First section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail opens to visitors


Community encouraged to visit and sign up for construction updates

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation are excited to announce that on Thursday, March 23, 2017, the first section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum opened to visitors.

The new path from 31st Ave. E and E Madison connects Arboretum visitors to Arboretum Dr. via the new paved asphalt path. Additionally, a short section of trail on the west side of Arboretum Dr. is open to pedestrians, connecting access up to the Pacific Connections Garden. The path is ready for use; landscape and other work elements will continue into the spring.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a multi-use path open to pedestrians and bicycles. Bicycles in the Arboretum are welcome on asphalt trails only; they must yield to pedestrians and follow the maximum speed limit of 10 mph.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes as construction progresses to the north. SPR and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work on this project. We anticipate completion of the trail by early 2018.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Dr., creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden.

SPR is happy to open this key section of the trail. Safety for visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff continue to be 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 a key component of mitigation work being done as part of the SR 520 Bridge replacement. The Loop Trail 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 206-233-7921.


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Celebrate April Pools Day 2017 – Free water activities and safety information


With summer fast approaching, there is no better time than now to start preparing for how to stay safe and get the most enjoyment out of swimming and water recreation season. In April, seven of our indoor pools will host April Pools Day events for families and community members. These events will include FREE public swims, water and boat safety information, and fun activities for kids.
Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your family how to enjoy summer safely. April Pools Day water safety topics will include:

  • Preventing open water drowning
  • Lifejacket use and promotion
  • Cold water awareness
  • Basic water rescue for children

Events and activities will vary by pool location. See table below for information on Seattle Parks and Recreation events or click here for information on all pool facilities participating in King County.

Pool Address Phone Date and Time
Ballard Pool 1471 NW 67thSt. 206-684-4094 April 15; 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Evans Pool at Green Lake 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N 206-684-4961 April 15; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Helene Madison Pool 13401 Meridian Ave. N 206-684-4979 April 16; 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Medgar Evers Pool 500 23rd Ave. 206-684-4766 April 15; 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook Pool 10515 35th Ave. NE 206-684-4989 April 15; 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Queen Anne Pool 1920 1st Ave. W 206-386-4282 April 15; 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southwest Pool 2801 SW Thistle St. 206-684-7440 April 15; 10:30 a.m.-noon


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Our 2017 Summer Employment Guide is here!

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Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) and 37 citywide advisory councils, is now accepting applications for various summer programs. Temporary positions are available at 24 community centers, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor pools, two small craft centers, and many public beaches and wading pools.

Click here to download information highlighting the programs and positions for which we are currently recruiting for the summer season. If you need more information regarding the programs or positions, please inquire with the appropriate contact person for the program in which you are interested.

Positions include:

  • Special Needs Youth Counselor
  • Adults with Disabilities Counselor
  • Boat Ramp Ranger
  • Wading Pool Attendant
  • Cashier
  • Lifeguard
  • Day Camp Director/Assistant Director
  • And many more!


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Three-week closure for Rainier Beach Pool; One-week closure for Rainier Beach Community Center


Rainier Beach Pool (8825 Rainier Ave. S) will be closed for preventive maintenance for three weeks from Monday, March 27 through Sunday, April 16. During this period, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be upgrading the popular corkscrew slide, working on preventive maintenance on the facility’s three pools, moving to LED lighting, completing minor deck grating repairs, and doing general cleaning.

To find an alternative pool to use during this time period, please visit:

Rainier Beach Community Center (8825 Rainier Ave. S) will be closed for one week from Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 16 for a hardwood floor refinishing project.

To find an alternative community center to use during this time period, please visit:

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Free First Thursday Art Exhibit at the Seattle Japanese Garden

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The Seattle Japanese Garden will host an artist reception on Thursday, April 6 for its current art exhibit ICHI-GO ICHI-E一期一会 by local artist Season Yoshida. The saying Ichi-go Ichi-e 一期一会 means “one place, one time” in Japanese, and it perfectly captures how no two visits to the Garden are ever the same. The Seattle Japanese Garden will have free general entry on April 6 from 3 p.m. until close as part of Free First Thursdays.

The artist reception on April 6 will begin at 5 p.m. in the Garden’s Tateuchi Community Room and will feature musical accompaniment to the artwork on display, orchestrated by Season Yoshida herself. This exhibit will be on display through May 2017, and exhibit entry is included in ticket admission to the Garden.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. Regular admission is free for all children age 12 and under. Ticket price for adults is $6; for youth 13 and over, seniors ages 65 and older, and students with ID, it is $4. Annual passes are accepted for event admission; with no additional charge.

