Category Archives: Recreation

What can’t you do with a library card?

Photo of the Beacon Hill Library by Jason Simpson.

(This article was submitted through The Commons here on the BHB. Thanks, Melissa!)

Ever wished you could print/fax/copy/scan right here on Beacon Hill? Well, you can! The Beacon Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library has it all–cheaper and faster than any office supply place. Scan your documents for FREE to your USB thumb drive, print (color or B&W), copy, or fax from the checkout desk. Plus free wi-fi, computers & meeting space. Woot!

Speaking of wi-fi–you can take it with you! Check out a “wi fi hotspot” for 21 days. You can reserve one in advance. Bring internet access to your home, for free! Find out more here.

Have you checked out the Summer of Learning program? It features tons of free activities all over the city, for all ages. Bring your kid(s) to the Beacon Hill branch today, grab a booklet (and a free book to jump start the learning) and head out for fun!

Grownups can sign up for Summer Book Bingo. Print a card (or pick one up at the branch) to enter to win fabulous prizes. This isn’t for the faint of heart–filling your bingo card will be a stretch for even the heaviest reader.

If that’s not enough to keep you busy, check out free passes to many of Seattle’s most popular attractions–including the EMP, Seattle Art Museum, Wooden Boat Center and many more! You can reserve by date or by venue at

Mah Jongg talk and games at Beacon Hill library 7/18

Photo by Rebecca Siegel via Creative Commons/Flickr.
Local meetup group Mah Jongg Fever is sponsoring Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game, an author talk by Gregg Swain, co-author of the book Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game: A Collector’s Guide to Mah Jongg Tiles and Sets.

The event is Saturday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Beacon Hill library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.
Bring books for signing and vintage mah jongg sets for Gregg to identify. After the talk, learn and play Mah Jongg — American, Chinese, etc.

The event is free and open to the public.

Georgetown Carnival this weekend

Georgetown Carnival 2015Just down the hill from us, the Georgetown Carnival will happen from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday, including four separate stages featuring a variety of music and entertainment, plus the ever-popular power tool races on Airport Way South. The event is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The carnival will mark the first use of Georgetown’s new “festival street,” similar to Beacon Hill’s Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to Beacon Hill Station. SDOT Director Scot Kubly will speak briefly at 1 p.m. to dedicate the street and thank those involved.

Find out more info at the Georgetown Carnival website.

Panel to discuss Cheasty Greenspace mountain bike project 7/12

The Seattle Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a panel discussion this Saturday, July 12 at 9 a.m. on the proposed mountain bike pilot project in Cheasty Greenspace.  The panel will include Mark Mead from Seattle Parks and Recreation, proposal proponent Jay Gairson and opponent Patricia Naumann, natural areas expert Ruth Williams, and former Parks Board member John Barber.

The SNC meets on the second Saturday of each month at The Central, located at 500 30th Ave. S. in the Leschi neighborhood in the Central District. The Central is one block south of South Jackson Street and the #14 Metro bus.

This is a breakfast meeting (complete rotating buffet and beverages, $12 or $5 for beverage service), with the first 30 minutes focused on networking and engagement with fellow activists.  This is followed by a speaker’s presentation and up to an hour of lively Q&A.

Read more at the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition website.

Construction starting this month at Jefferson Park Golf Course

South view of the new Jefferson golf clubhouse.
South view of the new Jefferson golf clubhouse.
Construction on the changes at Jefferson Park Golf Course is planned to begin later this month, to be completed in December 2014. The project includes a new two-story modern-style clubhouse, a double-deck driving range, and improvements to paths and parking.

The course will remain open, though temporary facilities for the pro shop and food service will be located across Beacon Avenue, behind the existing first tee.

For more information about the project, see the website or email project manager Toby Ressler. Previous posts about the project on the BHB may be seen here.

Cheasty/Mt. View volunteers needed tomorrow

Volunteers are wanted this Saturday, October 5, at the Cheasty Greenspace/Mt. View work party, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Volunteers will be removing blackberry and ivy vines east of the Angeline Trail Head.

