🎢 Playland: The ups & downs of the biggest & best amusement park of its time

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The roller coaster life of Seattle’s Great Depression amusement park

Old photograph of Playland amusement park

Did you know Seattle had its own amusement park from 1930 to 1961? Playland became the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, featuring 12 acres of rides, concessions, and entertainment. The park changed hands, went through additions and crackdowns, and even partially burned down. Find out what stands in its place now.

 

Candidates for OPA director answer community questions

Office of Police Accountability Director - Public Forum

Seattle's Office of Police Accountability (OPA) is looking for a new director. OPA has authority over allegations of misconduct involving Seattle Police Department employees. As part of the director selection process, the city held a public forum for the community to hear from finalists. Tune in to hear from the four contenders who were selected to participate in the public forum and go before the mayor for consideration.

 

Nancy Guppy’s journey to the Silver Circle

Nancy Guppy inducted into the Silver Circle

From “Almost Live!” to “City a Go-Go” to “Art Zone with Nancy Guppy” and plenty of daring, wacky, feather boa-filled projects in between, our beloved arts host is unmatched. Last weekend, the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted Nancy Guppy into their Silver Circle, recognizing her 37+ years of television storytelling and unyielding devotion to Seattle’s art scene and the people who make it thrive.⁠ Cheers to all those years of music, art, passion, laughter and love, and many more to come!

 

The origin of “Art Zone”

Nancy Guppy on City a Go Go

Before there was “Art Zone with Nancy Guppy,” there was “City a Go Go!” Our friends at Seattle Municipal Archives added the pilot episode of the early 2000s art show to their “Favorite Archival Object” series just in time for Nancy’s big recognition with the The Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle Award.

 

Seattle Channel brings home two regional Emmy awards

Brian Callanan, Susan Han, and Christopher Barnes hold Emmy awards.

We’re honored and humbled to share that the Seattle Channel won two Northwest Regional Emmy Awards over the weekend! The awards were for a program that focused on police reform and a profile of a fashion designer who, early in the pandemic, began creating colorful, highly sought-after face masks.

 

Free Juneteenth concert: “The Songs of Black Folk: The Music of Resistance & Hope”

One Seattle Juneteenth concert “The Songs of Black Folk: The Music of Resistance & Hope,” 6 PM, June 19, McCaw Hall, Free Event

Mayor Bruce Harrell, in collaboration with community churches and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, invites you to a free concert to celebrate Juneteenth. The event celebrates and centers African American spirituals and the diverse musical traditions that have creatively evolved from them, including gospel music, jazz, R&B, and hip hop. Add this to your calendar: Sunday, June 19, 6:00 p.m. at McCaw Hall on the Seattle Center campus. Tickets are free, but you need to RSVP.

 

COVID-19 resources

Free at-home tests. Each household is eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. And, while supplies last, Washingtonians can order up to two COVID-19 test kits per month from the website sayyescovidhometest.org (ordering available in English and Spanish).

Free N95 masks. Visit the federal government's one-stop COVID website to find locations to get free masks.

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