Laurelhurst Community Club
Serving 2800 Households in Seattle’s Laurelhurst Neighborhood

July 16, 2001

C. David Hughbanks
Sand Point/Magnuson Park
Seattle Parks and Recreation
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington 98115
Fax 684-4997

RE: Espresso Concession Contract at Sand Point/Magnuson Park

Dear C. David:

The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees has concerns about commercialization of Sand Point/Magnuson Park and the espresso concession business that has been allowed in the Park. We appreciate the materials that Rita Hollomon provided to us regarding Parks Department concession policies and what we learned in a telephone conversation from Royal Alley-Barnes about the espresso contract. While we would prefer to have no commercial activities at the park, we ask that you please look into the espresso operation.

Calls to the King County Department of Health and the Seattle Business Licenses Department on July 3rd revealed that the espresso operator, Richard Garrison, has no street use permit, no health permit and no business license, and that records reflect he only has an expired license for selling produce. We are wondering why you entered into a concession contract with this vendor if the required licenses have not been obtained? We noticed signs at the park for a stop-work order regarding installation of the espresso business and we are not aware of the specifics regarding this as communication with Sand Point/Magnuson Park is lacking. We also noticed hand-made signs advertising the business on park property and we understand from Royal Alley-Barnes that this is not allowed. Did you provide other vendors with the opportunity to apply to install an espresso business?

We have reviewed the July 1, 2001 memorandum to prospective concessionaires from Barry Firth, the Department Concessions Coordinator listing guidelines for submitting proposals to operate concessions in Seattle Parks. That memorandum states, "As a guiding principle, new concessions will not be considered in most parks as commercial activities may not be appropriate or necessary." We agree with this guiding principle.

The materials we received indicate that prospective concessionaires must submit a written proposal to the Parks Department and a great deal of information is required before you will consider the proposal. Was this information provided by the espresso vendor?

Could you please look into the issues we have raised regarding the espresso business at Sand Point/Magnuson Park? We look forward to hearing back from you.

Sincerely,


Jeannie Hale, President
3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
525-5135 / FAX 525-9631
jeannieh@serv.net

Kate Lloyd, Magnuson Park Liaison
4303 NE 35th Street
Seattle, Washington 98105
522-8822 / fax 526-5525
cmcdlloyd@home.com

cc: Ken Bounds, Eric Friedli, City Councilmembers, Mayor Schell, Rita Hollomon; Royal Alley-Barnes, Barry Firth, Board of Park Commissioners


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