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Seattle Parks and Recreation Snow Procedures

Seattle Parks and Recreation staff have been busy preparing
for the potential for snowfall. In the event of severe weather, we attempt
to open facilities to provide a safe and warm space for community members to
gather, connect with others, and participate in drop-in recreation activities.

Many of our community centers, teen life centers, pools,
and environmental learning centers operate on a reduced schedule during severe
weather events with limited programming. Community members are encouraged to
stop by open facilities to take part in a variety of drop-in recreation
activities, such as basketball, fitness rooms, tot activities in tot rooms and
gyms, and more. Please call individual facilities for information on what’s
available.

During snow events, our nearly 500 parks remain open,
unless otherwise indicated. If there is enough snow cover, we also open our
four golf courses for snow play and sledding, and most athletic fields will
also be opened for non-motorized winter recreation. We encourage all visitors
to use caution in our outdoor spaces. Snow and ice can cause tree branches to
snap; please stay out from under trees and avoid forested parks during a snow
event. 

Please see below for Seattle Parks and Recreation snow
procedures for facilities and programs, and please check our Parks and Recreation website and or Parkways Blog for updates about program
cancellations and facility closures. You can also find regular updates on
our Twitter page.

IF SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED:

SPR FACILITIES

  • We
    will attempt to open all community centers, teen life centers, and
    environmental centers from 11am-3pm as warming centers and for drop-in
    recreation activity only.
  • We
    will attempt to open all pools from 12-3pm for drop-in swim only.
  • Small
    Craft Centers will be closed.
  • In
    the case staff cannot get in to open a facility, we will make updates on the
    website and social media listed below under General Updates and on the
    individual Facility’s outgoing voicemail message.

SPR PROGRAMS

  • ALL
    programs are CANCELLED at our community centers, pools, small craft centers,
    teen life centers, environmental centers. This includes School Age Care,
    preschool, Late Night Recreation Programs, lifelong recreation, specialized
    programs, athletics, and all recreation programs.
  • ALL
    rentals are CANCELLED.

IF SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPEN LATE:

SPR FACILITIES

  • All
    facilities will attempt to operate normal operating hours

SPR PROGRAMS

  • ALL
    Lifelong Recreation Programs are CANCELLED.
  • All
    Before School Programs are CANCELLED.
  • All
    Morning Preschool Programs are CANCELLED.
  • PM
    Preschool and School Age Care programs operate as normal.
  • All-Day
    Preschool has a late start (start time TBD).
  • All
    Early Morning Lap Swims are CANCELLED.
  • All
    other programs will take place as scheduled, unless individual facilities
    decide to cancel and notify participants.

IF SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE RELEASED EARLY:

SPR FACILITIES

  • The Superintendent may determine that facilities will close early in order for staff to get home safely.

SPR PROGRAMS

  • Afternoon
    preschool programs School Age Care programs may be cancelled or have
    early pick up.
  • Other
    recreation programs may be cancelled if inclement weather is predicted.

FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER ON THE WEEKEND:

  • Please refer to the resources listed below for updates on programs and facilities.

Resources for More Information and Updates:

General Updates:

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