The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee will hold a pair of workshops at which applicants for funding from the Levy Opportunity Fund can make presentations on their proposals.
The first is on Wednesday, January 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at South Shore School, 4800 S Henderson St. The second is on Monday, January 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE.
Parks received 53 applications and anticipates that more than 40 groups will make presentations. These community driven projects represent interesting ideas from many Seattle neighborhoods.
The Levy Opportunity Fund is a $15 million fund within the $146 million Levy allocated to projects identified by neighborhood and community groups. Projects are approved by ordinance, and include community-initiated acquisition and/or development projects. The City Council approved a first round of Opportunity Fund projects in April 2011, and the second round is under way now.
Some examples of projects from the first round include the acquisition of new park property at the corner of 19th Ave. and E Madison St., the Bitter Lake Reservoir Park Enhancement project, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm, and the Lewis Park Reforestation project.
The 16-member volunteer Citizen Oversight Committee advises the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor and the City Council on issues related to Levy fund expenditures. They advise on allocations for upcoming budget years, make recommendations on Opportunity Fund expenditures, and perform other duties. Members serve staggered terms over the life of the levy (2009-2014), are appointed by the Mayor (eight members) and City Council (eight members) and represent the community at large geographically.
Next steps in the process of selecting second round Levy Opportunity Fund projects are:
February 2013: Site tour by Levy Oversight Committee of top projects (February date to be announced); February 25, 2013 – Discussion of staff recommendations and Initial prioritization of projects
March 25, 2013 Public Hearing on Project Funding Recommendations
April 22, 2013 Project Funding Recommendations to Mayor and City Council
May/June 2013 Legislation prepared
July 2013 City Council approval of Project Funding Recommendation
For more information on the project presentation events, please call Rick Nishi at 206-733-9319 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Levy Opportunity Fund, please go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/opportunity.htm.