Concern continues to grow about the future of both the Ballard and Loyal Heights community centers. Today, MyBallard learned the city’s Parks Department submitted its “budget papers” for 2011, which identify issues and potential service cuts. We’re told some facilities are on that list, but a spokesperson for the Parks Department could not provide any specifics to MyBallard until the mayor’s office makes its recommendations. Because of their proximity, one of the two centers in our neighborhood is considered at risk. As for the rest of 2010, the mayor is set to announce mid-year budget cuts around June 1.
Earlier this month, Ballard residents turned out in force at a city budget hearing. They carried signs and spoke to the City Council and mayor, urging them to keep both facilities open. The Ballard pool is also at risk of closure. An online petition to keep both community centers open now has over 1100 signatures.