Update on Burke-Gilman Trail work in northeast Seattle

UPDATE: Seattle Parks and Recreation continues to clear debris

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) will continue work to clean up debris and provide ditch maintenance at two landslide sites along sections of the Burke-Gilman Trail in northeast Seattle. SPR opened the trail to users for the remainder of today, Jan. 19 and will resume work on Jan 20. The trail will be intermittently closed from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow us to complete the project.

Trail users will experience short intermittently closures between NE 125th St. and NE 135th St. on the Burke Gilman Trail to allow trucks to access the site and remove debris. SPR will provide flaggers to minimize impact to trail users.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience during this maintenance project.

Seattle Parks and Recreation to begin construction of drainage improvements at Jefferson Playfield

drainage improvement map near Jefferson Playfield

Seattle Parks and Recreation will begin construction on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 to improve the sidewalk, drainage and parking along 16th Ave. S between S Dakota St. and S Nevada St. This project, located just west of Jefferson Playfield, includes new drainage infrastructure, wheel stops to define the parking area, and new street trees. [Read more…]

Work to update Green Lake Park’s Meridian outfall vault

Please pardon our dust!

What?  Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with Seattle Public Utilities, is updating the outfall vault (the vault structure that lets water leave Green Lake and enter the stormwater system, located on the lake’s north side near Meridian Ave. N).  We will replace the vault lid to improve maintenance access, and install an internal weir gate to help regulate the lake’s level when needed. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks issues RFP for marina design, development, operation and maintenance

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for a partner or partners to make a major capital investment in the development, renovation and improvement of its existing moorages at Leschi and Lakewood marinas in the Leschi neighborhood, and who will manage these marinas on a long term basis.

The term of lease is flexible and subject to negotiation, based on the financing requirements and length of time needed to recoup the capital investment.

To download a copy of the Request for Proposals packet and its attachments, including a list of supporting engineering, design and survey documents, please click on this link to the Seattle Parks’ Partnership RFP website: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/partnerships/RFP.htm

Proposals are due Friday, June 21, 2013 and should be submitted to:

Seattle Parks and Recreation
Attn: Dan Iverson
800 Maynard Ave. S, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134-1334
Office: 206-233-0063
Email: dan.iverson@seattle.gov

Please note that Parks cannot accept electronic submissions of proposals.

Seattle Parks to hold Lincoln Park maintenance jamboree the week of September 17

Seattle Parks to hold Lincoln Park Maintenance Jamboree the week of September 17, 2012

Seattle Parks and Recreation will convene multiple Parks staff at a “maintenance jamboree” at Lincoln Park the week of September 17, 2012.

A maintenance jamboree is a concentrated effort to take on multiple maintenance tasks with members of various Parks crews.

The Lincoln Park Jamboree is a week long period of emphasis period. Parks staff will concentrate on maintenance tasks and small deferred projects that have been deferred, such as installation of a light over one of the picnic shelters as a pilot project, bench and table repairs, and grounds maintenance projects.

The main body of work will be completed the week of September 17 but crews may perform some preparation work during the week of September 10. Lincoln Park is large, so the increased attention may not be obvious except to regular users.

A number of people have asked if there are ways that they can volunteer to be part of this event. Parks has an ongoing restoration effort led by Friends of Lincoln Park. The group meets the first Saturday and third Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon at the north parking lot by the kiosk.

For more information on what the group will be doing is, please email Lincoln Park steward Sharon Baker at sabaker41@gmail.com.

For more information about the jamboree, please call 206-684-7457 or email Carol Baker at carol.baker@seattle.gov.

Parks provides 2011 proposed budget detail

October 14, 2009
This is to present an overview of the reductions in the proposed 2011 budget for Seattle Parks and Recreation. It includes changes in how we operate some of our community centers. Because these new operational models represent uncharted territory for us, there are unknowns and many “moving parts.” Our staff are hard at work on the details of how they will work, and we will post updated information on our website, www.seattle.gov/parks, as we confirm them.

Parks and Recreation Department-Wide Reductions:
There will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for directors, managers, and strategic advisors, and a 0.6% COLA for other staff.

Park Maintenance received $1.7 million to maintain new facilities coming online by 2011 that were funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and other sources. Increased fees will raise the revenue from our facility users by about $1 million.

Recreation Facilities and Programs
Over the past week or so there have been healthy community dialogues about proposed changes to community center operations because of the budget reductions required by the slowed economy. The $67 million revenue shortfall the city faces, combined with uncertainty about the future, forces us to think creatively and to find new ways to do business.

