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COVID-19 Updates

For more information, please see our COVID-19 FAQs.
What we are doing

Associated Recreation Council is working hard to make decisions that ensure safety and good health, while also supporting our community and upholding our values during this difficult situation.

Closures

As per Washington state’s ongoing stay-at-home order, all Associated Recreation Council spring programs and activities that were scheduled between May 4-to June 20 are cancelled.

All programming, rentals, and permitted events will remain canceled, and all community centers, pools, environmental learning centers, and all other recreation facilities will remain closed to the public until at least May 4.

TEMPORARILY CLOSED:
  • Facilities: All community centers, teen life centers, pools, small craft centers, environmental learning centers, and the Amy Yee Tennis Center are closed.
  • Programs: All recreation and athletic programs, including (but not limited to) swim lessons, lap swim, youth basketball league, drop-in sports and activities, track and field programs, tennis programs, exercise classes, dance classes, art classes, and teen programs are canceled.
  • Rentals: All SPR facility rentals are canceled.
  • Permitted events and field reservations: All permitted events are canceled.
CURRENTLY OPEN:
  • Emergency Childcare: In partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) we are offering emergency childcare to children whose parents/guardians meet the Mayor or Governor’s ‘Essential Workforce’ criteria. We will be serving participants ages 3 years (self-toileting) - 12 years. Please reach out to Connor Durham at Seattle Parks and Recreation via email at [email protected] if you need emergency childcare and meet the Mayor or Governor’s ‘Essential Workforce’ criteria. Below are the locations we are currently operating:
    • Alki Community Center
    • Ballard Community Center
    • Bitter Lake Community Center
    • Meadowbrook Community Center
    • Queen Anne Community Center 
  • Shower program: SPR’s free shower program for Seattle Public Schools students and community members in need will continue at Delridge, Green Lake, Meadowbrook, and Rainier community centers. Miller’s shower program is currently being used only for the shelter residents currently in place there.
  • Parks: All SPR parks, trails and open spaces are open (with the exception of the Volunteer Park Conservatory, Kubota Garden, and the Japanese Garden). Community members are encouraged to use our parks, but not to congregate and to follow public health guidance around social distancing. Importantly, parking at Green Lake, Lincoln, Golden Gardens, Seward Park, Magnuson Park (including the boat launch), Gas Works, Alki Beach (including the boat launch at Don Armeni), Discovery Park, Stan Sayres (including the boat launch) Carkeek, Washington Park Arboretum, Kubota, Woodland, Volunteer, and West Seattle Stadium will be closed until at least May 4. We ask that you assist us in encouraging your friends, families, and neighborhoods to continue to follow public health guidelines about physical separation as you visit our parks and open spaces. In addition, if your favorite park is crowded, we invite you to discover others among our more than 480 parks.
How you can help

We are appreciative and grateful for your understanding and support during this difficult time. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Donate: Your financial contribution will help us support people in need of our recreation programs. You can donate to a specific site and/or cause or make a general contribution.
  • Protect yourself and others: According to Governor Jay Inslee, studies have shown that social distancing and stay-at-home orders have worked to reduce the virus in Washington state. Please continue to follow the guidelines from King County Department of Health and from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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