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…