Paving project will close the Gas Works Park parking lot Oct. 17-19 and restrict access to portions of N Northlake Way Oct. 17-21

Access to the Gas Works Park parking lot will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17-19 for a Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) paving project. Access to N Northlake Way in front of Gas Works Park, from Densmore Ave. N to the railroad tracks east of Meridian Ave. N, will also be restricted. The pedestrian entrance to Gas Works Park west of Densmore Ave. N will remain open. Sidewalks and the Burke-Gilman Trail will remain open.

Another paving project will restrict access to N Northlake Way from the railroad tracks east of Meridian Ave. N to N 35th St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 19-21. Sidewalks and the Burke-Gilman Trail will remain open.

For more information, please the SDOT notices linked to below, or contact David Allen, SDOT, at or 206-733-9302.

SDOT notice Oct. 17-19

SDOT notice Oct. 19-21

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Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks nominations for annual volunteer awards

dennytSeattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor extraordinary volunteer service to the city’s parks and recreation system. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. The electronic nomination form is available here:

The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.6, 2016 in the Brotman Forum at the Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in supporting neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout Seattle. The awards reflect the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment. David T. and Louisa Denny donated land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1884.

“Volunteers are one of our most important resources in helping us reach our goals of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities,” said Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. “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.”

Denny Awards nominees should:

  • demonstrate exceptional stewardship of parks and/or recreation;
  • have given a significant commitment of time;
  • provide stellar leadership by supporting SPR’s goals to extend Race and Social Justice, and support 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.

For additional information, please contact Aretha Alexander, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-8028, or A list of past award winners is available here.

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Watch Coach Snoop Dogg coach youth football on October 23

Watch Coach Snoop Dogg coach youth football on October 23 at West Seattle Stadium! The Snoop Youth Football League teaches the value of teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline, and self-respect, while also stressing the importance of academics, to youth from diverse backgrounds. Coach Snoop will motivate the youth and will be available for pictures. Grab your tickets now at


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Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting October 13

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 13 at the Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St. The meeting agenda includes:

PresentationCommunity Center Strategic Plan    

                         Presented by Superintendent Aguirre

Public HearingCommunity Center Strategic Plan     

Please click here to see the complete agenda. 

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 YMCA Get Engaged. 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.


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Denny Award Nominations Open

Denny Awards 2015

The mayor speaks at the 2015 Denny Awards ceremony

Looking for a way to honor an awesome volunteer in your midst? Do you know a volunteer who has excelled at creating Healthy People, Healthy Environment or Strong Communities? A volunteer who has advanced the work of Race and Social Equity in Seattle?

It is time to nominate a volunteer or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the people of Seattle through Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Mark your calendars! Nominees and winners will be honored Tuesday, December 6th at the Seattle Art Museum from 6 to 8:30 pm.

Please complete the 2016 Denny Award Nomination Form  through Survey Monkey. Also connect with us on our Seattle Parks and Recreation Volunteer Facebook page.

Download the past Denny Award winners list

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Jimi Hendrix Park ‘Little Wing’ Phase 1 opens Oct. 7

If landscapes were lyrical, the layout of the newly opened Jimi Hendrix Park in Seattle might be reminiscent of a scene created by one of the iconic musician’s songs. Gently curving walkways, comfortable benches, sculpted green lawns and a central plaza create a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to Jimi Hendrix Park.

Situated on 2.5-acres in Seattle’s Central District, the area landmark honors the hometown music great for his artistic contributions not just to the Pacific Northwest, but on the world stage. With Phase 1 now completed, the park will be opened to the public on Oct. 7, 2016. Phase 2 is still in the works with an expected unveiling in 2017. This initial phase, named “Little Wing,” marks the much anticipated introduction of a project six years in the making. The construction fencing will be removed during the day on Friday, Oct. 7. The public is invited to join members of the Jimi Hendrix Park Committee between 2 and 4 p.m. for “Little Wing Ramble: A Walk Through Jimi Hendrix Park.”

