Posts for January, 2011

Seawall Project Open House tonight

January 19th, 2011

Tonight’s event is family-friendly and you’re encouraged to drop in for just a few minutes and help design a seawall that supports and protects Seattle’s waterfront, including critical utilities, transportation corridors, recreation and tourist destinations, and thousands of businesses and homes Location: The Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Time: 5:30 […]


What’s your sign, Magnuson?

January 18th, 2011

Thursday’s Parks & Seattle Center Committee agenda features a discussion and public hearing on the sign code for the Sand Point Overlay District, located within Magnuson Park.  The meeting is scheduled for 9:30am on Thursday, January 20th, in Council Chambers at City Hall. The Sand Point Overlay District was created in 1997 when the U.S. […]


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

January 14th, 2011

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 […]


Thoughts on Tucson & tonight’s vigil at Westlake Plaza

January 13th, 2011

I have read many disheartening rants this week that conclude that no, we “can’t just all get along”, that civil society is dead, and that this is politics as usual. Or even worse, I heard the crud slung from both ends of the political spectrum claiming that the “other side” caused Jared Lee Loughner to […]


A gem on First Hill

January 12th, 2011

I was a guest at last night’s First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA) meeting, and it is opportunities like these for which I am most grateful as a Councilmember. Local community groups like the FHIA are made up of committed businesses and residents, and their monthly meetings are meant to address and improve community issues. The FHIA has […]


Events pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 11th, 2011

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’re less than a week away from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Though his actual birthday is the 15th, the observance of […]


Opening Doors: Thoughts on homelessness

January 10th, 2011

There are few people who didn’t hear last week’s tale of Ted Williams, the golden-voiced homeless man in Columbus, Ohio, who begged for change at a freeway off-ramp. Thanks to a viral video shared by a Columbus reporter, Williams went from making his home in the bushes to fielding multiple  job offers from organizations including the […]


2011 City Council Priorities to be unveiled Monday

January 7th, 2011

Please join us next Monday, January 10th, for a special presentation from the Seattle City Council. At 2pm in Council Chambers, my colleagues and I will be looking back at the accomplishments of the past year and we’ll report on how we reached targets outlined in our 2010 Priorities. We’ll also look ahead and share […]


“Yellow Swings” and Parks for All

January 6th, 2011

At the core of Seattle Parks & Recreation’s mission statement is a vow to provide all citizens with safe and welcoming opportunities to play, learn, and build community. We accomplish these objectives in many ways, whether it’s through a partnership with an organization like the Children’s Playgarden, which provides children of all abilities with a […]


Get involved! Parks levy oversight committee needs members

January 5th, 2011

We’re seeking candidates to fill three vacancies on the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee.  The Parks and Green Spaces Levy was approved by Seattle voters in November 2008 to help implement $145 million worth of projects and programs planned by a citizens’ advisory group.  Background information on the levy can be found at […]


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