A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Summer Food Service Program provides free lunches, snacks at 3 PhinneyWood locations

July 1st, 2012 by Doree

The city’s Summer Food Service Program, which provides free breakfast, lunch and snacks to low-income children, got underway this week. The program provides free nutritious meals to children 18 and under at about 100 sites around the city. PhinneyWood-area locations include Greenwood Park, Sandel Park, and Bitter Lake Community Center.

Greenwood Park – 602 N. 87t St: Monday-Friday, through Aug. 24 – Lunch from 12-1 p.m. and snacks from 3-4 p.m.

Sandel Park Playground – 9053 1st Ave. NW: Monday-Friday, through Aug. 17 – Lunch from 12-1 p.m.

Bitter Lake Community Center – 13035 Linden Ave N. – Lunch from 12-1 p.m. and snacks from 3-4 p.m.

(Note: There is no meal service on July 4th.)

Check out the website for a full list of sites and hours for the Summer Food Service Program, or call 206-386-1140.

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Free summer meal program for children

June 27th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program will provide free meals and snacks for children 1-18 at about 90 sites across the city, including one in Greenwood and one in Bitter Lake.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program, also known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” which runs from today through Aug. 26. The meals are served at sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.

Thanks to a $225,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the 2011 program includes several enhancements:

  • Books! The Seattle Public Library will provide fun and educational programming, such as story times in five different languages. Free books will also be given to children at story time sites;
  • Fresh produce: The Puget Sound Food Network will help provide bags of fresh produce from local farms for families to take home for the weekend; and
  • Saturday sites: Several meal sites will offer lunch on Saturdays as a pilot project

Some of the meal sites offer the food program to children enrolled in specific activity programs, but the majority offer meals to all children 18 years old.

Summer Sack Lunch will be provided at Sandel Park Playground, 9053 1st Ave. NW, from 12-1 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., from 12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Click here to find the program site nearest you; and here for links to a calendar listing menus for every breakfast, lunch and snack.

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Sandel Park play area renovations complete

March 31st, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Parks and Recreation yesterday reopened the play area at Sandel Park, after extensive renovations.

Neighbors of the park, at North 90th Street and 1st Avenue NW, first proposed the renovations, and received a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant to begin designing it. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy paid for the final design and construction.

The play area is much larger than before, with more play structures, and an accessible pathway that runs around it and up to the northwest corner of the park.

Orange fencing remains in place on one side to keep people from walking on the newly-planted grass.

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Sandel Park playground renovation beginning

September 21st, 2010 by Doree

The Seattle Parks Department says Maroni Construction will begin work on Sandel Park’s playground renovations later this week. Sandel Park is at 9053 1st Ave. NW.

The $350,000 project is funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Space Levy, and is expected to be finished in January.

The final design fills in about two feet of the area of the existing upper playground and creates a larger playground more centrally located in the park. The design shared at the March 2010 Open House did not include the removal and grade elevation at the existing play area. This detail was the primary safety element in the Neighborhood Matching Fund design.

This final design addresses the visibility concerns that motivated the community to start the project. The new play area will have space to incorporate a wider variety of play equipment and will build upon the natural landscape of the existing park.

You can see a larger PDF of the design here.

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Final design for Sandel Park renovations

May 4th, 2010 by Doree

Some revisions were made to the renovation plan at Greenwood’s Sandel Park play area at North 90th Street and 1st Avenue Northwest, based on the community’s safety concerns.

The final design fills in about two feet of the area of the existing upper playground and creates a larger playground more centrally located in the park. The design shared at the March 2010 Open House did not include the removal and grade elevation at the existing play area. This detail was the primary safety element in the NMF design. This final design addresses the visibility concerns that motivated the community to start the project. The new play area will have space to incorporate a wider variety of play equipment and will build upon the natural landscape of the existing park. The implementation of the project is funded through the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

The city says construction documents should be completed by the end of May, and the project is expected to go out to bid in late June. Construction should start in August. The renovations are funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

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