Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks design team for community-initiated Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment project

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a design team to lead the design process for the Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment. The consultant team will work with SPR and the public to design improvements, continue public outreach, and secure all necessary local, State and Federal permits and approvals for a new Green Lake Small Craft Center. The full RFQ information package and required submittal contents are available online at the City website: http://consultants.seattle.gov. The Deadline for submittals is 5:00 PM PST on February 23, 2018.

The rowing and sailing community have expressed the need for the Green Lake Small Craft Center to undergo improvements and/or expansion to better service existing and future users. The center, which is located at the southwest end of Green Lake Park in north Seattle, is one of only two public rowing clubs located within city limits, and the only one located north of the downtown core. In 2017, in partnership with SPR, the Green Lake Rowing Advisory Council completed an architectural feasibility study. That community-initiated study, funded by the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund initiative, will be the basis for the consultant design services solicited in this RFQ.

The initial design phase of the project is a funded through the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The goal is to complete the design phase of the redevelopment project with permits and construction bid documents in hand by May 2019. Currently, the project is only funded through schematic design; funding is not yet identified for construction.

For more information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/do-business-with-us/current-opportunities. For additional questions please contact David Graves, Strategic Advisor, at 206-684-7048 or David.Graves@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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Seattle Park District Major Project Challenge Fund improves Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities

Update on community-initiated projects and studies

The Seattle Park District Major Project Challenge Fund (MPCF) initiative leverages Seattle Park District funding with community-raised matching funds to significantly expand the life and usability of a park facility, providing greater opportunities for people to make use of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s improved community facilities and parks. The first round of the community-initiated projects, announced in December 2016, provided small awards of $30 – $96,000 for feasibility and preliminary design work to help define the scope of potential future projects and awards to two construction projects with a total cost of approximately $2 million each. The MPCF awards were based on screening criteria that included equitable prioritization scoring matrix, and came recommended from the Seattle Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Superintendent Jesús Aguirre after a screening process of the 19 applications received. The MPCF allowed for projects/studies to be accomplished throughout the city. Recognizing that all communities are not equally able to provide matching funds, the initiative allowed for a portion of funding to be allocated to assist diverse communities and organizations that lack resources for a match.

The six completed studies are:

  • Magnuson Community Center Architectural and Engineering Maintenance Evaluation Study
    • INNOVA Architects completed the study and estimates renovation costs at $1.8 to $2 million.
  • Magnuson Park Playfield Development Study
    • DA Hogan & Associates completed a schematic field design and cost estimate. The preliminary project cost estimate is $4 + million.
  • Daybreak Star Capital Needs Assessment and Facility Improvements Study
    • INNOVA Architects completed the feasibility study and estimated project cost to be $4 million for short and long term needs.
  • Madrona Bathhouse Theater Improvement Study
    • INNOVA Architects completed the feasibility study and estimated project costs at $2.3 million
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment Study
    • Schacht Aslani Architects is completing study on the building and programming, and the study will be completed by the end of 2017.
  • South Park Community Center, Playground and Playfields Renewal
    • Broadview Planning and SPR planning staff conducted public outreach over 2017 with attendance at community events, and the community is encouraged to participate in this survey for South Park Community Center’s Major Challenge Fund Site Study https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPCCStudy

The two construction projects include:

  • Amy Yee Tennis Center, which is proposing to build an enclosure over the six existing outdoor courts that will be heated, lighted, secure, and programmable for tennis year-round. Currently these outdoor courts are only used during the summer months. The project will expand the capacity of the tennis center and enable it to offer more programs to more people. The tennis center is located at 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. SPR has assigned a project planner; initial planning work has started and community outreach will begin in early 2018.
  • Kubota Garden phased construction project, plus funding for a master plan. The first phase is the completion of the wall to the north of the Entry Gate along with accessibility improvements. The second phase involves an update to the master plan, additional wall work and other potential improvements. Kubota Garden is located at 9817 55th Ave. S.

SPR will be launching the second round of the Major Projects Challenge Fund in January 2018 with proposal letters due in March 2018. Funded projects must renovate, expand or upgrade parks or park facilitates with funding from a combination of City and community -generated funds.

For additional information, please contact David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-park-district/projects/building-for-the-future

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Community groups encouraged to partner with Seattle Parks and Recreation on facility expansions and improvements

Seattle Parks and Recreation encourages community groups to apply for funding from the Major Projects Challenge Fund. The Seattle Park District funding initiative will provide up to $1.6 million per year as a match to fund a significant improvement or expansion to an existing Seattle Parks and Recreation facility.  To apply for the funding match any community group can submit a two page proposal letter that outlines their project and funding needs.  The application letters are due on March 31, 2016.

“The Seattle community showed their support of Seattle Parks and Recreation by passing the Seattle Park District,” said Jesús Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent. “This funding initiative provides a great 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 and build a strong Seattle Parks and Recreation for future generations.”

