Information and background on the petition, Preserve Seattle Parks Natural Areas and Greenspaces. Please read over the information below, and let us know your thoughts. Interested organizations, we would love to hear from you!
Recent posts from SNA about the petition:
- 8/23: Letters from Pelly Place
- 7/29: NO “New Uses” in Seattle Natural Areas
- 7/23: Straight Talk from the Hot Seat
- 7/20: Why zip lines get us RILED
- 7/15: FAQs on Natural Area Policy – Frequently asked questions
- 7/9: Many Voices – complete listing of Petition supporters and letters to Park Board
- 6/29: One Voice – a recap of the 6/25 Park Board Meeting
- 6/24: A Response to Briefing Paper, Natural Areas Greenbelt Supplemental Use Guidelines – guest post from John Barber
- 6/24: Seattle Nature Alliance answers its critics
- 6/21: Who is Everyone?
- 6/20: Petition Updates: Progress, Support, and Thanks!
- 6/19: 2025 – guest post from Marv Breece
- 6/12: Seattle Needs to Protect Urban Natural Areas – Six Reasons You Should Sign Our Petition
Resources & Links
- Natural Areas & Greenbelts Supplemental Use Guidelines Briefing Paper 6-4-2015 – the recommendation from the Parks Department
- 1993 (Resolution #28653) Greenspaces Policy and Designated Greenspaces as part of the City’s Open Space Policies – City Council Resolution, a long paper. Important descriptions on pp 4-7.
- Essence of the 1993 Resolution – the basics
- The Skunk on the Table – we wrote this two months ago, as Parks was going through the motions of gathering public input.
- Seattle Board of Park Commissioners – stay up to date, contact them, etc.
- Classified Natural Areas and Greenbelts Map from Seattle Parks
Important Dates (updated on July 30)
Board of Park Commissioners Happenings:
- Sept. 10 or 24 – Park Board may make recommendation
- Sept. 17 – New written public comment deadline
- July 23 – Possible Vote by Park Board (Parks asked for no vote)
- July 20 – Parks Department presented Revised Supplemental Uses Guidelines
- July 16 – Deadline for written comments to the Board on the Supplemental Uses Guidelines
- June 25 – Parks Briefing and Public Comments to the Board
What you can do (a checklist)
- Sign the petition. (FYI: You do not need to be living in Seattle to support preserving nature in the city – it impacts everyone) and spread the word. This petition will not be successful without everyone playing a part.Please send it to all your friends with the encouragement to send it on to their friends, and so on….we’ve made it easy with this flyer.
- Post to Facebook, Twitter or your favorite social media.
- Attend the meeting on June 25th of the Board of Park Commissioners – where there will be a presentation and public hearing of the Natural Areas & Greenbelts Supplemental Use Guidelines up for consideration.
- Sign up to speak during public testimony or write to the Board in advance.
- If you are going to an event, consider printing out this webpage and handing it out to attendees. You have a captive audience, so take advantage of that.
- Become a member of the Seattle Nature Alliance. Write a letter to the Mayor, the City Council, the Parks Board and the Urban Forestry Commission. Check out other ways to get involved.
- Write an op-Ed piece for a neighborhood newspaper, the Seattle Times, Crosscut or other publication.
- Accept our gratitude for doing your part to save natural areas and greenspaces in the city.
- Remember parks are for everyone.
Supporting Organizations (contact us if your organization would like to be listed)
- Seattle Nature Alliance
- Friends of Frink Park
- Friends of Cheasty
- Fauntleroy Watershed Council
- Seattle Audubon Society
- Leschi Parks and Greenspace Committee
- Friends of Urban Forests
- Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance
- Plant Amnesty
- Friends of Schmitz Preserve
- Friends of the Burke-Gilman Trail at Sand Point
- Friends of Madrona Woods
- Seattle Green Spaces Coalition
- Friends of Lincoln Park
- Pelly Place Association
- Washington Native Plant Society