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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Seattle Park Board April to Hold Regular Meeting on April 12

3/29/2007  9:14:00 AM

Seattle Park Board April to Hold Regular Meeting on April 12

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in the Park Board Room at the Parks Administration Building, 100 Dexter Ave. N, at the corner of Dexter and Denny in Denny Park.

The agenda includes:

  • A staff briefing and public hearing on proposed changes to use guidelines for downtown parks, an element of Mayor Nickels' Center City Parks Initiative. The objective of the initiative is to revitalize downtown parks. The Parks and Recreation Superintendent, under the City's rulemaking authority, adopts "use guidelines" for some parks to steer decisions on what activities are appropriate and to establish management practices that minimize adverse impacts on the park and its surrounding environment.
    These guidelines are supplemental to the Park Code, Chapter 18.12 of the Seattle Municipal Code. There are now guidelines for only three downtown parks - Freeway, Occidental, Steinbrueck, and Waterfront parks. The proposed guidelines will cover all downtown parks, including those designated "destination parks" by the Center City Parks Task Force: City Hall Park, Hing Hay Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, Pier 62/63, Lake Union
    Park, and Westlake Park. To view the proposed guidelines and for more information on the Center City Parks initiative, please see
  • A staff briefing on the federal Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) process for closing Ft. Lawton in Magnolia. In 2005, the Department of Defense slated Ft. Lawton for closure in 2009; the process is governed by federal law and regulations. The City of Seattle, as the Local Reuse Authority for the process, is developing a reuse plan, subject to approval by the Department of Defense and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. For more information on the process, please see

The Board of Park Commissioners is a seven-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council; three members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is appointed by the Park Board. The Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please contact Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or

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