Murray statement on Council approval of parks funding measure

Mayor Murray today issued the following statement on the City Council’s approval of a proposal to fund Seattle’s parks:

“I want to thank my colleagues at the Seattle City Council for their support of the Seattle Park District proposal. The City Council’s 8-0 approval today of a $48 million package shows a robust commitment to the parks system while taking us one step closer to protecting our parks for generations.

The principles of the package I sent to the Seattle City Council remain intact. We will take care of what we have. We will support programs for changing and emerging demographic needs. We will grow and plan for the future.

Currently, our parks system faces a $265 million backlog of desperately needed repairs. The Seattle Park District will put us on track towards resolving the backlog through a dedicated and sustainable funding source. Additionally, the Seattle Park District will restore much needed community center staffing lost during the recession and will help develop new neighborhood parks on land the City of Seattle already owns.

The Seattle Park District is our best opportunity to take the park legacy that has been entrusted to us and pass it onto future generations to enjoy as we do today.”