We developed the budget using these guiding principles: providing a diverse range of park and recreation opportunities equitably distributed across the city, exploring new ways to deliver services and programs, strengthening existing partnerships and developing new ones, and preserving our living and built infrastructure. Unfortunately we were faced with no good choices. Closing community centers or pools and completely stopping maintenance at parks were options we worked hard to avoid. Faced with closing facilities, parks staff worked creatively to find ways to keep doors open for public access.

Because these new operating models are uncharted waters for us, there are many details that need to be worked out, and our staff are hard at work doing just that.

Here we describe to you the process Parks and Recreation and the City Budget Office went through as we identified the substantial budget reductions that appear in the 2011 proposed city budget. For detail about other Parks budget reductions, please go to www.seattle.gov/parks.

In selecting community centers at which to try a cost-savings alternative management model, we took into consideration neighborhood demographics, proximity to other community centers and similar service providers, and the center’s volume of child care and preschool programming.

While the proposed models for operation of these community centers will mean less programming provided by Parks and Recreation, we are actively looking for partners who can provide alternative programming options.

The proposed budget limits the use of five community centers: Alki, Ballard, Green Lake, Laurelhurst, and Queen Anne.

Rainier Beach Community Center will close for demolition and construction.

Swimming & Boating
• Rainier Beach Pool closes for construction.
• Green Lake and Mount Baker Small Craft Centers begin the transition to operation and management by the Associated Recreation Council, Parks’ nonprofit partner in providing recreation programming. Office hours will be reduced and on the water programs will have to occur in pairs.
• Wading pools will continue to operate at the 2010 service level.

Environmental Learning
• Public programs related to environmental learning will be eliminated; school based and ARC sponsored programs will continue, and the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center will be available only for rentals.

Natural Resources Management
• There will be reductions to the grounds crews at the Arboretum and Kubota Garden, and the Tree and Natural Area Crew.

Park Resources
• Responsibility for lining ballfields and pre-game dragging will transfer to users.
• Frequency of park maintenance will decline, particularly for neighborhood and community parks.
• There will be reduced emphasis on ground litter pick-up.
• Routes will incorporate more parks and there will be fewer staff to do winter projects.
• The number of peak season staff available is reduced.

Skilled Trades(aka Shops)
• There are reductions to the Paint Shop, Metal Fabrication, Drainage & Wastewater, and Fencing crews.
• The crafts apprentice program is eliminated.

Planning and Development
Planning and Development is funded primarily by capital fund sources. Reductions reflect that there will be fewer capital projects under way in 2011.
• There will be a reduction in staff support for the Neighborhood Matching Fund program and a reduction in staff’s ability to handle property related requests. The Asset Management System Enhancement Project will be severely delayed.
• A new Plan Review Fee will be implemented.

Conservation Corps
• The Seattle Conservation Corps staff will be reduced by .8 FTE.

Policy Direction & Leadership (Superintendent’s Office)
• In the Superintendent’s Office, two full time positions are reduced to ,75 FTE.
• A Manager 3 position is abrogated, and the incumbent moves into a Strategic Advisor 3 position transferred from the Aquarium Division to support development of new partnerships.

Finance & Administration
• A .5 FTE Sr. Economist is added to support fee analysis and partnership development.
• In Human Resources one position is abrogated, two are reduced from 1 to .75 FTE, and one is reduced from 1 to .5 FTE.
• In Information Technology, after a Citywide review of staffing levels, there are no changes in the staffing.
• In Accounting, one position is abrogated and another reduced from 1 to .5 FTE.

The following pages contain detailed information about the proposed budget.

Alki Community Center – Limited Use ARC/Partnership Model
Why was this facility chosen?

Alki Community Center was chosen primarily because of a service area overlap: Hiawatha Community Center is 1.17 miles away, and Delridge Community Center is 3.5 miles away.

The center has limited programming capability: it does not have its own gym, and has gym access only after Alki Elementary School hours. The only other program space for the center is at the Alki Bathhouse.

The robust ARC-based child care program (which operates at capacity) fills one of the two programming spaces before school and both spaces afterschool until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day during the summer.

The preschool program (which operates at capacity) fills the other program space morning and afternoon.

What activities continue?

These programs will stay at Alki and/or Alki Bathhouse: Morning and afternoon Preschool, Before and After School, Friday Night Skate Night, Summer Preschool Camp, Lifelong Recreation, drop in volleyball (5 to 7 p.m. two nights per week), drop in basketball (5 to 7 p.m. two nights per week), and Parents’ Night Out (once a month).

Hiawatha Community Center will manage art workshops one day per week and youth and adult pottery at the Alki Bathhouse, and will manage some afternoon, evening, and weekend basketball practices.

