Tag: Seattle Parks and Recreation

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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Urban Politics #112: Special Events Taskforce Report

August 1st, 2001

As Chair of the Culture Arts and Parks Committee I strongly support the Taskforce’s recommendations to better fund the Special Events Committee and streamline the City’s assistance efforts. Their report clearly stated that “special events help build a sense of belonging and community pride…” and that the “City of Seattle nurture and support events that build our community.”

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Urban Politics #99: Arboretum EIS And Master Plan

January 22nd, 2001

The Department of Parks and Recreation has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Washington Park Arboretum Master Plan proposed by the Arboretum and Botanical Gardening Committee. This Master Plan is proposed to replace the current 1978 Master Plan, and is intended as a 30-year plan.

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Urban Politics #97: Parks Levy Oversight Committee

December 11th, 2000

As Seattle Parks and Recreation gears up to implement the levy approved by Seattle voters on November 7, a first priority is formation of a Citizens Oversight Committee to review and make recommendations on expenditures from the Pro Parks Levy fund which comes from the passage of the levy last month.

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Urban Politics #96: The City Budget

December 5th, 2000

Two weeks ago the City Council passed the new biennium budget (years 2001 and 2002) for the City of Seattle. The City’s total proposed budget, which includes state, federal and other outside funds totals approximately $2.41 billion for 2001 and $2.48 billion in 2002. The City’s general fund, which excludes utility revenues, all outside grants and many other sources, amounts to $606 million for 2001 and $628 for 2002. By state law the City must have a balanced budget so our expenditures cannot exceed our revenues.

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Urban Politics #88: City Parks Fall Levy

June 4th, 2000

On Wednesday, June 8 there is a City Council Public Hearing on the Pro-Parks Proposal for a $223 million voter-approved levy to implement Neighborhood Plan recommendations for parks and open space.

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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 #65: Waterfront Hotel & Steinbrueck Park

June 9th, 1999

The letter below was sent today (6/9/99) by myself and five other Council Members (listed below) to three City Departments. It asks them to concur with our belief that there are sufficient grounds for the City Council to review and approve or disapprove the proposed Waterfront Marriott Hotel to be constructed just north of the Pike Place Market. If it is built as currently planned it will block the view of Elliott Bay from Victor Steinbrueck Park.

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Urban Politics #63: Announcing UP Index On The Web

May 13th, 1999

For those of you who want to track issues that I have been writing about in Urban Politics, we now have a UP subject index posted on the web. There’s a link to it here. All of the past issues of UP are listed with the exception of UP #1, which probably less than 200 people received. This was my first attempt (in September 1996) at communicating with citizens through the internet and it may not even labeled as UP Issue #1. It dealt the City’s transfer of the Freeway Park Garage to the Washington State Convention Center. If anyone has a copy of it, please let me know. I’d like to add it to our index. Thank you.

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Urban Politics #61: Magnuson Park Update

April 25th, 1999

There are two public design workshops currently scheduled. The first will be Tuesday on April 27th, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Sand Point (7400 Sand Point Way NE). There will not be any formal presentations so you can drop by anytime during those hours. The design team will have three options for a Magnuson Park Design for discussion. They all include approximately 43 acres for athletic fields, an off leash area and significant wetland restoration.

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