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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.

Stay informed with AlertSeattle!

When emergencies happen, be the first to know. Stay informed with AlertSeattle to receive real-time, official notifications from the City of Seattle. AlertSeattle is a free service that allows you to sign up online to receive customized alerts via text message, email, voice message, and on social media (Facebook and… [ Keep reading ]

Summer Drills and Skills program schools 90+ youth

Bitter Lake Community Center teamed up with the Aaron Brooks Foundation again this summer to serve more than 90 youth between the ages of 8-19 in the Drills and Skills program. The Drills and Skills program connects with students’ recreational interests while also engaging them in structured, curriculum-based activities to gain successful… [ Keep reading ]

Get healthy with us

It’s a walk in the park Starting a new fitness routine can be intimidating, that’s why we’re recommending that you start this one step at a time – literally. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recently released a video encouraging people to walk more. According to the NRPA, one-third… [ Keep reading ]