Seattle Parks and Recreation invites input on how to better provide programs and facilities for people with disabilities

Are you or a family member a person who cares about services for people living with a disability? Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) wants to know how we can better support you in our programs and facilities. SPR invites the community to a focus group on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave. S.

Together with Open Doors for Multicultural Families, Associated Recreation Council (ARC), the Department of Finance and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) we are looking for feedback on how to improve our city, systems, and programs for people with disabilities. This is an opportunity to provide input on SPR’s built environment, Specialized Programs, Aquatics Unit, Scholarships, Summer Camps and After School Care, and SDOT’s curb cuts and sidewalks.

The event is well supported to accommodate your needs. We are providing free spoken and signed language support, CART services, assistive listening devices, and refreshments. Other accommodations are available upon request before March 4, 2018 by calling the City’s ADA Title II Program at 206-684-2489.

Please register at https://www.multiculturalfamilies.org/event/2018/02/21/event-programs-facilities-for-people-with-disabilities-seattle/

For more information please contact Darya Farivar at daryaf@multicultrualfamilies.org or visit multiculturalfamilies.org. Please share this event https://www.facebook.com/events/2058661504416046/  For registration assistance in other languages please contact:

  • Spanish at 253-495-6394, Janet
  • Somali at 253-457-4196, Mahado
  • Korean at 253-391-9151, Min
  • Chinese – Mandarin or Cantonese at 253-886-4237, Priscilla
  • Khmer at 253-258-5158, Jenny
  • Japanese at 253-391-6004, Miho
  • Russian at 253-216-4479, Olga
  • Arabic at 253-499-0014, Mohammed
  • Farsi at 253-457-5064, Darya

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seattle Parks and Recreation offers scholarships for recreation programming

Recreation program participants

Seattle Parks and Recreation values access and opportunity and it’s the department’s goal not to turn any individual away who wants to participate in SPR programs.

As part of the 2016 Park District spending plan, Seattle Parks and Recreation will partner with the Associated Recreation Council in the creation of a citywide scholarship system estimated to support a $400,000 system-wide scholarship fund enabling more people access to programs.

In the past, only individual community center advisory councils allocated scholarships for recreation programs, which created an issue of access inequity. Some wealthier advisory councils could offer more scholarships than others—leaving out areas where scholarships are needed the most. 

Those with low-income eligibility may qualify for up to a 90% discount in pricing. Eligibility is determined based on family size and income level.

Scholarship forms can be picked up at any community center or pool or can be found online here. Scholarships are awarded solely on funding availability on a first come, first serve basis. Receiving a scholarship does not automatically enroll a participant in the desired program. People must register for the program separately following the facility’s guidelines for registration.

For more information on scholarship policies and guidelines for school-age care, go here.

For help filling out a scholarship application, contact any staff member at a community center for assistance.