Have Feedback about our Parks? Let Your Voice be Heard!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a survey on how Seattleites use city parks so that the department can improve our city parks. The online survey is open today through September 24, 2012.

The survey is Phase 2 of the Seattle Parks and Recreation department’s process to develop a strategic direction for the “Parks Legacy Plan”. Phase 2 includes the public survey, as well as a staff and community review of the draft plan in Spring 2013, with another review of Phase 3 in Fall 2013.

The survey asks respondents about:

– Park activities you and your family participate in
– Your satisfaction with parks and park programs
– Safety of parks, community centers, athletic fields
– Key maintenance issues
– Recreational programs – both current and wish-list programs

Third-party DHM Research administers the survey and all responses will be reported in aggregate with no answers associated with respondents’ names. The survey is divided into sections, and you can either answer all of the questions or just the ones that you find of interest.

Last Chance: April the Pig heading back to the farm

The large colorful pig that holds court outside of charley+may at 2225 Queen Anne Ave, is heading back to live with her artist-owner Sunday morning, September 2nd.  Your last chance to take photos or visit her will be Saturday.

Kinga Czerska, the artist of April, was part of the art installation in 2001, Pigs on Parade fundraiser, that featured 100 unique and vibrantly painted pigs.  April’s first home was outside the W Hotel in downtown Seattle.

April was a great addition to Queen Anne for the last year and she’ll be greatly missed!

Housekeeping: Cleaning up the Forum

The saying is that when the sun starts shining a little brighter, and warmer, to throw open those windows and get a little cleaning done.  Well, here at Queen Anne View, we missed that part and have decided to do a little Fall cleaning instead.

Hopefully our readers have noticed that things are sprucing up around here.  Posts are going out.  Facebook is being updated.  Good conversations are being had.  And, for my part, the Forum is getting a good cleaning itself.  Out go the spammers and multi-posting bots and in turn, in come the quality posts we look for.

We encourage our readers to treat the Forum as their own little hyperlocal Craigslist, community bulletin board, lost & found area and a space to post general info that the community may find informative or interesting.  We’ll be checking for spam at least daily and also checking to see if info warrants a post of its own on the main page (lost dog, break-ins and such).

As always, you can reach any of us at tips@queenanneview.com

Weekend Event Roundup – Labor Day Edition

There’s a ton of activity around Queen Anne over the long holiday weekend, with some events starting today. This list nets out the key events you should be aware of if you want to avoid traffic jams and parking challenges, or if you’re just looking for something to do!

The Seahawks are at home tonight, the Mariners are playing at home for the long weekend, and the Huskies are kicking off their season at CenturyLink field – so expect a lot of delays around the stadiums and on 99/Aurora. Plus, 20,000 attendees are expected at PAX, and 100,000 at Bumbershoot. Expect traffic delays, especially around the Seattle Center.

Thursday, August 30:

2nd Anniversary & Rally for John T Williams, ends at Seattle Center: 1-3pm

Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders, CenturyLink Field, 7-10pm

Friday, August 31:

PAX Expo at Washington State Convention Center
Traffic Impact: 9th Ave between Pike and Pine closed 9am – 3pm on Friday

Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels, Safeco Field, 7:10–10pm

Saturday, September 1:

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle Center, 11am-11pm

PAX Expo at Washington State Convention Center
Traffic Impact: 9th Ave between Pike and Pine closed all-day on Saturday

Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels, Safeco Field, 1:05–4pm

UW Huskies vs. San Diego State Aztecs, CenturyLink Field, 7:30 – 10:30pm

Sunday, September 2:

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle Center, 11am-11pm

PAX Expo, Washington State Convention Center
Traffic Impact: 9th Ave between Pike and Pine closed until 7pm on Sunday

Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels, Safeco Field, 1:10–4pm

Monday, September 3:

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle Center, 11am-11pm

Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox, Safeco Field, 1:10–4pm

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

Need Trees? Apply Now for Free Trees via the Trees for Neighborhoods Program

Queen Anne is home to many trees, but our tree canopy measured only 20% in 2007 – and the city’s goal is 30% tree canopy city-wide by 2037. If your yard needs the shade, air filtering, and other benefits of trees, you can apply for free trees from the city. The Seattle reLeaf Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattleites plant free trees around their homes. Tree supply is limited and applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, so apply now! (No guarantees, but it’s free to apply.)

Trees need care and feeding, so in addition to receiving up to 4 free trees per household, participants also receive watering bags, planting & care training, compost coupon, and workshops.

– Must be a Seattle resident
– Trees must be planted at the address on the application
– Trees can be planted anywhere in residential yards
– If you rent, you must obtain the permission of the homeowner
– Permits are required if planting street trees (permits are not guaranteed)

How To Apply:
Online – fastest way to apply!
Mail – download, print, and mail an application

Important Dates
– September 1: Street tree application deadline
– October 21: Yard tree application deadline
– October 27 or November 10: Pick up trees and attend a planting and care workshop

Thursday is Farmer’s Market Day

This week at the Farmer’s Market (3-7:30pm)

5:00pm- Troupeau Acadien headlines the “Feed Lot” music tent, bringing with them a little Cajun dancehall music.

5:30pm- Becky Selengut, of Chef Reinvented, will be in the Chef Tent

Reading the fresh sheet, be on the look out for the elusive purple pepper, fresh herb and honey infused butters, pickles and of course all the stone fruit that you can imagine.

Weather.com is predicting overcast skies and a high near 70. Perfect strolling weather!

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