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.

Park Board to hold regular meeting on July 11

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 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:

Lifelong Recreation and Specialized Programs. Program participants, advisory council members and staff will brief the Park Board on these two great programs, to include information about what the programs are, who they serve, the numbers served, and the individual and community benefits. The briefing paper is posted on the Park Board web page.   

Shoreline Master Program Update. Sr. Park Planner David Graves will update the Park Board on the Shoreline Master Program. The Master Program regulates development and protects areas within 200 feet of the shoreline. City Council adopted changes to the Program in December.

Park Board Committee Reports. Park Board members will hear report-outs from committee members on the Seattle Parks Foundation and the Arboretum Foundation.

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.

 

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

Park Board to hold regular meeting April 11

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 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:

Tom Tierney, new Commissioner. The Board will welcome Tom Tierney, new Commissioner, to his first meeting of the Board of Park Commissioners. Tom is the former Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority and was appointed to the Board by City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

Friends of Gas Works Park: National Register. Representatives of the Friends of Gas Works Park will make a presentation to the Board on the nomination of the park for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The park was placed on the register on January 2, 2013.

Request to designate MacLean Park as a designated Viewpoint. The Board will hold a discussion of this request.

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?

A first draft of the plan is available for public review. Parks and Recreation will hold six public meetings during the month of May. Both the first draft of the Plan and details about the public meetings are available at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/. Parks encourages and welcomes comments from the public at the public meetings and at parkslegacy@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://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp). Current members are Antoinette Angulo, 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 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.

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.

Seattle Park Board Strategic Planning Committee to meet

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners’ Strategic Planning Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 4 at the Parks Administration Building, 100 Dexter Ave. N.

The purpose of the meeting is for the committee members to provide their input to Parks staff and consultants who are developing a new strategic plan, the Park Legacy Plan.

The first draft of the Park Legacy Plan will be available for public review on April 1(no fooling).

For more information on the development of the plan, please go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/.