Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fwd: Love Your Parks? We need to hear from you!

Hey Friends of Lincoln Park, here's a chance for early involvement in planning for Seattle Parks. - Sharon
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From: Stoops, Kerrie
Date: Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Subject: Love Your Parks? We need to hear from you!
In August 2014 voters will be asked to fund more and better programs, facilities, and services for Seattle Parks and Recreation. 

Seattle Parks and a citizens committee are reaching out to you to gather input on what should be on the ballot and what tax mechanism should be put in place to fund the ballot measure at upcoming public meetings.  I have attached the press release (pdf) and flyer (pdf) for the meetings.

Some items of interest:
·         Funding for Zoo and Aquarium
·         Funding for more maintenance and cleanliness of parks
·         Funding for Park Rangers to improve park safety
·         Funding for environmental restoration and sustainability
·         Funding to open community centers earlier and keep them open longer
·         Funding for scholarships for low-income families and outreach to immigrant and refugee families
·         Funding P-patches and other urban food opportunities

For an entire list of initiatives visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee.htm and look for the Investment Initiative Background Materials on the right side of the page

At the meeting you will be asked how you would prioritize this list.

Parks will also ask your opinion on the tax mechanism. Should we have a new levy or develop a metropolitan parks district that is a dedicated permanent funding source for Seattle Parks and Recreation.  

If you need interpretation services at the meeting please contact Susanne Rockwell at 733-9702 or parkslegacy@seattle.gov.

Facilitators will help conduct the meetings and your input is valuable.

For additional questions about the meetings please contact Susanne Rockwell at 733-9702 or Susan Golub at 684-7046.

Kerrie Stoops
Acting Senior Public Relations Specialist
Planning and Development
800 Maynard Ave. S, Seattle 98134

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