Important Seattle Park Board Meetings!

25 05 2010

Seattle Park Board Meetings, Thursdays, May 27 and June 10, 2010.

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners is a volunteer advisory board established by ordinance. The Board consults with and makes recommendations to City Council, the Mayor, and the Superintendent regarding the Parks and Recreation Department’s policies for the planning, development and use of the City’s park and recreation facilities..

May 27 — Seattle Parks’ senior urban forester, Mark Mead, is scheduled to attend the May 27 Park Board meeting to brief the Board on the Department’s “Tree Management Maintenance, Pruning and/or Removal Policy.” This is an opportunity to let the Park Board know about your concerns regarding the proposed KCWTD alternative plan to site a CSO tank in Lowman Beach Park that would require the removal of the two treasured and significant sycamore trees located in the park.

June 10 — Kevin Stoops, Seattle Parks’ Director of Planning and Development, will give a briefing on Lowman Beach and King County’s consideration to use the park for underground sewage storage and combined sewer overflow control facilities. Obviously, this is a great opportunity to let the Parks Board know your feelings and thoughts about the KCWTD plans to completely redo the park for the purpose of locating a CSO tank in the park.

Public testimony is allowed and anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Public comments are heard by the Board near the beginning of the meeting, during Oral Communications. There’s a sign up sheet on the agenda table and the chair will call people to the podium in the order of those signatures. If a large number have signed up, each person will have 2 minutes to speak. If there are only a few speakers, the chair will allow 3 minutes each. If a group is attending, it may be advisable to ask one person to speak for the group and so indicate to the chair when you come to the podium. Many speakers find it helpful to read their written comments and then give 10 copies to the Board.

Park Board Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and take place in the Park Board Room in the Parks administration building in Denny Park at 100 Dexter Ave North.

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