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Seattle Park Board to host public hearing for Lower Kinnear Off-Leash Area

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 25, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny.

Lower Kinnear Off-Leash Area

Lower Kinnear Park Off-Leash Area (OLA) has come to the end of its 18-month pilot, and Parks staff have evaluated the OLA based on established criteria. Staff will present their findings to the Board of Park Commissioners in both a presentation and a written report. The written report will be available on the Board of Park Commissioners webpage on Friday, September 12.

Based on the evaluation presented by Parks staff, and testimony from the public, the Board of Park Commissioners will make a recommendation to the Superintendent of Parks about whether the pilot has been successful.

Those who want to give input, but are not able to come to the meetings can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

A similar evaluation for the Magnolia Manor OLA is moving forward, and scheduled for a public hearing before the Board of Park Commissioners on Thursday, October 23.

Budget Presentation

Parks Finance Director Michele Finnegan will update the Park Board on the 2015/16 biennium budget, as presented by the Mayor.

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 the YMCA Get Engaged Program (http://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp). Current members are Antoinette Angulo, Tom Tierney – Chair, Bob Edmiston, Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Mazohra Thami, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursdays, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or email her at Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov

This press release is available on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s blog, Parkways.

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Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting March 13

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny.

John C. Little Award: Parks staff will present the John C. Little Award to Willie Rogers, a Seattle Parks and Recreation employee who has epitomized the spirit and mission of John C. Little. Willie Rogers is responsible for several youth employment and mentoring programs at Parks’ Westbridge facility. Willie serves as a counselor and leader to both the youth and their parents in his community. Willie and his wife have welcomed more than 100 foster children into their home.

John C. Little was a former Board of Park Commissioners member whose motto was, “In order to improve the life of all people, you must improve the life of young people.”  We created this award in his honor. To be eligible for nomination, the individual must demonstrate the following characteristics: mentoring youth; providing leadership in the community; making a difference in young lives; and going above and beyond the call of duty.

Ethics and Elections Presentation: Wayne Barnett, Executive Director of the Ethics and Elections Commission, will talk with the Board of Park Commissioners about ethics rules around a proposed ballot measure.

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 the YMCA Get Engaged Program (http://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp). Current members are Antoinette Angulo, Tom Tierney, Bob Edmiston, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Mazohra Thami, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or email her at Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov

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Sidewalk closure required for Pergola repair

The sidewalk under the Pergola in Pioneer Square will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Friday, Feb. 7, while workers repair broken glass and assess other damage to the structure.

Contractor Herzog Glass will be on site to replace the 28 glass panels that were broken or damaged after Super Bowl revelers climbed on the Pergola. During the sidewalk closure Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will make a closer inspection of the top of the structure to better understand any damage.

The cost of repairs is estimated to be between $15,000 and $25,000, which has all been donated by the community. Community members Amanda Gallagher Quinn and Shana Pennington-Baird started a crowd-funding campaign that raised more than $16,000 in less than 24 hours. The Western Washington Honda Dealers Association donated $10,000. The Seattle Parks Foundation is handling all the donations. Any money left after Pergola repairs are paid for will be used for Pioneer Square parks and green spaces.

The Pergola was commissioned for construction in 1909 to be the covering to an underground comfort station, said to be the most ornate west of the Mississippi River. When local media told the public about the $25,000 price tag, there was some community resistance. Then-Park Board Executive Ferdinand Schmitz was so certain of future popularity of Pergola and underground restroom that he promised to repay the City in full if people objected to it. He never had to make good on his promise. The comfort station closed in the 1940’s.

On Jan. 15, 2001, the Pergola was hit by a truck, and shattered. The thousands of shards of cast iron were painstakingly pieced together by the century-old, family owned Seidelhuber Iron & Bronze Works in South Park. The refurbished Pergola is now supported by an internal skeleton of 20 tons of structural steel.

The Pergola and the Tlingit Totem Pole in Pioneer Square Park, as well as the adjacent Pioneer Building are all National Historic Landmarks.

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Seattle Parks, citizens’ committee to meet with community about potential park funding ballot measure

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host three community meetings in January to get feedback on the work done by the Parks Legacy Citizens’ Advisory Committee in preparation for a potential 2014 park and recreation funding ballot measure.

The meetings will be held:

  • Thursday, January 23, International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 8th Ave. S, at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW, 1 p.m. (free childcare will be provided)
  • Thursday, January 30, Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N, at 7 p.m.

The meetings will feature a brief presentation that describes how the committee has prioritized a list of potential investment initiatives. That will be followed by professionally facilitated workshops that seek community input in three specific areas.

  1. Priorities. Did the Committee find the right balance among: 1) taking care of the park and recreation assets that the City already owns; 2) funding programs, classes and services for the community; and 3) preparing for the future by developing “land banked” park properties into new parks and acquiring new park land?
  2. Size. Attendees will learn how different levels of funding affect homeowner taxes, and then give feedback on which size of funding package seems appropriate.
  3. Funding mechanism. Facilitators will explain the differences between short-term, long-term, and permanent levies, and how those compare to the formation of a metropolitan parks district (MPD). Attendees will then be asked to give feedback on which mechanism is most suitable for Seattle, and will be offered the chance to express thoughts or concerns about each option.

Seattle Parks and Recreation began working on the Park Legacy Plan, which forms the basis of a ballot funding measure, more than a year ago. The process began with a series of community and park-user surveys, and culminated with six public meetings throughout the city to gather input. The process has focused on bringing a chorus of voices into the conversation about how Seattle Parks and Recreation can meet the growing needs of a vibrant city.

After Seattle Parks published the second draft of the Parks Legacy Plan in June 2013, the Mayor and City Council convened a volunteer Parks Legacy Citizens’ Advisory Committee to advise them on what a park funding ballot measure should pay for and what type of funding mechanism it should be – a levy or a metropolitan parks district.

In December, the committee released its preliminary report and a first draft of a prioritized list of programs and services it believes should be funded. At each of its meetings, the committee took public input, and it held a public hearing in November.

At the community meetings in January, the public will learn more about the committee’s recommendations, become educated on the possible funding options, and meet and talk with committee members.

After the January community meetings, the committee will reconvene in February to review, and perhaps revise, its preliminary recommendations based on the public input; and they will discuss and make a recommendation on the size and type of the funding measure. The committee will send its final recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on March 12.

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; Erika Melroy; and David Namura.

To learn more, read the Legacy Committee’s Interim Report. It’s available at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm  or in hard copy at community centers and pools. The Interim Report details the committee’s process, rationale, and interim recommendations.

Detailed information about each proposed investment and possible funding mechanisms is also available on the Parks Legacy Citizens’ Advisory Committee website, and will be available at the meetings.

Those who want to give input, but are not able to come to the meetings can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to parkslegacy@seattle.gov.

For interpretation services or special accommodations at the meeting, please email parkslegacy@seattle.gov or call Susanne Rockwell (206-733-9702).

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Seattle Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Committee to meet Thursday, December 12

The Citizens Advisory Committee appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options hosts a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 12, at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

At this meeting, the committee will reach consensus on the Interim Committee Report, and  discuss the 2014 public engagement strategy and the Committee’s 2014 schedule.

To see the complete agenda and meeting materials for the December12 meeting, including the draft Interim Committee Report, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm.

The committee has set aside 10 minutes at the beginning of this meeting to take public comment. Those wishing to address the committee are encouraged to arrive early and sign up. If there are more people who wish to speak than can be accommodated at the beginning of the meeting, time will be set aside at the end for additional public comments.

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 Melroy.

Following this Thursday’s meeting, the committee’s next meetings will  be public open houses to hear community responses to the Interim Report. The open houses will be held:

  • Thursday, January 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 8th Ave. S, from
  • Saturday, January 25, 1 – 2:30 p.m. (childcare will be provided) at High Point Community Center, 6920 34th Ave. SW
  • Thursday, January 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N

To view notes from previous meetings please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm.

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Seattle Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Committee to meet Thursday, December 5

The Citizens Advisory Committee appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options hosts a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 5, at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

At this meeting, the committee will review the draft Interim Committee Report, and  discuss several possible options for a park ballot measure, including a Metropolitan Parks District or a short- or long-term levy.

To see the complete agenda and meeting materials for the December 5 meeting, including the draft Interim Committee Report, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm.

The committee has set aside 10 minutes at the beginning of this meeting to take public comment. Those wishing to address the committee are encouraged to arrive early and sign up. If there are more people who wish to speak than can be accommodated at the beginning of the meeting, time will be set aside at the end for additional public comments.

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. The committee will complete its preliminary recommendations at its final meeting of the year on December 12.

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 Melroy.

Following this Thursday’s meeting, the committee’s next meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, at Miller Community Center. For a list of upcoming meetings and to view notes from previous meetings please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm.

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Seattle Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Committee to meet Thursday, November 21

The Citizens Advisory Committee appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options hosts its ninth meeting on Thursday, November  21, at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

At this meeting, the committee will review the co-chairs’ recommendation for ranking the investment initiatives, and will reach consensus on an interim committee recommendation.

To see the complete agenda and meeting materials for the November 21 meeting, including the co-chairs’ recommendation, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm.

The committee has set aside 10 minutes at the beginning of this meeting to take public comment. Those wishing to address the committee are encouraged to arrive early and sign up. If there are more people who wish to speak than can be accommodated at the beginning of the meeting, time will be set aside at the end for additional public comments.

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. The committee will complete its preliminary recommendations to the Mayor and Council by December 2013.

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.

Following this Thursday’s meeting, the committee’s next meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, at Miller Community Center. For a list of upcoming meetings and to view notes from previous meetings please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm.