Community meeting focuses on the future of Smith Cove Park
You can impact that very future by attending a Seattle Parks and Recreation public meeting to discuss improvements to Smith Cove Park this Thursday, October 6th from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
At the meeting, residents can learn about the project, meet the design team, and provide feedback and input on the design of the waterfront park. The project develops the recently acquired 4.9 acre waterfront property and makes improvements to the existing playfield at Smith Cove Park.
An expanded Smith Cove Park will provide recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities, increase environmental-sensitivity, and make the park inviting and usable for more people. Proposed improvements include:
- Athletic sport (field play)
- Medium to large events (fairs, social club events)
- Playing sand volleyball
- Safe connections for pedestrians, bikes, and vehicles
- Small gatherings (picnics)
- Wildlife watching
- Trail walking
- Children’s play
- Kayaking and craft boating
Seattle residents have been enjoying the natural area just west of Pier 91 at the base of Magnolia for years. You can learn more about Smith Cove’s history from 1850 to present day at the meeting, and help shape it’s future going forward.
Public meeting on Dog Off-Leash Area Master Plan is this Thursday
If you own a dog, this meeting is one to pay attention to – there’s a public meeting on dog off-leash areas this Thursday, following up on the City’s Draft Master Plan for People, Dogs, and Parks Plan and taking public comment. This meeting is the last opportunity dog owners have to comment on and speak up on the future of dogs and parks.
The meeting is at 6:30pm at the Miller Playfield & Community Center (330 19th Ave E), and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. If you cannot attend in person, you can also email your comments and feedback to Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov.
Over $100,000 was spent on the Master Plan and thousands of dog owners who want more dog parks and beaches provided feedback via a survey. Despite the fact that there are roughly 150,000 dogs in Seattle, there are only 29 acres dedicated to off-leash areas. But, the Master Plan doesn’t add new off-leash areas. Instead it only increases the Parks department’s maintenance of OLAs and enforcement by animal control officers.
On Queen Anne, we have only one off-leash area at Lower Kinnear Park, and many dog owners have provided feedback to Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA) that it is too small and not convenient for all of Queen Anne. Per the Seattle Queen Anne Dogs (SQAD), there are 8,000 dogs on Queen Anne and Kinnear Park’s off-leash area is only 0.1 acre. For reference, the total acreage of all parks on Queen Anne is 40 acres.
COLA and SQAD urge dog park supporters to go to the public meeting on Thursday or email Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov. You can also go to the COLA website and click to send a letter to City Officials asking for more and better dog parks.
If you’re a dog owner and want more dog parks – or, better yet, a dog park on Queen Anne that can server the furry four-legged residents – the Master Plan is important. If it goes into effect as-is, it will mean a future of no new off-leash areas, possible increases in fines, and more enforcement.
Share your input on Uptown at Thursday’s community open house
Uptown is changing as new developments start to go up and the Uptown Urban Center becomes a reality. A year-long planning effort is kicking off this Thursday, November 8th, with an Uptown Community Open House at the Seattle Center Pavillion (305 Thomas St).
Input received from residents, business owners, and community organizations will help design the Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center. Thursday’s open house is being hosted by the Department of Planning and Development and the Uptown Alliance, and they need your input, as well as your help in spreading the word about the meeting.
The Open House runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and it’s open to anyone with an interest in the future of Uptown. What issues are at hand? Success for local businesses, affordable housing for renters, cyclist and pedestrian safety, transit options, the arts, potential school and library locations, and everything else that makes up a walkable, vibrant, liveable neighborhood.
Here are some key questions that’ll be on the agenda:
- What do you love about Uptown? What do you wish was different?
- How do you use the public spaces in Uptown?
- What would make you use them more?
- What role does Seattle Center play in your Uptown experience? What uses and/or services are needed in the neighborhood? What questions are we missing?
Think about what you’d like to see in a future Uptown Urban Center, and bring those ideas to Thursday’s meeting.
