Seattle Asian Art Museum Community Meeting on March 1

You are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about the construction process and timeline for the renovation and expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.

The $54 million project will preserve the building’s original Art Deco façade, improve the museum’s infrastructure, protect the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades, add vital gallery and education space, enhance ADA accessibility, and enhance the connection between the museum and Volunteer Park.

Work begins February/March 2018 and will continue for 14–15 months. The anticipated reopening of the museum is fall 2019.

Thursday, March 1, 7-8 p.m.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98112

For more information please visit https://www.saamconstruction.com/

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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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Architectural firms invited to submit a Request for Qualifications for Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites all interested architectural firms to submit qualifications for the Washington Park Arboretum Environmental Education Center Pre-Design Study. Seattle Parks and Recreation, in equal partnership with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation, are engaging in a pre-design study to build a new Environmental Education Center at Washington Park Arboretum. This new facility will allow the current youth and adult education programming to expand by nearly double those currently served annually. The pre-design study Request for Qualifications is due by February 22, 2018 at 4 p.m. PST.

Through a competitive, Request for Qualification process, Seattle Parks and Recreation will hire a consultant team. The purpose of the pre-design phase is to undertake an in-depth study to define the final scope of the project. The pre-design phase scope of work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Development of a business plan
  • Defining program elements and space allocation
  • Site analysis
  • Concept level location siting options (three)
  • Preliminary building designs for the new facility – LEED Gold
  • Marketing product of at least three renderings
  • Parking study
  • Permitting requirement identification
  • Building and construction cost estimates
  • Construction timeline

The $200,000 in funding for the RFQ process is provided by the University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation. The subsequent planning, design and construction work outlined in future agreements is not funded. The University of Washington and the Arboretum Foundation will be leading the fundraising for any future developments associated with the Environmental Education Center.

For more information on this RFQ please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/washington-park-arboretum-environmental-education-center-predesign-study or contact Susanne Rockwell at Susanne.rockwell@seattle.gov or 206-684-7133.

 

 

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Seattle Parks and Recreation invites community to final meeting for David Rodgers Park Play Area Renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to review design concepts and play equipment options at the final meeting for the David Rodgers Park play area renovation project on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Please join us at an Open House meeting in the Queen Anne Community Center lobby, 1901 1st Ave W. SPR looks forward to working with the community on finalizing the design for the play area and encourages community members of all ages to attend to provide input, as well as to participate in a fun Valentine’s Day craft project.

This project will replace play equipment, provide access for people with disabilities, and improve safety and other features at the David Rodgers Park, 2800 1st Ave W. SPR is removing the play area wood structure at the park and will keep the swings and whirl in place until construction begins for the renovation project.

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 Seattle Parks and Recreation’s 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 or for meeting notification translations, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/david-rodgers-play-area-renovation

If you have questions about the project or if you need an interpreter or accommodations, please contact Shannon Glass, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-733-9319 or Karimah Edwards at 206-233-0063 or karimah.edwards@seattle.gov.

 

 

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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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