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Brice Maryman wins Denny Award!

 

There’s something really gratifying about building a bridge, opening a new road or cutting the ribbon on a new neighborhood park. The community can rally around it. It might be iconic piece that informs the identity of the neighborhood or city. Children will play on it and their smiling faces are a testament to its success. Capital projects are often physical examples of a problem solved or a community improved. Take that improvement to a smaller scale and it’s not quite so glamorous. All year round, City of Seattle Parks staff clean, trim, repair, weed, scrub, replace and tend parks and open spaces and there’s no ribbon cutting for a repaired bench. Yet it is these small, daily investments that sustain place over the long-haul, a universally acknowledged truth that isn’t often reflected during budget season.  On the contrary, securing stable funding for regular maintenance and long-term care of existing park assets is a challenge.

Cities around the nation have tried all manner of methods to keep up their park and open space assets, including installing pay-to-play lights at basketball courts for evening games! Seattle takes great pride in its parks and open spaces and this year voters passed the Proposition 1 establishing the Seattle Parks District to provide long-term funding and management of Seattle’s beautiful and health-giving legacy.  The passage of the Parks District has already sent a message to cities all over the country and they are asking Seattleites how they did it.

So, let’s rewind a bit and see how we got to ballot in the first place. To chart the best course forward for Parks, the City of Seattle convened a Parks Legacy Plan Citizens’ Advisory Committee. As a Seattle Parks Commissioner, the co-founder of the Open Space 2100 effort and an active member of the community in support of Parks, Brice was asked to serve on this committee. For approximately one year, the volunteer committee met to evaluate the needs of the current park system, make recommendations for an appropriate level of funding and determine the ideal funding mechanism (i.e. levy or metropolitan parks district). The quality work they did and the personal investment of each participant paid off at the ballot box. And though winning the Parks District measure was probably enough reward for the committee, the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation recognized each member on Tuesday at their annual Denny Awards event. Congratulations to Brice and the rest of the committee, particularly the co-chairs Charlie Zargoza and Barbara Wright, for this recognition of their smart, hard work and for his lasting contribution to the Seattle Parks’ Legacy. That’s powerful stuff. It’s time to cut a ribbon on repairs!

More information on the Denny Awards
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Brice Maryman now a member of the STAR Community Index Planning & Design Technical Advisory Committee

SvR’s Brice Maryman was selected to serve as a member of the STAR Community Index Planning & Design Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The STAR Community Index is a framework for measuring the sustainability and livability of U.S. communities.  As a volunteer member of this committee, Brice will help design and develop the program by collaborating on the development of indicators and metrics that comprise STAR. The program is currently under development by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Center for American Progress (CAP). To learn more about the STAR Community Index, please visit: http://www.icleiusa.org/star.

Brice Maryman Wins Doug Mason Memorial Award

On Wednesday, March 25, the Municipal League of King County honored SvR Design Company’s Brice Maryman with the Doug Mason Memorial Award for his volunteer work on Open Space Seattle 2100 and the Seattle Parks for All Levy. The Doug Mason Memorial is given to a person, age 35 or under, who has made a special contribution to the people of King County in the following areas: environmental protection and preservation, agricultural preservation, transportation, human services, housing, good government, ethics in politics, or effective government administration. Maryman, who is a landscape architect at SvR, co-directed Open Space Seattle 2100, creating a collaborative planning process that directly engaged hundreds of multidisciplinary professionals and citizens to create long-term plans for Seattle's interconnected "green infrastructure," and helped catalyze and led the coalition that advocated for 2008’s successful parks and green spaces levy renewal.

Eight individuals and three organizations were honored in the Municipal League’s 50th annual Civic Awards for outstanding contribution to the community. Open Space Seattle 2100, which Brice co-directed with the University of Washington’s Nancy Rottle, was also the winner of the 2007 ASLA Planning + Analysis Honor Award.