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More Parks /Green Spaces for Capitol Hill?

(Yes, there are new parks in the works, but our area is the most dense in the NW, and getting denser, so we should capture as much open space as we can)

2012/2013 Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund 

For immediate release                                                                                  May 18, 2012

Contact:          Karen O’Connor, 206-684-8020

                        Email: karen.o’[email protected]

Proposal letter is simple first step to apply for funding

 The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $15 million in funding for community initiated park development or property acquisition projects. Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking forward to receiving Proposal Letters, due by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 11, 2012. The Proposal Letters are the first step of the Opportunity Fund process for projects; the official application packet is due in September.


Parks hosted three technical assistance workshops over the last month to announce the 2012/2013 cycle of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. In the first round, $7 million was allocated to projects throughout Seattle. Rainier Beach Urban Farm, Bitter Lake Park Enhancement, Lewis Park Reforestation and an acquisition of a site at 19th and Madison are among the fifteen projects that received funding in the first round. There is up to $8 million for distribution in this second round.

 If you were unable to attend the meetings and would like assistance in submitting a Proposal Letter, please contact one of the project planners listed below.

 Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Spaces Levy by a 59% vote in November 2008. The $146 million Levy provides acquisition funding for new neighborhood parks and green spaces and development funding for projects such as improved playfields, reservoir lid parks, renovated playgrounds, community gardens, and safety upgrades at city owned cultural facilities.

 For additional information about the process, please visit the Opportunity Fund website at or contact Seattle Parks and Recreation Planners: Susanne Rockwell at 206-684-0902 or [email protected], or Emily Lofstedt at 206-684-7047 or [email protected]

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