Scheduling Software: Users asked where this was in the decision
making process and how to get it up and running. Many, but not all
users would like it expanded from a pilot and implemented. There is
recognition by users that some groups may try to get fields for free
with the tool, but guarantees space will still need to be reserved
in advance. Parks will review the resources needed to expand the
Athletic Fields Planning: Desire to have an overall athletic
fields master plan to guide future investments in increasing
field availability in the city as the population and demand
increases. Suggested projects by user groups include Magnuson Park,
Smith Cove, and potentially Roosevelt Reservoir.
fund replacement: Generally, many users would like to know that
filed use fees are going to improve the fields. Asked if it makes
sense to do a dedicated fund? The athletic field SLI gave a cost
analysis. Questions on the athletic fields SLI should be directed to
central budget office analyst Jeff Muhm at
use: The historic use policy came up as an issue in the meeting.
There was a call for greater transparency of the allocation process.
Parks understands everyone’s concerns, and there is always tension
as field space is limited. To aid on issues of transparency, parks
field scheduling policy is attached.
Cricket league expressed desire to have a permanent home for cricket
club. They are currently located at Magnuson Park.
Seattle Public Schools representative at the summit/ schedule
viewer and more generally problems with SPS. SPS controls a majority
of fields in Seattle but their primary focus and mission is
education, not sports field allocation. Mayor’s Office will bring
this up at monthly check in with SPS administration and report back
of groups running camps without paying—free rider problems. If you
see this happening please report to Parks Dept. Athletic Scheduling.
about parking at Queen Anne Bowl and Interbay expressed given
sale of parking lot and increased construction. Parking continues to
be an ongoing concern in the city. Parks is looking into signage to
prevent Interbay lot from being used by non-Parks users.
field construction model, Portland cost-savings information to be
sent to Parks. Ed sent to Cheryl, parks athletics and maintenance
will evaluate. Always looking for effective cost-saving models.
Champ use and cost analysis requested. Parks reported out on
field maintenance schedule and management structure plan for
maintaining the fields.
asked Parks to document lessons learned on synthetic field
maintenance and replacement needed for optimal field quality.
should be recognition by the City for the valuable work (volunteer
maintenance, coaching, and general youth opportunities) that leagues
provide to the city. Agreed, we are looking at ways of recognizing
the hard work of athletic program volunteers.
grass improvements—drainage, irrigation, etc. for the fields
that are natural grass. Parks recognizes this. As the economy
recovers the maintenance budget is slowly being restored.
Morris Playfield and Cal Anderson Park: Parks added two
additional Park Rangers to patrol both Cal Anderson and Occidental
Park because of rising public safety concerns in the park. In order
to specifically address problems at Bobby Morris playfield, parks
started a pilot “Ball Field Attendant” program at the field. The
program will be evaluated post fall season--the goal is for users to
have a safe experience on the field.