Associated Recreation Council 


The Associated Recreation Council is the 501c3 partner of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Associated Recreation Council provides equitable, dynamic and responsive recreation and lifelong learning programs for every Seattle resident.

Mission Statement
The Associated Recreation Council and its member Advisory Councils build community through citizen engagement and participation in recreation and lifelong learning programs.

To provide equitable, dynamic and responsive recreation and lifelong learning programs for every Seattle resident.

  • Citizen Engagement and Participation: Involved citizens make our community and neighborhoods better places to live, raise our families and recreate.
  • Equitable Access: No matter where they live, who they are or what language they speak Seattle residents deserve to know about and to have a broad range of quality recreation and lifelong learning opportunities.
  • People: Residents' interaction with dedicated, diverse and caring staff and volunteers are keys to Seattle's quality of life. 
  • Community: People thrive as individuals when they have a sense of belonging to their community and have opportunities to come together to recreate, socialize and learn.
  • Accountability:  Integrity and transparency of decisions affecting program, finance and people are fundamental to public trust.
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Associated Recreation Council
8061 Densmore Avenue N 
(206) 727-8792 

Bill Keller 
Executive Director 


Associated Recreation Council Programs

RecTech, an example of Equitable Access and Community - 

The RecTech Community Technology Program provides free and low-cost technology access and training to more than 2,500 Seattle youth and adults across five sites at Delridge, Rainier, Rainier Beach, South Park and Yesler Community Centers. RecTech labs function as community resource centers, providing open lab access and diverse technology training including: basic computer and internet skills; job-readiness and résumé building workshops; Internet safety; and advanced digital media instruction for youth, adults, and seniors.

RecTech’s annual summer internship program provides an opportunity for 50-60 teens to engage their local community, use advanced digital media tools and techniques, earn a stipend and receive service learning credits to apply towards high school graduation.  RecTech interns have completed training in filmmaking, web design, audio production, digital animation and graphic arts, and received numerous accolades for their work. Many have gone on to pursue further education and careers in visual design and music production.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

ARC’s School-Age Care Program continues to provide a safe, healthy place for children to learn and grow.  Across Seattle, ARC serves over 1,500 children monthly in Before and After-School programs and 1,100 children each week during Summer Day Camp. 

As the face of our city changes, we are committed to providing welcoming, responsive programs for all members of our community.  Our Directors participate in workshops focused on race and equity, tackling issues such as institutionalized racism, understanding their own biases, and creating programs welcoming of diversity.  These workshops provide a foundation for ARC’s ongoing commitment to addressing issues of race and social justice in our School-Age Care Program.


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