Community invited to learn about future of Green Lake Small Craft Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to learn about the design process for potential future improvements to the Green Lake Small Craft Center on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please join us at Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N to meet the design team (Schacht | Aslani Architects), learn about the site opportunities and constrains, and offer input on what a new small craft center might look like at Green Lake.

Schacht | Aslani Architects completed a study of the existing building and programming needs in 2017 with funding from the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund. They will present this background work as the basis for moving forward. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund Program is funding the current planning project through the first phase of design. The Rowing Advisory Council is actively seeking additional funding from the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund, State grants, and private fundraising for the subsequent design phases and construction.

The Major Projects Challenge Fund is a Seattle Park District funding initiative that provides a funding match to a community-initiated “major project” that is not otherwise covered by an identified SPR funding source. 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/green-lake-small-craft-center-redevelopment.

For additional question about the project or special meeting accommodations please contact David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048.

 

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Community invited to South Park Community Center to review sitewide plan and enjoy free movie night

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the community to review the South Park Community Center Sitewide Plan and a screening of Disney’s Coco on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will be held at South Park Community Center’s gym at 8319 8th Ave. S., 98108. The community is encouraged to attend.

The Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge fund provided $50,000 for a South Park Community Center playfield and play area sitewide plan. SPR hired Broadview Planning in 2017 to lead the planning and design with an emphasis on providing strategies for mitigating negative health impacts resulting from the site’s proximity to a major transportation corridor, incorporating the principles of crime prevention through environmental design and approaching this project with cultural competency with a focus on engaging underrepresented communities.

The South Park Vision Plan provided a starting point for the design. Broadview planning incorporated feedback from the community and prepared the final concept design for the site that will be presented at this event. The design includes the renovation of the playfield, re-locating the play area with potential for a future spraypark, fitness zone and dog off-leash area.

This plan was developed with funding from the first round of the Major Projects Challenge Fund community-initiated projects, announced in December 2016, that provided small awards for feasibility and preliminary design work to help define the scope of potential future projects and awards to two construction projects. The MPCF awards were based on screening criteria that included an equitable prioritization scoring matrix, and came recommended by the Seattle Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Superintendent. 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 more information about this project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/south-park-community-center-play-area-renovation or contact Karimah Edwards at Karimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063.

 

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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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Mayor to Award Seattle Park District Funds to Amy Yee Tennis Center and Kubota Garden

Join us Thursday, Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m.

On Thursday, December 15, Mayor Murray will award major projects at the Amy Yee Tennis Center and Kubota Garden.  The funding is from the Seattle Park District’s Major Projects Challenge Fund, an initiative which leverages Park District funding with community-raised matching funds. The Fund awards are based on a recommendation from the Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Superintendent Jesús Aguirre.

Amy Yee Tennis Center Check Award Ceremony: At 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15 the Mayor will present a check for $1,273,000 to the Amy Yee Tennis Center Advisory Council. The tennis center project will 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.

Kubota Garden Check Award Ceremony: At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, the Mayor will present a check for $925,000 to the Kubota Garden Foundation. There are two phases to the Kubota Garden project. The first phase is the construction of the wall to the north of the Entry Gate and the completion of an accessible path. The second phase is the wall on the south side of the current parking lot. The project includes a retaining wall to create additional parking. Kubota Garden is located at 9817 55th Ave. S.

Background on the Major Projects Challenge Fund: The six-year financial plan for the Seattle Park District includes the Major Projects Challenge Fund, which provides $1.6 million annually to finance the redevelopment of SPR facilities. The intent of the Fund is to leverage community-generated funding to supplement the Park District funds. To maximize the impact of the funding, SPR combined two-years of funding for the initial round of awards. Applications for the funding from community organizations were scored based on criteria developed in consultation with the Park District Oversight Committee. The Committee reviewed the applications and recommended a slate of awards. Two projects were considered “shovel ready”: Amy Yee Tennis Center and Kubota Garden. Many other projects received smaller amounts for planning, ranging from $30,000 to $93,000.

Additional Project Awards: In addition to the construction funds awarded to the Amy Yee Tennis Center and Kubota Garden, planning grants were awarded to the following organizations.

Major Projects Challenge Fund

2016 Planning Grant Awards

Project Award
Daybreak Star Capital Needs Assessment and Facility Improvements $30,000
South Park Community Center – Playground and Playfields Renewal $50,000
Madrona Bathhouse Theater Improvement $40,000
Magnuson Park Community Center Improvements $50,000
Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment $93,000
Magnuson Park Playfield Development Project $50,000

 

For additional information, please contact Karen O’Connor at karen. o’connor@seattle.gov or visit http://www.seattle.gov/seattle-park-district/projects/building-for-the-future

 

 

 

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