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Posts for 'Environment'

Great progress for Seattle Aquarium: 6/21 Committee Wrap Up

June 27th, 2012

We started the June 21 Parks and Neighborhoods Committee meeting with a report from Department of Parks and Recreation’s acting (DPR) Superintendent Christopher Williams. Superintendent’s Report Christopher opened his report with the great news that the Coca-Cola Company gave Beacon BIKES a $10,000 award for the Beacon BIKES Circulation Plan Congratulations to Beacon BIKES! Coming up […]


Preserve green open space – and get a tax break!

June 15th, 2012

In last week’s Parks and Neighborhoods committee meeting, we gave four homeowners some good news – we approved their applications for a program that preserves green space in return for a tax break. The program, called “Current Use Taxation,” or CUT, gives tax relief to property owners who agree to maintain their property as open […]


Grant dollars for Park & Neighborhood projects available, update on Rowing & Sailing Centers, and new land for parks: Committee Recap

April 16th, 2012

This blog features highlights from the Parks and Neighborhoods committee meeting of April 5, 2012. (See the meeting on video instead.) Funding opportunities for local parks projects Reminder! The technical assistance workshops for the Parks Opportunity Fund are coming up at the end of May. These workshops are open to anyone interested in learning about […]


Connections: The Aquarium and the Waterfront

February 13th, 2012

Conserving what’s on the bottom of our oceans can be a tough sell.  We can’t see it or touch it.  It’s out of sight and out of mind for all of us except a few scientists. That’s changing, thanks to the contributions of marine scientists James L. Bodkin and Elliott A. Norse, and others like them, to the […]


Ahhhh, the Sounds of Fall: The Relaxing Gas-powered Leaf Blowers!

November 14th, 2011

As I walked to work in the sunshine last Thursday, I noticed something I’ve seen too many times downtown lately – private clean-up crews out with noisy gas powered blowers blowing leaves off of their sidewalks directly into the street. Property owners may think they are doing the right thing by cleaning off their sidewalks, but […]


Big Day of Play tomorrow at Magnuson Park

August 26th, 2011

Seattle Parks & Recreation’s  4th annual Big Day of Play is this Saturday, August 27th, at Magnuson Park. It’s the signature event of the Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative, designed by Parks and Public Health-Seattle & King County to promote physical activity and wellness programs that serve our diverse community. Big Day of Play is […]


Building 11 Wrap-up: Affirming our Vision for Magnuson Park

August 11th, 2011

The day had finally arrived. The day we voted. It went so smoothly and was actually so easy that I almost forgot why I had had a pit in my stomach for the last several months. But then I remembered the history, the issue, the concerns – the desired outcome and all of the work that we, […]


The Comp Plan: a roadmap for the next 20 years

July 26th, 2011

I’ve posted this reminder before, but here’s a new push to remind people that the decisions the city makes now will have great implications in the future. We need your thoughts on updating Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan – the vision for how Seattle will evolve over the next two decades. There’s a great YouTube video that explains the purpose of the Comp Plan and directs […]


Sound Steps presents Olmsted park to park walk

July 25th, 2011

The Sound Steps Walking Program focuses on the health and wellness of adults age 50 and better throughout the Greater Seattle area. It’s a community-oriented organized walking program that promotes physical activity and fellowship. Next week, Sound Steps will provide a walking tour of Seattle’s historic Olmsted parks. Over the course of August 4th-6th, the […]


July/August Walk Bike Ride Challenge starts today

July 1st, 2011

  Seattle Department of Transportation has been running the Walk Bike Ride Challenge for about a year.  This program encourages folks to switch to walking, cycling and transit.  Participants become part of a community making a difference on many fronts, including personal health and improved air quality in Seattle. When you enroll, you’ll receive weekly […]


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