Additional Water Lily Treatment along Lake Wash beaches

This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will continue the integrated weed management program to fragrant water lily infestations at selected lakefront properties on Lake Washington.

Controlling these weeds will improve water quality and recreational access at freshwater beaches, swim areas, moorages and other high- use recreation locations along the lake.

Mowing, hand cutting, and removal of the weeds will continue as in past years. SPR will complement this work by using selected aquatic herbicides. This use is permitted by Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology). These herbicides have been screened and endorsed by Ecology as an effective solution to control these noxious and invasive weeds. US EPA does not have a swimming restriction on the herbicide that will be used.  This is based on data provided to EPA for consideration.  The WA Dept of Ecology permit however does suggest a 24 hour swimming precaution and it should be posted out of an abundance of caution .

SPR has contracted with AquaTechnex, LLC to apply the selected herbicides. AquaTechnex, LLC will manage an online webpage with information and updates on the program.

To learn more about the permit and products: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/PROgrams/wq/pesticides/index.html

To follow the project online: https://seattleparksmilfoil.wordpress.com/

The following beaches will be closed during the treatment:

Wednesday 8/1

Pritchard Beach

Matthews Beach

Madison Beach

 

For further questions, contact Project Coordinator Barb DeCaro, Barbara.decaro@seattle.gov

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A party with a view

Are you looking to host your next party in a park with an amazing view? Is Gas Works too crowded for you and your guests to enjoy?

Have you been to Westcrest Park?

This gorgeous park in West Seattle offers beautiful panoramic views of the mountains and city skyline. It is one of Seattle’s largest parks and rarely gets recognized for how amazing it is! With a recently expanded play area, walking trails, a large open meadow, and an off-leash area, what more could you want?

This is the perfect spot to host a summer picnic or a family frisbee game.

With the large off-leash area, you could event host a doggie birthday party!

This park has barbeques and picnic tables to make party planning a breeze.

Call our event scheduling department (206-684-4081) to host your next event at Westcrest Park!

 

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Water Lily treatment along Lake Washington Beaches

This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) will continue the integrated weed management program to fragrant water lily infestations at selected lakefront properties on Lake Washington.

Controlling these weeds will improve water quality and recreational access at freshwater beaches, swim areas, moorages and other high- use recreation locations along the lake.

Mowing, hand cutting, and removal of the weeds will continue as in past years. SPR will complement this work by using selected aquatic herbicides. This use is permitted by Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology). These herbicides have been screened and endorsed by Ecology as an effective solution to control these noxious and invasive weeds. US EPA does not have a swimming restriction on the herbicide that will be used.  This is based on data provided to EPA for consideration.  The WA Dept of Ecology permit however does suggest a 24 hour swimming precaution and it should be posted out of an abundance of caution .

SPR has contracted with AquaTechnex, LLC to apply the selected herbicides. AquaTechnex, LLC will manage an online webpage with information and updates on the program.

To learn more about the permit and products: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/PROgrams/wq/pesticides/index.html

To follow the project online: https://seattleparksmilfoil.wordpress.com/

The following beaches will be closed during the treatment:

Tuesday 7/17

Seward Park Beach

Stan Sayres

Wednesday 7/18

Madrona Beach

Matthews Beach

Thursday 7/19

Madison Beach

Magnuson Park Beach

Leschi Marina

Friday 7/20

Mt. Baker Beach

Pritchard Beach

Lakewood Moorage

 

For further questions, contact Project Coordinator Barb DeCaro, Barbara.decaro@seattle.gov

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Seattle Parks and Recreation adds free drop-in hours at athletic fields throughout the city

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is offering a pilot program that provides community members with the opportunity to drop-in for free at designated athletic fields to play unscheduled athletic events with their friends and family. Normally, field use requires a paid reservation, but SPR has dedicated eight athletic fields for open community drop-in every Saturday and Wednesday from April 1 to August 31.

The athletic fields with drop-in times are: Bitterlake Playfield, University Playground, Ravenna Park, Magnolia Playfield, Sam Smith Park, Rainier Beach Playfield, South Park Playground, and Roxhill Park. See map below for drop in days and times.

For this pilot to be successful, it is important that organized user groups understand that the allocated Wednesdays and Saturdays at these fields are for drop-in use only.

Athletic fields are a beloved component of Seattle’s park system, and SPR is eager to find ways to make fields accessible to all those in our community who would like to use them.

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Woodland Park Garden Battery Dewey Monument Relocation and Remediation Project

Two cannons from the U.S.S. Concord commemorating veterans of the Spanish-American War have been on display in the Woodland Park Garden since 1915. This monument was originally erected as a gift from Spanish-American war veterans.

Parks and Recreation staff have had concerns about the safety of the monument since children are frequently seen using it as play equipment. During a soil test, Parks and Recreation also became aware that the surrounding soil is contaminated.

It is our responsibility to remediate the contaminated soil which will require the removal of the monument. The Veterans Museum in Chehalis, Washington has reached out requesting to have the monument relocated to their facility, so it may be restored and continue to honor and remember those who fought for our country in the Spanish-American war.

This work is scheduled to take place in late May through early June. Fences have been placed around the contaminated area to ensure the safety of park users while we prepare and complete this project.

For questions, please call (206) 684-4475 or email pks_info@seattle.gov

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