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Greenwood group rallies to save city programs, parks

North Seattle residents, including representatives from the Greenwood Food Bank, turned out in force during last night’s city budget hearing at North Seattle Community College.  They voiced their concerns about budget cuts that could impact parks programs, community centers, pools, and human services programs.

A loud crowd full of different organizations packed the cafeteria to plead their cases to Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council. City officials are calling for a 3 percent cut across the Parks system, but insist there is no list detailing which parks, community centers, or pools might actually be impacted.  Human services appear to be safe from cuts, but folks at the Greenwood Food Bank made sure their voices were heard just in case.  They told the Council that they’ve seen a 20 percent increase in demand this year.

The mayor and City Council were clearly moved by some of the stories they heard last night. 

“We don’t have a specific proposal from Parks, but this discussion is very helpful to let us know what is important to you,” Mayor McGinn told the crowd.

The Parks department will come up with its suggested budget changes over the next several weeks before presenting them to the mayor. Three more public hearings are set for September and October.