Participants “travel the world” with Dementia-Friendly Folk Dance class

Folk 3Seattle Parks and Recreation recently hosted a three-week Dementia-Friendly Folk Dance class to bring together persons living with memory loss and their care partners. The class met at Montlake Community Center, where participants “traveled the world” by performing a variety of folk dances from France, Greece, Russia, West Polynesia (Rarotonga/Cook Islands), Mexico, Japan, Turkey, and Aztec cultures. The group even created their own original folk dance performed to a song by South African musician Brenda Fassie.

Silver Kite teaching artist Susan Wickett-Ford shared her enthusiasm for leading the class: “Sitting there with a grin on my face at the end of class, and none of us wanting to leave, I looked around the circle and saw the same smile on every face.  ‘Dancing makes you happy,’ is what one participant said. I could say something more complicated, but not more true. I loved getting to play with these new friends. They helped each other, they encouraged me, they tried everything and laughed a lot. I thought I might have to be a cheerleader at times to get people on their feet, but I couldn’t stop them from dancing! What a privilege!”

Offered as part of a new partnership with Silver Kite Community Arts, the class was supported through a grant from the MemoryCare Plays at Taproot Theater, which supports creative opportunities for persons living with memory loss and care partners. Funding was also provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District 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.

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Burke-Gilman Trail at NE 132nd St. closed due to slide clean up and repair

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to clean up debris and temporarily stabilize the adjacent hillside at the site of a landslide, which occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, on a section of the Burke-Gilman Trail at 13200 Riviera Pl. NE.

The trail is closed from NE 127th to NE 142nd streets and bicyclists are being detoured on to Riviera Pl. NE, east of the trail. It is not currently known when the section of the trail will reopen.

The hillside in question is on private property and Seattle Parks and Recreation has notified the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, which will work to notify the homeowner.

Seattle Parks and Recreation dispatched civil and soil engineers, two heavy equipment crews, a tree crew, and a traffic control crew to the location of the slide this morning to assess the slide, stabilize the hillside, and begin cleanup efforts. Crews removed three trees and approximately 20 yards of material, filling up three dump trucks before a second slide occurred at approximately 1 p.m.

Crews are currently onsite working hard to stabilize the hillside. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Civil Engineer is directing cleanup efforts and monitoring the area to determine how much of the hillside is loose. Traffic control crews are set up on each side of the trail section with signage alerting bicyclists of the closure.

 

Lunar New Year celebrations

Lunar New Year celebrations start Jan. 29

Lunar New Year celebrations start Jan. 29

It’s the year of the monkey, and we’re ready to celebrate Lunar New Year! Legend has it that in ancient times, there was a monster named Nian who lived deep under the sea. On New Year’s Eve the beast would emerge to feed on people and livestock. Villagers lived in fear of Nian and often fled on the annual holiday.

Then, one year, an old man refused to leave with the others. He claimed he scared Nian away by pasting the color red on the doors of his neighbors’ homes, building a loud crackling fire and dressing in red garments. When the villagers returned, they were happily surprised to see their homes intact. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation plans renovation for Lincoln Park north play area

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to review the schematic design and provide input for the north play area renovation project in Lincoln Park on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at Gatewood Elementary, 4320 SW Myrtle St. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s in-house landscape architect and project manager will present the preferred design and gather input on play equipment options for the new play area.

This project, located in the north part of the park, will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and improve other features at the park. Lincoln Park is located in West Seattle at 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW.

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for this renovation. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District 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. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/lincoln/north_pa/  or contact  Katie Bang at 206-684-9286  or katie.bang@seattle.gov

Volunteers participate in MLK Day of Service

Thank you to all of the volunteers and partnering organizations that participated in the MLK Day of Service with Seattle Parks and Recreation!

On Monday, January 18, volunteers had a “day on, not a day off” by taking part in a variety of improvement projects on park lands across the city. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and helped with plant removal, trail renovation, planting, clean up, and much more.first email pic

International students from the University of Washington’s Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) joined Seattle Parks and Recreation and our non-profit partner, City Fruit, to work on sprucing up Amy Yee Orchard on the MLK Day of Service. 

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s partner organization, Seward Park Audubon Center, hosted a United Way MLK Day of Service project for 73 volunteers at Seward Park on Jan 18. As part of the Green Seattle Partnership program, the Audubon Center leads regular restoration work parties in Seward Park’s greenspace.

20160118_123411 3rd responseThe Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail had 32 people out on the United Way MLK Day of Service – 21 adults and 7 youth. Under the leadership of Green Seattle Partnership Forest Steward Jim Corson, the team planted 100 trees, shrubs and under-story plants, and weeded 32,000 square feet of trail!

