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Queen Anne Greenways Community Group Meets Tuesday, Open to All

January 20th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Back in November, the initial meet-n-greet Queen Anne Greenways meetings were held to capture initial thoughts about pedestrian safety on Queen Anne. Now, it’s time to organize the group, and there’s a meeting at the Queen Anne Library on Tuesday to get things started – and everyone is welcome to attend and share your thoughts.

On tap is a discussion on how to set up the group and reach out to the Queen Anne community. If you’re interested in safer streets, whether through additional lighting, more (or re-painted) crosswalks, or new stop signs at critical intersections, then plan on joining the discussion on Tuesday.

Key Details:

  • What: Meeting to Organize Queen Anne Greenways
  • Where: Queen Anne Library meeting room
  • When: Tuesday, January 22nd, 6:30-7:30pm

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Agenda for Uptown Alliance meeting tonight

July 14th, 2011 by Thea

The Uptown Alliance’s monthly meeting is taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Thursday, July 14 in the Lower Queen Anne Metropolitan Market restaurant space on the far west side of the market. Take a look at the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Adopt Minutes of Last Month’s Meeting
  • Round Robin: Current Uptown issues
  • Lower Kinnear Park planning and bike/pedestrian connection from Roy Street-end to Elliott Ave. – Debi Frausto, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park
  • Seattle Transportation Master Plan (Jennifer Wieland, SDOT)
  • Seattle Parks (Department of Parks and Recreation) Strategic Plan – Don Harper, Parks and Open Space Levy Oversight Committee
  • Affordable Housing: Funding issues; How affordable housing can fit into Uptown – Rick Hooper
  • Committee Reports
  1. Parks
  2. Planning & Transportation
  3. Events
  • New Business: bring your own topics and comments.

The next Uptown Alliance meeting will take place on Thursday, September 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lower Queen Anne Metropolitan Market. There will be no meeting in August. The Alliance’s Planning and Transportation Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, August 3 at 6 p.m. at Metropolitan Market. Metro transit staff will be in attendance to present the draft details on the bike share program, which will include the Uptown area. For more information on this program, contact Rick Hooper at or John Coney (283-2049) at

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Queen Anne Community Council meeting tonight

May 4th, 2011 by Thea

The Queen Anne Community Council is holding its monthly meeting at 7:15 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, May 4 at Queen Anne Manor at 100 Crockett Street. And for the first time in months the West Mercer Place debate is not a headlining topic for the meeting – just last week the QACC voted to endorse one of five alternative plans SDOT presented to the community for the project. Here’s a look at what items are on the agenda this month:

  • 7:30 p.m. – Adoption of Agenda; Approval of Minutes; Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:35 p.m. – Open Forum – Comments
  • 7:45 p.m. – Queen Anne Tree Tours- Judy Leshner
  • 8:00 p.m. – Green Seattle Partnership – Michael Yadrick, Parks
  • 8:20 p.m. – Committee Reports
  1. Transportation – Glenn Avery
  2. LURC/Planning – Craig Hanway
  3. Parks – Don Harper
  4. Communication – Michael Lapin
  5. District Council – Mike Warren
  6. NAC – Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Glenn Avery, Don Harper
  7. Social Issues – Kirk Robbins
  8. Police & Crime – Allen Panich
  • 9:25 p.m. – New Business
  • 9:30 p.m. – Adjournment

Upcoming community meetings:

  • District Council: Monday, May 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Parks Committee: Tuesday, May 10 – Queen Anne Manor 7:30 p.m.
  • LURC/Planning: Monday, May 16 – Queen Anne Manor 7:00 p.m.
  • NAC: Wednesday, May 18 – Port Headquarters, 4:30 p.m.
  • Transportation: Wednesday, May 25 – Queen Anne Manor, 7:30 p.m.
  • QACC: June 1 – Queen Anne Manor 7:15 p.m.

The QACC would like to remind meeting attendees to please sign in at the front desk when they arrive at Queen Anne Manor. The meeting will be held in the social room this month. To get there take the elevator at the end of the hall down to the basement. The social room will be at the end of the hallway on the left-hand side. Attendees are also reminded to please leave the building as soon as possible after the meeting in order to not disturb QA Manor residents.

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Reminder: QA/SLU Public Safety Forum tonight

April 21st, 2010 by Thea

Don’t forget, the Queen Anne and South Lake Union area Public Safety Forum is tonight, Wednesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Rainier Room at Seattle Center.

The discussion will cover topics on public safety, Block Watch programs,  graffiti reporting and more, with speakers and representatives from the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Public Utilities, City Council, and a number of community organization.

The forum is a joint effort by the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Alliance and Queen Anne Community Council.

More information on the forum tonight here.

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Sustainable Queen Anne is teaching neighbors how to make their yards wildlife friendly

March 18th, 2010 by Thea

Interested in learning how to make your backyard attractive for birds, butterflies and other small critters? Attend the next Sustainable Queen Anne meeting on Monday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at 2501 Westview Drive W (on the corner of Wheeler) and hear how you can craft your yard into a wildlife haven.

Guest speaker Courtney Sullivan from the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat program will talk about tips for making your garden wildlife friendly. A Q&A will follow.

Courtney Sullivan from the National Wildlife Federation who will talk about how you can make your yard into backyard habitat. We gardeners, even beginners, can help be part of the solution to restoring the health of the Puget Sound region. The four basic components are food, water, cover and places to raise young. Small changes in your yard can create these features.

