Teen Summer Musical performances will take place at the Moore Theater August 25 through 28

Seattle Parks and Recreation, SAMUEL FRENCH, INC, CD Forum for Arts & Ideas and Seattle Theatre Group are proud to present the 16th annual Teen Summer Musical, Peter Pan “My Brother’s Keeper.”

Peter Pan is the ultimate coming of age, “diamond in the rough” story, except of course Peter refuses to grow up and ardently resists any kind of pressure to change. It’s truly a tale that is relevant for every generation of kids.

The summer musical is an opportunity for local teens to perform on the big stage while learning the business side of theater operations. It allows them to connect, communicate and exchange ideas with youth from other backgrounds and cultures. Summer musical participants earn a stipend for rehearsals and performance over the 11 weeks of summer. The teen summer musical theater experience is just one more way to captivate our youth while they are in the “hope stage” of their development into young adults.

The program, which targets youth of color, provides an introduction to the world of theater. Through workshops and collaborative practices, the participants develop self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation, character traits essential to becoming emotionally healthy, contributing members of our community. A staff of professional artists develop the talents and skills of some 100 youth who spend nine hours together Monday through Friday for 11 weeks for acting, dance and vocal training and hands-on work with the technical aspects of theater – costume, lighting and set design. Most past Teen Summer Musical productions have been adaptations of fairy tales whose roles have traditionally been played by Caucasian actors. But here, stories such as Peter Pan, Snow White and Cinderella morph into modern tales that reflect modern experiences. The revisions reflect a look through a true racial equity lens, which allows the youth to relate to the theatrical piece.

The results speak for themselves in a full stage performance mounted in a major theater, with a full professional production team.

2016 performances will take place at the Moore Theater, 1932 2nd Ave., August 25 through 28.

Show times                                   Matinee                                   Evening

Thursday, August 25                           Noon                                       7 p.m.

Friday, August 26                                Noon                                       7 p.m.

Saturday, August 27                           1 p.m.                                      7 p.m.

Sunday, August 28                             1 p.m.                                      7 p.m.

Ticket information

$5 for noon matinee shows on August 25 and August 26

$10 for youth and $15 for adults for all other shows

Tickets are available beginning Wednesday, July 20 at www.STGpresents.org, or by calling 877-784-4849. To avoid the online $3.25 fee per order, tickets are also available in person at the Paramount Box Office at 9th Ave. and Pine St. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are also available at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S, on Fridays beginning July 22 from 4 to 5:40 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: LHPAI can accept only checks as payment.

Park District Oversight Committee to hold hearing on Major Projects Challenge Fund Initiative

The Park District Oversight Committee will host a public hearing on Tuesday, August 16 to take comments on Major Projects Challenge Fund proposals. The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters (100 Dexter Ave. N).

The purpose of the Major Projects Challenge Fund is to provide a funding match to fund a “major project” on Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) property. The Major Projects Challenge Fund will provide City funding to leverage community-generated funding for renovation of parks and park facilities where other City funding is unavailable.

A “major project” is a significant improvement or renovation to an existing SPR-owned site or facility. It should significantly expand the life and usability of the facility. The combination of Major Projects Challenge Fund money and community-generated money will allow for major projects to be accomplished throughout the city.

The Park District Oversight Committee will meet regarding the Major Projects Challenge Fund in July, August and September of 2016.

Those who would like to give input but are unable to attend the meeting may submit their feedback in writing. Please email comments and feedback to shanyanika.burton@seattle.gov by September 2, 2016.

All interested community members are encouraged to attend the Tuesday, August 16 public hearing for the Major Projects Challenge Fund.

The Park District Oversight Committee is a 15-member community advisory board, serving three-year terms. It consists of four members from the Board of Park Commissioners, seven members – one from each Council district, and four members on recommendation from City commissions. All member appointments are confirmed by the City Council. The Mayor appoints the Chair of the committee. The Committee typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month. Please see the Committee’s meeting schedule at: http://www.seattle.gov/parks-and-recreation/about-us/park-district-oversight-committee.

July 28, 2016 Board of Park Commissioners meeting canceled

The Board of Park Commissioners canceled the July 28, 2016 meeting. The next meeting will be on August 11, 2016.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged program: https://getengaged.wordpress.com/. The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

Discounted tickets for Wild Waves and Enchanted Village in Federal Way

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Programs are selling deeply discounted tickets for Wild Waves and Enchanted Village in Federal Way. Discounted tickets purchased through Seattle Parks and Recreation cost $24 for entry to both parks. This is a savings of $19.78 off the gate price.

