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The Mountaineers Climbing Rock at Magnuson Park
Partners building community
We could not do what we do at Parks and Recreation without the active support of our partners. Here are a few key organizations that support our mission.
Associated Recreation Council
Parks’ partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) and its 38 member advisory councils has proven to be remarkably resilient over the past 32 years. In 2007, ARC brought in $11 million in revenue, an increase of 5 percent over the previous year, and employed more than 1,000 program staff. Through funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others, the partnership implemented the TechNet Program, an after-school academic support and technology skill building effort at eight community center sites.
Seattle Parks Foundation
The Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and expanding Seattle’s parks and green spaces. Seattle Parks Foundation makes it easy to directly support the health and beauty of Seattle’s parks and green spaces.
Green Seattle Partnership
This is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Seattle (Parks and Recreation, Office of Sustainability and Environment, and Public Utilities) and the Cascade Land Conservancy. It’s goal is to restore 2,500 forested acres of parkland by the year 2025. The Green Seattle Partnership includes thousands of community volunteers, who, with the support of businesses and nonprofits, actively work to restore and maintain Seattle’s forested parklands. In 2008, the Partnership reached its goal of restoring 100 acres of urban forest and planting 6,500 seedlings in Seattle’s parks.
The Mountaineers’ is one of several partners who have a long-term lease agreement with Parks. Terms of the agreement include capital investment and the construction of a rock climbing plaza that is open to the public to offset rent payments.
Other Magnuson partnerships include Civic Light Opera (to improve and manage the theater in Magnuson Community Center), Sand Point Tennis Center (to construct 10 courts), Arena Sports (to construct and operate a multi-use indoor recreation facility), and Building 11 LLC (to renovate building to house recreation-oriented mixed uses). The Friends of Seattle Public Library holds two major book sales every year at Magnuson Park, Hangar in Building 30.
City Year Seattle/King County
Parks partners with City Year to support out-of-school programs and provide resources for promoting environmental awareness and community service.
Healthy Parks, Healthy You Initiative
The Healthy Parks, Healthy You annual event is designed to promote physical activity and wellness programs that reflect our diverse community. Parks partners with Public Health - Seattle & King County to help fight the rising obesity rates that are dramatically affecting King County.
Whether it’s spending a Saturday morning pulling invasive species like English Ivy or Himalayan Blackberry from our precious urban forests or dedicating hours after work to help at-risk teens achieve goals that improve self esteem and create opportunities for the future, our volunteers are a vital part of our success. In 2007, 20,000 volunteers donated 293,194 hours - the equivalent of $5.5 million worth of volunteer labor, based on the US average hourly value for volunteer time of $18.77 an hour.
Thank You Partners!
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March 2, 2011