After the speaker and Q&A portions conclude, SQA will continue planning future activities for the year, including the tool sharing library and bag share. Dinner will be provided.

With the motto “neighbors in stewardship and collaboration,” Sustainable Queen Anne works to “enhance the natural resources and social well-being of our community, our city and our region.” SQA holds monthly meetings on the 4th Mondays, at 6:30 pm. All are invited to attend. They strive to bring a guest speaker to each meeting and run community conscious projects. To read up on past projects or meeting minutes, see their website.

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How would you spend $15k on Kinnear Park?

December 28th, 2009 by Thea

Earlier this year FOLKpark (Friends of Lower Kinnear Park) won a $15,000 grant from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods for the revitalization of the five acres of urban forest located in Lower Queen Anne, and now the volunteer-based group is asking the community for input and ideas. Last month the group hired on HBB Landscape Architecture, a firm with strong experience in sustainable, green design and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), to work with the neighborhood to develop a conceptual plan for the enhancement of the park.

“HBB quickly emerged as the top candidate among a field of highly qualified firms,” FOLKpark chair Debi Frausto said in a press release (.pdf) last week. “They have an impressive track record of relevant projects and are committed to working with the community. Now it’s up to us to tell them how we want to use our park.”

FOLKpark has invited Queen Anne residents to meet the landscape architects and discuss both opportunities and challenges for Lower Kinnear Park at a “walk and talk” on Saturday, January 9. The group will be meeting at the park entrance at the west end of W. Roy St. at 10 a.m. rain or shine to take a stroll through the grounds.

The group has also set up three public meetings to receive community feedback and follow the draft plan process. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Bayview Retirement Community, located at 11 W. Aloha St, and will seek community input on the plan. The second meeting, held on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will present a draft plan for the park, and the third meeting will be held on Thursday, April 8 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to go over the final draft plan and next steps for the project. For more information visit

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Reminder: Two community meetings tonight

October 27th, 2009 by Thea

There are two public meetings tonight open to Queen Anne community members. The first is a Health Reform Town Hall with public officials from the 36th legislative delegation Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Reps. Mary Lou Dickerson and Reuven Carlyle. The meeting will address current issues surrounding the health care debate with the chair of the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee, Sen. Karen Keiser, and the chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee, Rep. Eileen Cody, who will discuss the potential impact of federal health reform efforts on Washington residents. The meeting will be held at the Ballard Swedish Medical Center (5300 Tallman Ave.), Room A on the 1st Floor from 7-9 p.m. tonight.

The second meeting tonight is a Winter Weather Open House put on by the city and the Seattle Department of Transportation to discuss the new winter snow plan. The meeting will be held at the Queen Anne Community Center at 7 p.m. tonight, and is one of several open houses being held throughout the city. For details on tonight’s meeting click here. For a list of all the Winter Weather Open Houses in the area and further information on the new snow plan, click here. Download the Winter Weather snow map here (pdf).

Later this week there will be a meeting to discuss new plans for Queen Anne’s Old Hay, which will be reopening as part of the city’s new school attendance area boundary maps. Successful Schools in Action is hosting the meeting to discuss program options for Old Hay’s new K-5 programs (a Montessori “option school”), and a new name for the school on Thursday, October 29 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Catharine Blaine Elementary Library, located at 2550 34th Ave. W.

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The school district is changing school assignments & asks the community for feedback

September 22nd, 2009 by Thea

The Seattle School District is changing how it assigns students to schools. Beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year, each school in the district will be drawn new boundaries and students will be assigned to a school based on where they live.

Up until now many factors, including familial preference, have been major factors in school assignment, but now that is going to change. The district’s new student assignment plan that was approved back in June, will be given a first-look by students and parents at the October 6 Seattle Public Schools school board workshop.

Following the plan introduction, there will be informational meetings around the city in different neighborhoods. Magnolia and Queen Anne residents are invited to attend a community feedback meeting on Monday, October 12 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at McClure Middle School. After numerous community meetings, a final vote on the plan will take place on November 18.

Although The Center School is located in Seattle Center, many Queen Anne and Magnolia residents currently enroll in neighboring Ballard High School.

Under the new plan, students will receive initial assignments to elementary, middle or high schools in their attendance areas, based on their home addresses. Although students may apply to schools outside their attendance area, those assignments will be based on capacity and a number of district “tiebreakers.”

The transition to the new plan will be begin in the 2010-2011 school year. Students currently enrolled at schools outside their attendance areas will be allowed to stay at those schools through the highest grade level, a process called “grandfathering.” A series of other tiebreakers will be used to determine final assignment, and these include preference to students who have siblings currently enrolled at the school, as well as a lottery system.

Download a PDF version of the plan here.

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Meet Superintendent Tim Gallagher

June 9th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host public meetings for community members to meet with Parks Superintendent Timothy Gallagher. The purpose of the meetings is to give the community an opportunity to talk with Seattle Parks and Recreation about how the agency is meeting the needs of neighbors.

Everyone is invited to the meeting, including those who are regular users of parks and those who participate in Parks sponsored programs and activities, as well as those who have never visited a community center or taken a class with Parks.

The closest meeting to Queen Anne will be held today, June 9th at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE. Seattle, WA at 7:00 pm.  

The other meetings are as follows:

Monday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St.

Tuesday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.
Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S.

Tuesday, June 24, 7 p.m.
South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S

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