A periodic electronic newsletter about
Parks and Recreation news, programs, projects and events from
Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Ken Bounds
We are moving ahead with implementing both
the 1999 Seattle Center and Community Center Levy and the Pro
Parks 2000 Levy.
Four of nine community center projects are
in various stages of planning or design. At Northgate, Seattle
Parks is participating in a planning process with the Seattle
Public Library and other City agencies, King County/Metro and
Sound Transit to explore co-location possibilities for several
new public facilities, including the new community center. In
the International District, we are also working collaboratively
with the Seattle Chinatown-International District Preservation
and Development Authority in the second phase of its Village
Square project, which will include a new community center. In
Belltown, another downtown neighborhood without a community
center, our neighborhood partners have selected three possible
sites for a new center. Out at Sand Point/Magnuson Park, staff
and the consultant design firm Arai Jackson have begun to design
the renovation of the old Navy community center and pool. Projects
at the remaining five centers will get started this year or
next. Most of the early funding from the eight-year levy has
gone to projects at Seattle Center that were already under way
when the Levy was approved.
We are also making good progress on the
Pro Parks Levy. Selection of the 16-member Levy Oversight Committee
is nearly complete, and staff are finishing Pro Parks management
and implementation plans that will help guide our work over
the next eight years. The committee should be in place by the
end of this month. It will begin to meet soon to advise us on
implementation and help develop the criteria and application
process for the $10 million Opportunity Fund. If you’d like
to receive notices for committee meetings, please contact Catherine
Anstett at (206) 615-0386 or email@example.com.
To help us better manage and focus on these
important capital projects, we have re-organized the Department
somewhat, dividing the former Facilities Maintenance and Development
Division into two divisions, the Facilities Maintenance Services
Division and the Capital Planning and Development Division.
CPDD staff will take the lead in implementing both levies, the
Neighborhood Matching Fund Program and other capital improvements.
Keeping the public informed and involved in all of these projects
is a high priority for the new division and the Department as
Needless to say, this will be a busy year.
MAINTAINING EXCELLENCE AT INTERBAY GOLF
You may have heard about the bankruptcy
of Family Golf Centers, Inc., the company we hired to build
and operate the Interbay golf center. I want to assure you that
Interbay will continue to be a first-class facility during the
upcoming transition to new management.
Family Golf has been ordered by a court
to liquidate its assets. One of these assets is the contract
it has with the City. This week, I will be attending a bankruptcy
auction in New York City – in essence, a going-out-of-business
sale – at which other companies will bid on the contract and
other Family Golf holdings.
We will participate in the bidding and either
buy back the contract and find a new operator, or work closely
with the winning bidder. In either case, we are committed to
a seamless transition to new management without interruption
of excellent service at this top-notch golfing facility.
PERGOLA WILL RISE AGAIN
In one dramatic weekend in January, the
monolith moved back to Sand Point/Magnuson Park, the Tent City
set up temporarily at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park,
and the historic Pergola at Pioneer Square collapsed. While
surveying the fallen structure, Mayor Paul Schell made the commitment
to the Pioneer Square community that we would restore and rebuild
The damage to the Pergola was breathtaking.
A large truck hit one of the Pergola support columns on the
morning of January 15 causing tons of steel and glass to crash
to the earth. Parks and Recreation staff worked quickly to fence
and secure the area and remove the damaged pieces.
The good news is that the trucking company
whose truck knocked down the Pergola has agreed in principle
to pay for the damage. In the meantime, we have cataloged the
individual Pergola pieces, which are now located in a nearby
warehouse, and have begun to assess the damage to the pieces.
We should know soon about a timetable for completing this project.
Last week, we removed the fences and re-opened the park, placing
planters where the Pergola once stood.
It was a sad day when the Pergola fell,
but it will rise again, this time with improved structural soundness
to prevent such an accident in the future.
I will be in touch soon.