Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) staff have been busy preparing for the potential for severe winter weather. During snow events, SPR maintenance staff focus on removing snow from critical park paths, sidewalks, and curb ramps, as well as around community centers. Our Tree Crew is prepared to work around the clock to respond to fallen trees and branches blocking paths, and our heavy equipment crews are prepared to respond to landslides at park sites and trails. SPR crews also activate when needed to support citywide snow response efforts, including hauling salt and supporting SDOT in snow and ice control. SPR is coordinating with HSD to plan for the activation of temporary emergency shelters at specific community center locations within current public health guidelines. More information on temporary emergency shelters is available from HSD here.
During inclement weather, some of the limited in-person programs we are currently offering, including childcare, may be impacted. Please visit our website for up-to-date information on closures; for information on impacts to Child Care Programs, please refer to the Child Care Hotline: 206-684-4203.
During snow events, our nearly 500 parks remain open, unless otherwise indicated. If there is enough snow cover, we also open our four golf courses for snow play and sledding, and most athletic fields will also be opened for non-motorized winter recreation for households and small groups. Please follow COVID-19 safety precautions when visiting parks or play areas, including using a face covering, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands frequently. We encourage all visitors to use caution in our outdoor spaces. Snow and ice can cause tree branches to snap; please stay out from under trees and avoid forested parks during a snow event.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SPR is offering a variety of virtual recreation programming, such as restorative yoga and drop-in bridge. Through virtual recreation you and your family can explore new opportunities to learn and engage from the safety of your own home! There are many options for all ages, some of them free. Please see our January Brochure for more information. In addition, SPR staff have created a comprehensive offering of free videos on a variety of topics, including exercise, arts and crafts, cooking, environmental education, and more. Please visit our SPR YouTube channel to learn more. During severe weather, as well as during COVID restrictions, we encourage everyone to explore ways to remain active and connect with community safely through these virtual recreation offerings.