Community input needed for High Point Community Center play area renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to provide input on the High Point Community Center play area renovation project on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW.  The landscape architect, project planner and project manager will provide information on the renovation project and gather community input on play features and amenities. The play area is south of the community center near the tennis courts. This is an all-ages event with light snacks and children’s activities. We encourage all to attend and participate by providing input on the best play area design option for the High Point neighborhood.

This project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements, and improve safety and other features at the park. Please participate in a survey for the project.

The Seattle Park District provided the funding for this play area improvement project. Approved by Seattle 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.

A survey for the play area project, translated meeting notices and additional information can be found here If you have questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Karimah Edwards, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-233-0063 or


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Legislative Youth Action Day

youthThis year, 10 members of 206 Forward- Youth Advocates of Seattle, a Seattle Parks and Recreation Citywide Teen and Young Adult club, joined more than 120 young people in Olympia on January 29 & 30 for the Legislative Youth Action Day.  Young people came from around the state to speak with their state legislators about several issues, including funding services for people who are homeless, equitable distribution of funding for education, and police accountability.

Ericka Guan, a Junior at Rainier Beach High School and a member of 206 Forward  wrote about her experience in Olympia:

Youth action Day impacted me by believing and trusting that I can actually speak up for my own beliefs.  The most memorable moment for me was when I spoke with Representative Eric Pettigrew about police brutality.  It was scary but worth it.  I was completely ready to say what I had to say .  I had the confidence to talk to Eric about my personal experience and asked for his support in holding police more accountable.

206 Forward members also met with their Senator, Rebecca Saldaña.  She listened as young people shared their families’ experiences of homelessness and encouraged young people to break down barriers so people who are homeless are not separated from the community.

Members of 206 Forward also shared their concerns with Representative Sharon Tomiko-Santos about budget cuts that Seattle School District is experiencing.  Representative Tomiko-Santos highlighted that while the state determines the amount of money dedicated to fund education, school boards are responsible for how funds are distributed within the district.  When she asked 206 Forward about whose parents have ever attending a school board meeting, no one rose a hand.  Representative Tomiko-Santos encouraged students to use their voice at school board meetings to advocate for how school funds are distributed, especially for students whose parents are not able to attend these meetings.

Aden Afework, a Junior at Cleveland High School, shared that she was inspired during Youth Action Day to see so many other young people, especially young People of Color, passionate and advocating for what is important to them and their communities.   While in Olympia, she quickly jumped into action with Gian Rosario (Junior at Rainier Beach High School)  to rally young people to comment in favor of  a bill that would allow school districts to temporarily  use local levies while they wait for the state to fully fund education.

Thank you to everyone who helped support the third year 206 Forward has participated in Youth Action Day!


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Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies

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Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E). Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.  

Several City departments offer summer employment appropriate for teens and young adults, including positions in Seattle Parks and Recreation Aquatics (life guards, boat ramp monitors), Seattle Parks and Recreation Youth Engaged in Service (job shadowing an adult mentor, usually in an office setting), Seattle Parks and Recreation Student Teen Employment Program and Summer of Service (building trails in local parks), and the Seattle Public Libraries Student Assistance program. At last year’s fair many local businesses, such as Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, and non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill and Seattle Youth Garden Works, participated with positions and programs available for youth.

The Youth Job Fair for LGBTQ and Allies is a collaborative effort led by the Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation. To participate in the fair or for more information contact Randy Wiger at or 206-684-0775.  

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Bitter Lake’s Pancake Breakfast

Join your friends and neighbors for Bitter Lake Community Center’s Annual Pancake Breakfast on February 19! Bring the whole family and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes along with scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, and coffee! Proceeds from this event will help provide scholarships for our low-income neighbors.

Location: Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave. N)
Date: Sunday, February 19
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Tickets: $5 (ages 4-64); $4 (ages 65+); children ages 0-3 eat free!


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Beach Closures

The King County West Point Treatment Plant experienced an equipment shutdown early on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is posting signs at several beaches warning people to avoid contact with the water and sand over the next several days as a precaution.

The following beaches will be closed until the situation is resolved: Smith Cove Beach, West Ewing Mini Park Beach, Discovery Park Beach, Commodore Park Beach and Golden Gardens Beach.

UPDATE: Seattle & King County Public Health has cleared Alki Beach, Seacrest Beach and Myrtle Edwards Beach to reopen.

