Park inspection volunteers needed for new program

Be a parks inspector and help keep our open spaces maintained and welcoming!

A new program invites community members to assist Seattle Parks and Recreation in regularly surveying our parks in a systematic and transparent way. Parks Inspection Program Volunteers will receive training and work with Parks staff to carry out “check ups” of our city’s many parks.

The goal is to regularly evaluate our parks to identify problems and keep these precious city resources safe and inviting. Regular inspections will enable Parks staff to repair assets when needed and attend to any deficiencies exposed by the inspections.

The program begins in November 2017 and is recruiting volunteers now. Potential volunteers will be required to attend a training and commit to 1-2 inspections per month. We will work with volunteers’ schedules and will do our best to place them in their home neighborhoods.

We are excited about engaging Seattle’s community in the world of park maintenance, and are hopeful that you will apply. Information and details can be found on the Parks Inspection Volunteer Program web page; please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

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Online Open House – Design Review Program Improvements

We are hosting an online open house through July 24th for our Design Review Program Improvements project. Please visit the online open house for background about the Design Review program, updates on our efforts to improve the program, and to give your feedback on our initial ideas.

Most new private development for commercial or multi-family buildings in Seattle must go through Design Review to help ensure buildings are designed to enhance the character of the city.

The goals for the Design Review Program Improvements project are:

  • To Cultivate the program’s purpose of encouraging better design
  • To improve the level of consistency, efficiency and predictability in how the City administers the program
  • To increase accessibility to encourage better dialogue between the Design Review Boards, applicants and community
  • To use communication strategies and tools to improve how information is presented, shared and reviewed throughout the entire design review process

Visit our Open House and let us know what you think:

Visit our website for more information about the Design Review Program Improvements project.