Celebrate Lunar New Year with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Vietnamese Food and Fitness program is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 in partnership with the Vietnamese Senior Association (VSA), Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation program, and Asian Counseling and Referral Service.

The Lunar New Year festivities will take place at Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St.). 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.

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Spring Walk Training for adults 50+

startinglineReady to achieve new goals while meeting new friends and exploring the city? Each year, our Sound Steps Walking Program offers “Spring Training”, a FREE training program to prepare adults age 50+ to complete a 5K, 10K or Half Marathon Walk Event.


How do I participate?

Saturday morning group training walks in north and south Seattle increase in distance from February through June. Join us for an information session on January 21 or January 25, then try out a walk.

Kick-off Events:

South Seattle: January 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S.

North Seattle: January 25, 1 to 3 p.m. Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

Upcoming Walk Events:

  • St. Paddy’s Day 5K on March 11.
  • Green Lake Loop 5K or 10K on April 15.
  • Lake Union Loop 10K or Half Marathon on June 10.
  • Walk of Champions, any distance on June 24.

For more information or to sign up for an event, contact Jill with Seattle Parks and Recreation  at 206-684-4664 or email sound.steps@seattle.gov.



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Central Area neighborhood invited to celebration for new Community Living Room

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the 23rd Avenue Action Community Team (ACT) and the Garfield Campus Advisory Council invite the community to a ribbon cutting celebration on Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. for the new Community Living Room. The Community Living Room is located on the south side of the Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry St.

The ribbon cutting ceremony celebrates the opening of this newly constructed space with the theme of “A Safe Place for All.” The Community Living Room was conceived as a gathering space for the neighborhood and features barbecues, benches, a large picnic table, game tables, a beautiful seating stone, and a large flexible space for events. When the doors are open to the Garfield Community Center gym and multipurpose room, the indoor and outdoor spaces will connect and provide a new welcoming space for the community.

The 23rd Avenue Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) calls for the investment in more functional gathering spaces in the Central Area. The Neighborhood Park and Street Fund provided $83,000 for the project. These funds are available for neighborhood-based small projects and improvements.

For more information about the project, please contact Pamela Kliment, Seattle Parks and Recreation at pamela.kliment@seattle.gov or 206-684-7556.

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Volunteer Open House at Discovery Park

capturevolunteerResolve to begin the New Year on a positive note – become a volunteer! Our Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning Unit will be hosting a Volunteer Open House at Discovery Park Visitor Center from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12. Drop by anytime during the evening to learn about the variety of volunteer opportunities available. Current volunteers and City staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.


Volunteer opportunities include the following:

NEW! Visitor Center Ambassadors – provide information for the public on weekends at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center.

One-day training provided on Saturday, February 11.

Training includes Discovery Park tour and history, public speaking and public engagement.

NEW! Beach Ambassadors – provide information for the public on weekends at Discovery Park beaches and potentially other Seattle salt water beaches in the near future.

One-day training provided on Saturday, March 11.

Training includes public speaking, intertidal natural history, and public engagement.

Seattle Urban Nature Guide – provide environmental education and hands-on learning experiences for school groups, the general public and at special events throughout the city.

Spring training is on Thursdays and/or Saturdays, March 23 – April 15.  Applications are due February 15, 2017.  Orientation for the spring training is Saturday February 18.

Training includes public speaking, natural history of flora and fauna, teaching techniques, team work, cultural diversity.

Junior Naturalist – provide assistance to naturalists during Summer Nature Day Camp.

Youth 13-16 years old, learn about nature and develop leadership skills while promoting stewardship at Discovery Park and in the community.

Office Assistant – provide support for environmental education projects.

Training provided for individual projects.

Database Entry – provide data entry for bird sightings records.

Experience with databases a plus, training provided for AviSys and eBird.


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Provide input on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s development plans and strategies

Community encouraged to provide input on 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition Strategies and learn about upcoming improvements for Cal Anderson Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to provide input on SPR’s 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition strategies for open space on Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Optimism Brewing (1158 Broadway) during a Housing Affordability and Livability (HALA) Open House.

This open house is being held in conjunction with other City departments and provides an opportunity for the community to learn about SPR’s walkability mapping and to give input on priorities for long-term open space acquisition goals. SPR will also provide an update on Cal Anderson Park improvements scheduled to occur this year, including interior renovation of the comfort station to ADA accessible all-gender restrooms, a lighting study, repairs to the Cal Anderson Fountain filtration system, and construction of a new ADA path.

