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Thank you Seattle!
This project, to design science oriented park features in Brighton
Playfield, is complete.
Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with The UPS Foundation, will create a series of instructional science features for Brighton Playfield.
The project originated with a grant application from an after-school-program teacher at Aki Kurose School who applied for money from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund.
The Pro Parks Levy Oversight Committee recommended the project receive a $100,000. In September 2005, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the project to be funded.
In October 2006, The UPS Foundation chose to award the project a $100,000 grant to honor UPS founder Jim Casey in recognition of the company’s 100th Anniversary. In 1907, Jim Casey borrowed $100 to begin a messenger service in Seattle; 100 years later, UPS is the world's largest package delivery company. In August 2007, UPS employees will also donate more than 1,500 hours of their time to park improvements during a volunteer event in honor of the company's centennial.
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will clearly impact social issues. The Foundation's major initiatives currently include programs that support increased nationwide volunteerism, family and workplace literacy and hunger relief.
In 2005, The UPS Foundation donated more than US $43.5 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit community.ups.com for more information about UPS's community involvement.
Students at Aki Kurose Middle School will be involved in designing the new park elements. Rainier Scholars, a program at the school, will mentor and supervise the students to combine community involvement and science exploration.
Themes that might be explored in the new park elements include physics, space & time, and earth science.
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COMMUNITY PARTICIPATIONThis project was nominated through the second cycle of the Pro Parks Levy Opportunity Fund.
Public Meeting #1 12/14/06
Public Meeting #2 03/07/07
Science Park Public Process Summary
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