Pianos in the Parks, which will place 22 pianos in parks and other public spaces for a month, will kick off with a public party at noon Thursday, July 16, at Lake Union Park.

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Just like day lilies, bright and cheery pianos will pop up around King County this summer, when the monthlong Pianos in the Parks program returns.

This year, 22 previously loved and restored pianos, decorated by Gage Academy of Art students, faculty and alumni, will be placed in parks and public spaces around the county. Anyone is welcome to play.

Pianos in the Parks will kick off officially with a public celebration at noon on Thursday, July 16, at Lake Union Park (860 Terry Ave. N.). The sites that will host the pianos through Aug. 16 will be announced at the launch, and the artists will be there, too, to unveil their creations and meet the public. Also on the program: local musicians will play a piece using all 22 of the instruments.

If you’d like the chance to play at a concert, enter the Pianos in the Parks video contest. The winner will perform in one of Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural on Friday, Aug. 21. (Last year’s winner was Seattle songwriter/musician Mindie Lind.) You can upload a video of your performance, using one of the participating pianos, to the Pianos in the Parks website: pianosintheparks.com .