Parks Levy Opportunity Fund proposals: 1 week till the pitches!

Who will get shares of the first $7 million? Thanks to Pete Spalding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee, we have details on the meeting a week from tonight during which West Seattleites who proposed Opportunity Fund projects will get to make their pitches. It’s Monday, June 14th, at Magnuson Park‘s Workshop & View Ridge Room (7400 Sand Point Way; here’s a map). It starts at 4:45, when applicants will set up displays and sign up for presentations; 5:15-6:15 is their open-house opportunity to show them off; then 6:30-8:45, applicants get 2 minutes each to pitch their projects. (In addition to the West Seattle projects, this meeting also is for those from the Northwest and Northeast parts of the city; other parts of the city get a pitch session 6/28.) Pete stresses one thing: Even if your project didn’t rank highly in the recently revealed Parks staff ratings, you’ve still got a chance, if you’re ready to fight for it – those ratings are only part of what committee members will decide in their recommendations, and even the lowest-staff-rated proposal has a chance, if a good enough case is made! Here’s the official agenda; here’s the citywide list of projects and staff ratings.

2 Replies to "Parks Levy Opportunity Fund proposals: 1 week till the pitches!"

  • Parks Admirer & tax payer June 7, 2010 (10:09 pm)

    Wow folks! Read through this list!!! This is our tax money at work. No wonder the politicians like to tax us and then use OUR money to dole out pet projects! This list is an eye opener!!!

    Why, may I ask are we spending money on new projects when we can’t afford to maintain the parks we currently have?
    This is such a crazy system. I would say it is obviously run by democrats… but republicians have helped. Maybe we all need to vote independent. …. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love parks and who doesn’t? But, the Parks Department is cutting it’s budget and maintenance is going away. This is topsy turvy budgeting and thinking. ….. Hey… EVEYRONE… get back on track!

  • nulu June 10, 2010 (8:43 am)

    I agree, some of these proposals are outrageous money grabs and do not meet minimum requirements yet are still rated and proponents encouraged to fight!
    Proponents only are allowed to speak.
    If you are a concerned skeptic such as “Parks Admirer,” you will not be accorded a chance to speak.

    Please write your letters of opposition to:
    Kellee Jones

    Planning and Development Specialist

    Seattle Parks & Recreation

    800 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

    P (206) 684-7052

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