Your Seattle Parks and Recreation Spring Bucket List

After the dark, cold, and rainy days of winter, we are thrilled to welcome the official start of the spring season on March 20! If you’ve spent the winter hibernating, now is the time to start venturing out and getting reacquainted with all of the wonderful outdoor opportunities our city has to offer. From spectacular flower blooms at our parks and gardens to countless sports leagues, classes and activities offered at our fields and community centers, we have endless ways to help you enjoy the warmer weather, longer days, and abundant plant life that springtime brings with it.

Let it bloom

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Our parks have been a palette of subdued greens and browns for the past several months. But now is the time that they come alive with vibrant pink, blue, yellow and orange hues. Enjoy the sights and smells of nature’s color show at the following locations:

  • Woodland Park Rose Garden: The Rose Garden is one of only two dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the United States. At its picturesque best from May through August, the garden displays new rose hybrids before they become available to amateur rose enthusiasts.
  • Washington Park Arboretum: This 230-acre park features an impressive assortment of plants and flowers, including rhododendrons, azaleas and cherry blossoms.
  • Volunteer Park Conservatory: Stroll through this historic botanical garden and visit the five display houses featuring bromeliads, ferns, palms, seasonal plants, and cacti/succulents.

 

Get outside

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With 465 parks, 120 miles of trails, 6,200 acres of parkland, 25 miles of boulevards, 4 golf courses, 2 small craft centers, 150 play areas, 165 tennis courts, 204 athletic fields, 205 basketball hoops, 112 baseball fields, 14 off-leash dog areas, 120 miles of soft surface trails, and much, much more, we have everything you need to enjoy the outdoors!

  • Spring Egg Hunts: We will host free egg hunts at various locations throughout Seattle in March and April! Grab your little ones and bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
  • Adult sports programs: Join our adult sports programs! Looking to get active in a fun way, but not sure where to start? Try out our adult sports leagues! Or what about a roller derby class? You like running? Sign up for a track meet! Start getting active by exploring our adult sports leagues and programs.
  • Discovery Park: Go for a walk at beautiful Discovery Park, the largest park in our system! Situated on Magnolia Bluff overlooking Puget Sound, Discovery Park offers spectacular views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges. The secluded site includes two miles of protected tidal beaches as well as open meadowlands, dramatic sea cliffs, forest groves, active sand dunes, thickets and streams.

 

Hit the water

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Get out on the water, or at least watch people on the water! You can learn how to row or sail at our small craft centers, or if being a spectator is more your speed, head down to Green Lake on March 18 to watch hundreds of rowers participate in the annual spring regatta.

  • Spring Regatta: Green Lake will host the 55th annual spring regatta on March 18. Hundreds of rowers will descend on the lake for a day of nail-biting sprints and friendly competition. Gather your family, take to the grandstands and cheer for your favorite teams.
  • Learn to sail: Interested in a family outing? Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center offers an Intro to Sailing course that is designed for beginners looking for an introduction to sailing on a larger, more stable boat. The Flying Scot is a 19-foot centerboard sailboat, which can hold up to five people. You will be introduced to the helm, being part of a crew, points of sail, parts of the boats, basic safety rules on the water, and you’ll learn a few sailing knots.
  • Adult rowing: Individual and team boat competitions at regional and USA Canoe/Kayak National regattas can be in your future! The Green Lake Small Craft Center offers an Adult Learn to Row class. Join to take part in conditioning, stroke improvement, wake riding, starts and watercraft skills in sprint boats and surf skis.

 

Get ready for summer

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Summer is one of our favorite times of year because the weather is great and the outdoors calls us. Our wading pools are teeming with toddlers, our lawns are filled with picnic baskets, our beaches are dotted with volleyball players and sand castles, and our pools are inundated with swimming kids and seasoned divers.

  • Spring/Summer brochures: Our Spring/Summer 2017 Brochures are here! Start planning your seasonal activities, classes, sports leagues, camps, programs and more! See all of our brochures here.
  • Scholarships: Thanks to the Seattle Park District, Seattle Parks and Recreation has scholarships available to individuals and families for our programs and activities. Scholarships are based on income and family size, and are available to anyone who qualifies, including seniors and people with disabilities.
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Increasing access for Seattle residents

delridge staffAs Seattle continues to experience a homelessness crisis, we are committed to ensuring access and opportunities for those living unsheltered. To that end, we have opened showers at several of our community centers to people experiencing homelessness. Last year, we had more than 1,000 usages of our free shower program.

