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

February 27, 2002

Mayor Greg Nickels
12th Floor, Municipal Building
600 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104-1876
Fax 684-5360

RE: Alleged Mismanagement of Pro Parks Levy Funds for Magnuson Park Off Leash Area

Dear Mayor Nickels:

The Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees monitors activities at Sand Point/Magnuson Park to the extent that the Parks Department provides information about park development and projects. We provide a representative to the Sand Point Community Communications Committee and the Citizens Sand Point Liaison Committee. Recently, the Magnuson Off Leash Group (MOLG) shared a letter with us that they had written to you on February 3rd regarding alleged mismanagement of Pro Parks Levy Funds for the Magnuson Park Off Leash Area. Our Board of Trustees discussed the allegations at its February 11th meeting.

In its letter, MOLG outlines serious problems it has had with the Parks Department, in particular management at Sand Point/Magnuson Park. MOLG was unable to obtain a detailed cost analysis for scheduled improvements and funds expended for the Off Leash Area, funds authorized by the Pro Parks Levy. This type of information should be available to any citizen upon request. But, the information was not forthcoming, which more and more seems to be typical of the way Parks operates at Sand Point/Magnuson Park. MOLG had to go to all the trouble of submitting an official public disclosure request and then the information provided did not include the detailed cost analysis requested by MOLG--information necessary to complete a meaningful review and analysis of expenditures.

MOLG expressed concern that more than half of the $700,000 allotted in the Pro Park Levy had been spent and that work had proceeded without a drainage plan, construction drawings, time estimates, ongoing accounting and proper supervision of Conservation Corps workers. We agree with MOLG that the $700,000 allocated from the Pro Parks Levy should be spent on improvements outlined in the May 2000 construction estimate, the basis for the Pro Park Levy allocation.

We would appreciate receiving copies of your response to MOLG. We share their concerns and would like to ensure that there is appropriate follow-up in resolving the issues.


Jeannie Hale, President
Laurelhurst Community Club
3425 W Laurelhurst Drive NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
205-525-5135 / fax 206-525-9631

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

cc: Ken Bounds, Parks Superintendent; Peter Steinbrueck, Chair, Parks Education and Libraries Committee; Councilmembers Jan Drago, Judy Nicastro, Margaret Pageler, Members of the Parks Education and Libraries Committee

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