Back in November, 2000, one of the first acts that I committed as a new Seattleite was to vote in support of the Pro Parks levy. IMHO, this levy has done great things for Seattle’s parks. Practically every time I’m at a park, I see a sign boasting that X project was completed with funds from the Pro Parks levy. And if you don’t believe me, just take a look at this project list, which impressively covers everything from Ballard Commons Park to Cal Anderson Park, reservoirs, p-patches, the Burke-Gilman and the Arboretum. Go parks!
To my great delight, I learned today that the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is soliciting feedback via an online survey. Park-user input will help shape the department’s “Parks Legacy Plan.” The survey is being administered by DHM Research, a neutral third party. They hope to assess:
- Whether parks resources are deployed in the most effective manner;
- Which facilities and parks get the most use; and
- What are the core services Parks provides?
Take it here! It’s quick. It’s meaningful. And you get to answer this question, which for me was the most fun:
If you had $100 to spend on parks and recreation in the City of Seattle, how would you spend your money? [Allocate a portion of your money accordingly]:
- Acquiring new park land and open space
- Improvements to existing parks, such as updating sports fields and replacing old play equipment
- Building new parks
- Routine maintenance of existing parks