Councilmember Godden left office on January 1, 2016.
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Posts for 'Parks'

The Fair that Launched the Future

February 27th, 2012

It was the 1962 Worlds Fair – this year celebrating its 50th anniversary – that did something surprising for a mostly forgotten city: It branded Seattle in a way no advertising campaign could ever have done. The fair said that Seattle was a happening place, a place celebrating science and bent on opening the doorway to the future.


Dreams Come True – Thank you!

January 10th, 2012

I have a vision for this city – a grand one that soon will be freed from a crumbling Viaduct that fenced us from the world’s sweetest deep-water harbor. I see a city that finally will be framed by a wonderful nine-acre parkland, an exciting whirlwind of activity, a skein of green pathways and trails. A waterfront for all of us, not just for cars, buses and trucks.


Seattle’s newest Park

September 28th, 2010

What a day it was for a park opening and what a park. Seattle has rarely seen 12 acres of neglect turned almost magically into a playground for young and old alike.


All Hat and a couple of Boots

July 12th, 2010

Smiles and sunshine were the dress code for Sunday’s celebration of the restoration of the Hat ‘n’ Boots at Oxbow Park in Georgetown. For more than 25 years, the iconic structures served travelers along SR99 as a gas station. The hat housed the office; the boots, the restrooms.


Volunteers (bless them) take the Fifth

July 6th, 2010

The morning after the Fourth a small army of volunteers ringed Lake Union. Their self-assigned task: Clean up trash left behind by Fourth of July celebrants. As I passed other kayakers, we exchanged stories about our strangest catches. One kayaker held up a can of Hamm’s beer – unopened. Said one of them, “We’re always picking up strange objects. Last time it was an athletic supporter.”


Vancouver’s Renaissance

June 28th, 2010

Yesterday I went on a walking tour with Vancouver, Washington’s assistant city manager Eric Holmes. And forgive me if I report in cliché: It was a mind-blowing experience.


They cared, they came, they spoke.

May 5th, 2010

The multitudes arrived by the hundreds at Tuesday night’s budget hearing at North Seattle Community College. The weather outside was dreary – rainy and cool. But inside it was a colorful evening, an amazing mosaic of humanity.


Generosity of spirit in tough times

April 29th, 2010

No one needs to be told that “Times are Tough.” The refrain is on everyone’s lips. We hear it a dozen times a day. And, when it comes to city finance, no one needs to be told that Seattle’s cupboard is virtually bare.

Governments are hurting badly.