Tickets are on sale now through Sept. 3, 2016. Tickets are good for any Wild Waves and Enchanted Village operating day until Sept. 5, 2016.

Tickets are on sale at the following Community Centers:

• Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N, 206-684-7524
• Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N, 206-684-0780
• High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW., 206-684-7422
• International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 8th Ave. S, 206-233-0042
• Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S, 206-684-7481
• Magnolia Community Center, 2250 34th Ave. W, 206-386-4235
• Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S, 206-386-1925
• Yesler Community Center, 917 E. Yesler Way, 206-386-1245

Celebration for Broadway Hill Park

IMG_8607Please join Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre and the Friends of Broadway Hill Park at the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Broadway Hill Park. The event takes place on July 14, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. Broadway Hill Park is located at 500 Federal Ave. E. Join us for the ribbon cutting, music and refreshments.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the property at the corner of Federal Ave. E and E Republican St. in March 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy acquisition program. This acquisition helped fill an identified need for more open space in the Capitol Hill Urban Village area.

The community received a Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award and hired Site Workshop to work with the neighborhood to develop a design for the park. The preferred design, conceived as a “front porch” and a public yard for the neighborhood, features a large lawn area, varied seating and tables at the top of the site, a barbecue, a community garden, and landscaped planting, as well as opportunities for natural play and artwork. The community garden will be operated as part of the Department of Neighborhoods P-patch program.

In 2012, a neighbor submitted the name Broadway Hill Park to the Park Naming Committee, which unanimously recommended it for the site. The name provides a strong link to the history of the neighborhood and has community support. Both Cal Anderson Park and Bobby Morris Playfield used to have “Broadway” as a part of their names, but when they were renamed the historical references to the “Broadway Hill” neighborhood were removed.

For more information about the park please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/capitol_hill_uv/ or contact Karen O’Connor, Seattle Parks and Recreation at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.

Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic a success!

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Thanks to everyone who recently attended the 14th Annual Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic at Cal Anderson Park!  Started in 2002 by an intrepid handful of neighbors, the event has grown over the years to include live music, free hot dogs, and fun booths and activities. This year’s event was enjoyed by over 700 people who came out on the cool and overcast day to enjoy the music of the Not-Its (a returning picnic favorite); Goodybagg and their rambunctious mix of funk, soul, rhythm and blues, and a touch of Prince; the Scary Monsters and the Super Creeps (a David Bowie tribute band from Bellingham); and the Supersones showcasing the roots of salsa music in its Cuban form of Son music.  Monster Dogs, a local hot dog stand on E Pike at 11th Ave. E, provided the crowd with 500 free hot dogs, while local drag chanteuse Ms. Ryannah Doll lip synched her heart out.

With the short timeline for planning this year’s picnic, a very heartfelt thank you and acknowledgement is due to the community members who stepped up to make the picnic happen: Karen and Joe Hendrickson, Danielle Brenner, and Eric Smiley, who helped on the day of the event. A big thank you also goes out to Ben Chitwood (the equipment set-up lead) and MC Eduard Zanidache.

Thanks also to Ryan Muller and Candace Ramirez, the planning committee leads.Ryan grew up in the greater Seattle area and has lived in either Capitol Hill or Belltown for much of the last 14 years. He began producing events independently in 2007, with the aim of providing a platform for both aspiring and established local artists. Ryan decided to help organize the picnic because he wants to maintain the events that make Seattle so great. “I feel that as a Seattle resident, I have a responsibility to contribute towards maintaining the Seattle art and entertainment culture where I can, and I saw this as an opportunity to do that,” he said.

Candace is from Nashville, but always dreamed of moving to Seattle (obsessively painting the Space Needle in Tennessee art classes). A First Hill resident since April, she is a public relations manager in Belltown. “I’m new here, and I feel the best way to become a part of your community is to give something back to it,” she said. “I’ve received such a warm welcome from Capitol Hill and the surrounding communities, and I see this as a way to make people smile, meet new friends, and celebrate a vibrant holiday in a vibrant city.”

A very heartfelt thank you is also due the sponsors who stepped in to help the picnic reach a budget of slightly over $6,000: Enslow/Martin LLC, Active Entertainment, Capitol Hill Housing, Seattle Gay News, Associated Recreation Council, and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Annual Big Day of Play Vendors Wanted

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play is an ideal opportunity for vendors to reach children, families and seniors from across Seattle in a fun-filled and healthy environment. Share your products and services with 2,500+ attendees; build relationships with new clients and peer organizations; show support for Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Get Moving Initiative; get exposure and expand your presence. There’s something for everyone!

