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,
or (206) 386-1273.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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