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation planning improvements for Seattle’s oldest park

Community invited to learn more about Denny Park improvement project

DSC06849Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to learn about improvements scheduled for Denny Park at a public meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in the Ken Bounds Board Room, 100 Dexter Ave N. from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation has efficiently coordinated improvement projects which include pavement, drainage and irrigation replacement.

The design consultant, WR Consulting Inc., and the Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager will present a summary and schedule for the upcoming projects. Construction is anticipated to begin by mid-2016 with completion by early 2017.

The combined project includes replacement of the park’s pathways and paved areas, replacement of storm drainage, sanitary sewer and irrigation systems, plus potential modifications to the central plaza area. Modifications to the plaza will improve pedestrian circulation, enhance accessibility for all and provide a more functional community gathering space. Other proposed improvements include a new central raingarden feature, new benches and planting bed modifications.

Denny Park is located at 100 Dexter Ave N. David Denny, Seattle pioneer donated the land to the City as a cemetery.  In 1883 the Denny family drew up a deed rededicating the cemetery property to become a public park.

Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District 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. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information on this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/denny_park/ or contact Chris Mueller at 206-684-0988 or chris.mueller@seattle.gov.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cal Anderson Park Walking Group

Looking for support in sticking to your New Year’s health and fitness resolutions? In need of a way to de-stress after work? Longing for more time spent in nature? If so, the Cal Anderson Park Walking Group is here to help!

The Cal Anderson Park walking program runs from 6-7pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Lace up your walking shoes and join other community members in exercising and exploring the trails at Cal Anderson Park. There is no charge to join and no experience is necessary.

Cal Anderson Park Walking Group Schedule:

January 13 and 27
February 10 and 24
March 9 and 23

For more information, please email calandersonpark@gmail.com or visit calandersonpark.org.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation offers scholarships for recreation programming

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Seattle Parks and Recreation values access and opportunity and it’s the department’s goal not to turn any individual away who wants to participate in SPR programs.

As part of the 2016 Park District spending plan, Seattle Parks and Recreation will partner with the Associated Recreation Council in the creation of a citywide scholarship system estimated to support a $400,000 system-wide scholarship fund enabling more people access to programs.

In the past, only individual community center advisory councils allocated scholarships for recreation programs, which created an issue of access inequity. Some wealthier advisory councils could offer more scholarships than others—leaving out areas where scholarships are needed the most.  [Read more…]

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Seattle Parks and Recreation on Jan. 29

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation program is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 in partnership with the Vietnamese Senior Association (VSA).

The Lunar New Year festivities will take place at Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St.) and cost $12. The celebration will include cultural demonstrations like the traditional Lion Dance, Vietnamese food, and raffle prizes.

The VSA was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help Vietnamese refugees by reducing isolation and depression and other barriers refugees face in their new life, such as language, transportation, and life skills. For the past 11 years, the VSA has partnered with the Lifelong Recreation unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation to offer Food and Fitness, a program where people over age 50 can gather to share a meal, have a conversation, get resources, and engage in physical activity.

Lifelong Recreation offers a wide-range of fitness and social programs for people age 50 and better that change each season. For more information, visit http://www.seattle.gov/Parks/Seniors/index.htm.

Seattle Parks and Recreation to hold grand opening of new fitness room at Southwest Pool on Jan. 27

Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. at Southwest Pool to celebrate the grand opening of the new fitness room at the facility.

The fitness room provides increased access to health and fitness spaces to support overall fitness and reduced risk of chronic diseases caused by inactivity. Community members, partnership organizations, swimmers and Southwest Pool staff are invited to attend the event.

The Southwest Pool fitness room project began following a proposal from the Southwest Advisory Council in April 2006. The room was originally an unutilized space following the completion of the gym at the then Southwest Community Center. Construction and planning was led by Seattle Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Southwest Advisory Council and Ravenna-Eckstine Advisory Council and the Associated Recreation Council. 

The fitness room was completed in December 2015 and provides machines for weight training (powered by compressed air), stretch bands and balance discs, and space for static stretching. The space will allow for community members and regular swimmers to diversify their workouts while still in the same facility, decreasing the risk of overuse injuries and promoting cross-training.

The fitness room is located at the south/shallow end of the pool deck. Hours of operation are identical to Southwest Pool hours of operation and may change quarterly based on public program schedules.

Southwest Pool is located at 2801 SW Thistle St., Seattle, 98126. Visit the following website for pool hours and information: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/swpool.htm.