These programs will move to Hiawatha Community Center: the Christmas Ship™ at Alki Beach, group guitar lessons, evening Adult Zumba, evening Adult Swing Dance, 6 Weeks to a 5K, Tae Kwon Do, evening adult Zydeco, puppet shows, and summer teen camp. Outdoor concerts will be combined with the series sponsored by Hiawatha.

We will no longer be able to offer community events such as the Monthly Art Walk, the Alki Art Fair, and the Halloween Carnival, and Family Fitness classes and the Little Dribblers instructional league are cancelled.

There will be limited hours of drop-in time for teens and seniors, and interaction with professional staff will be limited to drop-in hours.

Ballard Community Center – Limited Use ARC/Partnership Model
Why was this facility chosen?

Parks chose Ballard Community Center primarily because of the nearness of two other centers: Loyal Heights is 1.3 miles to the north and Magnolia is 2.1 miles to the south. Loyal Heights Community Center has the capacity to absorb participants and some programs, and the robust ARC-based child care program and a pre-school program will help sustain new model.

What activities continue?

ARC will continue to operate its child care program and a pre-school program, and these programs will continue and be managed by Loyal Heights staff: morning preschool, before and after school, afternoon and evening youth and adult pottery, morning and afternoon creative movement and ballet, morning parent/child music classes, afternoon garden program, evening Community Kitchens partnership, the Sustainable Ballard partnership, some afternoon, evening, and weekend youth basketball practices and games, evening drop in adult pottery, evening drop in volleyball (possibly two nights per week), drop in juggling (one night per week), morning drop in toddler play room and gym, and senior adult pickleball.

These programs will move to Loyal Heights Community Center: afternoon and evening youth and adults private piano lessons, afternoon youth puppet making, morning and afternoon child/toddler/youth creative dance and movement, evening adult tap dance, evening teen/adult Pilates, morning adult aerobics, morning aerobics babysitting, afternoon and evening Tae Kwon Do, afternoon UK Petite Soccer, 4-H, and summer teen camp.

What stops?

We will no longer be able to offer civic band practice, drop in netball, Saturday creative dance, new spring programs, or community special events, including the Daddy/Daughter Dance and the Spring Egg Hunt.

There will be limited hours of drop-in time for teens and seniors, and interaction with professional staff will be limited to drop-in hours.

Green Lake Community Center – Limited Use Customer Service Model
Why was this facility chosen?

Green Lake Community Center was chosen primarily because of the nearness of Northgate Community Center, 3 miles to the northeast, and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 1.3 miles to the northeast.

Because of small classroom size, current programming is limited, and the facility already operates as a public information center for visitors who come to Green Lake Park from all over King County and beyond. This model will also accommodate staff displaced from other locations.

What activities continue?
These programs will stay at Green Lake: Adult Basketball – League Play, drop in table tennis, pottery for adults and youth, Play Space, possibly drop in basketball, and possibly drop in volleyball (evenings only). Staff are working to find a way to keep the toddler play room open and to work out details about how the Green Lake Preschool may be able to operate.

These programs will move to Northgate Community Center: Possibly Tot Dance, Yoga with Baby, and music classes for tots and preschoolers.

What stops?
Green Lake will no longer offer drop in chess, and possibly will no longer offer ballet, private piano and flute lessons, tot sports, youth fencing, indoor soccer for tots, adult yoga, Hawaiian hula dance, beginning African dance, Karate, and Kempo.
There will be limited hours of drop-in time for teens and seniors, and interaction with professional staff will be limited to drop-in hours.

Laurelhurst Community Center – Limited Use Senior Pilot/Partnership Model
Why was this facility chosen?

Parks chose Laurelhurst Community Center primarily because of the proximity of two other community centers: Magnuson is 1.9 miles to the northeast and Ravenna Eckstein is 2.2 miles to the northwest. The center has no gym, and under this model the building can accommodate staff displaced from other locations and serve as a hub for pilot Lifelong Recreation programs.

What activities continue?

These programs will continue: Monday and Wednesday Lifelong Learning Morning Aerobics, drop-in play time, senior clay class, tot art play group, youth clay classes, Tuesday and Thursday Lifelong Recreation Pilates, some summer specialty camps, and clay class and gym time (at Laurelhurst Elementary School) for special populations.

These programs will move to Magnuson: Create Art, Korean Language Class, and Yoga.

What stops?
We will no longer be able to offer youth or adult tennis lessons, sports classes for tots, story time for tots, Tai Chi, other language classes, or community special events such as the Spring Egg Hunt and Halloween Carnival.

There will be limited hours of drop-in time for teens and seniors, and interaction with professional staff will be limited to drop-in hour.

