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Most drop-in activities now free at Community Centers

January 18th, 2017 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site My Ballard.

Thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District as part of the Community Center Strategic Plan, as of the first of the year, most drop-in activities  at Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers are now free.

During a public outreach process, Seattle Parks and Recreation heard from many communities that even small drop-in fees can be a barrier for people with low incomes, preventing many from taking part in some of our basic activities and services.

In general, a true drop-in activity is one that does not regularly hire staff or have regular materials and supply costs. For most community centers, this means the following activities are now free:

  • Tot Gyms and Tot Rooms
  • Fitness Rooms
  • Basketball, Pickleball, Dodgeball, Volleyball
  • Pool Tables
  • Table games like Bridge or Mahjong
  • and most other activities that previously had $1, $2, or $3 drop-in fees.

The following kinds of activities will continue to charge a fee:

  • Program drop-in (paying for a class one session at a time)
  • Special events
  • Drop-in activities held outside normal operating hours

For more information, or if you have questions about a previously purchased punch card for drop-in activities, contact Northgate Community Center at (206) 386-4283 orGreen Lake Community Center at (684-0780  to find out more.

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Parks and Recreation spring brochure now available

March 5th, 2011 by Mike

This post thanks to Amy at My Green Lake.

Seattle Parks and Recreation‘s spring northeast brochure is now available. You can view a PDF here.

The brochure details class, program, and facility information for the Green Lake, Laurelhurst, Northgate, Magnuson, Meadowbrook, and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Centers, as well as the Evans Pool and Meadowbrook Pool.

Registration for spring classes begins on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 12 p.m.

Here’s a related update from parks:

Gymnasium Drop-In Sports Activity and Fitness Room Fees will increase to $3 for adults and $2 for senior adults per session as of April 1, 2011.

This includes adult basketball, volleyball, badminton, pickleball, and other drop-in activities.

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