Construction begins at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center to improve accessibility

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) is improving public and staff access at many facilities throughout the park system. The improvements are based on Federal, State, and Local requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The most recent project is beginning at Ravenna-Eckstein. SPR awarded the construction contract for the improvements at Ravenna-Eckstein to WS Contractors and they began work in late September. The work includes accessible parking improvements, upgrades to the bathrooms, kitchen, multipurpose room as well as site paving around the community center, play area, park, and garden. The outside work on paths and parking is weather dependent and we will work with the contractor to complete the work in an efficient manner.  We are prioritizing the outside work and will re-open the exterior area when complete.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working with the contractor to minimize the impact of construction which will be completed by the end of 2017.  Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during construction.

Community Development Block Grant, a federal program combined with dollars from the Seattle Park District funds these essential upgrades.  The Seattle Park District, approved by Seattle voters in 2014, provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to SPR for maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

To learn more about the project please visit or contact Kent Scott, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at or 206-386-4388.


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Kids ‘n’ Keyboards teaches rhythm and technique

Kids ‘n’ Keyboards participants

Pianist Paul Sklar has made a career of playing for professional dancers and theater audiences. And on Friday afternoons, Paul can be found at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center playing with a much smaller crowd.

Kids ‘n’ Keyboards participant

Paul teaches Kids ‘n’ Keyboards at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center for children ages 5-11 every quarter. The classes teach beginning note reading, ensemble playing, technique and solo piano. For younger students, Paul incorporates musical activities and stories. The affordable group program works to achieve all the same results as private, individual lessons. Additionally, the children learn to play music together. The ensemble helps their timing as well as their musical interaction in fun and productive ways.

“When a group of children come together, the good chemistry really helps them learn from each other,” Paul said.

Paul said most of his students return from quarter to quarter and he enjoys watching them grow as musicians. At the end of each fall and spring quarter, the kids are able to show off their skills at a community recital.

“Sofia, my 7-year-old, played in her first keyboard recital last December,” Northeast Seattle parent Eric Matza, said. “She constantly plays at home learning almost every new, fun song Paul brings to class. This is a great introduction to music for children.”

The next session of the program runs on Fridays from June 26-Sept. 4. Registration can be completed by calling the community center at 206-684-7534 or online here.

Paul Sklar currently works as a pianist for the University of Washington Dance Department. Paul is originally from New York City where he was a pianist for the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Martha Graham School and the Alvin Ailey Dance Center.