Board of Park Commissioners to hold regular meeting

The Board of Park Commissioners will hold their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at the Parks Administration Building (100 Dexter Ave. N).

The Board of Park Commissioners will hold a study session on the draft People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will present the updated draft Plan, followed by an opportunity for the Commissioners to confer with professionals to address questions on animal behavior, environmental impacts and experiences from other urban park systems.The Board will also discuss the written and verbal testimony they have received, as well as proposed modifications to the plan based on public comment. The People, Dogs and Parks Strategic Plan is located here.

There will not be a vote and there will be no public testimony at this meeting.

The Board of Park Commissioners Agenda is available here.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by YMCA Get Engaged. The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

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Moving the Giants project comes to Puget Sound

Join us at the Jefferson Park planting of redwoods

Seattle Parks and Recreation and Plant for the Planet invite the community to a planting celebration for redwood saplings on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10 a.m. in Jefferson Park (3801 Beacon Ave. S), at the southwest corner of S Spokane St. and Beacon Ave. S. Plant for the Planet, a world-wide kid-run organization of 8- to 14-year-olds interested in tree planting, keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and fighting poverty through climate justice will plant the redwood saplings and perform a world premiere “Be Like a Tree,” composed by the group.little-girl-with-sapling-10-24-2016-10-11-pmc1

Redwoods are among the oldest, largest, most iconic trees on earth. As part of the Moving the Giants project, 300 Coast Redwood saplings will be delivered to 26 communities around the Puget Sound from December to January. Many other communities are planning special events for tree plantings.

These 300 Coast Redwood saplings have the same genetic structure as some of the world’s oldest and largest trees, have survived 3,000 years or more, and have the capacity to remove and sequester airborne carbon like no other species according to a team of researchers at Humboldt State University and the University of Washington.

The redwood clones result from the work of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive – a Copemish, Michigan not-for-profit that collects, archives, and propagates the world’s most important old-growth trees before they are gone. Their work is described in a 10-minute award-winning film by Michael Ramsey called  Moving the Giants – An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet.

For more information on the event or this project please contact Philip Stielstra at 206-949-3804 or pstielstra@comcast.net, or visit the Moving the Giants to Puget Sound Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MovingTheGiantsToPugetSound/.

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Community input needed for renovation and proposed expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum

On Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. the community is invited to attend a meeting about the renovation and proposed expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. The meeting will be held at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E Prospect St. in Volunteer Park. It is an opportunity to learn more about and provide input on the preservation, infrastructure improvements and proposed expansion plans for the Asian Art Museum.

dsc04443The renovation and expansion goals include preserving the historic building; improving the museum’s infrastructure; protecting the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades; adding gallery and education space with an expansion into the east side of Volunteer Park; and enhancing ADA accessibility and the museum’s connection to the park.

Renovation and proposed expansion plans are in progress and your input will help implement changes that will best serve the Asian Art Museum and park visitors. Depending on the design evolution, permitting and other processes, the current estimated timeline is to start construction in September 2017. Construction is anticipated to last one year, followed by another six months to move art back into the building.

To learn more about the project and to provide feedback, please visit http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/inspire. For additional information visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/seattle-asian-art-museum-improvements.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation winter holiday closures

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or on modified schedules in observance of winter holidays:

  • Community centers and environmental learning centers will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31, and will be closed Dec. 25 and 26, and Jan. 1 and 2.
  • Teen Centers and Late Night programs will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26 and. 31, and Jan. 1 and 2.
  • Indoor swimming pools will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31, and will be closed Dec. 25., 26, and Jan. 1 and 2.
  • Small Craft Centers will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 26, and Jan. 1 and 2.
  • Golf courses will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed on Dec. 25. Golf courses will be open on Jan. 1. (Schedules subject to change. Some courses may be open later than 2 p.m. Please call specific courses directly before your trip. Contact information can be found at http://premiergc.com/-contact-us.)
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center will be open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 24, 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 26, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, and 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 2. The center will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • The Moorage Operations Office will be open Dec. 22-23, Dec. 28-30 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Dec. 31 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.
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REVISED: Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks names for two new park sites in the Yesler and Fremont neighborhoods

The deadline for submitting suggested names for the planned Yesler Neighborhood Park is being extended to Feb. 1, 2017. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is collaborating with the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) on outreach regarding the naming process. Over the next two months, SHA will be communicating with Yesler residents, external organizations, and residents and businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods to solicit park name suggestions.

Please submit suggestions for Yesler Neighborhood Park names to the Parks Naming Committee by Feb. 1, 2017.

Yesler Neighborhood Park: The scope of this project is to develop a 1.7-acre neighborhood park that is part of the Yesler Terrace Master Planned Community. The intent of the park is to serve as a gathering place for current and future residents of Yesler Terrace as well as people who live and work in the surrounding community. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy provides $3,000,000 for a new park at Yesler Terrace. Additional funding has been secured from the Seattle Housing Authority, State of Washington Recreation Conservation Office Recreation Grant, RAVE Foundation, Stim Bullitt Park Excellence Fund, Wyncote Foundation, and Pendleton and Elisabeth Carey Miller Foundation. The overall budget now totals $4,330,000. More information can be found here.

Nominations for Troll’s Knoll Park Development were due to the parks Naming Committee on Nov. 16, 2016.

