Oversight Committee

Next Meeting Tuesday, September 19

The District Oversight Committee (DOC) is a newly formed community board that will provide advice to the Mayor, City Council, and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, related to the Seattle Park District. The DOC's role and responsibilities are outlined by ordinance #124468 which approved the Interlocal Agreement:

  1. Establish a Major Projects Challenge Funds application process and evaluation criteria, and make recommendations to the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation ("Superintendent") on the annual allocation of the Major Projects Challenge Fund.
  2. Reviewing an annual report prepared by PARKS for the Seattle Park District and the City, including assessment of performance measures and expenditure of District funds including interest earnings, and reporting to the Superintendent and Park Board on implementation issues, concerns and needed adjustments in services or spending.
  3. Holding public meetings and making recommendations to the Superintendent in connection with each 6-year update to the spending plan.
  4. Provide to the Mayor, City Council, and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation an annual report on the progress of expenditures, a mid-term report half-way through each 6-year period, and a final report in advance of each 6-year update to the spending plan. Progress on construction of park development on the 14 land-banked sites in Initiative 4.4 will be among the issues addressed in the first mid-term report.

Current PDOC Openings

The Park District Oversight Committee is looking for representatives from Council District 1 (West Seattle) and Council District 2 (Southeast Seattle). Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: Susan Golub: susan.golub@seattle.gov. Committee meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at 100 Dexter.

What does the Oversight Committee do?

  • Provide advice to the Mayor, City Council, and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation related to the Seattle Park District's projects and programs
  • Meet, at a minimum, quarterly to make recommendations on the allocation of the Major Projects Challenge Fund
  • Hold public meetings to consider updates to the Seattle Park District's future spending plan
  • Provide reports on the progress of the expenditures and projects of the Seattle Park District

Who is qualified to sit on the Oversight Committee?

Interested and passionate parks advocates with a diversity of expertise and perspectives, including, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, parks management, public financing, urban horticulture, landscape architecture, contract management, the interests of low-income communities, and the interests of communities of color.