Mayor announces Task Force on Unsanctioned Encampments Cleanup Protocols

Mayor Ed Murray announced the full list of participants in the Unsanctioned Encampments Cleanup Protocols Task Force today, as well as the schedule of meetings beginning tonight, August 31, 2016, at 6pm in the Bertha Knight Landes room at City Hall. The task force, organized with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, will meet at least weekly through the end of September, by which time legislation will be presented to City Council to update the cleanup protocol. Co-chaired by Sally Clark and David Moseley, the task force encompasses key stakeholders who will seek to improve clarity, coordination and outreach, as well as ways to address public health and safety issues and storage of belongings.

“Like many communities on the West Coast, Seattle is facing a homelessness crisis that we are working to address with compassion and by focusing on getting as many people into housing as possible,” said Mayor Murray. “As a city, that means both doing everything we can for those who are living on our streets and ensuring we are addressing any emerging public health and safety issues. I look forward to recommendations from the task force on how we can make this process work better for all involved.”

The task force will hold weekly meetings beginning August 31. Each meeting will include sections for public comment and task force members may invite subject matter experts and community representatives to present information. The task force will work to make recommendations in September, with legislation expected to be transmitted by the end of the month.

The full list of task force members is below:

Name Organization
Alison Eisinger Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness
Bill Hallerman Catholic Community Services
Chloe Gale REACH/Evergreen Treatment Services
Daniel Malone Downtown Emergency Services Center
Dave McCormick WSDOT
David Moseley (Co-chair) Former Director of Washington State Ferries
Don Blakeney Downtown Seattle Association
Gretchen Taylor Neighborhood Safety Alliance
Janet Pope Compass Housing Alliance
Katy Miller US Interagency Council on Homelessness
Kima Yandall SODO Business Improvement Area
Leslie Smith Alliance for Pioneer Square
Marcos Martinez Casa Latina
Mark Putnam All Home King County
Eric Stoll Ballard Chamber of Commerce
Pradeepta Upadhyay InterIm CDA
Sally Clark (Co-chair) University of Washington
Sheila Sebron Health Care for the Homeless Network
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Murray statement on passing of Justice Charles Smith

Mayor Ed Murray released the following statement on the passing of Justice Charles Smith:

“Seattle lost another icon this past weekend. Justice Smith blazed the trail as the first African American Supreme Court justice in our state’s history, and spent years fighting for civil rights and social justice. As a lawyer and a mentor to many, he broke boundaries both in this city and in the field of law nationally. Justice Smith leaves behind a legacy dating back to the early days of the civil rights movement and a spirit that will continue to live on in Seattle.”

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Mayor’s statement on passing of “Uncle” Bob Santos

Mayor Ed Murray released the following statement after the passing of long-time Seattle community leader “Uncle” Bob Santos:

“Michael and I were heartbroken to hear of today’s passing of “Uncle” Bob Santos, one of our city’s great community leaders. Bob Santos touched countless lives across every race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and age in Seattle. He was everyone’s “uncle” because of his universal and unwavering friendship, and he was a hero to many marginalized Seattlites who he tirelessly advocated for. I have been fortunate to have worked with him on many of these issues for over two decades.

“Seattle mourns the loss of one or greatest civic leaders tonight, and our city is much greater because of his life. Our thoughts are with his wife, Sharon Tomiko Santos, and his entire family.”

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Mayor Ed Murray: It’s time for a long-term plan to address homelessness (Op-Ed)

This week, Mayor Ed Murray wrote an article for Seattle Met’s Publicola addressing the state of emergency (SOE) on homelessness, the City’s efforts to find innovative solutions that connect people with services and housing and the creation of a cabinet-level position to develop a long-term strategy to make homelessness a short and rare experience for as few people as possible:

Over the last year since the SOE declaration, we have aimed to address homelessness from many different angles. The SOE focused on increasing the number of shelter beds available to those experiencing homelessness, making services and treatment more readily available, and laying the groundwork for a long-term plan to get more people into steady housing. We know we can do this work better, and serve those living outside better by doing so.

