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Your turn: help set a new direction for our community centers



As a very challenging budget process came to a close in November of last year, City Council issued Statement of Legislative Intent 101-1-A-1 requesting that Seattle Parks and Recreation evaluate how community centers are operated and programmed. The department will work diligently over the next six months to compile a report, and the process will include public meetings to discuss with the community ideas for how centers can be run more efficiently. 

The first public meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 2nd at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. East, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Seattle Parks and Recreation operates 26 community centers throughout the city.  The cost to run the centers far exceeds revenue brought in from center programs.  Because of the current difficult budget situation, the department is exploring alternatives that would offer continued services for the public, while reducing costs.  New methods of management, staffing, fundraising and partnerships will be explored. 

As part of this process, we’ve convened a Community Center Advisory Team (CCAT) comprised of community members, representatives from the Board of Park Commissioners, representatives of employee unions, employees, the Associated Recreation Council, and City Council and City Budget Office staff.

At the February 2 public meeting, Parks staff will ask attendees to share ideas and concerns regarding community center operations.  In the spring, an additional public meeting will be held to discuss specific options.

 For questions about the public meeting, please contact Susan Golub:  susan.golub@seattle.gov, and for more information on the SLI, contact me at sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov

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