Seattle Park District funds swimming beach piling replacement projects at Green Lake and Lake Washington

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded Quigg Brothers, Inc. the construction contract to replace the pilings at seven swimming beaches along Lake Washington and two swimming beaches at Green Lake. The project will replace selected wood pilings used to secure swim area ropes and floats with steel helical pipe piles. The piling replacement will improve safety at these public beaches.

This project includes both the west and east swim beaches at Green Lake Park and the beaches along Lake Washington: Seward Park, Mount Baker Park, Madrona Park, Madison Park, Matthews Beach Park and Magnuson Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to minimize construction impacts and manage environmental impact issues. All Lake Washington swim beach work will be done from the water. The projects at Green Lake Park will require temporary closure of the trail near the Small Craft Center. On the morning of Tues. Nov. 22, there will be intermittent closure of the trail to launch the barge and crane. We anticipate closing the trail again on the morning of Tues. Dec 6 to remove the barge and crane.

The Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for these swim beach improvement projects. 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 the urban forest; 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, please contact Kent Scott, Sr. Capitol Project Coordinator, at or 206-386-4388.

Green Lake Path painting project rescheduled to May 7

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) rescheduled the Green Lake path painting project to Thursday, May 7, 2015.  Visitors to Green Lake Park will see SDOT crew painting the center yellow line on the Green Lake pedestrian path. SDOT will begin work at 9 a.m. and anticipates the project will take 6 to 8 hours.  The lines on the Green Lake path define the rules of use for many thousands of people per year and help regulate congestion on the path. The City asks park visitors for their patience and cooperation during the painting. [Read more…]

Windermere Summer Splash comes to Green Lake Aug. 16

Come experience the first-ever Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16!

In addition to featuring a Junior Rowing Competition and Corporate Cup regatta, the event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families. There will be food vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and opportunities to experience rowing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Windermere Summer Splash is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate in partnership with George Pocock Rowing Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Most activities will be located on the southwest corner of the park near the Green Lake Small Craft Center.

For more information, please visit


Three Seattle parks named top picks for family recreation

We know how spectacular our park system is, and it turns out, some of the city’s most concerned customers do too – parents.

Every year ParentMap magazine’s editorial team surveys its readers to discover the best family resources in Seattle as part of its Golden Teddy Awards.


Discovery Park


This year, Discovery Park was voted the best Urban Nature Experience.

On the Golden Teddy Awards winners page it reads, “[Discovery Park] in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood has literally everything: Stroller-friendly loop trails, forested hiking trails, beachfront, a lighthouse and an environmental educational center with engaging programs year-round.”

One reader commented that the park, “feels like an out-of-the-city retreat while still being close to home.”

Carkeek Park

Carkeek Park


Carkeek Park was a finalist in the same category with a reader commenting that “It has everything — beachfront, forest, wetland, and a salmon-spawning creek in the autumn!”


Green Lake Park


Green Lake Park, which ParentMap deemed a “recreation paradise,” was a finalist in the Water Playparks and Pools category.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights returns Saturday, December 8; Musicians and volunteers wanted!

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council, with the help of our community partners Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 and Green Lake Windermere Real Estate, continue a Seattle tradition with the 36th annual Pathway of Lights. This year’s event will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 rain or shine. The event is free.

Join thousands of families, friends, and neighbors at this beloved Seattle tradition and travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria. Parks encourages visitors to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:
• The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
• The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
• The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
• The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for nonperishable food items for local food banks.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria, and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 3:30 – 5 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 5 p.m. Cleanup is from 8 – 9 p.m.

Become a fan of the Pathway: For more information, please call Jeff Skinner at 206-386-4235 or email him at

Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), the parent organization of our advisory councils, to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see

Parks Superintendent makes decision on new benches for Green Lake Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams has made a decision about what to do with nine concrete pads intended for benches in Green Lake Park.

In 2011, Seattle Parks and Recreation removed nine two-way (seating on both sides) benches from Westlake Park to accommodate a new model of park furniture. Later that year a Parks Sr. Landscape Architect suggested they be relocated to Green Lake Park and drafted a design showing the benches along the east side of the lake between Green Lake Community Center and the interior path. He took the design to the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks for their review and approval.

In May 2012, Parks crews poured concrete pads for the benches, and some members of the public raised questions about the appropriateness of the benches at that location. Parks held a public meeting at the site on July 31, attended by 19 members of the public and several City staff.

• At the public meeting, eight people favored
installing benches; some said to install as many as
possible and others felt fewer than eight would be
preferable. Most noted that this is a very busy area
of the park and more benches are needed for people
with disabilities and the growing number of seniors
using the park.
• The one bench that has been installed is almost always
in use.
• Five people strongly opposed installing any benches,
for these reasons: the area is already congested, it
takes away green space near the beach, and it does not
respect tradition (Parks design standards)
• Of the 21 emails Parks received, 11 people support
more benches, eight want the pads removed, and three
had other opinions.

The Superintendent, after reading through all meeting notes and emails from the public, identified several alternatives:
–Install benches on all the pads
–Remove some of the pads
–Remove all of the pads
–Use some of the pads for other purposes such as picnic tables
or bike racks.

His decision is to move ahead with the plan shown on the attached schematic. Its elements are:
• Leave the two most northerly bench pads empty and see
what uses evolve for them. Parks staff have observed
people having picnics, playing music and other
activities on them.
• Install the benches on the next four pads to the south.
• Remove the pair of pads closest to the community
center where the strip of land between the lake and
the community center is narrowest.
• Keep the bench to the southwest of the community
• Do nothing with the four remaining double benches
until Parks has observed park activity and given
thoughtful consideration to the possible installation
of benches in another location in the future.

The Superintendent believes that this plan is a fair compromise that accommodates evolving needs at the park and addresses the concerns of the opponents.

Take Your Kid Fishing at Green Lake

For any kid who’s ever wanted to shout, “I GOT ONE!!” here’s an event you won’t want to miss. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold the “Fishing Kids” event at Green Lake Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22. 

Up to 500 kids will cast their lines into the water and go home with a rod and reel, and – probably – a fish – or two for a $5 registration fee. 

The event will take place at the Green Lake Park beach by the Bathhouse Theater, 7312 W Green Lake Drive N, on the northwest shore of Green Lake. Please consider carpooling or taking the bus, as parking will be limited. 

Each child should arrive a half hour before his or her assigned “flight,” or fishing time. After registering, kids will listen to a short talk on water safety, and volunteers will show them how to bait the hook and use the rod and reel before they start fishing. 

Fishing is a lifelong sport the whole family can enjoy, and this year’s sponsors are dedicated to teaching kids about fishing, water safety, different kinds of fish, how to cast, and what to do with a fish once you catch it. 

Fishing gets kids outdoors and can introduce them to our state’s most beautiful sites. During this Earth Month in Seattle, fishing teaches understanding of and respect for Pacific Northwest ecosystems and makes them aware of the importance of the environment to our quality of life. 

Sponsors include Go Play Outside Alliance of Washington (GoPAW), Coastal Conservation Association,  Ballard Trout and Salmon Club, the Seattle Poggie Club, Washington State B.A.S.S. Foundation, Trout Unlimited, Puget Sound Anglers (Sno-King Chapter), Berkley PowerBait, ZEBCO, Eagle Claw, and Purefishing.  GoPAW holds fishing events all over Washington State to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. For more information on other events, see .  

Register your child today. Go online to and click on “SPARC,” or stop by any Parks and Recreation facility.