Encourage Community Center staff to utilize local blogs to promote programs. Attendance will increase for affordable and valuable programs offered by Parks. Many programs are canceled due to low enrollment. Local blogs have community calendars in addition to a news feed. All are sponsored by local businesses and operate as a community soundboard.
When times were good ('08) we established millions in the levy. Now we need them for basic day to day operations. Soon to be laid off Parks employees are meeting with neighborhoods asking where they’d like a new park, even though we can't care of what we have! Retool the levy - we can't afford it now. Let's be smart enough to admit that and work hard to try and change the law now that the situation is changed.
I suggest you...do NOT transfer in $23,000 of appropriation authority from the Golf Capital Reserve BCL to pay for the Golf Master Plan! We don't need new driving ranges or better roads for golf carts! Our money should be going somewhere more worth while!
This would only go into effect with people bringing in 5 or more dogs at once. The funding would help pay to for upkeep. If you didn't have notification that you payed this fee, then one way of working off the fine would be to volunteer in the OLA.
Parks department community centers are the glue that hold the communities together especially in a time of economic distress when more people of all ages turn to them. I think it is unfair to target some centers for wholly other than program use for their communities such as is being done with the Laurelhurst Community Center, whose property and first building was initially purchased by the community and given to the ...more »
Rather than cutting Environmental Learning Center programs, suggest you make all of them have at least some charge to attendees (it is wonderful to have them free, but would rather have them at $2-10/visit than not at all). Look for concerned community members with skills in marketing to help better promote these events. They would have value to the many members of the community but I feel folks are just unaware of the ...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 »
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 »
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?
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