Seattle Parks and Recreation aquatics programs

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Doggy paddle, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke. We think it’s important to master one or two of these when you live in a city nearly surrounded by water. Our swimming pools offer swimming lessons, public swims and special events year-round, and best of all, they’re indoors. [Read more…]

Winter walks in Seattle parks

Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park

Winters in Seattle are wet and damp but they help keep our parks lush and green. Don’t let a little rain keep you from seeing the wonder of winter flora this season. We have dozens of trails that are waiting to be explored.

Carkeek Park
Carkeek Park offers extraordinary views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains. Explore the hidden gems of this Northwest Watershed just nine miles from downtown Seattle. The park encompasses 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks and beach and has more than a dozen trails running through it. Hike along Piper’s Creek or be awed by the Puget Sound. The Carkeek Park demonstration garden is alive with winter color this time of year. Kalmiopsis leachiana provides tiny pink buds and Mahonia repens shows its deepest purple, red and maroon. In total, the park offers just over six miles of trail. The Salmon to Sound trail, the Piper’s Creek trail from the lower meadow to Piper’s Orchard and the Wetland Trail are all ADA accessible. [Read more…]

Belltown Community Center offers unconventional ways to get fit

Participants learn to connect with their tango partners during a H.U.M.P fitness event at Belltown Community Center.

Participants learn to connect with their tango partners during a H.U.M.P fitness event at Belltown Community Center.


As much as we’d like to deny it, the truth is that fall is just around the corner. When temperatures begin to drop and rain stakes its claim on the city once again, many people seek ways to bring their workouts indoors.


Participants in Belltown Community Center’s Introduction to Tango H.U.M.P fitness event.

Belltown Community Center introduced an indoor fitness series this year that features unique classes for people who find the treadmill monotonous. The series is called H.U.M.P, which stands for Healthy Urban Movement Parties. The H.U.M.P events appropriately take place on the second hump day of every month, Wednesday. Each month the event has a different theme. So far, events have featured Zumba, burlesque, hula hooping and more.

“The point is to change things up and give people fitness options during the winter months,” Belltown Community Center Recreation Attendant Masha Shtern said. “If we find a class gets really popular, we may introduce a new series entirely around that theme.”

First Hill resident Amy Saba has attended many of the H.U.M.P events. Saba used to be an avid runner and got her exercise training for half marathons. Recently she injured her leg and was advised to look for lower-impact fitness options.

“I was lost,” Saba said. “Running was my meditation. I started looking for other activities that could get me out of my head and tried a H.U.M.P event. I really liked the first one I tried, and it made me want to try other unconventional fitness activities.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the H.U.M.P theme was tango. Instructor Gabriela Condrea has been teaching tango for four years and said she was excited to be part of the series.

“Tango isn’t high impact, so it’s an option for a wide variety of people,” she said. “Essentially, tango is just a fun way to walk, which unfortunately most of us don’t do enough of. Many of us sit at computers all day in our silos, and we need an opportunity to get out and move with other people.”

Condrea teaches people to develop connections with their partners rather than to focus on getting the steps just right.

“You can think of practicing tango like going to a group fitness class,” Condrea said. “When you’re practicing with other people, you feel like you’re part of a society and it motivates you to continue.”

The next H.U.M.P event will be held at Belltown Community Center on Wednesday, Oct. 8. No advance registration is necessary and the cost is $5. For information on the next event, please visit the community center’s Facebook page at

Seattle Parks, Seattle Seahawks and the Austin Foundation bring you Play 60, the NFL movement for an active generation! Compete with Blitz in relay races and more!

Kick off the summer the healthy way and get active with the Seahawks on Saturday, June 29 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Seattle Parks, the Seahawks, and The Austin Foundation have joined together again this year to bring you this fun, free event. Registration is not required and people of all ages are welcome.

The event takes place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Green Lake playfield next to the Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N.
It includes challenges in the following categories:
• Relay Races
• 40-Yard Dash and Vertical Jump (see how you stack up against the pros!)
• Football Toss Inflatables
• Photo Booth
• SWAG Giveaways
• Agility Course

Participants should wear athletic shoes, shirts, and shorts and bring a water bottle. Seahawks gear is welcome! Youth younger than 18 should bring a parent or guardian to sign the waiver.

