Laurelhurst Community Club
Mayor Paul Schell
1200 Municipal Building
600 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104-1876
Re: Sand Point/Magnuson Park Planning
Dear Mayor Schell:
For some time, the Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees has been concerned about the lack of communication and community involvement in the implementation of the Magnuson Park Plan. We appreciate the fact that you met with representatives from community organizations on February 13th to discuss the problems. We urge you to follow-up to ensure adequate communication between Parks and surrounding neighborhoods and designation of an advisory committee to provide advice and assistance.
The Blue Ribbon Committee, chaired by former Mayor Charles Royer, recommended creation of an advisory committee to advise the City on major planning, management and policy issues. The current Park director has indicated that the Parks Board is serving as the advisory committee and nothing more is needed. We disagree. The Blue Ribbon Committee specifically stated that the advisory committee should include community representatives. To us, this means representatives from surrounding neighborhoods. To our knowledge, none of the current Park Board Commissioners reside in the vicinity of Magnuson Park, have participated directly in park planning activities at Sand Point/Magnuson Park or are directly affected by park development. While we appreciate the good work of the Parks Board, that body is no substitute for the kind of advisory committee contemplated by the Blue Ribbon Committee.
Many northeast Seattle neighborhoods send representatives to the Sand Point Community Liaison Committee, chaired by Jeanette Williams. Representatives from the University of Washington, city departments and user groups often attend Liaison Committee meetings. To ensure communication and community participation, we urge you to designate the Liaison Committee as the official advisory committee for Sand Point/Magnuson Park.
In 1974, Mayor Uhlman designated the Sand Point Liaison Committee to act as a bridge between neighborhoods, city government and various federal agencies. Since then, the Committee under Ms. Williams' leadership has worked tirelessly in development of the Citizens Plan later supported by the Blue Ribbon Committee and park planning issues. The Liaison Committee's deep understanding of Sand Point/Magnuson Park issues and long history of community support and involvement make it an excellent choice to serve as the official advisory committee for the park.
We hope you will consider our recommendation that the Sand Point Community Liaison Committee be designated as the official advisory committee for Sand Point/Magnuson Park. We look forward to hearing back from you on this matter.
Jeannie Hale, President
Kate Lloyd, Magnuson Park Liaison
4303 NE 35th Street
Seattle, Washington 98105
522-8822 / fax 526-5525
cc: City Councilmembers, Ken Bounds, C. David Hughbanks, Eric Friedli