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…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation temporarily closes all outdoor aquatic facilities due to weather

Effective immediately Seattle Parks and Recreation is temporarily closing all public outdoor aquatic facilities today, Aug. 12, 2015, due to unstable weather and reports of thunder and lightning. The closure list includes:

 

Outdoor Pools

  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708
  • Colman Pool, at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, 206-684-7494

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Seattle Parks and Recreation reminds public to recreate safely at beaches and pools

With high temperatures predicted across Western Washington this summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to remind the public about water safety precautions. During the last four years, there were only five days in the month of June when temperatures reached more than 80 degrees. In 2015, June saw at least 15 days with 80+-degree heat.

Lifeguarded beaches opened in Seattle on Saturday, June 20. Since then lifeguards have performed 16 water rescues. By this same time last summer, only three water rescues were necessary. [Read more…]

Get ready to splish, splash and dash to your local pool

Seattle Parks offers new discount for drop-in swims!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the introduction of discounted drop-in swims at its public pools. Beginning in 2015, individuals that qualify based on income and family size will be able to attend a swim session at a discounted rate.

In Seattle, a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill. Access and opportunity to both drop-in programs and swimming lessons are key. By learning to swim, individuals gain life skills, have a reduced risk of drowning death and gain opportunities for new activities.

Drop-in swimming programs offer vital opportunities for basic exposure to the water, development of swim skills and personal health. Currently, many discounts are offered based on age, special population needs, prepaid sessions and frequency of use. With recent City Council approval, in 2015 Seattle Parks will also begin to offer discounts for drop-in sessions to those who qualify. Eligibility will be based on family size and income level in accordance with Seattle Parks established application and approval process. For qualifying individuals, drop-in discount pricing will be $2 for recreational swims such as family swim, public swim or lap swim and $3 for fitness swims such as Water Exercise, Masters, or Swimstrong.

In 2014, Seattle Parks staff taught more than 320,000 swimming lessons at swimming pools and lifeguarded beaches. Seattle Parks scholarship process has greatly helped reduce the cost of swimming lessons by offering half-price lessons at pools for those who meet scholarship eligibility. Additional fundraising for supplemental scholarship helps ensure swim lessons are affordable for all through Seattle Parks ongoing partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital plus many individual donations.

You can be a super hero too!  Help a child learn to swim by making a donation to the Learn to Swim Seattle Parks Scholarship fund. Donate online:  https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1442483

For more information on pool schedules, location and pricing, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/currentschedule.htm

 

Celebrate fall with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Halloween at Bitter Lake CC 120 (107-2)

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting dozens of free and low-cost fall and Halloween activities across the city this month. Put on your scariest costume, perfect your apple bobbing skills, practice your “Boos!” and head out! For event details, please contact the specific location.

SOUTHEAST

Halloween Spookfest
What: Costume party
Location: International District Chinatown Community Center1391643_708184285877425_1119095465_n
Ages: All
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24

Halloween Carnival
What: Games and treats
Location: Jefferson Community Center
Ages: 11 and under
Time: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per game or 5/$1

Toddler Harvest Festival
What: Toddler gym and games
Location: Rainier Community Center
Ages: 5 and younger
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 25
Cost: Free

Teen Halloween Flashlight Hunt
What: Hunt for treats
Location: Van Asselt Community Center
Ages: Teens
Time: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free
SOUTHWEST

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: Alki Community Center
Ages: 1-11
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per game or $7 unlimited

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: Hiawatha Community Center
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per ticket

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: South Park Community Center
Ages: 2 and older
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Suggested $2 donation

Toddler Pumpin Palooza
What: Games and activities
Location: High Point Community Center
Ages: Toddlers
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 30
Cost: $5

Halloween Event
What: Safe tricks, treats and pumpkin carving
Location: Delridge Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free

CENTRAL

Fall Carnival
What: Halloween games
Location: Yesler Community Center
Ages: 3-11
Time:5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $1 per child

Campus Creepy Crawl
What: Haunted tunnel, costumes and games
Location: Garfield Community Center1426135_708185609210626_460875294_n
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Suggested donation $3 per family

Tot Carnival
What: Games, treats and costumes
Location: Queen Anne Community Center
Ages: Toddlers
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: $3 per child

Mighty Mites Crazy Costume Party
What: Costume party
Location: Miller Community Center
Ages: 5 and under
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 30
Cost: Free

Fall Carnival
What: Trick or treating, carnival activities
Location: Montlake Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free

NORTHEAST

Haunted Bounce
What: Bouncy houses and ghostly lighting
Location: Meadowbrook Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30-7:60 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $2 for youth

Halloween Makeup Headquarters
What: Halloween face painting
Location: Magnuson Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 4-6 p.m., Oct. 31
Cost: Donations accepted
Call 206-684-7026 for an appointment.