One community center that has been at the forefront of providing outreach to the homeless population is the Delridge Community Center. The center provides a warm and dry place for those experiencing homelessness to rest, charge a phone, access free Wi-FI, and use the computer lab.

Homeless residents have been using the shower facilities at Delridge Community Center for years. The center originally charged a $3 shower fee, but thanks to the advocacy of center staff, the showers became free to use for homeless individuals beginning in 2016.

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Staff help launder, fold and distribute towels for the free shower program.

Staff have conducted outreach to local partners to solicit donations to support the free shower program. Fauntleroy Church and Peace Lutheran Church, as well as other generous supporters, stepped up to provide towels and toiletries. Staff help out by laundering, folding and distributing towels upon request. We also sort out the toiletry donations and have individual bins for shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and other items.

Toiletries and other donated items are sorted at the center.

     Toiletries and other donated items are sorted at the center.

 

Delridge Community Center Coordinator Angie Ramirez describes the impact she has seen the center have on the homeless community:

“I believe the impact we have on the homeless community is immense for a variety of reasons. For one, most of the time the homeless residents who use our facility are very gracious. Their gratitude shows with a simple smile, kind words towards our staff, and genuine displays of appreciation.

I believe that after these residents are able to shower, feel clean and valued, they have a more positive outlook on life. We have come to know that many of these patrons have a job but their living situations are complicated. When they are able to come here after work and shower, they are able to go back to work feeling somewhat refreshed the next day.”

“Brenda”, a homeless resident who has recently started to use the shower program and is now also using the center’s weight room since we eliminated drop-in fees, told us she appreciates the fresh clean towels and says, “The staff are always so sweet and make me feel comfortable coming here to use the facilities. It is a great help for us who are less fortunate.”

“Jorge”, another member receiving services at Delridge Community Center says, “I am very thankful that I can come and shower and go to work the next day feeling refreshed. I am sure my boss and coworkers do too”.

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Delridge Community Center staff make sure the shower facilities remain clean and welcoming for all.

As Seattle’s population changes, we are committed to serving the needs of unserved and underserved people and communities. We recently expanded operating hours at several community centers in neighborhoods with limited access to recreation alternatives; beginning this year we made most of our drop-in activities free after hearing from many community members that even small drop-in fees can be a barrier for people with low incomes; and our scholarship program continues to provide low-income individuals and families with discounts to our facilities and services, including classes, swimming, enrichment programs, school-aged child care for before and after school, and much more.

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Spring Eggstravaganzas: Seattle Parks and Recreation offers free egg hunts throughout the city

16044435992_18d7ae02f2_kSeattle Parks and Recreation will host free egg hunts at various locations throughout Seattle in March and April. See below for location details.

Events subject to change; please call local community centers to confirm dates and times.

NORTHEAST

Lucky Leprechaun Hunt
What: Hunt for special gold coins and win candy, treats and prizes in this annual event.
Ages: 6-10
Location: Magnuson Community Center
Time: 4 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 17

Mighty Mites “Egg” stravaganza
What: Egg hunt, play equipment, bounce house and other fun activities.
Ages: 5 and under
Location: Miller Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. to noon; egg hunt at 11 a.m. sharp. Thursday, April 6

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 1 to 11
Locations: Montlake Community Center, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
Location: Nathan Hale Stadium; Laurelhurst Park (Laurelhurst Park community, please help support our can food drive to assist our local food bank and our bake sale to support the community)
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15 sharp (rain or shine).

