Topic: Volunteer Park
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May 5, 2013 at 8:54 AM
More sunshine: The weather forecast is for another day of sunshine — actually two more days of sun before a few clouds roll in on Tuesday. Then, it’s back to sun on Wednesday and Thursday. If you’re looking for some outside activity today, check out the Volunteer Park Spring Restoration Project from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on Capitol Hill. It’s sponsored by the Volunteer Park Trust and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Gloves and garden tools provided. Mulch the Peach Grant Garden and clear space for more plantings.
Cinco de Mayo: It’s the fifth of May and it’s not Mexico’s independence day. Instead, it commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). But it has also become — especially in the United States — a day to mark your Mexican heritage, whether you have any or not. Tequila and mariachi music would be in order.
Foreign visas: Even as Microsoft and other tech companies lobby for more H-1B visas to hire skilled temporary foreign workers, hundreds of thousands of American engineers and programmers are failing to find full-time jobs. The Seattle Times series continues Monday.
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January 17, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Seattle police have released a photo of a man they believe impersonated a cop several times last month in Seattle’s Volunteer Park, then robbed his victims.
Ryan Purdy, 46, also known as Tracy Byers, allegedly flashed a gold badge, implied he was a police officer, then took cash and credit cards from his victims.
Anyone with more information about Purdy can contact the Seattle Police Department’s robbery unit at 206-684-5535 or call 911.
December 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM
There appears to be a police impersonator roaming Seattle’s Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill.
Seattle police say they have received reports this month of someone trying to pass himself off as an undercover cop.
On Wednesday and on Dec. 19, park goers contacted officers to report being confronted by a man around the age of 40, said department spokesman Mark Jamieson.
In both incidents the impersonator asked to see drivers licenses. While looking in the victims’ wallets, he removed cash and credit cards, Jamieson said.
The victim in Wednesday’s incident described the impersonator as a white man, 5-feet 5-inches, 150-pounds with “longish” blond hair. The man was dressed in dark clothing and had a gold badge attached to his waistband or belt.
The victim in the earlier incident described the impersonator as a “scruffy looking” white man with short reddish/brown hair and dressed in a green knee-length jacket and brown sweater, Jamieson said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.
May 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM
A consultant hired by the Seattle Parks and Recreation to explore the future of the Volunteer Park Conservatory has recommended the department partner with a non-profit organization to operate the greenhouse in the future.
It was one of several recommendations by EMD Consulting Group, which was asked to determine if there are realistic ways to reduce the cost of the Conservatory and raise revenue.
The Victorian-style greenhouse, with about 6,800 square feet of display space in Volunteer Park, costs about $450,000 a year to operate but brings in only about $25,000 in revenue. It also needs about $3.5 million in repairs.
EMD, which studied conservatories in other cities, found that most similar in size to Volunteer Park are supported by city revenues. It also found that staffing at the Seattle facility is in line with national standards and that Volunteer Park Conservatory’s capacity to become financially self-sustaining is limited by its size and the lack of rental space.
In making its recommendations, EMD focused on two of eight options — one that includes a $3 admission fee and no new structure for rental events and a second that includes a $4 admission fee, and construction of a tent for rental.
The consultant found that the majority of people who attended a public meeting in March supported a modest admission fee and rentals for weddings and other private events.
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