Seattle Parks and Recreation is scheduled to take deep cuts in order to balance the budget for 2010 and beyond. For Green Lake, this could mean closing facilities and/or pools or reducing trash pickup, mowing and maintenance at all the parks in our neighborhood.
The City of Seattle faces a budget shortfall of $10 million in 2010 and a projected $50 million shortfall in 2011-2012. Parks is slated to take the biggest hit in the Mayor’s plan to erase the city’s deficit, with the first cuts scheduled for July 1, 2010.
Decisions for the 2010 mid-year cuts are being made now. Community members need to share their personal stories with the Mayor and City Council members if they expect the doors to stay open and the parks maintained. There are no public meetings or formal requests for public comment, so individuals must reach out to their elected officials and start a dialogue if they want to have an impact.
Thinking of writing to Mayor McGinn and/or the City Council? Share your ideas with other Green Lake residents in the comments to this post.