. in Volunteer Park about the renovation and proposed expansion of its historic building. This meeting is co-hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). It is an opportunity to learn more about the preservation, infrastructure improvements and proposed expansion plans for the Asian Art Museum.

The renovation and expansion goals include preserving the historic building; improving the museum’s infrastructure; protecting the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades; adding gallery and education space with an expansion into the east side of Volunteer Park; and enhancing ADA accessibility and the museum’s connection to the park.

Renovation and proposed expansion plans are in progress and your input will help implement changes that will best serve the Asian Art Museum and park visitors. Depending on the design evolution, permitting and other processes, the current estimated timeline is to start construction in September 2017.  Construction is anticipated to last one year, followed by another six months to move art back into the building. 

To learn more about the project and to provide feedback, please visit  For additional information visit


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Green Seattle Day 2016


Join us and the Green Seattle Partnership on Nov. 12 for Green Seattle Day! Hundreds of volunteers will plant thousands of plants in parks throughout the Emerald City, and all community members are welcome to participate.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon at Camp Long, and at 15 other parks across Seattle. No experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks and instruction will be provided.

The Event Hub is at Camp Long – REGISTER FOR CAMP LONG

Green Seattle Day locations throughout the City:

  • Alder Creek Natural Area (Madison Park) REGISTER
  • Burke Gilman Trail (Sandpoint) REGISTER
  • Commodore Park (Magnolia) REGISTER
  • Discovery Park (Magnolia) REGISTER
  • Golden Gardens (Ballard) REGISTER
  • Kinnear Park (Queen Anne) REGISTER
  • Kubota Gardens Natural Area (Rainier Beach) REGISTER
  • Lewis Park (Beacon Hill) REGISTER
  • Licton Springs Park (Licton Springs) REGISTER
  • Longfellow Creek (West Seattle) REGISTER
  • Maple Wood Playfield (Beacon Hill) REGISTER
  • Orchard Street Ravine (West Seattle) REGISTER
  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland (Rainier Beach) REGISTER
  • Woodland Park (Wallingford) REGISTER

Visit for more information about the Green Seattle Partnership.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation begins repairs on Burke-Gilman Trail

Repairs to five sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the University District will begin on Monday, Nov. 7. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) awarded the construction contract for repairs to Westwater Construction. Work is scheduled to be completed in early 2017. This project will repair sections of the trail, remove areas of asphalt in disrepair, remove invasive roots that are causing upheaval, and replace those sections with new asphalt. Trail sections were determined by 2015 condition-assessment work done in collaboration with Seattle Department of Transportation.

Cyclists and pedestrians will be detoured around the construction area onto side streets. The contractor will work on one section at a time, from east to west, to reduce the impact to trail users. Please visit for more information about the detour routes.img_0818

SPR will also perform small asphalt repairs on the Burke-Gilman Trail in November between Gas Works Park (Meridian Ave. N) and the I-5 bridge, and may require cyclists to dismount and walk around repair work (no detour route will be required). 

 he Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for this Burke-Gilman Trail improvement project. 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 the urban forest; 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, please visit or contact Sandi Albertsen, Project Manager, at or 206-684-8938.




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