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By Melanie Hauze
Seward Parks & Recreation Department 

SPRD begins replacing trees in Waterfront Park


September 15, 2016 | View PDF

Seward Parks & Recreation has begun the process of replacing sponsored, donated memorial trees within Waterfront Park, due to the poor health and slow death of over one dozen adopted trees. Therefore, the City of Seward is reaching out to those people and their families who adopted these trees, back in the late 1980’s and beyond. The spruce were indeed planted according to USDA standards, since many were purchased with grant funds through the State of Alaska’s community forestry program. We have sought professional help from the State, but it appears that compaction over time has damaged the trees and their soil. Call the Parks Maintenance and Campgrounds’ office at 224-4055 or email

On a similar topic, the City Parks & Recreation staff continues to seek help in both city cemeteries: The Historic Cemetery and the ‘new’ cemetery, which was the Oddfellows and, of course, Woodlawn Cemetery on Salmon Creek Road. As you consider volunteering, please help us contact existing family and friends who can bring their gravesites up-to-date and up-to-regulations by removing rocks and decorative rocks and by placing headstones that meet the minimal requirements. The cemetery rules can be found online at SPRD staff can assist you with locating a grave site to adopt to assist the community’s efforts to improve the cemetery, the safety of the visitors and record-keeping. Call the Parks Maintenance and Campgrounds’ office at 224-4055 or Director Karin Sturdy at 224-4053 or The city is moving forward surveying new plots and researching old gravesites, which will include cremains. Work in October will move the city closer to the development of reserving a gravesite for the future, much like private cemeteries allow.

Conway Seavey Band!

On Saturday, Sept, 3, the talented Conway Seavey Band performed live at the Teen Rec Room. In all, 30 middle school and high schoolers turned out to enjoy this remarkable show along with some comic relief between tunes. Congrats to Leighton Radner for winning the ‘Selfie with Seavey’ contest. The Teen Rec Room / SPRD would like to thank this extremely brilliant and entertaining band, YOU ROCK!

Halloween Carnival

The Annual Community Halloween Carnival is coming up Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. Booth space is now available. Reserve your spot today by calling Melanie at 224-4011 or download a form from our website

Pumpkin Prowl

On Saturday, Oct 22, at 6:30 p.m., the Glacier Family Medicine Pumpkin Prowl at Forest Acres Park will be held. The event is for youngsters, ages 9 and under. Search for mini pumpkins, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa. Free event, fun for the whole family!

Family Masquerade Ball

On Saturday, Oct 22, following the Pumpkin Prowl walk on over to the Seward Resort and take part in the the Monster Mash. Enjoy refreshments and win prizes! Costume contest winners will be announced at 8 p.m. The cost for attending is $3 for persons in costume in costume; $4 no costume and $10 for families.

Sports & Rec

The Adult Basketball League team sign-up deadline is set for Friday, Sept 30. Players need to submit required fees by Sept 16 for the best deals. First team fully registered wins a reward! First game tip-off is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct 4 at the middle school gym. Games are every Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Register and pay today. Win the Sportsmanship Trophy for your sponsor. The SPRD is looking for officials and scorekeepers. For more information contact Robert Perea at 224-4057

Competitive Adult League Volleyball

The Competitive Adult League Volleyball season will get under way on Sept. 21 at the high school. Games will be played on Wednesday nights. Team signup deadline is Sept. 16. First team fully registered wins a reward! Want to earn some extra CASH? Signup to ref or be a scorekeeper! Call Rob Perea at 224-4057 or email

TYC After School Program

TYC After School Program is in full swing. Grades K-5 are welcome to join us for some activities and excitement after school Monday – Friday. We offer a wide variety of activities daily including crafts, sports, cooking and team challenges. We also offer “Schools Out” Day Camps, Programs on Early Release days and Winter/Spring Break Camps. Scholarships applications are available, just ask Josie. Call 224-5472 or email

Teen Rec Room

The Teen Rec Room, or we call it the TRR, is located at 336 3rd Avenue, and is open to middle school students and high school teens from Tuesday through Thursday evening from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30 to10 p.m. This free program is open to teens and offers ping pong, Skee ball, computers, Xbox, pool tables and more. Call 224-4056 for more info or stop by and see us! Like us on Facebook @ teen.recroom.

Now accepting Teen Council applications

The SPRD is now accepting applications for the Teen Council. Download online at under Teen Rec Room. Applications are also available at the Teen Rec Room located at 336 3rd Ave. Celebrating 30 years! Making things happen since 1985! Teen Council is a 10- member group of high school youngsters in grades 9-12, meeting bi-weekly to develop and host special events for teens and their community. Members volunteer at ASP to mentor younger students, helping to make a difference. Members volunteer with various special events and projects at the Teen Rec Room. Be a part of an involved, active group. Teen Council members earn discounts, merits & recognition. For more information or for an application contact the Teen Rec Room Staff at 224-4056. Teen Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Teen Rec Room.


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