Queen Anne Community Center – Partnership Model
Why was this center chosen?
Parks chose Queen Anne Community Center because it:
1. Provides less scheduled programming than many of the other community centers, due, in part, to several previous necessary maintenance closures.
2. Generates less revenue needed to support the center in relation to many other community centers.
3. Has a relatively small Associated Recreation Council-administered child care program.
4. Is next door to McClure Middle School, where Parks already has regular access to the school’s gym and which is the site of a Parks-administered Community Learning Center.
5. Is in reasonable proximity to Magnolia and Miller Community Center, Miller and other recreational opportunities.

Parks was fortunate enough to be working with a program called Biz Kid$ when we began work on the budget. Biz Kid$ offers a program that is directly compatible with parks and recreation programs and offers the opportunity to expand our program offerings in an exciting way. While we will lose some programming we will gain new programming in an arena that is important to our youth – financial literacy.

It is important to note that if Biz Kid$ does not partner with Parks, the budget problem will not be solved, it will be exacerbated. Today’s budget constraints, combined with the loss of anticipated Biz Kid$ revenue, mean it will still be necessary to further limit or cease programs at Queen Anne or another community center.

Biz Kid$ (http://www.bizkids.com/) will provide an important educational opportunity for young participants to learn critical life skills that will serve them well as adults. In the U.S., children between the ages of 8 and 14 control $39 billion shopping dollars each year and influence billions more in purchases (2003 report from Marketresearch.com).

According to a 2010 report by the Foundation for Credit Counseling, one third of adults put no money toward retirement; 30 percent have no savings; 39 percent of young adults have no savings and would put emergency expenses on a credit card; and 28 percent of adults do not pay their bills on time. And VISA is marketing a Hilary Duff VISA card to “tweens” that can be used like a debit card. Financial literacy education for the young has proven to help youth become smart about money as adults, and Parks is anxious for our youth to have a chance to participate.

Biz Kid$ is a national television series produced by the same organization that produced “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” It has earned a number of industry awards, including a Silver Telly for Financial Literacy production, the Environmental Media Award for Outstanding Children’s Television, and an Emmy Award for graphic design.

The program focuses on teaching financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills to children and youth, and airs in 99% of the country on PBS. It has been in production since October 2006 in Seattle, has hired more than 300 local people in various trades pertaining to television production, and has given local youth opportunities to serve as TV extras.

In the partnership with Biz Kid$, they will enter into a one year lease with Parks for exclusive use of the gymnasium and some office and storage space (about 8,000 square feet, or 29% of the building) in the center. They will pay rent and provide a range of opportunities to children and youth to be involved in TV production and financial literacy and entrepreneurial training. Details are now being worked out, but some of the opportunities under discussion are:
• A mentoring program for McClure Middle schoolers and Community Learning Center participants.
• Financial literacy workshops and camps, similar to successful camps in Tampa, FL that drew more than 10,000 attendees in 2009.
• Working with youth as interns in writing, prop and costume design, and extra talent during production.
• Auditions and casting for acting roles from local school theatre programs.
• An after school program that replicates one that Biz Kid$ did with Boys and Girls Clubs in South King County and Pierce County in 2008.
• An entrepreneurship program that would culminate in a “Best Lemonade Stand Day” event and contest. Winners would receive small scholarships to help them pursue additional educational opportunities.
• Community outreach events offering activities and games focused on financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

If Biz Kid$ leases space in QACC, this staffing will remain:
• Half time janitor
• Full time Recreation Coordinator
• Full time Recreation Attendant
• Half time Recreation Leader

Operating hours will be:
• 30 hours of operating hours (fee based)
• 15 hours of drop-in
• The building is available for rentals when it is not open to the public.

What activities will continue?
Programs that will continue are UK Elite Petite Soccer, Instructional Youth Basketball (6-7 years), Cut Youth Basketball (8-9 years), School Age Care – After School Program, School Age Care – Summer Break/Day Camps, Teen Drop-in Gym/Teen Room, Teen Advisory Council, Teen Fitness, Teen Cooking, Teen Gardening, Drop in Fitness Room, Beginning Pottery, Intermediate Pottery, Intermediate Pottery, Pottery Studio, Senior Circuit Training, Senior Badminton, Senior Aerobics, Senior Tai Chi, Senior Yoga, Senior Pickleball, Senior Bingo, Senior Crafty Ladies, Senior Mahjong, Senior Monday Meals, Senior Book Group, Kids Play with Clay, and Toddler Open Gym.

These programs will move to Magnolia Community Center: Poly Glot French Language Class, Polly Glot Mandarin Language Class, Polly Glot Japanese Language Class, Poly Glot Spanish Language Class, Flag Football (possible move to Montlake CC), Tae Kwon Do (possible move to Montlake CC), Pilates (possible move to Montlake CC), Capoeira (possible move to Montlake CC), Yoga, Hip Hop Dance (possible move to Montlake CC), Citywide Youth Basketball (10 -17 years), Girls Volleyball (possible move to Montlake CC), QuickStart Youth Tennis, Instructional Youth Soccer, Tiny Hip Hop Dance Class, Little All Stars.

