Parks Board Meeting Includes Community Solar Discussion

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold its next meeting at 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 11 in the Park Board Room at 100 Dexter Ave. N at the corner of Dexter and Denny, in Denny Park.

The meeting agenda includes:

  • Community Solar Project

A representative of Seattle City Light will make a presentation to the Board on the Community Solar Project. City Light and Seattle Parks and Recreation are working together to install solar panels on picnic shelters at Jefferson Park, and local residents can invest in the project. The project will enable up to 500 people to buy portions of the panels’ electrical output through June 2020 for $600 per portion.

The $300,000 project is being paid for by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to City Light and Northwest SEED, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing clean energy resources in the Pacific Northwest. Solar panels will double as the roofs for three picnic shelters at the park. Construction will take place as part of Parks’ Beacon Mountain project, funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/jefferson/park.htm. The project also includes a spraypark, climbing boulders, slides and other amenities for summer fun. Beacon Mountain construction is expected to start in July and be finished early next year.

  • Seattle Parks partnerships.

Parks staff will brief the Board on Parks’ ongoing partnerships and on recent efforts to attract partners for various park and recreation purposes. Budget pressures have prompted Parks to seek innovative ways to do business; one is to enter more partnerships that allow Parks to continue to offer high quality programs and services at less cost to local taxpayers.

Briefing papers on both agenda items will be available online by Friday, August 5 at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard.

The Seattle 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 call Sandy Brooks at 206-684-5066 or email her at sandy.brooks@seattle.gov.

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