There is a need for dialogue on a wide range of important issues confronting our city, and hopefully, consensus. The April meeting will feature a discussion on parks funding issues and a proposed approach to civic engagement on issues in general that are divisive.
Becca Aue, Program Director, and Thatcher Bailey, Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation, will brief the group on the report, Sustaining Seattle’s Parks: A Study of Alternative Strategies to Support Operations and Maintenance of a Great Urban Parks System, and will respond to questions. Finding the right mix of solutions for our parks relies on a broad community dialogue. For more information about the Parks Foundation, go to www.seattleparksfoundation.org.
Seattle’s parks lack a consistent, sustainable source of funds to pay for operations, maintenance, rehabilitation, and repair. There is currently a $25 million shortfall in the annual cost of operating and maintaining the existing parks system and a $200 million backlog of major maintenance projects. The recent report prepared for the Seattle Parks Foundation and its partners outlines a range of potential solutions based upon a nationwide review of best practices.
Dan Catchpole, journalist, will discuss his proposal for bringing diverse groups together to reach consensus.
The April meeting will also include our monthly Round Robin of issues and projects in your neighborhood. If you have informational materials you would like distributed at the meeting, please email electronic copies or links to Jeannie Hale at email@example.com.
7:00 Call to Order and Introductions
1. Changes to the agenda
2. Treasurer’s report
3. President’s report
7:15 Sustaining Seattle’s Parks: Becca Aue and Thatcher Bailey, Seattle Parks Foundation
8:15 Engage Seattle—Civic Engagement for Seattle’s Next 50 Years: Dan Catchpole
8:40 Round Robin
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