Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to provide input on proposed acquisition and expansion of Cove Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to learn about the opportunity to expand Cove Park through a land swap with King County. SPR is hosting a public meeting on Tues., May 24, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Emerald Room in Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave. SW. This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the project and provide input.

Seattle Parks and Recreation planner Chip Nevins will present the proposal, answer questions and gather community input about the proposed trade. The property, 8923 Fauntleroy Way SW with 35 feet of beach front, is immediately to the north of Cove Park in West Seattle. It lies just to the north of the Fauntleroy Ferry dock.

In 2015, the King County Wastewater Treatment Division finished the upgrade to the Barton Pump Station, next to the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, to accommodate West Seattle’s growing population. As part of the construction of the new pump station, King County acquired the property just to the north of SW Barton Street, which was used as their temporary construction offices. Now that the project is finished, King County no longer needs the property and is proposing to trade it to the City in exchange for the vacation of the portion of the SW Barton Street right-of-way where the pump station is constructed.

Chip Nevins presented this idea to the Fauntleroy Community Association in April. SPR encourages the community to come to the May 24 meeting and learn about proposal. If you have questions please contact Chip Nevins at or 206-233-3879

Community invited to celebrate expansion at Westcrest Park

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Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a community celebration for the Westcrest Park expansion on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The  ribbon cutting ceremony is at 11:15 a.m. The event offers music by Correo Aereo, youth soccer fun by West Seattle Soccer Club, and an obstacle course relay by Camp Long Environmental Learning Center.  Additional family entertainment includes face painting, a bouncy house and model plane making.  What Up Dog and Full-Tilt Ice Cream will be at the community event. Westcrest Park is located in the Highland Park neighborhood in West Seattle at 9000 8th Ave SW. [Read more…]

Start your summer camp adventure at Seattle Parks’ Camp Long



Seattle Parks and Recreation invites youth ages 11-13 to summer Adventure Camps at Camp Long Environmental Learning Center. These camps expose kids to fun outdoor activities, environmental topics, leadership skills and team development.

Participants will take day trips to try out different outdoor activities like kayaking, rock climbing and hiking. No experience is necessary. Parents are asked to call or email the camp director when they turn in their registration packet to Camp long (541-286-0169;


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New small craft launch to be installed at Seacrest Park; partial park closures during construction June 15-16

Seattle Parks and Recreation will replace the small craft launch at Seacrest Park after more than 20 years of use. To help increase public safety, part of the park’s parking lot, the bike racks, and the outside seating area on the deck will be closed while work is being performed.

Seattle Parks anticipates the majority affected areas to be closed from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 15 and 16. Bike racks will be closed Friday, June 12, and re-opened on the afternoon of June 16.

Seacrest Park is located at 1660 Harbor Ave. SW in West Seattle. For more information about the park, please visit

Seattle Parks celebrates Camp Long Mountain Fest on Sept. 14

Schurman Rock celebrates its 75th anniversary during Camp Long Mountain Fest, Sept. 14


Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to celebrate Camp Long Mountain Fest and the 75th anniversary of Schurman Rock from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

Camp Long challenge course

Camp Long challenge course

Camp Long Mountain Fest celebrates Seattle’s mountain climbing history and community. Visitors can challenge themselves on the high ropes course and try climbing and rappelling on Schurman Rock (with waivers). There will be mountain games and interactive workshops for people of all ages and abilities and prizes will be awarded. Jim Whittaker, the first American to climb Mount Everest, is scheduled to attend.

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Schurman Rock

All events are free and take place at Camp Long (5200 35th Ave. SW).

Schurman Rock was constructed between 1938 and 1939 by the Work Progress Administration, and is believed to be the first man-made climbing structure in America. It was originally named Monitor Rock because climbing instructors could monitor their students from all sides of the structure. In 1957, it was renamed to honor Clark Schurman who designed it.

Schurman, known as “The Chief,” was the chief climbing guide on Mount Rainier from 1938 to 1941.  As a climber, he sketched and painted his journeys into a book published by The Mountaineers in 1939. Schurman thought it was important for novice climbers to have a practice rock. Schurman Rock stands as a legacy to his vision.

For more information about Camp Long Mountain Fest, please call 206-423-3460 or visit Camp Long Mountain Fest is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Associated Recreation Council, O2 Outdoor Opportunities and Mountain Madness.


Volunteers endure downpour to restore Camp Long forest

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It was rainy, windy and muddy.  But the ivy was out there, so the volunteers were too.

On Saturday, March 1, about 40 volunteers ventured to Camp Long in West Seattle to remove invasive species of ivy under the supervision of EarthCorps. The volunteers hiked around a slippery forest slope, battling ivy on the ground and on the trees.

