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You choose: Which Seattle Parks’ project should receive a $20,000 grant?

A detailed look at the nominees

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TO VOTE: Visit http://www.parksbuildcommunity.org/

Last week we announced that three Seattle Parks and Recreation projects are nominated for a $20,000 grant through an initiative called Parks Build Community, and we’re asking the public to vote for the recipient.PBC_Toolkit_Vote_WebButton

This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association, Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN are working together to help fund park and recreation programs and facilities across the country through the Parks Build Community grant. Now through April 30, you can vote for which Seattle project you’d like to see made possible through this effort. [Read more…]

Help restore heron habitat

Commodore Park, photo by Laurel Mercury

Commodore Park, photo by Laurel Mercury

Join Green Seattle Partnership from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, to help restore forested habitats for the Great Blue Heron and other wildlife in Commodore Park! Tools and gloves will be provided, but volunteers should dress in appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.

Volunteers will meet near the parking lot of Commodore Park (3330 W Commodore Way). To register or for more information, click here.

For a full list of Seattle Parks and Recreation volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm.

April 2 PARK 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.

@tarazzle @ Discovery Park "Spent the day at Discovery park. So. Effing. Gorgeous. #discoverypark #seattle #pnw #hiking #looptrail"

@tarazzle @ Discovery Park
“Spent the day at Discovery park. So. Effing. Gorgeous. #discoverypark #seattle #pnw #hiking #looptrail”

 

@michelleruane @ Magnuson Park off-leash area "Braving the dog park!"

@michelleruane @ Magnuson Park off-leash area
“Braving the dog park!”

 

@scenesfromseatt @ Discovery Park "Discovery Park lighthouse - Seattle, WA - #wwim11 #wwim11seattle #igers_seattle #pnw"

@scenesfromseatt @ Discovery Park
“Discovery Park lighthouse – Seattle, WA – #wwim11 #wwim11seattle #igers_seattle #pnw”

 

@alexx623 @ Gas Works Park "Cousin love"

@alexx623 @ Gas Works Park
“Cousin love”

 

@keldoo @ Golden Gardens Park Off-Leash Area "Perfect Seattle afternoon for some futbol!"

@keldoo @ Golden Gardens Park Off-Leash Area
“Perfect Seattle afternoon for some futbol!”

 

@jerrettlonglegs @ Gas Works Park "Seattle you've been awesome"

@jerrettlonglegs @ Gas Works Park
“Seattle you’ve been awesome”

 

@homaidi @ Gas Works Park "Seattle, WA"

@homaidi @ Gas Works Park
“Seattle, WA”

 

@paigeheggie @ Sunset Place "Can u spot the #EV? @seattleparks #SunsetPlace #cherry #trees #blossoms #grass #waterfountain #public #land #bush #sun #Seattle @nissanLEAF #road #street #solar #sunray"

@paigeheggie @ Sunset Place
“Can u spot the #EV? @seattleparks #SunsetPlace #cherry #trees #blossoms #grass #waterfountain #public #land #bush #sun #Seattle @nissanLEAF #road #street #solar #sunray”

 

@jelliotblake @ Volunteer Park Conservatory "let's go back to saturday. #mondayblah #lifeofafreelancerdontevenknowwhatdayitis"

@jelliotblake @ Volunteer Park Conservatory
“let’s go back to saturday. #mondayblah #lifeofafreelancerdontevenknowwhatdayitis”

 

@myadrick @ Gas Works Park "No feet, #puddle"

@myadrick @ Gas Works Park
“No feet, #puddle”

 

@emilyberregaard @ Gas Works Park "An abundance of seattle sister pics and my raincoat."

@emilyberregaard @ Gas Works Park
“An abundance of seattle sister pics and my raincoat.”

 

@mariafalvey @ Golden Gardens Park "Creekside Petals"

@mariafalvey @ Golden Gardens Park
“Creekside Petals”

 

@abhishekbishnoi @ Volunteer Park "Managed to sneak in a run after work today. Oh, hello Spring..I missed you."

@abhishekbishnoi @ Volunteer Park
“Managed to sneak in a run after work today. Oh, hello Spring..I missed you.”

Celebrate April Pool’s Day and make summertime safer

There will be seven free public swims hosted at Seattle Parks and Recreation pools to celebrate April Pool's Day 2015.

There will be seven free public swims hosted at Seattle Parks and Recreation pools to celebrate April Pool’s Day 2015.

