Parks Board To Review Downtown Parks Recommendations

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 7:00 pm, Thursday, March 10, in the Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N at the corner of Dexter and Denny.  The meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 24 but was postponed due to expected freezing road conditions after sundown on Thursday.

The meeting agenda includes:

Parks staff will present the 10th Annual John C. Little Award, established to honor the Parks employee who best exemplifies this former Park Commissioner’s dedication to youth and youth programs. Little was a diligent advocate for Seattle’s youth; he worked for the Seattle Water Department and spent his free time doing community work. He worked to create the Central Area Youth Association in the 1960s; in the 1970s he helped devise a youth conservation corps program which trained youth and took them to work in Olympic National Park. Little said he had never seen a program that so profoundly affected the lives of its participants; it has led to more outdoors and wilderness programming for young people. Little later became director of the Mt. Baker Service Bureau, which pioneered demanding, realistic job training programs for inner-city youngsters. His final career was as head of the Seattle 4-H program.

  • Discussion and recommendation on proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines for downtown parks.

The Board will discuss and make a recommendation to the Superintendent on proposed new Supplemental Use Guidelines for downtown parks. The guidelines will provide direction on the activities that will provide a mix of active and passive use for the workers, residents, and visitors who use the parks. The policy covers City Hall Park, Freeway Park, Hing Hay Park, Occidental Square, Piers 62/63, Victor Steinbrueck Park, Waterfront Park, and Westlake Park.

It encourages park uses consistent with Parks’ new direction for downtown parks, based on the work of the Center City Task Force: Parks is working to provide for more positive activities and entertainment in these parks to make them feel safer and more inviting. The policy would supersede old supplemental use guidelines for Market (Steinbrueck) Park, Freeway Park, Occidental Park, and Waterfront Park.

The Board heard a staff briefing on these proposed Supplemental Use Guidelines for DowntownParks at its January 27 meeting and held a public hearing at its February 10 meeting. The Supplemental Use Guidelines briefing paper is available online at

The Board of Park Commissioners is a seven-member citizen board created by the City Charter. Three members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; three members are appointed by the City Council; and one member is appointed by the Park Board. The Board meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month to advise the Parks and Recreation Superintendent, the Mayor, and the City Council on parks and recreation matters. For more information, please contact Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or

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