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Vote for your favorite Seattle Parks’ project this Earth Month

One of 3 parks projects has the chance to receive $20,000! Through an initiative called “Parks Build Community,” one of three local parks and recreation projects will receive a $20,000 grant – and Seattleites get to choose which one. This Earth Month, the National Recreation and Park Association, Disney |… [ Keep reading ]

Matthews Beach Park closed to water access

Toxic algae scum spotted in Lake Washington  As a precaution, Seattle Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed access to the water at Matthews Beach Park in northeast Seattle. Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of Matthews Beach, which is located at 49th… [ Keep reading ]

Parks to host Natural Areas/Greenbelt Mini-Summit April 4

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a Natural Areas and Greenbelt Mini-Summit to talk to members of the public regarding the use of natural areas and greenbelts in Seattle. The summit will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Armory Loft at Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks accepting applications for scholarship funding for youth programs

Seattle Parks and Recreation is increasing access to scholarships for teen programs with $40,000 from the 2015 Hope for Youth Fund. INTRODUCTION $40,000 has been allocated for the 2015 Hope for Youth Fund to increase access to recreational and positive youth development activities by providing scholarships to youth and teens… [ Keep reading ]

Making parks enjoyable to people and wildlife through creative compromise

Seattle was recently named one of the top 10 cities for wildlife and we take that title seriously. Every day Seattle Parks and Recreation works at stewarding a healthy environment for people and nature. Recently our creative environmental stewardship efforts have led beavers to establish their habitat in Magnuson Park…. [ Keep reading ]

Join Volunteer Park Trust for Spring Restoration Day

Join the Volunteer Park Trust from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, for Spring Restoration Day! Volunteers will be removing invasive plants, mulching and applying burlap to prevent future weed growth in a large bed near the Highland Street entrance at the west side of the park. Gloves and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks is hiring for summer lifeguards and other seasonal positions

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council and 37 citywide advisory councils, is now accepting employment applications for various summer programs. Temporary positions are available at 24 community centers, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor pools, two small craft centers and many public beaches and wading… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Board of Park Commissioners to host public hearing on smoking ban

The Board of Park Commissioners will host a special public hearing on Thursday, April 16, to take comments on a proposed parks-wide smoking ban. The Board of Park Commissioners public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters,… [ Keep reading ]

MARCH 19 PARKS BUZZ: You haven’t been there unless you have a PIC to PROVE it

Send your photos to @seattleparks on Twitter for a chance to be featured on our blog! Visit our homepage and subscribe to Explore More, our twice-monthly newsletter, to learn about new things happening in our parks and community centers this month.

Spring break staycationing with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Ah, spring break. You’re picturing yourself on a beach in Mexico. Or hiking in the Grand Canyon. You’re looking at airline and hotel prices and…wait. You’re not going anywhere. Perhaps you can’t afford to go out of town for spring break or maybe you can’t escape the 8-5. Don’t you… [ Keep reading ]