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January 2022 Programs: In-Person and Virtual

Registration for January 2022 programs opens December 14. We have a variety of in-person and virtual programs for youth and adults! You can find the full brochure online here. Register There are several options to register in our programs. Register online here Register by calling a community center Call our Business Service… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Polar Bear Plunge 2022

Let’s do it, again Seattle! The Polar Bear Plunge is returning in 2022 with the Polar Bear Plunge DIY Kit. Since large gatherings can still be risky, we want to make sure you have a chance to participate in this January 1st tradition and earn that “badge of courage” but… [ Keep reading ]

Magnuson and Madrona Beaches Closing After This Weekend, Pritchard Beach to close Aug. 29

As students head back to school and Aquatics staff levels drop, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will be closing some lifeguarded beaches before Labor Day as we have done in years past. Madrona (853 Lake Washington Blvd.) and Magnuson (6505 NE 65th St.) beaches will have their last day this… [ Keep reading ]

Arboretum Loop Trail closes for repairs starting August 17

Starting Tuesday August 17, 2021, a small portion of the Arboretum Loop Trail will be closed for pavement repairs for approximately two weeks. The section requiring repairs is near the Seattle Japanese Garden. During this time, bicycle traffic will be rerouted along Arboretum Drive. You can see the full detour… [ Keep reading ]

Beyond the Fairways: Wildlife Habitat in Golf Courses

By Greg Van Hollebeke, Rocky Tharp, Michael Yadrick, and Todd Burley When most people think of parks, they don’t initially picture golf courses, but Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) manages four courses – West Seattle, Interbay, Jefferson, and Jackson Golf Courses – that provide recreational opportunities for many. In fact,… [ Keep reading ]

Tree Management in Seattle’s Parks

By Nicholas Johnson and Todd Burley While walking through your favorite park you may come across a pile of mulch where there used to be a tree. What happened? You liked that tree! Isn’t Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) trying to add trees, not take them down? Maybe you notice a large cedar… [ Keep reading ]

Why is the Grass Long?

By Todd Burley If you are out and about in some of our parks, you might notice longer grass in areas where it was usually mowed. This is intentional! Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is piloting a shift in our turf management practices to improve habitat for declining pollinators, save… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation to extend temporary early closure time of 10 p.m. at Alki Beach Park through September 12, 2021

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will extend the temporary early closure time of 10 p.m. at Alki Beach Park (2665 Alki Ave. SW) through September 12, 2021. SPR originally piloted a temporary early closure time of 10 p.m. over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Based on positive community feedback,… [ Keep reading ]

Urban Forest Restoration – The Success (and Challenges) of Seattle’s Green Seattle Partnership

By Michael Yadrick, Lisa Ciecko, and Todd Burley People have always had a relationship with Seattle’s forests, although it has shifted over time. This past year, with the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social isolation, has underscored how essential the 2,754 acres of natural areas in Seattle are to our health… [ Keep reading ]

A Trail in Our Woods – The Cheasty Mountain Bike Trail Gains Traction in Southeast Seattle

By Mike Schwindeller, David Graves, and Todd Burley A look at a satellite view of Seattle will reveal several long strips of forest that to many are unknown and underappreciated. These linear green spaces exist in part due to the hilly geography of Seattle, as most are on steep slopes… [ Keep reading ]