Camp Long CampOut provides immersive nature experience for low-income, immigrant and refugee families

Camp Long and community partners Delridge Neighborhood Development Association and National Wildlife Federation recently hosted the second Great American CampOut of 2018 at Camp Long. The CampOut program provides an immersive nature experience for low-income, immigrant and refugee families who live near Camp Long. Guests experience staying overnight in a rustic cabin with their neighbors, rock climbing, nature walks, community meals, and a classic American campfire with songs, stories and s’mores.
21 families (108 individuals) attended the event in August and 22 families (118 individuals) attended in June. These families were from Seattle Housing Authority communities in the Delridge and High Point neighborhoods. Participants represented home countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Morocco, and more.
Camp Long CampOut was selected as a winner of the national Meet Me at the Park campaign and received a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company. Community members voted for the winning project throughout Earth Month in April. Learn more here.

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Yesler Terrace Park celebration full of music, art & activities

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) invite the community to celebrate the new Yesler Terrace Park on Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with sports activities until 7 p.m. and an outdoor movie, Moana, at 8 p.m. on the park lawn. This new park provides a much-needed outdoor community gathering place and is located at 835 Yesler Way, immediately adjacent to Yesler Community Center. With sweeping views to downtown, Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier, Yesler Terrace Park is the new heart of the Yesler neighborhood.

The community is encouraged to come explore the new park and participate in the many activities throughout the day. The park offers something for everyone in its two-acre footprint. Here is what you will find during the event:

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m.
    • Ribbon Cutting ceremony
  • 12:30 p.m.
    • Spraypark opens
  • 3 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • 3-on-3 basketball tournament with a special thank you to Seattle Storm for prizes
    • RAVE Field activities
  • 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    • Outdoor community movie night. Movie: Moana. Please bring your own chairs and blankets.
  • Parking is limited. Visitors are encouraged to take the bus number 60 or 27 or the First Hill Street Car. The new park is the result of a successful partnership with Seattle Housing Authority and public-private donations that include Seattle Parks Foundation, RAVE Foundation (the official charitable arm of the Seattle Sounders FC), Wyncote Foundation Northwest, Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation, The Community Parks Fund, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, and the Office of Arts and Culture. Local landscape architecture firm, Site Workshop, designed the project, and Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to Wyser Construction.For more information about the project and event please visit or contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’ or 206-233-7929.



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Seattle Park District provides funding for improvements at Golden Gardens Park Off-Leash Area

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Landscape Architect and Project Manager are hosting an event at the Golden Gardens Off-Leash Area on Thursday, August 30 from 4. to 6 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to review and comment on plans to install agility equipment at the park. Golden Gardens Park Dog Off-Leash Area is located in the upper north portion of the park at 8498 Seaview Pl. NW.

The Seattle Park District’s Maintaining Parks and Facilities funding initiative provides funding to improve Dog Off-Leash Areas (OLAs) throughout Seattle. This initiative provides $100,000 annually until 2020 and will improve existing off-leash areas through increased maintenance while providing updates to aging infrastructure. In 2016, we completed a capital plan for all OLAs, People, Dogs and Parks Plan.  This plan provides a scope and prioritization of projects.

The first four improvement projects were completed over the last two years at Magnuson Park, Genesee Park, Regrade Park and Woodland Park OLAs.

For more information about the project please visit

To find other OLAs managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation please visit

For more information please contact Shannon Glass at or 206-733-9313.


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Duwamish Salmon Bake Fundraiser & Program – Sept. 8 at the Duwamish Longhouse

WHAT:  Duwamish Salmon Bake Fundraiser & Program

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center , 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

WHEN:  Saturday September 8th Food served at 12:00pm, Program begins at 1:00pm

Join the Duwamish Longhouse and Seattle Parks & Recreation for a Salmon Bake Fundraiser! $15 includes a Salmon Bake lunch and program presentation by Seattle Naturalist Jacob de Guzman.  Food served at noon and program begins at 1:00pm.

The interactions between forests and salmon are not always obvious but they are highly important and complex.  Come and learn how salmon interact with their forests and how those interactions help to sustain ecological systems.


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Youth volunteers complete Northgate mural project “Cosmic Unity”

Northgate Community Center recently spearheaded the creation of a new neighborhood mural. The mural, named “Cosmic Unity”, is located on the north facing retaining wall of the Pacific Medical Center Northgate Clinic’s parking lot. The wall faces the Northgate Community Center multipurpose room and wraps around to face the Thornton Creek Natural Area. Northgate Community Center staff worked with local youth to solicit design ideas to spruce up this once plain gray facade, which now bursts with colors and avian imagery.

Through a series of  brainstorming sessions, the youth in the area came up with the design concepts of unity, community, togetherness and peace. Artist Andrew Miller interpreted these concepts into the final design. During the two weeks of painting to complete the mural, teens went to the wall in small group or worked one-on-one with Andy to layout, draw and fill in the design. This was both a great learning experience for some of our young artists as well as an opportunity for them to take ownership of this new place-making feature in the Northgate community. In total, teens contributed over 20 hours of work to help develop the design idea and paint the mural. Pacific Medical Center will also be working with Seattle Parks and Recreation youth programs to provide guidance, clinic tours, and information to youth interested in careers in the medical field.


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