We have run into some road blocks and some expected challenges, but at each juncture have directed our response with two main goals in mind: reduce harm as much as possible and house as many people as possible. With that in mind, we have set out to develop a long-term strategy that will help those currently experiencing homelessness, and divert those who might be on the pathway toward it.

This week, I announced a major piece of that effort by hiring the city’s first Director of Homelessness, George Scarola. This cabinet-level position is responsible for leading the city’s efforts to address homelessness by providing oversight and evaluation of outcomes, strategic guidance, and leading community engagement. The Director will be able to identify and implement institutional changes that ensure we are achieving these outcomes for those who have lived for too long without access to housing.

Read the full article HERE.

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Murray proposes policies to keep Seattle a global leader in green buildings

Mayor Ed Murray transmitted to Council a package of innovative policies aimed at keeping Seattle at the forefront of energy efficiency solutions in the residential and commercial building sectors. The legislative package includes provisions that expand the Living Buildings Challenge (LBC) and updates Seattle’s building and energy codes to reduce energy use in new commercial construction and expand solar ready housing.

“Changing our approach to design and construction is critical to achieving the City’s environmental goals,” said Murray. “Living Buildings demonstrate how innovative urban design is a key tool in the fight against climate change. The energy code changes lay the foundation for expanded conservation in the future, continuing Seattle’s position as a national leader on green and energy efficient buildings.”

The Living Building program legislation expands on a pilot program started in 2009 and increases the number of buildings that can participate. The LBC is the world’s most rigorous sustainable building certification program. It is a performance-based approach – as opposed to a modeled performance – and aims to foster the development of buildings that contribute positively to their surroundings by mimicking ecological processes such as capturing and treating all stormwater and producing as much energy as it uses.

“Seattle’s built environment represents a huge opportunity to impact how our city addresses climate change as energy use from commercial buildings represent 18 percent of our city’s total greenhouse gas emissions The effects of climate change require us to take the kind of bold and expedient action found in these policies,” added Councilmember Rob Johnson. “I look forward to Seattle leading by example to create many more living buildings to reduce our carbon footprint.”

“The International Living Future Institute applauds the expansion of the Living Building Challenge in Seattle,” said Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute. “Living Buildings represent the most advanced measure of sustainability possible today and it’s fitting that Seattle, a city on the vanguard of sustainability and environmental protection, proposes these updates.”

“After transportation fuels, the next greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle comes from heating and cooling our buildings. Increasing the number of highly efficient green buildings is essential for combating climate change,” said Denis Hayes, president and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation and developer of Seattle’s first Living Building. “This suite of policies is a call to action for all local developers to be bold and to do their part in making Seattle more sustainable even as the city grows.”

Among other changes to the Seattle Energy Code and the Seattle Residential Code is a requirement that commercial buildings up to 20 stories in height and residential buildings up to three stories in height reserve rooftop space to be “solar ready” for future equipment installation. This will speed the development of rooftop solar energy in Seattle by minimizing future installation costs. The effective date for the proposed energy and building code updates will occur on January 1, 2017.

The Seattle Energy Code legislation also takes a significant step toward Seattle’s 2050 carbon-neutral goal by mandating more efficient heating systems instead of allowing less effective electric or fossil fuel heating systems that are typically installed in commercial buildings. The effective date of this particular Seattle Energy Code update is extended to January 1, 2018, in order to allow projects already in the pipeline to be completed without major changes.

The Living Building Challenge legislation will be discussed in City Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee on September 9, with a public hearing to be held on September 20. The Seattle Energy Code legislation will be discussed with City Council Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee on September 20.

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Mayor Murray hires director of homelessness

Mayor Ed Murray today announced that George Scarola will serve as the City’s first ever cabinet-level director of homelessness. Scarola will be responsible for leading the City’s homelessness efforts across departments, providing oversight and evaluation of outcomes, strategic guidance, and leading community engagement.

