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Seattle Parks Legacy Plan Citizen Committee hosts public hearing on future funding measure

The Parks Legacy Citizens Advisory Committee (PLPCAC), appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options, invites the community to a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 starting at 6 p.m. at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E.

There are 37 Investment Initiatives (funding recommendations) that are proposed for inclusion in a future park funding ballot measure. An initial prioritization of the 37 proposed initiatives has occurred within three subcommittees: Existing Programs and Services, New Programs and Services and Partnerships.

The whole Committee needs to hear feedback from the community on the initiatives, and on the type of funding mechanisms being considered. Questions to consider before attending hearing include:

  • What priorities should the Committee consider as it makes recommendations for a ballot measure?
  • Should the ballot measure focus on maintaining core services like park maintenenace for bathrooms, litter pick up and keeping community center doors open?
  • Should it focus on new projects that develop “land banked” sites and acquire new acreage?
  • Should it concentrate on challenge grants like opportunity funds for community initiated projects and innovative new programs that encourage fitness?
  • What kind of ballot measure should the Committee recommend?
  • Should it be a levy? And if so, how many years – 6, 8, 12, permanent?
  • Should it be a Metropolitan Park District with its own taxing authority?

After the public hearing, the Committee will continue to work on prioritizing the list of Investment Initiatives and evaluating funding mechanism options, with the goal of completing its preliminary recommendations by December. In January, the Committee will host open houses throughout the City to hear additional public comments before the final prioritization.

The Committee will forward its final recommendations to the Mayor and City Council in March 2014.

Seattle Parks and Recreation manages a 6,200-acre park system of 465 parks and extensive natural areas. Parks provides athletic fields, tennis courts, play areas, specialty gardens, and more than 25 miles of boulevards and 120 miles of trails. Parks also manages many facilities, including 26 community centers, eight indoor pools, four environmental education centers, two small craft centers, four golf courses, an outdoor stadium and much more. The Citizens Advisory Committee is asking for your input on prioritizing funding options for these vast services and facilities.

The Mayor and Council created the committee to review the draft Parks Legacy Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy) and to propose options for funding operations and maintenance, development and acquisition of parks and recreation facilities and programs. A revised edition of the Parks Legacy Plan: Draft Goals and Strategies can be downloaded from the project’s website.

Committee members are: Barbara Wright, Co-Chair; Charlie Zaragoza, Co-Chair; Thatcher Bailey; Steve Daschle; Juli Farris; Bill Farmer; Thomas Goldstein; Jessie Israel; Diana Kincaid; Michael Maddux; Brice Maryman; Yalonda Gill Masundire; Mustapha Math; David Namura; and Erika Nuerenberg-Melroy.

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm .

For special meeting accommodations or interpretation services at the meeting please contact Susanne Rockwell at susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-733-9702.

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