Special Initiatives & Programs

Seattle Parks and Recreation has a variety of special programs to support our mission and vision of healthy parks, healthy people, and strong communities. We work with members of the public, partners, other city departments, the state, and federal government to provide the best services for our community.

This year, we are excited to be part of a whole week of Earth Day activities, via a broad network of environmental and outdoor groups from around Seattle and Puget Sound. Please check the links below for events, and check out the other links to what's happening for Earth Day 2021 in other areas.
The Seattle Parks and Recreation Sports Advisory Committee served the role of the Athletic Facilities Task Force. The focus of their work was to update the Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public School Joint Athletic Facilities Development Program. This Update supports SPR’s Strategic Planning efforts by identifying future athletic facilities’ needs in an era of significant growth and demand.
The Clean City Initiative is a program that invests $3 million into new and existing programs to clean up litter and garbage across the city. The city has seen an increase in litter at parks, and reduced staffing and a lack volunteer opportunities for residents due to COVID-19 have resulted in significant challenges addressing the litter and illegal dumping. Clean City pulls together and expands efforts from Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Seattle Department of Transportation to address the backlog in maintenance.
The Get Moving Initiative allows Seattle Parks and Recreation to provide, through funding, culturally relevant physical activities, events and programs in neighborhoods and for communities that have Health Disparity Indicators of 20% or higher in the categories of no physical activity and rates of obesity, as indicated in the 2014 King County Public Health Survey. The Initiative's vision is to ensure that people from communities and neighborhoods afflicted by health disparities are accessing and participating in Seattle Parks and Recreation's equitably distributed health and fitness programs.
Hope for Youth Provides increased access for youth, ages 11-19, to sports and athletic programs/activities and other positive youth development programs/activities. The program provides funding for scholarships and some administrative costs to keep the program free to participants.
The Healthy Environment Initiative exemplifies Seattle Parks and Recreation's commitment to reducing our impact on the environment, eliminating disparities in underserved communities by focusing on environmental justice, and creating sustainable public spaces that are welcoming and accessible to all.
The creation of the Olmsted Legacy Task Force is a deepening of the relationship between Seattle Parks and Recreation and Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks, to establish a plan for the protection, preservation, curation and expansion of the Olmsted legacy in Seattle.
The Park Rangers actively support the Center City Parks Concierges and Seattle Parks activation programs in Seattle's downtown core. The primary function of park rangers is to support positive use of our parks, to educate and assist park users and to seek voluntary compliance with laws and Park Code.
The Recreation for All fund, through the Seattle Parks District, provides financial support to local nonprofit organizations, small businesses, community groups, and individuals to provide culturally relevant programs and events throughout the City of Seattle. Programs or events must be held in City of Seattle community centers, parks, or facilities in neighborhoods where health and enrichment disparities are prevalent and serve the funds priority populations and communities including adults, LGBTQIA, immigrant and refugee populations, people of color, and people with disabilities.
The Seattle Conservation Corps, established in 1986, is a unique Parks and Recreation program that gives back in two ways: it trains homeless people for viable, living-wage jobs, and the Corps collectively do great work in Seattle parks and for other agencies and employers on a contract basis.
The Trails Task Force focuses on opportunities related to access, enhancement, and expansion of SPR’s trail system. This group is being convened to support SPR’s Strategic Planning efforts, which will aim to create a vision for the parks and recreation system that Seattle needs as it continues to grow and evolve.
The Urban Food Systems Program supports access to healthy food, opportunities for active recreation, and environmental awareness.
The Viewpoint Advisory Team was created to focus on specific strategies that enhance the sustainability and character of these parks from a visual, historical, and environmental management standpoint. The group considered options for additional funding, if warranted, to support the desired maintenance and enhancement of the public views.