One interesting stat we didn't mention from a just-released survey of park users by the Seattle Parks Foundation: By an overwhelming (96-4) margin, survey respondents said they consider it "urgent" for the city to come up with a funding source for park operations and maintenance. Additionally, the survey concluded that "People support identifying an [operations and maintenance funding strategy before a park is built."

Seattle, of course, chose the opposite approach. The 2008 parks levy, which passed with now-Mayor Mike McGinn's enthusiastic support, did not include any money to operate and maintain the new parks it funded. The predictable result has been that parks maintenance is falling behind as more and more parks come online with no funding for their upkeep---and park users, belatedly, are starting to notice.
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