VIEW FROM DENNY PARK
News and Views from the Superintendent
No. 79. November 2, 2006
Kenneth R. Bounds, Superintendent
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CITY COUNCIL PROPOSES CHANGES TO MAYOR’S PROPOSED 2007-2008 BUDGET
Mayor Greg Nickels announced his proposed 2007-2008 City budget on
Monday, Sept. 25.
Since then, the City Council has held a couple of public hearings, met
with Parks staff, and proposed some adjustments to the budget. The
Council’s final decisions and votes will occur next week, on Nov. 7-9.
Final adoption of the budget will happen on Monday, Nov. 20.
For more information about the City Council process please visit
Here are a few of the highlights of the Council’s proposed changes:
“Park Rangers” Elimination
The Council proposes to cut the proposal to hire, train and deploy “Park
Rangers” and the Seattle Police overtime intended support the Rangers
($406,000 reduction in 2007). The Rangers are the key public safety
component of the Mayor’s Center City Initiative to revitalize downtown
parks. The uniformed but unarmed Rangers (the equivalent of five full-time
staff members) would work with the Seattle Police Department to patrol
downtown parks, welcome visitors, and help enforce park-related laws,
issuing citations when necessary. The Mayor’s City Center Parks Task
Force, with representatives from downtown businesses, community groups and
residents, developed this proposal and determined it would be the best and
most cost-effective strategy to reduce illegal and inappropriate behavior
in downtown parks.
4th Tree Crew Cut
The Council proposes eliminating a proposed fourth tree crew ($584,844
in 2007). Parks currently deploys three tree crews, one of which is funded
through the Pro Parks Levy. As part of the City’s Urban Forest Management
Plan, the fourth crew would allow Parks to go from tree pruning on an
18-year cycle to pruning on a 13-year cycle. This reduction would threaten
implementation of the forest management plan. Industry standards suggest
tree pruning on a 5-7-year cycle.
Cut Increase in Graffiti Response
The Council proposes eliminating increased funding for our department’s
response to graffiti in our parks and facilities ($286,000 in 2007). The
funding would have allowed Parks staff to respond to all graffiti
incidents within 48 hours. Currently Parks provides 48-hour response time
at a 67% level.
Additions to Budget
The Council proposed two major additions to our budget:
- Late Night Program: an added $201,000 in 2007 to restore
three nights of programming that would have been cut, plus associated
- Specialized Programs: an added $204,000 in 2007 to provide
for staffing to expand summer program for persons with disabilities and
to expand the school-year program in the underserved areas of southeast
and southwest Seattle.
For details about the Mayor's 2007-08 Proposed Budget, including the
Capital Improvement Program, please see www.seattle.gov/mayor/issues/budget.