Urban Politics #85: Pro Parks 2000 Recommendations


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By City Councilmember Nick Licata.

Urban Politics (UP) blends my insights and information on current public policy developments and personal experiences with the intent of helping citizens shape Seattle’s future.

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Pro Parks 2000 Recommendations

The Pro Parks 2000 Citizen Committee’s preliminary proposal for funding Seattle neighborhood park, recreation and open space projects will be presented at six workshops (the first was tonight).

6 Public Workshops

Monday, April 3
Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden N., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4
100 Dexter Ave. N., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5
Hiawatha Community Center, 2700 California SW, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday April 12
Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, April 13
Meadowbrook Community Center, 10515 – 35th NE, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 15
Miller Community Center, 330 – 19th Ave. E., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Background

The Mayor and the Seattle City Council asked the Pro Parks 2000 Citizen Committee to identify a funding mechanism and recommend a fair allocation of dollars for park projects with an emphasis on implementing park elements of neighborhood plans. Other projects identified through the Parks COMPLAN (comprehensive plan) and various park master plans were also considered. The committee has met at least twice monthly for the past eight months, and is now presenting its draft recommendations.

The committee is likely to recommend a funding measure for the November ballot that would help finance neighborhood and community park projects, open space acquisitions, athletic field development, and increased maintenance and operational support for new and existing parks and recreation facilities, including the Woodland Park Zoo.

Workshop Information

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Department of Neighborhoods, and the Pro Parks 2000 Committee to tell them what you think, review the draft recommendations and make comments. The workshops will be “open house” in format with tables for various subjects where you can learn about the overall process and the committee’s funding proposals, ask questions and provide feedback. The proposals fall into the general categories of neighborhood parks, athletic fields, open space, boulevards and trails, and maintenance, programming and operation.

Tentative workshop agenda: 1st half-hour: Open house 2nd half-hour: Overview presentation, plus Q & A

2nd hour: Continue open house

If you cannot make the workshop in your neighborhood, feel free to attend any of the other five meetings. The presentations and information will be essentially the same at all meetings. You may also make written comments to David Takami, Public Information Specialist, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 100 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109 or david.takami@seattle.gov.

For more information, please call David at 206-684-8020 or consult the web site.

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