Kickoff Meeting: Roxhill Park Commons Program

Kickoff Meeting for the Roxhill Park Commons Program

The Parks Commons Program is an opportunity for community members and Seattle Parks and Recreation to work collaboratively to improve the social climate of a neighborhood park.

While every park and every neighborhood are unique, generally improvements can be achieved by identifying new activities which both increase usage of the park and enrich the life of the neighborhood.

There are three areas of the park to consider when planning for community activities:

· Northwest End – Skatepark/Playground/Picnic Area

· East End – Longfellow Creek Trail and Bog

· Southend – Sportsfields

This initial meeting will be an opportunity to find out who may be interested in making Roxhill Park the best it can be.

Parks Commons Program coordinator Randy Wiger will be attending to present the program, answer questions, andto work with the community to map out next steps.

When: February 27, 2018 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Southwest Library, upstairs meeting room. 9010 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

Questions: RoxhilParkCommons@gmail.com

What is the Parks Commons Program?

The goal of the Parks Commons Program is to develop community capacity and civic engagement in event production, and the program is assigned to parks that experience long-term public safety issues and where those issues would be improved by increased community use of these parks. The program is typically assigned to four or so parks at a time, with each neighborhood generally receiving the program’s services for two to three years (or summer seasons). The first year the coordinator meets the community and assists to launch whatever events or activities the community decides will enrich their neighborhood, and the following years the program assists the community to stabilize these events and activities as annually recurring, sustainable events.

Program Goals:
• to launch new positive uses and family-friendly events which are open to all.
• to develop community capacity and civic engagement especially in event production.
• to strengthen community presence and sense of ownership in these public spaces.

Program Outcomes:
• to increase positive uses and activities in the park which are actively supported by the community.
• to build community capacity for implementing and sustaining positive uses and activities over time.
• to increase sense of community ownership in the condition of the park.

Today’s parks are the direct descendants of the historical “commons”:
• A commons cannot be commodified because it is owned by everyone.
• A commons cannot be exclusionary because as a public space it is open to all.
• A commons is not scarce but abundant, and at its best it overcomes scarcity for all.

Parks currently assigned to the Community Commons Program (2017):

· Ballard Commons Park

· First Hill Park

· Lake City Mini-Park

· Albert Davis Park

Parks previously assigned to the Community Commons Program:

· Liaison for Othello Park Alliance

· Bergen Place Cal Anderson Park

· Little Brook Park (Lake City/Northeast)

· Marvin’s Garden (Ballard)

· Cal Anderson Park (Capitol Hill)

· Dr. Blanche Lavizzo Park (Central Area)

· Duwamish Waterway Park (South Park)

· Flo Ware Park (Central Area)

· John C. Little Sr. Park (Southeast)

· Judkins Park, Edwin T. Pratt Park, and Powell Barnett Park (Central Area)

· Kinnear Park (Uptown/Lower Queen Anne)

· Othello Park (Southeast)

· Powell Barnett Park (Central Area)

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