Four Ways to Stay Cool This Fourth of July

There’s nothing better than Seattle in the summertime. But with temperatures approaching 80 degrees this Fourth of July, you may be looking for ways to beat the heat. Here are a few tips from the U.S. Department of Energy* on how to keep cool and conserve energy without breaking the bank! Check out this month’s issue of Light Reading for more innovative ways to conserve energy this summer from planting a tree to using your slow cooker. Click here to take a look!

Colman Pool Opens on May 26


Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce Colman Pool opens for the 2018 season on Saturday, May 26, 2018! Lesson registration for 2018 lessons begins online Tuesday, April 3 at noon. In-person lesson registration at Colman starts weekends only on May 26 and 7 days a week starting June 16.

Click here for the 2018 lesson and program brochures!

Preseason Weekend Schedule (May 26-28, June 2-3, 9-10, 16-17):

  • Noon-2:45 p.m.         Lap Swim
  • 3-4:45 p.m.                 Public Swim
  • 5-7 p.m.                       Lap Swim
  • 5-7 p.m.                       Family Swim

Main season schedule begins on June 18. To view the full schedule, see page 5 in the brochure.

For information on pool hours, check out the brochure or contact 206-684-7494. 

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We Power: 10 Seattle Summer Attractions

It takes great power to make the Seattle area as exciting as it is; power that’s fueled by people and technology. Unlike some electric utilities that are driven by investors, City Light is a publicly owned utility which answers to its customers. Together, we power some pretty amazing things and we do it carbon free.

Summer is right around the corner and you’re probably planning your time in the sun right now. Here’s a top 10 list of “we power” summer attractions to help you appreciate how we do things in Seattle.

A snapshot of 2015 summer programming accomplishments

Summer is nearly over, and we’re reflecting on all of the memories made and goals reached this season! In perhaps our busiest summer ever – due the long stretches of hot, sunny weather – we saw huge number of people at our summer programs, parks, pools and beaches.

Take a look at the stats below and tell us what your favorite summer memory is on Twitter!

Mounger Pool 2015

Beach Attendance 249,013 (up from 237,388 last year)
Beach Rescues 99 (up from 86 last year)
Free Swim Lessons 1,244 (up from 936 last year)
Pools 328,480 General Admission, and almost 270,000 swim lessons
Craft Center Programs 11,000+ participants
Attendance at Boat Ramps 13,430 drop-in (up from 11,729 last summer)
*In 2015 there has been a major effort to recruit, train and develop youth for employment in aquatics. 34% of current employees are youth and 29% are people of color.

Summer Day Camp participants 2015

Community Center Programming
Instructional Programs                  Almost 3,000
Camp Participants 23,706
Fitness Programs Almost 2,000

Mayor Murray at Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival.

Other Fun Facts
Bicycle Sunday participants       36,420
Picnics Booked                 4,234
Weddings 257
Langston Hughes 92 teen musical participants, 6 Summer Youth Employment Program Youth Support, 30 Artist-in-training stipends for teens
Golden Gardens Bathhouse Rentals       125
Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival Over 1,500 attendees



Enchantment in the trees: Experiential Play and Zip camp at Camp Long

Shake things up this summer and spend a day suspended high up in the trees. West Seattle’s Camp Long is hosting eight sessions of Enchantment Experiential Play and Zip camp at the high ropes challenge course. Play and zipline with your friends 40 feet above the ground.

The experience is open to ages 14 and older and costs $30 per person. Sessions are Saturdays July 11 and 25; Aug. 8 and 22. The available time slots are 9:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. or 1:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

To register for a session, call 206-684-7434 or email