The Associated Recreation Council (ARC), in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, serves Seattle by offering a variety of recreational and life long learning programs, classes and activities.
ARC, incorporated in 1975 as an independent nonprofit organization, supports this work through the ARC Board of Directors and a system of 37 advisory councils. Citizen volunteers on the board and advisory councils help to enhance the mission and vision of Parks by providing a connection to the community and advocating for the success of citywide recreation services.
Our current agreement with Seattle Parks and Recreation is up for renewal in 2028 and continues to be an excellent example of a public/private partnership serving the best interests of the Seattle community.
Browse our Annual Reports to learn more about ARC's accomplishments, fundraising activities, and partners.
Vision, Mission, Values
To provide equitable, dynamic and responsive recreation and life long learning programs for every Seattle resident.
Seattle Parks & Recreation, the Associated Recreation Council and its member Advisory Councils build community through citizen engagement and participation in recreation and life long learning programs.
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 life long 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.