Riverton Park Invasive Plant Removal

Riverton Park is slowly being taken over by invasive English ivy and holly. But together, we can fight back and preserve this beautiful wooded oasis. Join Forest Steward, Debbie for a mid-week work party inside the park. This is a great opportunity to learn new valuable forestry skills while also engaging with the larger community. 

This is very much a hands-on experience, so be sure to come prepared. Bring a full water bottle, snacks, weather appropriate clothes, closed-toed shoes, and a pair of garden gloves if you have them. All other tools and materials will be provided. And be sure to show up on time for a quick training session. 

Meeting Instructions
Work parties are taking place next to the Gully Gardens P-Patch on the lower section of the park. You will see a 6ft toolbox (JOBOX) meet there. Park in the lot at Riverton Park and walk down to the P-Patch.

Where: Riverton Park: 13263 Macadam Rd S, Tukwila, WA 98168
When: December 14th
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

12 Days of Goodness with the Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks and Tukwila Parks and Recreation are partnering up for a very special holiday event for veterans and their family members as part of the Seahawks organization’s “12 Days of Goodness with the Seattle Seahawks.” On December 14th, join us at the Tukwila Community Center for a star-studded event with a full lunch, prizes, photo opportunities, and of course, appearances by some of your favorite Seahawks legends.

This event is part of Tukwila Parks & Recreation’s Senior Programs and is open to anyone over the age of 50.

Where: Tukwila Community Center
When: December 14th
Time: 11am – 1:30pm
Price: FREE*

*For veterans and their family members only

 

 

Wildlife Wednesday – Amphibians in the City!

Join Tukwila Parks and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife staff for a free evening talk to learn about urban amphibians (frog and salamander) living around us in Western Washington, including the unique species that live alongside us in our cities and suburbs. The event’s guest speaker is Max Lambert, PhD, an Aquatic Research Section Manager at Washington department of Fish & Wildlife.

Sign up today!

Photo by Laura Rogers

10 Things To Do in Tukwila in the Rain

AHHHH! WHAT IS THAT?! 

Oh right, rain. 

After what felt like an eternity with that giant mass of fire in the sky, the rain has once again returned to its rightful realm: the Pacific Northwest. And what makes this place so special is how unbothered everyone is by a little water. Simply put, it’s all a matter of perspective. If you fight the rain, you only fight yourself. Accept the rain and you free yourself to enjoy all the amazing things this region has to offer. 

Buuuuuuut, if you really just don’t want to deal with it all, then we have a few recommendations on where to spend a nice rainy PNW day right here in Tukwila. So go ahead, check out our Top 10 Rainy Day Activities in Tukwila!

 

Escape in a Game Room

Does the rain have you wanting to escape to a new reality? Maybe one where you’re not stuck inside seeing daylight rainy skies move into dark rainy skies at 4pm? Then stop by Tukwila’s premier gaming destinations—Dimension XR and Legacy Gaming—and get transported to a new dimension filled with adventure where anything and everything is possible.

 

Get a Thrill at iFly

Feeling couped up inside? We have the perfect place for you: iFly. The indoor skydiving craze has taken over the country, and now you can try it for yourself. Like Superman in training, don the fancy jumpsuit and helmet and then shoot off into the stratosphere* with guidance from one of the skydiving professionals. 

*more like 20 feet, but you can use your imagination.

 

Fill Your Belly at Spice Bridge

Rain + gray = give me cozy comfort food right now. Duck on into one of Tukwila’s most vibrant displays of world cuisines: Spice Bridge. This global food hall is home to immigrants and refugees who bring with them insane culinary talents. With a rotating selection of food businesses, there’s always a new exciting dish to try. It’s the perfect place to cozy up with a hot meal.

 


Hit the Lanes at Bowlero

Bowling is an absolute classic rainy-day activity. So, it should come as no surprise that Tukwila has one of the best bowling spots around, Bowlero. What more do you need to know? It’s bowling. You get it. Ball, lane, pins. Done. Now go do it and have a killer time inside not getting wet.

 

Race at SyKart

There’s a common joke in this area that people don’t know how to drive in the rain even though it’s raining all the time. What that says to me is that more people need to hit the go-kart track for some high-intensity practice. Sykart is the place for all your go-kart needs. Situated right here in Tukwila, it’ll provide the much-needed boost on a gloomy rainy day.

 

Jump Around at Defy

If you hate jumping in puddles, might we recommend jumping into giant pits filled with foam instead. That’s just the start of the fun at Defy, a trampoline park in Tukwila. Foam pits, trampolines, rock walls, basketball, this list goes on. This one-of-a-kind action park is filled with challenges that are fun for the whole family. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t feel the FOAMO. Visit Defy today!

 

Watch a Movie at AMC Southcenter

When it looks like Waterworld outside, it’s best to stay inside and watch a movie… like Waterworld. Research studies show that the best place to watch new movies is in a movie theater, and I definitely didn’t just make that up. Regardless, Tukwila is home to AMC Southcenter, featuring Dolby Cinema and IMAX theaters. Escape the rain and immerse yourself in a story far far away.

 

Stay Active at Mayweather Boxing

Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t still stay active. Train like the champion you are at Mayweather Boxing and Fitness. The studio offers four different styles of classes throughout the week formulated with the perfect combination of boxing, strength, and cardo conditioning. Get drenched in sweat, not rain.

 

Visit a Meadery

Breweries are everywhere in the Seattle area. But only a few special places have meaderies. And situated right here in Tukwila is one of the best around, Oppegaard Meadery. Warm your belly and your spirits in this Viking-clad tasting room.