The Friends of Jimi Hendrix Park Committee, Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation collaborated to bring this dream to life, celebrating Jimi Hendrix. It is a long-awaited dream come true for the family of Jimi Hendrix and all those who love his artistry, said Janie Hendrix, founder and director of the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation.

“This beautiful park will provide a welcoming and inspiring community gathering space as well as a place for fans of Jimi’s music to celebrate his indelible contributions to the music world,” said Hendrix, the sister of the legendary guitarist, who has been involved since the planning stages. “Seeing the work in living color, now tangible and not just on paper or a drafting board, is like hearing Jimi’s music for the first time. It’s overwhelming.”

Located at 2400 S. Massachusetts St., adjacent to the former Colman School that now houses the Northwest African American Museum, the new park fits in beautifully with the cultural essence of the area. The park features a grand entrance and stairway adorned with Jimi’s signature at the corner of Massachusetts and 25th Avenue South, lending convenient access. A walkway toward the central plaza incorporates a timeline of Jimi’s life and career embedded in the pavement, making it historical and educational. In keeping with the musical emphasis, lyrics from the iconic Hendrix songs “Angel” and “Little Wing” are etched into a purple ribbon along the timeline. But the creativity doesn’t end there. New plantings of trees and flowers decorate the terrain, as well as four rain gardens with native plants and a butterfly garden with flowering shrubs to improve environmental sustainability.

For added convenience, an additional access point recently was added with the construction of a paved walkway from 23rd Avenue South, with funding provided by the Seattle Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

The park design by Murase Associates of Seattle was inspired by the music and art of Jimi Hendrix and also involved public participation from the neighborhood. Contractor EERG of California led the construction process during the past year. Funding of $1.5 million was raised through countless individuals, grants and donations from sources including the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund. Major donors include:

  • Hard Rock International
  • KISW Radio
  • Experience Hendrix LLC
  • Authentic Hendrix LLC
  • King Conservation District
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Fender Musical Instruments Company
  • Monterey International Pop Festival
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable Fund

Phase 2 of the park will include installation of a colorful central shelter to serve as an amphitheater for live performances and multi-use. The shelter’s canopy is funded by 4Culture and a King County Council Building for Culture Grant. An additional $329,000 must be raised in order to create the iconic “wave wall” displaying silhouette images of Jimi Hendrix on the north ridge of the park. Both components will complete the second phase. Following the installation of the central shelter, a grand opening celebration is planned for the summer of 2017.

To learn more about the project and to make a contribution to the construction of Phase 2, please visit the Jimi Hendrix Park Foundation website, or


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Get involved in Week Without Violence!

15857817170_485d5ec123_kEach year Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) observes Week Without Violence the week before the national event so as not to conflict with Halloween activities.

Week Without Violence is a national YWCA campaign to raise awareness about issues relating to youth violence in communities around the country. SPR is committed to the initiative, and provides activities designed to reflect on and provide positive alternatives to youth violence for youth in the greater Seattle area.

Week Without Violence also commemorates and remembers youth who have been affected by violence and encourages young people to make a commitment to peace.

SPR Week Without Violence activities are:

Teen Maze #Heath Choices
October 14, 2016
6 to 10 p.m.
Southwest Teen Life Center

Teen Maze is back! It’s a life-size interactive game board for teens to navigate their way through real life challenges while learning the potential consequences of their behaviors in a judgment-free environment. Challenges may include the “school to prison pipeline,” substance abuse, sexual activity, domestic violence and educational/vocation issues.
We’re still looking for committee members, so please let Charles Humphrie (206-684-7201) know if you’re interested.

