Outdoors

Outdoors

Over-cautious Seattle Parks deals blow to kids with special needs

In mid-October, the Seattle Parks department notified the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden that we would have to dismantle a much-loved play area, citing “extreme dangers” and…

The future of trails in Washington – and beyond

What comes to mind when you hear “Washington State Trails Conference”? A room full of older, white guys in park ranger uniforms, geeking out over backcountry…

Lake Union as Seattle’s Central Park

I found a new world when I first strode the lanes of Seattle in 1957. I discovered very diverse neighborhoods from Ballard to Broadmoor, but…

Sunk: City cuts swimming pool barge from waterfront design plan

The city has decided to nix a floating barge with a swimming pool from plans for a vast new public space along Seattle's downtown waterfront.…

Why the parks district vote has become a referendum on trust

The controversy surrounding the latest parks funding effort is creating lots of bad blood between people who traditionally work together to fund and take care…

Parks and Proposition 1: Oh, how to vote?

I've been of two minds about Proposition 1, the Seattle Parks District measure on the August 5 ballot. If it passes, it will bring in major changes…

Reader Photos: How to beat Seattle’s heat

Pacific Northwest residents are accustomed to all things temperate (weather and “polite” demeanor included), but this month has been exception: Record hot temperatures throughout the…

Changes go way beyond the seasonal at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Things change, and gardens are no exception. But I wasn’t expecting the magnitude of change at the Bellevue Botanical Garden when I approached the entrance along Main Street…

Paying for city parks: District v. levy

It would have been a great evening to be at a park with the temperatures in the high sixties and partly cloudy skies. But as the…

An Oregon cave: Home for our first Northwest communities?

Shallow caves gape in gray rock like eyeholes in a mask. A whiff of sage rises from the scree below. Except for the wind blowing…

Are bulkheads bad for Puget Sound?

Puget Sound has more armor than the Tower of London — 600-plus miles of concrete, rock and timbers enclosing about 26 percent of its total…

Sheepdog showdown on Vashon

Laura Vishoot and her border collie, Tucker, had four sheep cornered near the gate of an eight-by nine-foot pen. Tucker crouched tensely in the grass…

Vacation reading: The pleasures of misery

When I'm on vacation, I like to find somewhere quiet and read. Maybe a dip in Sol Duc hot springs, dinner at the lodge and…

$15 or Less: Meteors, music, movies and more

Outdoor movies continue, street food returns, and there is another free KEXP Concert at the Mural (hopefully, without rain). I’m most excited to go see…

$15 or Less: “Visible Man,” Sculpture Park yoga, Mural concerts, hip-hopera with R. Kelly

Lots of truly great events this week, starting with The Stranger's Night of Genius Film awards and continuing through the opening night of KEXP’s Concerts…

$15 or Less: Genius party, literary mixer, outdoor beer & movies

Five Nights of Genius at the Frye Frye Art Museum, Wed. 7/24 at 5:30- 8 p.m., $10 The Stranger Genius Awards (an annual event that…

$15 or Less: Women Artisans at the Burke, outdoor cinema everywhere, Shelby Earl, Skakespeare’s Star Wars

Low Movie SIFF Uptown, Wed. 7/17 at 7 p.m., $11 Right on the heels of the Sub Pop Jubilee is this one-night-only screening of the…

$15 or Less: Summer at SAM, Al Green, bike history, Sub Pop turns 25

With this week, I feel like summer in Seattle has finally started. And it's packed with events that exploit so many of my weaknesses: my…

15 or Less: Coyle’s pop-up bakery, BOAT plays the Comet, Stephen King’s kid reads at SPL

It’s the Fourth of July weekend and events around Seattle are sparser than usual. Enjoy the sunshine (as I will most definitely be doing), but…

$15 or Less: Honk! Fest at Gas Works, Fremont Solstice parade, Silent flicks at the Paramount

A Conversation about Yes on 522 Café Presse, Thurs. 6/20 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Suggested donation: $5.22 This fall, Initiative 522, which would require…

Everything is Music: A candle-lit performance deep in Ravenna Park

“Everything,” John Cage once declared, “is music”: not just the highly organized sounds of professional musicians, but the acoustic events that surround us in every…

All patio, all the time: A Seattle summer for $15 or less

A few months ago, I shared my favorite recurring Seattle events — such as the Moth, Bingo Karaoke, Salon of Shame — all of which…

Photo essay: A day at the cricket grounds

Crosscut's story last week about cricket-playing software engineers attracted interest from readers regionally and even internationally. Bellevue student photographer Jack Hunter attended one of the…

Mountaineering: Still a few mountains left to climb

I remember the excitement of 50 years ago, when Seattle hosted a space-age world’s fair visited by astronauts and President John F. Kennedy boosted the…

The life of the Elwha: Biography of a river

The basic story is familiar by now but still powerful: Two big concrete dams that blocked the Elwha River for almost a century and once seemed…