Community invited to review design for Marra-Desimone Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites families, neighbors, and farmers to review the design for the future improvements at Marra-Desimone Park on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 from 5:45 – 7:45 p.m. at the South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S.

Seattle Parks and Recreation would like to thank everyone who attended the first meeting in September.  The input provided at that meeting helped inform the design for the 8.7-acre community park. At this meeting, Barker Landscape Architect and Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager will provide background on the project, and present the park design. Marra-Desimone Park (including Marra-farm) is located at 9026 4th Ave. S. [Read more…]

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 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 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…]

Community encouraged to participate in review of design for the Seattle Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to review the schematic design and provide feedback for the new Seattle Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo. The public meeting for this project is Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Avenue N. in the Red Room.

At the meeting, Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager and the design team of Fischer Bouma Partnership and Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology will provide project information and present the schematic design.  The design incorporates feedback heard from the community at the first public meeting in September. [Read more…]

Imagination Foundation presents ‘2015 Cardboard Challenge’ at Bell Street Park

Kids participate in a 'Cardboard Challenge'

Kids participate in a ‘Cardboard Challenge’

When you’re little, a refrigerator box isn’t just packing material; it’s a castle, cave or new car. From noon-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, the Imagination Foundation is sponsoring the 2015 Cardboard Challenge featuring the movie “Boxtrolls” at Bell Street Park. Children are invited to create cardboard creations and take part in other activities from noon-6 p.m. The outdoor movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Seattle’s Cardboard Challenge is about encouraging the people of all ages to come together and foster creativity in children. Children are encouraged to build things from their imagination, to be doers, to explore interests and passions, to learn how to be resourceful and persevere and to see every day recyclable objects in new ways.  [Read more…]

Community invited to participate in design of waterfront park on Portage Bay

Join in on-line open house to review design options

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to learn about the new shoreline park in the University District and review initial design concepts at an online meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at noon.  To sign for the online meeting and to find out more about the new park visit

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014.  The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.  [Read more…]

Freshwater fish contaminant monitoring and water quality testing to take place at Green Lake this month

The State Department of Ecology will be collecting fish from Green Lake during the week of Oct. 5, 2015 as part of its statewide Freshwater Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program. The work involves collecting fish using an 18 foot electrofishing boat and will likely be completed in two days. Fish collection will be done in late night hours.

Fish tissue will be analyzed for various contaminants such as: pesticides, PCBs, flame retardants, dioxins/furans, and mercury. Results from laboratory analyses will help state and local health departments assess risks to human health from eating contaminated fish. [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…]

Broad range of free dental, vision and medical services offered at giant health clinic

People in need of dental, medical and vision services may receive them free of charge at the largest free health clinic ever organized in the State of Washington, Seattle/King County Clinic, Oct. 22 – 25, in KeyArena at Seattle Center.

Now in its second year, Seattle/King County Clinic brings together over 100 healthcare organizations, civic agencies, nonprofit entities, private businesses and thousands of volunteers with a goal of providing over $2.5 million in services to underserved and vulnerable populations. This extraordinary free clinic offers a broad range of medical, dental, and vision care with an expectation of helping as many as 4,000 people in need over the four-day period. Here is how the Clinic works:

· Clinic patients receive treatment on a first-come, first-served basis. [Read more…]