Dog Swim at Madison Pool

Join us at Madison Pool for Dog Swim!

Sunday, September 25
1 -3 p.m.
$15.00 per dog

Dog Swim

We are hosting a dog swim at Madison Pool before the pool is scheduled to be drained and cleaned. We expect a lot of barking and a good time being had by all! There will be an outside area for dogs to be washed before entering the pool and a few vendors will be on site with treats and handouts. Tennis balls will be available on the pool deck. Stairs and pool docks will be available to make access easier for the dogs. We are expecting about 35 to 50 canine attendees. Lifeguards will be on duty to ensure the safety of your furry friend.

Health department rules prohibit humans from being in the pool with the dogs. All dogs must be licensed. Animal control will be on site to help with licensing and questions.

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GIS / Map Outage this weekend, September 9 – 11

NOTICE:  Maps on our Parks and Recreation website will be out of service starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9  as Seattle IT relocates some critical equipment to its new data center.  The outage is expected to continue through Sunday, Sept. 11.  Maps may display error messages, give incomplete information or simply fail to appear.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will make every effort to restore service as quickly as possible.

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Outdoor Preschools to Open at Four Seattle Parks in September


On a cloudy day, April Charlie explores the forests of Camp Long for the first time. Through her three-year-old eyes it is a wonderland – full of towering conifers, big rocks and colorful animals. It’s a perfect place to ramble, burrow and play. The best part is Charlie will get to enjoy an education full of healthy, active play in a sensory rich world where she will build both the social and emotional skills needed for a productive life and the academic skills needed for success in school. 

In an outdoor classroom, lessons have a natural magic: instead of counting marbles, children collect and count acorns; to learn colors, geometry and fine motor control, children use paintbrushes to spread pollen between flowers and record the color, shape and number of petals to share with the class; and with a pile of leaves and twigs, they build sculptures and art that reflect the wilds of their imagination.

In an innovative partnership, Seattle Parks and Recreation is providing space for Tiny Trees Preschool to operate, on a pilot basis, 11 affordable, nature-rich outdoor preschool classes, helping 180 children a day at four Seattle Parks.

Affordability was a major reason April Charlie’s parents chose Tiny Trees. “Shortly after Charlie was born, we added her to a number of wait lists for various preschools,” said Annie McGlynn-Wright. “Some cost more than $19,000 a year, far more than what students pay now in tuition at the University of Washington and just not possible for a working family like us.”

At Tiny Trees, 52% of the incoming class receives financial assistance. At Carkeek Park, families who make less than $72,000 a year receive free tuition through the Seattle Preschool Program Pathways. “We’re committed to creating a school where every child is welcome,” said Andrew Jay, CEO of Tiny Trees Preschool. “Making tuition affordable and investing in teachers who reflect the diversity of the neighborhoods our schools are a part of, are key to that success.”

Tiny Trees Preschool keeps costs low by eliminating the cost of building, renovating and maintaining a child care facility. Instead of spending a huge amount on bricks and mortar the school spends it on hiring and supporting great teachers. The result is a preschool that costs 80% less to start and tuition prices that are 10 or 40% below market rate. Beginning September 12, 2016, Tiny Trees will operate schools at Camp Long in West Seattle, Carkeek Park in Northwest Seattle, John C. Little Park in the Rainier Valley and Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill.

The pilot agreement illustrates Seattle Parks and Recreation’s support for the city’s Preschool Program, approved by Seattle voters in 2014 to make preschool opportunities available for all Seattle 3- and 4-year-old children. 

“This unique outdoor preschool program helps children to learn and develop while experiencing the wonder of the natural world,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. “Supporting families in connecting their children to the natural world at an early age supports our efforts to build life-long advocates for the preservation of outdoor space and environmental stewardship.”

The Seattle Preschool Program aims to provide high quality early childhood education programs for 1,600 children a year by 2018. Tiny Trees Preschool is a provider for the Seattle Preschool Program – Pathways at Carkeek Park, and has two years to meet the quality standards for the Seattle Preschool Program.

Outdoor preschool is a concept that started in Norway, Germany and Denmark, three countries where the weather can get really cold. The model has been tested in the Northwest by Cedarsong Nature School, which has been offering year-round outdoor preschool on Vashon Island since 2006.

To make sure families are prepared for a Seattle winter, Tiny Trees provides every child a free one-piece rain suit and boots from the Vancouver, WA based company Oakiwear. Children also use picnic shelters in heavy rain and there is an emergency shelter designated at each site in case of severe weather or emergency. Tiny Trees follows the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) calendar and is closed on SPS snow days.

For more information, please visit         

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to learn about Bhy Kracke Park renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the Queen Anne Community Council meeting on Wed., Sept. 7, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. to learn about proposed renovations for Bhy Kracke Park. The meeting is at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett Street.

