Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Opening on Seattle Parks Commission

From Ron Angeles at the Delridge Neighborhood Service Center:

Delridge Leadership:

The Delridge District has more public and private open space than any other part of the City, but little representation on the Parks Commission.

Please read about the opportunity below.


From: Lockard, Laura
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 3:10 PM
Cc: Lockard, Laura; Roewe, Philip
Subject: Councilmember Bagshaw announces opening on Parks commission

News Release

City of Seattle
Seattle City Council
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

January 19, 2010


Philip Roewe, Councilmember Bagshaw office:
(206) 684-8801,

Laura Lockard, Council Communications
Office: (206) 684-8159, Cell: (206) 650-6692

Councilmember Bagshaw announces opening on Parks commission

SEATTLE – Today Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw announced the Seattle City Council is seeking a new member for the Board of Park Commissioners. The Board is a seven-member volunteer advisory board established by city ordinance 96453.

“Seattle is graced with more than 400 parks and 6200 acres of park land. You can make an important contribution as a Board of Parks Commissioner, helping define how our neighborhood parks are best used and funded. Your wisdom and experience will be valued,” said Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, Chair of the Parks & Seattle Center Committee.

The Seattle City Council is looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

· Experience with community engagement;
· History of working collaboratively with a broad range of people and interests;
· Experience with parks, landscaping, urban design, gardening, or comparable issues and interests;
· Demonstrated concern for neighborhoods and neighborhood parks;
· Established record of objectivity and the ability to think broadly;
· Willingness to commit at least 10 hours per week; and,
· Active in our city in an advocacy capacity.

The Council invites resumes through February 5th, 2010. To be considered, please submit a letter of interest and résumé. In keeping with the city’s “PaperCuts” program, electronic submissions are preferred. Please e-mail your letter of interest and résumé, and contact information for three references to

To send a paper submittal, please address it to:
Philip Roewe
Office of City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw
Seattle City Council
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Three Board members are appointed by Seattle’s mayor, three by the Seattle City Council, and the seventh by the Board of Park Commissioners. The current vacant position is a Seattle City Council appointee. Members serve three-year, renewable terms.

The Board consults with and makes recommendations to the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Mayor, and the Seattle City Council on matters relating to the planning, development, and use of Seattle’s parks and recreation facilities.

The Board convenes at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, and typically holds approximately twelve public hearings each year. The Board operates under the city’s ethics guidelines for boards and commissions and abides by the Washington Public Disclosure Act.

Board members spend an average of 30-40 hours per month on Seattle Parks and Recreation business. In addition to the regular meetings, members attend committee meetings, park dedications and celebrations, and other community gatherings. Board members receive a number of briefing papers, listen to and read an extensive amount of public testimony, and receive a large volume of general information from Seattle Parks and Recreation and other city agencies.

Candidates should have a strong interest in parks and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and capabilities. Candidates should have regular access to a computer and e-mail, as most information is sent electronically.

The Seattle City Council is committed to promoting diversity on the Board, and encourages women, young people, senior citizens, people with disabilities, sexual minorities, and people of color to apply.

For more information about the Board, please contact Sandy Brooks, the Board’s strategic administrator, at 206-684-5066, or via e-mail at

Seattle City Council meetings are cablecast live on Seattle Channel 21 and Webcast live on the City Council’s website at Copies of legislation, archives of previous meetings, and news releases are available on Follow the Council on Twitter and on Facebook at Seattle City Council.

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Laura Lockard
Communications Manager
Seattle City Council
206-650-6692 (bberry/cell)

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