“Homelessness is a national epidemic, leaving cities like Seattle stepping in to fill the large gaps left behind by state and federal agencies,” said Mayor Murray, “We have made unprecedented investments in homelessness prevention and services.  Because of the growing scope of work around homelessness, Seattle needs a proven manager to ensure we are achieving our desired outcomes. I have known George for many years, working alongside him in Seattle and Olympia, and know him as a unifying leader that excels at creating successful results through community engagement.”

Scarola is an experienced public affairs and community relations manager having led advocacy organizations in Seattle and Olympia for over 25 years. From 1992 to 1998 Scarola led the Sand Point Community Housing Project as Executive Director, which converted housing at the Sand Point Naval Air Station into homes for unsheltered youth, adults, and families. After years of failed school ballot measures, Scarola helped turn the tide for public support for Seattle schools by managing the first success school bonding measure in the spring of 1995, followed by subsequent successful campaigns to fund Seattle schools and affordable housing for adults, seniors, and families.

In the early 2000s, Scarola served as a top aide to Representative Frank Chopp and was Executive Director of the Washington House Democratic Campaign committee during the 2002 election cycle that captured a Democratic majority in the State House. More recently, Scarola served the League of Education Voters as Legislative Director from 2003 to 2012.  This year, Scarola returned from Hefei, China where he was lecturing at the University of Science and Technology of China. Scarola began his career in 1969 teaching at a then recently integrated public elementary school in North Carolina.

“I’ve gotten to know George over the last 20 years, dating back to when he worked with service providers to help convert the former Naval Air Station at Sand Point into housing for people experiencing homelessness,” said Paul Lambros, Executive Director of Plymouth Housing Group. “George is deeply committed to helping Seattle’s most vulnerable residents. We’re looking forward to George taking on this role and leading the City’s efforts in bringing together service providers, community leaders, and homeless advocates to collaboratively address the complex challenge homelessness presents to us all.”

In conjunction with the hiring of Scarola, Mayor Murray issued an executive order calling upon the director of homelessness to oversee and direct key City policy makers responsible for implementing the City’s efforts to address the ongoing homelessness crisis in Seattle. The executive order ensures that the City maintains a consistent approach to planning, budgeting, development and implementation of policies addressing homelessness.

Since taking office, Mayor Murray has increased investments in homelessness response and prevention services to a record $50 million. In 2015, Mayor Murray declared a state of emergency to call on the state and federal government to restore resources and to announce additional funding for shelter beds, a mobile medical van, and harm reduction strategies.

In addition, the City has engaged a national expert on reducing homelessness.  This work along with an analysis of our current homelessness system and recommendations will be announced next month.

Scarola will be paid an annual salary of $137,500. He will start on August, 24th 2016.

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Mayor Murray announces Cleanup Protocol Task Force members, interim changes to current policy

Today, Mayor Ed Murray announced the initial members of the task force convened to review the City’s encampment cleanup policies and related practices, including those developed under the 2008 Multi-Departmental Administrative Rules (MDAR). As Mayor Murray wrote in a July letter announcing the task force to City Council, there are improvements to be made that will enable the City to do better for individuals experiencing homelessness. The task force is part of the City’s active efforts to address homelessness through providing key harm reduction services such as portable restrooms and dumpsters at encampments, working with partners to ensure ongoing, intensive outreach, and future services like the Navigation Center. In the interim, Mayor Murray is announcing a series of steps to help ensure cleanups, some of which are conducted by state and other local governments, are conducted in consistent way.

“It is our responsibility to ensure these cleanups are done right and done in a way that serves the needs of people living in these areas, who are enduring extremely difficult circumstances,” said Mayor Murray. “We recognize the protocol under which cleanups are conducted needs both improvement and clarity. Reports from some of the encampments are examples of how we need to ensure better coordination among all those involved, continue to emphasize intensive outreach, and address deficiencies where they arise, and we are committed to doing that. Both significant public safety and public health issues necessitate the City continue responding to unsanctioned encampments, so we need to get it right.”

