Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on how to better provide programs and facilities for people with disabilities

Are you or a family member a person who cares about services for people living with a disability? Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) wants to know how we can better support you in our programs and facilities. SPR invites the community to a focus group on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S.

Together with Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Associated Recreation Council (ARC), the Department of Finance and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) we are looking for feedback on how to improve our city, systems, and programs for people with disabilities. This is an opportunity to provide input on SPR’s built environment, Specialized Programs, Aquatics Unit, Scholarships, Summer Camps and After School Care, and SDOT’s curb cuts and sidewalks.

The event is well supported to accommodate your needs. We are providing free spoken and signed language support, CART services, assistive listening devices, and refreshments. Other accommodations are available upon request before March 4, 2018 by calling the City’s ADA Title II Program at 206-684-2489.

Please register at

For more information please contact Darya Farivar at or visit Please share this event  For registration assistance in other languages please contact:

  • Spanish at 253-495-6394, Janet
  • Somali at 253-457-4196, Mahado
  • Korean at 253-391-9151, Min
  • Chinese – Mandarin or Cantonese at 253-886-4237, Priscilla
  • Khmer at 253-258-5158, Jenny
  • Japanese at 253-391-6004, Miho
  • Russian at 253-216-4479, Olga
  • Arabic at 253-499-0014, Mohammed
  • Farsi at 253-457-5064, Darya







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Seattle Parks and Recreation aquatics programs

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Doggy paddle, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke. We think it’s important to master one or two of these when you live in a city nearly surrounded by water. Our swimming pools offer swimming lessons, public swims and special events year-round, and best of all, they’re indoors.

Special events this winter include:

  • Southwest Pool’s Super Bowl Sunday $2 Family Swim, 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2016
    Not a football fan? Bring your family to get some exercise or relax in the spa and sauna!
  • Madison Pool’s Winter Potluck, 1 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2016
  • Madison Pool movie nights, 6-8 p.m., third Friday of the month

For weekly regular programming, see our Aquatics brochure.

Individuals that qualify for Seattle Parks and Recreation program scholarships or reduced fees can also receive discounts at drop-in public swims, family swims, lap swims, pool playlands and selected aquatic fitness programs.

Eligibility will be based on family size and income level in accordance with Seattle Parks’ established application and approval process. For qualifying individuals, drop-in discount pricing will be $2 for recreational swims such as family swim, public swim or lap swim and $3 for fitness swims such as Water Exercise, Masters or Swimstrong.

To apply for a scholarship, fill out the scholarship form and bring a copy of your most recent 1040 Income Tax Form to your neighborhood pool. All pools are participating.

For information about pool schedules, pricing and location, please visit our pool website.

Windermere Summer Splash comes to Green Lake Aug. 15

Green Lake

Come experience the Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15!

In addition to featuring corporate crew races, the event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families. There will be food vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and opportunities to experience rowing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Windermere Summer Splash is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate in partnership with George Pocock Rowing Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Most activities will be located on the southwest corner of the park near the Green Lake Small Craft Center.

For more information, please visit

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation for the Emerald City Open Water Swim Aug. 15

When you live in a city surrounded by water, sometimes you need to think bigger than a swimming pool. Join Seattle Parks for the annual Emerald City Open Water Swim at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Andrew’s Bay in Lake Washington (Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S).

There will be a half-mile triangle course and a one-mile triangle course with 30-minute and one-hour time limits. Able swimmers ages 10+ can register for either the half-mile straight course or one-mile triangle course. Participants who want the ultimate challenge and register for both races at a discounted price.

Certified lifeguards will be on duty. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female swimmers, and every registered swimmer will receive a specially designed commemorative swim cap and shirt.

Register before Aug. 8 to received early bird discounts:
Half-mile: $30 Adult, $25 Youth/Senior/Special populations
One-mile: $30 Adult, $25 Youth/Senior/Special populations
Both races: $40 Adult, $35 Youth/Senior/Special populations

All registration prices increase by $15 after Aug. 6. Swimmers under 17 need parent approval to register. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Register online at, by calling Medgar Evers Pool at 206-684-4766, or download, print and mail your registration to:

Medgar Evers Pool
Attn: OWS
500 23rd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Entry Form:

Kudos to lifeguards for helping to keep the public safe during peak swim season

Seattle Parks and Recreation lifeguards work hard to keep the public safe during peak swim season.

Record-breaking temperatures have been plaguing Seattleites since the end of June, and there’s no relief in sight.

Seattleites have been clamoring to Seattle Parks’ public beaches, spray parks and indoor/outdoor pools to try and escape the heat. During the first 15 days of open public beaches, lifeguards made 29 water rescues compared to 14 at this time last year. Beach attendance numbers have nearly doubled since 2014. Our lifeguards have been working tirelessly to keep the public safe, and they’re efforts go largely unnoticed. Recently, a member of the public sent the Mayor a letter of commendation for Seattle Parks’ aquatics staff, and we wanted to share.

Kudos to all of our lifeguards and their hard work this season and always!

Dear Mayor Murray,

Last Thursday at the Rainier Beach Pool during adult swim hour I made my way to the vortex, a spinning pool to get some exercise. I have been diagnosed with RA ad one of my knees was unstable from pain and inflammation. The vortex pool is often used to rehabilitate people like me with limited mobility issues. I had used the vortex pool many times without incident. On May 7 I stepped into the vortex water and tripped over my bad leg causing the rest of my body to fall into the current. This was no fault of the parks department, the vortex or the lifeguards on duty. It was due to my inability to right myself because of my swollen knee. I was pulled to the bottom of the vortex and unable to surface which resulted in my taking on water and nearly drowning. I blacked out for a moment until I felt the arms of someone named Andrew swoop around my waist and pull me up to the surface of the water. I am not sure how much water I inhaled but it was more than I am accustomed to during my swimming routine.

It was terrifying, and if not for the immediate attention of the lifeguards on duty I have no idea how I would have freed myself from the current that had me at the bottom of the pool. The young man who pulled me up from the water held me and gently floated me to a safer place at the water’s edge. Andrew’s calm and reassuring skills helped me to regain some sense of what happened. Another lifeguard named Jarod worked with Andrew in making sure I was safe and out of harm’s way and out of the water. I cannot thank the City of Seattle enough for having such an amazing group of well-skilled and compassionate lifeguards at the Rainier Beach Pool. Andrew literally saved my life, and did so with so much confidence and concern that I wanted to tell you about it.

As I was leaving the pool registration area, Erin the pool manager took extra time to meet me and make sure that I was stable enough to leave. Eric should be commended for having such an awesome group of people watching over Rainier Beach Pool. Of course I will never attempt the vortex again until I am stable enough to swim safely in it. I have since been back to the pool for my daily exercise, and this is only because I am alive to do so.

I just wanted to let you know that the staff at the Rainier Beach Pool are friendly, helpful and very skilled in water safety, and for this I think the City of Seattle.

With gratitude,
Daniel Caracciolo

As a reminder, you can help lifeguards keep you safe by following these water safety tips.