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and Planning Analysis
Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI) 101-1-A-1

Last fall, we went into the budget process knowing three things: 1) the City faced a $67M shortfall; 2) we wouldn't be able to make all the reductions through budget cuts alone; and 3) the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) would be severely impacted.

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We heard from hundreds of people advocating for their parks, programs and Community Centers. People cherish these things and do not want to see them continually cut. We heard you and we agreed.

As a result. City Council passed Statement of Legislative Intent (SLI) 101-1-A-1, also known as the Community Center Partnership and Planning Analysis. This Council-driven SLI tasked us with engaging in a city-wide, in-depth dialogue about our Community Centers.

What is the future for these Centers? What does a sustainable model look like?

The Department of Parks and Recreation took this direction seriously. Working groups were formed and spent the next seven months researching and compiling data. DPR submitted their response to the SLI in July and discussions in Parks and Seattle Center Committee commenced in August.

The response is impressive and the data staggering. I encourage you to take a look for yourself.

Knowing that status quo is not an option, Council wanted to approach Community Centers in a proactive manner. We didn't want to be reactive but rather, we wanted to take the initiative. Our goal with this Community Center Analysis is to make decisions that are data-driven as well as community-driven.

Read Sally's blog about Community Centers:

Status quo is not an option

September 22: Discussion Packet

This packet includes:

  • On-site Community Center User Data
  • Data for 2010
  • Community Center Management Model
  • FAQ Sheet
  • Outreach and Engagement Plan


September 15th: SLI Discussion Packet

The packet includes:

  • Staff Memorandum
  • Geo. Map
  • Service Level Criteria
  • Service Level Data Worksheet
  • Staff Model/Org. Chart
  • Community Center Public Hours
  • Service Level-details


September 12th: Joint Press Conference

For more information about the SLI, you can also visit this link-
You can also learn about updates through my blog.


August 18th: Parks and Seattle Center Material


August 4th: Parks and Seattle Center Committee Material

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