Seattle Parks and Recreation announces 2015 Denny Award winners


Annual awards recognize outstanding volunteer service

Today Superintendent Jesús Aguirre announced the winners of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 2015 Denny Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Stewardship. The winners are a cross-section of Seattle’s most creative, dedicated and hard-working volunteers who donate precious time and energy to improving Seattle’s parks and recreation programs.

“It was difficult for us to choose winners,” Aguirre said. “To us, all of our volunteers are winners. We are so grateful to the many people who make Seattle Parks and Recreation shine.”

In 2014, 36,633 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 257,152 hours of service. Winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Dec. 1, 2015 at the Museum of Flight. [Read more…]

Help restore urban forests on Green Seattle Day, Nov. 7



Last year 845 volunteers helped the Green Seattle Partnership plant nearly 5,000 plants in 21 parks across Seattle on Green Seattle Day, and this year, the organization is hoping to do even more.

The Green Seattle Day planting party will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Rainier Community Center (registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and snacks). After a brief welcome, buses will deliver volunteers to four restoration projects in Southeast Seattle – Genesee Park, Cheasty Greenspace and Seward Park. Volunteers can participate in educational and family-oriented activities throughout the day and are invited to return by bus to Rainier Community Center to enjoy a free lunch and hang out with fellow volunteers. [Read more…]

Celebrate Arbor Day Oct. 17

Discovery Park

Discovery Park

In the Pacific Northwest, we appreciate lush forests and greenery. Trees clean our air, shade us in the summer and shield us from that infamous Seattle rain. On Saturday, Oct. 17, join with neighbors and City officials and show our greenspaces some love. We’re celebrating Arbor Day with a series of volunteer events and work parties. Find an event from the list below, or spend some time in your own yard. [Read more…]

Volunteers complete 10-month study on Seattle’s Cooper’s Hawks

Seattle Cooper's Hawk study volunteer, photo by Ed Deal

Seattle Cooper’s Hawk study volunteer, photo by Ed Deal


Banded Cooper's Hawk, photo by Ed Deal

Banded Cooper’s Hawk, photo by Ed Deal

Every year since 2002 a group of volunteer raptor enthusiasts keep their eyes on the sky and complete 10-month study on Seattle’s Cooper’s Hawks.

The study was started by Jack Bettesworth and has been spearheaded by Ed Deal since 2012. Deal logged more than 700 site visits between February and October and his group of volunteers logged hundreds more. Deal said the study has three main goals.

First, the volunteers try to census the city of Seattle and figure out how many Cooper’s Hawks’ nests exist each year. This year the group located 41 nest-building pairs between February and September and 34 of those pairs successfully produced young who lived to fly. [Read more…]

Parks and Recreation seeks nominations for annual volunteer awards

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…]

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…]

Thank you United Way Day of Caring volunteers!

volunteers at arboretum

Microsoft and Nordstrom employees volunteer during the 2015 United Way Day of Caring at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Thank you United Way Day of Caring volunteers from Microsoft, Zymo Genetics, Mutual of Enumclaw, Nordstrom, Forest Ridge Academy, Jewish Day School, Virginia Mason, Globys, Blue Nile, United Way, Seattle U, T-Mobile, Gates Foundation, Alaskan Copper and Rockwell. Your volunteer effort makes a huge difference in our community! Enthusiastic volunteers  worked in two dozen of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s gardens, greenspaces, parks and centers! Special thanks to partners such as Earth Corps, Youth Green Corps, Seattle Tilth, City Fruit, Nature Consortium, Green Seattle Partnership, Seward Audubon Center, Arboretum Foundation and Solid Ground for hosting projects and welcoming volunteers!

National Day of Service volunteer opportunities available at Seattle Parks and Recreation

Volunteers during the National Day of Service on Sept. 11 at Longfellow Creek.

Volunteers during the National Day of Service on Sept. 11 at Longfellow Creek.

Volunteers during the National Day of Service on Sept. 11 at Longfellow Creek.

Volunteers during the National Day of Service on Sept. 11 at Longfellow Creek.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a number of opportunities available to celebrate the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Day. These opportunities range from weeding and mulching to picking up litter in parks.

“We have had numerous requests from teachers to perform service tomorrow,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. “Already we around 450 teachers signed up to volunteer. We are so grateful to these teachers who are giving their time and energy to help make our parks better for everyone.”

Teacher-led work parties are taking place at Carkeek, Roxhill, Lincoln and Madrona parks, as well as along the Burke-Gilman Trail and Longfellow Creek, and at the Rainier Playfield. While these work parties are already filled to capacity, a few more are still open. [Read more…]

Disney volunteers spruce up Leschi Park

Disney volunteers in Leschi Park

Disney volunteers in Leschi Park, photo by Sara Franks

Thank you, Disney, for donating time, staff and funds for the stairs project at Leschi Park. On a hot and humid August day, 75 Disney volunteers worked diligently at clearing brush and building stairs in the park. Your efforts help make Leschi more welcoming and accessible for the community.

Thank you Amy Yee Tennis Center volunteers

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

Amy Yee Tennis Center’s staff hosted a wonderful Jamboree for the QuickStart Tennis Program participants, volunteers, parents and friends Aug. 12. This year the program had 240 kids at 13 sites around the city, from Soundview in Ballard to Rainier Beach. Forty-five volunteer coaches contributed over 1,465 hours to make this program a huge success this summer!

Your volunteer efforts make a real difference in our community.