Join us on May 20 for the Opening Celebration of Bicycle Sundays!

Grab a bike and pedal over to the 2018 Bicycle Sundays Opening Celebration on Sunday, May 20! As part of the opening celebration, we will have food trucks as well as free music, entertainment, games and face painting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lower Meadow at Seward Park.

During Bicycle Sundays, a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation invites everyone in the community to bike, jog or stroll along the boulevard between the Seward Park entrance and Mount Baker Park’s beach during these times. LimeBike will provide free rides during all bicycle Sundays.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for all the 2018 Bicycle Sundays dates:
• May 20, 27
• June 3, 17, 24
• July 8, 15
• August 19, 26
• September 2, 9, 16

For more information, please contact Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Greenways Initiative at 206-256-5167.

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Free Youth Swim Lessons at Lifeguarded Beaches

This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will offer free daytime youth swim lessons from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at all nine lifeguarded summer beaches. Lessons are intended for youth 6-16 years of age. Session 1 runs July 2 through July 13; Session 2 runs July 16 through July 27; Session 3 runs July 30 to August 10, and Session 4 runs August 13 to August 24. See full schedule here. 

SPR will also offer free evening swim lessons from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Madrona, Mount Baker, Seward, and Pritchard beaches on either Mondays (June 25 to August 20) or Thursdays (June 28 to August 23). See full schedule here. 

Registration for daytime and evening lessons begins June 1; call 206-684-4078 or email and specify the location and sessions, and include student’s name and age, as well a contact name and phone.  

For a list of SPR’s nine lifeguarded beaches as well as more information, please visit


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Free Beach Shuttle at Discovery Park this Summer

A free beach shuttle will operate at Discovery Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Saturdays and Sundays (May 26 to Sept. 2)
  • Special holidays: Memorial Day, Monday, May 28; Wednesday, July 4; and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3

During operation, the shuttle will pick up and drop off riders in the Visitors Center parking lot, at the north parking lot bus stop, and in the beach parking lot.

For park visitors wishing to walk to the beach, it is about a 1.5 mile walk each way from any of the three parking lots in Discovery Park. Walk on the Loop Trail until you reach one of three trails that lead you to the beach – the South Beach Trail, the Hidden Valley Trail, or the North Beach Trail.

No parking permits will be available for beach parking on Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of two stalls reserved for disabled placards. Permits for disabled parking are available at the Visitor Center.

Click here for more information about Discovery Park.

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Bike Everywhere on May 18

Friday, May 18 is Bike Everywhere Day! To celebrate, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be hosting a rest stop for all you morning cyclists to help start the day off right.

We’ll have healthy snacks and giveaways courtesy of Cascade Bicycle Club. Spokes and Sprockets will also be joining us and will be available to make minor repairs and adjustments. Grab your bike and come visit us between 6 and 9 a.m. at 5201 Green Lake Way N!

Looking for more bicycle fun? Join us for the Bicycle Sundays Opening Celebration on Sunday, May 20.

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Announcing Free Soapstone Carving Workshop for Youth

The Kubota Garden Foundation is pleased to announce a unique, community arts experience on Saturday, June 2 at Kubota Garden. The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association will lead local youth, ages 8-17 in discovering the art of crafting a sculpture through soapstone carving.

Instructors will guide participants through the process of shaping this beautiful, natural material into a figurine to take home. Participation is free and the soapstone and all necessary tools will be provided. Two sessions are scheduled, beginning at 10am and 1pm, respectively. Each session will be limited to 50 participants, so please register early. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

This event will be a wonderful opportunity to combine handiwork, mental focus and three- dimensional thinking, all while enjoying the stunning surroundings of Seattle’s historic Japanese garden park. Register today, using the link below.


Soapstone Carving Workshop for Youth ages 8-17

  •  Registration required @ Https://KGFSTONE.BPT.ME
  •  Event Sponsors: Northwest Stone Sculptors Association, 4Culture, Seattle Parks & Recreation and Kubota Garden Foundation


For questions please contact:

Kentaro Kojima

(206) 391-4406


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