Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a public meeting to discuss current operating issues at the Volunteer Park Conservatory on Wednesday March 7 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Montlake Community Center, 1618 E. Calhoun St.
“The City faces funding shortfalls for 2013 – 2014, and Parks is examining many of our programs and facilities operations,” says Christopher Williams, Parks Acting Superintendent. “We are seeking ideas from the public on ways to reduce operating costs and increase revenue at the Conservatory, which is a city-wide community resource. We will use this input as we move forward and generate a business plan.”
Parks hired a botanical gardens expert, consultant Rick Daley of EMD Consulting Group, to assist in the development of a financially sustainable business plan for the Conservatory, and this is the public’s opportunity to meet him. Parks and Mr. Daley want to hear ideas from the community. How can we can cut expenses and generate more revenue? Are there alternative uses for the building that should be considered? Should it be operated by a non-profit or other private entity?
Please bring your ideas for the future of the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Whether you are hearing about this for the first time or are already actively involved, we encourage you to come to the meeting and participate in the process.
For further information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/VolunteerPark/Conservatory.htmor contact Kathleen Conner, Seattle Parks Senior Planner at Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-615-1299.