Thoughts on Bhy Kracke Park? Attend Wednesday’s QACC meeting to learn about renovations

Bhy Kracke Park upperIf you use Bhy Kracke Park and have input on future improvements, mark this week’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting on your calendar. This Wednesday, September 7th, the QACC hosts Seattle Parks and Recreation at its regular monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 7:30pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning to start the Bhy Kracke Park project next summer, with an estimated completion date of Fall 2017. Planning kicked off last week and runs through Spring 2017, with the QACC meeting as the first public meeting. Residents are invited to attend and ask questions of the Project Manager and also provide feedback.

Bhy Kracke PlaygroundSeattle Park District provides $261,000 for planning, design and construction. Planned improvements include new retaining walls, wider pathways, and plant restoration. Parks is also looking for input on the arbor to the south of the playground. The playground will be closed during the restoration work.

The QACC agenda also includes elections and committee reports – you do not need to be a QACC member to attend to discuss Bhy Kracke Park (or any other QACC meeting).

7:30 – Adoption of Agenda
7:35 – Open Forum-comments from the attendees
7:45 – Bye Kracke Park-Seattle Parks
8:30 – QACC annual election committee
8:35 – Committee Reports
9:25 – New Business

Uptown Alliance meets Thursday: Updated agenda with Sound Transit, Uptown Urban Framework, and more

Uptown Alliance logoThe Uptown Alliance is kicking off the year with its first meeting of 2016. In addition to officer elections, the agenda includes presentations on the Uptown Urban Design Framework and parking study, the Roy St shelter, and an update on Uptown parks. All are welcome to attend the meeting at 7pm, Thursday, January 14, 2015 in the Community Room at the EXPO Apartments (100 Republican St).

Here’s the full agenda:

7:00 – 7:10   Welcome and introductions

7:05 – 7:50   Sound Transit 3 presentation

7:10 – 7:20   Uptown Urban Design Framework & parking study

7:20 – 7:30   157 Roy shelter update

7:30 – 7:40   Queen Anne Land Use Review Committee (LURC) update

7:40 – 7:50   Uptown Parks Activation update

7:50 – 8:00   Transportation committee update

8:00 – 8:30   Election of Uptown Alliance officers for 2016

8:30 – 9:00  Topics of concern, approve November meeting minutes

Seattle Parks recruiting park users for focus groups on dog parks and more

Seattle Dog ParksYou may recall the Seattle Parks survey on off-leash dog parks that we posted on back in July. The survey was just part 1 of a 3-part approach to arrive at a plan for dog parks (aka off-leash areas or OLAs). The OLA Strategic plan will identify a long-term plan for the City’s existing 14 OLAs, and for maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of OLA projects.

Dog owners and non-dog owners alike are encouraged to participate. The City is looking for people use the Parks system; it’s ultimately seeking a diverse group of people who can speak for the variety of uses and needs our Park system serves.

The focus groups will consist of conversations about how the City can balance the needs of people and dogs in parks. There are currently only 14 Off Leash Areas in the entire city, and only one on Queen Anne at Lower Kinnear Park – a great location for those on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but not so convenient for those residents further up the hill or on North Queen Anne.

To participate, fill out the online form and at the end of the questionnaire, you’ll be able to choose from seven different meeting times/places:

  • Tuesday 10/13, 6-8pm, Green Lake Community Center
  • Thursday 10/15, 6-8pm, Camp Long
  • Saturday 10/17, 10-12pm, Jefferson Golf Clubhouse
  • Saturday 10/17, 1:30-3:30pm, Garfield Community Center
  • Tuesday 10/20, 9:30-11:30am, Magnuson Campus
  • Wednesday 10/21, 6:30-8:30pm, Bitter Lake Community Center
  • Tuesday 10/27, 6-8pm, Magnolia Community Center

Apply to participate in a focus group here by Friday, October 9th. The City will contact you on Monday, October 12th if you’re selected to join in the discussion, and keep the momentum going on getting more dog parks in the city.

Dog owners, take heed and leash your pets at Queen Anne parks or face fines

Seattle Dog ParksA reader alerted us to increased Big Howe Park patrols by Seattle Animal Shelter officers. They are issuing tickets to owners of unleashed dogs and multiple citations have been doled out by SAS. I checked around, and West Seattle Blog has reported that SAS is back up to full staff this year and will be increasing patrols of city parks.

Per the WSB:

“Seattle Animal Shelter says it’s back up to full staff and so, as director Don Jordan puts it, “folks not only in Lincoln Park but around the city will see a more-concerted effort back in the parks again to (encourage) off-leash compliance and compliance with our licensing law.”

SAS is definitely now upping their patrols on Queen Anne, and the fees are not cheap. In addition to be cited for having your dog off-leash, you can also be subject to fees for not having a pet license or carrying poop bags. The full list of violations and associated fees is online.

While we have a few un-official dog parks on Queen Anne, the only place to allow your pet to legally roam without a leash is in city-sanctioned off leash areas. If you are looking for legal options, try Lower Kinnear Park’s off-leash area, or hop over to Magnolia Manor.

Celebrate Lower Kinnear Park at grand opening on Saturday

Lower Kinnear Park has received quite a facelift thanks to a park improvement project that has revamped the park, added a dog park, refurbished the tennis court, and more – and now it’s time to celebrate the snazzy improvements with a grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, April 26.

Kinnear PosterLower Kinnear Park is a 10-acre sustainable forest that boasts one of five madrone forests in Seattle. A Seattle city landmark, the park has been updated with a widened pathway through the forested grounds planted with native plants – the removal of invasive non-native plants was also part of the forest improvements.

FOLKpark (Friends of Lower Kinnear Park) raised nearly $1 million for the renovation, and they’re co-sponsoring the celebration event with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

All are welcome to attend the celebration, and FOLKpark is encouraging people to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Queen Anne Food Bank.

Join the celebration from 1pm to 3pm at Lower Kinnear Park (601 W Roy St) and take part in games, a scavenger hunt, pickle ball, a native bird tour, dog park tour, tree talk, and more. Live music will help set the festive stage for the community event, and all are welcome!

Hot kids? Take them to the East Queen Anne Playground wading pool, open three days a week

Little Howe Wading PoolOh, it was hot today, no doubt about it. And, tomorrow (Monday) is going to be a repeat. So, what can you do? Well, if you have little ones, the Little Howe Park wading pool is open for the season. It operates 3 days a week – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – the perfect days this week since they fall during our heat wave.

Little Howe Park (or, as calls it, East Queen Anne Playground) is at 1912 Warren Ave N, and the wading pool hours are noon-7pm.

The season is definitely here, let’s just hope our heat waves restrict themselves to 3 days a week!

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