The Associated Recreation Council

The Associated Recreation Council (ARC), in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities.

ARC, incorporated in 1975 as an independent nonprofit organization, supports this work through the ARC Board of Directors and a system of 36 advisory councils. Citizen volunteers on the board and advisory councils help to enhance the mission and vision of Parks by providing a connection to the community and advocating for the success of citywide recreation services.

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Registration for our Preschool Programs is open now, with programs available for 2-5 days per week. You can register at your local community center. 

School age children at Rainier Beach on a snowy day

After School Childcare

Our After School programs provide children with opportunities to develop socially, emotionally and physically. 

Pre-teens dancing at Garfield Playfield at summer day camp event

Summer Childcare

Summer childcare is offered in weekly sessions for up to 10 weeks, for ages  5-12 with new themes each week! You can register at your local Seattle Parks and Recreation community center.

A preteen sitting at a desk with a pink book in her hand

Teen/Tween Programs

Looking for an experience for your child to learn, grow and develop life skills? We have many different opportunities for middle schoolers!

A preteen holding blocks for a woodworking project

More Programs

The City of Seattle offers a wide variety of programs for kids as well as adults! See a full list of programs here.

Make a Difference, Make a donation today!

ARC and its 36 advisory councils raise support through fundraising events, grants and generous contributions from dedicated individuals and businesses throughout our community. These funds allow us to offer program scholarships and improve service delivery, ensuring equitable access to high quality programming for all Seattle residents.

Colorful hot air balloons at twilight during Pathway of Lights at Green Lake

Board of Directors

The ARC Board is comprised of 16 volunteer board members, in addition to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent. Two of the 16 members are appointed members of the Parks Board of Commissioners. Board members serve a term of 3 years and normally meet on the 1st Wednesday of the month in the Parks Board Room, 100 Dexter Ave N, 98109. The public is always welcome to attend.

A group of carolers singing in a tent at Pathway of Lights in Green Lake

Advisory Councils

Are you committed to supporting your community and want to do more? ARC Advisory Councils represent concerned citizens, from across Seattle, that come together once a month to advocate for the success of local and citywide recreation services for all people. This is a direct opportunity to create more access for underserved populations and improve the quality of offerings we provide in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation.


ARC is an equal opportunity employer, that is committed to providing programs and activities that are fun, culturally diverse and open and welcoming to all communities. We’re looking for people who are aligned with our commitment, dependable, and want to share their skills and experience with others in the Seattle community.


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