Construction of Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail temporarily closes south end of Arboretum Dr. E

Community encouraged to visit and sign up for construction updates

On Monday Sept., 26, 2016, Ohno Construction will begin to tear up and replace the south end of Arboretum Drive E. This Arboretum access point will be closed through October 15, 2016 to build a key connection for the new loop trail. Bicycle traffic will be detoured to Lake Washington Boulevard E and pedestrians detoured to cross at Wilcox Bridge at Lynn Street to access the Arboretum. This short notice is a response to a scheduling opportunity with a subcontractor that will allow the contractor to complete a key section of the trail and help get sections open to the public ahead of schedule.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes. Seattle Parks and Recreation and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we construct these improvements at the Arboretum.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Drive, creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff is the priority during construction of the Arboretum Loop Trail. To receive construction updates please visit

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is key in mitigation effects of the upcoming replacement of the SR 520 Bridge. It fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands.

For more information about the project visit For additional questions please contact project manager Garrett Farrell at or 233-7921.


Lewis Park Natural Area Opportunity Fund construction begins

Lewis Park Natural Area

Lewis Park Natural Area

Thank you to the Friends of Lewis Park for their stewardship

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce that W.S. Contractors will begin construction for the new trail through Lewis Park Natural Area (1120 15th Ave. S.) in late September 2016. The weather dependent work is expected to last approximately six months.

This community-initiated project includes a new trail that will run north to south on the ground and across elevated structures through the natural area. The project will bring visitors across a large area currently inaccessible due to the steepness of the terrain. The trail will improve pedestrian circulation, provide better accessibility for people with disabilities, and create better access for site restoration. The Friends of Lewis Park have been actively leading the restoration of the 5-acre Lewis Park Natural Area located on North Beacon Hill since 2007 and will use the trail for their ongoing stewardship and educational activities.

This project is funded through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.

For more information on this project, please visit or contact Garrett Farrell, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-233-7921 or

Fall Festivals

5117930503_27d4769c18_zFall is finally here and Seattle Parks and Recreation is ready to celebrate the season of changing colors! From trying your hand at making fresh pressed cider, to dressing up in your spookiest costume, our community centers are full of festive fall activities for you and your family.  So dig up your sweaters from storage and enjoy the cool crisp air on your way to one of our many events across Seattle.


For a complete list of events, take a look a the “Special Events” section of our brochures: Northwest; Northeast; Southwest; Southeast

FALL FEST at Ballard Community Center
October 8; 11 a.m. $5 Ages 2-10.
Time to celebrate fall! Join us for a day of fantastic fall activities. You can try your hand at the apple press, make your own scarecrow (bring old clothes), and of course, play games.

HARVEST FESTIVAL at Meadowbrook Community Center
October 7; 5-7 p.m. All Ages.
Celebrate the Fall Harvest with your community and enjoy freshly pressed apple juice and $5 pony rides!

FREAKY FALL FESTIVAL at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
October 21, 6-8 p.m. $3/person; $12/family 5+
It’s that spooky time of the year again! Join us for this annual evening of treats and a few tricks. Come in costume and enjoy carnival style games, crafts, and more! Meet your neighbors, let your kids loose in the gym and have fun!

FALL CARNIVAL at Montlake Community Center
October 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. All Ages. $3/person; $10/family 4
Trick or Treat in a safe environment, while enjoying other activities such as carnival games with prizes. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact 206-684-4736.

FALL FESTIVAL AND HAUNTED HOUSE at High Point Community Center
October 20, 5:30-7 p.m. Ages 3-11.
Join the High Point Community Center staff and enjoy a family evening of fun. We will have Halloween games, booths, face painting, arts and crafts activities, and snacks. Fun for all ages! Come one, come all.

October 28, 5:30-7 p.m. Ages 3-11. $1
Join the Yesler Community Center staff and enjoy Halloween games, booths, face painting, candy, and snacks.


Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on design of new Lake City park

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the Lake City community to an Open House on Thurs., Sept. 29, 2016 to provide input on the design of a new park in Lake City. Join SPR planner and ELM Environment’s designers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 12501 28th Ave. NE, just north of the Lake City branch library or from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lake City Farmer’s Market to learn about the new park and provide design input. Lake City families, neighbors, friends and supporters are encouraged to attend.

SPR purchased the property located at 12510 33rd Ave. NE in 2010 to provide additional open space for the Lake City community. The events on Thurs., Sept. 29 are an opportunity for the community to participate in the design and meet the design team.

Funding for this park project is provided by Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, this is the first full year of implementation. The Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog for Seattle Parks and Recreation. In addition, it will improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities and programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults, develop new parks, and acquire new park land.

