Imagination Foundation presents ‘2015 Cardboard Challenge’ at Bell Street Park

Kids participate in a ‘Cardboard Challenge’

When you’re little, a refrigerator box isn’t just packing material; it’s a castle, cave or new car. From noon-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, the Imagination Foundation is sponsoring the 2015 Cardboard Challenge featuring the movie “Boxtrolls” at Bell Street Park. Children are invited to create cardboard creations and take part in other activities from noon-6 p.m. The outdoor movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Seattle’s Cardboard Challenge is about encouraging the people of all ages to come together and foster creativity in children. Children are encouraged to build things from their imagination, to be doers, to explore interests and passions, to learn how to be resourceful and persevere and to see every day recyclable objects in new ways. 

“My hope is that this event inspires children and their parents to continue exploring interests and ideas throughout the year through child-led creative play,” event organizer Page Olson said.

In the case of inclement weather all activities will take place in the Belltown Community Center next to the park.

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Parks and Recreation seeks nominations for annual volunteer awards

Seattle Parks and Recreation is seeking nominations for the Denny Awards, which honor volunteer service to the city’s parks and recreation system. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 19, 2015.

The awards will be presented at a recognition ceremony from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.1, 2015 at the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field.

The Denny Awards acknowledge and honor the crucial role volunteers play in neighborhood parks, community centers and recreation programs throughout Seattle. In 2014, 36,633 people volunteered for Seattle Parks and Recreation, providing 257,152 hours of service. Though the volunteers’ efforts are invaluable to the department, the Corporation for National and Community Service estimates that the monetary value of a volunteer’s time in the U.S. as $22.55 per hour. That means in 2014, volunteers donated $5,798,777 worth of time to Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Our volunteers do everything from pulling invasive ivy and planting native trees in our parks to coaching kids’ sports to working as docents at selected parks to serving on various advisory councils and boards.

“Volunteers are one of our most important resources,” said Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, “Without the help of the community, we could not run the first-rate park and recreation system that Seattle loves and depends on.”

The name of the awards reflects the early commitment by the Denny family to the preservation of parkland and open space for public use and enjoyment. David T. and Louisa Denny donated land that became the first Seattle park, Denny Park, in 1884.

We encourage nominations of youth volunteers, groups serving in parks or recreation, volunteers from Associated Recreation Council, individual volunteers, Friends, community and service groups and business or corporate volunteers.

Denny Awards nominees should meet the following minimum qualifications. The volunteer(s) must have:

  • Demonstrated exceptional stewardship to parks and/or recreation;
  • Provided stellar leadership related to enhancing and preserving parks and/or recreation programs;
  • Demonstrated a significant personal commitment of time and effort to assist Seattle Parks and Recreation; and
  • Gained respect of community peers for efforts to help Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The nomination form for the award, specific criteria and related information are available by contacting Junior Kitiona, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-615-0780, or To download an electronic version of the nomination form, visit:

September 5 community invited to celebrate expansion of Hing Hay Park


Hing Hay Park is the premier gathering space in the Chinatown-International District.  Hing Hay literally means “pleasurable gatherings.” On Saturday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., the community is invited to celebrate Hing Hay Park at 423 Maynard Ave. S. before construction begins for the park expansion in the fall.

The celebration marks the upcoming construction of the Hing Hay Park expansion and the closing weekend of the Bruce Lee Year 1 exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (The Wing), which will be open until 8 p.m. that night. The celebration starts with plenty of activities for families to enjoy.  The event features displays of the new Hing Hay Park expansion, historic photographs of the park, children’s activities including paper lantern making, coloring, face painting and dragon hand tattoos, table tennis and chess. All will be treated to a Bruce Lee movie entitled  “Enter the Dragon “ at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.).

The park design is based on the multi-cultural and historic aspects of the Chinatown-International District and moves towards a contemporary setting.  It respects the past while building for the future.  It will be a gathering place for everyone.

Located at the old post office site on 6th and King, the expanded Hing Hay Park was designed by local SvR Architecture with Turenscape, a world-class architecture firm based in Beijing.  They gathered input from the community and gained advice from the Friends of Hing Hay Park.  The design features a welcoming gateway on the southwest corner of the park, places for large and small gatherings and attractive terraced landscaping which creates multiple spaces for a various activities. The old and the new are seamlessly blended together into one place.

“I want to thank the community for their participation in planning for this park and ask for your cooperation during construction,” said Jesús Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “This park will provide a great community gathering space and contribute to an even healthier neighborhood.”

