The View From Denny Park
Gregory J. Nickels, Mayor
Kenneth R Bounds, Superintendent
No. 35. May 1, 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
NATIONAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION WEEK
April 27 to May 3 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and
we at Seattle Parks and Recreation have a lot to be thankful for.
Just during the month of April, or Earth Month as
weve come to call it, more than 1,500 volunteers pulled
ivy and weeds, planted trees, restored trails or picked up litter
at 85 park work parties. I was recently at a volunteer
recognition event at the Seattle Aquarium, where volunteering
is up 25 percent from last year. Our many recreation programs
also benefit from the dedication and hard work of volunteer coaches,
recreation leaders and advisory council members.
Last year, hundreds of volunteers contributed more than 200,000
hours of work to the Department. Figured at $14 per hour, this
represents an amazing $2.8 million worth of labor.
So, thanks to all of you who donate your time, your expertise,
and your goodwill. Seattle parks and the entire city are the better
GAS WORKS PARK PROJECT
Earlier this month, I made a decision not to include an off-leash
dog area within the containment wall area at Gas Works
Park. This was consistent with the recent Park Board recommendation.
Like the Board, I concluded that the several planning processes
over the last 30 years did not contemplate such a use. Its
important that we honor the guiding park plans, such as the Parks
and Recreation Plan 2000, Gas Works Park Master Plan, the 1990
Final Environmental Impact Statement, and the adopted Neighborhood
Plan. In addition, the language of the Pro Parks Levy, which is
funding the improvement project at Gas Works, did not mention
an off-leash area. During the process that defined projects in
the Levy, certain areas were specified as off-leash areas. Gas
Works was not one of them.
Also consistent with the Boards recommendation, I have
directed Parks staff to work with the project designers to develop
an option that will preserve the maximum number of trees as part
of the project. Despite information to the contrary contained
in some e-mails that I received, our intent in this project has
always been to improve the public view corridor within
the park and from the public Wallingford Steps project, and not
to improve views of nearby condominium or apartment dwellers.
A public meeting on the tree issue only has been set for Thursday,
May 15, 7 p.m., at Hamilton Middle School Auditorium, 1610 N 41st
St. For more information, please contact Project Manager Tim Motzer
at (206) 684-7060 or email@example.com
OLMSTED CONFERENCE IN SEATTLE
From May 1 to 4, the National Association for Olmsted Parks is
holding its annual conference in Seattle featuring lectures, workshops,
presentations and tours. I participated on a panel discussing
current parks issues and challenges. Joining me on the panel were
Kevin Moore with the Weequahic Park Association in Newark, New
Jersey, and Tupper Thomas with Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New
York. It was a lively and informative session.
For more information on the conference, please visit www.seattle.gov/friendsofolmstedparks/
or call Kari Stiles at (206) 332-9915.
NEW AND NIFTY: PRO PARKS WEB PAGE
If you havent already seen our new and improved web page
for the Pro Parks Levy Program, please go to
Click on the interactive map on the upper right hand corner of
the page to find projects in your neighborhood or other areas
of the city. Many thanks to our web master Beth Somerfield for
this handy and informative project guide!
I will be in touch soon.