Aug. 13, 2015 Board of Park Commissioners meeting canceled

The Board of Park Commissioners canceled the Aug. 13 meeting. The Board will be in retreat at the Jefferson Park Golf Club from 2 – 5:30 p.m. At the retreat the Board will be discussing Board business, operating procedures and the work plan for the coming year.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged  http://pugetsoundoff.org/getengaged. The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

July 9, 2015 Board of Park Commissioners meeting canceled

The Board of Park Commissioners canceled the July 9 meeting. The Board will be discussing the Supplemental Use Guidelines for Natural Areas and Greenbelts at the July 23 meeting. A Board recommendation will happen at a future meeting.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged  http://pugetsoundoff.org/getengaged. The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

Park Board to hold hearing on June 11 on Greenbelt and Natural Areas Supplemental Use Guidelines

The Board of Park Commissioners will host a public hearing on Thursday, June 11, to take comments on Supplemental Use Guidelines for Greenbelts and Natural Areas.

The public hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N.

The Supplemental Use Guidelines will serve as a transparent tool to evaluate use proposals in Parks’ classified Natural Areas and Greenbelts. This tool will include a checklist of criteria that will allow for low-intensity, passive and active recreation activities while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment. It will provide criteria to determine the compatibility of activities in these areas, their design character and level of use; while providing access, opportunity and sustainability.

The intent of this effort is to develop values-based guidelines for the appropriate use of Seattle’s natural areas and greenbelts. This process will result in a vision for natural areas and greenbelts that will maintain the native forest ecosystem, protect public safety and enhance positive uses over the long-term.

Parks staff will present their findings based on their robust outreach efforts, which includes feedback from key stakeholders, the mind-mixer website, and the mini-summit held in April.

Those who want to give input, but are not able to come to the meeting can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged  PROGRAM (http://pugetsoundoff.org/getengaged).

The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

Park Board postpones May 14 meeting; board to make recommendations on smoking ban & Cheasty trail on May 28

The Board of Park Commissioners has postponed its May 14 meeting and will discuss and make recommendations on both the proposed smoking ban in Seattle parks and on the proposed Cheasty Bike and Pedestrian Trail Pilot Project at its subsequent meeting on Thursday, May 28.

That meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenneth R. Bounds Board Room at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N.

Board members requested additional information from Parks staff and more time to review the public comments they have received about both proposals.

For the smoking ban, written comments can be submitted to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov until May 7.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a nine-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Four members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; four members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is a young adult appointed by the YMCA Get Engaged Program (http://www.leadershiptomorrowseattle.org/YMCA.asp).

 

The Board generally meets twice a month, normally on the second and fourth Thursday, to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters.

 

Seattle Parks invites public comment on proposed smoking ban

Seattle Parks and Recreation is receiving public comment on its proposed smoking ban through May 7. A written briefing on the proposal is available here.

There are two ways to provide input:

  • Complete an online Mindmixer survey. Just click on the link and follow the prompts to respond to the question. The deadline is Thursday, May 7.
  • Send a written comment to the Board of Park Commissioners to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov. The deadline is Thursday, May 7.

The Board of Park Commissioners will discuss the proposed smoking ban at its regular meeting on May 14, and make a recommendation to the superintendent. The superintendent will take the Board’s recommendation into consideration, and issue a final ruling in mid- to late May.