NORTHWEST

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 10 and under
Locations: Ballard Community Center Field, Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, Loyal Heights Community Center, Magnolia Community Center Field
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 11 and under
Location: Meet in the Queen Anne Community Center Gym.
Time: 10 a.m.- Noon, come rain come shine. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Scramble
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Location: Green Lake Community Center, come rain or shine.
Time: Saturday, April 15: 10 a.m. ages 1-3; 10:30 a.m. ages 4-6; 11 a.m. – ages 7- 10

SOUTHEAST

Flashlight Egg Hunt
What: Bring a flashlight and a bag to hunt for eggs in the dark.
Ages: 12 to 18
Locations: Van Asselt Community Center Gym; Jefferson Community Center Gym
Time: 8 p.m. Friday, April 14

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for goodies.
Ages: 11 and Under
Location: Rainier Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m., April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 11 and under
Locations: Jefferson Community Center; Van Asselt Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 15

SOUTHWEST

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Come gather eggs treats and fun prizes,
Ages: 1 to 11 years old
Location: Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle WA 98126)
Time: 10 a.m. sharp. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunts
What: Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Ages: 10 and under
Locations: Hiawatha Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp, arrive by 9:45 a.m., Rain or shine. Saturday, April 8

Toddler Eggstaravaganza
What: Peter cottontail, cookie decoration, balloons, music and fun.
Ages: 5 and under
Locations: High Point Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. – noon. Thursday, April 13
Cost: $5

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Breakfast snacks and egg hunt.
Ages: 11 and under
Location: Alki Community Center
Time: 9-10:30 a.m. (Egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. sharp). Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Come gather eggs treats and fun prizes,
Ages: 12 and under
Location: Delridge Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp. Saturday, April 15

Spring Egg Hunt
What: Easter egg hunt
Ages: All ages
Location: High Point Community Center
Time: 10 a.m. sharp. Saturday, April 15

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Apply for 2017 Recreation for All funds

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The 2017 Recreation for All (Rec4All) fund through the Seattle Park District supports local nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups to provide culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under-resourced communities in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent. The goal of the community funding is to further strengthen the collaborative working relationship between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the community through innovative and sustainable programs.

Download the 2017 Recreation for All Guidelines here.

Applications may be completed online at seattlepark.gosmart.org  

 Applications open on March 20, 2017 and are due online by 5PM, April 21, 2017.

Information Sessions: Learn what makes a strong application by attending a workshop. These interactive question-and-answer session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. We can make interpreters available with 72 hours advance notice. Childcare and light snacks will be available at each session. First time applicants are encouraged to attend. Please register with Kathleen Gantz at 206-386-4671 or email pks_sprfunds4all@seattle.gov to request your preferred language(s) for the session(s) you plan to attend.

South Park Community Center
March 7, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Rainier Beach Community Center
March 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Northgate Community Center
March 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Bitter Lake Community Center
March 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

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Wallingford Find It, Fix It Community Walk

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Join Mayor Ed Murray for a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Wallingford neighborhood on Tuesday, March 14! Refreshments will be provided and the first 50 walk participants who sign in will receive a gift bag  full of City department goods and information.

Who: Wallingford community members and City officials
When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Refreshments served from 5 to 5:30 p.m.
Walk is from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Meet at the southeast corner of N. 50th and Green Lake Way N. at Woodland Park.

The Find It, Fix It Community Walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders. Please visit www.seattle.gov/finditfixit to learn more about the Find It, Fix It Community Walks and Project Grants

For more information please contact Program Coordinator Lemmis Stephens via email Lemmis.Stephens@Seattle.Gov or Call 206-386-1907.

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Spring/Summer 2017 Brochures

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Our Spring/Summer 2017 Brochures are here! Spring and summer are our favorite times of year because the weather is great and the outdoors call us. Our wading pools are teeming with toddlers, our lawns are filled with picnic baskets, our beaches are dotted with volleyball players and sand castles, and our pools are inundated with swimming kids and seasoned divers.

Take a look at our many recreation offerings by clicking on the brochures below.From team sports, to pottery classes, to nature hikes, and everything imaginable in-between, we have everything you need to keep you and your family active, engaged and connected this spring and summer.

Important Dates: Register for spring programs and activities beginning March 7; register for summer programs and activities beginning May 27.

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Japanese Garden opens March 5 with ‘First Viewing’

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Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 5 as the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the first time in 2017.

First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing, which is a formal ceremony that has been conducted in Japan since ancient times. The blessing will usher in auspicious ki—life energy—for a successful new year and will be conducted by Reverend Koichi Barrish of Tsubaki Grand Shine in Granite Falls, WA.

