Councilmember Bagshaw left office on December 31, 2019. This website is for archival purposes only and is no longer updated.

2010 in Review

Each of us has talents and gifts we can choose to develop, and it is this sharing of our gifts with others that makes us rich.  I am grateful to those who have shared their gifts and wisdom with me along the way.  By any measure, 2010 has been one of the finest years of my life.  I know without a doubt that I am in the right place at the right time, and working with my community and council colleagues we have accomplished a great many good things for our city this year. 

 Here are a few of my favorites:

Cameras in the Park: Unlike Alan Funt’s famous show, there was no comedy involved in the Parks Committee’s work on evaluating surveillance cameras in city parks. We held public meetings, met with the ACLU, and visited the West Precinct’s monitoring station, ultimately deciding to remove the existing cameras and restrict installation of future units.

Community Centers: One of the most difficult budget issues to tackle this year was the proposed closure of a number of our community centers. Every community cherishes its center, and we heard from hundreds of vocal advocates urging us to preserve their favorite programs. With much work and some tremendous support from Council Central Staff and Parks leadership, we were able to keep all the centers open and even add some operating hours to affected Community Centers. Council issued a statement of legislative intent for 2011 to evaluate the operating model of our centers and find ways to maximize these critical community resources.  Christopher Williams and other Parks Department leaders have developed a work plan to consider how all Community Centers will be operated and programmed in the future.  Community and employee participation will be hallmarks of this work plan. Starting in January, we plan to continually update information about the Community Center work plan and opportunities for community participation and input via our website

Emergency Housing: City Hall opened up the “Red Doors” to its emergency overnight shelter and additional shelters at the Frye Hotel and Seattle Center were opened often in November and December to provide a warm and dry place to sleep for the City’s homeless population.  These facilities will continue to be opened all winter. Thanks to Nick Licata and all my council colleagues for their support on this critical matter.

Lake to Bay Loop: The Lake to Bay Loop Trail, connecting Lake Union Park and Seattle Center to the waterfront and Olympic Sculpture Park, is becoming a reality. Thanks to SDOT, funding was secured for the trail’s Thomas Street Overpass, and our Park Board recently approved an allocation from the 2000 Parks Levy fund to cover design work and early implementation of the trail. We look forward to working with the Seattle Parks Foundation and other interested stakeholders to get to work on this linear urban trail in early 2011.

Lifelong Recreation: With great pleasure, I have worked with dedicated seniors who know that staying active and involved in their community will lead to happier, healthier lives for themselves and their neighbors.   This past year I have joined them for line dancing, hiking, neighborhood cleanups and trail construction.  I am committed to keep and expand these programs.

MOHAI: The Council voted unanimously to uphold the agreement with the Museum of History and Industry, and MOHAI will move to Lake Union Park. In just a few days, construction will begin at the Naval Reserve Armory to accommodate MOHAI’s exhibits and public spaces.  MOHAI has been recognized as “a dynamic and innovative center for historical exploration where people are inspired by the past to create a better future,” and is a steward of Seattle and Puget Sound’s precious history. In 2012, we’ll have a new regional history museum anchoring Lake Union Park, highlighting our maritime industry and heritage, and becoming an integral part of the burgeoning neighborhood to the south. Whether you’re living, working, or playing in South Lake Union area, imagine the delight of a walk from MOHAI to the Waterfront along the Lake to Bay Loop! 

New Parks: The voter-approved 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy provided funds this year to acquire future park space on First Hill, Capitol Hill, and Fremont.  In addition, Seattleites submitted nearly 100 project proposal applications to take advantage of the Levy’s Opportunity Fund, which offers financial support for community-initiated park development or property acquisition projects. In the first cycle, $7 million will be awarded to fifteen community initiated projects

Seattle Center: Last spring I urged for a formal RFP process for Seattle Center’s Fun Forest redevelopment. Over the next five months, Seattle Center hosted two public meetings, took comment from hundreds of Seattle residents, and convened a selection panel to evaluate nine proposals. An agreement was reached to invite and expand KEXP into the northwest section of Seattle Center, a Chihuly exhibition and garden in the South Fun Forest site, and an imaginative family play garden development north of the monorail terminal in the North Fun Forest site.  These additions herald exciting changes to the Seattle Center grounds as we approach the 50th celebration of the 1962 World’s Fair. 

Seattle for Washington: Kudos to Council President Richard Conlin who envisioned an idea he called “Seattle for Washington.” Each councilmember agreed to contact designated legislators and key leaders state-wide.  We introduced ourselves and asked how the City of Seattle could support their efforts and needs.  The objective was to establish new relationships and reach an understanding that Seattle and the rest of the state need each other. Seattle needs Washington, and Washington needs Seattle.  It all starts with good and trusting relationships.  I look forward to continuing this work in 2011. 

Seattle Waterfront: Designing the great Waterfront for All is underway. After a major competitive effort this year, we have hired the designers and the engineering teams who will work together to create our revitalized waterfront.  This will be our legacy that we leave for generations to come.  By leveraging the money committed from the state, Port and federal government to replace the viaduct, we will move people and goods safely underneath our city, provide more and better marine habitat, enhance our maritime industries, create a new economic engine for our city and region, and invite neighbors and tourists alike to come downtown to enjoy our natural waterfront beauty. Just imagine a project that addresses our transportation needs as well as encourages us to become our environmental, economic, cultural, historic, and artistic best! Seeing this project happen is one of the reasons why I ran for office.

South Park Bridge: Before the 2007 Roads and Transit package was defeated, it included 100% funding for a new South Park Bridge.  I felt then, as I do now, that promoting a regional transportation package that would include regional funding for transit, bridges, and roads is the better way to care for our infrastructure than a piece-mealed “it’s just about me” approach.  Because of RTID’s defeat, we did not have the necessary funding for the South Park Bridge, hence its closure in June.  This was a tragedy because the bridge provided a freight corridor and a transportation lifeline between South Park, Georgetown, and other Seattle neighborhoods.  Thanks to the work of Senator Patty Murray, Governor Gregoire, Dow Constantine, King County Council, the Port of Seattle, the Seattle City Council and key labor leaders amongst others, we have committed financial support to replace this lifeline.  With the success of the TIGER II grant application, we’re looking forward to a 2013 completion date of the new bridge and a renewed connection to South Park.  

Happy New Year to you all, and here’s to continued progress and growth in 2011!

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