Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sad News...Drastic Cuts to Carkeek Park & Its Public Programs

The Seattle City Council took its final votes on the 2011-2012 budget last Friday. 

Unfortunately, as per a recent email from a Councilmember's Aide,
the Council DID NOT alter the Mayor’s proposal for 
Carkeek's Environmental Learning Center (ELC) and its public programs.  

Carkeek Environmental Learning Center WILL BE CLOSED to the public - 
and its public programs will NO LONGER CONTINUE - 

Official announcement of these closures will be made Monday, November 22nd. 

Sadly, Here's what Seattle residents will loose because of this ill-guided decision:

·                    Carkeek Park and Llandover Wood trail maintenance & development
·                     Piper’s Creek Orchard care
·                     Carkeek Park Beach Docent Program
·                     Master Foresters Program
·                     Salmon Stewards Program
·                     Demonstration gardens
·                     Preschool environmental education programs (Tot Treks/Tyke Hikes)
·                     Senior environmental education programs 
·                     An outstanding staff Naturalist

And to make matters worse, in a surprise decision from the City Council,
The Carkeek ELC will be open for rentals ONLY. 
School day programs will NO LONGER CONTINUE at Carkeek Park.
School programs will continue ONLY at Discovery Park and Camp Long

The Parks Department states that it is reaching out to partners in the community that will hopefully be able to use the ELC for educational programming.  If you’d like to get more updates on this, please stay in touch with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw’s office, as she Chair’s the Council’s Parks Committee.

Contact information for Councilmember Sally Bagshaw is below:

Sally Bagshaw
Sally Bagshaw
Position: 4
In office since: 2010
Current term: 2010-2013
 Parks & Seattle Center; and Alaskan Way Viaduct & Seawall Replacement Project
Phone: (206) 684-8801
Staff: Kathy Nyland and Philip Roewe

1 comment:

  1. The staff and volunteers at Carkeek have done more for the community than I can express. Thank you all so much!