These programs will move to Montlake Community Center: Tae Kwon Do, Pilates, Capoeira, Flag Football, Hip Hop Dance, and Girls Volleyball.

McClure Middle School Gym will be available September through June, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. During basketball season, November through March, QACC can use the gym on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The exceptions to these dates are Nov. 9 and 10, Dec. 14, April 9, May 18 and 26, and June 18, when the school has events scheduled.

While the gym has not been available for the past three years, we are working with the school to see if it could be available for day camps and evenings. These programs will move to McClure gym: eight citywide youth basketball teams for youth ages 10 to 17, four Cub basketball teams for ages 8-9 (November 30 to March), and two Family Fun Nights per month on Fridays.

Parks staff are exploring the potential for having pickleball and other Lifelong Recreation use, instructional basketball, and drop in basketball at the school.

What will stop?
Classes that will no longer be offered are In-Line Skating and Fresh Air Preschool (possibly).

There will be limited hours of drop-in time.

Planning and Development/Recreation: Rainier Beach Pool
and Community Center Information sheet

Why was this facility chosen?
Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool will close at the end of December 2010 for demolition. A new community center and pool will be rebuilt at the same location, funded by revenues from General Obligation Bonds and real estate excise taxes and scheduled to open in the fall of 2012. The site was affected when Seattle Public Schools (SPS) demolished half of the building before building a new school. The new school is on the same property but separate from the pool and community center.

What are the center’s and pool’s current activities?
Rainier Beach CC currently offers a range of teen programs, year-round child care, day camps, traditional classes for all ages, sports programs, teen Late Night program, and community building events and activities. Rental space is also available for the public during and outside of public hours of operation.

Rainier Beach Pool offers swim lessons for all ages, exercise and fitness programs, general public programs, safety classes, neighborhood focused special events, swim teams and programs targeted at youth, seniors, and families. SPS uses the pool in the mornings for high school PE programs and in the afternoon for high school swim teams. The pool is available for private rentals.

What happens during construction?
Friday and Saturday Late Night programs move to Van Asselt Community Center. There will be efforts to accommodate some of the patrons at Evers and Southwest pools and their nearby community centers, Garfield and Southwest.

Thursday summer Late Night Program will operate with adjusted hours, possibly 5 to 10 p.m., at Pritchard Beach.

Parks staff will work with Lifelong Recreation’s Sound Steps participants to match them with a group in the Rainier Valley.

Youth basketball participants can sign up at either Van Asselt or Rainier Community Center.

Youth track participants can sign up at Rainier Community Center, and the team will practice at the Rainier Beach High School track.

Teens can join teen programs at Van Asselt and Rainier Community Centers.

Before and after school programs will move to the Ethiopian Church near Cloverdale so the same families who are now served can attend. ARC will manage the programs. There will still be access to the Rainier Beach Learning Garden.

ARC will rent space at the Ethiopian Church to continue the computer program, which will enable us to meet our commitments under the grant that funds the program.

Aerobics will move to Van Asselt Community Center and the hours

These classes will move to Rainier Community Center: Karate, Hip Hop, Southeast Seattle Youth Orchestra (South Shore Middle School may host practices).

Jefferson Community Center will cover the Christmas Ship™ visit.

What stops happening during construction?
All aquatics programs will be cancelled, but other pools in the area may be able to accommodate additional users. SPS will no longer have a pool to use at that location for PE classes or high school swim teams. The local youth swim teams using the pool will be displaced. There will no longer be any rental space available for the public (rooms or pool).

There will be no capacity to staff community events such as the Fall Harvest Festival, the Spring Egg Hunt, Juneteenth, Back to School, and the holiday party. There will be no drop-in sports, Tai Chi or Busy Bee (classes are available at other centers).

Recreation: Green Lake Small Craft Center and
Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center Information Sheet

Why were these facilities chosen?
The small craft centers were chosen as a budget savings measure. Discussions are under way with ARC about having ARC assume full responsibility for operating the centers in 2013.

What activities currently take place there?
Currently, there are year round activities including programs for ages 8 -17 (youth), 18-64 (adults) and 65 and older (seniors) in rowing, kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing. The small craft centers host several sailing/rowing/paddling regattas each year. MBRSC offers a free Summer Outreach Boating program to regional youth programs, including our Community Centers.

What will continue in the new model?
Most activities will continue but at a slightly reduced level and the hours when the office is open to the public will be reduced. These new hours will be based on community needs and will be subject to change to accommodate the public. Seasonal hours may change so that we have staff working during the high use times and drop off during low use times.