Play 60 is the Seattle Seahawks’ effort to help kids get fit and stay fit by putting in 60 minutes of active exercise every day, and it aligns with Seattle Parks’ Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative and the mission of the Austin Foundation, “Transforming lives through fitness.” For more information on Play 60, please go to For more information on Healthy Parks, Healthy You, please see, and for more information on the Austin Foundation, please go to

Green Lake Spring Boot Camp

Back by popular demand, this six-week class offers an hour once or twice a week of the best body conditioning and muscle toning exercises for every body type and fitness level. 

A certified and experienced Boot Camp instructor delivers guidance, encouragement, and safe and effective exercises in a friendly environment. Every participant will be challenged differently at his or her own level. 

Dates:            March 1 – April 7, 2011

Days:             Tuesday and Thursday

Time:              Noon 

Cost:              Six weeks: one day per week $60, or two days per week $120

Location:       Camp meets at the Green Lake Park outdoor basketball courts 

What to expect:

  • Stretching
  • Abdominal and core training
  • Running and walking
  • Stair-climbing
  • Resistance training
  • Agility and endurance drills
  • Partner and team drills 

What to bring:

·         Good, supportive running shoes

·         Exercise mat

·         One pair of three- to 10-pound dumbbells

·         Water

·         Layered clothing for the outdoors

 For more information, please call Antoinette Daniel, Citywide Athletics Recreation Program Coordinator, at 206-684-7092, or email her at

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Seattle Seahawks Donate Fitness Room to Garfield Teen Life Center

To view pictures of the event, click here.

The Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Parks and Recreation opened a fitness center at the Garfield Teen Life Center today.  The new “Seahawks PLAY 60 Youth Fitness Zone” will provide access to quality fitness equipment and programs to local youth in order to help them obtain 60 minutes of physical activity per day. 

“We are excited to partner with two organizations that are committed to providing the resources and expertise to help our youth achieve their goals both on and off the playing field,” said Seahawks president Peter McLoughlin.  

A key component to the partnership is a contract with the Austin Foundation to provide dedicated fitness trainers to support the program and monitor the participant’s progress through the existing Garfield Teen Life Centers health and fitness programs. With the support of this donation, Seattle Park’s Teen Express Fitness Program will now operate in the center. 

The Seattle Park’s Teen Express Fitness programs focus on exercise routines that engage teens and encourage them to make safe and healthy decisions. These programs also stress family participation by hosting monthly demonstrations on fitness and nutrition.  Area youths will be able to register each quarter for a three month fitness program free of charge. 

The Austin Foundation provides coaching to youth in cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility, strength training and nutrition. This model allows each student to undergo a positive physical transformation that can carry over into other areas of his or her life. By focusing on individual fitness, each participant develops a sustainable set of skills and motivation to make healthy choices. 

“Teaching youth the value of health and fitness is a core goal of our Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent. “We need solid allies in the private sector to help us achieve that objective. We have found that in the Seattle Seahawks football team.” 

The Garfield Teen Life Center, in Seattle’s Central Area, is well-known for its unique and diverse programs for youth 14 to 17 years old. The facilities include a music studio, technology lab, basketball gym, full kitchen, multi-purpose room – and now a fully outfitted fitness center. The center hosts the Teen Late Night program, which provides a safe place for teens to hang out between the hours of 7 p.m. and midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Activities include flag football, basketball, dodgeball, movies, cooking classes, martial arts, dancing, the lyricist lounge, and lots of games. 

About Seahawks PLAY 60

PLAY 60, part of the NFL Movement for an Active and Healthy Generation, is a national youth and fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of today’s youth by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. The Seattle Seahawks are dedicated to helping kids be active and healthy by giving them the necessary tools, access and encouragement to PLAY 60 minutes every day. Since the campaign launch in October 2001, the NFL has dedicated over $200 million to youth health and wellness through NFL PLAY 60.

About Healthy Parks/Healthy You

A city-wide initiative designed to promote physical activity and wellness programs that serve a diverse community. Seattle Parks and Recreation is dedicated to help all community members find opportunities to achieve a minimum 30 minutes of moderate exercise with trails, playgrounds, gyms, pools, fitness classes, athletic fields, beaches and more. 

About Garfield Teen Life Center

The Garfield Teen Life Center (GTLC), co-located with Garfield Community Center and Playfield and Medgar Evers Pool, is minutes from downtown Seattle and Qwest Field. Situated on the historic Garfield High School Campus, the Garfield Teen Life Center is an afterschool recreation center dedicated to serving the community’s middle and high school students. The GTLC hosts more than 20,280 visits annually and averages a daily attendance of more than 60 teens per day. The center offers a variety of free and low cost programs for youth.