All you need to bring is yourself, your sturdy shoes, warm clothes, water to drink, and a treat to share. Volunteers should meet at 2809 S. Alaska Place 98108 starting at 9:45 a.m.

In other Greenspace news, the Cheasty/Mt. View group applied for an Opportunity Fund grant, but their proposal for a mountain bike path was not selected because of rules banning off-road bicycles in parks. The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will meet next Thursday, October 10, to discuss and vote on an update to the Bicycle Use Policy that would allow the projects like the Greenspace project to happen.

Neighbors are invited to attend and express their opinions at the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m, October 10, at 100 Dexter Ave. N. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room.

Jubilee celebrates Jefferson Park, 9/14

Neighbors enjoyed last year’s Jefferson Park Jubilee. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.
Summer may be drawing to an end (don’t remind me!), but summer fun still awaits in Jefferson Park on Saturday, September 14, when the Jefferson Park Jubilee sets up in the park for a day of music, art, food, film and fun celebrating the recently rebuilt park.

From 1-7 p.m., the Jubilee will feature food and craft vendors, traditional park games to recreate historical Japanese picnics that used to be held there, tours of the Beacon Food Forest, performances, and more. From 7-10 p.m. is the summer’s final outdoor movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. See the event schedule here.

The park is located on Beacon Avenue, just south of South Spokane Street. Parking near the event may be scarce, so alternate transportation is recommended.

For more information, contact

Community invited to discuss Jefferson Park skateable art

Soon there could be an additional place to skate at Jefferson Park besides this skate park. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
All are invited to a public meeting on Monday, July 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Community Center to discuss a proposed skateable art installation at Jefferson Park. The meeting is intended to brief the neighborhood on the history of the project and get feedback on the current work and proposed locations in the park. Artist CJ Rench will be there to discuss his thoughts on the project.

Red Bull recently approached Seattle Parks and Recreation with a proposal to, according to Seattle Parks, “invest in the community by commissioning an artist to design and fabricate a unique skateable art piece.” Originally, the proposed location was at Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront, but after a recent public meeting and other comments, Parks decided to look into other possible locations for the skateable art. Jefferson Park is well suited for the project because it is large, well-used, has parking available, and has a beautiful view of the city.

Three potential sites at Jefferson Park will be discussed at the July 15 meeting. According to Seattle Parks, the project is the first of its kind permanent art installation for skateboarding. For more information, see the website or contact Pamela Kliment of Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206.684.7556, or

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S.

Weekly BBQ and Bowls starts this Friday

Lawn bowlers enjoy a world class view. Photo by Kat Marriner.

Jenny Mears, a member of the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club, sends this invitation:

How’s this sound for perfect summer Friday night: you and your family
and friends + sunshine + incredible views of the city, mountains and
sunset + a fun new sport? Welcome to Friday Night BBQ and Bowls at
Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club! While most events, leagues, and
tournaments are members only (for information on membership, see the
JPLBC website
), Friday Night BBQ and Bowls is open to the public for a
suggested greens fee of $5. Members are on hand to teach you the game,
the barbecue is hot (bring your own grillables!), and you can enjoy a
Friday night in one of the most beautiful parks in the city while
learning how to lawn bowl with your family and friends. For more
information, check out the Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club website or stop by any Friday night from June 21st through August 30th.

The club house and greens are located at 4103 Beacon Ave. S.

Spraypark closed until Wednesday

Kids splashed happily in the Beacon Mountain spraypark last summer.
If you want to splash around in the Beacon Mountain spraypark, you’ll need to wait until Wednesday. Seattle Parks tells us:

“We are making some adjustments to Beacon Mountain spraypark and have shut down the spraypark today, Mon. June 10th and Tues., June 11th. We anticipate it opening back up on Wednesday, June 12th.”

If you must play before midweek, Georgetown Spraypark is open and not too far away at Georgetown Playfield, 750 S. Homer St.