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Parks & Pavilions

City Parks         

  • Waterfront Park
  • Hoben Park
  • Kawabe Park
  • Founder's Day Park
  • Larry Urbach Park
  • Pat Williams Park
  • Benny Benson Memorial & Lagoon
  • Two Lakes Park and Trail - Click here for Trail Map and Information  
  • Whale Tale Wayside / Bus Stop


  • 3rd Avenue Park (3rd Avenue just North of the ASLC)
  • Evan Casey Skate Park (Ballaine & Adams)
  • PARKS Playground (Next to Skate Park)
  • Waterfront Tot Lot (On Ballaine next to Little League Field)
  • Gateway Park (Dora Way)
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  • Forest Acres Park (Dimond across the street from the ARMY Rec Camp)    

Pavilion, Picnic Areas, Ball Fields & Gazebos

  • Branson Pavilion
  • Obihiro Gazebo
  • Wellington Picnic Area
  • Two Lakes Gazebo
  • Lowell Canyon Picnic Area
  • Little League field
  • Jon Perry and Citizen's Field (Located behind the Cemetery)

Pavilion, Gazebo & Ball field Reservations

To reserve a pavilion for any group’s exclusive use, the Facility Use Agreement and Rental/Permit Application must be completed and turned into Latesha Layne at the City of Seward Warehouse | 702 Aspen Lane or mailed to P.O. Box 167 | Seward, AK 99664 along with rental fee. Paperwork should be completed 24 hours prior to the reservation date.  This includes obtaining City authorized signatures.

All pavilion rentals require a $50 rental fee per designated 4-hour block of time, leaving a 1/2 hour in between for SPRD PM&C clean up. Reservations are not confirmed until all forms and fees are received and approved by SPRD Director. Permit Application must be signed by police agents if use of alcohol is requested.

We do not take reservations for the Branson pavilion on the 4th of July. 

  • Branson Pavilion:  9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm; 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • First Lake Gazebo:  Any 4-hour block of time until 8:00 pm
  • Rotary Gazebo: Any 4-hour block of time until 10:00 pm

JP Field, Citizen's Field and the Little League field rental fees:

  • $200 per day; $100 per 4-hour block
  • Citizen's field pavilion rental is $50 per 4-hour block

Refunds are not available if there is a cancellation by the group, due to weather or other circumstances. Reservations may be changed before noon of the previous business day, only if the SPRD calendar allows. The risk of “no refund” and “no re-schedule” is assumed by the group at the time of the reservation and payment.

Branson Pavilion - Covered Patio area is included in the Branson Reservation. Horseshoe pit and/or grassy knoll are NOT included in the reservation, but can be requested if needed. The pavilion has five power outlets inside and one outside.    

*2019 Branson Pavilion reservation fees will increase to $75 per 4-hour block of time*

The Branson Pavilion can be reserved up to 365 days in advance.

Branson Pavilion

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                Rotary Gazebo First Lake Gazebo

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Maximum Occupant Load of 100 Persons

When you reserve a pavilion, please note the area is a rustic, outdoor area opened to the public in the last frontier of rugged Alaska. We do our best to sweep, clean and empty trash for your reservation. However, if you’re expecting non-dusty, sanitary shiny surfaces, perhaps Seward’s outdoor venues are not for you. If you are seeking a classier, indoor, controlled environment, please research locations with the Seward Chamber of Commerce,, 224-8051, who can point you to venues ranging from clean and bright to posh and luxurious. Please do not ‘over-expect’ from our outdoor pavilions or gazebos. Visit them, first.

Consider our outdoor venues for your next family occasion!


Pavilion Reservation Form

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Check availability here:  Calendar

Call 224-4055 or email:


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

Adopt-A-Park Gardens

Join the beautification of Seward with a financial contribution of $100 to Adopt-a-Park or Garden. A sponsorship sign will be placed in each park or garden to give recognition  to the sponsor or in memory of a loved one. For more information Contact: Latesha Layne at SPRD - Email: Phone: 224-4055 

Take this great opportunity to Adopt-a-Park. This year we are expanding and growing new gardens and it would be great as a business or an individual to have your name or memorial on one of these beautiful flower gardens that you can cherish all summer long. Also you can permanently Adopt-a-Park and receive a permanent plaque for up to five years for an additional  $75. Gardens are located around town in various areas so call and pick your garden today

Park Memorials, Tributes & Volunteer Improvements

Friendship Garden:

Tree Triangle located on the north-east  corner of Ballaine & Jefferson. (Open)            

Obihiro Garden:                                                                                                     

Garden near Obihiro Gazebo, on the water front..
(Adopted By: Great Bear Rentals)


Between Madison & Jefferson on Ballaine south of shower house on the waterfront park. (Adopted By: Rays Waterfront Restaurant)

Earth Day Garden:                           

Tree triangle South East corner of Ballaine & Jefferson, on the water front. (Adopted By: AEES)

Benny Benson:                       

Lagoon area near memorial. (Adopted By: Kim Kowalski Rogers)

Tribute Garden:                          

Tree triangle south east one on Ballaine, across from LL field. Next to camping registration station. (Open)

Forest Acres Garden:                              

Seward Sanatorium sign in Forest acres park, near Basketball court. (Open) 

Little League Garden                                                                             

Located on the corner of Ballaine and 4th Avenue. (Adopted By: Karin Sturdy)

Founders East and West Gardens:

Located on the corner of Ballaine and Railway by the Alaska Sea Life Center. (Adopted By: Harmon Construction)

Kawabe Park Gardens:

Located on 4th and Adams on the corner. (Adopted By: Carla and Candy Norman)

Kawabe Park Garden - South:

Located on 4th and Adams by the restrooms. (Adopted By: Dr. Michael P. Moriarty DDS.)

Whale Tail Park Wayside:

Located on 4th & Port Ave across from the train station. (Adopted By: Diane Hunt)

Lagoon I, II & III

Tri-Level garden located in front of boardwalk in Lagoon area. (Adopted By: Sharon May & Seward Plumbing) 

CHA Mini Garden

Located on 5th and Adams Street, outside the City Hall Annex building
(Adopted By: Professional Vessel Service)

Fourth Ave Flower Box

Where the Waterfront Bike Path meets 4th Ave (Open)

Van Buren & 4th Flower Box

Behind Boulder Field at Van Buren and 4th Ave

Port West, Port X, Port Z & Port East Flower Boxes

Boatlift 1, 2 & 3 Flower Boxes

Located in the North East Parking Lot on Port Ave by X Float and Z Float Road (Open)

Adopt - A - Park Sponsorship Form

City of Seward • P.O. Box 167, 410 Adams Street City Hall Building • Seward, Alaska 99664 • (907) 224-3331
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