The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in the Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N at the corner of Dexter and Denny.
The meeting agenda includes:
Discussion and recommendation on proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines for downtown parks.
This item was originally scheduled for a Board discussion and recommendation at the February 24 meeting, which was cancelled because of the weather.
These guidelines will provide direction on the activities that will promote a mix of active and passive use for the workers, residents, and visitors who use the parks. The policy covers City Hall Park, Freeway Park, Hing Hay Park, Occidental Square, Piers 62/63, Victor Steinbrueck Park, Waterfront Park, and Westlake Park. It encourages park uses consistent with Parks’ new direction for downtown parks, based on the work of the Center City Task Force: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/downtown.asp. Parks is working to provide for more positive activities and entertainment in these parks to make them feel safer and more inviting. The policy would supersede old supplemental use guidelines for Market (Steinbrueck) Park, Freeway Park, Occidental Park, and Waterfront Park.
The Board heard a staff briefing on these proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines at its January 27 meeting and held a public hearing at its February 10 meeting.
The Supplemental Use Guidelines briefing paper is available online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/.
Associated Recreation Council (ARC) Update.
Bill Keller, Executive Director of the Associated Recreation Council, will brief the board on ARC’s latest activities. Seattle Parks and Recreation partners with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to offer a variety of recreational and lifelong learning programs, classes and activities.
ARC, incorporated in 1975 as an independent nonprofit organization, supports this work through the ARC Board of Directors and a system of 38 advisory councils. Citizen volunteers on the board and advisory councils help carry out Parks’ mission by providing a connection to the community and advocating for the success of recreation services citywide. The current agreement with ARC will be reviewed in 2028. This partnership continues to be an excellent example of a public/private partnership serving the best interests of the people of Seattle. For more information, please see http://www.arcseattle.org/.
Parks Planning and Development Division.
Planning and Development Division Director Kevin Stoops will brief the board on the recent activity of the division, which comprises property acquisition, engineering, planning, and capital projects funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, the City’s major maintenance fund, the Neighborhood Matching Fund, and other sources. A briefing paper will be available here by Friday, March 18: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard.
The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a seven-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council;
three members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is appointed by the Park Board. The Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to advise the
Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please contact Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.