Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a community meeting on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Skyline at First Hill, 725 9th Ave. Parks will provide information about potential acquisition opportunities for a new park in the First Hill neighborhood.
The community is invited to learn more about the sites Parks has evaluated, and to provide comments and suggestions about the possible acquisitions. Both the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy targeted the First Hill community to receive a new park to accommodate growth.
“Providing much needed open space in this urban neighborhood has been one of the most difficult challenges this program has faced,” said Donald Harris, Acquisition Manager. “We are optimistic that as a result of this meeting, we can reach a consensus about which site or sites Parks will pursue.”
In November 2008, the Parks and Green Spaces Levy passed by a 59% vote. The Levy provides $146 million over six years, which includes neighborhood and green space acquisitions and more than 50 named development projects. The goal of the acquisition team is to acquire properties in areas that have been identified in the Parks and Recreation 2006 Development Plan and Gap Analysis as deficient relative to the City’s comprehensive plan. The development projects provide improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, forest and stream restoration, community gardens, and renovated playgrounds throughout Seattle.
For more information please see http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/proparks/projects/FirstHillAcquisition.htm or contact Chip Nevins, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-233-3879 or email@example.com.