Record No: Res 31670    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 6/6/2016
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION supporting the renaming of "International Children's Park" to "Donnie Chin International Children's Park."
Sponsors: Debora Juarez
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Att A - Location of International Children's Park, 3. Presentation, 4. Signed Resn_31670
RESOLUTION _________________

A RESOLUTION supporting the renaming of "International Children's Park" to "Donnie Chin International Children's Park."
WHEREAS, Donnie Chin was a community leader in the Chinatown-International District who devoted his life to making his community a better place; and
WHEREAS, in the 1970s, Donnie Chin had an idea to create a children's park in the Chinatown-International District because he loved children and saw the need to create an area for them to play; and
WHEREAS, International Children's Park was built in 1981 and is located at 700 South Lane Street in the Chinatown-International District; and
WHEREAS, Donnie Chin was instrumental in the creation of International Children's Park and the park would not exist without his efforts; and
WHEREAS, Donnie Chin championed parks, safety, and community development in the Chinatown-International District throughout his lifetime; and
WHEREAS, on July 23, 2015, Donnie Chin's life was tragically and violently cut short as he was responding to reports of violence in the Chinatown-International District; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Seattle Municipal Code Section 18.08.010, the final authority to name parks resides with the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Naming Policy, which provides naming criteria for the Superintendent, recommends that parks may be named for a person subject to the person being deceased for a minimum of three years, and the person having made a significant positive contribution to parks, recreation, or culture in the community without which the park may not exist, or in which the individual's contributions enhanced a program or facility in an extraordinary way; and
WHEREAS, exceptional circumstances, such as a violent death, are an appropriate basis to expedite the naming process to commemorate a community leader and help a community heal; and
WHEREAS, commemorating the life of Donnie Chin by r...

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