Seattle Parks and Recreation will host three community meetings in January to get feedback on the work done by the Parks Legacy Citizens’ Advisory Committee in preparation for a potential 2014 park and recreation funding ballot measure.

The meetings will take place:

•Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. at the International District/Chinatown Community Center (719 Eighth Ave. S.);

•Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at High Point Community Center (6920 34th Ave. S.W. (free childcare will be provided); and

• Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave. N.).

The meetings will feature a brief presentation that describes how the committee has prioritized a list of potential investment initiatives. That will be followed by professionally facilitated workshops that seek community input on priorities, size and funding mechanisms.

Seattle Parks and Recreation began working on the Park Legacy Plan, which forms the basis of a ballot funding measure, more than a year ago. The process began with a series of community and park-user surveys and culminated with six public meetings throughout the city to gather input.

After Seattle Parks published the second draft of the Parks Legacy Plan in June 2013, the mayor and City Council convened a volunteer Parks Legacy Citizens’ Advisory Committee to advise them on what a park-funding ballot measure should pay for and what type of funding mechanism it should be: a levy or a metropolitan parks district.

In December, the committee released its preliminary report and a first draft of a prioritized list of programs and services it believes should be funded. At each of its meetings, the committee took public input, and it held a public hearing in November.

At the community meetings in January, the public will learn more about the committee’s recommendations, become educated on the possible funding options, and meet and talk with committee members. 

After the January community meetings, the committee will reconvene in February to review and perhaps revise its preliminary recommendations based on the public input, and it will discuss and make a recommendation on the size and type of the funding measure.

The committee will send its final recommendations to the mayor and City Council on March 12.

To learn more, read the Legacy Committee’s Interim Report at www.seattle.gov/parks/legacy/committee, or in hard copy at community centers and pools. The Interim Report details the committee’s process, rationale, and interim recommendations.

Detailed information about each proposed investment and possible funding mechanisms is also available on the Parks Legacy Citizens’ Advisory Committee website and will be available at the meetings.

Those who want to give input, but are not able to come to the meetings can give written comments, which bear equal weight to verbal comments, via email to parkslegacy@seattle.gov.