Parks and Recreation announces furlough plan for 2010

In response to budget reductions, Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will take 10 unpaid days off in 2010.

The schedule of furlough days recognizes the need to keep community centers, pools, environmental learning centers, and other facilities open, and to meet the need for park maintenance. While there will be impacts, Parks has worked hard to devise a schedule that minimizes reductions in services and programming. Here are the furlough schedules.

Schedule A                             Schedule B
Fri., Jan. 15                            Tue., Jan. 19
Fri., Feb. 12                           Tue., Feb. 16
Fri., March 12                       Mon., March 15
Fri., April 9                            Mon., April 12
Fri., May 7                             Mon., May 10
Fri., May 28                          Tue., June 1
Fri., September 10            Mon., September 13
Fri., October 8                    Mon., October 11
Fri., November 12            Mon., Nov. 15
Thu., December 23           Mon., December 27

Schedule A:
• Parks grounds maintenance staff.
• Staff at community centers (child care and late night programs will still operate).
• Indoor pools (there will be an impact on Seattle Public Schools programs unless they are able to pay for staff during their programs).
• Small craft facilities.
• Environmental learning centers at Camp Long, Carkeek Park, and Discovery Park .
• Amy Yee Tennis Center (will be open on these days for drop-in play and limited lessons only).
• Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (the building will be closed for much of the year for major maintenance).
• Lifelong Recreation (except Food and Fitness programs will take place).
• Most management and administrative staff.

Schedule B:
• Superintendent’s Office (communications, correspondence, Park Board support, web management, public outreach); Human Resources; Finance and Administration staff.
• Planning and Development division staff.
• Magnuson Park staff.
• Youth Violence Prevention Initiative staff.

• Half of building maintenance staff will use each schedule.
• Natural resources staff (horticulture, forestry, environmental stewardship and programming) will take half their days from Schedule A and half from Schedule B.
• Half of Park Rangers will use each schedule.
• Golf courses will operate as usual.
• Specialized programs (for people with disabilities) will continue to operate, and staff will take furlough days based on program needs.
• Business Service Center will close on Feb. 12, May 7, May 28, Aug. 6, Sept. 10, November 12, December 23, and December 27.
• Community Learning Centers (located at middle schools and funded by the Families and Education Levy) will be assigned furlough days that are consistent with closure dates for Seattle Public Schools.
• The Seattle Aquarium will assign furloughs individually to ensure that its 24-hour animal care responsibilities are met and that it stays open to the public.

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