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2017 Parks and Rec Summer Statistics

Celebrating a Successful Summer

The leaves are beginning to turn and the children have returned to school. And as the season transitions to fall, we reflect upon the incredibly sunny, warm, fast-paced summer that we had in Seattle. Below, we feature some of our favorite statistics that highlight a great 2017 summer season.



  • Recreation for All partnered with over 15 organizations, non-profits, community groups, and small businesses to provide over 850 hours of programs serving over 1,300 people in over 10 different underserved neighborhoods in Seattle.
  • The Get Moving Initiative engaged over 3,500 individuals, provided 532 hours of programming, partnered with 13 grass-root non-profit organizations and community groups, and served various cultural communities in over 14 different neighborhoods
  • The Summer Concert Series at Hiawatha Park hosted a cumulative total of about 2,000 people throughout the summer.
  • Over 800 backpacks have been donated to community youth through community center events.


Parks & Environment

  • Parks’ crews completed over 200 leak repairs in park facilities and irrigation systems throughout the city.
  • 130 adults and 238 youth participated in Summer Campouts at Camp Long. The Summer Campout event is a free family campout for low income families, many of whom are immigrants and refugees.
  • 211 youth participated in Summer in the Parks at Othello Park and Roxhill Park . Summer in the Parks participants receive free lunches and participate in fun environmental education activities.




  • The community made 253,545 visits to our beaches and 126,685 visits to our wading pools.
  • Beach lifeguards made 120 water rescues and performed 57 first aid treatments.
  • Wading pools operated a total number of 5,485 hours, and sprayparks operated a total number of 8,181 hours this summer.



Planning & Development

  • Approximately 1,100 community members engaged in project planning meetings.
  • Over 1,500 community members participated in online project planning surveys.
  • By the end of summer, 18 new projects had been started in 2017.



Arts in Parks

  • Community members attended 131 Arts in Parks events this summer.
  • Arts in Parks programming totaled 411 hours.
  • Seattle parks hosted 7 temporary art installations.



Enterprise and Partnerships in Communities

  • Volunteers engaged in 242 hours of reforestation activities at Seward Park.
  • Cascade Giving Garden at Cascade People’s Center helped grow over 500 pounds of food for the Immanuel Community Services Food Bank and the Cascade Neighborhood.
  • The Athletic Scheduling Office had 15,676 athletic field bookings this summer which equates to 49,350 hours of scheduled time.