Welcome to the December 2007 Seniors Digest!
December brings an exciting opportunity to participate in the planning process for the Seattle Parks & Recreation Strategic Business Plan. The plan will establish a vision for Seattle Parks and will serve as a guide for funding and policy decisions for the myriad of programs, facilities and natural habitats that the Department oversees.
|Local seniors enjoy some of the many opportunities for activity available through the Lifelong Recreation program, which offers arts, fitness, and social activities for people 50+. Click here for more photos, and to learn about the program. (Photos: Seattle Parks & Recreation) |
Public input is an essential part of the planning process. To ensure that the interests of older adults are represented, we are encouraging our readers to offer their feedback in two ways:
- Complete a survey. The survey is available online or you can pick up a paper copy at any Seattle Parks Community Center, Pool, or other Parks facility
- Attend a public meeting. Click here for a list of ongoing events, held through December 8.
For more information on the planning process, contact Susanne Friedman at email@example.com or(206)684-0902. See below to learn more about the programs of Seattle Parks & Recreation.*
Also in this issue…
- Holiday Visits: Tips for Evaluating an Older Love One's Condition and Finding Help
- Office of Public Guardianship Will Help Many Seniors in Need
- Don't Let the Flu Find You!
- Healthy Aging Tips from Dr. Wanagat: Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin!
- Substance Abuse in the Older Population
- Alcohol and Older Adults
- "Be an Energy Saver" Wordfind
For More Information
Check out SeniorsDigest.org, our national companion website. The Seniors Digest Resource Center is a great place to begin your search for information about issues of interest to seniors and their families.
We hope you will refer to our electronic pages often—to obtain advice, to learn of new and exciting services, and to offer us your constructive feedback.
Read Seniors Digest and tell us what you think. We are here to help.
Don Moreland, Chair
Seattle-King County Advisory Council
on Aging and Disability Services
* More About Seattle Parks and Recreation
Seattle's park system comprises 6,200 acres, about 11% of the city's land area. Seattle Parks and Recreation maintains 430 parks, 185 athletic fields, 112 neighborhood play areas, 26 community centers and 10 pools. The system includes several major destination parks, Discovery Park, Green Lake Park, as well as neighborhood and special purpose parks. Parks maintains 22 miles of boulevards. Parks also has 151 outdoor tennis courts, four golf courses, and 11 off leash areas. Along the 24 miles of shoreline, Parks has nine swimming beaches, 18 fishing piers, and many moorages and boat launches.
|Volunteers provide a helping hand to keep Seattle Parks in shape. |
Parks also operates and maintains the Washington Arboretum, the Seattle Aquarium, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, and the Alki Art Studio, and many other facilities, and owns the Woodland Park Zoo property; the Woodland Park Zoo Society operates the zoo under an agreement with the City.
Some of the many programs and activities they offer include lifelong recreation opportunities for people fifty and better, a job readiness program for teenage youth, and a free supervised drop-in program for elementary and middle school aged children.
Parks works with myriad private citizens and community groups to provide safe and welcoming opportunities for the public to play, learn, contemplate, and build community by fostering human development, increasing cultural unity, and providing healthy environments. —Seattle Parks & Recreation