Before you know it, we’ll be trading in April showers for blue skies and bathing suits. On Saturday, April 18, six of our pools are hosting FREE public swims. We’ll be teaching water and boating safety and will have fun activities for kids.

Recipient of a lifejacket given away during the raffle at Ballard's April Pool's Day 2014!

Recipient of a lifejacket given away during the raffle at Ballard’s April Pool’s Day 2014!

Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your family how to enjoy summer safely. April Pool’s Day will focus on four main areas of water safety:

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

[Read more…]

Celebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks

Earth Day 2014 at Golden Gardens Park

Earth Day 2014 volunteers picking up litter at Golden Gardens Park

“I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful! And I think it’s what I want to be.”  – Kermit the Frog

It’s not that easy being green, but it’s definitely worth it. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and we’re encouraging everyone to try their hand at being green. Throughout April, in partnership with other environmentally minded organizations, we’re hosting dozens of Earth Day work parties and events.

Last year during Earth Month, we estimated that 3,150 volunteers donated nearly 10,000 hours through Seattle Parks and our partner organizations, and we’re hoping to outdo ourselves in 2015. [Read more…]

Evans Pool to close for preventative maintenance, April 5-19

Evans Pool will be closed April 5-19 for preventative maintenance.  All pool staff will be relocated. Green Lake Community Center will remain open for regularly scheduled hours.

Until Evans Pool reopens, we hope you will use nearby Ballard, Madison, Meadowbrook or Queen Anne Pool.

  • Ballard Pool 1471 NW 67th St. Seattle, WA 98117  206-684-4094
  • Helene Madison Pool 13401 Meridian Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98133   206-684-4979
  • Meadowbrook Pool  10517 35th NE Seattle, WA 98125   206-684-4989
  • Queen Anne Pool 1920 1st Ave W Seattle, WA 98119  206-386-4282

 

 

Vote for your favorite Seattle Parks’ project this Earth Month

One of 3 parks projects has the chance to receive $20,000!

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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, 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. [Read more…]

Matthews Beach Park closed to water access

Toxic algae scum spotted in Lake Washington 

As a precaution, Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at Matthews Beach Park in northeast Seattle.

Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of Matthews Beach, which is located at 49th Ave. NE and NE 93rd St. Toxic algae blooms are most common in the summer and fall, but can occur any time.

King County Department of Natural Resources collected water samples and submitted them to the State Toxic Algae Program. The information was reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County. Tests have revealed that the toxins are currently found in the scummy algae that accumulate in some places along the shore.

In general, people and pets should not wade or play in the lake, especially where the scum has accumulated, and dogs should not drink from the lake. If there is water contact, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

 

Parks to host Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit April 4

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a Natural Areas and Greenbelt Mini-Summit to talk to members of the public regarding the use of natural areas and greenbelts in Seattle. The summit will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Armory Loft at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.

The intent of this effort is to develop values-based guidelines for the appropriate use of Seattle’s natural areas and greenbelts. This process will result in a vision for natural areas and greenbelts that will maintain the native forest ecosystem, protect public safety and enhance positive uses over the long-term.

The event will include a panel discussion and an open house with at least 20 participating organizations.

Panelists include:

  • Merica Whitehall, Executive Director Nature Consortium
  • Mark Jordan, Seattle University Biology Professor – habitat analysis
  • Peg Staeheli, SvR Design, Hydrologist, former Urban Forestry Commissioner
  • John Barber, Parks and Open Space Advocate, former Park Board Commissioner
  • Martin Westerman, Board Member, Seattle Green Spaces Coalition

This is an opportunity to engage with Seattle Parks’ staff and other local experts.

For more information on the Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/naturalareagreenbeltuse/default.htm.

Seattle Parks accepting applications for scholarship funding for youth programs

Seattle Parks and Recreation is increasing access to scholarships for teen programs with $40,000 from the 2015 Hope for Youth Fund.

INTRODUCTION
$40,000 has been allocated for the 2015 Hope for Youth Fund to increase access to recreational and positive youth development activities by providing scholarships to youth and teens residing in the Seattle area.

APPLICATION
2015 Hope For Youth Scholarship application

ELIGIBILTY
Proposals may be submitted by:
• An agency/organization that is a 501c3 serving youth ages 11 to 19
• Proposed activities/services to be funded must be completed  by December 31, 2015 [Read more…]