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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee to hold public hearing on potential Opportunity Fund projects

2/19/2013  5:35:00 PM

Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee to hold public hearing on potential Opportunity Fund projects

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing on Monday, March 18, 2013 (please note new date) at Miller Community Center to gather public comments on the proposed second round Opportunity Fund projects. The hearing is scheduled from 7 – 9 p.m. Miller Community Center is located at 330 19th Ave E.

Parks staff and the Levy Oversight Committee heard more than 40 group project presentations last month. The Committee is holding a public hearing to gather input before submitting a list of recommended projects to the Mayor and City Council in April. These community driven projects represent interesting ideas from many Seattle neighborhoods.

The Levy Opportunity Fund is a $15 million fund within the $146 million Levy allocated to projects identified by neighborhood and community groups. Projects are approved by ordinance, and include community-initiated acquisition and/or development projects. The City Council approved a first round of Opportunity Fund projects in April 2011, and this hearing is for the second round that will allocate $8 million.

Some examples of projects from the first round are the acquisition of new park property at the corner of 19th Ave. and E Madison St., the Bitter Lake Reservoir Park Enhancement project, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland, and the Lewis Park Reforestation project.

The 16-member volunteer Citizen Oversight Committee advises the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor and the City Council on issues related to Levy fund expenditures. They advise on allocations for upcoming budget years, make recommendations on Opportunity Fund expenditures, and perform other duties. Members serve staggered terms over the life of the levy (2009-2014), are appointed by the Mayor (eight members) and City Council (eight members) and represent the community at large geographically.

If the parking lot at the community center is full, additional parking is available to the northeast of the community center via E Republican St. and 20th Ave. E.

For more information on the project presentation events, please call Rick Nishi at 206-733-9319 or email him at For more information on the Levy Opportunity Fund, please go to


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