Seattle Parks Department

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So long, Seattle parks levies! We won't be needing you anymore. Seattle's Proposition 1 to permanently fund parks looks to be passing. And speaking of parks, should police only enforce the outdoor pot smoking ban if kids are nearby?

Also, there were some interesting primary election results, but did this week’s vote reveal bigotry in Western Washington? When should your city take a stand on world events?

KUOW's Bill Radke discusses these issues with Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas, Erica C. Barnett and special guest John Moe of Wits and Rewind.

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Seattle’s Prop 1 is ahead 52.4 to 47.6 percent in Tuesday’s primary election totals. The measure would change the way park maintenance is funded. Supporters promise parks that are better maintained; opponents say accountability will be the challenge.

Anti-Park District Proponents Caught In A Lie

Jul 31, 2014

Ross Reynolds talks with Andrew Mannix, reporter for the Seattle Times, about his discovery that the "Our Parks Forever" campaign against the  Metropolitan Park District proposal contained some misleading numbers. The organization claimed that property taxes would increase 20 percent, but he found that simply wasn't true.

Does It Matter If Few People Vote?

Jul 29, 2014

Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Donovan, professor of political science at Western Washington University, about whether low voter turnout can ruin an election. This is ahead of the election on August 5, in which Seattle voters will decide whether to create a permanent taxing district for city parks. Elections like this one tend to have very low turnout.

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Ross Reynolds talks with two advocates concerning Seattle Proposition 1, which would create a Seattle Park District. Don Harper is with the group Our Parks Forever, which opposes the passage of Prop 1, and Ken Bounds is with Seattle Parks For All, which advocates for it.

David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett of PubliCola about a Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission ruling on the language in a proposed park tax hike for Seattle. 

Metro Parks Tacoma

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jack Wilson, executive director of Metro Parks Tacoma, about how a Parks District differs from a Parks Department. Tacoma has had a parks district since April 1907; Seattle voters will decide whether to establish a Seattle Park District in August 2014.

Would You Pay $14 A Month For Seattle Parks?

Mar 21, 2014
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Candace Damon about Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to form a Seattle Parks District. Damon advised the citizens' group that introduced the creation of the district in Seattle.

Urban Food Foraging Goes Mainstream In Seattle

Aug 1, 2013
KUOW

Cities like Seattle are really good at certain things. Like making widgets and designing spacecraft. Activities that take up a lot of space, like farming, are left to the farmers. For the most part, our food is trucked in from the Skagit Valley, shipped in from Florida, flown in from Chile -- places where land and labor are cheaper. But that divorce – between cities and farms – leaves cities vulnerable. All that movement of food between cities and farms relies on infrastructure. And infrastructure can fail, sometimes catastrophically.

Courtesy Ed Murray For Mayor

Here’s one for the “Seattle is such a small world” file:

State Sen. Ed Murray has been hitting the campaign trail of late in his effort to oust Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

But McGinn has just recognized Murray’s long-time partner, Michael Shiosaki, with an executive appointment to the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee.

KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Friday, March 1, is opening day at the Green Lake Pitch ‘n Putt Golf Course. The course has nine holes. The clubhouse isn’t much bigger than a roadside fruit stand. Admission is less than $10. For the thirtieth year in a row, the Taitch family will be running the place. But last year, the family almost called it quits.