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Queen Anne Community Center closed Friday

May 10th, 2012 by Cory Bergman

The Queen Anne Community Center is getting an energy upgrade, and the facility will be closed on Friday as workers replace a 60 year-old boiler. The new energy-efficient system will include new wiring through the building, a new emergency generator designed to work in a seismic emergency, new fuse boxes and minor structural repairs to the chimney.

The facility will reopen on Saturday. More details here.

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Swimming pools, community centers closed Friday

September 10th, 2010 by Doree

Just a reminder that all Seattle Parks and Recreation swimming pools, community centers and environmental centers will be closed Friday for a furlough day.

On Monday, administrative offices, the planning and development division, and the Magnuson Park office will be closed.

Golf courses, the Amy Yee Tennis Center and all previously scheduled special events will operate as normal.

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Parks & Rec furlough days this Friday & Tuesday

May 26th, 2010 by Thea

Two more Parks and Recreation furlough days are coming up this week and next, on Friday, May 28 and Tuesday, June 1, as part of ten unpaid off days City of Seattle employees are taking this year due in an attempt to help fill the budget gap.

Seattle Parks and Recreation has worked hard to schedule furlough days in a way that has the smallest possible impact on customers, and that provides as much coverage as possible. Parks will not take furloughs in July and August – the peak season for park users.

The following facilities and services will be closed on Friday, May 28:

  • Grounds maintenance
  • Community centers (except child care and late night programs, which will still operate)
  • Swimming pools
  • Environmental Learning Centers
  • Lifelong Recreation (except Food and Fitness programs, which will still operate)
  • Business Service Center

The following facilities and services will be closed on Tuesday, June 1:

  • Administrative offices (communications, correspondence, Park Board support, web management, public outreach, human resources, finance and administration)
  • Planning and Development Division
  • Magnuson Park office

All Youth Violence Prevention Initiative sites, also known as Extended Hours Program sites, will furlough today, Wednesday, May 26. In addition, all facilities will be closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day. On both furlough days there will be no trash pick-up, and no bathroom cleaning or maintenance. Park maintenance staff will be on duty on Memorial Day to empty trash cans and clean restrooms.

“We’ve done everything we can to limit the impacts of the furlough on our patrons, customers and visitors; however, the public will experience parks with diminished maintenance on Friday, May 28,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent. “If park patrons encounter overflowing trash cans, we encourage you to pack out your own trash. We are asking the community to help us keep our parks clean on the few days this year that we are not able to clean them ourselves.”

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City to replace removed public trash cans

December 23rd, 2009 by Thea

A few residents have written in asking about some missing trash cans around the neighborhood, specifically at the community center, West Queen Anne Playfield and kids play areas. According to Joelle Hammerstad, a public information representative at Seattle Parks and Recreation, the trash cans were removed in an “effort to encourage field users to ‘pack it in/pack it out.’” The community, however, has not reacted well.

“It looks like we may have been a little over zealous on that effort,” Hammerstad wrote.

After many complaints from community members, the department has said it will be replacing some of the trash cans as early as tomorrow, Thursday, December 24 – just in time for a holiday game or two on the field. The city hopes that, with more receptacles back in place, people will take better care to clean up after using the fields and public areas.

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