A group of Loyal Heights Elementary parents is working to save more open playspace as the school is remodeled and expanded. They have a webpage here, and are circulating an online petition here. They encourage all from the neighborhood who care about preserving open space to attend a public meeting at the school 6:30-8pm on March 12.
Seattle proponents of solar energy have snapped up all 2,671 units of community solar in the Phinney Ridge project, and helped put solar energy on the roof at the Phinney Neighborhood Association and at the Woodland Park Zoo. At nearly 75 kilowatts, the project is the largest community solar installation in the state of Washington.
Community solar is a way for individuals to invest in solar energy without putting it on their home. City Light customers can buy units, and once the system is running, will get payments each year until 2020 for their portion of the power produced by the system.
The Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) has invited Dan Johnson, Seattle Parks Division Director, and Patrick Merriam, acting North and Central West Parks Resource Manager, to speak at their monthly meeting this Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the Ballard Swedish Hospital cafeteria conference room. All are welcome.
Building Character, Streetscape and Open Space
November 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Ballard Library
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF will establish the desired design qualities for the central Ballard area, and examine how development regulations can better shape growth in ways that reflect those qualities.
At a public meeting this last May, the community expressed their views on the character of growth in the Ballard core. The community overwhelmingly loves that Ballard is a beautiful, walkable neighborhood where one can visit the great variety of shops, restaurants and parks.
However, the community is also concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contribute Ballard's character. DPD and the Ballard Partnership's Urban Design and Transportation Committee have worked since May, to define responses to this central issue.
On Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 – 7:30, at the Ballard Library, DPD will present the initial strategies to better guide development in the Ballard core. Our strategies address the bulk and character of development, streetscape design, and public/private open space within the areas shown in orange below.
Visit DPD's website to get information about this upcoming meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can also sign up to receive updates and an invitation to participate in a questionnaire about our proposals.
You can also contact David W. Goldberg at 206.615.1447, or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are two upcoming forums for discussing the large number of ballot measures on this year's ballot.
At the Sunset Hill Community Association, there will be a forum on 22 Oct 14 at 7 PM.
Northwest Seattle Neighborhoods will hold their forum the night before on 21 Oct 14 at 7 PM at the Taproot Theatre. The 36th District candidates have also been invited.
A new open space opportunity has emerged as the result of a new Greenway being proposed for 17th Ave NW. The Greenway will connect from 17th Ave NW to Ballard Ave via Dock Place. Where the Greenway turns at that overly large and confusing intersection, SDOT is proposing a realignment of the traffic along 17th that would create some new open space. We would love to hear what you'd like to see there. A plaza with trees and benches? Giant chess board? Art on the pavement?
The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets. That's 4,000 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, our neighborhoods healthier, and our children inspired. Join the movement—plant a tree this year!
Applications are being accepted starting 8/4 at 10 AM here.
Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:
- Free trees (up to 4 per household). We offer a variety of small, medium, and large trees appropriate under power lines, along the street, and in the yard. Check out this year's available trees
- A watering bag for each tree
- Training on proper planting and care
- Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
- Ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning
Ballots have been mailed. Please vote yes on Prop. 1 to create a long-term, sustainable funding solution for Parks in Seattle!
● Seattle has one of the great park systems in America. Our parks contribute so much to our quality of life and provide programs and services for people across our city at all age and income levels.
● Our parks make each neighborhood special and Seattle a great place to live.
● There is a $267 million major maintenance backlog for our parks. Right now, many of our community centers are open only 25 hours a week. We can do better.
● All this critical work will cost the owner of a $400,000 home $4 a month more than the expiring parks levy.
What if you could transform your street into a place for kids to safely play? Even if it's just for a few hours each week? That would be cool, wouldn't it?
Seattle's Department of Transportation (SDoT) is making this happen. You can be part of it!
Look here for more info.