Beach Closures

The King County West Point Treatment Plant experienced an equipment shutdown early on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is posting signs at several beaches warning people to avoid contact with the water and sand over the next several days as a precaution.

The following beaches will be closed until the situation is resolved: Smith Cove Beach, West Ewing Mini Park Beach, Discovery Park Beach, Commodore Park Beach and Golden Gardens Beach.

UPDATE: Seattle & King County Public Health has cleared Alki Beach, Seacrest Beach and Myrtle Edwards Beach to reopen.

The Beach Progam at Mee Kwa Mooks Beach is canceled for Friday, February 10. Beach passes will not be issued at Discovery Park until the beach is re-opened.

For the latest information on the King County West Point Treatment Plant, please visit their incident response website here.

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Severe weather and storm information for Thursday, Feb. 9

Please use caution in our parks during the heavy rainfall we are experiencing and stay out of undeveloped areas of parks.

  • Power has been restored at Amy Yee Tennis Center. The Center is now open.
  • The Upper Loop is currently closed at Seward Park.
  • Carkeek Park is currently closed for storm response and cleanup.
  • For updated information on whether sports fields are open or closed, please call the rainout hotline at 206-233-0055.
  • To report downed trees, please call 206-684-4111.
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Facility and Program Information for Tuesday, Feb. 7

Tuesday, February 7 — Most Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities are open today for business during their regularly scheduled times, unless noted below. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Childcare

Due to the Seattle Public School Late Start this morning, all Before School Child Care and morning Pre-School programs are cancelled. Afternoon Pre-School programs and After School Child Care will occur as scheduled.

Pools

  • Early Morning Lap Swims, Morning Rentals, and Morning Lessons are canceled at all Pools.  Pools will resume normal operation after 11a.m. today, including rentals, lessons, and open swims.

Registrations

  • Registration for Summer Recreation Programs begins today at noon as scheduled.

Woodland Park Off-Leash Area

  • The Woodland Park Off-Leash Area is now open.

Seward Park

  • The Upper Loop Road is now open.

Volunteer Park

  • Some areas at Volunteer Park are taped off and closed within the park. We are assessing the conditions at Volunteer Park; when these areas are reopened we will post the information on this page.

Burke-Gilman Trail

The area of the Burke-Gilman Trail at N.E. 95th and Matthews Ave. NE is now open.  The downed tree was cleared.

Amy Yee Tennis Center

  • The Amy Yee Tennis Center is open today for regular operating hours.

Golf Courses and Sports Fields

  • Interbay,  Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, and West Seattle Golf Course are closed due to freeze/thaw conditions. No sledding and snow play allowed today. The Driving Range, Pro Shops and Restaurants are open for business.
  • All Synthetic Sports Fields are closed.
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Discovery Park and certain golf courses open for sledding

UPDATE for Tuesday, Feb. 7: Interbay,  Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, and West Seattle Golf Course are closed due to freeze/thaw conditions. No sledding and snow play allowed today.

Monday, Feb. 6–Discovery Park, as well as Jefferson, Jackson and West Seattle Golf courses are closed for golf but are open for sledding and recreational play (no power equipment) until 5 p.m. today. If you sled, please don’t do it on roads, sidewalks or parking lots. Please use extra caution in our parks during snowy weather conditions and stay out of undeveloped park areas.

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Severe Weather Information

UPDATE: Click here to see program and facility information for Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Due to the severe weather conditions, many of our programs and facilities are operating on reduced hours or are closed/canceled. Please see below for the latest information about program cancellations and facility closures.

Information for Monday, February 6.

Community Centers

  • All advance registration programs and activities are canceled system wide.
  • All rentals are canceled.
  • For information on Child Care Programs, please call the Child Care Hot Line at 206-684-4203.
  • Community Centers are operating on a reduced schedule (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Alki, Van Asselt, Magnuson Park and Belltown Community Centers are closed. Please call your local Community Center for more information.

Citywide Athletics Programs

  • All sports programs and games are canceled.
  • All evening recreation programs are canceled.

Teen Centers/Late Night Recreation

  • All Late Night Recreation Programs are canceled.
  • All Teen Centers are open 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. for drop-in use.

Special Populations/Life Long Learning

  • All scheduled programs are canceled.

Camp Long and Discovery Park

  • Environmental Learning Centers and scheduled programs/activities at both parks are closed/canceled on Monday, Feb. 6
  • Discovery Park is open for sledding and recreational play.