The Beach Progam at Mee Kwa Mooks Beach is canceled for Friday, February 10. Beach passes will not be issued at Discovery Park until the beach is re-opened.

For the latest information on the King County West Point Treatment Plant, please visit their incident response website here.

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Severe weather and storm information for Thursday, Feb. 9

Please use caution in our parks during the heavy rainfall we are experiencing and stay out of undeveloped areas of parks.

  • Power has been restored at Amy Yee Tennis Center. The Center is now open.
  • The Upper Loop is currently closed at Seward Park.
  • Carkeek Park is currently closed for storm response and cleanup.
  • For updated information on whether sports fields are open or closed, please call the rainout hotline at 206-233-0055.
  • To report downed trees, please call 206-684-4111.
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Facility and Program Information for Tuesday, Feb. 7

Tuesday, February 7 — Most Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities are open today for business during their regularly scheduled times, unless noted below. Please check this page regularly for updates.


Due to the Seattle Public School Late Start this morning, all Before School Child Care and morning Pre-School programs are cancelled. Afternoon Pre-School programs and After School Child Care will occur as scheduled.


  • Early Morning Lap Swims, Morning Rentals, and Morning Lessons are canceled at all Pools.  Pools will resume normal operation after 11a.m. today, including rentals, lessons, and open swims.


  • Registration for Summer Recreation Programs begins today at noon as scheduled.

Woodland Park Off-Leash Area

  • The Woodland Park Off-Leash Area is now open.

Seward Park

  • The Upper Loop Road is now open.

Volunteer Park

  • Some areas at Volunteer Park are taped off and closed within the park. We are assessing the conditions at Volunteer Park; when these areas are reopened we will post the information on this page.

Burke-Gilman Trail

The area of the Burke-Gilman Trail at N.E. 95th and Matthews Ave. NE is now open.  The downed tree was cleared.

Amy Yee Tennis Center

  • The Amy Yee Tennis Center is open today for regular operating hours.

Golf Courses and Sports Fields

  • Interbay,  Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, and West Seattle Golf Course are closed due to freeze/thaw conditions. No sledding and snow play allowed today. The Driving Range, Pro Shops and Restaurants are open for business.
  • All Synthetic Sports Fields are closed.
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Discovery Park and certain golf courses open for sledding

UPDATE for Tuesday, Feb. 7: Interbay,  Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, and West Seattle Golf Course are closed due to freeze/thaw conditions. No sledding and snow play allowed today.

Monday, Feb. 6–Discovery Park, as well as Jefferson, Jackson and West Seattle Golf courses are closed for golf but are open for sledding and recreational play (no power equipment) until 5 p.m. today. If you sled, please don’t do it on roads, sidewalks or parking lots. Please use extra caution in our parks during snowy weather conditions and stay out of undeveloped park areas.

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Severe Weather Information

UPDATE: Click here to see program and facility information for Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Due to the severe weather conditions, many of our programs and facilities are operating on reduced hours or are closed/canceled. Please see below for the latest information about program cancellations and facility closures.

Information for Monday, February 6.

Community Centers

  • All advance registration programs and activities are canceled system wide.
  • All rentals are canceled.
  • For information on Child Care Programs, please call the Child Care Hot Line at 206-684-4203.
  • Community Centers are operating on a reduced schedule (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Alki, Van Asselt, Magnuson Park and Belltown Community Centers are closed. Please call your local Community Center for more information.

Citywide Athletics Programs

  • All sports programs and games are canceled.
  • All evening recreation programs are canceled.

Teen Centers/Late Night Recreation

  • All Late Night Recreation Programs are canceled.
  • All Teen Centers are open 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. for drop-in use.

Special Populations/Life Long Learning

  • All scheduled programs are canceled.

Camp Long and Discovery Park

  • Environmental Learning Centers and scheduled programs/activities at both parks are closed/canceled on Monday, Feb. 6
  • Discovery Park is open for sledding and recreational play.

Aquatic Centers

  • All advance registration programs including swim lessons are canceled.
  • All rentals are canceled.
  • All school team and organized swim practices are canceled.
  • All pools (unless noted) will operate on a reduced schedule for drop in swim programs (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Evers Pool will operate 11 a.m. to 2:30 pm., SW will operate noon to 2:30 p.m.  Call your local pool for more information.

