Tag: Parks Department

UP #356: Seattle Park District Next Steps

August 27th, 2014

After hearing residents complain they weren’t sufficiently involved in the Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) development of the initial proposal for a Seattle Park District, I proposed a short term 3-year parks levy in its place. My intention was to continue the previous levy’s level of parks funding while allowing more time to involve […]

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Skateable Art for Myrtle Edwards Park

May 28th, 2013

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts and Culture, and Red Bull are inviting people to a public meeting this Wednesday, May 29th, from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Belltown Community Center.  The purpose of the meeting is to learn about and comment upon The Red Bull energy drink company’s commissioning of an artist […]

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Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center

November 13th, 2012

I recently wrote about funding arts-related capital facility projects through the City’s arts office. Today, I’m writing about another arts-related budget issue: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, or LHPAC. When the Mayor proposed transferring the operations of LHPAC from the parks department to the arts office, some expressed concern it might stray from its long-time […]

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Buildings at Magnuson Park

September 26th, 2012

After years of pressing DPR to include Building 30’s rehabilitation in the Mayor’s budget, DPR will now advance rehabilitation from 2015 to next year as well as include $2m for stabilizing Building 18 rather than demolishing it.

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Urban Politics #119: Final Zoo Agreement

December 28th, 2001

On Monday, December 17, the City Council passed the Zoo Management Agreement discussed in Urban Politics #118. The vote was 8-1, (Nicastro). The agreement transfers management of the Woodland Park Zoo to the Woodland Park Zoological Society (commonly known as the Zoo Society) for a term of 20 years, with an option to renew for 10 years. The agreement leaves one major issue unresolved: the transfer of Zoo employees.

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Urban Politics #83: A New Aquarium On The Waterfront

February 27th, 2000

The Parks Department working with the Seattle Aquarium Society (SEAS) is proposing to demolish the present Aquarium and replace it with a new one. Building permits would be issued next year and construction would begin in 2002. The present 68,000 sq. ft. facility would be replaced by one ranging in size from 155,000 to 200,000 sq. ft. Preliminary schematic designs are scheduled to be provided to the City Council in mid-March.

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Urban Politics #68: People’s Lodge Public Hearing

August 3rd, 1999

The Department of Design, Construction and Land Use (DCLU) will hold a second public hearing on the People’s Lodge proposed for Discovery Park on August 11, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The hearing will take place in the Rainier Room at the Seattle Center, in the Northwest Rooms of the Seattle Center campus, just off 1st Avenue North and Republican. 500 seats will be available. The first public hearing took place July 22; due to the overflow crowd, DCLU scheduled a second public hearing.

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Urban Politics #67: Arboretum-Lakeside Trail

July 6th, 1999

The Culture, Arts and Parks Committee (CAP) will hold a public hearing on the Arboretum-Lakeside Trail on Wednesday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, located in the Municipal Building at 600 4th Avenue.

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Urban Politics #66: Mariners Want More Public Dollars

June 27th, 1999

This Monday Night at 8 PM I will be appearing on KOMO ( Channel 4) TV’s “Town Hall” Show for a live panel discussion on the above topic. Others on the panel will be, Former Governor Mike Lowry (who called the special legislative session to publicly finance the Mariner’s baseball stadium), Rep. Steve Van Luven (a leading legislator promoting the stadium legislation), and County Council Member Greg Nickels (a leading County Council Member advocate for the Mariner’s stadium).

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Urban Politics #54: Thanks To My Staff

January 3rd, 1999

Every Council Member depends heavily on the skills, commitment and energy of his or her staff. I am very fortunate to have staff who have an abundance of all three. In appreciation of their fine work and to let others know what they work on, I’d like to briefly say a few words about each of them.

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