Tag: Community Center

Status quo is not an option: streamlining the operation of our community centers

September 12th, 2011

This afternoon in High Point, I stood with Mayor McGinn and acting Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, Christopher Williams, as the mayor announced his preferred option for the future of our community centers. Mayor McGinn will incorporate our Option #2, or the Geographic Management and Service Level option, into his 2012 budget. It is unusual […]

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Let’s maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and value of our community centers

June 14th, 2011

Last fall, City Council spent weeks trying to adopt a balanced budget that reflected our City’s values. This was no easy task as we faced millions in cuts. As you may know, I chair the Parks and Seattle Center Committee and, historically, when budget cuts are made, Parks takes a large portion of those reductions. […]

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Community Center public meeting on Wednesday

January 31st, 2011

It’s time! This Wednesday marks the first public meeting for citizens to help us determine how community centers can be run more effectively and more efficiently. We heard hundreds of requests during the budget process to keep all 26 centers open without making cuts to programs or hours. Now’s the time to help us figure out how best […]

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Spotlight: Parks highlights from 2010

January 24th, 2011

Seattle Parks & Recreation Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams joined us at Thursday’s Parks & Seattle Center Committee. As the year ended, 10% of Parks employees were laid off or had their hours reduced. Notwithstanding these budget whacks, Parks is regrouping. Here are some of the departmental accomplishments from 2010 and a look ahead at select […]

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Help wanted: reshape operation of our community centers

December 21st, 2010

As a result of a challenging budget situation in 2011 and 2012, the City Council has asked Seattle Parks & Recreation to re-think how community centers are operated. This process will include public meetings and the creation of a Community Center Advisory Team; Parks is looking for community members to participate on this team.  Advisory Team […]

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