Superintendent Listening Tour

Dear Community Member,

My name is Jesús Aguirre, and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

My family and I relocated to Seattle from Washington DC, and we are thrilled to make the Emerald City our new home.

In Washington DC, I had the opportunity to serve the city through my work in education, both in the local school district as well as serving as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia.  I also managed DC’s department of parks and recreation for almost four years.  I am excited to bring my experiences and perspective to help Seattle Parks and Recreation continue its excellent work and positive trajectory.

I have been focused on getting to know Seattle Parks and Recreation, our parks and facilities, and the city’s neighborhoods and people. One of my main priorities is to get to know you better – our stakeholders, customers and residents.

I’m hosting a Listening Tour this summer and fall, and I’d like to hear directly from you.  I’m interested in hearing about your experiences – positive and negative, your desires for your park and recreation system and your ideas to make us even better. I’ve been working closely with Parks staff to set up several opportunities for me to connect with you directly.

Gas Works Park

Fill out my survey.
We’ve created an online survey, which I strongly encourage you to fill out:

Tweet with me.
We’ve set up a Twitter Chat where you can tweet your questions directly to me using the #ParkSupe hashtag.
Wednesday, Sept. 9
1-2 p.m.


Carkeek Park

Come visit with me in person.
We’re hosting two large open houses – one south of the Ship Canal, and one north of the Ship Canal. These will be great opportunities for you to meet and talk with me personally, as well as to learn all about the great stuff Seattle Parks and Recreation does.

These Open Houses will feature staff from all over the department to share their work — from the employees who buy and build new parks to those who organize summer camps to our Park Rangers. We’ll also have free children’s activities, and food.

Sept. 22, Tuesday
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Van Asselt Community Center,
2820 S Myrtle St. 98108

Sept. 26, Saturday
2 – 4 p.m.
Northgate Community Center,
10510  5th Ave. NE 98125

Bitter Lake Summer Day Camp

Let’s discuss
I’ll also be hosting more intimate community discussions at your neighborhood community center. Stop by one of the following sessions to hear about my vision for the future of Seattle Parks and Recreation and to tell me your ideas. All meetings will be held from 6:30—8 p.m. at community centers unless noted. For community center addresses, please visit

Tour schedule poster

· Bitter Lake, Sept. 2
· Ballard, Sept. 17
· Magnolia, Oct. 15
· Loyal Heights, Oct. 27

· Laurelhurst, Oct. 20
· Meadowbrook, Nov. 3
· Ravenna-Eckstein, Nov. 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
· Magnuson, Nov. 19

· Belltown, Aug. 5
· Yesler, Sept. 30
· Montlake, Nov. 24

· Hiawatha, Aug. 11
· Alki, Aug. 19
· Delridge, Aug. 25
· High Point, Oct. 28

· Rainier Beach, Aug. 4
· International District Chinatown, Sept. 1
· Rainier, Aug. 13
· Jefferson, Nov. 4

· High Point, Aug. 18 (6400 Sylvan Way SW, Seattle, WA 98126)
· New Holly, Sept. 15 (7315 39th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118)



Community input invited on plans for Fitness Zone® Areas in Seattle neighborhood parks

The community is invited to provide input on Fitness Zones® coming to one of four Seattle neighborhoods. Public meetings have been scheduled for local residents living close to local parks chosen as the sites for new Fitness Zone installations. The meetings will give people information about free outdoor gyms, and gather feedback that can be incorporated into the installation plans by the project design firm Johnson + Southerland. Please consider walking or taking alternative forms of transportation to the meetings as all community centers have limited parking.

Each Fitness Zone, due to be installed in the next eighteen months, will be equipped with top-quality, durable exercise equipment appropriate for teens and adults of all levels of fitness. Independent research has proved that Fitness Zone areas encourage exercise and increase the overall activity level of park users. Once completed, more than 19,000 people—nearly half from low-income households—will live within a 10-minute walk of one of the four new Fitness Zones.

The Seattle Fitness Zone program is a partnership of Seattle Parks and Recreation, The Trust for Public Land, The Seattle Parks Foundation, and MOMentum.

Supporters of this project can make a donation through the Seattle Parks Foundation website:

Meeting Schedule:

Delridge Community Center  Fitness Zone® Area:
Tuesday – June 2, 2015
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Delridge Community Center
4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle 98106

Hiawatha Community Center Fitness Zone® Area:
Thursday – June 4, 2015
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Hiawatha Community Center
2700 California Ave SW, Seattle 98116

Van Asselt Community Center Fitness Zone® Area:
Wednesday – June 10, 2015
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Van Asselt Community Center
2820 S Myrtle St, Seattle 98108

Powell Barnett Park Fitness  Zone® Area:
Thursday – June 11, 2015
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St, Seattle 98122
For more information please visit or contact Andy Sheffer, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-7041 or