GiveBIG and support Seattle Parks’ programs May 5

Be a champion! Join the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) and The Seattle Foundation in supporting our community on Tuesday, May 5.

GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations that make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.

By making a gift to ARC through The Seattle Foundation’s website on Tuesday, May 5, you will help deliver the high-quality programs and services that truly make a difference in the lives of Seattle residents. The Seattle Foundation will leverage your gift even further by providing ARC with additional matching funds.

ARC, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities. ARC, incorporated in 1975 as an independent nonprofit organization, supports this work through the ARC Board of Director and a system of 37 advisory councils. Citizen volunteers on the board and advisory councils help to enhance the mission and vision of Seattle Parks by providing a connection to the community and advocating for the success of citywide recreation services.

Just click on the link below, go to “Donate Now” and GiveBIG Specify in the “Comments” field which of ARC’s programs you’d like your gift to support (for example, after-school care or RecTech).

Last year, ARC’s GiveBIG campaign raised $28,241 from 178 donors.

Make your donation here:

Tom Douglas hosts annual ‘Salmon Chanted Evening’ benefiting Seattle Parks and Recreation

Chef Tom Douglas, right, at a previous Salmon Chanted Evening in Victor Steinbrueck Park.


On Aug. 31, Tom Douglas Seatown Restaurants invites you to celebrate a gorgeous summer evening outdoors with Chef Tom Douglas at the annual Salmon Chanted picnic dinner and fundraiser for Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Now in its fifth year, the picnic provides an event in Victor Steinbrueck Park for nearby residents that is community-based, delicious and fun! Salmon Chanted celebrates what is great about our town, while raising money for the park. People can picnic on salmon with seasonal sides, gaze out at Elliott Bay and listen to live music.

Specifically the money raised will go to fund the park’s concierges, M. Kay Skinner and Lemont Thornton, who help clean and maintain the park. They are first responders to any incidents or accidents, and also answer questions for tourists. Their positive presence in the park helps everyone to feel welcome.

New developments are also on the horizon for Victor Steinbrueck Park. The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) is preparing to complete the final piece of the Market Historic District with the addition of the Waterfront Entrance adjacent to the park. Throughout the picnic, the Pike Place Market Foundation will be on hand to talk about the new “MarketFront.”

Forty years in the making, the Market expansion is spurred by the removal of the elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct and the opportunity to create a dynamic connection from the waterfront to Pike Place and the Pike/Pine corridor. The new MarketFront will transform what is now a .75-acre surface parking lot on Western Avenue into a waterfront-facing entry point to Seattle’s public market. True to the Pike Place Market Charter and character, the expansion will provide opportunities for farmers, craftspeople and local entrepreneurs, as well as civic space, public art, social services and low-income housing.

Envisioning a brighter future for the park and all of those who frequent and enjoy the park remains a top priority for the PDA, the Market Foundation and other community stakeholders in the planning and designing of the MarketFront. The Foundation will
host a table to show guests the designs and plans for the new MarketFront, answer questions and provide information on how to stay informed on the project’s progress.

If you have any questions, please contact Eva Mark-Blumberg at or call 206-448-2001.

Tickets to the picnic dinner are $30 per person. Because everything from the food down to the forks and napkins are donated by Tom Douglas Seatown Restaurants and other concerned businesses, we are able to give 100% of the proceeds to Seattle Parks and Recreation.

We invite you to join us by buying your ticket today at or at Etta’s and Seatown.

Make moves, make money for Seattle Parks Specialized Programs

Specialized programs hiking field trip


Help raise funds to support Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Specialized Programs, which offer activities for youth and adults with disabilities.  Take part in the Movin’ for Money swim or walk-a-thon with friends and family on Sunday, May 18, and rack up the donations.

Specialized Programs hosts events such as the Special Olympics, wheelchair basketball, weekend trips, after-school programs, fitness classes and summer camping trips.

Movin’ for Money events include:
• Swimming from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Meadowbrook Pool, 10515 35th Ave. NE
• Walking from 3-4 p.m. at the Nathan Hale High School track, 10750 30th Ave. NE
• Party and refreshments for swimmers and walkers from 4-5:30 p.m. at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10515 35th Ave. NE

Participants are asked to only participate in one event, either swimming or walking.


The purpose of the event is to raise funds for equipment, special events, summer camp fees, and scholarships throughout the year. It is an opportunity for community members and program participants and their families and friends to show support for Specialized Programs by getting pledges for walking or swimming.

The public can support the fundraiser in several ways:
1) Obtain pledges and swim or walk.
2) Sponsor a swimmer or walker.
3) Make a tax-deductible donation.
4) Come to the event and volunteer, or show support for our participants and family members.

To send a donation, please mail a check or money order payable to “Specialized Programs” at Specialized Programs, 4554 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA 98105.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Specialized Programs at 206-684-4590.

Seattle Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see