For more information or for meeting notification translation please visit For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Karimah Cooper Edwards at 206-233-0063 or

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to provide input on Georgetown Playfield play area renovation

gt-play-areaSeattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to learn about and provide input on the renovation of the Georgetown Playfield play area on Sat., Sept. 24, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Project Manager and Sr. Landscape Architect will be at the Georgetown Playfield picnic shelter to gather input on play equipment options. Georgetown families and friends are encouraged to participate.

This project will replace play equipment, provide access for all, improve safety and install other features at the park. Georgetown Playfield play area is located at 750 Homer Street, 98108. Funding for this park improvement is provided by Seattle Park District. Thank you to everyone who participated in the previous meeting and survey. 

The Seattle Park District provides the funding for this play area renovation. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new park land.

If you need an interpreter or meeting accommodations please contact Karen O’Connor at 206-233-7929 or karen.o’ For more information about the project please visit

Apply now for three Seattle Park District-funded programs for community activities in 2017

13631451_10154265792878567_7123805924094841341_nSeattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is now accepting applications for three Seattle Park District-funded programs for community activities in 2017.

Arts in Parks

  • This program funds outdoor arts and cultural events in parks throughout the city.
  • Funded projects include new and established festivals, events, and temporary public art that bring life to Seattle’s parks, especially in underserved areas of the city.
  • Individual artists, neighborhood arts councils, and local community-based groups are eligible to apply.
  • Applications are available online at, in multiple languages. Applications are due by October 19, 2016 at 11 p.m.
  • For more information, please call Jenny Crooks at 206-684-7084 or email her at

Get Moving/Recreation for All

  • These programs fund culturally relevant physical and enrichment programming to under resourced communities and in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent.
  • The goal of the community funding is to further strengthen the collaborative working relationship between SPR and Seattle communities through innovative and sustainable programs.
  • Nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and community groups are eligible to apply.
  • Applications are available online at in multiple languages. Applications are due by October 24, 2016 at 5 p.m.
  • For more information, please contact Lakema Bell and Jeron Gates at

Learn what makes a strong application by attending a workshop. This interactive question-and-answer session will cover specifics on eligibility and how to apply. We can make interpreters available with 72 hours advance notice. First time applicants are encouraged to attend.

September 14, 2016
Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE
6:30-8 p.m.

September 17, 2016:
Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S
4:00-5:30 p.m.

September 21, 2016
El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S
6:30-8 p.m.

September 27, 2016
South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S
6:30-8 p.m.

October 1, 2016
Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S Myrtle St.
5:00-6:30 p.m.

October 4, 2016
Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E Yesler Way
5:30-7 p.m.

October 11, 2016
Southwest Teen Life Center, 2801 SW Thistle St.
6:30-8 p.m.

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities to close Sept. 15 for all-staff training

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 due to an all-staff in-service day. The majority of classes and programs will not be running.

The following programs and facilities will be open on regular schedules:

  • Amy Yee Tennis Center
  • Jackson, Jefferson, Interbay and West Seattle golf courses
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center and the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing center will be open for regular programming

Enrichment programs will be take place as noted below. There will be no other activities at community centers. All pools will be closed.    


  • Ballard Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Ballard Community Center, Preschool
  • Belltown Community Center, No programs
  • Bitter Lake Community Center, No programs*
  • Green Lake Community Center, Preschool
  • Loyal Heights Community Center, Preschool
  • Magnolia Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Magnolia Community Center, Preschool
  • Queen Anne Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Queen Anne Community Center Preschool

* The After-School and Kendo programs at the Bitter Lake Annex will be open for the regular program hours.


  • Laurelhurst Community Center, No programs
  • Magnuson Community Center, No programs
  • Meadowbrook Community Center, School-Age Care*
  • Meadowbrook Community Center, Preschool
  • Meadowbrook Community Center, Middle School Programs
  • Northgate Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Northgate Community Center, Preschool
  • Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, No programs*

*Before- and After-School programs at John Rogers Elementary, Wedgwood Kids Time, and Thornton Creek will be open for their regular program hours.


  • Belltown Community Center,    No programs
  • Garfield Community Center,    No programs
  • Montlake Community Center, No programs*
  • Queen Anne Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Queen Anne Community Center, Preschool
  • Miller Community Center, No programs
  • Yesler Community Center, Rec Tech
  • Discovery Park, Preschool


* Before- and After-School programs at McGilvra Elementary will be open for their regular program hours.



  • Alki Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Alki Community Center, Preschool
  • Delridge Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Delridge Community Center, Preschool
  • Delridge Community Center, Rec Tech
  • Hiawatha Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Hiawatha Community Center, Preschool
  • Hiawatha Community Center, Teen Programs
  • High Point Community Center, School-Age Care
  • South Park Community Center, School-Age Care
  • South Park Community Center, Rec Tech


  • International District Chinatown Community Center, No programs
  • Jefferson Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Jefferson Community Center, Preschool
  • Rainier Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Rainier Beach Community Center, School-Age Care
  • Southwest Community Center, No programs
  • Van Asselt Community Center, School-Age Care

All enrichment programs taking place outside of community centers and at schools will operate as usual.


