Big Day of Play 2015

Photos by TIA International Photography

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center on June 28 for the 2015 Big Day of Play! We were excited to be able to share fun and fitness with families in our community.

Special thanks to title sponsor PCC Natural Markets and sponsors City of Seattle, the Associated Recreation Council, Clif Kid, KIND Healthy Snacks, Seattle Children’s, Seahawks Play60, CBS Seattle and ParentMap for making this event possible.

Community invited to learn about Kobe Terrace Park improvements

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting for the improvements at Kobe Terrace Park adjacent to Danny Woo Gardens. The meeting is Tuesday, June 30, 2015 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the International District Chinatown Community Center, 718 8th Ave. S.

This meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn about the proposed work to increase safety, improve maintenance access, and provide landscape restoration on S. Main Street.  [Read more…]

Lights will be turned on at ballfields July 3, 4

Seattle Parks and Recreation will turn on field lighting on ballfields throughout the city on the evenings of Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, to protect the surfaces. The ballfield lights will be turned on at 8:30 p.m. and will be turned off at either 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., depending on the field.

The lights will be turned on to discourage the use of fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the city of Seattle and will destroy the artificial turf on the fields or surrounding facilities. The approximate replacement cost for the synthetic surface based on per average full-size field (110,000 square feet) is $1.2 million. All the fields have been renovated in the past several years and benefit field users including players of soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse. [Read more…]

Amy Yee Tennis Center offers 75-degree half-priced specials in July

Indoor tennis court

Amy Yee Tennis Center indoor courts

When it’s hot outside, it can be difficult to find safe, comfortable forms of exercise. With a forecast of a dry, hot summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be offering 50-percent discounts on indoor tennis public court rentals at Amy Yee Tennis Center any day in July that it’s predicted to be more than 75 degrees. Amy Yee Tennis Center is located at 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.  [Read more…]

Celebrate improvements at Jackson Park Golf on June 27

New driving range and perimeter trail

Jackson Park Golf Course improvement and perimeter trail grand opening celebration posterSeattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to the celebrate the improvements at Jackson Park Golf Course on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for the ribbon-cutting event, golf activities, giveaways, trail walk and light refreshments. Jackson Park Golf course is located at 1000 NE 135th St. in north Seattle.

The golf community and neighborhood have been advocating for these improvements for years and Parks is excited to deliver a range of new amenities to Jackson Park.

The recent City investment in Jackson Park golf course includes a double-decked natural grass driving range, three updated holes and an amazing new 2.2-mile perimeter trail. The community is invited to enter a free putting contest organized by The First Tee, get a quick swing analysis, and walk the perimeter trail.

The recent improvements at Jackson Park Golf Course were guided by community input and the 2009 Master Golf Plan. Seattle Parks and Recreation with the design team lead by RW Thorpe & Associates worked with the community to deliver the new range and modifications to Jackson Park. Seattle Parks designed and constructed the perimeter trail which circles the historic golf course and offers several entry points. Trail users enjoy views of the course, wooded areas and cross the creek on bridges shared with but separate from the golfers. The Friends of Jackson Park Trail host monthly work parties and are great stewards of the trail. [Read more…]

Burke-Gilman nominated for Best Urban Trail

Burke-Gilman Trail

Burke-Gilman Trail

The 27-mile Burke-Gilman trail is one of the most heavily used pedestrian and bicycling trails in Seattle. You can hop on at Golden Gardens Park and follow it clear up to the Sammamish River Trail in Bothell. It promotes non-motorized, pollution-free commutes and provides scenic views for joggers and walkers. So we weren’t surprised to hear that it was nominated as one of the country’s Best Urban Trails by USA TODAY 10Best editors and readers. Now we’re asking for your help to make it number one. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks’ gardeners teach hands-on learning in Magnuson Park

Students in Magnuson Park photo by Jessica Levine

Students in Magnuson Park. Photo by Jessica Levine

Seattle Parks and Recreation believes that parks make excellent classrooms, and this June, we tested that theory with the help of 300 students.

