Puget Ridge Playground Renovation – Community encouraged to provide input on design

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to participate in the Puget Ridge Playground renovation on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Please join the project planner and landscape architect at Sanislo Elementary School, 1812 SW Myrtle St.

SPR is hosting two meetings to inform you about the project and gather your input. The first meeting at Sanislo Elementary will be an opportunity to learn about the project and provide input on play equipment and play area design. The second meeting will be held at the park June 6. It will be an opportunity to review the preferred design and provide input.
Puget Ridge Playground is located in West Seattle at 6029 21st Ave. SW. The renovation project will update the community-built park features with play structures accessible to children of all abilities, ages 2-5 and 5-12. The intent is to maintain the charm of the small park and enhance the safety and play area accessibility in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We need your input! Please participate in the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PugetRidgeRenovation

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to Seattle Parks and Recreation for maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.
For more information please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/puget-ridge-playground-renovation

For questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations please contact Libby Hudson at 206-256-5988 or Libby.hudson@seattle.gov.

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2018 Major Projects Challenge Fund provides funding for community-initiated projects

Applications due March 2018

Does your community group have a proposal on how to renovate, expand, or upgrade a Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) facility or park? The Major Projects Challenge Fund (MPCF), which is a Seattle Park District funding initiative, will provide a funding match to a community-initiated “major project” that is not otherwise covered by an identified SPR funding source. The MPCF will provide up to $1.6 million per year as a match to a significant improvement or expansion at an existing SPR park or facility.

To apply for the funding match, any community group may submit a four-page proposal letter that outlines their project and funding needs. Application letters are due on March 30, 2018. SPR encourages community groups that have a project and matching dollars to apply for funding from the 2018 MPCF. The application process will prioritize community-initiated projects that have a “parks and recreation” mission, encourage public access, leverage non-City funds, and are on SPR property and/or an SPR-owned facility. Click here to view complete 2018 funding criteria.

The City is often asked to provide financial support to capital development or improvement projects that focus on parks and recreation, for which there is little or no City finding available, and interested communities don’t have enough funding to cover the total cost of the project. This MPCF will provide City funding to leverage community-generated funding for projects that expand the life and usability of a park or facility by providing opportunities for more people to use the facility.

The first round of the community-initiated projects, announced in December 2016, provided small awards for feasibility and preliminary design work to help define the scope of potential future projects and awards to two construction projects, Kubota Garden Ornamental Walls and Gates, and Amy Yee Tennis Center Improvements. The MPCF awards were based on screening criteria that included an equitable prioritization scoring matrix, and came recommended from the Seattle Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Superintendent.

As with the last round of the MPCF, a portion of the funding will be allocated to assist diverse communities and organizations that lack resources for a match. Groups that are unable to identify any match should contact David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048. Mr. Graves can assist groups with the funding process and help identify funding source(s) for submitting the application.

For more information and a list of projects that received funding in 2016 visit

http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-park-district/projects/building-for-the-future.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to review design and play equipment at final meeting for the renovation of Lincoln Park south play area

We need your input on the renovation design for the south play area in Lincoln Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to the final meeting for this renovation project on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Kenney, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW. Please join SPR’s Planner, Project Manager, and Sr. Landscape Architect to review schematic designs and provide additional input on play equipment. Community members are encouraged to bring their children to participate in the meeting. Light snacks and activities will be available.

This project will replace play equipment, provide access for people with disabilities, and improve safety and other features at the south play area in Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey and attended our first meeting in November 2017. We heard from 295 community members and the information we gathered influenced the renovation designs. We anticipate construction for this project to begin in the summer and be completed by late 2018.

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding that supports SPR’s maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

Thank you to The Kenney for their support of this meeting. For more information on the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/loyal-heights-play-area-renovation. If you have questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations, please contact Susanne Rockwell, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-684-7133.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation launches 2018 Major Project Challenge Fund; Applications due March 2018

Does your community group have a proposal on how to renovate, expand, or upgrade a Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) facility or park? The Major Project Challenge Fund (MPCF), which is a Seattle Park District funding initiative, will provide a funding match to a community-initiated “major project” that is not otherwise covered by an identified SPR funding source. The MPCF will provide up to $1.6 million per year as a match to a significant improvement or expansion at an existing SPR park or facility.

To apply for the funding match, any community group may submit a four-page proposal letter that outlines their project and funding needs. Application letters are due on March 30, 2018. SPR encourages community groups that have a project and matching dollars to apply for funding from the 2018 MPCF. The application process will prioritize community-initiated projects that have a “parks and recreation” mission, encourage public access, leverage non-City funds, and are on SPR property and/or an SPR-owned facility. Click here to view complete 2018 funding criteria.

The City is often asked to provide financial support to capital development or improvement projects that focus on parks and recreation, for which there is little or no City finding available, and interested communities don’t have enough funding to cover the total cost of the project. This MPCF will provide City funding to leverage community-generated funding for projects that expand the life and usability of a park or facility by providing opportunities for more people to use the facility.

“Great projects and needed studies came from the 2016 round of the Major Project Challenge Fund,” said Christopher Williams, Seattle Parks and Recreation Deputy Superintendent. “This funding initiative provides an avenue for us to partner with community groups to expand and improve our park and recreation facilities. We want to be responsive to the needs of the community today, improve access for everyone and build a strong Seattle Parks and Recreation for future generations.”

A portion of the funding will be allocated to assist diverse communities and organizations that lack resources for a match. Groups that are unable to identify any match should contact David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048. Mr. Graves can assist groups with the funding process and help identify funding source(s) for submitting the application.

For more information and a list of projects that received funding in 2016 visit http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-park-district/projects/building-for-the-future.  For additional questions contact David Graves, Strategic Advisor at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Climb, Hike, and Restore at Camp Long” wins grant from The Walt Disney Company and the National Recreation and Park Association

During Earth Month, the public voted for their favorite parks and park projects to receive $20,000 for improvements

“Climb, Hike, and Restore at Camp Long” has been selected as a winner of the national Parks Build Community campaign and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney|ABC Television Group and ESPN. Community members voted for the winning project throughout Earth Month in April.

Camp Long was one of 15 projects selected to receive grant funding. The $20,000 grant will improve access to outdoor recreation to underserved youth in South Seattle through opportunities to participate in rock climbing, hiking, and creating service-learning projects at Camp Long that connect elementary students to their local, natural world.

“Camp Long has been a favorite of Seattleites for 75 years,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Through this grant, more than 400 youth from underserved areas in South Seattle will be able to experience this Seattle gem, learn about and experience nature, and develop leadership, teamwork and other critical life skills.”
“We aim for three outcomes in everything we do: healthy people, healthy environment, strong communities. Climb, Hike, and Restore at Camp Long is an innovative project that will have an impact in all three of those areas by getting underserved youth outdoors and engaging with each other through hands-on activities, exploring nature, and service-learning projects,” said Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation.
“The tremendous support shown by the public for a second year during Earth Month confirms what we truly believe: that parks have immense power to make our lives and the places we live better,” said Barbara Tulipane, president and CEO of NRPA. “This grant will give funding that will help create a thriving gathering place where youth, families and adults can connect with nature and get active. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of The Walt Disney Company.”

To see all of the winning Parks Build Community projects, visit NRPA.org/BeInspired.