Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin construction on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 to improve the sidewalk, drainage and parking along 16th Ave. S between S Dakota St. and S Nevada St. This project, located just west of Jefferson Playfield, includes new drainage infrastructure, wheel stops to define the parking area, and new street trees. [Read more…]
Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public design meeting for the Golden Gardens Park drainage and stairway renovation project on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse, 8498 Seaview Pl NW.
This meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn about the project. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and the design consultant, Osborn Consulting, Inc., will provide background information and the construction timeline for the upcoming project. [Read more…]
Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks and recreation system. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.
The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.1, 2015 at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.
The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout Seattle. In 2014, 36,633 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 257,152 hours of service. Though the volunteers’ efforts are invaluable to the department, the Corporation for National and Community Service estimates that the monetary value of a volunteer’s time in the U.S. as $22.55 per hour. That means in 2014, volunteers donated $5,798,777 worth of time to Seattle Parks and Recreation! [Read more…]
On Friday, Sept. 4, Mayor Ed Murray announced that Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), will expand currently scheduled before- and after-school care into all-day camps on September 9, 10 and 11 in the event of a strike by Seattle Public Schools teachers.
“While we still hope that an agreement will be reached to allow school to start on time, the City is making arrangements to provide some relief to impacted families juggling childcare arrangements,” said Murray. “That’s why, for families with children already participating in Seattle Parks and Recreation before- and after-school programs, we will be expanding those program hours for them.” [Read more…]
Rainier Beach Pool will be closed Saturday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 for annual preventive maintenance. The facility will reopen on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015.
For more information on Rainier Beach Pool, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/Parks/aquatics/rainierbeachpool.htm.
Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the acquisition of property at 8118 Greenwood Ave. N. for a new park in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood. The deal closed on July 1, 2015.
“As Seattle’s neighborhoods grow, residents must have access to public amenities like parks,” said Mayor Murray. “By adding this property, we’re increasing recreational opportunities for the Greenwood-Phinney community and creating more public space next to the new Greenwood Library for families and children.” [Read more…]
On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Seattle Parks and Recreation will open the 20-acre expansion of Westcrest Park at the West Seattle Reservoir, located at 9000 8th Ave. SW in the Highland Park neighborhood of West Seattle. The new park expansion is the fifth reservoir lid-park collaboration between Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).
The 20-acre expansion of the park captures panoramic views of the mountains and city skyline, while integrating a range of multi-generational amenities. Features include a flexible great lawn, a new play area with two zip-lines and a hillside slides, swaths of native prairie, strolling paths, parking and streetscape improvements, restrooms, and public art. A mix of oak species will provide strategic shading, frame views and contribute to Seattle’s urban forest and habitat for generations to come. Site Workshop collaborated with the community, Seattle Parks and Recreation and SPU on designing the park and Mid-Mountain Construction built the park. [Read more…]
Community encouraged to participate in park design meeting
Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public design meeting for the new Lake City Skatespot at Virgil Flaim Park on Monday, July 13, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Lake City Branch Library located at 12501 28th Ave. NE.
The community-initiated project is funded by Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. At the meeting, the community will have an opportunity to provide input on the skatespot’s features and other changes to the park. Staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Cascade Design Collaborative and Grindline Skateparks will be on hand to present site analysis, review the current design from the Opportunity Fund proposal and answer questions. [Read more…]
Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a Natural Areas and Greenbelt Mini-Summit to talk to members of the public regarding the use of natural areas and greenbelts in Seattle. The summit will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Armory Loft at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.
The intent of this effort is to develop values-based guidelines for the appropriate use of Seattle’s natural areas and greenbelts. This process will result in a vision for natural areas and greenbelts that will maintain the native forest ecosystem, protect public safety and enhance positive uses over the long-term.
The event will include a panel discussion and an open house with at least 20 participating organizations.
- Merica Whitehall, Executive Director Nature Consortium
- Mark Jordan, Seattle University Biology Professor – habitat analysis
- Peg Staeheli, SvR Design, Hydrologist, former Urban Forestry Commissioner
- John Barber, Parks and Open Space Advocate, former Park Board Commissioner
- Martin Westerman, Board Member, Seattle Green Spaces Coalition
This is an opportunity to engage with Seattle Parks’ staff and other local experts.
For more information on the Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/naturalareagreenbeltuse/default.htm.
The Board of Park Commissioners will host a special public hearing on Thursday, April 16, to take comments on a proposed parks-wide smoking ban.
The Board of Park Commissioners public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N.
The proposed new rule would prohibit smoking in all public parks in the city of Seattle. This ban would extend the original smoking prohibitions put in place in 2010, which banned “smoking, chewing, or other tobacco use…within 25 feet of other park patrons and in play areas, beaches, or playgrounds.” [Read more…]