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Next Parks Board meeting at Zoo

The Seattle Board of Park Commissioners usually meets at headquarters downtown on Denny Way, but this month they’re meeting at Woodland Park Zoo.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, in the Woodland Park Zoo Activity Resource Center near the west entry. On the agenda is a visit from City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who is the Chair of the Council’s Parks and Seattle Center Committee. Just last week Rasmussen asked the zoo not to cut down four cherry trees that the zoo’s arborist had said were diseased but which independent arborists said were not.
The Board also will discuss the zoo’s new West Entry Project.

Zoo staff will brief the Board on a new entry to the west side of the zoo that will include a landscaped path from the north end of the zoo, outside the zoo gates, that will give the neighborhood a new connection between Phinney Ave. N and neighborhoods to the north. The zoo anticipates that nearly half of the zoo’s annual visitors will enter zoo grounds through this new entry, while the other half will continue to use the South Entrance located at N 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N.
The new west entry is part of the zoo’s Long-Range Physical Development Plan, adopted in 2004 after an extensive five-year public involvement process.

Briefing papers on all the meeting’s topics will be available online by this Friday.