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City turns to the public for help planning the future of community centers

What do you think? (1 Comment) January 27, 2011 at 4:30PM

Earlier today (Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011), Seattle City Council posted a news release urging the public to make their voice heard about the future of the city’s community centers.

“Throughout last year’s budget process,” the news release reads, “Seattle City Council heard from hundreds of people about the value of programming at their Community Centers. As a result of the concerns voiced, Council passed a Statement of Legislative Intent asking the Department of Parks and Recreation to examine how Community Centers are operated.”

There will be a public meeting to discuss how community centers can be run differently on Wednesday, Feb.  2, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave E).

“Now that the Green Lake Community Center is a Limited Use Site, this is an especially important meeting,”  Donna Sammons, Evans Pool Aquatic Center Coordinator, said earlier today.

The Green Lake Community Center is no longer open on weekends, except during basketball season, and the facility has limited staffing after losing a full-time Coordinator and a full-time Assistant Coordinator in the 2011 city budget.  (You can read more about the effect of the 2011 city budget on the Green Lake Community Center here.)

Green Lake Community Center

The conversation at the Feb. 2 community meeting will focus on how Parks can continue important services while reducing costs. Long-term, sustainable programming models will be explored.

“We heard from the community about the value of their centers and we hope to see those same individuals on February 2, so we can continue this much needed conversation,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Parks and Seattle City Center Committee, in the press release sent by City Council.  “Now is the time to make a difference in your neighborhood,” she said.

Councilmember Bagshaw will be at the Feb. 2 community meeting.

One Response to “City turns to the public for help planning the future of community centers”

  1. Barb says:

    I think it stinks that they require us to be at the meeting physically in order to have an impact on this issue. And calling a meeting so last minute like this… are they just trying NOT to hear from us? My thoughts are, stripping budgets from our parks and community centers are stripping our community of it’s heart. Put the money back in. Use the current money to make more money, instead of just spending it and expecting the taxpayers to always foot the bill. Fundraisers, community events to raise money, concessions at greenlake and more could be done to support our community center. Why isn’t the city council thinking in this way, instead of just “where can we cut? Oh, no one will cry out if we cut the community centers!”