Mayor’s budget: Alki Community Center changes proposed

9:52 AM: A source in one of the Seattle Parks budget briefings – as noted in our previous report, employees are being told whether their jobs will be affected by the budget Mayor McGinn will officially announce at noon – says $10.2 million in cuts are being proposed for Parks. That includes 192 people whose jobs will be affected by proposed reduction of 103.3 “full time equivalents” – apparently many jobs are being proposed for reduced hours rather than outright layoffs. Our source also says that next year, if you are found to get four parking tickets, you’ll get The Boot (immobilizing device) – unpaid parking tickets represent $15 million in uncollected revenue (not sure why this came up in the Parks meeting, but it did). Again, this is all reported to be in the mayor’s proposal – nothing is final until the next few months of meetings, hearings, and votes are over. More as we get it.

10:20 AM: Latest update from our source: The community centers that are reportedly to be proposed for closure include Alki Community Center in West Seattle. Also reportedly proposed for closure: Ballard, Green Lake, Laurelhurst, and Rainier Beach (a new building is in the works at RB anyway).

11:01 AM: More from our source: Child care/preschool could remain at Alki (among others) under a partnership model. Also, NO pool closures are proposed, we are told – and beaches with lifeguards will keep them. Again, the mayor’s official announcement is due at noon – Seattle Channel is offering a live online feed and we will post that in a separate story.

12:59 PM NOTE: See our separate, ongoing story about the budget address, and the online documents with details. The mayor described the Alki CC changes as “limited-use status.” Still sorting out full details.

7 Replies to "Mayor's budget: Alki Community Center changes proposed"

  • tincanrocket September 27, 2010 (10:32 am)

    bad move – cut something else like a few neighborhood park maintenance services and let area residents pick up the slack there – I certainly would pitch in.

  • Baba September 27, 2010 (10:38 am)

    I do welcome the cuts and I’m sure more cuts to come. Alki Community Center’s closure hurts though, because it’s not going to reopen soon, the way things are going now :(

  • pam September 27, 2010 (2:55 pm)

    So no Friday night skate night? That would be sad.

  • LA September 27, 2010 (6:40 pm)

    Curious – we were at Southwest Pool today and they indicated that one pool will be closed in the city. Any follow up on that statement?

    • WSB September 27, 2010 (6:42 pm)

      No pools are being closed in this proposal (which isn’t final till everyone’s done going through it over the next 2 months) – aside from some wading pools (none in West Seattle) – that was quite clearly stated and restated (and is in written documentation as well) – TR

  • visitor September 27, 2010 (7:06 pm)

    Friday night skate at Alki will continue.

  • mimo October 6, 2010 (11:00 am)

    City of Seattle should have budgetted for education of children more. We pay tax a lot.
    I hope they will do smart expense for future.

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