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The Reality of Rats in an Urban Ecosystem 

Seattle is a city with all the wonders of different cultures, a vibrant economy, and the wonderful parks that Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) stewards. With that population and development also come the trash we create and the rats that thrive with that waste. These animals can be a real… [ Keep reading ]


Carkeek Park Night Hike, Beaver and Owl ProwlThurs. April 11 from 7pm-9pmBird Walk at Schmitz Preserve ParkSat. April 13 from 4pm-6pmCamp Long Night Hike and Owl ProwlThurs. April 25 from 7pm-9pmSpring Migration Bird and Wildlife Walk – Discovery ParkSat. May 4 from 4pm-6pmCarkeek Park Night Hike, Beaver and Owl ProwlThurs…. [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Rainier Community Center Garden Wins the 2024 Toro Urban Park Innovation Award

$50K grant to support innovation in urban food systems and workforce development Washington, DC (March 12, 2024) – Today, the City Parks Alliance and The Toro Company, a leading global provider of solutions for the outdoor environment, announced that the Rainier Community Center’s new urban garden in Seattle is the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Unveils Park District Budget Proposal to Keep Parks Clean, Open, and Accessible to All

Proposal focuses on essential maintenance while also taking important steps to improve safety, combat climate change, support youth, and advance equity Plan would reestablish Park Ranger program, plant and maintain thousands of trees, keep public restrooms operational, and open new and improved parks and community centers Seattle – Reflecting his… [ Keep reading ]

Boost Biodiversity Knowledge with the City Nature Challenge

This April 29 – May 2, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be joining the Woodland Park Zoo and other partners to get community scientists out in our parks to gather data on the plants and animals (and other life) that call Seattle home. The annual City Nature Challenge invites people… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation needs your input on future Olmsted Park restoration projects

Seattle Parks and Recreation needs your input on prioritizing future Olmsted Park and Boulevard restoration projects. Based on your input, future projects could provide restoration in several different Olmsted parks/boulevards around the city. A study conducted in 2018 looked at 10 different sites to assess existing conditions, research historical design intent, and… [ Keep reading ]

Northacres Off-Leash Area closes for improvements

Seattle Parks and Recreation is installing new fencing and upgrading the gated entries at Northacres Park Off-Leash Area (OLA). The OLA is located in the northeast corner of Northacres Park,12718 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. The construction work will close the OLA from February 4 through March 1, 2019…. [ Keep reading ]

Pavement Restoration work begins on Lake Washington Blvd. trail

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with Statewide Parking Lot Services to replace five sections of trail on the lake side of Lake Washington Blvd. Statewide will begin construction the first week of December and anticipates completing the project by mid-December. This project is funded by the Small Paving Program and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation host meeting for Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study

The Washington Park Arboretum partners invite the community to learn about the Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study at an Open House on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E. Please join us to learn about the proposed project for… [ Keep reading ]

Community encouraged to participate in Kubota Garden Master Plan Update

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and the Kubota Garden Foundation encourage the community to participate in the future of Kubota Garden. Please attend the Kubota Master Plan Update meeting on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Community Club, 6038 S Pilgrim St. This… [ Keep reading ]