Seattle Parks Foundation and their partners are asking for your input on a how to address the chronic funding shortfall faced by the city’s park system.
Seattle Parks Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that works to improve, expand, and create parks, trails and green spaces. In January, the foundation released a report which revealed that the Seattle Parks Department lacks a sustainable source of ongoing operations and maintenance funding and faces an annual $25 million shortfall.
As a result of this lack of funding, according to Parks Foundation Executive Director Thatcher Bailey, there is a backlog of major maintenance projects in excess of $200 million, increased user fees, and reduced community center hours. ”Left unaddressed,” Bailey said in a press release, “the problem will only worsen over time.”
The Parks Foundation has launched an online community survey to get input from the people of Seattle about the city’s parks system. “In the coming months,” Bailey said, “we will use these perspectives to help shape a set of community recommendations about how we will work together to address this challenge.”
The survey takes approximately 10 minutes, and those who complete it can opt to enter a drawing for a $50 REI gift certificate.