NORTHWEST

Halloween Carnival
What: Costume party and activities
Location: Loyal Height Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-9 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 50 cents per ticket, $12 unlimited

Big Pumpkin Bash
What: Carnival games
Location: Bitter Lake Annex
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 25
Cost: 25 cents per ticket, can of food for food bank

Lil Spooky Things
What: Costume party and pumpkin decorating
Location: Magnolia Community Center
Ages: 4 and under
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: $3 per child

POOLS

Spooky Swamp Swim
What: Swamp swim
Location: Medgar Evers
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Halloween Family Swim
What: Family swim
Location: Rainier Beach Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:35-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Pumpkin Swim
What: Swim with pumpkins
Location: Evans Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7-8 p.m., Oct. 24

Halloween Swim
What: Spooky swim with pumpkins
Location: Southwest Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Harvest Potluck
What: Live music and potluck
Location: Evans Pool155551_422693717790245_1863255325_n
Ages: All, families
Time: Noon – 2:30 p.m., Oct. 25

Pumpkin Swim
What: Ghoulish games
Location: Madison Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Oct. 29
Cost: $2 per person

Spook the Pool
What: Pumpkin swim and games
Location: Meadowbrook Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $3.75 youth, $5.25 adults

To find contact numbers for community centers, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers.asp, for pools, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/pools.asp. Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle

Beat the heat at Seattle Parks beaches, pools, wading pools and spray parks

When it’s hot, Seattle residents don’t need to go far to cool off. Seattle Parks and Recreation has a long list of places to get cool in the water, including beaches, wading pools and water spray features, and outdoor pools.

Beaches

Parks offers safe, lifeguarded beaches at nine sites around the city, and we strongly recommend swimming only where lifeguards are present. Beaches are open daily, weather permitting, from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Amenities range from swim rafts and low and high diving boards to nearby wading pools, play areas, ballfields, and more.

These beaches are open through September 2:

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE
  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E
  • Mt. Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr.

These beaches are open through August 25:

  • East Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE
  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd.
  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th Ave. S

Outdoor Pools

Parks operates two unique outdoor pools for summer fun. Each offers swimming lessons, family swimming, water exercise programs, and special events. And you can rent the whole pool for your own special event!

Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708, is open daily through September 8. Mounger Pool is really two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones. Call the pool to reserve it for your own birthday party or other special event!

Colman Pool, at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, 206-684-7494, opens at noon each day through September 2, and is also open the weekend of September 7 and 8. The pool enjoys a spectacular view of Puget Sound from its prime location on the beach in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park. It features heated salt water and the Giant Tube Slide!

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT COLMAN: Colman Pool is closed to the public through Saturday, June 29, for a scheduled swim meet. It will re-open to the public on Sunday, June 30.

Wading Pools and Water Spray Features

Your little ones will love the cool, shallow water and you can cool your own grown-up toes too! We will operate 15 wading pool sites this summer, and there are 10 parks with spray features to enjoy. Please note that the pools take about an hour to fill and drain each day, as required by law.

Four-day-a-week Wading Pools (both are open noon to 6:45 p.m.):

  • Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, Mon/ Tue/Wed/Sat
  • Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, Thur/Fri/Sat/Sun

Three-day-a-week Wading Pools (all are open from noon to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., noon to 6:45 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE, Tues/Wed/Thur
  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Sun/Mon/Tue
  • E.C. Hughes, 2805 SW Holden St., Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St., Sat/Sun/Mon
  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S, Sun/Mon/Tue
  • Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri

Daily Wading Pools (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Green Lake, N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW
  • Magnuson, eastern end of NE 65th St., noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Volunteer Park, 1400 E Galer St. 

Daily Water Sprayparks (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.):

  • Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd Ave. NW
  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
  • John C. Little, 6961 37th Ave. S
  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE
  • Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St.

For a more complete listing of fun summer activities in Seattle parks, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks and click on “2013 Summer Guide” on the home page.

Seattle Parks sells low-cost, high-quality life jackets at Evans Pool

Warm weather means outdoor birthday parties, cook-outs, family reunions and lots of water play. But those having fun in and around water should always remember safety precautions because of the risk of drowning.

To support safe recreation, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Children’s Hospital have partnered with Mustang Survival and the Coast Guard Auxiliary to offer low-cost life jacket sales at Evans Pool in Green Lake Park. The first of five sales will take place on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Evans Pool is located at 7201 E Green Lake Drive N.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1 – 14 years old. Wearing a life jacket saves lives. Washington state law requires children ages 12 and younger to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket or life vest on vessels fewer than 19 feet long. There must be a life jacket on board that fits for each person older than 12.

