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Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Performing Arts Initiative

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is offering to waive fees for community individuals or groups to host performance-based art in select Seattle Parks. Performances can consist of an array of styles and include: theatrical, comedic, spoken word, Toastmasters, acoustical concert and more.

This opportunity is open to new permittees that host their event in one of seventeen (17) Seattle parks with amphitheater-style set ups. Parks include: 6th Ave NW Pocket, A.B. Ernst, Cesar Chavez, Commodore, Counterbalance, Daejeon, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo, Dr. Jose Rizal, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Civil Rights Memorial, Dragonfly Pavilion in Longfellow Creek Greenspace, First Hill, Fremont Peak, Greenwood, Jimi Hendrix, Magnuson, Othello, or Solstice.

Applications are based on a first come, first served process, on a rolling calendar. To qualify, applicants must be willing to meet the requirements for the fees to be waived. Requirements, in addition to the above, include: open to the public, no amplified sound, no money collection, providing event insurance and committing to do outreach to the neighborhood the event is hosted in.

Interested in applying?
You can apply by visiting and filling out or downloading a Park Use Application. Application forms must be turned in to Seattle Parks and Recreation staff at the Event Scheduling Office via USPS or emailed to Approval can take 5-10 business days.  Please indicate you are applying for the Performing Art Initiative.

See the Performing Arts Initiative Brochure for more information: