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June 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

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Seattle beaches open for summer


BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Hooper Verschueren, 5, of Seattle, builds a moat to the lake at Mt. Baker Beach on Lake Washington on June 22, 2014. This weekend brought the summer solstice and the opening of Seattle beaches staffed with lifeguards.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Liliana Morningstar-Chow, 6, of Seattle, plays in the water at Mt. Baker Beach on Lake Washington.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Alma Rettinger of Seattle, right, playfully splashes her son Waylon, 2, at Mt. Baker Beach on Lake Washington. Waylon has been taking swimming lessons at the Rainier Beach Community Center. "I was going to do dance classes for him, but he loves the water so much more," said Alma.

Whether leaping off the diving board at Madison Park, taking a parenting break to swim laps at Magnuson Park or watching a toddler splash in the Lincoln Park wading pool, there's nothing quite like a summer afternoon at a Seattle beach.

This weekend brought the summer solstice and the opening of city beaches staffed with lifeguards. It's also the season when more than two dozen children's wading pools are filled daily at playgrounds and parks.

Find your neighborhood freshwater beach, check the schedule and rules and take advantage of Seattle's sunny season.

For more information, visit here.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Elle Cooper-O'Connor, 2, of Seattle, winces at the "sunscream" (as she calls it) while her mom Laura Cooper, right, smears it on her face at Mt. Baker Beach.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Steve Liu of Seattle swings his son Alakai, 22 months, in the water at Mt. Baker Beach on Lake Washington.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mara Verschueren, 2, picks up lake stones at Mt. Baker Beach on Lake Washington.

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