The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N, in Denny Park at the corner of Dexter and Denny. The meeting agenda includes:
Outgoing Board member recognition. The Board and staff will recognize the service of outgoing Commissioner John Barber. Barber is retired from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he specialized in the development of public housing on Indian Reservations in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. He chairs two groups, Parks and Open Space Advocates (POSA) and Friends of Street Ends. He is a master gardener, native plant steward, and urban forest steward. Barber is currently chair of the Parks and Greenspace Committee of the Leschi Community Council, and has worked on a number of park projects in the Leschi neighborhood. In 2005, he received a Seattle Parks’ Denny Award in recognition for his 30-year involvement in the stewardship and preservation of Seattle’s parks and open space. Barber has served on the Board since May 2007.
John C. Little Award presentation. The Board will present the annual John C. Little Spirit Award to longtime Parks and Recreation Sr. Recreation Coordinator Dave Gilbertson, who has dedicated his career to creating opportunities for Seattle’s youth and teens as a supervisor, teacher and mentor. Here are comments by peers found in his nomination:
“Dave was instrumental in creating the O2 program, the Northern Stars program, the success of our Youth Job Readiness programs, establishing Teen Advisory Councils and creating a Citywide Youth Board.”
”Dave has personally mentored many youth one on one; he has designed and implemented many youth development and mentorship programs himself; and he has been a supervisor, leader, and mentor for many young professionals who are not running our department’s youth development programs. Amazingly, MANY of these young professionals who now work for Seattle Parks and Recreation were also the youth growing up in Dave’s programs, with Dave as they mentor. What better testament can there be to Dave Gilbertson’s impact on youth than to have so many youth he mentored grow up to want to be just like him and wanting to have the same impact on other young lives, just as Dave had on theirs.”
The Board presents this award once a year to the Seattle Parks and Recreation employee who best exemplifies Little’s service to youth and our community. Little, who served on the Board of Park Commissioners and on the Washington State Human Rights Commission, believed our youth are our future. He believed sports offer opportunities for youth development, and helped found the Central Area Youth Association (CAYA) in the 1960s. CAYA grew to provide a rich array of youth offerings, including tutoring, mentoring, and job training. Little himself was recognized repeatedly in Seattle with awards: The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from King County; the Washington State University President’s Faculty Award for Community Service; the Salvation Army’s Torchy Award or Service to the Community; the Bishop Foundation Youth Worker of the Year Award; the City of Seattle Community Service Award; and Safeco’s Rudy Award for dedicated service to the community. For more information on John C. Little, please visit the web at: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/communitynotices/John_C_Little_Spirit_Award.htm
Parks Safety and Crime Prevention briefing and panel discussion. Parks staff and a representative of the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct will brief the Board on the Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) concept, which helps public officials make public spaces look and feel safe. Design considerations can include lighting, landscape amendments, fencing and other actions that increase “eyes on the park” and positive activity in a park. For information on CPTED, please go to http://www.seattle.gov/police/prevention/neighborhood/CPTED.htm.
Parks Legacy Plan vision and mission discussion and recommendation. The Board will discuss and make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent on the vision and mission for the Parks Legacy Plan.
Parks has embarked on a planning process to develop a strategic direction for the future by addressing these questions:
• Are our resources deployed in the most effective manner?
• What is the public view of our park system?
• What are the basic services Parks provides?
The first phase of the plan is the development of shared Vision, Mission and Values statements.
The second phase of the plan is a programmatic review, telling the story of Parks and Recreation: what we do, who we serve and how we are funded. This phase includes an analysis on national, regional and local recreation trends and a citywide survey which gathered information on how our park system is used, frequency of use and park users’ concerns.
Phase three will be a look to the future that provides a framework for a sustainable parks and recreation system. For more information on the plan, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/.
The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program (http://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp). Current members are Antoinette Angulo, John Barber, Megan Heahlke, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Caitlin McKee, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.
The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday with added meetings as the Board deems necessary, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This press release is available on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s blog, Parkways.