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The View From Denny Park

News and Views From The Superintendent
No. 18 August 14, 2001
A periodic electronic newsletter about Parks and Recreation news, programs, projects and events from Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Ken Bounds

"PACKING IT OUT" OF PARKS

This summer, we are encouraging park visitors to "pack out" their trash through the "Pack it Out" pilot project at 18 selected parks. The program is one way to stem the increasing costs of trash collection and litter control, which run more than $1 million a year-more than for any other maintenance activity. "Packing it out" also involves park visitors in the stewardship of city parks. Look for signs and trash bag dispensers at mostly smaller parks and viewpoints in neighborhoods throughout Seattle.

This program was first tried in Louisville, Kentucky with great success. It was also tried in Portland, Oregon, where it received mixed reviews. We are looking for feedback from our park users. For more information on the program, please contact Michele Finnegan, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at michele.finnegan@seattle.gov or (206) 386-1273.


NATIONAL CHAMPS!

Congratulations to the Seattle Canoe Club, which brought home multiple first-place honors from the National Canoe and Kayak Championships recently held in Rancho Cordova, California. Sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and based at the Green Lake Small Craft Center, the club dominated the competition in winning the Bantam (14 and under) and Senior (18 and over) divisions.

Nineteen club teams comprised of 350 individual paddlers from around the country participated in the five-day championship regatta on Lake Natoma from July 31 to August 4. The annual competition featured canoe and kayak races at 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 meters for one- and two-person boats in four age divisions.

This was the highest finish for the Seattle Canoe Club team, which brought more than 30 paddlers to the races.

Way to go!


PRO PARKS FORGES AHEAD

We are making good progress in implementing the Pro Parks Levy. Among the recent highlights:

  • We've reached purchase agreements with the owners of properties in the Leschi, West Seattle, and North Seattle neighborhoods. Details will be announced soon.
  • In mid-July, we broke ground on the first phase of the project to improve Genesee Playfield. The project includes converting field No. 2 from natural grass to synthetic turf, reconfiguration of the adjacent parking lot and improved paths and fencing. The field should be ready for play this October. Design for playfield lighting at Genesee is also under way.
  • Public involvement processes have recently begun for the following Pro Parks development projects: Cowen Park, I-5 Open Space, Jefferson Park, Lincoln Park Annex, Ravenna Creek Daylighting, Schmitz Park Improvements, and the Seward Park Annex. Other development projects that were previously started and are continuing with Pro Parks funding include: Bradner Gardens, Boren/Pike/Pine Park, Greenwood Park, Lincoln Reservoir Park, Wallingford Steps, Westcrest Park and 4th and Ward Park.
  • The hiring of teen leaders at community centers and maintenance workers have resulted in more teen programs and cleaner parks during our busiest season of the year.
ATHLETIC FIELD IMPROVEMENTS

In 1997, the Department developed the Joint Athletic Facilities Development Program (JAFDP), a list of proposed improvements at Parks and School District sites around the city with the intent of creating more safe, high quality athletic facilities for scheduled use. This led to the successful School District Levy in 1998 that provided $36 million in funding for four athletic field complexes and numerous improvements to Parks fields.

Seattle Parks began a process to update the 1997 program this year. The 2001-2002 update of the JAFDP still includes a listing of desired improvements at park and school fields. In addition, we have included information about field planning and policies, assessment of trends that affect field development and unmet demand, details on community interests in field development, and goals and guiding principles for future field development. The update also contains information from the 2001 Ballfield Lighting Study commissioned by the Department to look at the current lighting conditions and to make recommendations on future field lighting. We are hosting three public meetings to share information and gather public input from citizens on the draft 2001-2002 JAFDP. The meetings will be open house format with a brief overview.

  • Monday, September 10: Bitter Lake Community Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    13035 Linden Ave. N.
  • Wednesday, September 12: Miller Community Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    330 - 19th Ave. E.
  • Thursday, September 20: Jefferson Community Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    3801 Beacon Ave. S.

The draft 2001-2002 JAFDP will be available for public review after August 25, 2001 at neighborhood service centers, community centers, and Seattle Parks and Recreation at 100 Dexter Ave. N. A draft will also be available on the Seattle Parks web site: www.seattle.gov/parks/. Public comment can be provided until October 5. To make comments or for more information, please contact Alix Ogden, 100 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle WA 98109, alix.ogden@seattle.gov, phone: (206) 684-7046 or fax: (206) 233-7023.


NEW DIRECTOR FOR PARK FOUNDATION

I was thrilled to learn that the Seattle Park Foundation has hired its first executive director, Karen Daubert, a longtime Seattle Parks supporter. Karen is currently serving on the Board of Park Commissioners and on the Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee.

The Foundation is a private non-profit organization established in 2000 to fund and advocate for Seattle parks, green spaces and programs.

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