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Seattle Parks and Recreation holiday closures

December 21st, 2015 by Doree

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or on modified schedules during the winter holidays:

  • Community centers, environmental learning 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.
  • Indoor swimming pools and small craft centers will close at 3 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.; call specific courses directly before you go).
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center is open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31; 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.; closed Dec. 24-27.

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Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities closed on Tuesday, Nov. 17, for all-staff training

November 13th, 2015 by Doree

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 17, because of an all-staff in-service day. The majority of classes and programs will not be running, however, all enrichment programs taking place outside of community centers and at schools will operate as usual.

All pools will be closed, except Ballard Pool will be open for the following programs:

  • Early Morning Lap Swim, 6:-7:30 a.m.
  • Aqua Jog Fitness Class, 11:10-11:55 a.m.
  • Adult and Senior Swim, Noon-1:15 p.m.
  • Three lane lap swim/Public Swim, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Public Swim, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Shallow Water Exercise/Hydro-Fit/Two Lane Lap Swim, 8:30-9:15 p.m.

The following enrichment programs will operate, but all other activities at community centers will not take place:

  • Ballard Community Center: School-Age Care, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
  • Ballard Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Bitter Lake Community Center: Before- and After-School programs at Bitter Lake Annex will be open for regular program hours.
  • Green Lake Community Center: Preschool, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Loyal Heights Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Magnolia Community Center: School-Age Care, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
  • Magnolia Community Center: Preschool, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The Amy Yee Tennis Center and golf courses at Jackson, Jefferson, Interbay and West Seattle will be open on their regular schedules.

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Community meeting on Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo is tonight

October 21st, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that the second meeting for community input on Woodland Park Zoo’s new Sensory Garden is from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6552 Phinney Ave. N.

Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will present a preferred design that was developed from community input, and will gather additional ideas to be incorporated into the final design.

This community-initiated project develops a garden for the senses by adding enhanced sight, touch, smell and sound elements with the intent to increase accessibility and provide a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Sensory Garden is an expansion of Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden on .7 acres of existing zoo property. The new garden will be located adjacent to the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo at 700 N 50th Street.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation-hosted Halloween events

October 14th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a lot of Halloween events throughout the city this month. Here are a few in and near our neighborhood.

Halloween Carnival at Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St., from 6-9 p.m., Oct.23. Carnival games, pumpkin decorating, cake walk, costumes. Game tickets are 50 cents, unlimited bracelet is $12.

Big Pumpkin Bash at Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 24. Carnival games, face painting, cake walk. Game tickets are 25 cents; suggested donation of canned food.

Pumpkin Carving Contest at Green Lake Community Center, from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 30. For ages 6-11; free.

Pumpkin Swim Friday at Evans Pool, 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N., from 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 30. Swim in a pool full of pumpkins, games, snacks, prizes. Free.

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Help design new Seattle Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo

September 4th, 2015 by Doree

The community is invited to help design the new Seattle Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo. The first public meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N., in the downstairs Red Room of the Blue Building.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s project manager and the design team of Fischer Bouma Partnership, Richard Hartlage of Land Morphology and Mark Epstein of Hafs Epstein, will provide project information and gather community input for the garden’s design.

The goal of the project is to develop a garden for the senses by adding sight, touch, smell and sound elements to increase accessibility and provide a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Sensory Garden is an expansion of the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo.

This community-initiated project is funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been coordinating with Woodland Park Zoo, the Lions Club, Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center, Lighthouse for the Blind, ARC of King County and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

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Many Parks and Recreation facilities closed on Labor Day

September 1st, 2015 by Doree

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7, including:

  • Community centers
  • Environmental learning centers
  • Indoor swimming pools
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center
  • Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

The following facilities will remain open on Labor Day:

  • Golf courses
  • Boat ramps
  • Beaches (Matthews, Madison, Mt. Baker, Seward, West Green Lake)
  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
  • Colman Pool
  • Wading pools (Green Lake, Lincoln Park, Van Asselt, Volunteer Park)
  • Spray Parks

Also, Labor Day is the last day of operation for all outdoor swimming pools, spray parks, wading pools and beaches. (Any outdoor aquatic facilities not listed above will have already closed for the season by Labor Day.)

