Meeting location: Miller Community Center
The Citizens Advisory Committee appointed to consider Seattle Parks and Recreation’s future funding options hosts a regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, February 20, at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E at 6 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.
The meeting will start with Mayor Ed Murray, who will visit the committee and introduce himself. That will be followed by a presentation from Andrew Thibault, of EMC Research, who will present the results of a poll conducted on behalf of the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Associated Recreation Council, the Seattle Aquarium and the Woodland Park Zoo.
Then the committee will have a discussion with City Budget Office Director Ben Noble on the various funding mechanism options for a possible ballot measure in August.
The committee has set aside 10 minutes at the beginning of this meeting to take public comment. Those wishing to address the committee are encouraged to arrive early and sign up. If there are more people who wish to speak than can be accommodated at the beginning of the meeting, time will be set aside at the end for additional public comments. This will be the final opportunity for the public to give the committee feedback before it makes its final recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on March 12.
The Mayor and Council created the committee to review the draft Parks Legacy Plan (http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy) and to propose options for funding operations and maintenance, development and acquisition of parks and recreation facilities and programs. A revised edition of the Parks Legacy Plan: Draft Goals and Strategies can be downloaded from the project’s website.
Committee members are: Barbara Wright, Co-Chair; Charlie Zaragoza, Co-Chair; Thatcher Bailey; Steve Daschle; Juli Farris; Bill Farmer; Thomas Goldstein; Jessie Israel; Diana Kincaid; Michael Maddux; Brice Maryman; Yalonda Gill Masundire; Mustapha Math; David Namura; and Erika Melroy.
Following the meeting on February 20, the committee will meet again on Thursday, February 27, and Thursday, March 6. All meetings are held at Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E 98112, from 6 – 9 p.m.
The committee and Seattle Parks and Recreation held three public meetings to gather input in late January and early February. The notes from those meetings are posted on the committee’s webpage: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm.
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