Seattle Parks and Recreation opens Lincoln Park north play area

Lincoln Park play area is open. The renovated north play area features ‘tree house’ elements, a cable ride, new play equipment, a plaza and interactive information on migratory birds that can be found in Lincoln Park. The park also features inclusive and accessible play elements for all such as a group saucer swing, an accessible cable ride, an accessible sand table, and a small alcove for sensory sensitive children.

Pathways between the shelter and the play area, additional plantings around the play area, and the accessible pathway connection to Fauntleroy Way SW is anticipated to be completed by the end of October 2016.

The Seattle Park District provided the funding for this renovation.  Approved by 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. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information about the project please visit  or contact Katie Bang at 206-684-9286  or

Do you know your neighbor is a heron? Come learn about Project HeronWatch on Jan. 18

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Learn about Seattle’s official City bird, the Great Blue Heron during a free fun family event at Discover Park Visitor Center on Saturday January 18 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

View the new live streaming heron display and enjoy kids crafts, interactive exploring stations, habitat walks, and light refreshments. 

At 1 p.m., Chris Anderson, Washington State wildlife biologist, will offer an information session about the local heron colony, offering fun facts about this great bird and ways you can help protect this species for generations to come.

Greet Spring with a Bird Watching Tour at Discovery Park

Join Discovery Park docents and highly experienced birders for great bird watching programs this spring. 

These experienced leaders will explore for migrant birds and year-round residents in Discovery Park’s many habitats. All bird tours are on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m. and cost $3 per person. 

April 9              Course Code #68221

April 16            Course Code #68222

April 23            Course Code #68223

April 30            Course Code #68224

May 7              Course Code #68225 

And on May 14, International Migratory Bird Day, celebrate the return of our feathered friends. Each spring tanagers, swallows, warblers and many other species make that arduous return flight from the world’s southern regions to the Pacific Northwest. Many make Discovery Park their summer home. Come to the park for a day of programming that celebrates these brave travelers and the habitats they depend on. One session is from 7 to 9 a.m. (Course Code #68234) and the other is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Course Code #68236). 

Course codes are for use in Parks’ online registration system at Just click on SPARC on the home page. 

Interested in becoming a Discovery Park docent? Information is here:

For more information, please call Discovery Park at 206-386-4236 or visit the web at

Native Ground Birds Begin Nesting; Parks Urges Sensitivity to Habitat

Native ground birds around Seattle have begun to nest, and Seattle Parks and Recreation asks that park users show sensitivity to bird habitat by avoiding disturbing habitat and keeping dogs on short, retractable leashes, especially in developed or natural areas with shrub beds, meadows, wetlands, long grass, or thick areas of brush. 

At Magnuson Park, for example, native birds such at Mallards, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers, Willow Flycatchers, Bewick’s Wrens, Pacific Wrens, Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, and Spotted Towhees all nest at the park, either on or very near the ground. Some species raise their nestlings and fledglings (baby birds) until their feathers grow enough for them to fly. For most native bird species, nesting season lasts into August.   

Disturbances like allowing dogs to run through these areas will flush the birds out of their nests and may cause nest failure or death of the baby birds. Parks asks park users to let dogs off leash only in designated off-leash areas and to avoid areas where birds may be nesting. By ordinance, the shorelines are off limits to dogs with the exception of the off-leash area at Magnuson Park. Information about Seattle’s 11 off-leash areas is available online at

The birds need park users’ help and protection so that they can produce young this season. If park users see a nest or baby bird, Parks asks that they please keep their distance and leave the birds undisturbed.