On Tuesday (Oct. 19, 2010), My Green Lake reported that the Parks Department planned to begin converting the entire second floor of the Green Lake Community Center (7201 E Green Lake Dr N) into offices on Nov. 4.
Signs posted at the community center said that the work was “due to budget cuts.” City Council, however, has not yet voted to adopt a final city budget. The 2011-2012 budget will be adopted Nov. 22.
Earlier this evening, I received some updated information about the Green Lake Community Center from Dewey Potter, Communications Manager for Seattle Parks and Recreation.
“It turns out that our planning staff, acting in the best of faith to get the community center upgrades done by January 4 in the event the City Council approves the proposal, began to do work there,” Dewey told me. “When they learned that it is not appropriate to do this before the City Council has voted to adopt the budget, they stopped immediately. The signs have been removed, and the work will not begin again unless and until the City Council approves the proposal.”
Note, however, that some floor repair work is being done behind a black plastic enclosure on the first floor the Green Lake Community Center. This project is unrelated to budget cuts.