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Healthy Parks, Healthy You


Recreation Director: Kelly Guy
(206) 684-7157 |


Seattle parks and Recreation offers a variety of Healthy programs to the Public through our Programs and Special events.

  • Dementia-Friendly Recreation - Every 68 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s Disease, and that number is expected to triple by 2050. On behalf of the growing number of people living with memory loss in our community, Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to announce our new Dementia-Friendly Recreation programs. In January 2014, we piloted specifically designed dementia-friendly opportunities such as art courses, walking groups, fitness classes and volunteer programs. These classes give people living with dementia the chance to be active, engage, connect, learn and grow, and are a part of our overall mission to provide accessible, inclusive recreation opportunities for all members of our community. Alongside our community partners and joining in a worldwide movement to transform what it means to live with dementia, we are a part of changing the story from one of fear, to one of hope. For more information, please contact Mari Becker,, 206-684-4664.
    "Momentia Rap":

  • Senior Food & Fitness – Partnerships with elder groups (Vietnamese, Korean, Somali and Ethiopian-Eritrean) and service providers including Aging & Disabilities at the Human Services Department, the Refugee Women’s Alliance (REWA) and Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) provide a culturally relevant meal & exercise activity twice a week. Check out the current brochure at:

  • Shape Up – Program's purpose is to improve elder's strength and balance through fitness and education (currently using small grant funds from EMS-county to offer at two CC's only per grant restrictions) to prevent falls and reduce costs associated with EMS response.

  • Sound Steps – The purpose of the program is to improve the health and wellness of adults’ age 50 and better by establishing a community-based walking program designed to encourage physical activity and social interaction.

  • Teen Top Chef Competition – This is a quarterly event where teens apply culinary skills developed in our nutrition and culinary education programs.  On the night of the competition, participants prepare a dish and presentation for panel judges who rate the dishes on nutritional value, plate presentation, food handling and preparation, taste, and group preparation. You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.

  • Gardening programs – Community Center Learning Gardens are located at community center and P-Patch sites throughout Seattle area.  The program provides hands-on urban agriculture education through gardening and food preparation activities.  Youth ages 5 – 19 learn firsthand the practices which lead to localized and sustainable food system. You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.

  • Teen Cooking & Nutrition classes – Teen culinary education program.  Our food and nutrition programs offer hands-on experience to youth ages 12-19 learning to select and prepare healthy food through cooking activities and

  • Community Kitchen – currently offered at Queen Anne, Miller CC, Ballard CC and 2 at Rainier CC; offered as a class or special event.   Volunteers and nutritionists buy in bulk, create the menus, and provide cooking instruction. Cost: $20 per person and provides nutritious food items to take home and enjoy immediately or freeze for later use.  Check out the Queen Anne, Miller, Ballard, and Rainier community center brochure for dates and times. Lifelong Learning & Career Development

  • Summer Lifeguard Training Team – Free eight-week programs designed to train and certify youth in lifesaving skills.  The training includes American Red Cross certification in Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR, and beach-specific rescue techniques.

  • Seattle Adaptive Sports and Fitness programs – offers year-round activities for people with disabilities.

  • Big Day of Play – has now become an annual event to support the Healthy Parks, Healthy you initiative. Last year’s event had close to 4,000 participants. This event is a day full of fun activities on land and sea; focusing on healthy options to play, recreate, and learn about healthy life choices.

  • Rowing & Sailing – offers programs for ages 8 – 100 in rowing, sailing, kayaking and windsurfing for all ability levels.

  • Bicycle Sundays – Bicycle along Lake Washington Boulevard south of Mount Baker Beach to S. Orcas Street.

  • Fitness Rooms – Seattle Parks & Recreation has ten Fitness Centers throughout Seattle waiting to serve you with no long-term contracts or hidden fees. You will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document.

  • Green Seattle Partnership – The Green Seattle Partnership is dedicated to restoring 2500 acres of forested Parkland in Seattle by 2025. We can't do it alone. Forest restoration volunteers work on removing invasive plants, planting new native trees and understory plants, and long term maintenance and monitoring of restoration sites. Green Seattle Partnership works in collaboration with Camp Long and other parks in Seattle.

  • O2 – The Outdoor Opportunities (O2) program is an outdoor expedition level program designed to expose multi-ethnic teens to environmental education, urban conservation, and stewardship, while creating an environment for community leadership and empowerment.

  • STEP Program – The Student – Teen Employment Preparation (STEP) program is a six week summer job readiness program targeted to at-risk, low income, immigrant/refugee and youth with developmental disabilities between the ages of 14 and 19.  It is designed to provide youth with education, job skills and career development training.  The program combines on the job work experience, environmental and safety education, workforce preparation and leadership training.

  • Soda Free Sundays Challenge –  Spring 2011 marked the launch of Soda Free Sundays – a community-wide challenge to take a break from soda and other sugary drinks for at least one day each week for six weeks. We know that sugary drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity today, particularly among kids. We also know that cutting back on overconsumption of these drinks is tough. Every day we are bombarded by highly effective advertisements, constantly faced with the lure of inexpensive and easily accessible sugary beverages. Soda Free Sundays recognizes that, together as a community, we can take a first step toward building a healthier generation.  Take the pledge by going to - be sure to say that you heard about the campaign through Seattle Parks and Recreation!

Healthy Parks TreeHealthy You Initiative
Building Your Healthy Tomorrow TODAY! 

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Update June 30, 2014

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