On Saturday, April 18, more than 50 youth from Seattle, Tukwila and Renton came together for a community cleanup of Rainier Beach High School in honor of Charles Chappelle. Chappelle was a homeless man who lived behind the high school and dedicated himself to keeping Rainier Beach clean for more than 15 years. Students enjoyed talking with him, and he taught them the importance of taking care of their surroundings. 206 Forward – Youth Advocates of Seattle (206 Forward), a Seattle Parks and Recreation Citywide Teen and Young Adult club, hosted the event. [Read more…]
Join Seattle Parks and Recreation at noon on Saturday, May 2, as the department names the new Carkeek Park environmental learning center in honor of Nancy Malmgren, a dedicated park volunteer. The event will take place at the center at 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.
Nancy Malmgren first visited Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle in 1945 at the age of 16, and she’s maintained a strong connection to the park ever since. Ms. Malmgren’s daughter attended Carkeek Park’s annual Girl Scout Day Camp for six years and Nancy led different scout groups on expeditions throughout the park. In 1965, she began making restoration improvements to the area.
Ms. Malmgren has spent the last 40-plus years restoring Carkeek Park and the Piper’s Creek watershed. After securing funding from the Clean Water Act in 1979, Nancy and her husband Les started the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project in partnership with Ted Mohldendorph. The watershed group organized educational, habitat restoration and outreach activities in the area and the Malmgrens often spent full work weeks reinforcing stream channels and creating sustainable paths for salmon. By the late 1980s, the couple’s efforts were repaid when hundreds of chum salmon returned to the stream. [Read more…]
At Seattle Parks and Recreation, we work toward improving the quality of life for Seattle residents every day. Because our parks and natural areas provide tremendous educational and recreational opportunities, it is vital to maintain them; but we can’t do it without your help.
Volunteers play a crucial role in the City and their contributions are invaluable to Seattle Parks and Recreation. In 2014, 36,633 volunteers donated nearly 260,000 of hours of service to the department.
This April, we’ve been hosting work parties and other volunteer events in honor of Earth Month, and there are still plenty of opportunities to pitch in.
Join Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council and the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project for Carkeek Park’s 35th Annual Earth Day event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This inspiring day of service will include both one-time, day-of volunteer projects, such as a beach cleanup and trail restoration, as well as an opportunity to learn more about and sign up with volunteer groups and organizations that work in the park year-round. [Read more…]
Sunday, April 12, is the beginning of Western Washington’s Volunteer Appreciation Week, and that means Seattle Parks and Recreation volunteers can put down their gardening gloves and coaching whistles and enjoy some freebies April 12-18!
Volunteers play a crucial role in our neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout the city and their contributions are invaluable to the department. In 2014, 36,633 volunteers donated nearly 260,000 of hours of service to Seattle Parks and Recreation!
Currently, we have more than 5,000 registered volunteers, and we’re saying thank you by offering them free admission to many local places of interest during Volunteer Appreciation Week. Venues include the Asian Art Museum, the Northwest African American Museum, MOHAI, the Museum of Glass, Olympic Sculpture Park, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Chinese Garden, Pacific Science Center and more!
Registered volunteers were sent email invitations that include information about the Volunteer Appreciation Week deals.
Join Green Seattle Partnership from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, to help restore forested habitats for the Great Blue Heron and other wildlife in Commodore Park! Tools and gloves will be provided, but volunteers should dress in appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.
Volunteers will meet near the parking lot of Commodore Park (3330 W Commodore Way). To register or for more information, click here.
For a full list of Seattle Parks and Recreation volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm.
“I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful! And I think it’s what I want to be.” – Kermit the Frog
It’s not that easy being green, but it’s definitely worth it. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and we’re encouraging everyone to try their hand at being green. Throughout April, in partnership with other environmentally minded organizations, we’re hosting dozens of Earth Day work parties and events.
Last year during Earth Month, we estimated that 3,150 volunteers donated nearly 10,000 hours through Seattle Parks and our partner organizations, and we’re hoping to outdo ourselves in 2015. [Read more…]
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 tools will be provided, but people may bring their own supplies.
The group will gather at 10 a.m. at the Black Sun sculpture across from the Asian Art Museum. No garden experience is necessary and kids are welcome.
This gathering is a wonderful way to meet neighbors, give back to the park and learn more about Volunteer Park Trust.
The Trust will provide doughnuts and coffee! For more details, visit the Spring Restoration Day event page.
Volunteers are needed for the Cal Anderson Park 2015 Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4! We’re looking for people to help with face painting, to hide candy, to supervise the park, to monitor children in the hunt area, to clean up after the event and to hand out prizes.
Volunteers need to arrive at the park at 9:15 a.m. The program ends at noon.
To sign up, contact Faizah Osayande at 206-512-5256 or Faizah.email@example.com.
Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’” In our fair city, spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Come out of hibernation, Seattleites.’”
It’s getting lighter in the mornings! The sun doesn’t set at 4:30 p.m. anymore! There are leaves and FLOWERS on the trees! No more excuses, friends. It’s party time.
Get out on the water!
Or at least watch people on the water. On the first full official day of spring, March 21, Green Lake is hosting its 53rd annual spring regatta. Hundreds of rowers will descend on the lake for a day of nail-biting sprints and friendly competition. Gather you family, take to the grandstands and cheer for your favorite teams. Find all the details you need here. [Read more…]