As a result of challenging budgets, Seattle Parks and Recreation has been asked by the City Council to re-think how community centers are operated. This process will include public meetings to discuss with the community ideas for how centers can be run differently. The first public meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 2, at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Parks and Recreation operates 26 community centers. The cost to run the centers far exceeds revenue brought in from center programs. Because of the current difficult budget situation, the department is exploring alternatives that would offer continued services for the public, while reducing costs. New methods of management, staffing, fundraising and partnerships will be explored.
At the February 2 meeting, Parks staff will ask attendees to share ideas and concerns regarding community center operations. In the spring, an additional public meeting will be held to discuss specific options.
Parks is also convening a Community Center Advisory Team comprised of community members, representatives from the Board of Park Commissioners, representatives of employee unions, employees, the Associated Recreation Council, and City Council and City Budget Office staff. We continue to seek community members to serve on this team.
Parks is especially interested in those with past involvement with a community center, and those who are able to work in concert with others for the greater good. Please submit a statement of no more than 1,000 words by Monday, January 10, at 5 p.m. addressing the following:
- How and where have you been involved with a community center?
- Please give an example of your most recent involvement.
- What will you bring to the table?
For questions about the public meeting or to submit a statement for consideration in the Advisory Team, please contact Susan Golub: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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