April 25th, 2017
Mike McGinn Calls On City To Commit To Community Centers Citywide
Community Center support needs to be prioritized
immediately within existing budget and without privatization
SEATTLE – Mayoral candidate Mike McGinn pressed city leaders at an event outside
Green Lake Community Center to commit to prioritizing Seattle’s community centers
within the existing city budget and without resorting to public-private partnerships.
“As Seattle continues to grow and become more dense, we need parks and open
spaces to preserve our quality of life. If elected, I will make it a priority to fund those
capital expenses from existing revenues. Not from privatization. And not from a new
tax measure,” said Mike McGinn.
McGinn ran the Parks For All campaign in 2008 and supported the last levy campaign.
As Mayor in 2010, McGinn worked with community leaders in Rainier Beach to replace
the decrepit and aging community center. At the same time, McGinn reworked the city
budget to get rid of very expensive plans to build a new city jail. This was during the
height of the recession.
“In the last three years, the city’s general fund has grown by 25 percent. The city has
green-lighted other capital expenses, like the North Precinct, where the costs have
ballooned out of control to $160 million. This is in juxtaposition to the $62 million
needed citywide for park maintenance and renovations. The city can do a better job of
prioritizing within it’s existing budget,” added McGinn.
During the McGinn Administration, the city worked to meet park maintenance
requirements using general funds
The event took place at the Green Lake Community Center where neighborhood and
community leaders are fighting off an attempt by the city to privatize the Center.
According to the Trust for Public Land, the Green Lake is the most visited park in
Seattle. The Community Center is second most visited community center in Seattle
according to the 2016 Community Center Strategic Plan.