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 Ballard Community Center at (206) 684-4093 or Loyal Heights Community Center at (206) 684-4052 to find out more.