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Recreation

Kick up some dirt or make a splash

Adventurous travelers will enjoy a self-guided architectural history tour, a family bike ride along the Duwamish and Interurban Trails, or a boat / kayak tour of the Duwamish River. Don’t mind a little dirt? Helping hands are always welcome at Duwamish Alive! cleanups.

To contact organizations listed on this site, see the Resource section


Go with the flow and explore the only river in the City of Seattle

Kayak the Duwamish River



A delicate balancing act on the Duwamish River

By Kathryn True, Special to The Seattle Times

“People are interested in the industrial aspects of the Duwamish River and seeing how wildlife can exist and thrive here,” says Greg Whittaker of Alki Kayak Tours. “A lot of Seattleites take this tour because the river has been cut off from us. This is the best way to see every aspect of it.”

See more photos of the river tour and read the entire article


Love to Paddle? Love the Water?

  • Or hook up with the DRCC for a special guided tour of the Duwamish to learn about local cleanup efforts to improve and preserve the river habitat for future generations. Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
  • The Duwamish Yacht Club has information on renting moorage or berthing, click here

Duwamish Rowing Club

In February 2012, the DRC established a “boathouse” in South Park near Duwamish Waterway Park. Their mission is to bring the sport of rowing to the residents of South Park (and surrounding neighborhoods), and to offer recreational access to the Duwamish river that is afforable for everyone. They strive to develop a rowing club that emphasizes good sportsmanship, integrity, and strength of character.

Join us on the river sometime. Click here to find out how.


 Soccer & Playfields

kids learning to play soccer at the community center in south park

 

Interested in a pickup soccer game? Or are you more into rowing, salsa dancing, or martial arts? Visit the South Park Community Center.

South Park Community Center Playfields (8319 8th Ave S)

Soccer and baseball fields, outdoor volleyball, wading pool, playground, and outdoor basketball. Tons of indoor activities too….These include Zumba Gold for ages 50+, rowing classes, late night youth basketball, martial arts, salsa dancing, polynesian hula dancing, and more. Pick up a current brochure for details on the may programs they host, or visit the South Park Community Center website


River City Skate Park

736 S. Cloverdale

The River City Skate Park, also known as Stargate, is a free, open to the public, concrete skatepark located in the heart of South Park. Due to its proximity to Hwy 99 and it’s tight access to S Cloverdale St., the site was optimal for a skatepark. Before construction the site was unoccupied and collecting garbage from illegal dumping. Sea Mar Community Health Centers owns the property and partnered with Grindline Skateparks and the South Park Neighborhood Association to develop a place for the youth of our city.

Photos of skaters at the River City Skate Park


Boxing

Boxing at SeaMar

SOUTH PARK BOXING CLUB

Two buildings on site. One with a ring and punching bags, a second with an exercise room with weights and exercise equipment. The gym is a department of SeaMar Community Health Centers. Contact: Juan Garcia 206-406-3870

Sea Mar’s year-round Amateur Boxing Club serves 35 high-risk youth. Youth currently in the program are predominately from Seattle’s South Park neighborhood. About 90% of participants are Latinos, with the balance being white, black or Asian. Ages range from 8-17 years old, 23 are males and 2 are females. Our coaches have more than 30 years of combined experience in youth boxing.


Youth Boxing Program Keeps Kids off Street

The club’s executive director Juan Garcia says “It’s a very difficult sport, but if you can do this you can pretty much conquer anything in life.”

Although a boxing program to keep kids out of trouble may seem like a contradiction, it’s a serious commitment of four nights a week in the gym.

Read the article

Watch a video


Softball

fielder on the River Rats playing catch

SOUTH PARK RIVER RATZ

The South Park River Ratz are South Park’s softball team, members of the Industrial Softball League since 2005! Come cheer us on as we battle 9 lb Hammer, Easy Street, the Comet, Monas, the Garage, Cafe Venus, Twilight, Monkey Pub, and more! More information is on their Facebook page


EnhanceFitness

The South Park Senior program holds exercise sessions twice a week. They are from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Mondays and Fridays at the South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave. S. There is no charge for the sessions. They are taught by an instructor specially qualified in this evidence-based approach. The exercises are targeted for people 50 years old and older. They cover aerobic, stretching, weight-bearing and balance.