This initiative supports building a strong and healthy Seattle Parks and Recreation. It allows Seattle Parks and Recreation to be more responsive to community project proposals and to partner with community groups by providing matching funds. Often, the City is asked to provide financial support to major capital development projects that focus on parks and recreation and no funding is available. The Major Project Challenge Fund will provide City funding to leverage funding generated by others for renovation of our facilities.

An application process will prioritize community-initiated projects that have a parks-and-recreation mission, encourage public access, leverage non-City funds, and are on a Seattle Parks and Recreation property and/or a Seattle Parks and Recreation owned facility. Other criteria that the projects must meet are listed below. The 2007 renovation of the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center in partnership with the Mount Baker Boating Advisory Council is an example of a major project which would have been considered for the Major Projects Challenge Fund.

A portion of funding from the Major Projects Challenge Fund 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 will help the group with the funding process and help identify funding source(s) for submitting the application.

Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land. For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/ParkDistrict/default.htm.

For more information please and funding criteria visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/ParkDistrict/default.htm or contact David Graves, 206-684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov

Funding Criteria

a. Is it on Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) owned property and/or a SPR owned facility?

  • Rationale: Since the funds come through the Park District, they should be spent directly on SPR property and/or an SPR owned facility. Also, SPR will manage the project.

b. Is it an identified capital need at a park or park facility that is lacking in funding; is it a large scale project that may be funded from a variety of public and private funding sources with a total construction cost estimated to be in excess of $2 million? It should be a single project such as building renovation or expansion, or a facility improvement.

  • Rationale: There are other City funding sources such as the Neighborhood Matching funds available for smaller projects. The idea is that this funding should go to a significant project that improves or expands an existing facility. What is important is that the project be significant enough to provide long term value to the greater community.

c. What is the match? How does the project leverage or have the potential to leverage other resources through the actions of other public agencies, funding from public, private or philanthropic partners, and/or in-kind contributions of time and energy from citizen volunteers?

  • Rationale: For the actual construction phase of the project, the Major Project Challenge Fund should be leveraged with a 50% match but the match amount could be less and/or provided by other than a monetary match. Ideally, the applicant would be able to raise 50% (or more) of the project cost and the fund would fill the gap to bring the project up to 100% funding. There may be situations where there is significant community support for a project but the applicant doesn’t have the resources and/or connections to provide the full 50/50 match. In those situations, this criterion is intended to be flexible in setting a target goal for a match, but not an absolute requirement. There may also be situations where the applicant is unable to identify any match. In those situations, it may be up to SPR staff to step in and help the community with the funding process. If no other funding sources are identified during the initial submittal, it will be incumbent on staff to work with the applicant on funding in advance of submitting the formal application.For the initial phase of planning and design where SPR would make smaller amounts available in the range of $20,000 – $50,000 for planning and/or design work, there still should be some sort of match. The percentage and form of the match could be more flexible at this initial phase to get a project ready to apply for the larger construction amount.

d.  Does the project demonstrate a high degree of community support or involvement as demonstrated through a public review process and/or is the project consistent with approved plans, such as a neighborhood, community council or other recent planning documents?

  • Rationale: We are looking to fill an established/identified need at a particular facility. Ideally the project would have been previously identified in some prior planning work done by Parks or another government agency, or the community through a community process. A newly identified need/project could be considered, but the proposal will likely have more support if the project fills a long standing gap/need.

e. Does the project serve an underserved community?

  • Rationale: Parks has a commitment to racial equity and social justice. This funding is an opportunity to target improvement(s) to SPR facilities in underserved communities where there is an identified need but no or limited funding sources. These areas deserve special consideration if our goal is to provide equal access to all. SPR staff will be working to ensure that all communities are aware of this funding program and are provided the resources necessary to identify projects and prepare a competitive application. SPR staff will work with underserved communities during the initial application stage to establish a recommended match that will be vetted by the oversight committee. The match could be other funding source(s) or something else such as donated services.

f. Does the proposal restore or significantly extend the life of a current park or facility?

  • Rationale: In keeping with the “fix it first” mantra of the Park District, we are looking for projects that make improvements to existing facilities. The purpose of this challenge funding is not to undertake new capital projects but to make improvements to or expansion of existing parks or facilities.

g. What potential effects does the project have on the City’s maintenance and operating costs?

  • Rationale: We will want to see how the proposed improvement/expansion impacts our maintenance and operating costs at the subject facility. Part of the review of any proposal will be SPR staff determination of potential added facility costs. SPR staff is better suited than any awardee to undertake this detailed analysis and it should be part of the proposal/application review. That said, the initial funding request should include a rough order of magnitude of the additional maintenance and operating costs of an improved/expanded facility; i.e., what are existing costs and what are costs anticipated to be with the expanded or renovated facility. These costs could shift as a design evolves and thus just serve as a baseline in reviewing any proposed application.

h. What is the overall benefit of the project to the community?

  • Rationale: We will want to see the project and hence the expenditure benefit as many people as possible.