Provide input on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s development plans and strategies

Community encouraged to provide input on 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition Strategies and learn about upcoming improvements for Cal Anderson Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to provide input on SPR’s 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition strategies for open space on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Optimism Brewing (1158 Broadway) during a Housing Affordability and Livability (HALA) Open House.

This open house is being held in conjunction with other City departments and provides an opportunity for the community to learn about SPR’s walkability mapping and to give input on priorities for long-term open space acquisition goals. SPR will also provide an update on Cal Anderson Park improvements scheduled to occur this year, including interior renovation of the comfort station to ADA accessible all-gender restrooms, a lighting study, repairs to the Cal Anderson Fountain filtration system, and construction of a new ADA path.

The 2017 Development Plan is a 6-year plan that documents and describes SPR facilities and lands, looks at Seattle’s changing demographics, and lays out a vision for the future. A goal in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan is to consider access to our parks by transit, bicycle, and on foot when acquiring, siting and designing new park facilities or improving existing ones. SPR manages approximately 11% of the City’s land area, and is proposing a new mapping approach based upon walkability to inform the City’s long-term acquisition strategies for future open space.

For more information on other Housing Affordability and Livability(HALA) community events and to see which City departments will be attending, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/hala/calendar.

For more information about our development plans and to learn about the other input opportunities, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/policies-and-plans/2017-development-plan or contact Susanne Rockwell, Project Manager at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-684-7133, or 2017DevPlan@seattle.gov

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Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation

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Join Seattle Parks and Recreation at a Volunteer Information Fair to learn about our volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers coach youth sports, help us plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.

We will be hosting a Volunteer Information Fair on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S), and on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave. NE). You can find out what opportunities are available, learn more about the jobs that volunteers do, ask questions and get registered as a volunteer on site. Plus, we will be serving a free lunch!

Representatives from several of our units will also be on hand to describe their volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for this event, please call Cheryl Brown at 206-615-0619.

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Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation

In 2015, 38,386 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing more than 270,000 hours of service! Volunteers are one of our most important resources in helping us reach our goals of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities. Our volunteers coach youth sports, help us plant native trees in our parks, serve on various advisory councils and boards, and provide countless other services that allow us to have the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.

Join us on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center, or on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center to learn about our many volunteer opportunities. Representatives from several of our units will be on hand to describe their volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

For questions or to register in advance, please call 206-615-0619.
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Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

20741989465_3f7df9da17_kMany Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Teen centers
  • Environmental Learning Centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Small craft centers
  • Moorage Operations Office

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

  • Boat ramps
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center
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Rock the Park: Education through Recreation

thanksgivingRock the Park is a program created by Magnuson Community Center to serve the youth living at Solid Ground’s transitional and low-income housing at Sand Point. The program is funded by donations from organizations in Magnuson Park, nearby community centers and businesses, and community members. The goals of the program is to promote learning through fun and hands-on recreation activities.

During the school year, Rock the Park participants take part in after-school activities such as dance, game/move nights, health classes, and late night programs for teens. During the summer, drama, soccer, rock climbing, sailing, and tennis classes are offered, as well as field trips and special events for youth 10 to 18 years old. The program also trains and provides a stipend to teen participants to serve as mentors and to lead activities under the supervision of professional staff.

This fall, six girls participated in a radio program through Rock the Park in which they interviewed Magnuson staff. The program was sponsored by the non-profit Jack Straw Productions and SPACE, and will be aired on the Magnuson Park radio station. On Halloween, 30 Rock the Park youth attended Magnuson Community Center’s Halloween Make-up Headquarters, in which kids got their faces painted by theater experts. At the end of November, Rock the Park helped organize a Thanksgiving feast for more than 40 Solid Ground youth and on December 2, 40 Rock the Park teens were able to attend the Teen Night Out at the Seattle Art Museum, an event that featured workshops and art-making activities led by Seattle artists.

Thanks to Rock the Park, diverse groups of youth have the opportunity to be active, learn about healthy behaviors, and explore all that Magnuson Park and the surrounding community has to offer!

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Youth to lead annual MLK march on Jan. 14

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

The theme of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 2017 annual youth march is Honor the Cause: First Class Citizenship for all Mankind. Teens, families and community members from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day.

At the event, participants will hear from keynote speaker Eddie Rye, Jr. and everyone will have the opportunity to participate in three different workshops. Following these activities there will be a group discussion, games, trivia, and a free meal.

The event is free of cost to all teens and community participants and will include food, live music, a safe environment and plenty of fun!

The link to the event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1016557558473533/

206 Forward-Youth Advocates of Seattle will be hosting a poster making pajama party on Friday, January 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Ave. S). The public is invited to attend to create custom posters to be used in the MLK march on January 14.

For more information, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-551-7316 or cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov.

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Celebrating the 2016 Denny Award winners

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On Tuesday, December 6, Seattle Parks and Recreation hosted our annual Denny Awards Ceremony for Outstanding Volunteer Service at the Seattle Art Museum. More than 250 volunteers and guests attended this very special event which included admission to the Seattle Art Museum’s exhibit: Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style.

The winners were 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,” Superintendent Jesús 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.

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Your Seattle Parks and Recreation Winter Bucket List

Our city may be a little wet in the winter, but with 26 community centers, eight indoor pools and ten indoor tennis courts, we have endless ways to help you stay active during the rainy months. And for those willing to brave the colder temperatures, our parks offer unique flora and fauna at this time of year, including excellent opportunities to explore the tides and the creatures we see on the beach during the colder months.