Trained guides will be available to give complimentary tours of the Seattle Japanese Garden, deepening the experience of strolling the garden by sharing insights on the garden’s history, design, and spiritual principles. The 45-minute tours begin at the ticket booth starting at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The Tateuchi Community Room will also have its doors open to the public. Visitors can enjoy a cup of tea while taking in the ICHI-GO ICHI-E digital painting exhibit by local artist Season Yoshida.

Admission is $6 adults; $4 youth 7-17, students with ID, and seniors 65+; kids 6 and under are free.

Advance ticket sales can be purchased at http://firstviewing2017.brownpapertickets.com/.

Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle. More event details and photographs from past events are available at www.seattlejapanesegarden.org.

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Community input needed for High Point Community Center play area renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to provide input on the High Point Community Center play area renovation project on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW.  The landscape architect, project planner and project manager will provide information on the renovation project and gather community input on play features and amenities. The play area is south of the community center near the tennis courts. This is an all-ages event with light snacks and children’s activities. We encourage all to attend and participate by providing input on the best play area design option for the High Point neighborhood.

This project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements, and improve safety and other features at the park. Please participate in a survey for the project.

The Seattle Park District provided the funding for this play area improvement project. Approved by Seattle 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.

A survey for the play area project, translated meeting notices and additional information can be found here http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/high-point-play-area-renovation. If you have questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Karimah Edwards, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-233-0063 or karimah.edwards@seattle.gov

 

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Legislative Youth Action Day

youthThis year, 10 members of 206 Forward- Youth Advocates of Seattle, a Seattle Parks and Recreation Citywide Teen and Young Adult club, joined more than 120 young people in Olympia on January 29 & 30 for the Legislative Youth Action Day.  Young people came from around the state to speak with their state legislators about several issues, including funding services for people who are homeless, equitable distribution of funding for education, and police accountability.

Ericka Guan, a Junior at Rainier Beach High School and a member of 206 Forward  wrote about her experience in Olympia:

Youth action Day impacted me by believing and trusting that I can actually speak up for my own beliefs.  The most memorable moment for me was when I spoke with Representative Eric Pettigrew about police brutality.  It was scary but worth it.  I was completely ready to say what I had to say .  I had the confidence to talk to Eric about my personal experience and asked for his support in holding police more accountable.

206 Forward members also met with their Senator, Rebecca Saldaña.  She listened as young people shared their families’ experiences of homelessness and encouraged young people to break down barriers so people who are homeless are not separated from the community.

Members of 206 Forward also shared their concerns with Representative Sharon Tomiko-Santos about budget cuts that Seattle School District is experiencing.  Representative Tomiko-Santos highlighted that while the state determines the amount of money dedicated to fund education, school boards are responsible for how funds are distributed within the district.  When she asked 206 Forward about whose parents have ever attending a school board meeting, no one rose a hand.  Representative Tomiko-Santos encouraged students to use their voice at school board meetings to advocate for how school funds are distributed, especially for students whose parents are not able to attend these meetings.

Aden Afework, a Junior at Cleveland High School, shared that she was inspired during Youth Action Day to see so many other young people, especially young People of Color, passionate and advocating for what is important to them and their communities.   While in Olympia, she quickly jumped into action with Gian Rosario (Junior at Rainier Beach High School)  to rally young people to comment in favor of  a bill that would allow school districts to temporarily  use local levies while they wait for the state to fully fund education.

Thank you to everyone who helped support the third year 206 Forward has participated in Youth Action Day!

 

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Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies

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Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E). Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.  

Several City departments offer summer employment appropriate for teens and young adults, including positions in Seattle Parks and Recreation Aquatics (life guards, boat ramp monitors), Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Engaged in Service (job shadowing an adult mentor, usually in an office setting), Seattle Parks and Recreation Student Teen Employment Program and Summer of Service (building trails in local parks), and the Seattle Public Libraries Student Assistance program. At last year’s fair many local businesses, such as Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, and non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill and Seattle Youth Garden Works, participated with positions and programs available for youth.

The Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies is a collaborative effort led by the Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation. To participate in the fair or for more information contact Randy Wiger at Randy.Wiger@seattle.gov or 206-684-0775.  

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