Dog Swim at Madison Pool

Join us at Madison Pool for Dog Swim!

Sunday, September 25
1 -3 p.m.
$15.00 per dog

Dog Swim

We are hosting a dog swim at Madison Pool before the pool is scheduled to be drained and cleaned. We expect a lot of barking and a good time being had by all! There will be an outside area for dogs to be washed before entering the pool and a few vendors will be on site with treats and handouts. Tennis balls will be available on the pool deck. Stairs and pool docks will be available to make access easier for the dogs. We are expecting about 35 to 50 canine attendees. Lifeguards will be on duty to ensure the safety of your furry friend.

Health department rules prohibit humans from being in the pool with the dogs. All dogs must be licensed. Animal control will be on site to help with licensing and questions.

GIS / Map Outage this weekend, September 9 – 11

NOTICE:  Maps on our Parks and Recreation website will be out of service starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9  as Seattle IT relocates some critical equipment to its new data center.  The outage is expected to continue through Sunday, Sept. 11.  Maps may display error messages, give incomplete information or simply fail to appear.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will make every effort to restore service as quickly as possible.

Outdoor Preschools to Open at Four Seattle Parks in September


On a cloudy day, April Charlie explores the forests of Camp Long for the first time. Through her three-year-old eyes it is a wonderland – full of towering conifers, big rocks and colorful animals. It’s a perfect place to ramble, burrow and play. The best part is Charlie will get to enjoy an education full of healthy, active play in a sensory rich world where she will build both the social and emotional skills needed for a productive life and the academic skills needed for success in school. 

In an outdoor classroom, lessons have a natural magic: instead of counting marbles, children collect and count acorns; to learn colors, geometry and fine motor control, children use paintbrushes to spread pollen between flowers and record the color, shape and number of petals to share with the class; and with a pile of leaves and twigs, they build sculptures and art that reflect the wilds of their imagination.

In an innovative partnership, Seattle Parks and Recreation is providing space for Tiny Trees Preschool to operate, on a pilot basis, 11 affordable, nature-rich outdoor preschool classes, helping 180 children a day at four Seattle Parks.

Affordability was a major reason April Charlie’s parents chose Tiny Trees. “Shortly after Charlie was born, we added her to a number of wait lists for various preschools,” said Annie McGlynn-Wright. “Some cost more than $19,000 a year, far more than what students pay now in tuition at the University of Washington and just not possible for a working family like us.”

At Tiny Trees, 52% of the incoming class receives financial assistance. At Carkeek Park, families who make less than $72,000 a year receive free tuition through the Seattle Preschool Program Pathways. “We’re committed to creating a school where every child is welcome,” said Andrew Jay, CEO of Tiny Trees Preschool. “Making tuition affordable and investing in teachers who reflect the diversity of the neighborhoods our schools are a part of, are key to that success.”

Tiny Trees Preschool keeps costs low by eliminating the cost of building, renovating and maintaining a child care facility. Instead of spending a huge amount on bricks and mortar the school spends it on hiring and supporting great teachers. The result is a preschool that costs 80% less to start and tuition prices that are 10 or 40% below market rate. Beginning September 12, 2016, Tiny Trees will operate schools at Camp Long in West Seattle, Carkeek Park in Northwest Seattle, John C. Little Park in the Rainier Valley and Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill.

The pilot agreement illustrates Seattle Parks and Recreation’s support for the city’s Preschool Program, approved by Seattle voters in 2014 to make preschool opportunities available for all Seattle 3- and 4-year-old children. 

“This unique outdoor preschool program helps children to learn and develop while experiencing the wonder of the natural world,” said Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. “Supporting families in connecting their children to the natural world at an early age supports our efforts to build life-long advocates for the preservation of outdoor space and environmental stewardship.”

The Seattle Preschool Program aims to provide high quality early childhood education programs for 1,600 children a year by 2018. Tiny Trees Preschool is a provider for the Seattle Preschool Program – Pathways at Carkeek Park, and has two years to meet the quality standards for the Seattle Preschool Program.

Outdoor preschool is a concept that started in Norway, Germany and Denmark, three countries where the weather can get really cold. The model has been tested in the Northwest by Cedarsong Nature School, which has been offering year-round outdoor preschool on Vashon Island since 2006.

To make sure families are prepared for a Seattle winter, Tiny Trees provides every child a free one-piece rain suit and boots from the Vancouver, WA based company Oakiwear. Children also use picnic shelters in heavy rain and there is an emergency shelter designated at each site in case of severe weather or emergency. Tiny Trees follows the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) calendar and is closed on SPS snow days.

For more information, please visit