Workout indoors:
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Don’t let the blustery weather dampen your fitness goals! We offer all sorts of indoor fitness classes—from hatha yoga to capoeira, and everything in between—to help you break a sweat without ever having to face the wind, rain or snow. We also have eight indoor pools maintained at 85 degrees, many of which feature water slides, spa/warming pools, diving boards, saunas and rope swings. And our community centers feature a wide array of drop-in activities, many of which will be FREE in 2017, to help keep you active and connected during the winter months.

  • Latin Dance: Come experience the rhythmic sounds of the Latin culture while learning the basic moves to dances such as Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata to name a few. Learn about the rhythm and timing of the music, as well as technique in leading and following. Learn basic footwork, dance positions and connections between partners. Click here for more information.
    Roller Derby: Adult Roller Derby is the fastest growing sport in the world, with over 60 leagues forming every week around the globe. Our program is athletic, instructional, non-violent, a great workout and has an amazing community. Seattle Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Seattle Citywide Derby to provide the first league of its kind. Click here for more information.
    Drop-in activities: Thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District as part of the Community Center Strategic Plan, starting on January 1, 2017, most drop-in activities at our community centers will now be free! For most community centers, this means the following activities are now free: Tot Gyms and Tot Rooms; Fitness Rooms; Basketball, Pickleball, Dodgeball, Volleyball; Pool Tables; Table games like Bridge or Mahjong; and most other activities that previously required $1, $2, or $3 drop-in fees. Click here to learn more.

Explore the winter scenery:

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Fight off the winter blues by getting outdoors! Our parks and natural areas are teeming with life during these cold months—come check out the unique flora and fauna filling our parks with our guided nature walks, tidepool exploration activities, salamander searches and more.

  • Tidepools by Flashlight: Explore the tidepools at Discovery Park at night on Jan. 13 with our Environmental Learning Center staff. Bring your family and friends for a beach adventure—by flashlight! A unique late night nature experience right here in the city. Click here for more information on signing up.
    Wintergreen Walk: Fight seasonal affective disorder by going outside! Sign up for the Wintergreen Walk on Jan. 21 and discover why Washington is called the evergreen state while having a tree-mendous adventure with a Seattle Urban Nature Guide in the Camp Long Forest. Click here for more information.
    Search for spring walk: Travel with a Seattle Urban Nature Guide through Camp Long and Longfellow Creek area in search of signs of spring on March 4. During this nature walk we’ll listen for early migrating birds, look for the colors of plant growth, and sniff the air for the scent of the onset of new life. Click here for more information.

Tap into your artistic side:

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It can be a challenge to think of ways to keep you and your family busy during the long winter months. But with dozens of arts and crafts, music and creative movement activities at your local community center, there’s no reason for you and your little ones to suffer from cabin fever or boredom!

  • Youth and adult piano lessons: Learn to play the piano from an experienced professional teacher in weekly 30-minute private lessons. Training includes sight-reading, technique, expression, theory and chords. Students must have access to an electric keyboard or piano for practice outside of lessons. Learn more: Click here for more information.
    Messy arts for toddlers: Hands on experience with arts and crafts you might now want to try at home. The joys of creative thinking and self-expression are brought to life using mixed media. Parents act as a child’s assistant. Click here for more information.
    Acrobatic and circus arts class: This beginning circus class will keep you moving! Instructors from the School of Acrobatic and New Circus Arts will teach tumbling, wire walking, juggling, trampoline, rolling globe and acrobatics. Click here for more information.

Connect with your community:

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At Seattle Parks and Recreation, we help build strong communities by connecting residents with opportunities to interact with each other in a variety of active and passive ways. During the winter months, we are hosting a variety of events to help bring diverse groups of people together for recreation and healthy activities. Come connect with your community by participating in one of the following community events:

  • Polar Bear Plunge: Start off the New Year with a splash! Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge at noon on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at Matthews Beach. Click here for more information.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: We invite the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. Teens from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal of the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day. Click here to learn more.
    Neighborhood Appreciation Day: Celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighborhood Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Celebrate Neighborhood Appreciation Day at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center on Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or at Magnolia Community Center on Feb. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.
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2017-2018 field fees

On November 21, 2016 the City Council approved the Mayor’s 2017-2018 Budget. The field fees have been revised. The changes have allowed Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) to simplify field fee charges for our customers, and support and expand athletic fields in the city.

The practice field fees have been eliminated and combined with the game fees to create a single fee in 2017 and 2018.

SPR will be utilizing these increases to support renovations, improvements, and expansions.

See fee changes information below:

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Most drop-in activities will be free starting Jan. 1, 2017!

Thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District as part of the Community Center Strategic Plan, starting on January 1, 2017, most drop-in activities  at our community centers will now be free!

During a public outreach process, we heard from many communities that even small drop-in fees can be a barrier for people with low incomes, preventing many from taking part in some of our basic activities and services. As part of our work to ensure that community centers are accessible to all, we proposed in the Community Center Strategic Plan to eliminate drop-in fees. The Mayor and City Council agreed, and eliminated drop-in fees as part of the 2017/2018 budget process.

Most drop-in activities will now be free at all Community Centers.

In general, a true drop-in activity is one that does not regularly hire staff or have regular materials and supply costs. For most community centers, this means the following activities are now free:

  • Tot Gyms and Tot Rooms
  • Fitness Rooms
  • Basketball, Pickleball, Dodgeball, Volleyball
  • Pool Tables
  • Table games like Bridge or Mahjong
  • and most other activities that previously had $1, $2, or $3 drop-in fees.

The following kinds of activities will continue to charge a fee:

  • Program drop-in (paying for a class one session at a time)
  • Special events
  • Drop-in activities held outside normal operating hours

For more information, or if you have questions about a previously purchased punch card for drop-in activities, please contact your local community center.

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