January 14, 2016 Board of Park Commissioners meeting canceled

Due to scheduling issues, the Board of Park Commissioners will hold their first meeting of 2016 on Jan. 28 at the Queen Anne Community Center.

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 http://pugetsoundoff.org/getengaged. 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.

 

Youth to lead 11th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Jan. 16

Teens brave the weather during the 2014 MLK march.

Teens brave the weather during the 2014 MLK march.

Event flyerSeattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 16. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

This is Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 11th annual youth march. Teens from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

These facilities and services are CLOSED:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Small craft centers
  • Volunteer Park Conservatory
  • Moorage Operations Office

These facilities are OPEN on regular schedules:

  • Boat ramps
  • Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

 

14th annual Polar Bear Plunge set for Jan. 1 at Matthews Beach

polar bear plunge posterStart off the New Year with a splash!

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the 14th annual Polar Bear Plunge at noon on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2016 at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. NE. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the plunge starts at noon sharp.

A 2016 Commemorative Badge of Courage will be given to all heroic Polar Bear participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the water. The patch will show the world that participants braved the frigid waters.

Warming refreshments will be served. While people wait for the plunge to kick off, there will be games, a photo booth, music and a t-shirt/sweatshirt vendor. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation winter holiday closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or on modified schedules in observance of winter holidays:

  • Community centers and teen life centers will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Environmental learning centers will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Indoor swimming pools and small craft centers will close at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Golf courses will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed on Dec. 25. Golf courses will be open on Jan. 1. (Schedules subject to change. Some courses may be open later than 2 p.m. Please call specific courses directly before your trip. Contact information can be found at http://premiergc.com/-contact-us.)
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center is open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The center will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • The Moorage Operations Office will be open Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30 from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The office will be closed Dec. 24-27.
  • The Volunteer Park Conservatory will be open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

[Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation needs input for Victory Heights Playground play area renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Victory Heights Cooperative Preschool and Victory Heights Community Council, invites the community to provide input for the Victory Heights play area renovation. On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Seattle Parks and Recreation’s in-house landscape architect and project planner will host an Open House from 6 – 7 p.m. to provide information on the renovation project and gather community input on play features and amenities. A formal presentation will be made between 7 – 8 p.m. at the Victory Heights Community Council meeting, 1737 NE 106th St.

[Read more…]

Community input needed for Washington Park Playfield play area renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input for the play area renovation at Washington Park Playfield on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager, project planner and Harrison Design will host an Open House outside near the play area to provide information on the renovation project and gather community input on play features and amenities.

The play area is located at 1017 Lake Washington Blvd. E.  The meeting with showcase design options.  We will have activities for children and highly encourage their input.  Your ideas, comments and recommendations will assist us with creating a preferred design to renovate your community play area. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation and Feet First collaborate on Safe Routes to School project

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Representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, and the Beacon Hill community cut the ribbon on an improved sidewalk and route to school for Asa Mercer International Middle School on Dec. 1, 2015.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, and the Beacon Hill community cut the ribbon on an improved sidewalk and route to school for Asa Mercer International Middle School on Dec. 1, 2015. The project improved the sidewalk, drainage, and parking along 16th Ave. S between S Dakota St. and S Nevada St., just west of the Jefferson Playfield. The new improvements were in response to access and safety concerns to increase safety and walkability for the students as well as the community.

The walkway is one of the main routes to school for many Asa Mercer International Middle School students and prior to this project was often unusable due to puddling and mud from the adjacent hill. This improved sidewalk joins with the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway, improving the connection for residents to the school and Jefferson Park. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation shuts off most tennis court lights for winter to save energy

Amy Yee Tennis Center

Amy Yee Tennis Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation shut off the lights at most outdoor lighted tennis courts for the winter. This is an effort to create energy savings during the months when few people play tennis outside. There are 60 lighted outdoor courts throughout the parks system. [Read more…]

Pathway of Lights returns to Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 12

Volunteers needed!

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents the Pathway of Lights at Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Join thousands of families, friends and neighbors for this beloved Seattle tradition. Travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria, music and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Aqua Theater on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

[Read more…]