What stops happening?
The hours when the offices at the two sites are open to the public will be reduced, as well as a slight program reduction. Staffing levels will be reduced as well since the Recreation Leader position (1.0 FTE) will be abrogated and replaced by a Recreation Attendant position with fewer hours. This change will mean the Senior Recreation Program Specialist will spend more time dealing with registration, paperwork, general office tasks, and front line customer service.

What are the limited drop-in hours?
The small craft centers don’t offer drop in activities and programs to the general public so this isn’t applicable.

Parks Division: Park Resources Information Sheet

Ballfield Program
• Abrogates 5 full-time utility laborers.
• 2 ballfield coordinators will be reassigned to support athletic field users.
• Horticulture heavy crew will help with pre-season ballfield renovation in spring.
• Gypsum lining, pre-practice and game dragging of baseball and softball fields will be transferred to athletic field users. Painting of football and soccer lines will continue by crews, but at a reduced frequency. Goal is to keep fields safe.
• Capacity to drag, water, rake and clean dugouts as well as peripheral maintenance such as weed-eating along fences will decline.
• Synthetic fields will continue to receive routine maintenance to preserve life of asset.

Year-round Evening and Second Shift Cleaning
• Abrogates 2 Sr. Lead Positions that lead evening and weekend hotspot and comfort station cleaning.
• Maintain 3 crews, located in North, Central and South regions of the city (a reduction from 5 current crews).

Peak Season Service (May thru October)
• Reduces 11 General Laborer positions in peak season from 71 to 60.
• Reduces park cleaning and landscaping capacity between May and October.
• These positions are used to service heavily used parks picking up litter and garbage, cleaning up after events, hand-watering turf and doing basic turf and shrub bed work.

Expanded Routes and Reduced Frequency of Service
• Abrogates 15 full-time Utility Laborers. Adds 7 maintenance laborer positions. All .67/.66 FTE General Laborers reduced to 0.5 (6-month positions). All 1.0 FTE Utility Laborers and Laborers reduced to 0.75 FTE (Most are 30-hours/week year-round).
• In this time of declining resources we have chosen to preserve our most flexible and skilled job titles.
• Maintenance Laborers provide regular on-going care, preparation and maintenance for medium to large sized parks (over 20 acres) containing over four distinct outdoor recreational features (e.g. Ballfields, tennis courts, fountains, picnic grounds, play areas, etc).
• Utility Laborers may only provide regular and on-going care to small or medium sized parks (up to 20 acres). Remaining Utility Laborers will continue to have small routes in parks where necessary, such as downtown.
• Frequency of contact with parks will be reduced given the larger scope of work per employee. This will include less edging, trimming, power-washing, weeding, litter pick-up, etc in select parks.

New Facility Costs
• Received $1.07 Million in 2011. Positions and resources will be allocated based on 80 park projects coming on-line – including renovations to play areas and ballfields, infrastructure improvements and major park developments such as Jefferson Park, Lake Union, Myrtle Reservoir Development, Hubbard Homestead Park, West Seattle Reservoir, and 9th Ave NW Park Development.

Parks Division: Environmental Learning Centers (ELCs) Information Sheet

What is the budget reduction?
The proposed budget retains school-based programs, Nature Day Camp and Nature pre-school, and other programs sponsored by the Associated Recreation Councils, eliminates Parks sponsored programs related to environmental learning , and makes Carkeek Center available only for rentals.

Why were public programs eliminated versus school-based programs?
School-based programs reach 10,000 children and youth per year. The school programs complement many K-8 natural science themes, including the Seattle Public Schools science kits that are designed to meet Washington State EALRs, GLEs and current ESE learning standards. ELC staff deliver these programs directly as well as through the training and coordination of Docents. The Docent program is an integral part of the school-based program and will continue as before. For a guide of Programs for schools and organized groups: http://seattle.gov/parks/environment/brochures/ELC_Student_Programs.pdf
Public programs reach 2,000 children annually ranging from 1-16 years old. Public programs are prepped and built by Naturalist staff and then delivered by ARC staff. With fewer Naturalists, Parks’ loses the capacity to support Nature Walks and Treks, Beach/Tideland programs and Bird Programs.

Will SPU Salmon and Schools continue? Will the Special Pops program at Camp Long continue?
Yes. These programs will continue as before.

Will Nature Day Camp or Nature Pre-School programs continue?
Yes. The Nature Day Camp and Nature Pre-school run independently of ELC staff. These programs will continue as before at all three centers: Discovery, Camp Long and Carkeek.

