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:

April Pools Day teaches water safety to Rainier Beach community

The second annual April Pools Day event at Rainier Beach Pool was a success! Thank you to the 150+ visitors who came to the pool and helped Seattle Parks and Recreation spread the word about water safety.

Later this summer, Green Lake Community Center/Evans Pool will be hosting low-cost life jacket sales on June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15. More details to come!

Tizzy Bennett from Seattle Children’s Hospital helps fit a life jacket.


Children play in the lazy river during April Pools Day.


Kids learn how to safely aid other swimmers.


Children practice wearing life jackets.


The Seattle Fire Department hosted an informational table and gave tours of a fire truck.


Tizzy Bennett from Seattle Children’s Hospital helps fit a life jacket.

Celebrate April Pool’s Day and make summertime safer

There will be seven free public swims hosted at Seattle Parks and Recreation pools to celebrate April Pool’s Day 2015.

Before you know it, we’ll be trading in April showers for blue skies and bathing suits. On Saturday, April 18, six of our pools are hosting FREE public swims and low-cost life jacket sales. We’ll be teaching water and boating safety and will have fun activities for kids.

Recipient of a lifejacket given away during the raffle at Ballard’s April Pool’s Day 2014!

Don’t miss this opportunity to teach your family how to enjoy summer safely. April Pool’s Day will focus on four main areas of water safety:

  • Preventing open water drowning
  • Lifejacket use and promotion
  • Cold water awareness
  • Basic water rescue for children

Events and activities will vary by pool location. Please note that Helene Madison Pool will host its event on Sunday, April 19.

April 18
Ballard Pool 12:30-2:20 p.m.
Meadowbrook Pool 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Medgar Evers Pool 12:30-2 p.m.
Queen Anne Pool 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southwest Pool 10:30 a.m.-noon
Rainier Beach Pool 10:30 a.m.-noon

April 19
Helene Madison Pool 3:30-5:30 p.m

For details, please call the individual pool. To see other April Pools Day events, click HERE.

Discounted drop-in swims and fitness sessions now available

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, so this year, we’re making our swimming pools more accessible.

New in 2015, 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 Seattle Parks pools are participating.

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

Want to donate to our scholarship fund? Go here.

Seattle Parks Summer Swim League registration is under way

Want to get in shape and have some fun this summer? Register for Summer Swim League!

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a positive team experience for novice swimmers and teaches them the skills they need to become competitive swimmers in a fun, low-pressure environment. Registration is currently under way.

This is a novice league appropriate for kids of all ages, including those who are just being introduced to swimming, all the way up to high school students who swim for their school teams. Many parents have said that the program helped build their child’s self-esteem and swimming ability.

Participants must be 7-18 years old and able to swim in deep water for at least 25 yards (one length of the pool). The program includes up to five one-hour workouts each week, two dual meets and two larger championship meets.

Registration is open at Southwest, Rainier Beach, Queen Anne, Evans, Meadowbrook, Madison and Medger Evers pools. Practice times vary, depending on the pool and the child’s age.

The cost for the program is $130 and includes a team t-shirt. There is a low-income option ($65) available for those who qualify.

The program begins on Monday, June 23, and ends with the All-City Swim Meet on Saturday, Aug. 2.

To register, please click HERE. Registration closes on June 23 or when the program fills up.