VIEW FROM DENNY PARK
News and Views from the Superintendent
No. 80. November 13, 2006
Kenneth R. Bounds, Superintendent
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UPDATE ON CITY COUNCIL CHANGES TO PARKS BUDGET
The City Council has made a number of changes to the Mayor's proposed
2007 and 2008 budget for Parks and Recreation. The Council, acting as the
Budget Committee, will take final votes on these items tomorrow, Nov. 14.
The Full Council anticipates voting on the entire budget package on
Monday, Nov. 20.
Changes to the Operating Budget, representing a net cut of $1.3
- The Council cut the funding for a fourth tree crew, in the amount of
- The Council cut the funding for an increase in Parks' capacity to
respond to graffiti complaints, in the amount of $155,634.
- The Council removed the $406,000 in funding for the proposed rangers
to greet visitors and patrol in downtown parks.
- Council also cut the associated funding for a $238,000 contract with
the Seattle Police Department for response in downtown parks.
- The Council reduced Parks' electricity budget by $30,000.
- The Council added $201,356 to continue a night of Late Night
Recreation at High Point Community Center, and to continue two nights at
Rainier Beach and Southwest Community Center.
Changes to the Capital Improvement Program, a net cut to Parks'
capital projects of about $4.5 million:
- A cut of $125,000 from Parks' Utility Conservation Program, and the
addition of a like amount to the Danny Woo Community Garden.
- Addition of $501,000 to the Magnuson Park Athletic Field Renovation
Project, specifically for pedestrian improvements at the NE 65th St.
entrance to the park.
- The reduction of $257,000 from the Ballfield Lighting Replacement
Project and the addition of $295,000 to the Magnuson Park Wetlands
Development Project for interior road and parking lot removal.
- Elimination of the 2008 CRF funding for the Hiawatha Playfield
Renovation Project (but not eliminating the project), reduction of the
2008 budget for the Ballfield Lighting Project by $1 million,
elimination of 2008 CRF funding for the Lower Woodland Tennis Court
Renovation (but not eliminating the project, and leaving the $200,000
2007 budget), and reduction of the 2008 budget for the Washington Park
Playfield Renovation by $1.4 million (the 2007 budget remains at
$650,000 and the 2008 budget is reduced from $2.602 million to $1.202
million); and the reservation of $5,015,000 for the potential purchase
of the Phinney Neighborhood Center and the University Neighborhood
Center (University Heights School building).
Two other actions that failed on 3-4 votes and that may come up for
another vote tomorrow are:
- A cut of $420,000 from the Aquarium Pier 60 Filter Replacement
Project and elimination of the project, and the addition of $400,000
for the Gas Works Park Improvement Project for preservation and
structural work on Gas Works Park towers 3, 4, 5, and 6.
- A reduction of $700,000 from the Hiawatha Playfield Renovation
Project and reduction of the Ballfield Lighting Replacement Program by
$43,000, and the addition of $743,000 to the Magnuson Park Athletic
Field Renovation Project to design and build permanent restrooms.
For details about the Mayor's 2007-08 Proposed Budget, including the
Capital Improvement Program, please see www.seattle.gov/mayor/issues/budget.