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Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will close Thursday for all-staff training

September 14th, 2016 by Doree

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed tomorrow (Thursday) for an all-staff in-service day. That means the majority of classes and programs will not be running, however, all Parks enrichment programs taking place outside of community centers and at schools will operate as usual.

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

While Green Lake Community Center will be closed, it will operate its preschool as usual, as will Loyal Heights Community Center and Ballard Community Center. Ballard also will operate its regular school-age care.

Bitter Lake Community Center will be closed, but its Annex will operate its after-school and Kendo programs as usual.

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Give Parks department your input on new park at 81st and Greenwood Saturday

June 24th, 2016 by Doree

Stop by 81st and Greenwood from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday during the Greenwood Car Show and give Seattle Parks and Recreation your input for a new park on that site. The park will cover the entire east side of Greenwood Avenue North between 81st and 82nd streets, just north of the Greenwood Library.

The strip mall and Bleachers Pub buildings are scheduled to be demolished this fall. Cascade Design Collaborative will design the park this summer and fall. Construction will take place winter through fall of 2017.

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You can also take an online survey. They’ve even got a Pinterest page where you can post ideas.

Members of the Greenwood Community Council also will be at the future park site, giving away free temporary tattoos with the “Show Greenwood Some Love” design that was a T-shirt fundraiser after the March 9 natural gas explosion. (GCC members also will be at Sunday’s Celebrate North Seattle event in the Oak Tree Village parking lot, along with the Aurora-Licton Springs Urban Village group.)

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Some beaches, spray parks open this weekend

May 25th, 2016 by Doree

Several Seattle Parks and Recreation beaches and all of the spray parks open on Saturday, May 28. One outdoor pool is open now and wading pools will open next month.

You can see the complete list of wading pools and spray parks with opening dates and times here, and Seattle Parks’ online Summer Guide is here. (Wading pools are open on days with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Call the hotline at 206-684-7796 by 9 a.m. each day to find out whether pools will be filled.)

Near to our neighborhood:

  • East Green Lake beach, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.: Opens this Saturday through Aug. 28. (Hours from May 28-June 24 are 2-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays)
  • West Green Lake beach, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr.: Open June 25 through Sept. 5.
  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool in Magnolia is open now through Sept. 11.
  • Green Lake wading pool, North 73rd and East Green Lake Dr. N.: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 through Sept. 5.
  • Bitter Lake wading pool, 13035 Linden Ave. N.: Open from 12-7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from June 29 through Aug. 19
  • Soundview wading pool, 1590 NW 90th St.: Open from 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday from June 27 through Aug. 21.
  • Wallingford wading pool, 4219 Wallingford Ave. N.: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from June 29 through Aug. 19.
  • Ballard Commons water spray park, 5701 22nd Ave. NW: Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 28 through Sept. 5.
  • Northacres Park water spray park, 12800 1st Ave. NE, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 28 through Sept. 5.

(Note that Sandel Park’s wading pool will not be open this summer.)

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Provide your input on new play equipment at Licton Springs Park play area

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for public input on new play equipment at the popular Licton Springs Park play area, 9536 Ashworth Ave N., northeast of Greenwood. Meet with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s planner and senior landscape architect from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the park.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the improvement project and provide community input. The project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and improve other features at the park.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/licton_springs/

If you have additional questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Karimah Edwards atKarimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063.

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Green Lake alum treatment begins April 4

March 30th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation will treat Green Lake with aluminum sulphate (alum) from April 4-18 to reduce phosphorous levels.

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the contract for the alum treatment to HAB Aquatic Solutions. The contractor will close the parking lot north of the Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 West Green Lake Way N. to stage alum treatment equipment. Staging and treatment is anticipated to take two weeks beginning Monday, April 4 and be completed by Monday, April 18, 2016.

The 2016 alum treatment is intended to reduce phosphorus levels in the lake, limiting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms and improving recreational use of the lake. The alum treatment is applied from a barge on the lake. The treatment is pumped from a truck staged in the parking lot through hoses that will run over the Green Lake path to the barge. These hoses will require a small ramp to allow Green Lake path users to travel safely over them.

The alum will be applied near the water surface and it removes phosphorus from the water column as it forms small clumps and settles. It then covers the bottom sediments to further prevent the internal release of phosphorus from the sediments. The alum treatment is effective immediately upon application.

Previous lake-wide alum applications in 1991 and 2004 effectively limited algae blooms and improved water quality. The alum treatment is expected to be effective for up to 10 years.

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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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