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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Park Board to hold meeting October 10 - Public hearing for Bicycle Policy update
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/26/2013  5:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Karen O'Connor  (206) 684-7241


Park Board to hold meeting October 10
Public hearing for Bicycle Policy update

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will meet October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N. The October meeting agenda will include:

Greenways. The Park Board will hear a panel discussion regarding connecting parks through greenways and walkways; this panel will consist of City staff and experts from local pedestrian and bicycle groups.

Bicycle Policy Update. Parks staff will present proposed updates to Parks’ Bicycle Use Policy and the Board will hold a public hearing on the update. The original 1995 policy has not been updated since it was adopted. In addition to the Bicycle Policy updates, Parks staff is proposing additions to Parks’ Trail Standards to include standards for mountain bikes which will afford access and preserve the surrounding natural resource. In the almost twenty years since the policy was adopted, bicycle use, both on and off-road has increased exponentially. Currently, bicycle use is limited to roads and multi-use pathways in some parks. The updates to the policy would allow bicycle use in Parks’ Natural Areas and Greenbelts such as the West Duwamish and Cheasty Greenbelts only on trail(s) built to Parks’ Mountain Bike Trail Design Standards. Bicycle use would continue to be limited to paved surfaces in Discovery and Schmitz Parks and the Washington Park Arboretum and limited to trails 60-inches or wider in Ravenna, Carkeek, Seward, Interlaken and Lincoln Parks as outlined in the existing policy.

Legacy Plan Update. Parks staff and members of the Parks Legacy Plan Citizens Advisory Committee will update the Park Board on the progress of the Legacy Plan and next steps.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program (http://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp). Current members are Antoinette Angulo, Tom Tierney, Bob Edmiston, Jourdan Keith, Chair Diana Kincaid, Brice Maryman, Mazohra Thami, Yazmin Mehdi and Barbara Wright.

The Board meets once a month, normally on the second Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please call Rachel Acosta at 206-684-5066 or email her at Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov

This press release is available on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s blog, Parkways.

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