The project manager will present information and answer questions on the upcoming park improvements which include the installation of new retaining walls and pathway widening, pathway removals, and plant restoration. Additional information will be presented and discussed on options for the arbor located south of the play area. Bhy Kracke Park is located at 1215 5th Ave. N. Seattle Parks and Recreation anticipates starting the project in last summer 2017 with completion by fall 2017.

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for this improvement. The District approved by Seattle voters in 2014 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.

Thank you to the Queen Anne Community Council, a 501(c)4 organization whose members are all residents of Queen Anne or workers for or owners of businesses located within Queen Anne. The QACC is governed by a Board of Trustees elected by the community of Queen Anne. For more information and a list of committees, please visit

For information about the project please visit If you have questions about the projects please contact Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-9286 or




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Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre Elected to NRPA Board of Directors


National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) elected Jesús Aguirre to the organization’s 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Aguirre and other new members of the NRPA board will be installed at the NRPA Annual Conference Oct. 5–8 in St. Louis.

Aguirre has been Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation since May 2015.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s (SPR) mission is “providing welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, and promoting responsible stewardship of the land.”

Aguirre began his career as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. Most recently, he served as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia, overseeing an agency responsible for childcare licensing and subsidy programs for over 500 childcare providers, statewide K-12 education policy-making, support and accountability for over 200 public schools, and post-secondary and adult education.

Prior to his role as State Superintendent of Education, Aguirre served as the director of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation.

Aguirre has been Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) since May 2015 and takes great pride in the agency’s focus on healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities. The SPR portfolio includes 6,200 acres of park land (11% of the city’s land total) and 24 miles of shoreline.

SPR also manages the Seattle Park District, a special taxing authority approved by voters in 2014. Property taxes collected by the Park District fund major maintenance and construction projects, community center operations, programs for high-need populations and several other much needed improvements.

Aguirre is a proud father of three children attending Seattle Public Schools. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the WP Carey School of Business at the Arizona State University.

“We are excited to have Jesús join our board; his knowledge and expertise will be an asset,” said Susan Trautman, chair of NRPA’s Board of Directors. “He has supported the park and recreation movement and NRPA’s mission on many levels throughout his career. We are excited to have his expertise and leadership skills, which we know will contribute to achieving NRPA’s goals and moving the association forward.”

NRPA’s Board of Directors is composed of 15–30 individuals. Board members are representative of NRPA’s membership, which includes leaders in the park, recreation and conservation movement, park and recreation professionals, and individuals from corporations, industry suppliers, commercial businesses, and volunteer and civic groups.

To learn more about NRPA’s leadership team, visit

To learn more about NRPA, visit

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Celebrate Camp Long’s 75th anniversary on Sept. 10 with Mountain Fest

21958966534_e17ba99349_k (1)In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Camp Long and Seattle’s long-standing mountain and climbing community, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will open its historic Camp Long for a Mountain Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — where anyone, from the novice to the hard-core enthusiast, can put hands on the rocks and get feet off the ground. In tribute to Clark Schurman, one of the founders of Camp Long and a mountaineer and artist, the theme of this year’s Mountain Fest is “Climbing to new heights.”

Mountain Fest celebrates the vibrant climbing and mountaineering history of Seattle, and the importance of Camp Long to our climbing and environmental communities. Enjoy free activities including rock climbing, rappelling, arts and crafts, nature programs, falconry and the Camp Long Challenge Course*. There will also be a commemorative flag ceremony at 1:30 p.m. with guest speakers, including Mike Gauthier, the Chief of Staff of Yosemite National Park, who spent 19 years as the Supervisory Climbing Ranger at Mt. Rainier.

15691500620_5d3cca19c9_bCamp Long was once a little-used, 68-acre corner of the West Seattle Golf Course. In 1937 Seattle Park Board member Archie Phelps, Judge William Long, Ben Evans of the Seattle Park Department, and expert mountaineer Clark Schurman embarked on a mission. They wanted to acquire and develop this land to make it into a place for organized scouting groups to learn camping skills. They were joined by a committee of representatives of youth groups, City Council members, other concerned citizens and supportive agencies and councils. Together they worked hard to create Camp Long and protect its natural beauty.

Schurman also envisioned the park as the place to realize his longtime dream: the building of a man-made peak where inexperienced climbers could safely develop their mountaineering skills. For years he worked on the idea in clay. Monitor Rock, as it was first known, was built by the Works Progress Administration between 1938 and 1939. It was renamed Schurman Rock after his death.

Over the past 75 years, Camp Long has become a favorite respite of Seattleites. The park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb and learn about natural history. A talented staff of naturalists and ropes-course staff lead ongoing group environmental-education and rock-climbing classes. Programs at Camp Long are designed to be fun, educational and interactive experiences for people of all ages.