“For parents, it’s important to set an example for your kids, and be ready to rescue if needed,” said Elizabeth Bennett from Seattle Children’s. “In an observational study of thousands of boaters in Washington state, both children and teens were significantly more likely to wear a life jacket if the adult was wearing one.”

The cost for life jackets sizes infant to youth large is $20, and for teens to adult size XXXL, is $30.  The life jackets are comfortable, high quality vests in fashion colors. All sales are final. Seattle Parks and Recreation cannot offer refunds or returns.

“It’s a great time to get a life jacket for the summer,” said Southwest Pool Coordinator Diane Jones, who has coordinated the program since 2006. “Life jackets are available in all sizes. They must fit properly to work; they need to be snug but comfortable.”

Customers younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Fitters will be on site to help purchasers choose the correct size. The person for whom the jacket is being purchased must be present for proper fitting.

Parks will hold additional life jacket sales from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a stylish, Coast Guard approved life jacket! For more information, please email Diane Jones, diane.jones@seattle.gov.

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Seattle summer arrives with a sunny opening for Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool

Seattle Parks and Recreation opens Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, one of its two outdoor pools, this weekend on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1 p.m. for the summer season.  Mounger Pool is located in Magnolia, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, and is open daily until September 9, 2012.

Mounger Pool is two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones. Throughout the summer, Parks will host Friday Family Fun nights from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. We will feature themed events such as Rock and Roll Party, Outrageous Animal Safari, Art on Deck, and Pirate Pool Party.

 For more information contact the pool at 206-684-4708 or “like” Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool on Facebook.

Seattle Parks’ other outdoor pool is Colman Pool, located in West Seattle. This pool is a heated saltwater pool that features a giant tube slide. The pool opens on Saturday June 30, 2012. Parks is currently working on the pool to provide much needed repairs that will extend the life expectancy of this great facility. We are upgrading the pool deck, pool gutters, and upper section of the pool shell and will install a new plaster lining. Colman pool is located at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW for more information please contact 206-684-7494.

For additional information on other pool facilities, hours, rentals or super deluxe birthday parties please visit http://seattle.gov/parks/pools.asp or contact 206-684-4075.

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Low Cost Life Jacket Sales

Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold sales of low cost life jackets one Saturday a month from May through September at Evans Pool, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N. 

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury and death among children ages 1 – 14Wearing a life jacket saves lives. Washington State law requires children ages 12 and under to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket or life vest on vessels fewer than 19 feet long. In addition, there must be a life jacket on board for each person older than 12 years. 

The cost for life jackets, sizes infant to youth large, is $20, and for teens to adult size XXL, is $30. The life jackets are comfortable, high-quality vests in fashion colors. All sales are final.  No refunds, no returns. 

Purchasers under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Fitters will be on site to help purchaser choose the correct size. The person for whom the jacket is being purchased must be present for proper fitting. 

Life jacket sales will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays

  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17  

This program is in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fisheries Supply, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary for their support of this event. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a stylish, Coast Guard approved life jacket!  For more information please call Diane Jones at 206-684-7440, or email at diane.jones@seattle.gov.

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April Pools Day Spotlights Water Safety

Seattle Parks and Recreation will join other public and private swimming organizations throughout Washington to celebrate the 18th Annual April Pools Day on Saturday, April 16, 2011. More than 40 facilities throughout the state are working together to help families prepare for a safe summer by hosting free events that offer water safety tips and activities.

Participants of all ages will have the opportunity to learn hands-on water safety in and out of the water. Activities may include practicing wearing and using lifejackets, learning about hypothermia, taking a boat ride, practicing reaching and throwing rescues, and learning about CPR. Participants can enter a drawing for a free lifejacket, as well as other prizes.  

Don’t miss this chance to get ready for fishing and boating season by participating in April Pools Day at your local Seattle Parks and Recreation swimming pool. Learn and have fun together as a family! 

Please call individual pools for specific activities. 

FACILITY                                           DATE                                                  TIME  

Ballard Pool                                         April 16                                          12:30 – 2 p.m.

1471 NW 67th St.

206-684-4094

Evans Pool                                          April 16                                        1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

7201 E Green Lake Dr. N

206-684-4961

Helene Madison Pool                          April 17                                   3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

13401 Meridian Ave. N

206-684-4979

Meadowbrook Pool                             April 30                                   1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

10517 35th Ave. NE

206-684-4989

Medgar Evers Pool                             April 16                                     1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

500 23rd Ave.

206-684-4766

Queen Anne Pool                               April 16                                     3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

1920 1st Ave. W

206-386-4282

Southwest Pool                                   April 16                                  10:30 a.m. – Noon

2801 SW Thistle St.

206-684-7440