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Final Site Plan
The site plan was reviewed by the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners on Thursday, July 11, 2002. There was a briefing and public hearing at that meeting. On Thursday, July 25 the Board discussed the plan and formulate recommendations to the Superintendent. The plan was then be sent to the Seattle City Council for its review and action.
The Planning Report (1.6M) is a companion to the plans.
A large number of projects are currently active in Jefferson Park, representing millions of dollars of funding. To ensure that these projects are carried out in the best possible manner, the Parks Department coordinated a site planning process, with extensive public involvement. The site planning built upon past planning work. The site planning process has included preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (see below), released 6/28/02.
Site Plan Design Program
The site planning process is described in the design program (219k). As completely as possible, the design program expresses the Parks Department's and community's expectations and objectives. It includes a thorough description of the project scope, budget, and schedule.
Project Advisory Team
A Project Advisory Team (PAT) was appointed by the Superintendent in Spring, 2001 and met through January, 2002. The PAT was an advisory committee made up of representatives of over 20 key Jefferson Park stakeholder groups. It was intended to facilitate sustained and balanced stakeholder participation. The PAT reviewed and provided recommendations on the development of the Jefferson Park site plan. Meetings of the PAT were open to the public. At its meetings the PAT reviewed project scope, budget, schedule, recent accomplishments, and upcoming tasks. Recommendations of the PAT on these topics will be given substantial weight by the Parks Department. A new PAT will be formed in early 2002 to assist with the detailed design of the new gym.
Jefferson Park Site Planning History
Site Alternatives Phase
The Portico Group prepared the following boards to explore a range
of possible site layouts. While the types of improvements and cost are
about the same in each alternative, the character of the park differs
greatly. The hard lid sports field drawings show the possibilities if
funding is found to construct a hard lid on the reservoir shown in each
alternative. Funding is not available at this time. Project Advisory
Team members filled out a consensus
plan decision tree questionnaire (PDF 42k) to give guidance to the
designers and give PAT members a better sense of which issues they have
reached agreement on and which need further consideration.
Early Consensus Plan Phase
After careful consideration and much discussion with community members, Project Advisory Team members, and Parks Department staff, The Portico Group prepared a new plan. This plan incorporates the most desirable aspects of the alternatives and some new ideas. This plan shows how the park might be developed if funding is secured to construct a hard lid on the south reservoir, allowing the park to extend over the reservoir. At this time Seattle Public Utilities, which operates the reservoir, has funding for a floating cover, which is less expensive than a hard lid. With a floating cover, the south reservoir would be enclosed with a fence to protect water quality and would look similar to the south reservoir areas shown in alternatives 1 and 2 above. This plan is continuing to evolve.
Later Consensus Plan Phase
After further discussion and several iterations The Portico Group developed the plan below. As in earlier plans, this one shows how the park might be developed if funding is secured to construct a hard lid on the south reservoir, allowing the park to extend over the reservoir. At this time Seattle Public Utilities, which operates the reservoir, has funding for a floating cover, which is less expensive than a hard lid. With a floating cover, the south reservoir would be enclosed with a fence to protect water quality and would look similar to the south reservoir areas shown in alternatives 1 and 2 above. Portico also prepared a site planning report .
The Portico Group, Adolfson Associates, and Heffron Transportation started preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Jefferson Park site plan early January, 2002. The EIS is intended to examine potentially adverse environmental impacts of the proposed site plan. Key steps in preparation of the EIS are:
View the Final EIS:
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Updated July 23, 2015
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