Small Craft Centers

  • All programs canceled
  • Facilities closed

Golf Courses

  • Jefferson, Jackson Park, and West Seattle Golf Course are closed for golf, but open for sledding and recreational play (no power equipment) until 5 p.m.
  • Interbay Golf Course is closed for golf and sledding.

Amy Yee Tennis Center

  • Facility and programs closed.

Off-Leash Areas

  • Woodland Park off-leash area is closed
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Explore Black History Month outdoors with Seattle Parks and Recreation

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievement of local African American heroes and heroines. We invite the public to celebrate by visiting one of the many parks named for Seattle’s African American leaders, and to learn about their contributions to the city.

Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park


This park is a narrow strip that connects S Jackson St. and E Yesler Way. Its many oak, poplar and other trees create a shady oasis in the middle of a busy urban area. The park also features a large grassy area with picnic tables, grills, a shelter house and a small amphitheater used for concerts and plays. Dr. Blanche Lavizzo was Washington State’s first African American woman pediatrician. Dr. Lavizzo moved to Seattle in 1956 and served as the first medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in Central Seattle. Lavizzo and her husband left medical practices in New Orleans in order to pursue careers in the Northwest.

Dr. Blanche Lavizzo. Photo courtesy of

Dr. Blanche Lavizzo. Photo courtesy of

Sam Smith Park


In September 1998, the central portion of the I-90 lid was renamed Sam Smith Park to honor Seattle’s first African American City Councilmember. In the course of a political career that spanned 34 years, Sam Smith served five terms in the Washington State Legislature (the second black member) and five terms on the Seattle City Council. Smith represented the 37th district in Olympia beginning in 1958. One of his priorities in Olympia was promoting a bill that banned discrimination based on religion and race in the rental or sale of homes.

Sam Smith Park encompasses the largest and most central part of the I-90 lid. It has a play area for children, picnic tables and tennis courts. It is the site of Blue Dog Pond and the Urban Peace Circle, a sculpture by Seattle sculptor Gerard Tsutakawa, dedicated to children killed by gun violence in Seattle’s inner city.

Sam Smith with a group from VFW in his office, May 1989. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Sam Smith with a group from VFW in his office, May 1989.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Powell Barnett Park


This 4.4-acre park lies between East Alder and East Jefferson streets and 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 man, but moved to Seattle in 1906 to explore other opportunities. He worked as a sub-foreman installing street car lines and later helped build downtown hotels. Barnett clerked for State Senator Frank Connor and served as a maintenance man at the King County Courthouse before retiring at age 71. Barnett is remembered for his passion to improve race relations in the city.

Powell Barnett being shown development plans by John O. Andrew, former Chair of the Board of Parks Commissioners (left), Hans A. Thompson, former Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent, and Roy Lehner of the David Jensen Association in October 1970. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives

Powell Barnett being shown development plans by John O. Andrew, former Chair of the Board of Parks Commissioners (left), Hans A. Thompson, former Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent, and Roy Lehner of the David Jensen Association in October 1970.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives

Flo Ware Park


This park offers a vibrant play area for children, and was named for Flo Ware, a community activist who was dedicated to social change in health care and education systems for the poor and elderly populations 

Homer Harris Park


This park held its grand opening ceremony in 2005 to honor Dr. Harris E. Homer, a dominant athlete and physician. Homer began his athletic career at Garfield High School in the 1930s and later became an All-American football player at the University of Iowa. Because the National Football League was banning black players at the time of his graduation, Homer decided to pursue medical school and went on to become a prominent dermatologist in his hometown of Seattle.

Pratt Park


This neighborhood playground in central Seattle memorializes Edwin T. Pratt, the founder of the Central Area Motivation Program and the Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center.

Walt Hundley Playfield


This community area includes soccer fields, tennis courts and baseball fields, and was named for Walter R. Hundley, the first African American superintendent for Seattle Parks and one of the first African Americans to head a major parks and recreation department in the United States. Hundley held his position from 1977 to 1988 and was instrumental to acquiring the High Point playfield that was later named after him.

Judge Charles M. Stokes Overlook

This beautiful green space and picnic area in the I-90 lid honors Charles Moorehouse Stokes. Stokes was elected to the Washington legislature in 1950 and served as the first black legislator from King County. He was appointed judge in 1968 and was the first black person on the King County District Court.

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