Will all the centers remain open?
Camp Long and Discovery Visitor Centers will remain open. Carkeek’s Visitor Center will be closed to the public, but available for rental. Camp Long hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am – 6pm Discovery hours: Tuesday-Sunday 8:30am – 5pm. Grounds maintenance for Discovery, Camp Long and Carkeek park sites will remain as before.

How was this decision made?
Previous budget reductions in combination with this set of budget reductions left enough staff to support two of the three Visitor Centers. Discovery Park facility is highly visited with 100,000 visitors each year that come from every state and globally. The visitor’s center is estimated to receive 40,000 visitors each year. In recent years, Camp Long’s focus has moved towards offering at-risk teens and groups the opportunity to experience the natural environment. School programs that continue at this site will focus on supplementing school curricula for students that would not otherwise get such opportunities.

What will be done with the Carkeek Visitors Center when not being used for rentals?
Parks will look for partnership opportunities that may facilitate other environmentally focused organizations using the facility to offer their education programs.
Parks Division: Natural Resources Information Sheet

Arboretum Crew Reduction
• Abrogate 1.0 FTE Gardener and 0.5 FTE General Laborer, retaining 4 positions
• The loss of the Gardener position will slow or stop the Azalea Way project which is focused on shrub bed renovations. Since January 2009, 18 of the 28 Azalea shrub beds have been renovated.
• Arboretum visitors (~250,000 annually) will see the park less tidy, less maintained with more litter and longer grass on the fields and turf around Arboretum drive way, Foster Island, and the meadow area.

Kubota Garden Crew Reduction
• Reduce two 1.0 FTE Gardeners to two 0.75 FTE 9-month positions and reduce the funding available for summer temporary staff by $20,000. Retain 3 positions.
• Basic park maintenance at Kubota garden includes about 10 acres of turf maintenance (55,000 sq. ft of the turf needs keeping in highest condense landscape turf maintenance standard), 2.5 miles of trail maintenance. Trash and litter removal over 26 acres, 4 garbage cans will continue at the current level of maintenance.
• There is an estimated 50,000 annual visitors each year and 28 weddings. If the garden receives this cut, the site may not be as desirable a wedding location.

Tree Crew
• Abrogate one of three tree crews (Tree Trimmer and Lead Tree Trimmer).
• Two full tree crews will maintain 100,000 trees in developed parks.
• Response to citizen and staff requests for tree trimming or removal work will be delayed.
• Industry standards for tree trimming call for a tree to be inspected and pruned, if necessary, every 5 to 7 years. This reduction in crew strength will increase the pruning cycle from its current 17 to once every 22 years.
• Delayed maintenance will result in trees not receiving the timely attention necessary to sustain good health in the City’s urban environment, leading to disease, hazardous conditions and early removal of the trees.

Natural Area Crew
• Abrogate 1.0 FTE Maintenance Laborer and 1.0 FTE Utility Laborer. Retains five staff to support natural areas. The Natural Area Crew stewards 500 acres of land that were brought into restoration by the Green Seattle Partnership over the past 5 years. These 500 acres are the result of over $10 million in City CIP and private donations, and 400,000 volunteer hours.
• Natural areas cover 50% of DPR’s 6400 acres. The Natural Area Crew is the only directly funded resource for maintenance of restoration areas and natural areas.


Parks Division: Facilities Maintenance Information Sheet

Eliminate Apprentice Program
• Abrogates three Apprentice positions, one each in the Electric, Plumbing and Carpenter shops.
• Although the Apprentices have not reached journey level, their expertise has increased and their absence will result in slower completion of larger projects, less preventive maintenance and slower response to demand work requests.

Abrogate Fence Crew
• Abrogate 1.0 Maintenance Laborer and 1.0 Facilities Maintenance Worker.
• Requests for non-safety-related and non-emergency fence and gate repair will take longer to complete. An unknown amount of fence and gate repair and maintenance will be deferred.

Abrogate Metal Fabricator Staff
• Abrogate two Metal Fabricators; retain the Metal Fabricator Crew Chief and one Metal Fabricator.
• Assuming the level of metal repair and fabrication requested remains relatively constant, we anticipate an approximate 37% reduction in capacity.
• Shop priorities will be emergency and safety related repairs and fabrication, and support of pool and community center scheduled maintenance. There will be a reduction in capacity to complete custom metal work orders.

Reduce Paint Shop Operation
• Abrogate four Paint Shop painters (Reduce Crew size from 9.0 to 5.0 FTE)
• Paint Shop operations will continue to focus on graffiti abatement citywide. Preventive maintenance schedules for all buildings will be lengthened commensurate with available capacity. Work will be focused on exterior preservation and there will be less work available to assist in programmatic changes, ‘touch-ups’, or non-standard signs.
• Currently, the cycle for repainting the interior of community centers is on a 10-year cycle. A 10-year cycle is already a long cycle considering the high-use of the community centers. By abrogating four painters, this reduction would extend the cycle to approximately 14+ years.