The task force, convened with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, is charged with giving recommendations on improving the City’s response to unsanctioned encampments, which are slated to be finalized by the end of September. Members include: Co-Chairs Sally Clark and David Moseley; Ballard Chamber of Commerce; InterIm CDA; SODO Business Improvement Area; Alliance for Pioneer Square; All Home King County; Downtown Emergency Services Center; REACH Program of Evergreen Treatment Services; and Health Care for the Homeless Network. Invitations have also been extended to the American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Legal Services.

In the interim, the mayor is announcing the following actions for cleanups led by the City and occurring under the encampment cleanup protocols:

  • Today, Mayor Murray will be speaking with Secretary Millar at WSDOT, to extend an invitation to join the City’s task force and discuss further state cleanups in Seattle.
  • While the task force completes its work, a representative from the Office for Civil Rights will attend each cleanup to monitor them based on the below requirements, satisfy that all outreach has been completed, and ensure residents are receiving safe storage of their belongings.
  • Seattle’s more holistic approach means extensive outreach is completed before the cleanup, including in the preceding 72 hours. Outreach workers will continue to be on site at the beginning of each cleanup, along with the work crews and the above noted monitor. No cleanup will occur if this cannot be achieved.

The City will implement these actions effective immediately and until the task force makes recommendations and the legislation is passed by City Council.

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Mayor sends plan to Council outlining next steps for I-5, East Duwamish Greenbelt

Mayor Ed Murray today transmitted a resolution to City Council outlining next steps in addressing the public safety needs of the people experiencing homelessness as well as infrastructure needs in the Interstate 5, East Duwamish Greenbelt (Greenbelt) area. Beginning with the initial assessment in February, the City, County and State have worked in concert on issues related to homelessness and infrastructure in the area, where some of the most extreme public health and safety risks exist.

“As I witnessed first-hand, our outreach teams have made extraordinary efforts to help those living under the freeway find shelter and needed services,” said Mayor Murray. “It is now time for Council to authorize us to proceed with addressing the outstanding public safety and health concerns present in the area.”

Outreach workers have contacted 357 people between 5-10 times each over these last three months, with each individual being offered shelter and services. Seventy residents accepted offers of shelter, services, and relocation assistance into sanctioned encampments or entry into recovery programs.  According to the Union Gospel Mission, roughly 90 percent of the estimated 100 remaining residents in the Greenbelt struggle with severe mental health and substance abuse disorders and are considered one of the most vulnerable homeless populations in Seattle.

The resolution states that initial outreach efforts have been completed and that the City and state should proceed with an operations plan to refurbish an access road, clear debris and trash, and conduct overdue maintenance and inspections on I-5. In anticipation of the displacement of the remaining residents, the City and state have worked together to establish a transitional encampment site for those who have not accepted alternatives for shelter or services. The site includes harm reduction measures such as portable toilets, dumpsters, and combined outreach efforts. It is slated to operate ahead of the Navigation Center, a low-barrier, harm reduction shelter model that allows pets, couples and individuals who are currently struggling with addiction and provides 24/7 access addressing many of the concerns presented by individuals who typically refuse shelter. The Navigation Center is scheduled to open by the end of the year.

In June of 2016, City Council and the Mayor agreed on a resolution calling for comprehensive and intensive outreach to people living in the Greenbelt encampment area prior to any improvements to the physical environment occurring. These efforts included offers of shelter and services to those living in the Greenbelt. The Seattle Human Services Department has verified that outreach workers from the Union Gospel Mission took all of the appropriate steps to address the critical needs of individuals living in the Greenbelt by providing intensive outreach consistent with United States Interagency Council on Homelessness standards and connected people to low-barrier pathways to permanent housing.

The operational plan calls for continued outreach to Greenbelt residents along with maintenance improvements including the removal of brush, debris and human waste, repairing freeway and storm water infrastructure, and restoring access roads for emergency responders and WSDOT crews. Those remaining in impacted areas will be notified in advance of construction and will be asked to relocate. UGM outreach teams will increase their outreach efforts to the Greenbelt continuing to extend offers of housing, shelter, and services including space at the transitional site located at S. Royal Brougham and Air Way South.

