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National Day of Service volunteer opportunities available at Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a number of opportunities available to celebrate the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance Day. These opportunities range from weeding and mulching to picking up litter in parks. “We have had numerous requests from teachers to perform service tomorrow,” said Seattle Parks and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation superintendent hosts open houses Sept. 22 and 26

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent, Jesús Aguirre has been focused on getting to know Seattle, its parks and facilities, and the city’s neighborhoods and people since he started in June. Now one of his main priorities is to get to know you better – stakeholders, customers and residents. Jesús will be hosting two open houses at Van Asselt and Northgate community centers… [ Keep reading ]

Seniors admitted free to Seattle Japanese Garden on Respect for Elders Day

The Seattle Japanese Garden will celebrate Respect for Elders Day on Monday, Sept.14, 2015. In honor of this Japanese holiday, seniors age 65 and older will receive free admission to the garden from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Complimentary guided tours will be available starting at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,… [ Keep reading ]

South Park neighborhood invited to participate in future design of Marra-Desimone Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites families, neighbors, and farmers to provide input on the next phase of improvements for the Marra-Desimone Park on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 from 6- 8 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team will host the community meeting at the South Park Community Center,… [ Keep reading ]

I’m a Park and Rec Kid!

Taking advantage of parks and community centers can help children learn valuable life skills. “Park and Rec Kids” grow up appreciating nature, learning social skills on playgrounds and in recreational programs, developing healthy habits, cultivating friendships and so much more. Everyone has their own Park and Rec Kid story. What’s yours? Tweet… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle announces plans to expand before- and after-school programs into all-day camps at select community centers in the event of a teachers’ strike

On Friday, Sept. 4, Mayor Ed Murray announced that Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), will expand currently scheduled before- and after-school care into all-day camps on September 9, 10 and 11 in the event of a strike by Seattle Public Schools teachers. “While we… [ Keep reading ]

Rainier Beach Pool to close for preventive maintenance

Rainier Beach Pool will be closed Saturday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 for annual preventive maintenance. The facility will reopen on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. For more information on Rainier Beach Pool, please visit

Sept. 3 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.

Disney volunteers spruce up Leschi Park

Thank you, Disney, for donating time, staff and funds for the stairs project at Leschi Park. On a hot and humid August day, 75 Disney volunteers worked diligently at clearing brush and building stairs in the park. Your efforts help make Leschi more welcoming and accessible for the community.

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