Pathway of Lights glows across generations

Luminaries line Green Lake

Luminaries line Green Lake

The city is dark. The air is cold. But Green Lake Park is aglow.pathway of lights 2015

Since the 1980s, on the second Saturday of December, neighbors, families and tourists have celebrated the Pathway of Lights.

The idea was brought to Green Lake Community Center by a woman who was inspired after seeing a similar event on a trip to the southwestern U.S. The named was coined through a community contest.

In its inaugural year, luminaries encircled only the community center and the event was marked with horse-drawn hayrides. Throughout the years the event continued to expand. While guests used to light the luminaries by passing candles to one other, large community groups are now needed to help with set up. Local performers and artists are stationed around the lake to entertain walkers. [Read more…]

Give thanks with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Thanksgiving is coming. Leave the cooking to us.

Thanksgiving is coming. Leave the cooking to us.

November is upon us, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’re reflecting on all of the things we’re thankful for this year.

  1. We work in a diverse city with lush forests, sandy beaches, endless hiking trails, swimming holes, recreational opportunities and vibrant communities.
  2. We were able to fund new programs for special populations this year. Using 2015 ramp-up funding for the Seattle Park District, we were able to expand dementia-friendly recreation programming and add an extra week of Specialized Programs summer camp to our offerings. We hope to continue expanding programs for underserved communities.
  3. The National Wildlife Federation named Seattle the sixth friendliest city for wildlife in the country.
  4. Volunteers donated nearly 13,000 hours of their time to Seattle parks in April during Earth Month work parties. These volunteers and the community members they inspire represent the current and future generation of environmental leaders, and we’re so thankful for all they do.
  5. We welcomed Jesús Aguirre as our new superintendent.

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree makes special appearance in Lake Union Park on Nov. 7

For more than 50 years, a tree has graced the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season. The Chugach National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors, will bring this special tree from Alaska to Washington, D.C. for the 2015 season, involving more than 10 communities along the way, including an appearance at Seattle’s Lake Union Park near the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. – noon.

The tree will be cut on Oct. 27 near Seward, Alaska and prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition. With great fanfare, the tree will leave the Chugach National Forest followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol. Fifteen community celebrations are being planned throughout the tour, culminating with the official tree lighting in early December. [Read more…]

Seattle “Thrillers” invade Occidental Park

On Saturday, Oct. 24, people of all ages across the world performed Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” dance at the same time. The charitable event is called “Thrill the World,” and this year, Seattleites joined in on the fun in Occidental Park.

Seattle "Thrillers" in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

 

Seattle "Thrillers" in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

 

Seattle "Thrillers" in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

 

Seattle "Thrillers" in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

 

Seattle "Thrillers" in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts fall festivities for Fido in Bell Street Park, Oct. 31

Dog-o-ween 10.31You may have outgrown trick-or-treating, but what about your four-legged friend? This Halloween, we’re celebrating a dog day in October and inviting all pooches to Bell Street Park for some festive fun.

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, for Bow Wow Bibbity Bobbity Boo in Bell Street Park. We’ll be hosting a Dog-o-ween costume contest, pet mini pedicures, photo opportunities, arts and crafts for kids and will have food, music and more on site. All activities are free.

For more information, please call 206-684-7710. The event is located at the intersection of Third Avenue and Bell Street. Sponsors include the Belltown Business Association, Citizens for Off-Leash Areas, Belltown Community Council, High Paw Dog Walking, Buckley’s in Belltown and Friends of Bell Street Park.

Celebrate a Week Without Violence Oct. 16-23

Seattle Parks and Recreation Citywide Young Adults Program  invites youth and teens between the ages of 12 and 19 to participate in annual Week Without Violence Events. This year’s Week Without Violence will be celebrated October 16-23. This week gives youth a chance to express their feelings about violence in their community and engage in a safe environment through free recreation programs and activities but all members of the public are welcome to attend.

Week Without Violence will kick off on Friday Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m.at Bitter Lake Community Center. Activities will include a Top Teen Chef Competition, music, a youth resource fair and food. Bitter Lake Community Center is located at 13035 Linden Ave N. [Read more…]

Celebrate Arbor Day Oct. 17

Discovery Park

Discovery Park

In the Pacific Northwest, we appreciate lush forests and greenery. Trees clean our air, shade us in the summer and shield us from that infamous Seattle rain. On Saturday, Oct. 17, join with neighbors and City officials and show our greenspaces some love. We’re celebrating Arbor Day with a series of volunteer events and work parties. Find an event from the list below, or spend some time in your own yard. [Read more…]

Maple Viewing Festival at Seattle Japanese Garden Oct. 11

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden 2014

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden 2014

Experience the breathtaking sight of maple trees ablaze in the colors of fall–one of the best times of the year to visit the Seattle Japanese Garden—at the annual Maple Viewing Festival on Sunday, Oct. 11.

From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., visitors are invited to enjoy live entertainment, create nature-inspired prints with artist April Richardson, and try Japanese calligraphy lessons with artist Midori Kono Theil. Kokon Taiko will put on an energetic drumming performance at noon. Fans of samurai swords will not want to miss the live Japanese sword demonstration by instructors of Seibu Ryu Battojustu scheduled at 1:30 p.m.

There will be free tours at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. where guides will provide the garden’s historical information and identify the different species of maple at the garden. [Read more…]

Your Fall Bucket List

Cheers with us
Raise a glass to conservation and animals! Join Woodland Park Zoo for the fifth annual Brew and the Zoo beer-tasting event on Thursday, Oct. 1. Sample imports, domestics, microbrews and ciders from more than 40 different breweries. The event includes tastings, live animal encounters, music and access to some award-winning exhibits. Tickets range from $30-70. For more information, go here. (This event is for the 21+ crowd only.)

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden

Maple Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden

Marvel with us
In October the Seattle Japanese Garden is ablaze with fall color. Visit on Sunday, Oct. 11, during the official Maple Viewing Festival, or take a tour any time this fall to feast your eyes on reds, oranges and golds. The Maple Viewing Festival includes traditional musical performances and other activities and runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Send us your best fall-esque photos on Twitter and we’ll throw you a retweet. For more information, including garden hours and location, go here. [Read more…]