The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing on the Draft Criteria for the evaluation of Opportunity Fund projects. The public hearing will be Monday, November 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at 100 Dexter Avenue N, the Parks Administration Building at Denny Way and Dexter Ave. N.
An early draft of the criteria will be posted on the Opportunity Fund web page on Tuesday, October 27 at: http://seattle.gov/parks/levy/opportunity.htm.
The Parks and Green Spaces Levy is a $146 million package of park development and acquisition projects approved by Seattle voters in November of 2008. It includes a $15 million Opportunity Fund for community-nominated projects that can include new park acquisition and/or park development.
The $146 million Levy provides acquisition funding for new neighborhood parks and green spaces and development funding for projects such as improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, renovated playgrounds, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities.
Recognizing the importance of creating vibrant and engaging green spaces for Seattle as it grows, Seattle Parks and Recreation moved quickly into action and by November 2009, just one year after the passage of the Levy, will have added 2.53 acres to the park system, brought eight new development Levy projects to completion, will have four projects in construction, and will have 21 projects in the planning and design phase.
For more information on the Levy, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/default.htm.
For more information on the Oversight Committee, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/levy/oversight.asp.