 

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Mayor launches advisory group to study industrial lands and future growth

Mayor Ed Murray announced the creation of an Industrial Lands Advisory Panel tasked with providing recommendations to ensure that the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan balances growth with the needs of Seattle’s manufacturing and maritime industries. The Seattle 2035 plan, currently before the City Council, outlines a framework for equitable development and future land use in Seattle. The Mayor will make his recommendations to City Council in early 2017.

“Seattle’s unique geography has made this a beautiful place to live, and has contributed to the development a broad range of industries,” said Mayor Murray. “In the next 20 years, as we plan for an additional 120,000 people, 70,000 more housing units and 115,000 more jobs, we must balance our need to make use of available land with maintaining our critical maritime and manufacturing base.  We are committed to supporting the diversity and family-wage jobs industry brings to our economy, while creating a dense, livable, and sustainable city.”

Through this conversation, the panel will recommend a new industrial lands framework that:

  • Supports our maritime and industrial communities;
  • Acknowledges the varying development pressures on current industrial lands;
  • Recognizes the shifting nature of industrial business activity and its labor market; and
  • Balances the livability needs of residents with industrial requirements.

“Growing industrial and middle-class jobs is a key priority for the Port. We commend the Mayor for having this important discussion and look forward to working together on this critical topic,” said Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton.

Members of the committee include representation from the Port of Seattle, developers, industry, labor and the community.

  • Councilmember Rob Johnson, City of Seattle
  • Commissioner John Creighton, Port of Seattle
  • Warren Aakervik, Ballard Oil
  • Roger Bialous, Georgetown Brewing
  • Dave Gering, Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle
  • Ginny Gilder, Interbay property owner/ Seattle Storm
  • Erin Goodman, SODO Business Improvement Area
  • Nicole Grant, M.L. King County Labor Council
  • Mikel Hansen, Sabey Corporation
  • Johan Hellman, BNSF Railway
  • Henry Liebman, American Life (alternate, Greg Steinhauer)
  • Matt Lyons, Nucor Corporation
  • Jill Mackie, Vigor/Kvichak Shipyards
  • Don Marcy, NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • Terri Mast, Inland Boatman’s Union
  • Jack McCullough, McCullough Hill Leary
  • Fred Mendoza, Public Stadium Authority
  • John Odland, MacMillan-Piper
  • Matt Pearsall, Georgetown Community Council
  • John Persak, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 19
  • Joe Ritzman, SSA Marine
  • Doug Rosen, Alaskan Copper/Property Owner
  • Tony Ross, Ocean Beauty Seafoods
  • Greg Smith, Urban Visions
  • Jose Vasquez, South Park Area Redevelopment Committee
  • Eugene Wasserman, North Seattle Industrial Association
  • Lindsay Wolpa, Port of Seattle/NW Seaport Alliance

The group will work collaboratively with city departments to create a scope of work for an economic analysis this fall; the resulting report will inform the panel’s recommendations to the Mayor.  The group expects to open a competitive bidding process for this economic analysis in early September.

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Seattle cooling shelter locations announced ahead of heat wave

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and surrounding areas from Thursday afternoon through late Saturday night.

The City of Seattle is providing information and public spaces that may be used by residents to stay cool in the high temperatures.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

Protect your pets

Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal unattended in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and, if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave animals unattended in a vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws. Temperatures rise quickly leaving them trapped and unable to escape the heat.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you to leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but extreme heat conditions, obesity, old age, breed and underlying disease can predispose an animal to the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

Libraries

The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.

