Seattle Parks and Recreation Staffing and Program Impacts

Updated Tuesday, January 25, 2022

As Covid-19 rises again in our region this winter, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) continues to monitor its impact and follow safety directives from local public health authorities.

Prior to the arrival of the Omicron variant, the pandemic had a considerable effect on SPR staffing levels – due initially to strict safety protocols, but then to attrition from illness, job changes, and challenging local hiring conditions. We have been actively recruiting to fill these vacancies. The current Omicron surge in our area has further impacted our ability to staff programs.

To that end, the following SPR facilities and/or programs have been affected due to COVID-19 contraction or exposure:

  • Community centers continue to be open only to those signed up for classes, child care, and registered drop-in activities
  • For childcare updates, please call your community center or the childcare hotline at 206-684-4203

As a reminder, please note that for entry into any open Seattle Parks and Recreation indoor facility, we require proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative test, as directed by Seattle King County Public Health.

We share your disappointment at the impact the pandemic continues to have on our community and our staff. Know that we are working diligently to fill gaps by equitably placing existing employees in areas of critical need and hiring as quickly as conditions and the local job market allow. We have high hopes for 2022 and, fingers crossed, look forward to getting back to regular programming as soon as possible.