Interested in the SLU Rezone or Aegis’s Latest Plans? Attend Monday’s QACC LURC Meeting
If you’re interested in what’s happening with developments on Queen Anne, then the Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) Land Use Review Committee (LURC) is your go-to QACC meeting. The LURC meets tomorrow, Monday, October 15 to review two key agenda items, the South Lake Union Rezone and Aegis’ plans for 3rd W and Florentia St.
The descriptions of each agenda item are below, followed by meeting details. As always, these meetings are open to the public, and I encourage you to attend if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!
South Lake Union Rezone: The QACC must forward their opinion on this legislation “very soon” – net: the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has been working with the SLU Community to develop proposals for allowable heights and development density. The proposed South Lake Union rezoning allows for 12,000 new housing units and 22,000 jobs. More details and relevant materials are posted online.
Aegis at 2900 3rd Ave West: A review of the most recent Aegis plans at 3rd W & Florentia St; Aegis has been reviewing a potential trade of their current parking lot on the west side of 3rd W for an unused portion of Parks land between the field and the Aegis site. An update on progress will be provided at this week’s meeting.
– What: QACC Land Use Committee meeting
– When: Monday, October 15, 7pm
– Where: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St
Queen Anne Community Council meeting tonight
The Queen Anne Community Council‘s monthly meeting is happening tonight, Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Queen Anne Manor, at 100 Crockett Street. There is no scheduled guest for tonight, so the meeting should conclude earlier than usual. Take a look at what’s 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
- 7:40 p.m. – NAC letter – Kirk
- 7:45 p.m. – Community Center report – Jim Cunningham
- 8 p.m. – Committee Reports
- Election – Nicole Pastarnack
- Transportation – Glenn Avery
- LURC/Planning – Craig Hanway
- Parks – Don Harper
- Communication – Michael Lapin
- District Council – Mike Warren
- NAC – Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Glenn Avery, Don Harper
- Social Issues – Kirk Robbins
- Police & Crime – Allen Panich
- 9 p.m. – New Business
- 9:30 p.m. – Adjournment
Here’s a list of upcoming meetings happening in the community:
- Queen Anne/Magnolia District Council: July 11, 7 to 9 p.m. – Interbay P-Patch
- Parks Committee: July 12 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
- LURC/Planning Committee: July 18, 7 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
- NAC Committee: July 20, 4:30 p.m. – Port Headquarters
- Transportation Committee: July 27, 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
- QACC: Sept 7, 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
- QACC Election/Annual Meeting: Sept 21 – Queen Anne Manor
As usual, tonight’s meeting will be taking place in the social room at the Manor. Attendees are reminded to please sign in at the front door upon arrival, and exit the building as quickly as possible after the meeting concludes so as not to disturb the residents. To get to the social room, take the elevator at the end of the hall down to the basement. The room will be at the left end of the hallway.
After school robotics program coming to John Hay
John Hay will be following in the footsteps of another Queen Anne school and adding a new after school robotics program in the upcoming 2011-2012 year. The new offering will be part of the same popular program at Coe Elementary – Coebotics, which took students to a national competition back in May. From the John Hay Daily Bulletin:
Our school will have two teams in the fall, a FLL team which will be ages 9-14 and a jrFLL which will be for ages 6-9. If you think you might be interested in providing this opportunity for your student I would encourage you to attend an informational meeting tomorrow night at Coe Elementary. Please read below for more information on the meeting. If you have any questions please contact Sara Mirabueno at 252-2100.
While there is little you need to do before school starts, there are some helpful things we have learned in the past two years, which if taken care of now, will allow you to hit the ground running in September and prepare for the competition season in WA State.
John Hay will be hosting an informal meeting for parents interested in signing their kids up for the new program at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 8, at Coe Elementary School, located at 2424 7th Ave W. At the meeting parents and teachers will get the chance to talk with CoeBotics Coach Willem Scholten about how the CoeBotics team is organized, what they have learned throughout the program, and pose any questions they may have. Scholten encourages those interested to pass this invitation along to other schools and organizations that may also be interested in starting up their own program.
The meeting will go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. If you plan on attending, please email Scholten at email@example.com and let him know how many people will be coming so he has a rough idea of expected attendance. Check out more about the Coebotics team here.