Beat the heat at beaches, pools, wading pools and sprayparks

Colman Pool opens for the regular season June 20 at noon.

When it’s hot this summer, Seattle residents don’t need to go far to cool off. Seattle Parks and Recreation has a long list of places to get cool in the water, including beaches, wading pools and water spray features and outdoor pools.

 

2 Outdoor Pools

Parks operates two unique outdoor pools for summer fun. Each offers swimming lessons, family swimming, water exercise programs and special events. The pools can also be rented for special occasions.

Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708, is open daily from May 9 through Sept. 7. Mounger Pool is really two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones. Call the pool to reserve it for your own birthday party or other special event.

Colman Pool, at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, 206-684-7494, opens for the regular season at noon on June 20 and will remain open until Sept. 7. The pool will also be open on certain pre-season weekends including May 23-25, May 30-31, June 6-7 and 13-14. The pool enjoys a spectacular view of Puget Sound from its prime location on the beach in West Seattle’s Lincoln Park. It features heated salt water and the Giant Tube Slide!

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT COLMAN: Colman Pool is closed to the public July 9-11 and 17-18 for swim meets.

 

Wading Pools and Water Spray Features

Your little ones will love the cool, shallow water and you can cool your own grown-up toes too. We will operate 15 wading pool sites this summer, and there are 10 parks with spray features to enjoy. Please note that the pools take about an hour to fill and drain each day, as required by law. Closing and opening dates vary. See the Summer Guide at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/summer_guide.pdf for schedules. 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 for find out whether pools will be filled. All spray features are open from May 23 to Sept. 7.

Four-day-a-week Wading Pools (both are open noon to 6:45 p.m.):

  • Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat
  • Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun

Three-day-a-week Wading Pools (all are open from noon to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., noon to 6:45 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun
  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th Ave. NE, Tues/Wed/Thurs
  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Sun/Mon/Tue
  • E.C. Hughes, 2805 SW Holden St., Wed/Thu/Fri
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St., Sat/Sun/Mon
  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave. S, Sun/Mon/Tue
  • Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri

Daily Wading Pools (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Green Lake, N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW
  • Magnuson, eastern end of NE 65th St., noon to 6:30 p.m.
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Volunteer Park, 1400 E Galer St.

Daily Water Sprayparks (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd Ave. NW
  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
  • John C. Little, 6961 37th Ave. S
  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E (Miller will open at a later start time May 23-June 21, call the wading pool hotline for the best information 206-684-7796)
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE
  • Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St.

 

Beaches open June 20

Parks offers safe, lifeguarded beaches at nine sites around the city, and we strongly recommend swimming only where lifeguards are present. Beaches open June 20, weather permitting, from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Amenities range from swim rafts and low and high diving boards to nearby wading pools, play areas, ballfields and more.

These beaches are open through Sept. 7:

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE
  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E
  • Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr.

These beaches are open through Aug. 23:

  • East Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE
  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd.
  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th S

For a more complete and detailed listing of fun summer activities in Seattle parks, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/summer_guide.pdf  to view the 2015 Summer Guide.

 

April Pools Day teaches water safety to Rainier Beach community

The second annual April Pools Day event at Rainier Beach Pool was a success! Thank you to the 150+ visitors who came to the pool and helped Seattle Parks and Recreation spread the word about water safety.

Later this summer, Green Lake Community Center/Evans Pool will be hosting low-cost life jacket sales on June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15. More details to come!

Tizzy Bennett from Seattle Children’s Hospital helps fit a life jacket.

 

Children play in the lazy river during April Pools Day.

 

Kids learn how to safely aid other swimmers.

 

Children practice wearing life jackets.

 

The Seattle Fire Department hosted an informational table and gave tours of a fire truck.

 

Tizzy Bennett from Seattle Children’s Hospital helps fit a life jacket.

Seattle Parks is hiring for summer lifeguards and other seasonal positions

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council and 37 citywide advisory councils, is now accepting employment applications for various summer programs.

Temporary positions are available at 24 community centers, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor pools, two small craft centers and many public beaches and wading pools. To find information on the current available summer program opportunities and positions, take a look through the 2015 Summer Recreation Employment brochure. If you need more information regarding the programs or positions, please inquire with the appropriate contact person for the program in which you are interested.

For more general information on aquatics employment, visit the Aquatics Employment and Training webpage.

Get ready to splish, splash and dash to your local pool

Seattle Parks offers new discount for drop-in swims!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the introduction of discounted drop-in swims at its public pools. Beginning in 2015, individuals that qualify based on income and family size will be able to attend a swim session at a discounted rate.

In Seattle, a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill. Access and opportunity to both drop-in programs and swimming lessons are key. By learning to swim, individuals gain life skills, have a reduced risk of drowning death and gain opportunities for new activities.

Drop-in swimming programs offer vital opportunities for basic exposure to the water, development of swim skills and personal health. Currently, many discounts are offered based on age, special population needs, prepaid sessions and frequency of use. With recent City Council approval, in 2015 Seattle Parks will also begin to offer discounts for drop-in sessions to those who qualify. 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.

In 2014, Seattle Parks staff taught more than 320,000 swimming lessons at swimming pools and lifeguarded beaches. Seattle Parks scholarship process has greatly helped reduce the cost of swimming lessons by offering half-price lessons at pools for those who meet scholarship eligibility. Additional fundraising for supplemental scholarship helps ensure swim lessons are affordable for all through Seattle Parks ongoing partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital plus many individual donations.

You can be a super hero too!  Help a child learn to swim by making a donation to the Learn to Swim Seattle Parks Scholarship fund. Donate online:  https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1442483

For more information on pool schedules, location and pricing, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/currentschedule.htm

 

Low-cost life jackets for sale at Evans Pool on June 21

A small investment could potentially save the lives of loved ones or friends.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold sales of low-cost life jackets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 at Evans Pool, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1 – 14 years old. Wearing a life jacket saves lives. Washington State law requires children ages 12 and younger to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket or life vest on vessels shorter than 19 feet long. There must be a life jacket on board for each person older than 12.

The cost for life jackets sizes infant to youth large is $20, and for teens to adult size XXXL, is $30. The life jackets are comfortable, high-quality vests in fashion colors. All sales are final -sorry, Parks cannot offer refunds or returns.

Customers younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Fitters will be on site to help purchasers choose the correct size. The person for whom the jacket is being purchased must be present for proper fitting.

Parks will hold additional life jacket sales from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • July 19
  • August 16

Parks offers this program in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Mustang Survival, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a stylish, Coast Guard-approved life jacket! For more information, please email Diane Jones, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at diane.jones@seattle.gov.