·         Central Library (1000 4th Ave.) – 206-386-4636

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Ballard (5614 22nd Ave. N.W.) – 206-684-4089

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave. S.) – 206-684-4711

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave. N.) – 206-684-7519

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave. E.) – 206-684-4715

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Delridge (5423 Delridge Way S.W.) – 206-733-9125

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: Closed, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Douglass-Truth (2300 E. Yesler Way) – 206-684-4704

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave. N.) – 206-684-4086

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         High Point (3411 S.W. Raymond St.) – 206-684-7454

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave. S.) – 206-386-1300

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Lake City (12501 28th Ave. N.E.) – 206-684-7518

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave.) – 206-684-4705

·         Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: Closed, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Magnolia (2801 34th Ave. W.) – 206-386-4225

·         Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: Closed, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Montlake Branch (2401 24th Ave. E.) – 206-684-4720

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: Closed, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave. S.) – 206-386-1905

·         Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: Closed, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Northgate (10548 5th Ave. N.E.) – 206-386-1980

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave. S.) – 206-386-1906

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         South Park (8604 8th Ave. S.) – 206-615-1688

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

·         Wallingford (1501 N. 45th St.) – 206-684-4088

Thursday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: Closed, Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Seattle Center

The Seattle Center Armory is equipped with air conditioning, and will serve as a cooling center when the area experiences extreme heat. View the campus map PDF at http://www.seattlecenter.com/downloads/sc_map_color_gates.pdf.

  • Seattle Center Armory (Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)
  • International Fountain
  • Fountain of Creation (Dupen Fountain)

Senior Centers
The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the facility is cool.

  • Asian Counseling and Referral Service Senior Center (3639 Martin Luther King Way S.) – 206-695-7600
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW) – 206-297-0403
  • Central Area Senior Center (500 30th Ave S) – 206-726-4926
  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th Street) – 206-297-0875
  • International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.) – 206-587-3735
  • Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200) – 206-728-2773
  • The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St) – 206-932-4044
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St) – 206-722-0317
  • Sunshine Garden Chinese Senior Community Center (611 S. Lane St.) housed in the Chinese Information and Service Center – 206-624-5633
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140) – 206-461-7825

Pools and Water Areas

Four-day-a-week Wading Pools (both are open noon to 6:45 p.m.):

  • Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California Ave. SW, Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat
  • Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way SW, Mon/Tues/Sat/Sun

Three-day-a-week Wading Pools (all are open from noon to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted):

  • Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri through August 19
  • Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th, noon to 6:45 p.m., Fri/Sat/Sun through August 21
  • Dahl Playfield, 7700 25th NE, Tues/Wed/Thurs through August 18
  • East Queen Anne, 160 Howe St., Sun/Mon/Tue through August 21
  • C. Hughes, 2805 SW Holden St., Wed/Thu/Fri through August 19
  • Soundview, 1590 NW 90th, Sat/Sun/Mon through August 21
  • Wallingford, 4219Wallingford Ave. N, Wed/Thu/Fri through August 19

Daily Wading Pools (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5 unless otherwise noted):

  • Green Lake, N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr. N
  • Lincoln Park, 8600 Fauntleroy Ave. SW
  • Magnuson, eastern end of NE 65th, noon to 6:30 p.m. through August 28
  • Van Asselt, 2820 S Myrtle St.
  • Volunteer Park, 1400 E Galer St

Daily Water Spray Parks (all are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 5):

  • Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd NW
  • Beacon Mountain at Jefferson Park, 3901 Beacon Ave. S
  • John C. Little, 6961 37th S
  • Lower Judkins, 2150 S Norman St.
  • Georgetown Playfield, 750 S Homer St.
  • Highland Park, 1100 SW Cloverdale
  • Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N
  • Miller Community Center, 330 19th E
  • Northacres Park, 12800 1st NE
  • Pratt Park, 1800 S Main St.

Lifeguarded Beaches (noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays)

  • Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. NE through September 5
  • Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E through September 5

Mt. Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S through September 5

  • Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S through September 5
  • West Green Lake, 7312 W Green Lake Dr. through September 5
  • East Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N through August 28
  • Magnuson, park entrance at NE 65th and Sand Point Way NE through August 28
  • Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd. through August 28
  • Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th S through August 28

Outdoor Pools

  • “Pop” Mounger Pool, 2535 32nd W, daily, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., call 206-684-4708 for public swim times. Open through September 11.
  • Colman Pool, 8603 Fauntleroy Way SW, daily, noon to 7 p.m., call 206-684-7494 for public swim times. Open through September 5.

Additional resources

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