Aquatic Centers

  • All advance registration programs including swim lessons are canceled.
  • All rentals are canceled.
  • All school team and organized swim practices are canceled.
  • All pools (unless noted) will operate on a reduced schedule for drop in swim programs (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Evers Pool will operate 11 a.m. to 2:30 pm., SW will operate noon to 2:30 p.m.  Call your local pool for more information.

Small Craft Centers

  • All programs canceled
  • Facilities closed

Golf Courses

  • Jefferson, Jackson Park, and West Seattle Golf Course are closed for golf, but open for sledding and recreational play (no power equipment) until 5 p.m.
  • Interbay Golf Course is closed for golf and sledding.

Amy Yee Tennis Center

  • Facility and programs closed.

Off-Leash Areas

  • Woodland Park off-leash area is closed
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Explore Black History Month outdoors with Seattle Parks and Recreation

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievement of local African American heroes and heroines. We invite the public to celebrate by visiting one of the many parks named for Seattle’s African American leaders, and to learn about their contributions to the city.

Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park

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This park is a narrow strip that connects S Jackson St. and E Yesler Way. Its many oak, poplar and other trees create a shady oasis in the middle of a busy urban area. The park also features a large grassy area with picnic tables, grills, a shelter house and a small amphitheater used for concerts and plays. Dr. Blanche Lavizzo was Washington State’s first African American woman pediatrician. Dr. Lavizzo moved to Seattle in 1956 and served as the first medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Central Seattle. Lavizzo and her husband left medical practices in New Orleans in order to pursue careers in the Northwest.

Dr. Blanche Lavizzo. Photo courtesy of HistoryLink.org.

Dr. Blanche Lavizzo. Photo courtesy of HistoryLink.org.

Sam Smith Park

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In September 1998, the central portion of the I-90 lid was renamed Sam Smith Park to honor Seattle’s first African American City Councilmember. In the course of a political career that spanned 34 years, Sam Smith served five terms in the Washington State Legislature (the second black member) and five terms on the Seattle City Council. Smith represented the 37th district in Olympia beginning in 1958. One of his priorities in Olympia was promoting a bill that banned discrimination based on religion and race in the rental or sale of homes.

Sam Smith Park encompasses the largest and most central part of the I-90 lid. It has a play area for children, picnic tables and tennis courts. It is the site of Blue Dog Pond and the Urban Peace Circle, a sculpture by Seattle sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa, dedicated to children killed by gun violence in Seattle’s inner city.

Sam Smith with a group from VFW in his office, May 1989. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Sam Smith with a group from VFW in his office, May 1989.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Powell Barnett Park

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This 4.4-acre park lies between East Alder and East Jefferson streets and was named for civil rights activist and community leader Powell Barnett in 1969. Barnett’s father, an ex-slave, was recruited to work in the coal mines in Roslyn, Washington in 1889. Barnett worked in the mines as a young man, but moved to Seattle in 1906 to explore other opportunities. He worked as a sub-foreman installing street car lines and later helped build downtown hotels. Barnett clerked for State Senator Frank Connor and served as a maintenance man at the King County Courthouse before retiring at age 71. Barnett is remembered for his passion to improve race relations in the city.

Powell Barnett being shown development plans by John O. Andrew, former Chair of the Board of Parks Commissioners (left), Hans A. Thompson, former Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent, and Roy Lehner of the David Jensen Association in October 1970. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives

Powell Barnett being shown development plans by John O. Andrew, former Chair of the Board of Parks Commissioners (left), Hans A. Thompson, former Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent, and Roy Lehner of the David Jensen Association in October 1970.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives

Flo Ware Park

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This park offers a vibrant play area for children, and was named for Flo Ware, a community activist who was dedicated to social change in health care and education systems for the poor and elderly populations 

Homer Harris Park

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This park held its grand opening ceremony in 2005 to honor Dr. Harris E. Homer, a dominant athlete and physician. Homer began his athletic career at Garfield High School in the 1930s and later became an All-American football player at the University of Iowa. Because the National Football League was banning black players at the time of his graduation, Homer decided to pursue medical school and went on to become a prominent dermatologist in his hometown of Seattle.

Pratt Park

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This neighborhood playground in central Seattle memorializes Edwin T. Pratt, the founder of the Central Area Motivation Program and the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center.

Walt Hundley Playfield

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This community area includes soccer fields, tennis courts and baseball fields, and was named for Walter R. Hundley, the first African American superintendent for Seattle Parks and one of the first African Americans to head a major parks and recreation department in the United States. Hundley held his position from 1977 to 1988 and was instrumental to acquiring the High Point playfield that was later named after him.

