The View From Denny Park
Gregory J. Nickels, Mayor
Kenneth R Bounds, Superintendent
No. 33. March 7, 2003
A periodic electronic newsletter
about Parks and Recreation news, programs, projects and events
from Seattle Parks & Recreation Superintendent Ken Bounds
The View from Denny Park: News and Views from the Superintendent
COMMUNITY CENTER LEVY PROGRAM
This is a watershed year for Community Center Levy Program with
most of the nine projects well under say. Seattle voters approved
the $36 million levy in 1999 to renovate, expand or construct nine
community centers. Since then weve been actively planning,
designing and working with our community partners on the projects.
As of the end of February 2003, construction of a new community
center in the International District/Chinatown has begun. We are
set to award a construction contract for the renovation of Building
47 at Sand Point Magnuson Park, and the High Point Community
Center renovation project is out to bid. The High Point and Sand
Point projects should be complete or nearly completed by the end
of the year.
In other Levy news, were in the design stage in the Jefferson,
Southwest and Yesler projects. At Northgate, we have selected a
site for an exciting joint development of a new community center,
park and a library, working in concert with Seattle Public Library.
For more information, and the latest updates on these projects,
please visit the Community Center Levy page on our web site: www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/comcenlevyprog99.htm
SAND POINT MAGNUSON PARK
Late last month, the Seattle Hearing Examiners Office ruled
that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for 65-acre
wetland/athletic field project at Sand Point Magnuson Park is adequate
on seven of the eight issues that were the subject of an appeal
by the Friends of Sand Point Magnuson Park. Parks staff will develop
a Supplemental EIS on the impact of sportsfield noise
on park wildlife. We plan to issue a draft of this document in late
I-80: THE CREEKS INITIATIVE
On February 23, the City Council voted to place Initiative 80,
an initiative intended to protect Seattle's urban creeks, on the
ballot. Mayor Nickels had submitted an alternative to I-80 which
contained measures to support our urban creek and inland water habitats.
At this point, the Council has not placed an alternative initiative
on the ballot but could choose to include an alternative to I-80
on the ballot at a later date.
STATE CONSIDERS LOCAL BUSINESS & OPERATIONS TAXING AUTHORITY
Two bills have been introduced in the State Legislature at the
request of Governor Gary Locke that would diminish cities
authority to collect Business and Operations taxes. HB 2030 is sponsored
by Rep. Kessler and SB 5900 is sponsored by Sen. Horn.
Included in these bills is a provision called apportionment
that would eliminate the throwback rule. Right now,
when a business is located in a B&O taxing jurisdiction, such
as Seattle, and it provides services or goods to a customer in a
city that has no local B&O tax, then 100% of the gross income
tax reverts back to the business home city. Eliminating the
rule would cost Seattle an estimated $15 million a year. Clearly,
our budget would feel a direct impact from this legislation.
OLMSTED CENTENNIAL UPDATE
We were delighted by the news that the display garden Reflecting
the Olmsted Tradition, sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation
and Seattle Parks and Recreation won a gold medal at last months
Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Designed by landscape architect
Phil Wood, the garden featured a naturalistic landscape with a reflecting
pond, flowers and native plantings, including several large trees.
The garden occupied much of the Convention Center overpass over
Pike St. For photos of the exhibit, please visit our web site at
Also well received at the show, was the Olmsted educational exhibit,
which will now travel to various community centers. Please check
it out! The exhibit will be at Miller Community Center until March
11, at Rainier Beach from March 11-25, at Delridge from March 25-April
8, at Meadowbrook from April 8-22, and at South Lake Union from
April 22-May 4.
Huge accolades to Parks Horticulture Manager Duane Penttila, Horticulturist
Lisa Chen, their staff and many staff from our Westbridge shops
who worked so hard and so well on this prodigious undertaking.
In case you missed it, I co-authored an op-ed piece with Park Board
Chair Bruce Bentley on Frederick Law Olmsteds anti-slavery
views. It appeared last month in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
I will be in touch soon.