Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Seattle Parks Foundation Seeks Community's Input On Parks System

Seattle Parks Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization working with public and private partners, has put up a survey on its website to solicit input from the community on how to address the huge budget shortfall facing the Seattle Parks system.

The Foundation has since 2001, completed 33 park projects and secured over $29 million for parks and green spaces throughout Seattle.

Last month the Foundation released a report which showed that the Parks Department lacks a sustainable source of ongoing operations and maintenance funding and faces an annual $25 million shortfall.  They say that this shortfall has led to a backlog of  maintenance projects costing over $200 million, increase in user fees, and reduction in community center hours. 

You can find the survery here, as well as check out what others have said and download a copy of the February report. 

By taking the survey, you can also opt to enter into a drawing for a $50 REI gift certificate.

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