For more information, visit

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Seattle Japanese Garden begins First Saturday Family Program on April 1


Experience family fun surrounded by beautiful scenery at the Seattle Japanese Garden! On Saturday, April 1, the Japanese Garden will launch its new First Saturday Family Program. The program will feature special family-oriented entertainment to give visitors of all ages an opportunity to learn about Japanese cultural traditions. Performances will take place at the Japanese Garden from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month in April through October.

The first program on April 1 will feature the Japanese-America Society of the State of Washington, which will present their fun and educational program Taro Goes to School. Children and adults alike can enjoy this interactive program that describes the average Japanese child’s school day. Afterwards, visitors can enjoy coloring pages and origami folding in the Garden’s Tateuchi Community Room.

Admission is free for children age 12 and under. Ticket price for adults is $6; for youth 13 and over, seniors ages 65 and older, and students with ID, it is $4. Annual passes are accepted for event admission with no additional charge.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. For more information, including the exact time of the performances, visit

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Seattle Parks and Recreation statement on HUD cuts in federal budget

The proposed 2018 Federal Budget would mean significant cuts for essential and important services in Seattle. For Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), we are particularly concerned about the elimination of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), which helps fund programs that foster a healthy economy, like the Seattle Conservation Corps.

The Conservation Corps uses these dollars to employ and train individuals who are homeless in nature restoration and maintenance work throughout our parks and city. Without these funds, SPR would be forced to seek out another funding source to support these employees, their development, and their support of our city’s park system.

In a given year, over half of the members who enter the program finish it and improve their living situations. More than 80 percent leave with stable housing, and more than 90 percent leave for long-term employment paying an average wage of $15.00 per hour. Since 1986, the Corps has launched more than 800 people into full participation in the community.

This program is one of the most treasured parts of our organization, and an incredible asset to our city.

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Seattle Park Board to hold Regular Meeting and Public Hearing on March 23 for Change in Hours at Kerry Park and Broadway Hill Park

21037520563_5ad1d3329e_kKerry Park Change in Hours: In response to residents’ concerns, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) instituted a 9-month pilot to change the hours at Kerry Park from 24 hours to 6:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. SPR staff will present their findings to the Board of Park Commissioners and invite members of the community to give their feedback.


Broadway Hill Park Change in Hours:  In response to residents’ concerns about the close proximity of the park to many residences, SPR instituted a 9-month pilot to make the hours  6:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m. SPR staff will present their findings to the Board of Park Commissioners and invite members of the community to give their feedback.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

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Hope for Youth Fund Information Session April 8

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Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Hope for Youth Fund increases access to recreational, athletic, and positive youth development activities by providing administrative, scholarship, and summer sport league support to youth-focused organizations in the Seattle area that serve marginalized and economically distressed communities.

Attend a Hope for Youth Fund information session:
April 8, 2017, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Garfield Community Center.
Child care will be available. Interpretation services available upon request.
Please contact for more information.

Hope for Youth applications available here* beginning April 17, 2017.
Applications due May 19, 2017 by 12 p.m.

*Paper applications will be available upon request by contacting or 206-386-4671.

Hope for Youth funds can be used to support administrative costs or to provide scholarships. Acceptable expenses include league fees, officials fees, insurance, field fees, membership costs, etc. Funding will not cover uniforms, or sports equipment that will be used year-to-year.




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Save the Date for 2017’s Big Day of Play!

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Presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative, Big Day of Play will be held on August 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Rainier Playfields and Center (4600 38th Ave. S, Seattle WA 98118).

Big Day of Play offers exciting obstacle course inflatables, a rock climbing wall, cultural music and dance presentations, dance workshops, and sport exhibitions for all ages! Discover the athlete in you while enjoying the sounds, smells and foods from a range of communities.

You can also hop on down to Mount Baker Rowing & Sailing Center (3800 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98118) for some sailing, rowing and stand-up paddle boarding!

Big Day of Play is a celebration of our City’s diversity and it encourages neighbors, communities and families to have fun, build relationships and be active together. It’s the day to play your way!

Free transportation will be available! More information to come later.

We’ll see you there!


Become a Sponsor!

Big Day of Play draws more than 5,000 attendees to the Rainier Valley for a day of fun, fitness and community. It is an ideal opportunity for sponsors to reach youth, teens, families and adults from across Seattle in a fun-filled and healthy environment. Build relationships with new clients, consumers and peer organizations; highlight your support for Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Get Moving initiative; get exposure and expand your presence. There’s something for everyone! View our sponsorship prospectus to make a difference while having fun!



We’re looking for volunteers! Please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang at for more information.

Follow Big Day of Play on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about the event!

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