The planned expansion will double the size of the park.  Construction is anticipated to begin in fall with completion in late spring 2016.

Celebration sponsors include Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Friends of Hing Hay Park, Wing Luke Museum, Chong Wa Benevolent Association, the Filipino American Historical Society and the Seattle Chinatown ID Preservation and Development Authority.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s SEAFAIR WEEKEND

The Blue Angels photo by Seafair

Seafair Weekend is one of Seattle’s most anticipated events. But with so much good stuff packed into three days, it can be tough to navigate. Here’s your go-to guide for a safe and happy Seafair.

Seafair Weekend Main Gate
4316 South Genesee Street, Seattle, WA

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, July 31
8:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 2

It’s important to note that Seafair sponsors the various events taking place July 31-Aug. 2. If you have questions, complaints or concerns regarding Seafair events, please contact Seafair directly by clicking HERE.

Where are the best places to experience SeaFair?
Seafair Weekend events and activities are scheduled throughout North Beach ParkStan Sayres Memorial Park and Genesee Park. For a full listing of activities and locations, click HERE.

The Blue Angels photo by Seafair

For information on air show performers, click HERE.

Hydroplanes on Lake Washington photo by Seafair

For information on the Albert Lee Appliance Seafair Cup (hydroplance races), click HERE.

Hyperlite Seafair Wakeboard Experience photo by Seafair

For information on the Hyperlite Seafair Wakeboard Experience, click HERE.

Crowds at Lake Washington photo by Seafair

Where can I buy tickets?
Seafair offers a variety of events from floating parties to private lunches that require tickets. To review the offers and purchase tickets, click HERE.

Where can I see the Blue Angels?
Genesee Park, East Portal Viewpoint

Where can I see the hydroplanes?
Genessee Park, Lake Washington, Stan Sayres Memorial Park

What are the park rules I have to follow inside the main gate?
– No alcoholic beverages will be allowed through the entrance gate. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted.
– Lawn chairs are permitted inside the park.
– No pets are allowed through the entrance gate with the exception of aid-dogs.
– Shoes are required in certain areas (closed toe shoes are required in pits).
– Bicycles not allowed in the park. A bike coral is located at the Main Admissions Gate.
– No firearms allowed.
– Portable BBQs are permitted in the park.

What’s the best way to get there?
Public transportation is encouraged! Click HERE for a step-by-step guide to public transit.

Parking is limited at the event site. Parking passes can purchased online. Parking typically sells out early. Seafair Weekend Public Parking Lot address: 4501 42nd Avenue South, Seattle WA, 98118 (must have a pass). There will be a limited number of disabled parking spaces due to space restrictions.

What you MUST know before you go:

During Seafair Weekend and leading up to the event, there will be park and facility closures for safety measures and practices.

– Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center will close from July 28 through Aug. 3.
– Stan Sayres Boat Launch will close from July 27 through Aug. 4.
– Fishing piers between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park will be closed July 28- Aug. 3.
-Seward Park will be closed each day July 29-Aug. 2 about 45-60 minutes prior to the Blue Angels taking off from Boeing Field. On days that there are two practice flights, the Seattle Police Department will keep the park closed for that entire period of time.  For details on when the Blue Angels will be practicing and performing, please contact Seafair.

Seafair tips, tricks and reminders from Southeast Crew Chiefs
– Expect DELAYS traveling to and from Seafair
– Traffic enforcement will be in full force, do not block driveways, park in community center lots, etc.
– Do NOT leave pets in your car. Pets are not allowed inside the Seafair main gate; leave them at home.
-You cannot use a portable barbecue unless you are inside the Seafair main gate. Seattle Parks does not allow them to be used in parks.
– Wear sunscreen!
– Do NOT drink and drive!
– You may not sell items at Seafair unless you have been properly permitted.
– Come early! People start getting in line at the main gate at 7 a.m.

Welcome, Jenny Ku, our new event coordinator

Jenny Ku is the newest member of the Community Development and Outreach team. As the event coordinator, she will coordinate events such as summer concerts, public art dedications, and the Mayor’s Arts Awards.

Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, she moved to Seattle in June of 2002 and has been an active member of our vibrant arts community ever since. Prior to joining the Community Development and Outreach team, Jenny served as the Director of Arts and Culture and Programming Coordinator for BurlyCon.

She is also the cabaret curator and coordinator for The Wing Luke Asian Museum and artistic director for numerous theatrical productions. Additionally, Jenny is a practicing visual and performance artist herself, and is thrilled to support the arts in this new capacity.