Food Trucks

We are looking for vendors that will support our communities in their journey to a healthier lifestyle. And food is a big part of that! Call out to all food trucks; come share your masterpieces at Big Day of Play! Healthy food options within your menu is preferred.

Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 13th from noon-6 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center Playfields.

For more information about these opportunities and to join us for our Big Day of Play, visit www.bigdayofplay.com. To register as a vendor, please complete the vendor application form and email to bigdayofplay@seattle.gov.

Get Involved with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play!

Big Day of Play VolunteersCome make new friends or bond with your family while volunteering! You’ll also receive service hours, food, and a zoo ticket for your time and support. Don’t forget to check out the fun activities that we offer like obstacle course inflatables, rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, and sport exhibitions for all ages!

Volunteers are needed for:

  • Event set up and take down
  • Greeting guests
  • Booth and vendor support (help monitor activities)
  • Assistance with survey and data collection
  • Recycling and waste management
  • Stage hands

Available shifts:

  • 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • 1:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 2:30-6:30 p.m.

*Plus additional training prior to event

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 9th Annual Big Day of Play will be held on Saturday, August 13th from noon-6 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center Playfields.

For more information and to sign up, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang at cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov or 206-386-1919.

Seattle Parks and Recreation makes recommendation on Cove Park expansion

After considering public comments, input from a public meeting, and City policy, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) has recommended that King County Wastewater Treatment Division move forward with the street vacation request which would involve the transferring of the King County owned property located at 8923 Fauntleroy Way SW to the City of Seattle. Having made this recommendation, the next step in the process involves King County Wastewater Treatment Division applying for a street vacation. This is one of many steps in the process prior to the Seattle City Council making a final decision on the street vacation and taking ownership of the property.fauntleroy ferry terminal (L)-page-001

In 2015, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division finished an upgrade to the Barton Pump Station by the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal to accommodate West Seattle’s growing population. To build the new pump station, King County acquired the property just to the north of SW Barton Street for use during construction. Once the project was finished, King County began the process to surplus the property. With the City expressing an interest in the property this raised the possibility of trading the Fauntleroy Way SW property to the City for a partial vacation of SW Barton St. (under the county’s pump station) which the County is interested in obtaining.

This potential trade is not solely an SPR issue, but rather a City issue that needs the input of multiple departments for an adequate review. The comprehensive City review required by a street vacation application will help provide the information necessary to fully inform the public, address unanswered questions, and lead to an informed decision by City Council.

The street vacation process will be run by Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and will include plenty of opportunities for further public input and dialogue.

For more information on this proposal, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/cove_park/addition.htm or contact Chip Nevins, SPR, at chip.nevins@seattle.gov or 206-233-3879.







Pokémon Training Tips!

Hello future Pokémon Masters! We’ve noticed you coming out in droves to our great parks capturing the errant Bulbasaur or Gastly (and many, many Zubats). We love that you are out enjoying the beauty and bounty of our amazing park system. We have some training tips to help your Pokémon hunting stay safe and happy.

Be aware of your surroundings. That Eevee may look like it’s on the trail, but distance and terrain can be deceiving. Make sure you’re staying aware of what’s around you, including other players. Move off trails to do your battle, and keep pathways, exits, and equipment clear. Many of our parks are located along busy streets. Look before you chase.

Respect private property. Parks are often neighbors to private homes and businesses. If you see a Snorlax dash into an adjacent yard, let it go! Besides, parks are great places for relaxation and reflection too. Pack a picnic, lay down a blanket, use an incense, and let the Jigglypuffs come to you.

Remember park rules. Like private property, stay out of  areas that are closed to the public. Many areas that are closed off in our parks are under repair or otherwise hazardous. Most parks are open from 4 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., so keep that in mind as you hunt your nocturnal ghost and fairy types.

Get out and visit our great parks! Different kinds of Pokémon generate in different places. We have 400 parks in our amazing city with a huge range of terrain types. Try visiting Myrtle Edwards Park for fantastic views of the Puget Sound and potential water types. Trek into the interior of Seward Park for shady trails filled with native vegetation and  keep a look out for flying types. Try Woodland Park for skate parks, dirt bike ramps, and for grass and bug types. Our parks also have fantastic artifacts, historical landmarks, and artwork that serve as hundreds of Pokéstops. Re-discover your neighborhood park or visit a new part of the city.

Most of all, stay safe and have fun. Gotta catch ’em all!