Lake Washington beaches closed May 23-24 for Milfoil treatments

Seattle Parks and Recreation, with permitting from Washington State Dept of Ecology, will be using aquatic herbicides to systemically control aquatic weeds. The goal is to improve water quality by managing the invasive milfoil at Seattle’s freshwater beaches, swim areas, moorages, and high-use recreation sites.

The first treatment is scheduled to happen Wednesday, May 23. All Lake Washington beaches will be closed May 23 and reopen on May 24.

The treatment map can be viewed at

More information available here.

Permitted use of an aquatic herbicide is endorsed by Washington Department of Ecology as a systemic solution to control specific aquatic weeds that impact recreation and water quality. The permit covers the City owned properties on Lake Washington, Bitter Lake and Ship Canals –Lake Union.

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Seattle Animal Shelter conducting emphasis patrols on saltwater beaches

Spring is blossoming and hatching in Seattle, and now is a particularly important time to ensure that immature wildlife have their best opportunity to flourish in the Northwest. Because of this, the Seattle Animal Shelter will be conducting emphasis patrols on all saltwater beaches in the city.

Dogs are not allowed on any of Seattle’s public saltwater beaches, whether leashed or unleashed. This law helps to protect the fragile ecosystem along our shorelines. Marine mammals, such as seal pups who are typically born in April, use the city’s beaches to rest and warm themselves. Shore birds also frequent our beaches. Wildlife that interact with dogs are less likely to reach adulthood.

Uniformed animal services officers will be patrolling city parks with a focus on saltwater beaches and may issue citations to violators.

If you would like to report Seattle beaches where dogs are frequently seen, please submit a service request at You can also contact the shelter directly by calling 206-386-PETS (7387) or by visiting

Seattle Parks and Recreation temporarily closes all outdoor aquatic facilities due to weather

Effective immediately Seattle Parks and Recreation is temporarily closing all public outdoor aquatic facilities today, Aug. 12, 2015, due to unstable weather and reports of thunder and lightning. The closure list includes:


Outdoor Pools

  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708
  • Colman Pool, at 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, 206-684-7494


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



  • 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
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE
  • Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St.

Small craft centers

  • Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 W Green Lake Way N
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd S

Wading pools scheduled to be open today

  • Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW
  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N
  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th NE
  • C. Hughes, 2805 SW Holden St.
  • South Park, 8319 8th S
  • Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N
  • Green Lake, N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW
  • Magnuson, eastern end of NE 65th
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Volunteer Park, 1400 E Galer St.


Seattle Parks and Recreation hopes to reopen most facilities later today when the weather clears. All wading pools will remained closed for the rest of the day due to the time and water it takes to drain and re-fill them.

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:

Seattle Parks and Recreation reminds public to recreate safely at beaches and pools

With high temperatures predicted across Western Washington this summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to remind the public about water safety precautions. During the last four years, there were only five days in the month of June when temperatures reached more than 80 degrees. In 2015, June saw at least 15 days with 80+-degree heat.

Lifeguarded beaches opened in Seattle on Saturday, June 20. Since then lifeguards have performed 16 water rescues. By this same time last summer, only three water rescues were necessary.

Seattle Parks encourages the community to beat the summer heat at its public beaches, pools and water features, but wants everyone to enjoy the water as safely as possible.

Summer water safety tips: