January 14, 2016 Board of Park Commissioners meeting canceled

Due to scheduling issues, the Board of Park Commissioners will hold their first meeting of 2016 on Jan. 28 at the Queen Anne Community Center.

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 http://pugetsoundoff.org/getengaged. 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.

 

Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, 2015 Board of Park Commissioners meetings canceled

The Board of Park Commissioners canceled the Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, 2015 meetings for the busy holiday season. The Board will reconvene in January.

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://pugetsoundoff.org/getengaged. 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.

June 11, 2015 Board of Park Commissioners meeting canceled; presentation and public hearing to be held on June 25

The Board of Park Commissioners canceled the June 11 meeting. They will host a public hearing on Thursday, June 25, to take comments on Supplemental Use Guidelines for Greenbelts and Natural Areas.

The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N.

The Supplemental Use Guidelines will serve as a transparent tool to evaluate use proposals in Parks’ classified Natural Areas and Greenbelts. This tool will include a check list of criteria that will allow for low-intensity, passive and active recreation activities while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment. It will provide criteria to determine the compatibility of activities in these areas, their design character and level of use; while providing access, opportunity and sustainability. [Read more…]

Project to build bike/pedestrian trail in SE Seattle moving forward

Seattle Parks and Recreation is moving forward with a plan to design and build the Cheasty Mountain Bike and Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project in the Cheasty Greenspace in southeast Seattle.

Last Thursday, May 28, the Seattle Park Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with the proposed trail project.

In addition, the Board voted unanimously to support the proposed designs for the trail. The Board also approved the Phase II addition of a cross trail to create a safe walking route from Rainier Vista to North Beacon Hill and “skills trails” on the south side of the proposed project area. Phase II will occur if the 15-month pilot project is successful and the environmental evaluation studies are favorable. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation opts for smoke-free parks

Acting Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams decided on Friday to ban smoking in all Seattle parks. Just yesterday evening, the Board of Park Commissioners voted 8-0 to recommend that the Superintendent enact a smoking ban.

The new rule would expand the existing smoking ban from within 25 feet of another park visitor to no smoking on any publically accessible park land. The smoking ban takes effect in 30 days.

The ban will be enforced by trained park staff who will issue verbal and written warnings. Park staff will have no authority to issue fines or exclude smokers from parks.

“Our mission as a park and recreation agency is to provide healthful and welcoming places for all residents to enjoy,” said Christopher Williams. “The smoking ban is about protecting the rights of everyone to have a smoke-free environment—particularly in parks, where communities gather to recreate, enjoy the outdoors or exercise.” [Read more…]

Park Board to hold hearing on proposed change in park hours on Dec. 11

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing at its Dec. 11 meeting regarding a proposed change in hours at Leschi and Frink parks and the Leschi-Lake Dell Natural Area. The open hours of these parks would change from 4:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny Way.

Seattle Parks and Recreation recently completed an 18-month pilot project in these parks with the shorter hours; the Park Board will consider whether to make the change permanent.

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, Chair Tom Tierney, Bob Edmiston, Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Lydia Albert, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

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. For more information, please call Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or email her at Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov.

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Park Board to hold public hearing on Magnolia Manor Off-Leash Area on Oct. 23

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the Magnolia Manor Off-Leash Area at its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny Way.

Magnolia Manor Off-Leash Area public hearing and possible vote:  Magnolia Manor Off-Leash Area has come to the end of its 18-month pilot status. At the end of a pilot project, Parks staff monitor the off-leash area and collect data to help evaluate the off-leash area based on established criteria. Staff will present their findings to the Board of Park Commissioners in both a presentation and a written report. Two weeks prior to the meeting the written report will be available here. 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 and Recreation.

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

2015-2016 Biennium Budget:  Michele Finnegan, Director of Finance for Seattle Parks and Recreation, will update the Park Board on the budget issues raised by the City Council.

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, Chair Tom Tierney, Bob Edmiston, Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Lydia Albert, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

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. For more information, please call Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or email her at Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov.

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Board of Park Commissioners Retreat on August 14

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold a retreat at 2 p.m. at the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd S. on Thursday, August 14. The Park Board will discuss the performance measurement work plan and the community centers strategic plan. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Park Board will occur on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

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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Park Board to discuss Central Waterfront Park on May 22

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 22, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny Way.

Central Waterfront Park Presentation and Discussion: Marshall Foster, Urban Design and Public Engagement Manager for the Office of the Waterfront and Victoria Schoenburg, Seattle Parks and Recreation, will present the design and update the Board of Park Commissioners on the Central Waterfront project. Park Board members will have the opportunity to ask questions and give their input.

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. 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 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.

Park Board to hold regular meeting March 14

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny. The meeting agenda includes:

Outgoing Board member recognition. The Board and staff will recognize the service of outgoing Commissioner John Barber. Barber is retired from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he specialized in the development of public housing on Indian Reservations in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. He chairs two groups, Parks and Open Space Advocates (POSA) and Friends of Street Ends. He is a master gardener, native plant steward, and urban forest steward. Barber is currently chair of the Parks and Greenspace Committee of the Leschi Community Council, and has worked on a number of park projects in the Leschi neighborhood. In 2005, he received a Seattle Parks’ Denny Award in recognition for his 30-year involvement in the stewardship and preservation of Seattle’s parks and open space. Barber has served on the Board since May 2007.

John C. Little Award presentation. The Board will present the annual John C. Little Spirit Award to longtime Parks and Recreation Sr. Recreation Coordinator Dave Gilbertson, who has dedicated his career to creating opportunities for Seattle’s youth and teens as a supervisor, teacher and mentor. Here are comments by peers found in his nomination:

“Dave was instrumental in creating the O2 program, the Northern Stars program, the success of our Youth Job Readiness programs, establishing Teen Advisory Councils and creating a Citywide Youth Board.”

”Dave has personally mentored many youth one on one; he has designed and implemented many youth development and mentorship programs himself; and he has been a supervisor, leader, and mentor for many young professionals who are not running our department’s youth development programs. Amazingly, MANY of these young professionals who now work for Seattle Parks and Recreation were also the youth growing up in Dave’s programs, with Dave as they mentor. What better testament can there be to Dave Gilbertson’s impact on youth than to have so many youth he mentored grow up to want to be just like him and wanting to have the same impact on other young lives, just as Dave had on theirs.”

The Board presents this award once a year to the Seattle Parks and Recreation employee who best exemplifies Little’s service to youth and our community. Little, who served on the Board of Park Commissioners and on the Washington State Human Rights Commission, believed our youth are our future. He believed sports offer opportunities for youth development, and helped found the Central Area Youth Association (CAYA) in the 1960s. CAYA grew to provide a rich array of youth offerings, including tutoring, mentoring, and job training. Little himself was recognized repeatedly in Seattle with awards: The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from King County; the Washington State University President’s Faculty Award for Community Service; the Salvation Army’s Torchy Award or Service to the Community; the Bishop Foundation Youth Worker of the Year Award; the City of Seattle Community Service Award; and Safeco’s Rudy Award for dedicated service to the community. For more information on John C. Little, please visit the web at: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/communitynotices/John_C_Little_Spirit_Award.htm

Parks Safety and Crime Prevention briefing and panel discussion. Parks staff and a representative of the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct will brief the Board on the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) concept, which helps public officials make public spaces look and feel safe. Design considerations can include lighting, landscape amendments, fencing and other actions that increase “eyes on the park” and positive activity in a park. For information on CPTED, please go to http://www.seattle.gov/police/prevention/neighborhood/CPTED.htm.

Parks Legacy Plan vision and mission discussion and recommendation. The Board will discuss and make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent on the vision and mission for the Parks Legacy Plan.
Parks has embarked on a planning process to develop a strategic direction for the future by addressing these questions:
• Are our resources deployed in the most effective manner?
• What is the public view of our park system?
• What are the basic services Parks provides?

The first phase of the plan is the development of shared Vision, Mission and Values statements.

The second phase of the plan is a programmatic review, telling the story of Parks and Recreation: what we do, who we serve and how we are funded. This phase includes an analysis on national, regional and local recreation trends and a citywide survey which gathered information on how our park system is used, frequency of use and park users’ concerns.

Phase three will be a look to the future that provides a framework for a sustainable parks and recreation system. For more information on the plan, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/.

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, John Barber, Megan Heahlke, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Caitlin McKee, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday with added meetings as the Board deems necessary, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or email her at sandy.brooks@seattle.gov.

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