Seattle Parks and Recreation aquatics programs

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Doggy paddle, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke. We think it’s important to master one or two of these when you live in a city nearly surrounded by water. Our swimming pools offer swimming lessons, public swims and special events year-round, and best of all, they’re indoors.

Special events this winter include:

  • Southwest Pool’s Super Bowl Sunday $2 Family Swim, 2-3 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2016
    Not a football fan? Bring your family to get some exercise or relax in the spa and sauna!
  • Madison Pool’s Winter Potluck, 1 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2016
  • Madison Pool movie nights, 6-8 p.m., third Friday of the month

For weekly regular programming, see our Aquatics brochure.

Individuals that qualify for Seattle Parks and Recreation program scholarships or reduced fees can also receive discounts at drop-in public swims, family swims, lap swims, pool playlands and selected aquatic fitness programs.

Eligibility will be based on family size and income level in accordance with Seattle Parks’ established application and approval process. For qualifying individuals, drop-in discount pricing will be $2 for recreational swims such as family swim, public swim or lap swim and $3 for fitness swims such as Water Exercise, Masters or Swimstrong.

To apply for a scholarship, fill out the scholarship form and bring a copy of your most recent 1040 Income Tax Form to your neighborhood pool. All pools are participating.

For information about pool schedules, pricing and location, please visit our pool website.

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

Beaches

  • 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

 

Sprayparks

  • 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.

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:

Get ready to splish, splash and dash to your local pool

Seattle Parks offers new discount for drop-in swims!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the introduction of discounted drop-in swims at its public pools. Beginning in 2015, individuals that qualify based on income and family size will be able to attend a swim session at a discounted rate.

In Seattle, a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill. Access and opportunity to both drop-in programs and swimming lessons are key. By learning to swim, individuals gain life skills, have a reduced risk of drowning death and gain opportunities for new activities.

Drop-in swimming programs offer vital opportunities for basic exposure to the water, development of swim skills and personal health. Currently, many discounts are offered based on age, special population needs, prepaid sessions and frequency of use. With recent City Council approval, in 2015 Seattle Parks will also begin to offer discounts for drop-in sessions to those who qualify. Eligibility will be based on family size and income level in accordance with Seattle Parks established application and approval process. For qualifying individuals, drop-in discount pricing will be $2 for recreational swims such as family swim, public swim or lap swim and $3 for fitness swims such as Water Exercise, Masters, or Swimstrong.

In 2014, Seattle Parks staff taught more than 320,000 swimming lessons at swimming pools and lifeguarded beaches. Seattle Parks scholarship process has greatly helped reduce the cost of swimming lessons by offering half-price lessons at pools for those who meet scholarship eligibility. Additional fundraising for supplemental scholarship helps ensure swim lessons are affordable for all through Seattle Parks ongoing partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital plus many individual donations.

You can be a super hero too!  Help a child learn to swim by making a donation to the Learn to Swim Seattle Parks Scholarship fund. Donate online:  https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1442483

For more information on pool schedules, location and pricing, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/aquatics/currentschedule.htm

 

Celebrate fall with Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting dozens of free and low-cost fall and Halloween activities across the city this month. Put on your scariest costume, perfect your apple bobbing skills, practice your “Boos!” and head out! For event details, please contact the specific location.

SOUTHEAST

Halloween Spookfest
What: Costume party
Location: International District Chinatown Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24

Halloween Carnival
What: Games and treats
Location: Jefferson Community Center
Ages: 11 and under
Time: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per game or 5/$1

Toddler Harvest Festival
What: Toddler gym and games
Location: Rainier Community Center
Ages: 5 and younger
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 25
Cost: Free

Teen Halloween Flashlight Hunt
What: Hunt for treats
Location: Van Asselt Community Center
Ages: Teens
Time: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free
SOUTHWEST

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: Alki Community Center
Ages: 1-11
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per game or $7 unlimited

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: Hiawatha Community Center
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 25 cents per ticket

Halloween Carnival
What: Carnival
Location: South Park Community Center
Ages: 2 and older
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Suggested $2 donation

Toddler Pumpin Palooza
What: Games and activities
Location: High Point Community Center
Ages: Toddlers
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 30
Cost: $5

Halloween Event
What: Safe tricks, treats and pumpkin carving
Location: Delridge Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free

CENTRAL

Fall Carnival
What: Halloween games
Location: Yesler Community Center
Ages: 3-11
Time:5:30-7 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $1 per child

Campus Creepy Crawl
What: Haunted tunnel, costumes and games
Location: Garfield Community Center
Ages: 12 and under
Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Suggested donation $3 per family

Tot Carnival
What: Games, treats and costumes
Location: Queen Anne Community Center
Ages: Toddlers
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: $3 per child

Mighty Mites Crazy Costume Party
What: Costume party
Location: Miller Community Center
Ages: 5 and under
Time: 10 a.m. – noon, Oct. 30
Cost: Free

Fall Carnival
What: Trick or treating, carnival activities
Location: Montlake Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: Free

NORTHEAST

Haunted Bounce
What: Bouncy houses and ghostly lighting
Location: Meadowbrook Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30-7:60 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $2 for youth

Halloween Makeup Headquarters
What: Halloween face painting
Location: Magnuson Community Center
Ages: All
Time: 4-6 p.m., Oct. 31
Cost: Donations accepted
Call 206-684-7026 for an appointment.

NORTHWEST

Halloween Carnival
What: Costume party and activities
Location: Loyal Height Community Center
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-9 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: 50 cents per ticket, $12 unlimited

Big Pumpkin Bash
What: Carnival games
Location: Bitter Lake Annex
Ages: All, families
Time: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 25
Cost: 25 cents per ticket, can of food for food bank

Lil Spooky Things
What: Costume party and pumpkin decorating
Location: Magnolia Community Center
Ages: 4 and under
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Oct. 30
Cost: $3 per child

POOLS

Spooky Swamp Swim
What: Swamp swim
Location: Medgar Evers
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Halloween Family Swim
What: Family swim
Location: Rainier Beach Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:35-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Pumpkin Swim
What: Swim with pumpkins
Location: Evans Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7-8 p.m., Oct. 24

Halloween Swim
What: Spooky swim with pumpkins
Location: Southwest Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7-8 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: Free

Harvest Potluck
What: Live music and potluck
Location: Evans Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: Noon – 2:30 p.m., Oct. 25

Pumpkin Swim
What: Ghoulish games
Location: Madison Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 6:30 -8:30 p.m., Oct. 29
Cost: $2 per person

Spook the Pool
What: Pumpkin swim and games
Location: Meadowbrook Pool
Ages: All, families
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 24
Cost: $3.75 youth, $5.25 adults

To find contact numbers for community centers, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers.asp, for pools, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/pools.asp. Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle