Monday, May 12, 2014

A bow of gratitude to zoo and parks supporters

Posted by: Laura Lockard, Public Affairs

After many weeks of deliberation and receiving public comments and testimony, Seattle City Council voted unanimously to place a Seattle Park District on the August 5th ballot. Your calls, emails and testimonies made this happen—and for this we offer a deep bow of thanks.

Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

What a park district means for Seattle

In August, Seattleites will have the opportunity to vote YES to fund critical maintenance projects for Seattle’s parks and the zoo, including structural seismic and building upgrades to our exhibits, and infrastructure improvements that will move us closer to our sustainability goals. If voters approve this measure, the major backlog of maintenance, upkeep and operations of the 6,000 acres of city parklands, including the zoo, would no longer be neglected due to budget cuts and competition with the city’s other important services. A Seattle Park District would create a dedicated funding source for the zoo and parks for generations to come.

What’s next

As a zoo and parks visitor, you might be interested in learning how a park district works. Want to do more? Consider throwing a block party, talking to your friends and neighbors about the vote or volunteering. Stay on top of the latest news by signing up for ZooAction alerts.

How to launch a summer of hard work? With a party, of course! We hope you will join us at the campaign kick-off celebration on May 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Yesler Community Center. Click here to RSVP.

Once again, thank you for all of your support. Together, we will keep the zoo and our parks the true gems of Seattle!

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