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Meet new superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation at community meetings

July 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s new superintendent, Jesús Aguirre, will meet with community members in the next few months to learn more about the city’s diverse neighborhoods and recreation needs.

In our neck of the woods, his meetings are from 6:30-8 p.m. at the following community centers:

  • Bitter Lake, Sept. 2, 13035 Linden Ave. N.
  • Ballard, Oct. 14, Sept. 17, 6020 28th Ave. NW
  • Loyal Heights, Oct. 27, 2101 NW 77th St.

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City finalizes deal to purchase Bleacher’s Pub land to double size of new park next to Greenwood Library

July 15th, 2015 by Doree

The City of Seattle has finalized the deal to purchase the land where Bleacher’s Pub currently sits, at Greenwood Avenue North and North 82nd Street, to build a new park next to the Greenwood Library.

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The city previously purchased the adjoining land where a strip mall housed the Greenwood Quick Stop, Aloha Ramen and Manna Teriyaki. That money came from the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy. After the purchase, Quick Stop moved a few blocks north and Aloha Ramen moved to Lake City. Only Manna Teriyaki remains.

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From the mayor’s website:

Today Mayor Ed Murray announced the acquisition of property at 8118 Greenwood Ave. N. for a new park in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood. The deal closed on July 1, 2015.

“As Seattle’s neighborhoods grow, residents must have access to public amenities like parks,” said Mayor Murray. “By adding this property, we’re increasing recreational opportunities for the Greenwood-Phinney community and creating more public space next to the new Greenwood Library for families and children.”

This acquisition will double the size of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s property on Greenwood Ave. N., encompassing the block between N 81st and N 82nd streets. The addition of this site to the mini-mart property at 8100 Greenwood Ave. N, purchased in May 2012, will now offer the community a total of 0.43 acres of new park space adjacent to the new Greenwood library.

Phinney resident and Parks and Green Spaces Levy Committee Member Bill Farmer was heavily involved in the search for a new park location and was glad to hear the City had acquired the additional acreage.

“The additional space will allow the community to do a lot more with this site,” Farmer said. “It’s a great location being next to the library. It will be able to accommodate more activities for kids, which wouldn’t have been feasible with a smaller property. Greenwood is booming right now, and it will be important for the community to have this green space.”

The property’s current tenant, Bleacher’s Pub, will remain under a new short-term lease while the City helps relocate the business. Seattle Parks and Recreation is still working with the Manna Teriyaki business, part of the mini-mart site, to relocate. The property was purchased for $1.7 million, drawing from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2008.

The mini-mart site, a “land-banked” property, is one of 14 sites that was purchased with funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy to address lack of green space in neighborhoods. Seattle Parks held this site in the current condition with minimal maintenance in anticipation of demolishing the building and developing the new park with funding provided by the newly created Park District. Parks plans on developing the land-banked sites in the order they were purchased with funding from the Seattle Park District, which was passed by Seattle voters in August 2014.

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Smoking ban in all Seattle parks begins today

July 6th, 2015 by Doree

As of today, all parks in Seattle are smoke free. The ban includes any publicly-accessible park facility, including neighborhood pocket parks.

Park visitors used to have to be 25 feet away from other visitors to smoke; the new ban eliminates smoking entirely.

Enforcement of the new rule would primarily be a matter of education and will be entrusted to Park Rangers and the Seattle police officers. The enforcement protocol for the new rule was developed in 2012. This protocol does not include excluding people from a park because they are smoking.

Park Rangers will approach smokers and provide them with information on where they can smoke and a resource card with information about the policy and resources for help in quitting tobacco (if they wish to quit). The next level of enforcement would be a verbal warning, followed by a written warning. Seattle Parks expects a large percentage of smokers to voluntarily comply with the verbal requests or verbal warnings.

To report a non-emergency nuisance activity, the public should call the Seattle Police non-emergency line at 206-625-5011.

Park visitors who have been given a written trespass warning for smoking in a park can set up a meeting to dispute the claim by emailing Right2dispute@seattle.gov or by calling 206-684-4075.

Smoking is allowed on public rights-of-way, including sidewalks. For more information about the smoking ban, please visit the Seattle Parks and Recreation website at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/smokingban/.

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