Students pull invasive plant species in Magnuson Park. Photo by Jessica Levine

Students pull invasive plant species in Magnuson Park. Photo by Jessica Levine

On June 9, 10 and 11, Seattle Parks Northeast District Gardeners led approximately 300 sixth graders from Eckstein Middle School on field trips throughout Magnuson Park. The event was the culmination of their sixth-grade science unit on stormwater.

The gardeners shared the history of the site’s transformation from pristine wilderness, to naval airstrip and base, to constructed wetlands. The students learned about invasive weeds, native wetland vegetation, resident wildlife, and how they all relate to cleaning up stormwater before it reaches Lake Washington. [Read more…]

June 18 Parks Buzz: You haven’t been there unless you have a PIC to PROVE it

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@jsfashionista @ Carkeek Park "Best #sunset in #Seattle at #Carkeek #park. Gorgeous #views #picnic #dinner & #musical serenade = perfection! #ocean"

@jsfashionista @ Carkeek Park
“Best #sunset in #Seattle at #Carkeek #park. Gorgeous #views #picnic #dinner & #musical serenade = perfection! #ocean”

 

@pham720 @ Volunteer Park Conservatory "Epicactus “Whatta Dream” at Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle, WA"

@pham720 @ Volunteer Park Conservatory
“Epicactus “Whatta Dream” at Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle, WA”

 

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@annecalista @ Golden Gardens “Seattle doesn’t mess around with summertime. #Seattle #summer #weekend #vscocam”

 

@emi_montenegro @ Gas Works Park "Happy 1 year"

@emi_montenegro @ Gas Works Park
“Happy 1 year”

 

@chetanyarobins @ Discovery Park "Discovery Park is full of surprises  @SeattleParks #SummerInSeattle"

@chetanyarobins @ Discovery Park
“Discovery Park is full of surprises @SeattleParks #SummerInSeattle”

 

@prettylovelystudios @ Gas Works Park "First picnic of the season at Gas Works Park. We decided that we are going to have dinner at a different park on Friday nights. Suggestions for next week? #gasworkspark #seattle #picnic #spring"

@prettylovelystudios @ Gas Works Park
“First picnic of the season at Gas Works Park. We decided that we are going to have dinner at a different park on Friday nights. Suggestions for next week? #gasworkspark #seattle #picnic #spring”

 

@carolyn_emigh @ Golden Gardens "At the beach in #Seattle with my love @schauble"

@carolyn_emigh @ Golden Gardens
“At the beach in #Seattle with my love @schauble”

 

@mepriestley @ Green Lake Park "Heron at sunset #seattle"

@mepriestley @ Green Lake Park
“Heron at sunset #seattle”

 

@spupres @ Golden Gardens "Enjoying a post-Commencement kayak adventure. Resting at Golden Gardens. #NoBetterPlaceToLiveAndLearnThanSeattle"

@spupres @ Golden Gardens
“Enjoying a post-Commencement kayak adventure. Resting at Golden Gardens. #NoBetterPlaceToLiveAndLearnThanSeattle”

 

@hayleek08 @ Gas Works Park "When Aggies take Washington #GasWorksPark #BoeingInterns"

@hayleek08 @ Gas Works Park
“When Aggies take Washington #GasWorksPark #BoeingInterns”

 

@zachkinnaman @ Carkeek Park "Seattle Sunset 🌅 #Summer #Sunset #PugetSound #ShotOniPhone6 #NoFilter"

@zachkinnaman @ Carkeek Park
“Seattle Sunset 🌅 #Summer #Sunset #PugetSound #ShotOniPhone6 #NoFilter”

 

@kylef @ Golden Gardens "Warm sandy beach, Olympics in the distance. Good job today, Seattle. @ Golden Gardens Park"

@kylef @ Golden Gardens
“Warm sandy beach, Olympics in the distance. Good job today, Seattle. @ Golden Gardens Park”

 

@weavermb @ Volunteer Park Conservatory "A lovely day at the park with @escargogh #conservatory #seattleliving #selfieball"

@weavermb @ Volunteer Park Conservatory
“A lovely day at the park with @escargogh #conservatory #seattleliving #selfieball”