CHS has been reporting on the potential Seattle Parks budget cuts including concerns from its supporters that the Volunteer Park Conservatory might face closure. KING 5 is now reporting that Parks is “considering the closure of two community centers and two to three community swimming pools within the next few weeks.” Also on the cut list: 24 of the city’s 27 wading pools.
Outgoing Seattle Parks superintendent Tim Gallagher told KING that Volunteer Park’s wading pool will continue to operate as will the Green Lake and LIncoln Park wading pools. Last summer, CHS speculated that the Volunteer Park wading pool might be more crowded than ever because so many of the city’s other pools were closed for important safety upgrades. This summer might bring even more kids to the Volunteer Park pool.
A more serious closure would be a facility like the Miller Park Community Center. Nobody at Parks is talking, yet, about what community centers are on the line and it seems unlikely that the only community center serving the Hill would be closed but we’ll see what we can learn about the situation.