In June, 2013 fifteen citizen volunteers began the critical process of discussing long-range planning for Seattle’s parks. These committee members gave countless hours of their time to study the current state of parks, as well as seeking citizen input and involvement. During this process, committee members discussed the crucial areas of project priorities, the size of a potential ballot measure, and a funding mechanism to carry out much-needed improvements.
The volunteers came from a variety of backgrounds, including county and city government, non-profits, consulting, law, real estate, design, and community activism. However, they shared a willingness to engage in a process of honest and methodical assessment of the state of our parks. Their recommendations will be an important contribution to the Select Committee on Parks funding going forward.
I am deeply appreciative of the work these individuals have done for our city. For all of Seattle’s park users, and the users to come, thank you!