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Seattle Parks and Recreation Annual Report - 2007
Pro Parks Levy
Seattle voters approved the 8-year, $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy in November 2000. It will sunset at the end of 2008. In 2007, we made great strides in fulfilling our Levy commitments to voters. The Levy has funded acquisition of new parks and park property, development of new parks, upgrades of existing parks, youth and senior programs, improved park maintenance, and Woodland Park Zoo enhancements.
New Park Land
In 2007, we added 2.52 acres of new park land to our inventory through the Pro Parks Levy, including two new parks in Capitol Hill and expanding parks in Ballard and the International District. We also added acreage to greenspaces and greenbelts throughout the city.
Developing Our Parks
The Levy development projects have been galloping along at a brisk
clip since 2001. Levy projects have included creek daylightings; new
art; children's water play features; a park built on a lidded reservoir;
off-leash areas; a skate bowl; a disc golf course; and several former
City Light Substations converted into neighborhood parks. Along the
way, we focused on fiscal, social, and environmental improvements, while
completing projects on time and within budget.
Levy-funded Environmental Stewardship staff and programs continued to make a positive impact. Under the guidance of this unit, Seattle Parks and Recreation has cut our overall paper use by 41 percent, well ahead of the Citywide goal of 30 percent. Our naturalists at Carkeek and Seward parks provided educational outreach services for more than 2,500 individuals. With the aid of 785 volunteers, the Natural Area Crews performed 2,900 hours of labor, completing 53 projects. The Landscape and Athletic Fields crews provided enhanced supplemental maintenance for 37 athletic fields and 130 high profile landscapes.
Comfort stations, downtown parks, community centers, and pools were cleaner in 2007, thanks to Levy-funded maintenance crews. During peak use times and special events, 25 downtown parks received additional cleaning. More than 85 comfort stations got a second daily cleaning during peak use times. The Cleaner Pools program provided 4,125 hours of supplemental cleaning with most time directed to cleaning and maintaining swimming pools, which included 750 hours of work on fountains, water spray features, and wading pools. Cleaning crews provided an additional 3,000 hours of cleaning time at community centers.
youth, and senior adults all benefit from Levy-funded recreation programs.
Teen Development Leaders reached out to 7,000 teenagers in 2007. Some
families in all 22 child care programs for before- and after-school
care received scholarships, and most of the funding went to families
in southeast Seattle.
Woodland Park Zoo
Zoo educational programs supported by the Levy included free transportation and admission to the zoo for 10,162 low-income children. Other Levy-supported programs include Forest Explorers, Wild Wise, and SOAR (Save Our Amazing Raptors), collectively reaching over 23,350 kids. "Maasai Journey" was the zoo's featured attraction in 2007, and Levy funding supported the redesigned interpretive signage that was a key element of this new experience on the zoo's African Savanna exhibit.
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Updated March 28, 2008
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