“Camp Long is one of our biggest parks, so it’s important that we maintain it,” EarthCorps representative Michael Helms said. “Ivy doesn’t allow for plant diversity because it suffocates other species, so we’re getting it out of here.”EarthCorps Camp Long tools and ivy

EarthCorps and many other organizations host volunteer work parties in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation throughout the spring to keep natural areas healthy and flourishing. Helms said EarthCorps typically has around 50 people sign up for its events, many of them young students.

Andrew Nguyen, a senior at Roosevelt High School, spent his Saturday morning at Camp Long to help fulfil his community service requirement for graduation.

“I’m inside at school all week, so it’s a nice change to be here,” Nguyen said. “On the weekends I like to get outside and get some exercise.”

Marie Ong, a West Seattle High School senior, said she’d been to Camp Long a few times before with the O2 Program and was excited to do her part to keep up its forests.

To see the full schedule of 2014 volunteer work parties, click here.

Delridge Community Center hosts pickleball tournament

 Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Delridge Community Center will host an all-comers pickleball tournament on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4501 Delridge Way SW, 98106.

The tournament is played with a mixed-doubles format, and matches are played with the best two of three games to 11 points. There is a two-match guarantee. Recreational and competitive-level players will compete in age groups.  Ages range from 21 to above 90. The cost is $15 per team. Individuals looking for a pickleball partner may also register.

Pickleball paddles will be provided if you do not bring your own.  All participants will receive a medal.  Winning teams will receive a trophy and bragging rights.

Pickleball has elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It is played on a badminton court, with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center, with a perforated plastic baseball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. Although easy for beginners to learn, pickleball can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game. 

Seattle Parks offers indoor pickleball at many community centers. The newly opened courts to the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park has outdoor pickleball courts. 

For more information or to register for the tournament, contact Antoinette Daniel at 206-684-7092 or   

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Seattle Parks and Recreation to repair tennis courts at Solstice Park and Hiawatha Playfield in West Seattle

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to refurbish and improve the tennis courts in two parks in West Seattle, Solstice Park, on Fauntleroy Way SW and Hiawatha Playfield in the Admiral District. The tennis courts will be closed during the scheduled improvements.

Solstice Park courts will be closed from August 19 – 30, 2013. The refurbishment of theses tennis courts is funded through the Neighborhood Capital Project Fund. Hiawatha Playfield tennis courts will be closed from August 30 – September 7, 2013. Major Maintenance funds are the source of funding for minor paving repairs, acrylic color-coating, and relining of the tennis courts at Hiawatha.

Please share this information with those who may be affected. For more questions or concerns during construction please call Linda Hubert, Project Manager, at 206-386-1696 or email her at

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Hiawatha Advisory Council invite community to celebrate renovation of Dakota Place Park building

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Hiawatha Community Center Advisory Council invite the community to an open house celebration for Dakota Place Park on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 2 – 5 p.m. The celebration is an opportunity for the community to learn about the future programming of the building, take a tour of it, and enjoy a community barbeque and music. Dakota Place Park is located at 4304 SW Dakota St. in West Seattle. Seattle Parks will operate Dakota Place Park as an extension of the Hiawatha Community Center with community programming and public rental space.
This community driven project received funding through the Pro Parks Levy, the Hiawatha Community Center Advisory Council, the Department of Neighborhoods and the Friends of Dakota Place Park. The renovated building now provides two multi-purpose rooms, two restrooms that are accessible for people with disabilities, a small food prep area, new interior site furnishings, storage space, and a sound system.
Phase one of Dakota Place Park provided a new community park, integrated art work, outdoor site furnishings, and extensive plantings. Additional work included access improvements, lighting, refurbishing existing historic elements, automated irrigation, and partial rehabilitation of the exiting historic City Light Substation Building. Seattle City Light transferred the substation to Seattle Parks in 2005.

For more information on the project, please visit the website or contact Kelly Goold at or 206-684-0586. For more information on programs or rentals please contact the Hiawatha Community Center at 206-684-7441.

Sign up now for Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament!

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 2012 Youth Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 22 at West Seattle Golf Course, 4470 35th Ave. SW.

The tournament entrance fee is $65. It is a four-person scramble conforming to USGA rules, and will be accompanied by contests, challenges, competition prizes, a raffle, a hole-in-one entry, and post-event refreshments.

Proceeds support scholarships for low-income youth so they can participate in Parks and Recreation youth programs, including sports teams, summer day camps, the Camp Long Challenge Course, environmental education programs, tennis lessons, swim lessons, child care programs and more.

To register, please contact Necka Kapesi at 206-684-411,, or Seattle Parks and Recreation, 1600 S Dakota St., Seattle, WA 98108.

Co-sponsors are Seattle Sounders FC, West Seattle Golf Course, the Seattle Seahawks and the Associated Recreation Council (ARC).

Parks works in partnership with ARC to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see