 

Go on a Hike

Okay, you got us. This activity won’t protect you from the rain. In fact, it puts you directly in its path. BUT, hear us out. Taking a walk or run along the Green River Trail or at the Duwamish Hill Preserve in the rain is a really unique activity that many won’t experience. So, if you work up the courage, grab that rain jacket, lace up those boots, and just lean into it.

 

As you can see, Tukwila is filled with all kinds of activities that make a rainy day actually something you will look forward to. So next time the clouds roll in and the rain starts falling, just make your way over to Tukwila to help brighten up your day.

Until then, head on over to our Activities and Events pages to stay up to date on all the exciting things going on in our city.

 

Green Tukwila Day at Duwamish Hill Preserve

Come support Tukwila Parks and the Green Tukwila Partnership Saturday, November 19 from 10am – 1pm for their annual Green Tukwila Day! This event will focus on environmental education around healthy forests and rivers. Dig in and help plant an understory bush or shrub that will become a safe place for urban wildlife.

This volunteer event will be complete with live music by the BusKings, a world street jazz group local to the Seattle Metro area.

Volunteers and non-volunteers alike can also stop by Green Tukwila Day for the city’s 2022 Tree Giveaway and pick up any pre-ordered trees the city is giving away to residents.

No experience is necessary to come lend a hand. Tools, gloves, and instructions will be provided. This event will be rain or shine so make sure to bundle up accordingly!

Register for the event here: https://tukwila.greencitypartnerships.org/event/29/

Veterans Day Luncheon

We’re beyond proud to be home to many veterans and active duty military. Tukwila Parks and Recreation is celebrating their sacrifice with a very special Veterans Appreciation Luncheon at the Tukwila Community Center for veterans and their family members. 

This event is part of Tukwila Parks & Recreation’s Senior Programs and is open to anyone over the age of 50.

Where: Tukwila Community Center
When: November 10th
Time: 11am – 2pm
Price: FREE*

* For veterans and their family members only 

 

See You in the Park Summer Event Series

The place to be this summer is Tukwila parks. The “See You in the Park Series” hosted by Tukwila Parks turns these patches of grass into unforgettable social gatherings. Watch movies, listen to live music, play games, and hang out with dogs. Be sure and check them out this summer! 

July 13: Concert in the Park
Join Tukwila Parks for a lunchtime concert at Bicentennial Park near the Southcenter Mall

  • Food Truck: Fish Basket NW
  • Musical Entertainment: Adrian Xavier (Reggae)
  • Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Location: Bicentennial Park, 7200 Strander Boulevard

July 27: Movie in the Park

August 10: Tukwila Summer Park-A-Lympics
Bring your competitive spirit and join fun games for the whole family.

  • Food Truck: Mami Tran (Vietnamese)
  • Musical Entertainment: Clave Gringa
  • Time: 6pm – 8pm
  • Location: Riverton Park, 13263 Macadam Road South

August 24: Bark in the Park Summer Festival
Bring your furry friend for what is sure to be a doggone good time. Join the Best Pet Costume and Best Owner/Pet Look-alike contests!

  • Human Food Truck: MexiCuban
  • Dog Food: FREE dog treats from the Barkery!
  • Musical Entertainment: Entremundos Quarteto
  • Time: 6pm – 8pm
  • Location: Crestview Park, 16200 42nd Avenue South

Volunteer Restoration Work Party at Riverton Park

Occurring throughout the year on the second Wednesday of the month, join Green Tukwila for a restoration work party at Tukwila’s Riverton Park! Volunteers will help local stewards with tasks like removing invasive plants, cleaning up litter, and planting native plants. All tools and education will be provided.

Work parties will occur on the following dates. Sign up here!

    • Wednesday, April 13, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    • Wednesday, May 11, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    • Wednesday, June 8, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    • Wednesday, July 13, 11:30am – 1:30pm
    • Wednesday, August 10, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Duwamish Hill Preserve Volunteer Restoration Work Party

Join Green Tukwila to help protect native habitat while having a great time outside!  Duwamish Hill Preserve is kicking off 2022 with a Saturday work party, March 19th, 10am -1 pm. Local stewards need volunteers to help remove invasive plants and protect young native plants. All tools and education will be provided.

Sign up for the Volunteer Restoration Work Party here.

The Green Tukwila initiative is a regional collaboration of cities working to steward natural open spaces that the city joined in 2017. The initiative brings together Forterra, EarthCorps, Duwamish Alive Coalition, Dirt Corps, King County Parks, and the Tukwila community to care for public parks and natural open spaces across the city. Throughout the next 20 years, the partnership will work to restore and maintain 138 acres of Tukwila’s urban forest.

To do this work, they need the community’s help! Join friends, neighbors, and bring your families outside to learn about trees, shrubs, invasive plants, how to use tools, and much more. Work parties are being planned for community members and businesses to care for precious urban forests and to ensure healthy, safe, and beautiful public spaces to enjoy in the future.

Volunteer Restoration Work Party at Duwamish Hill Preserve

Join Green Tukwila for a Volunteer Restoration Work Party at Tukwila’s Duwamish Hill Preserve. Green Tukwila is restoring 138 acres of forest and open green spaces over the next 20 years and is counting on the support of partners and volunteers to help make this happen. Get outside along the Duwamish River to plant trees and shrubs, remove invasive weeds, and keep the river and parks healthy for animals, fish, plants, and our community.

Green Tukwila is following Public Health Guidelines to keep volunteers and staff safe during work parties. Work parties are limited to 12 people. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome, though those under 15 are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. All gloves, tools, and other materials are provided.

Sign up here.