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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.

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  • commented 2017-05-06 13:22:12 -0700
    SPD’s new North Precinct was to become a hybrid community center and police precinct.
    I’d appreciate investments in the existing community centers rather than hybrid police
    precincts. In any case, yes, I want to thank Mike for tossing his hat in the ring and running
    for Mayor once again. His position on community centers is appreciated.
  • published this page 2017-04-26 10:20:19 -0700