The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, in the Park Board Room at the Parks Administration Building at 100 Dexter Ave. N (the corner of Denny and Dexter in Denny Park).
The agenda includes:
Parks and Recreation 2010 operating budget.
Parks staff will brief the Board on the recent mid-year 2010 reductions to the Parks and Recreation operating budget, announced by Mayor Mike McGinn on Monday, June 14.
Budget impacts on summer park maintenance.
Parks staff will brief the board on the impacts of mid-year 2010 budget reductions, which include keeping three positions open in each of eight districts, for a total of 24 positions. There will be impacts on Parks’ ability, for example, to collect litter and garbage, pick up recycled material in parks, maintain play areas, take care of the turf, maintain plant and flower beds, clean comfort stations (outdoor restrooms), and provide support for special events and volunteer projects.
Center City Task Force.
Parks staff and members of the Center City Task Force will brief the Board on its recent reactivation and new recommendations. Originally created in 2006 by then-Mayor Greg Nickels, the Task Force’s original charge was to advocate for the parks, implement strategies for park improvements, and guide the expenditure of funds proposed in upcoming capital and operating budgets for the upcoming support of center city parks. The City has carried out many of the recommendations, including the funding of park rangers, active programming in the parks, physical improvements, and better coordination with police.
The newly constituted Task Force has been meeting since 2009, and has made new recommendations. Among them are the creation of an “Umbrella Coalition” to advocate for downtown parks and the possible creation later of a nonprofit organization to empower neighborhood groups, reach out to underserved populations, raise funds, create programming, and other tasks related to improving and enlivening downtown parks.
Parks and Recreation summer programs.
Parks staff will brief the board on the broad array of recreation programs Parks and Recreation offers this summer.
A briefing paper on the work of the Center City Task Force will be available on the web at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/ on Friday, June 18.
The Board of Park Commissioners is a seven-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; three members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is appointed by the Park Board. The Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to advise the
Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please contact Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.