Judge Charles M. Stokes Overlook

This beautiful green space and picnic area in the I-90 lid honors Charles Moorehouse Stokes. Stokes was elected to the Washington legislature in 1950 and served as the first black legislator from King County. He was appointed judge in 1968 and was the first black person on the King County District Court.

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Jefferson Community Center closed February 16

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The Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S) will be closed on February 16 for an all-staff safety training.

To find an alternative community center to use that day, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/centers/community-centers-a-z

For more information, please call the Jefferson Community Center at 206-684-7481.

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Loyal Heights’ pancake breakfast

Come hungry for all-you-can-eat pancakes! On March 5 from 8 a.m. to noon, enjoy the warm company of friends and neighbors with a stack of pancakes, eggs, and sizzling sausage at the annual Loyal Hieghts Pancake Breakfast. This event is the community center’s major fundraiser. All proceeds go to our scholarship fund benefiting families in need by providing opportunities to participate in programs and activities throughout the year.

Tickets are available for purchase now at the Loyal Heights Community Center, or you can get them upon arrival on the day of the breakfast.

$6 tickets; children three or younger eat free. Volunteers needed! Please contact the community center for details.

Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St., Seattle, 98117. Phone: 206-684-4052.

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Golden Gardens upper trail closed Feb. 6-14 for restoration work

The upper trail (near the east entrance at 85th St.) at Golden Gardens Park will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. from Feb. 6-14 for trail restoration work. Questions? Contact Chakundi Salisbury, Trails Coordinator at 206-684-4122, or chukundi.Salisbury@seattle.gov.

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Empowering Men of Color in Seattle

build startBrothers United in Leadership Development (B.U.I.L.D.) is a Citywide Youth & Teen Program dedicated to increasing civic engagement and leadership opportunities for Men of Color, particularly Black and Latino. The program provides support and mentoring to help men of color navigate systems, develop community partnerships and strengthen their sense of power. Ultimately, B.U.I.L.D.’s mission is to develop leaders who can affect real change in our community.

For the past two years, this Seattle Parks and Recreation-supported program has helped organize community events and host workshops with local schools, nonprofits and businesses. B.U.I.L.D. also offers a young men’s group at two of our Teen Life Centers.

BUILD BOOM Workshop

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B.U.I.L.D. hosted an interactive workshop for young men of color at the Boom Experience, an all-day event designed for male students who identify as African, Black, Latino, Native American or a mix of any, who are in grades 7-12 in the Bellevue School District. The Boom Experience provided an opportunity for students to connect, be inspired and find support, and to be led and taught by men who racially identify like them. Students spent the day learning and engaging in discussions around race, culture, leadership and self-empowerment. B.U.I.L.D. members shared resources and stories with the young men about their personal experiences working and participating in the Parks and Recreation profession, and also highlighted Seattle Parks and Recreation offerings that focus on supporting youth of color, including our Teen Summer Musical program, our Teen Life Centers, and our Youth Engaged in Service Learning program.

BUILD the HOOD Softball Event

BUILD Softball event winnersB.U.I.L.D. hosted a resource fair and softball game at South Park Playfield. More than 150 community members attended the event, including a large number of Black men and their families, as well as many Latino families. The resource fair provided voter registration information, on-site free HIV testing, information on City of Seattle employment opportunities, and more. Following the resource fair, B.U.I.L.D. organized a fun and friendly softball game with four teams consisting mostly of “Opportunity Youth”—defined as young people ages 16-24 who are not engaged in work or school.

BUILD the HOOD Community EventBUILD the HOOD 8.9.15 South vr WestB.U.I.L.D. hosted a large-scale community event at Rainier Playfield in Southeast Seattle for at-risk youth, adults and their families from South, West and Central Seattle. More than 500 community members enjoyed the event, which included a barbecue, basketball game, resource fair, and kid-friendly activities, including face painting and arts-and-crafts. Leading up to the event, B.U.I.L.D. members conducted street outreach with active gang members to encourage them to attend and help plan the event. In doing so, B.U.I.L.D. helped put those young men into a positive leadership role within their community, empowering them to step away from negative choices and towards more positive choices to build their community.

BUILD Documentary Viewing

BUILD viewing 13th panelB.U.I.L.D., along with several community partners, helped host a community viewing of the documentary 13th at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. More than 150 community members attended and watched the documentary, which looks at the impact mass incarceration has had on communities of color. After the viewing, members from Southwest Teen Life Center’s Young Men’s Group and Black Student Unions helped facilitate a community discussion, which included a panel made up of community members who are working to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, and/or who have been impacted directly by mass incarceration.

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