VIEW FROM DENNY PARK
News and Views from the Superintendent
No. 41. September 18, 2003
Kenneth R Bounds, Superintendent
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Dear Friends of Parks and Recreation,
This is to provide you some information about Mayor Greg Nickels
proposed 2004 budget for Parks and Recreation. The good news is that
in 2004 we will continue to implement the two levies approved by Seattle
voters in 1999 and 2000 - the $36 million Community Center Levy and
the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy.
With funding from the 1999 Community Center Levy, in 2004 we will open
new or expanded community centers at High Point, Jefferson Park, the
International District/Chinatown, Sand Point Magnuson, and Yesler.
We have finished 28 of 140 Pro Parks Levy projects, including Shelterhouse
improvements, playfield renovations, development of small parks, acquisition
of new open space and neighborhood parks, path and trail improvements,
community gardens, and off-leash areas. We anticipate completing 25
more in 2004.
As Mayor Nickels announced today, we will restore Green Lake so it
can be enjoyed for recreational uses by completing a $1.5 million alum
treatment of the water, which will help keep the lake free of algae
blooms that have made the water unsafe for use much of the past two
At South Lake Union Park, $600,000 of capital funding, matched by $375,000
from the Shoreline Park Improvement Fund, will enable us to make the
Wharf at South Lake Union accessible to the public by mid-year. We will
also begin restoration of the Emma Schmitz seawall in West Seattle and
develop a neighborhood park in the 12th Avenue neighborhood in the Central
But the city is facing a $24 million shortfall, and all departments
have been asked to make cuts. Here is how we plan to make those reductions.
By making administrative reductions and finding other efficiencies,
we will receive funding to operate and maintain the new or expanded
centers and parks.
Reductions will come from delays in the opening dates for some new
facilities, reducing programs at two community center annexes,
cutting a minimum amount of targeted park and facility maintenance services,
reducing personnel and other administrative staffing, reducing the size
of the summer wading pool program, reducing the number of city funded
regattas, eliminating one planner who manages neighborhood matching
fund projects and cutting training funds.
We also anticipate increased revenue from Aquarium and swimming pool
admissions, higher event fees, and South Lake Union programs, and savings
from energy-efficient lighting at the Tennis Center and six community
I fully support the Mayors direction on the 2004 budget; he will
present the budget to the City Council at 2 p.m. Monday, September 29
in the Council Chambers.
I will be in touch.