New Facility Costs
• Received $445K in 2011
• Positions and resources will be allocated based on 80 park projects coming on-line – including renovations to play areas and ball fields, infrastructure improvements and major park developments such as Jefferson Park, Lake Union, Myrtle Reservoir Development, Hubbard Homestead Park, West Seattle Reservoir, and 9th Ave NW Park Development.

Administrative Units

Human Resources
• One Administrative Staff Analyst will be reduced from 1 to .75 FTE.
• One Sr. Personnel Specialist will be abrogated and one Personnel Specialist reduced from 1 to .5 FTE.
• One Safety and Health Specialist will be reduced from 1 to .75 FTE.

Accounting
• One Information Technology Professional B is reduced from 1 to .5 FTE.

Superintendent’s Office
• One Administrative Specialist 3 position is reduced from 1 to .75 FTE.
• One Strategic Advisor 1 position is reduced from 1 to .75 FTE.
• One Manager 3 position is abrogated; the incumbent will move into a Strategic Advisor 3 position transferred from the Aquarium.

Construction Reductions
The budget was reduced by $1,729,000 and 11 FTE. This amount covers:
• Staff savings during construction of the new Rainier Community Center and Pool, which is funded by revenues from General Obligation Bonds and real estate excise taxes. The new facility will open in fall 2010.
• Staff savings during construction of upgrades to the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center; this project is funded by the Cumulative Reserve Subfund and a State Building for the Arts grant.

Capital Reductions
Because Parks will have fewer capital projects in the next two years, there will be $ 612,675 and in staff savings (3.55 FTE), and Parks will reduce planning support for Neighborhood Matching Fund projects.

Administrative and Technical Reductions
Parks will achieve $1,222,000 in savings from reductions in management and administrative staff department wide (11 full time equivalents) that reflect the lessened needs of a smaller department. 5.5 are managers or strategic advisors.

Strengthening Programs and Partnerships
Because Parks will rely more on the development and sustenance of community partnerships to operate, the proposed budget adds $243,000 and 1.5 FTE to support those efforts, to manage special events, and to provide teen job readiness programs.

Savings
Parks has identified $879,000 in savings from lower utility use that result from the installation of energy-saving devices systemwide, fewer claims against the city for parks and recreation-related incidents, a reduction in the staff training budget, and the use of Parks’ fund balance (savings from operating funds not spent in 2010). These savings are a direct result of creative and deliberate staff actions, and I thank you.

Cost of Living Increases
Parks will reduce the budget by $837,000 to reflect that no cost of living increase will be paid to directors, managers, and strategic advisors, and a 0.6% cost of living adjustment for all other employees, assuming the labor contracts changes are ratified by the Coalition of City Labor Unions.

Fees and Charges
Parks will implement a new fee for plan review and modest fee increases for entrance to the Japanese Garden, room and gym rentals, picnics, revocable use permits (use of park property for a non-park use), and at Camp Long, Amy Yee Tennis Center, swimming pools, athletic fields, boat ramps, and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. These fee increases are consistent with Parks’ new fee policy, which relies on comparisons with fees of other regional agencies, reflects the cost of providing a service, and weights fees in favor of activities that provide an overall community benefit. These fees will bring in an additional $1.1 million.

Arts Funding
The proposed budget includes $1 million in funding from the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs (from admissions tax revenues) to support Parks’ arts programming downtown, in neighborhood parks, and at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center.

Seattle Parks and Recreation          
Full-Time-Equivalent Employees by work unit      
  2010 Changes 2011 % Reduction
Environmental Learning and Programs 33.94 -1.50 32.44 -4.4%  
Facility and Structure Maintenance 118.25 -10.51 107.74 -8.9%  
Finance and Administration 57.00 -3.00 54.00 -5.3%  
Golf 25.00   25.00 0.0%  
Natural Resources Management 62.74 -4.00 58.74 -6.4%  
Park Cleaning, Landscaping, and Restoration 230.67 -29.33 201.34 -12.7%  
Planning, Development, and Acquisition 57.60 -4.00 53.60 -6.9%  
Policy Direction and Leadership 23.50 0.00 23.50 0.0%  
Recreation Facilities and Programs 238.29 -35.50 202.79 -14.9%  
Seattle Conservation Corps 20.35 -0.80 19.55 -3.9%  
Swimming, Boating, and Aquatics 61.90 -10.33 51.57 -16.7%  
 

Grand Total (excl Aquarium)

929.24 -98.97 830.27 -10.7%  
           
           
Seattle Aquarium 73.25 -22.75 50.50 -31.1%