Maple Viewing Festival at Seattle Japanese Garden Oct. 11

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden 2014

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden 2014

Experience the breathtaking sight of maple trees ablaze in the colors of fall–one of the best times of the year to visit the Seattle Japanese Garden—at the annual Maple Viewing Festival on Sunday, Oct. 11.

From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., visitors are invited to enjoy live entertainment, create nature-inspired prints with artist April Richardson, and try Japanese calligraphy lessons with artist Midori Kono Theil. Kokon Taiko will put on an energetic drumming performance at noon. Fans of samurai swords will not want to miss the live Japanese sword demonstration by instructors of Seibu Ryu Battojustu scheduled at 1:30 p.m.

There will be free tours at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. where guides will provide the garden’s historical information and identify the different species of maple at the garden. [Read more…]

Broad range of free dental, vision and medical services offered at giant health clinic

People in need of dental, medical and vision services may receive them free of charge at the largest free health clinic ever organized in the State of Washington, Seattle/King County Clinic, Oct. 22 – 25, in KeyArena at Seattle Center.

Now in its second year, Seattle/King County Clinic brings together over 100 healthcare organizations, civic agencies, nonprofit entities, private businesses and thousands of volunteers with a goal of providing over $2.5 million in services to underserved and vulnerable populations. This extraordinary free clinic offers a broad range of medical, dental, and vision care with an expectation of helping as many as 4,000 people in need over the four-day period. Here is how the Clinic works:

· Clinic patients receive treatment on a first-come, first-served basis. [Read more…]

Magnuson Community Center closed temporarily due to plumbing problems

Magnuson Community Center, located at 7110 62nd Ave. in Magnuson Park, will be closed today, Thursday, Sept. 24, and Friday, Sept. 25, due to plumbing problems and a minor sewage spill.

The center normally operates from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Crews are on site to make repairs and to clean and sanitize the bathroom floor and carpets.

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Thank you United Way Day of Caring volunteers!

volunteers at arboretum

Microsoft and Nordstrom employees volunteer during the 2015 United Way Day of Caring at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Thank you United Way Day of Caring volunteers from Microsoft, Zymo Genetics, Mutual of Enumclaw, Nordstrom, Forest Ridge Academy, Jewish Day School, Virginia Mason, Globys, Blue Nile, United Way, Seattle U, T-Mobile, Gates Foundation, Alaskan Copper and Rockwell. Your volunteer effort makes a huge difference in our community! Enthusiastic volunteers  worked in two dozen of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s gardens, greenspaces, parks and centers! Special thanks to partners such as Earth Corps, Youth Green Corps, Seattle Tilth, City Fruit, Nature Consortium, Green Seattle Partnership, Seward Audubon Center, Arboretum Foundation and Solid Ground for hosting projects and welcoming volunteers!

Your Fall Bucket List

Cheers with us
Raise a glass to conservation and animals! Join Woodland Park Zoo for the fifth annual Brew and the Zoo beer-tasting event on Thursday, Oct. 1. Sample imports, domestics, microbrews and ciders from more than 40 different breweries. The event includes tastings, live animal encounters, music and access to some award-winning exhibits. Tickets range from $30-70. For more information, go here. (This event is for the 21+ crowd only.)

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden

Marvel with us
In October the Seattle Japanese Garden is ablaze with fall color. Visit on Sunday, Oct. 11, during the official Maple Viewing Festival, or take a tour any time this fall to feast your eyes on reds, oranges and golds. The Maple Viewing Festival includes traditional musical performances and other activities and runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Send us your best fall-esque photos on Twitter and we’ll throw you a retweet. For more information, including garden hours and location, go here. [Read more…]

Work to update Green Lake Park’s Meridian outfall vault

Please pardon our dust!

What?  Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with Seattle Public Utilities, is updating the outfall vault (the vault structure that lets water leave Green Lake and enter the stormwater system, located on the lake’s north side near Meridian Ave. N).  We will replace the vault lid to improve maintenance access, and install an internal weir gate to help regulate the lake’s level when needed. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation to host public meeting for Lake City Skatespot and Basketball Court improvements at Vigil Flaim Park


Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting the final public design meeting for the new Lake City Skatespot at Virgil Flaim Park on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Lake City Branch Library located at 12501 28th Ave. NE.

The community-initiated project is funded by Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund and develops a new skatespot and renovates the basketball court at Virgil Flaim Park.  At the meeting, the community will have an opportunity to review design concepts and provide feedback.  Staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Cascade Design Collaborative and Grindline Skateparks will be on hand to present the current design options and answer questions. [Read more…]

Superintendent hosts discussion with LGBT Commission

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre will host a series of community meetings throughout the summer and fall to share his vision for the future of the department and to learn more about the unique needs of each of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

Superintendent Aguirre will give a brief presentation on the department’s goals moving forward and will lead a discussion with community members to learn more about what’s important to them with regards to recreation and public spaces.

A special meeting with the City’s LGBT Commission will take place from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at Miller Community Center, (330 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112). Members of the public are encouraged to attend and join the discussion.

Community invited to review initial designs for development of waterfront park on Portage Bay

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to learn about the new shoreline park in the University District and review initial design concepts at a public meeting on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.  Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team of Walker Macy at Sakuma Viewpoint, 1299 NE Boat St. and provide input on the design for this park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014.  The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.  [Read more…]