Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks design team for community-initiated Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment project

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a design team to lead the design process for the Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment. The consultant team will work with SPR and the public to design improvements, continue public outreach, and secure all necessary local, State and Federal permits and approvals for a new Green Lake Small Craft Center. The full RFQ information package and required submittal contents are available online at the City website: The Deadline for submittals is 5:00 PM PST on February 23, 2018.

The rowing and sailing community have expressed the need for the Green Lake Small Craft Center to undergo improvements and/or expansion to better service existing and future users. The center, which is located at the southwest end of Green Lake Park in north Seattle, is one of only two public rowing clubs located within city limits, and the only one located north of the downtown core. In 2017, in partnership with SPR, the Green Lake Rowing Advisory Council completed an architectural feasibility study. That community-initiated study, funded by the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund initiative, will be the basis for the consultant design services solicited in this RFQ.

The initial design phase of the project is a funded through the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The goal is to complete the design phase of the redevelopment project with permits and construction bid documents in hand by May 2019. Currently, the project is only funded through schematic design; funding is not yet identified for construction.

For more information please visit For additional questions please contact David Graves, Strategic Advisor, at 206-684-7048 or





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Seattle Park District funds swimming beach piling replacement projects at Green Lake and Lake Washington

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded Quigg Brothers, Inc. the construction contract to replace the pilings at seven swimming beaches along Lake Washington and two swimming beaches at Green Lake. The project will replace selected wood pilings used to secure swim area ropes and floats with steel helical pipe piles. The piling replacement will improve safety at these public beaches.

This project includes both the west and east swim beaches at Green Lake Park and the beaches along Lake Washington: Seward Park, Mount Baker Park, Madrona Park, Madison Park, Matthews Beach Park and Magnuson Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to minimize construction impacts and manage environmental impact issues. All Lake Washington swim beach work will be done from the water. The projects at Green Lake Park will require temporary closure of the trail near the Small Craft Center. On the morning of Tues. Nov. 22, there will be intermittent closure of the trail to launch the barge and crane. We anticipate closing the trail again on the morning of Tues. Dec 6 to remove the barge and crane.

The Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for these swim beach improvement projects. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information, please contact Kent Scott, Sr. Capitol Project Coordinator, at or 206-386-4388.










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Green Lake Path painting project rescheduled to May 7

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) rescheduled the Green Lake path painting project to Thursday, May 7, 2015.  Visitors to Green Lake Park will see SDOT crew painting the center yellow line on the Green Lake pedestrian path. SDOT will begin work at 9 a.m. and anticipates the project will take 6 to 8 hours.  The lines on the Green Lake path define the rules of use for many thousands of people per year and help regulate congestion on the path. The City asks park visitors for their patience and cooperation during the painting.

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with SDOT for the work. This City collaboration provides a more efficient way to paint the path and will minimize the amount of time the path is closed to the community. Use of the SDOT truck will enable completion of this work in a shorter time frame than is typical and will provide more visible, long lasting lines. On Thursday, SDOT will provide a pilot truck for the paint truck and staff will tail the paint truck to warn pedestrians as the wet paint is applied.

The path will remain open and visitors using the path will be detoured around the painting project vehicles.

Parks and SDOT hope to engage in more collaborative projects in the future.

For more information on this project please contact Kenny Alcantara at 206-437-6818, or Dahvee Enciso 206-255-7759,  For Green Lake Park information contact Patrick Merriam, Seattle Parks and Recreation at or 206-684-4561.

Windermere Summer Splash comes to Green Lake Aug. 16

Come experience the first-ever Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16!

In addition to featuring a Junior Rowing Competition and Corporate Cup regatta, 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 stand-up 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.

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Three Seattle parks named top picks for family recreation

We know how spectacular our park system is, and it turns out, some of the city’s most concerned customers do too – parents.

Every year ParentMap magazine’s editorial team surveys its readers to discover the best family resources in Seattle as part of its Golden Teddy Awards.

Discovery Park


This year, Discovery Park was voted the best Urban Nature Experience.

On the Golden Teddy Awards winners page it reads, “[Discovery Park] in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood has literally everything: Stroller-friendly loop trails, forested hiking trails, beachfront, a lighthouse and an environmental educational center with engaging programs year-round.”

One reader commented that the park, “feels like an out-of-the-city retreat while still being close to home.”

Carkeek Park


Carkeek Park was a finalist in the same category with a reader commenting that “It has everything — beachfront, forest, wetland, and a salmon-spawning creek in the autumn!”

Green Lake Park


Green Lake Park, which ParentMap deemed a “recreation paradise,” was a finalist in the Water Playparks and Pools category.