Free 2 Luv “Rock Kindness Day”
October 15, 2016
3 to 6 p.m.
South Park Community Center

Free to Love is all about celebrating individuality, spreading kindness and standing up to bullying through arts and entertainment. Using music, impactful messaging and interactive storytelling, we promote kind behavior, build self-esteem and empower our youth. If you would like to know more about the great people at free 2 Luv here where you can find them. We are also looking for youth who are interested in performing for this event. If you’re interested in helping with the Teen Maze, or if you’d like to lead a future event for Week Without Violence, please call Charles Humphrie at 206-684-7201.

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The Teen Maze is back at the Southwest Teen Life Center

Teen Maze is back.! Teen Maze is a life-size, interactive game board for teens to navigate their way through real life challenges while learning the potential consequences of those behaviors in a judgment-free environment. Some of these challenges may include sex, the school to prison pipeline system, substance abuse, domestic violence, and vocation/educational issues. To participate, join us on Oct. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Southwest Teen Life Center.



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Public invited to experience the ‘Big Shaker’ at earthquake event on Oct. 11

Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite members of the public and media to attend the City’s first ever ‘Big Shaker’ Earthquake Event at Westlake Park on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

City officials will also be in attendance to take a ride in the ‘Big Shaker’ to highlight the importance of preparing for earthquakes. The ‘Big Shaker’ is a 22’ foot-long, 6,500-pound earthquake simulator that gives participants the opportunity to experience the shaking of a simulated 8.0 earthquake.

Mayor Ed Murray proclaimed October as Emergency Preparedness Month to encourage Seattle residents, businesses, and organizations to get prepared.

More than 100 members of the public will also have the opportunity to step into the ‘Big Shaker’. The event will be held at Westlake Park (401 Pine St.) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Tickets will be distributed to the public at Westlake Park on the day of the event and are on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for riding in the ‘Big Shaker’ between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon will be passed out at 9:30 a.m. Tickets for riding between noon and 2 p.m. will be distributed at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to riding in the ‘Big Shaker’, several City departments and vendors, including QuakeHold, will be present to give participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to build an emergency kit, make a disaster plan and help each other
  • Hear about how to get involved in neighborhood and community preparedness
  • Practice shutting off utilities
  • Play fun preparedness games and win prizes

“Preparing for disasters starts with individuals,” said Seattle Office of Emergency Management Director Barb Graff. “People need to plan to be on their own for a minimum of 7-10 days following a major disaster.”

Members of the public are also invited to participate in the annual ‘Great Washington ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill on October 20 at 10:20 a.m. Those who participate will join millions of people worldwide in practicing how to ‘Drop, Cover, and Hold On’. Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management plans to issue an AlertSeattle message immediately before the drill begins to encourage participation.

For information on Seattle’s earthquake risk and how to get prepared for disasters, visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management’s webpage.

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Maple Viewing Festival at Seattle Japanese Garden, Oct. 15-16


Photo credit: Camille Lyver

Bring your cameras and capture the breathtaking sight of Japanese maple trees ablaze in fall color at the annual Maple Viewing Festival, October 15 – 16, at the Seattle Japanese Garden.

This family-friendly event, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, features nature-inspired craft making with UW Botanical Gardens, riveting taiko performances by UW Taiko and Kaze Daiko, and maple tree scavenger hunts for the kids. Fans of samurai swords will not want to miss the live Japanese sword demonstration by instructors of Seibu Ryu Battojustu.

There will also be free tours with guides, giving visitors insight into the garden’s history, and helping to identify the various species of maple at the garden.

For hungry guests, Tokyo Dog will be on site to offer their not-to-be-missed, innovative creations.

The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see Impressions of Fall, a stunning photography exhibit curated by Vashon Island-based photographer Ray Pfortner. The exhibit showcases the juried works of students who participated in Pfortner’s fall photography workshop at the Japanese Garden in 2015.

The event is free with garden admission, no advance tickets necessary. Garden admission prices: Adults, $6; Youth 6 -17, students with ID, and seniors 65 and over, $4. Children 5 and under are free. Annual pass holders are welcome to use their pass to gain entry to this event.

Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E.

For more information, visit

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