Monday, January 10, 2011

Deadline Today to Apply to Serve on Newly Created Community Center Advisory Committee

Seattle Parks and Recreation has recently created the Community Center Advisory Team and is looking for members to get on board. Deadline to apply is today by 5pm.

This Team was created as a result of the City Council asking Seattle Parks and Recreation to re-think how community centers are operated, as a result of the newly approved 2011 City CouncilBudget, resulting in reduced services at many Community Centers, including the Laurelhurst Community Center, where the previous 53 drop-in hours have been reduced to 30 hours with many classes, programs and community events dropped.

Advisory Team meetings will happen twice a month from January through May as well as some public meetings.

"The team will be exploring innovative ideas for operating the City’s community centers. Team members will consider the way the centers currently operate, review what other cities are doing, consider alternative operating models, evaluate public input, and assess options for partnerships. Ultimately the Advisory Team will review and provide advice on the report that Parks will submit to City Council by June 1st, " the press release says.

Members of the Advisory Team will also include representatives from the Board of Park Commissioners, representatives of employee unions, employees, the Associated Recreation Council, and City Council and City Budget Office staff.

If you'd like to apply submit a statement of no more than 1,000 words total answering these questions:

•How and where have you been involved with a community center?
•Please give an example of your most recent involvement.
•What will you bring to the table?

Please submit your statement via e-mail to Susan Golub: by today at 5pm.

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