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Beat the heat at beaches, pools, wading pools and sprayparks

When it’s hot this summer, Seattle residents don’t need to go far to cool off. Seattle Parks and Recreation has a long list of places to get cool in the water, including beaches, wading pools and water spray features and outdoor pools. 2 Outdoor Pools Parks operates two unique… [ Keep reading ]

Practice your dance moves, warm up your vocal chords: The buskers are back

Downtown Seattle has a different feel in the summer.  The sun is out (like all the time) and the parks are bustling with children, tourists and activity. This summer you’re likely to cross paths with an indie/folk duo sharing their songs in Westlake Park or a juggler dancing her way… [ Keep reading ]

Join City Fruit and Save Seattle’s Apples

Join City Fruit in a series of work party events to Save Seattle’s Apples! This spring campaign is meant to engage the community and promote awareness of the urban fruit trees, prevent common pests from spreading to nearby trees, keeping nutritious food from going to waste and helping to preserve… [ Keep reading ]

City to provide free activities for Seattle students during May 19 teacher walk-out

21 community centers to serve students from kindergarten to 8th grade Seattle Parks and Recreation has announced it will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade in response to the May 19 teacher walk-out. The free program… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle City Council confirms Jesús Aguirre as new Parks superintendent

Seattle Parks and Recreation is excited to welcome Jesús  Aguirre as its new superintendent. Seattle City Council confirmed Aguirre’s appointment on May 11. He was nominated by Mayor Ed Murray in February. Aguirre has served as a parks director, educator, and most recently, as the State Superintendent of Education for… [ Keep reading ]

MAY 7 PARK 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. … [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks expands programs for special populations with 2015 Park District funding

Though 2015 is considered a ramp-up year for the Park District, (2016 being the first year that the District collects property taxes) Seattle Parks and Recreation has already implemented two new exciting community programs. Using ramp-year funding, Seattle Parks was able to hire a half-time Recreation Specialist to officially launch… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle 2035: Draft Environmental & Equity Analyses Published

Today the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) released for public comment a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update. This a major milestone towards an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan which plots a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future growth and… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks wins two statewide awards

The Washington Recreation and Park Association awarded Seattle Parks and Recreation two spotlight awards at a statewide Parks conference on April 30. Pianos in the Parks The Pianos in the Parks program a Spotlight Award in Arts and Culture. In July 2014, Seattle Parks partnered with Laird Norton Wealth Management,… [ Keep reading ]

Park Board postpones May 14 meeting; board to make recommendations on smoking ban & Cheasty trail on May 28

The Board of Park Commissioners has postponed its May 14 meeting and will discuss and make recommendations on both the proposed smoking ban in Seattle parks and on the proposed Cheasty Bike and Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project at its subsequent meeting on Thursday, May 28. That meeting will be held… [ Keep reading ]