I suggest you charge fees for parking in the parks. Include an option for purchasing annual passes. In doing this make provision for the disabled to park at low or no cost. A past City Council decided against this, but present budget needs make this a different era. This proposal also has some other benefits such as reducing fuel use and air pollution and reducing obesity by motivating some to arrive on foot or ...more »
charge a FEE for using dog parks/off leash areas
What a catastrophic set of cuts! Wow. I think the Mayor did pretty well given what he faced. I'm particularly pleased he is not closing swimming pools (except RB) and kept most community centers open. The new parks fees are 'fair'. The cuts to maintenance shops and parks maintenance will bite us...in a year are 2. No one's going to go out and say 'save my plumber/electrician or grounds maintenance worker, but we need ...more »
Create a new category of dog license that would permit owners of dogs under demonstrated voice control to pay for a more expensive annual license in exchange for the right to have the non-pitbull breeds of dog off leash in large grassy areas of public parks for the sole purpose of fetching/retrieving a ball or toy so long as no children are present/visible. This is similar to what New York does, and it would double revenue ...more »
I've noticed many cars parked all day in our park's parking lots. I suspect many are neighbors and employees of local businesses. Put in parking meters to increase revenue and discourage long term free parking for non-park users.
cut from key arena! its loosing the city over 2 million dollars each year
I suggest you abandnon plans to remodel Green lake Community Center for Staff use when an unused space in West seattle currently leased to SCL for storage of used furniture can be relocated, that area cleaned up and with minimal effort, provide office and program planning space (its former use), Saves the Green Lake space for public use. Makes the 300 K plus funding available to use elswhere
The Department of Planning, Development and Acquisition currently has a budget that is close to 7 million dollars. According to the Parks and Recreation Department, the purpose of this budget is to provide money to acquire, plan, design, develop and coordinate construction of new and existing parks. Surely in such difficult financial times there is no need for our city to be looking to acquire land for new parks? We ...more »
I suggest that when cuts are being made to the Parks Department that the Mayor makes a serious effort to not cut from Recreational Facilities and Programs along with Facility and Strucure Maintenance. I believe that these areas of the budget are important and will end up saving Seattle more money in the long run because more maintenance means that as a city we will be able to use our old facilities for a longer time and ...more »
Cut from the aquisition part of the parks and rec budget. If we dont have money to clean the parks, how can we justify spending money on aquiring new ones?
By cutting money from the Campus Grounds section from the Seattle Center Budget, we could save money while maintaining the open air meeting spaces that make Seattle center a cultural hub of Downtown Seattle. We could cut the money from reducing the frequency in which we work from things like landscaping and to cutting the grass. We would save money by switching the people who work maintenance to part time if they are ...more »
I suggest you cut from the Finance and Administration budget control level. The 2010 Adopted budget increased from the endorsed budget by 22%. I suggest cutting 25% would restore the budget as well as relieve 2 million dollars to be used in other crucial funding that directly affects the public. I believe that though the budget would be facing a cut, it has already been successful in previous recession years at a similar ...more »