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Seattle Parks and Recreation remembers Powell Barnett

The 4.4-acre park that lies between East Alder and East Jefferson streets was named for civil rights activist and community leader Powell Barnett in 1969. Barnett’s father, an ex-slave, was recruited to work in the coal mines in Roslyn, Washington in 1889. Barnett worked in the mines as a young… [ Keep reading ]

Teen Recreation Leader Jean Lee receives 2014 John C. Little, Sr. Spirit Award

At the Feb. 12 Board of Park Commissioners meeting, the 2014 John C. Little, Sr. Spirit Award was presented to Seattle Parks and Recreation employee Jean Lee for her steadfast commitment to improving the lives of young people in the community. John C. Little, Sr. served the community as a… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Murray Nominates Jesús Aguirre as new Parks Superintendent

Mayor Ed Murray has nominated former Washington, DC Parks and Recreation chief Jesús Aguirre to be the new Superintendent at Seattle Parks and Recreation. Read more on the Mayor’s Blog.

Japanese Garden opens March 1 with ‘First Viewing’

Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 as the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the first time in 2015. First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair of a Shinto blessing. The Shinto blessing is a formal ceremony that has been conducted in… [ Keep reading ]

Happy Valentine’s Day from Seattle Parks and Recreation

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. It can mean pampering your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, kids, friends or fiancé. It can mean expensive dinners, chocolates or roses. To Seattle Parks and Recreation, Valentine’s Day means showing love to our vibrant Seattle communities.  It also mean carbs, caffeine and free… [ Keep reading ]

FEB. 5 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.

Seattle Parks offers opportunities for seasonal food trucks, activities and concessions

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking seasonal partners to operate food services, activities and group fitness classes in various park locations throughout the city of Seattle. Locations vary with sites appropriate for carts, food trucks and other self-contained service businesses. To apply, submit a proposal to Seattle Parks on or… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation 2014 accomplishments

As we ramp up our efforts to implement the Park District, we’re reflecting on the many significant accomplishments of 2014 for Seattle Parks and Recreation. We are excited about the many opportunities we were able to provide Seattle families and individuals last year. In the Recreation Division, Aquatics staff taught… [ Keep reading ]

An insider’s guide to Discovery Park

Seattle Parks and Recreation Naturalist Anne Bentley has been working in Discovery Park for more than 25 years, and knows the area better than most. We interviewed Anne to learn her expert tips for getting the most out of a visit.  Q. Many visitors to Discovery Park head straight to West… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Parks and Recreation Presidents’ Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of Presidents’ Day. These facilities and services are CLOSED: Community centers Environmental learning centers Indoor swimming pools Green Lake Small Craft Center Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:… [ Keep reading ]