Parks commissioners seek feedback on goals

April 5, 2012

The city of Newcastle is seeking feedback on a plan for the city’s parks, trails, recreation and open space. Parks commissioners are seeking input on goals they have drafted to be included in a portion of the Comprehensive Plan, the city’s main guiding document.

The information you provide will be used to update, modify or create additional goals. View the Parks Commission’s proposed goals and current goals at

Comments are due by April 9. Email them to Michael Holly, parks program manager, at

Resident input wanted for online survey

December 1, 2011

The first in a series of surveys conducted by the city’s Parks Commission is available online for public input on parks and recreational opportunities in Newcastle at s/KJ329WT.

The city aims to update its 20-year, city-wide Comprehensive Plan with resident input gathered from the surveys.

One major element of the Comprehensive Plan is the Park, Trail, Recreation and Open Space Plan, which serves as the city’s guide to develop its parks, recreation and open space facilities and programs. Information provided in this and future surveys will be used to help update the Newcastle PRO Plan.

Learn more by calling Michael Holly, parks program manager, at 649-4444, ext. 142, or email


City Council adopts policy for memorials on city property

July 1, 2011

The City Council in June adopted a policy detailing how residents can purchase memorial trees and benches for city parks. Per the policy, residents can also donate larger items — such as statues or fountains — or name parks on a case-by-case basis.

The new policy replaces the city’s prior, informal donation practices, and City Manager Rob Wyman said that donating a tree or bench can be a great way to remember a loved one.

“If you had a family member or loved one who like to hang out at the park, every time you go to the park it kind of evokes the memory of that person,” he said. “I think it’s kind of a neat thing for people to be able to do.”

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Rapid Response

April 1, 2011

Newcastle now has 10,380 people. What do you think of the city finally hitting the 10,000 mark?

Great! Does that make us a little closer to gaining our own ZIP code?

— Trina Sooy, Newcastle

I think hitting the 10,000 mark is a cause for celebration! We are a growing city … and that is good news for tax revenues and interest in our city.

— Jackie Foskett, Newcastle

Not much. It’s our quality of life that matters, not a number.

— Lee Strom, Newcastle

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Celebrities to come to Newcastle in June for golf tournament

April 1, 2011

UPDATED — 2:30 p.m. April 1, 2011

A crew of celebrities will take to The Golf Club at Newcastle June 27 for the fifth-annual Jim Mora Celebrity Golf Classic, event organizers announced in March.

The Jim Mora “Count On Me” Family Foundation is organizing the event, which raises money for Special Olympics Washington, the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue and other local children’s charities.

The 2010 tournament raised more than $211,000, and the money benefited 17 charities.

Celebrities who attended last year’s event included Super Bowl champion football Hall of Fame inductee Marshall Faulk; five-time NBA MVP Bill Russell; NBA Hall of Fame player and coach Lenny Wilkens; former Seattle Mariner Jay Buhner; former NBA players Detlef Schrempf and Slick Watts; and Hall of Fame NFL player, five-time Pro-Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin.

The tournament is free and open for the public to attend, although those who wish to participate must pay a fee. Organizers will announce this year’s list of attendees in early May.

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Parks upkeep to be funded next year

December 2, 2010

The City Council amended the 2011 preliminary budget to include $62,000 for parks maintenance, as the budget had previously called for maintenance of the city neighborhood parks to be discontinued.

The amendment was one in a string of more than a dozen approved by the council.

The council also approved a 1 percent property tax hike, although it also voted to reduce storm water fees by about $36 per household. Through the combination, those with homes worth less than about $1.5 million will see a reduction in taxes.

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