Troll’s Knoll Park Development: This project utilized existing public land to create a new park in the heart of Fremont. The park is a model design of a sustainable park space and provides a critical pedestrian link to other areas of Fremont, particularly bus stops and the developing neighborhood business district in northern Fremont. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund allocated $685,000 to this project. More information can be found here.

About the Parks Naming Committee and Park Naming Policy:

The Parks Naming Committee is comprised of one representative designated by the Board of Park Commissioners, one by the Chair of the City Council Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee, and one by the Parks Superintendent. Criteria the committee considers in naming parks include: geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features. The Park Naming Policy, clarifying the criteria applied when naming a park, can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/namingPolicy.htm

The Parks Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, who makes the final decision.

Please submit suggestions for park names for Yesler Neighborhood Park in writing by Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Parks Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to paula.hoff@seattle.gov.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to provide input on the 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition Strategies

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to participate in citywide open house meetings and provide input on SPR’s 2017 Development Plan, Gap Analysis and Long-term Acquisition strategies for open space. SPR will participate in five geographically located meetings in conjunction with other City departments. These meetings are an opportunity for the community to learn about SPR’s walkability mapping and give input on priorities for long-term open space acquisition goals.

The first open house meeting is Sat., Dec. 3, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.  

The 2017 Development Plan is a 6-year plan that documents and describes SPR facilities and lands, looks at Seattle’s changing demographics, and lays out a vision for the future. A goal in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan is to consider access to our parks by transit, bicycle, and on foot when acquiring, siting and designing new park facilities or improving existing ones. SPR manages approximately 11% of the City’s land area, and is proposing a new mapping approach based upon walkability to inform the City’s long-term acquisition strategies for future open space.

Other opportunities to learn about the plan include participating in any of the events below:

  • Dec 7, 2016 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. in West Seattle at Shelby’s Creamery 4752 California Ave. SW
  • Dec 13, 2016 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. in University District at  Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center , 6535 Ravenna Ave NE
  • Jan 10, 2017 -6:00-8:00 p.m. on First Hill at Capitol Hill Optimism Brewing, 1158 Broadway
  • Feb 4, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.- noon in Columbia City at Columbia City Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave S

For more information and to learn about the other input opportunities, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/policies-and-plans/2017-development-plan or contact Susanne Rockwell, Project Manager at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-684-7133, or 2017DevPlan@seattle.gov

For more information on the Housing Affordability and Livability(HALA) community events and to see which City departments will be attending please visit http://www.seattle.gov/hala/calendar.

 

 

 

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Work to repair the Burke-Gilman Trail and detour will be completed on Dec. 2, 2016

Repairs to four sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail that runs through the University District are complete and the final section will be completed on Fri. Dec 2, 2016. This final section detours cyclists off the trail near the University of Washington campus onto 25th Ave. NE. This detour is less than a half a mile and the best alternative route.

Cyclists and pedestrians are asked to use caution in this area. Please dismount and walk bikes when crossing at Pend Oreille Road NE and 25th NE. The contractor has flaggers on the trail during working hours; please follow the signs. Seattle Parks and Recreation regrets the inconvenience to trail users and appreciates their cooperation. For the detour map visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs.

The Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for this Burke-Gilman Trail improvement project. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information, please visit www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/burke-gilman-trail-repairs or contact Sandi Albertsen, Project Manager, at sandra.albertsen@seattle.gov or 206-684-8938.

 

 

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Seattle Park District funds swimming beach piling replacement projects at Green Lake and Lake Washington

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded Quigg Brothers, Inc. the construction contract to replace the pilings at seven swimming beaches along Lake Washington and two swimming beaches at Green Lake. The project will replace selected wood pilings used to secure swim area ropes and floats with steel helical pipe piles. The piling replacement will improve safety at these public beaches.

This project includes both the west and east swim beaches at Green Lake Park and the beaches along Lake Washington: Seward Park, Mount Baker Park, Madrona Park, Madison Park, Matthews Beach Park and Magnuson Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to minimize construction impacts and manage environmental impact issues. All Lake Washington swim beach work will be done from the water. The projects at Green Lake Park will require temporary closure of the trail near the Small Craft Center. On the morning of Tues. Nov. 22, there will be intermittent closure of the trail to launch the barge and crane. We anticipate closing the trail again on the morning of Tues. Dec 6 to remove the barge and crane.

The Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for these swim beach improvement projects. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information, please contact Kent Scott, Sr. Capitol Project Coordinator, at kent.scott@seattle.gov or 206-386-4388.

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Ethiopian dinner at Yesler Community Center

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On Nov. 19, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation unit and the program leaders of our East African Senior Meal Program, which is supported in part by the Seattle Park District, co-hosted a Fall Festival at Yesler Community Center. The event was open to the public and more than 80 people attended. Community members enjoyed activities like bingo, arts and crafts, Amharic music, a photo booth, a raffle, and a traditional Ethiopian dinner. Volunteers who support both the meal program and the work being done at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands were recognized at the event and will receive a Denny Award for outstanding volunteer stewardship on December 6.

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Youth to lead 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Jan. 14

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, 98144. Teens will lead the march to Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118.

This is Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Teen Program’s 12th annual youth march. Teens from throughout the city will speak out against injustice via a peaceful demonstration. The goal for the march is to celebrate the contributions Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive every day.

The event is free of cost to all teens and community participants and will include food, live music, a safe environment and plenty of fun!

For more information, please contact Cindy Sandino-Chang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-551-7316 or cindy.sandino-chang@seattle.gov.

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