All Camp Long Mountain Fest events are free and take place at Camp Long (5200 35th Ave. SW). For more information about the event, please call 206-684-7415. Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Department of Neighborhoods, Mountain Madness, Outdoor Opportunities, Vertical World, Seattle Bouldering Project, SW Historical Society, Camp Long Advisory Council and the Falconer.

Partners providing activities at Mountain Fest include the Boy Scouts of America, Baden-Powell Scouting Association, Girl Scouts, Nature Consortium, Tiny Trees, National Parks, Washington Native Plant Society, US Forest Service, National Wildlife Federation, NatureQuest Day Camp and the Camp Long Advisory Council.

*Space for climbing and ropes course is limited, so we encourage early arrival to the festival and sign-up. Waivers are required for all climbing activities and will be available at the lodge.

Seth Wendzel - Seth Wendzel of Camp Long ELC- High Challenge Course the “ Enchantmentts”

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Two Ballard park play areas close for renovation

Gilman Playground (923 NW 54th St) and Webster Park (3025 NW 68th St) play areas are scheduled to close beginning the week of Sept. 5 for approximately four months for renovation. During construction, the Gilman Playground basketball court and surrounding area will be closed; however, the comfort station, east/west walkway and associated stairs and sports fields will remain open. At Webster Park the play area and basketball court will be closed for the duration of construction.

Both play area renovation projects will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and install new park furnishings. Thank you to everyone who attended the public meetings and provided input on the improvements.

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for these play area improvement projects. The District approved by Seattle voters in 2014 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.

For information about the projects and construction updates please visit or If you have questions about the projects please contact Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-9286 or

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Loyal Heights Community Center Offers After School Enrichment Classes

Loyal Heights Community Center is offering enrichment classes this fall. Classes include a wide variety of engaging activities like cooking, music, carpentry, chess, sports, science, and more (offerings vary from site to site). Our enrichment classes are taught by qualified instructors and designed to encourage your child’s curiosity while he or she learns new skills, gets creative, and makes new friends. Enrichment classes are offered on a variety of days, giving you flexibility to choose a schedule that works best for your family.


  • For children ages 5-12
  • Hours and cost vary depending on activity
  • An afternoon snack will be provided
  • Scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

Download the flyer for Loyal Heights

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Ireland’s fast-paced national sports on display at Magnuson Park

Discover Ireland’s centuries-old and unique national sports games right here in the Emerald City! Over Labor Day weekend, 2,000 athletes will take over Magnuson Park for the US Gaelic Athletic Association Finals, the largest Gaelic sports tournament outside Ireland. Teams from more than 30 cities across the U.S., Canada and they Cayman Islands will compete in Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie competitions on five separate fields at Magnuson Park.

Gaelic Football

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Gaelic Football is the most attended sport in Ireland. The game is played by men and women and has similarities to soccer and rugby. Teams comprised of 15 players must advance a volleyball-like ball up the field by kicking, carrying and passing it, with the objective of scoring by kicking or punching the ball into the other team’s goals.


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Hurling is the national sport of Ireland, and combines elements of lacrosse, baseball and hockey. This all-men’s field game is played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick, similar to a hockey stick. Teams of 15 try to hit the sliothar (a small ball) between the opposing team’s goalposts. The sliothar can be struck in the air or on the ground, or hand carried for no more than four steps. The origins of hurling date back 3,000 years and the game is considered to be the fastest game on grass.



Camogie is played by women and is almost identical to hurling. Scoring systems and field positions are the same, but game times are shorter and there are subtle rule differences. While hurling is played mostly in the air, camogie is played mostly on the ground with lots of fast-paced swings.

Games will take place from Friday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 4. Games will begin at 8 a.m. each day with the last game finishing at around 6 p.m. Many games on Friday and Saturday will have free admission, while the cost to view other games is $10 for the entire day (children 16 and under are free). The Friday and Saturday games will determine who qualifies for the Finals on Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit, or contact Brian White, Seattle Gaels, at 206-734-4550 or

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32nd Annual Emerald City Open Water Swim Results

Thank you to everyone who swam, supported, spectated, or sponsored the 32nd Annual Emerald City Open Water Swim! We had beautiful weather, amazing prizes from our sponsors, and lots of fun.  Race results for the Half Mile and One Mile races are now posted!

2016 Half Mile Results

2016 One Mile Results

Sponsors: Sylvia’s Swimwear, Super Jock ‘n Jill, OutdoorsNW, Big Chickie, Fat’s Chicken & Waffles, SANCA, Pilates on 10th, Emerald City Fired Arts, Woodland Park Zoo, Northwest Outdoor Center, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center/Teen Summer Musical,  Associated Recreation Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Northwest Outdoor Center

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