Park Board to hold hearing on June 11 on Greenbelt and Natural Areas Supplemental Use Guidelines

The Board of Park Commissioners will host a public hearing on Thursday, June 11, 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 checklist 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.

The intent of this effort is to develop values-based guidelines for the appropriate use of Seattle’s natural areas and greenbelts. This process will result in a vision for natural areas and greenbelts that will maintain the native forest ecosystem, protect public safety and enhance positive uses over the long-term.

Parks staff will present their findings based on their robust outreach efforts, which includes feedback from key stakeholders, the mind-mixer website, and the mini-summit held in April.

Those who want to give 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.

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.

Park Board postpones May 14 meeting; board to make recommendations on smoking ban & Cheasty trail on May 28

The Board of Park Commissioners has postponed its May 14 meeting and will discuss and make recommendations on both the proposed smoking ban in Seattle parks and on the proposed Cheasty Bike and Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project at its subsequent meeting on Thursday, May 28.

That meeting 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. [Read more…]

Seattle Board of Park Commissioners to host public hearing on smoking ban

The Board of Park Commissioners will host a special public hearing on Thursday, April 16, to take comments on a proposed parks-wide smoking ban.

The Board of Park Commissioners 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 proposed new rule would prohibit smoking in all public parks in the city of Seattle. This ban would extend the original smoking prohibitions put in place in 2010, which banned “smoking, chewing, or other tobacco use…within 25 feet of other park patrons and in play areas, beaches, or playgrounds.” [Read more…]

Park Board to hold hearing on Cheasty Mountain Bike/Pedestrian Trail Project on April 9

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the Cheasty Mountain Bike/Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S.

About the Pilot Project: The Board of Park Commissioners discussed and deliberated on the Friends of Cheasty Greenspace at Mountain View’s mountain bike/pedestrian trail proposal at public meetings in November 2013 and January 2014. The final recommendation to the Parks Superintendent was that Seattle Parks should initiate a pilot project to allow mountain bike trails to be built in the Cheasty Greenspace, in conjunction with restoration and foot trails. Seattle Parks and Recreation recently completed a five-month public Project Advisory Team (PAT) process for the Cheasty Mountain Bike/Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project. [Read more…]

Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting March 27

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny.  The following items are on the agenda for the March 27 meeting:

Commissioner Keith’s Last Meeting. The Park Board will be celebrating the contributions of Commissioner Keith. Commissioner Keith has played an important role on the Park Board for the last six years and worked with the department through some crucial decisions.

PI Globe Briefing. Michael Shiosaki, Director of Planning and Development for Seattle Parks and Recreation, will brief the Park Board on a request to locate the P-I Globe in Myrtle Edwards Park. Parks staff may come back to the Park Board for a recommendation at a later time.

Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan. Brennon Staley, Department of Planning and Development, and David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, will present the vision for the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year vision and roadmap for Seattle’s future. It guides important City decisions on where growth (jobs and housing) occurs, how to improve our transportation system, and where investment in utilities, capital facilities, and services will be needed. The comprehensive plan is the framework for most of Seattle’s big-picture decisions on how to grow while preserving and improving our neighborhoods. This presentation will focus on how city staff are working to ensure integration of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Legacy Plan with the city-wide Comprehensive Plan.

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 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 contact Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting February 13

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

Parks Legacy Plan:  Parks staff will discuss with the Park Board changes made to the Parks Legacy Plan. For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/.

Parks Legacy Oversight:  Parks staff will continue the discussion of the role the Board of Park Commissioners will have regarding oversight if a Parks funding measure is passed in Aug. 2014; including, the creation of measures of accountability and performance.

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 contact Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or rachel.acosta@Seattle.gov.

 

December Park Board meeting canceled

The Chair of the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners has canceled the December meeting. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Park Board will occur on January 9, 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, 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, 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 rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting November 14

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 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:

Bicycle Use Policy. At the October 10 Park Board meeting, there was a briefing and public hearing on the proposed changes to the Bicycle Use policy. A draft and a red-line version of the Bicycle Use Policy are available here: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/default.asp.

  • Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will answer questions received from the Park Board and Seattle residents in response to the proposed changes to the Bicycle Use Policy. The Park Board will discuss the proposed changes.
  • The deadline to send comments regarding the proposed changes to the Bicycle Use Policy has been extended to December 19. To submit comments, please send them to the Board of Park Commissioners, c/o Rachel Acosta, 100 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109 or via email at Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov.
  • The Park Board will make a recommendation to the Superintendent at the January 9, 2014 meeting.

Legacy Plan and Committee Update

Parks staff will update the Board of Park Commissioners on the work of the Parks Legacy Citizens Advisory Committee (PLCAC).  The Mayor and City Council convened the committee to evaluate the need for, and components of, a future park and recreation funding measure.

The committee is composed of two co-chairs, a representative each from the Board of Park Commissioners, Seattle Parks Foundation, and the Associated Recreation Council, and additional committee members, residents who represent differing viewpoints across the city who were appointed by the Mayor and City Council.

More information about the committee is available here: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm

  • Ben Noble, Director of City Council Central Staff and Hall Walker, Deputy Director of the City Budget Office will give the Board a presentation detailing the funding mechanisms the Parks Legacy Citizens Advisory Committee (PLCAC) is considering for a future Parks ballot measure. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm

(Under meeting dates and documents/Meeting 10/3/13 – Parks Funding Presentation)

  • Parks staff will present the investment initiatives (funding measures) that are currently being prioritized by the PLCAC
  • Parks staff will update the Board of Park Commissioners on the progress of the Parks Legacy Plan, and the next steps.

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 park 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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September Park Board meeting canceled

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners has canceled its September 26 meeting due to a scheduling conflict with some members. It will reconvene on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N. The October meeting agenda will include:

Downtown parks. In response to a community-proposed smoking ban at Occidental and Westlake parks, staff will report on current nationwide trends and a growing number of communities choosing to disallow smoking. The Park Board will discuss the report and make a recommendation to the Superintendent.

Greenways.The Park Board will hear a panel discussion regarding connecting parks through greenways and walkways; this panel will consist of City staff and experts from local pedestrian and bicycle groups.

Bike policy.Parks staff will brief the Park Board on the current policy for biking on trails in Seattle Parks.

Legacy Plan Update. Parks staff and members of the Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Advisory Committee will update the Park Board on the progress of the Legacy Plan and next steps.

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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Seattle Park Board to hold regular meeting Thursday, August 8

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 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:

Parks partnership models. Parks staff will brief the Board on various types of partnerships that Parks and Recreation engages in now and may enter in the future to help us manage our parks as efficiently as possible. They include trusts, conservancies and other nonprofit organizations, and “Friends of” groups.

Westlake Park/Occidental Square. A downtown community representative will brief the board on a proposal for new rules for Westlake Park and Occidental Square.

Leschi/Lakewood Moorages RPF process. Parks staff will brief the Board on the status of the Request for Proposals (RFP) process to secure an investor/operator for these two moorages.

Briefing papers for the first and third items are available onine at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/.

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, Bob Edmiston, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Caitlin McKee, Yazmin Mehdi, Tom Tierney, 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 Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or email her at rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.