The 2017 Development Plan is a 6-year plan that documents and describes SPR facilities and lands, looks at Seattle’s changing demographics, and lays out a vision for the future. A goal in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan is to consider access to our parks by transit, bicycle, and on foot when acquiring, siting and designing new park facilities or improving existing ones. SPR manages approximately 11% of the City’s land area, and is proposing a new mapping approach based upon walkability to inform the City’s long-term acquisition strategies for future open space.

For more information on other Housing Affordability and Livability(HALA) community events and to see which City departments will be attending, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/hala/calendar.

For more information about our development plans and to learn about the other input opportunities, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/policies-and-plans/2017-development-plan or contact Susanne Rockwell, Project Manager at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-684-7133, or 2017DevPlan@seattle.gov

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Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation


Join Seattle Parks and Recreation at a Volunteer Information Fair to learn about our volunteer opportunities. 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.

We will be hosting a Volunteer Information Fair on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave. S), and on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center (10510 5th Ave. NE). You can find out what opportunities are available, learn more about the jobs that volunteers do, ask questions and get registered as a volunteer on site. Plus, we will be serving a free lunch!

Representatives from several of our units will also be on hand to describe their volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

If you have questions or would like to sign up for this event, please call Cheryl Brown at 206-615-0619.

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Volunteer with Seattle Parks and Recreation

In 2015, 38,386 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing more than 270,000 hours of service! Volunteers are one of our most important resources in helping us reach our goals of supporting healthy people, a healthy environment and strong communities. 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.

Join us on January 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Rainier Community Center, or on February 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Community Center to learn about our many volunteer opportunities. Representatives from several of our units will be on hand to describe their volunteer needs, including the Green Seattle Partnership, our Environmental Learning Centers, Community Advisory Councils, Adopt a Park and more.

For questions or to register in advance, please call 206-615-0619.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

20741989465_3f7df9da17_kMany Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Teen centers
  • Environmental Learning Centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Small craft centers
  • Moorage Operations Office

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

  • Boat ramps
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center
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Rock the Park: Education through Recreation

thanksgivingRock the Park is a program created by Magnuson Community Center to serve the youth living at Solid Ground’s transitional and low-income housing at Sand Point. The program is funded by donations from organizations in Magnuson Park, nearby community centers and businesses, and community members. The goals of the program is to promote learning through fun and hands-on recreation activities.

During the school year, Rock the Park participants take part in after-school activities such as dance, game/move nights, health classes, and late night programs for teens. During the summer, drama, soccer, rock climbing, sailing, and tennis classes are offered, as well as field trips and special events for youth 10 to 18 years old. The program also trains and provides a stipend to teen participants to serve as mentors and to lead activities under the supervision of professional staff.

This fall, six girls participated in a radio program through Rock the Park in which they interviewed Magnuson staff. The program was sponsored by the non-profit Jack Straw Productions and SPACE, and will be aired on the Magnuson Park radio station. On Halloween, 30 Rock the Park youth attended Magnuson Community Center’s Halloween Make-up Headquarters, in which kids got their faces painted by theater experts. At the end of November, Rock the Park helped organize a Thanksgiving feast for more than 40 Solid Ground youth and on December 2, 40 Rock the Park teens were able to attend the Teen Night Out at the Seattle Art Museum, an event that featured workshops and art-making activities led by Seattle artists.

Thanks to Rock the Park, diverse groups of youth have the opportunity to be active, learn about healthy behaviors, and explore all that Magnuson Park and the surrounding community has to offer!



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Youth to lead annual MLK march on Jan. 14


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

The theme of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 2017 annual youth march is Honor the Cause: First Class Citizenship for all Mankind. Teens, families and community members from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day.

At the event, participants will hear from keynote speaker Eddie Rye, Jr. and everyone will have the opportunity to participate in three different workshops. Following these activities there will be a group discussion, games, trivia, and a free meal.

The event is free of cost to all teens and community participants and will include food, live music, a safe environment and plenty of fun!

The link to the event page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1016557558473533/

206 Forward-Youth Advocates of Seattle will be hosting a poster making pajama party on Friday, January 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Ave. S). The public is invited to attend to create custom posters to be used in the MLK march on January 14.

For more information, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-551-7316 or cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov.



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