Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold the first of two public meetings tonight to ask for public input on a range of options for future operations of community centers.
· Wednesday, June 15
Bitter Lake Community Center
13035 Linden Ave. N
7 – 8:30 p.m.
· Thursday, June 16
Jefferson Community Center
3801 Beacon Ave. S
7 – 8:30 p.m.
The City of Seattle’s revenues are growing at a very low rate as a result of the weak economic recovery from the Great Recession. As a result, the City does not have sufficient resources to maintain our current mix of services and the Mayor and City Council must make difficult choices about how much to reduce City services in 2012.
In response to a City Council directive, Seattle Parks and Recreation, working closely with the Mayor and City Council, and with extensive community input, came up with nine options relating to community centers.
Parks asks that community members to rate these nine options via an online survey before July 1.
Over the summer, the Mayor’s Office and Seattle Parks and Recreation will determine which options (or portions of options) make the most sense. The Mayor will include those in the 2012 budget he submits to City Council on September 26. City Council will then consider the proposed budget and finalize its adopted budget. In making their decisions about community center operations, both the Mayor and City Council will consider the survey results, and consider comments received after the survey closes.
These nine options, created in the last six months with careful analysis and extensive public involvement, will allow the City to make creative, thoughtful, and data-driven changes to how we operate our community centers. Changes and service reductions are inevitable given our current financial constraints. The new operational approaches identified through the Community Center Advisory Team (CCAT) process is an important step in providing the City with options for how to provide maximize community center services in this new fiscal reality. But there will also be exciting new opportunities that emerge from our new operational model and from new partnerships with volunteers and other service providers.
The online survey is available through Friday, July 1. After July 1, please send your comments to the Mayor and City Council through their websites.
For more information on the City Council directive and the work of the committee, please go to http://seattle.gov/parks/centers/operations.htm.
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