Bring the kids (ages 5 – 15) down to Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool for two haunted bounce houses and a pirate-themed pool party on Friday, Oct. 26. The lights will be turned down low in the gym with glow-in-the-dark accessories available from 6 to 8 p.m. The Pirate Pool Party with floating pumpkins will begin at 7 p.m. This event is free! Bing your swimsuit. Healthy snacks provided.
THE BIG SIT–birding’s most sedentary competition–is back! On Oct. 13 and 14, two teams will count bird species from a 17-foot circle in Discovery Park for as long as possible during a 24-hour period. The winner?! The team that raises the most money for habitat restoration in Discovery Park and that sees the most species of birds.
The Lame Ducks and the Southern Meadowlarks need your support! More donations = more plants = more habitat = more birds. Donate per species or a flat amount by stopping by the Discovery Park Visitor Center or phoning in your support, 206-386-4237.
- demonstrate exceptional stewardship of parks and/or recreation;
- have given a significant commitment of time;
- provide stellar leadership by supporting SPR’s goals to extend Race and Social Justice, and support Healthy People, a Healthy Environment, and Strong Communities.
Apply now for Arts in Parks funding! The Arts in Parks program supports new and established community festivals, art happenings and music concerts that enliven Seattle parks. These arts and culture offerings celebrate diversity, build community connections and energize parks while connecting with underserved communities. Click here for program information and to apply.
In 2018, Arts in Parks funded 39 projects in parks, including 32 event-based projects and 7 temporary art installations. These projects provided over 400 hours of free programming! “I loved the opportunity to be a part of Arts in Parks, and being able to give back to my own community,” said one past program participant. “I got great appreciation from the community and hope to see the program continue and grow!”
Arts in Parks is an initiative of Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and Culture.
Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) opened the renovated play area and viewing plaza at Gas Works Park today, October 5, 2018. The sand box will remain closed until next week. The renovation features industrially-influenced new play equipment and improves accessibility at the play area.
The play area project was designed in-house by SPR’s landscape architect, and Wyser Construction was awarded the construction contract.
To use resources more efficiently, SPR combined the play area renovation with necessary improvements to the play barn. Gas Works Park facilities were constructed in 1974 and opened in 1975, making them over 40 years in age and in need of repair and improvement.
The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocated $1.4 million for planning, design and construction for the Gas Works Park Play Area renovations.
Gas Works Park, located at 2101 N Northlake Way is one of Seattle’s premier city, regional, statewide and even nationally-renowned parks. The park was designed by Richard Haag and was listed as a Seattle Historical Landmark in 1999. The park is also listed on the Washington State Historic Register and the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information about the play area project visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/gas_works/
Thank you to the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) for hosting the public meetings prior to the renovation. The WCC is a neighborhood voice representing the greater Wallingford community in interactions with city government on land use, transportation, and parks. They host their monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at the Good Shephard Center.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to steward more than a hundred public artworks, of all shapes and sizes, at our parks and facilities across the city. Click through our interactive map to take a virtual tour of public artwork from your desktop or mobile device.
Seattle’s parks are full of colorful artwork, including sculptures such as the Whale Tail at Alki Playground, a sundial at Gas Works Park, a stone garden lantern at Seward Park, a skate sculpture at Jefferson Park, and much more.
See what artwork is located near you! Take the virtual tour here.
Bring your cameras and capture the breathtaking sight of Japanese maple trees ablaze in fall color at the annual Maple Viewing Festival, October 4 – 14, at the Seattle Japanese Garden.
This family-friendly event features nature-inspired art, maple tree scavenger hunts for the kids, live performances and other cultural activities. Self-guided Maple Tour Brochures will be available on most days. See full event schedule here.
The Tateuchi Community Room will be open to visitors to see a special exhibit of Seattle Japanese Garden’s Maple Collection made possible by dedicated volunteers and in collaboration with the University of Washington’s Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium.
The event is free with garden admission, no advance tickets necessary. Garden admission prices: Adults, $8; City of Seattle residents with ID, $6; Youth 6 -17, students with ID, and seniors 65 and over, $4. Children 5 and under are free. Family and Individual memberships are accepted at this event. On the First Thursdays of the month, admission is free for all visitors from 3 p.m. until closing.
Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E. The hours in October are Monday, noon – 5 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. For more information, visit www.seattlejapanesegarden.org
Join us and partners in celebrating Week Without Violence, a national YWCA campaign to raise awareness about issues relating to youth violence in communities around the country. This year, we’re celebrating with a Week for Peace, featuring youth events to promote peace, awareness and fun.
SPR Week for Peace activities are:
Suicide Prevention Workshop
Youth-led workshop to promote mental health and suicide prevention. Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Meadowbrook Teen Life Center. Free.
Community Talk Back Night
Join 206 Forward and FIUTS to share food and conversation with youth leaders from Peru and Bolivia. Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Rainier Beach Community Center. Free.
Party 4 Peace
Indoor block party for peace with BBQ, basketball, games, raffle and prizes. This is a city-wide event and we welcome participants from across the city and young people from all community centers. Friday, Oct. 19 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Rainier Beach Community Center. Free.
Remember Me Young Dance Show
PRICEarts dance production addressing teen suicide and honoring the life of Jonah Payne. Saturday, Oct. 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. The first 20 people who sign up through the Garfield Teen Life Center to attend the show will receive free tickets. Tickets are $15 and available for sale through PRICEarts here.
For more information about events, how to sign up, or transportation, contact Seattle Parks and Recreation’s teen unit at 206-255-6741 or email email@example.com.
Week for Peace is supported by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, FIUTS, PRICEarts, 206 Forward, Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth, and Aaron Brooks Drills and Skills Program.
Join the Hiawatha Community as we celebrate National Coming Out Day. Whether it’s coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or as an ally, we come together in celebration and advocacy of equality and living openly. Come on over to the Hiawatha Community Center on October 11th from 5-7 p.m. for activities, live music, performances, food and access to resources to learn more about and demonstrate support for the LGBTQ community.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is making showers and restrooms available free of charge to Seattle Public School youth in need (and their immediate family). When arriving at a swimming pool, just show current Seattle Public School identification. Locker room use is limited to 15 minutes, no fee applies, and a towel is provided without cost. Times are after school hours and on weekend afternoons; effective through June 21, 2019.
See below for locations and hours, or download the full flyer here.