Parks News Briefs: Outdoor Preschool; Needles in Parks; Green Lake Water Quality; Smoking Ban; Colonnade Expansion

Parks News Briefs: Outdoor Preschool; Needles in Parks; Green Lake Water Quality; Smoking Ban; Colonnade Expansion

We’re catching up after a brief hiatus to bask in the glow of our blockbuster scoop on possible citywide budget cuts—including to the Parks Department—that still hasn’t been picked up elsewhere. Here are a few recent Seattle Parks news stories that caught our eyes and ears: Outdoor Preschool—I’ve heard tell of these and I’m intrigued. We’ve got a nearly 3-year-old in an indoor preschool, and one of her favorite parts of…

City Asking Seattle Parks to Prepare for Budget Cuts

City Asking Seattle Parks to Prepare for Budget Cuts

Less than a year ago, Seattle voters approved property tax increases to fund improvements to the parks system. But now the city, facing an ongoing budget shortfall, is asking the Parks Department—along with other city departments—to prepare to cut up to 3 percent of its baseline budget. “I am concerned about what this might elicit in terms of a reduction in faith in the city and the Mayor,” Park Commissioner…

Derelict Boat Removed from Discovery Park Beach, But Not Before a Fuel Spill

Derelict Boat Removed from Discovery Park Beach, But Not Before a Fuel Spill

A 39-foot, wooden-hulled cabin cruiser was pushed aground by a windstorm in early March and stranded on the beach at Discovery Park, where it leaked fuel before finally being removed by the state’s derelict boat program last week. It wasn’t clear how much fuel spilled from the boat, “Permanent Address,” on one of Seattle’s Puget Sound beaches, but acting Parks Department Superintendent Christopher Williams said “you could smell diesel fuel coming…

More Drones Buzzing Seattle Parks, But Code Limits Their Use

More Drones Buzzing Seattle Parks, But Code Limits Their Use

The Seattle Parks Department is seeing more drones flying where they shouldn’t be, according to acting superintendent Christopher Williams. There are only two places in the city’s 6,200-acre park system where people can operate drones, which fall under the same rules as model airplanes: Carkeek and Magnuson parks, both of which have designated model airplane fields, Williams told the Board of Park Commissioners meeting Thursday night. Good luck finding that information…

Calling All Food Trucks: Deadline for Seattle Parks Concessions is March 30

Calling All Food Trucks: Deadline for Seattle Parks Concessions is March 30

The Parks Department is taking proposals until Monday for food truckers interested in setting up shop this summer in one of two dozen city parks, including some of the city’s largest and most popular. The same deadline—4 p.m.—applies for other services businesses, including activities and group fitness providers. The 46-page information packet for food trucks, carts, and stands, (PDF) spells out spaces available in each park, including Alki Beach; Jefferson;…

Proposal Would Ban Smoking in Seattle Parks

Proposal Would Ban Smoking in Seattle Parks

The Seattle Parks Department again proposes to ban all smoking in all city parks. It is already against parks rules to smoke within 25 feet of other people, beaches, playgrounds, and picnic areas. That rule was implemented after an outright ban proposed in 2010 was met with vocal opposition. The proposed change to the Parks Code of Conduct—not the city’s municipal code, an important distinction—would