Park Board Meeting and Public Hearing – June 25

Thursday, June 25, 6:30-9 p.m., Park Board Room, 100 Dexter Avenue North.  The regularly scheduled June 11 meeting has been cancelled.

The June 25 meeting will include a public hearing to take comments on Supplemental Use Guidelines for Greenbelts and Natural Areas.  Other agenda items include a presentation on the aquarium expansion plan and a presentation on synthetic field subsurface, an alternative to crumb rubber.

The Supplemental Use Guidelines are aimed at serving as a transparent tool to evaluate use proposals in Parks’ classified Natural Areas and Greenbelts. This draft tool includes a check list of criteria that will allow for low-intensity, passive and active recreation activities while minimizing adverse impacts on the environment. It will provide criteria to determine the compatibility of activities in these areas, their design character and level of use; while providing access, opportunity and sustainability.  The intent of this effort according to the Parks Department is to develop values-based guidelines for the appropriate use of Seattle’s natural areas and greenbelts. This process will result in a vision for natural areas and greenbelts that will maintain the native forest ecosystem, protect public safety and enhance positive uses over the long-term.

Parks staff will present their findings based upon outreach efforts.  For more information about the agenda and briefing papers, contact Rachel Acosta at206-684-5066 or rachel.acosta@seattle.gov or go to the website at www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/default.asp where briefing papers will be posted the Friday before each meeting.  The Board of Park Commissioners meets monthly on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

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