About Austin Foundation

The Austin Foundation’s mission is to transform lives by providing accessible interactive opportunities for young people to experience the benefits of leading a healthy and fit lifestyle. Our focus is to provide health fitness activities and nutritional information to youth and families in underserved neighborhoods. 

For more information visit


Dance and Fitness Classes at Alki Community Center

If you’ve got the notion to shake your tail feather, Alki Community Center has a class for you this fall. Whether you like Zumba, Tap, Swing or Zydeco, dance and fitness classes are open to everyone from 5 years old to 95 years old. 

Zumba Fitness

Ages 18 and older

Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba uses a variety of styles in its routines, including cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, hip – hop, pop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, calypso and salsaton. Music selections include both fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body.

Mondays, September 20 – November 22

7 – 8 p.m.

Activity Fee: $80

Family Fitness

Ages 5 and older

Start off your weekend the right way. Get fit in the morning and then you’re set for the day. Family Fitness is for children ages 5 and up — along with mom or dad—to enjoy physical and fun activities together. Activities may include hula hoops, jump ropes, ball games, running, jumping, skipping and agility challenges. This class is taught by a physical education teacher. Parents must attend class with child. Please call the community center for the individual participant class fee.

Saturdays, October 2 – November 20

10 – 11 a.m.

Activity Fee: $40 (family of 4) or $15 (Individual)

Adult Dance – East Coast Swing

Ages 18 and older

Swing is a perfect place to begin partner dancing, and a great way to meet new people who love to have fun! East Coast Swing is easy to learn and we will teach you both triple- and single–time footwork, open and closed position and, over the 10-week course, a wide variety of great moves. You will recognize these moves and feel good using them right away on the dance floor. We will also focus on lead and follow techniques that will allow you to dance with a certain someone special, or anyone on the dance floor! Get started, and get in the Swing! Singles and couples are welcome.

Wednesdays, September 15 – November 3

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Activity Fee: $15 (Individual), $25 (Couple)

Adult Zydeco Dance – Beginning

Ages 18 and older

This two-step partner dance originally hailed from southwest Louisiana. The music and the dance are both infectious and playful. People all over the United States love this music, including in Seattle where you will find active communities of dancers. The music has a rich heritage of Cajun, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, Afro – Caribbean and even Hip Hop. The dance has evolved with both closed rhythmic and open playful positions where partners learn to play off each other. This is fun to learn and a complete blast. We even spend a little time recounting a bit of the rich history of the music and the dance and teach you the great skills you need to dance with anyone. Singles and couples are welcome. There is no prerequisite for this course.

Wednesdays,September 15 – November 3

7:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Activity Fee: $15 (Individual), $25 (Couple)


Ages: 50 Plus

This is an entire body workout, using dynabands, weights, and floor work. It will help you improve balance, flexibility, and agility. Bring weights to class.

Mondays, October 4 – December 13

10-11 a.m.

Wednesdays, October 6 – December 15

10-11 a.m.

Activity Fee: $30 for each program

Line Dance

Ages: 50 Plus

Get out on that dance floor and move to the music! We play great for the body and soul. No experience or a partner is needed.

Tuesdays, October 5 – December 14

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Activity Fee: $28

Tap Dance

Ages: 50 Plus

This class includes tap dance instruction, and technique improvement for those with some experience. Those who are beginners please contact Mary at 935-2162 for a possible beginners’ class. There will be no class on November 11 or 25.

Thursdays, October 7 – December 16

10-11 a.m.

Activity Fee: $45

Alki Community Center is located at 5817 SW Stevens St. Register online at or call (206) 684 -7430.


Celebrate Olympic Day on June 23 in West Seattle

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to celebrate Olympic Day on Wednesday, June 23, at West Seattle Stadium, 4432 35th Ave. SW, from 5 – 8 p.m. 

The event is free and designed especially for kids ages 3 – 12. Meet Olympic athlete Emily DeRiel and Paralympic athlete Mike Peters, test your skills at Olympic events and rock out with the Recess Monkeys. 

June 23 is the anniversary of the founding of the modern Olympic movement, and is celebrated annually by thousands of people in more than 160 countries. Not only does it commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, Olympic Day is an international effort to promote fitness and well-being and encourage Olympic ideals, such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. 

For more information, or if you would like to volunteer at the event, call High Point Community Center at 206-684-7422 or send e-mail to

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