December 5th, 2013 by Doree
Renovations to Woodland Park Play Area on the corner of North 59th Street and Phinney Avenue North are scheduled to begin Jan. 6. Seattle Parks and Recreation expects the work to be completed sometime in April. The play area will be closed during renovations.
Play equipment will be replaced and access will be improved. The work will be done by A-1 Landscaping and Construction.
Check out the project website for renderings of what the completed play area will look like.
Tags: Seattle Parks and Recreation, Woodland Park Play Area
November 27th, 2013 by Doree
All 26 Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers and eight indoor pools (including Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool) plus three teen life centers are now part of the Safe Place network in King County, where teens can ask for help when in crisis.
Community center doors now bear the distinctive yellow decal that signals to young people that they can find help and safety inside. Facility staff have been trained in the protocol to follow when a young person asks for help: offer the young person a safe and quiet place to wait and rest, and call the Safe Place hotline to notify the Safe Place coordinator of the situation. Within 45 minutes, a Safe Place coordinator will arrive to assess the teen’s needs, helping them either return home or go to a youth shelter, as appropriate.
The King County Safe Place network is run in partnership with YouthCare in Seattle, Friends of Youth on the Eastside, and Auburn Youth Resources in South King County. Each agency has a Safe Place coordinator on staff, and has emergency shelter beds available to teens in crisis. This partnership ensures that no matter where a young person is, help is always close at hand.
The goal of the program is to prevent youth homelessness by preventing a young person from spending their first night on the streets, and to help youth who have been on the run for some time to reconnect with family and other services.
Seattle Parks and Recreation’s community centers join a network of agencies and organizations providing more than 1,800 Safe Place sites throughout the county, including King County Metro Transit, King County libraries, YMCA facilities, United Way of King County, and the City of Snoqualmie. Launched in 2011, the program has expanded in 2013 thanks to support from the United Way of King County.
King County Safe Place is part of a national network of more than 20,000 partnering businesses and community locations that display the yellow diamond Safe Place sign.
Tags: Evans Pool, Green Lake Community Center, homeless, Seattle Parks and Recreation, teenagers, teens
November 26th, 2013 by Doree
By Shelby Ehlert, University of Washington News Lab
Most of us can remember a time in our childhood when we visited the local zoo, giddy with excitement to explore the exotic sights, sounds and smells. For one group of people, it’s memory itself that brings them to the Woodland Park Zoo in Phinney Ridge every Monday.
Since its inception in early 2011, the Memory Loss Walk has drawn individuals diagnosed with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers to partake in a morning zoo walk followed by coffee and conversation.
The program is sponsored by several organizations that partnered “because they wanted to offer individuals with mild memory loss the opportunity to join a supportive program that emphasizes socialization as well as the importance of living a healthy lifestyle,” according to Liz Rhine of the Alzheimer’s Association.
The groups involved are the Alzheimer’s Association’s Western and Central Washington State Chapter, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Program, the Phinney Neighborhood Association and Greenwood Senior Center, Rhine said in an email.
It was a chilly but sunny autumn morning when we met in the Woodland Park Zoo parking lot before heading out for the Northern Trail tour of the zoo.
As soon as the walk began I quickly forgot the environment we were in and became so enthralled in the conversation that it was easy to miss the many animals we passed, as these were clearly not the focus of the walkers.
This was much more than a community activity for individuals with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers – this was a family. They are united by a common experience unique to their group.
“ I think what I benefit most from is the time we spend together,” said Roger Stocker, a participant of the walk since early 2011. “It’s nice to see the stuff we see going around the zoo and I wouldn’t discredit that at all, but I think the big part of it is…the existence and presence of these people. What makes it different from other people is that we have something that we share.”
Memory Loss Walk participants take in the zoo’s bear exhibit.
As Rhine noted, the walk “offers participants an opportunity to hold conversations in a safe and stimulating environment around others who can relate and offer support.”
“You can talk about Alzheimer’s in this group,” said Ruth Mulligan, who has been participating in the walk for a year. “That’s one big difference (compared with other social settings.”
Charlie Reidy, a participant who is affected by Alzheimer’s, said there is a stigma around the disease: People are afraid of it. Because of this, the Alzheimer’s Association provides programs to bridge the gap between individuals with Alzheimer’s and the public. Reidy attends another program that helps people with early-stage memory loss learn to improvise when communicating because the struggle to recall specific words is one of the first symptoms of memory loss.
Reidy said that people react very uncomfortably if they’re talking to someone with memory loss who stops cold in the middle of a sentence. They don’t know how to respond. However, the discomfort can be avoided or at least mitigated if the individual with memory loss can learn to keep talking — even out of context — rather than dwell on the word they’re attempting to recall, Reidy said.
It’s small programs like this that the Alzheimer’s Association, along with its partners, work to provide for individuals with early-stage memory loss that are truly making a difference.
“What we’ve kind of taken as a reminder is that it is what it is,” Stocker said. “What we’ve decided is the only way we can really deal with this is take it one day at a time and live life at the moment.”
“And to the fullest,” added Myriam Marquez, another participant in the walk and an active Alzheimer’s advocate.
For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services and ways to get involved, please contact the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit them online at www.alzwa.org.
Shelby Ehlert is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.
Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Association of Washington, greenwood senior center, memory loss, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, woodland park zoo
July 16th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Parks and Recreation is reminding residents of its beaches, wading pools, outdoor pools and water spray parks open this summer. Here’s a list of those that are closest to Phinney-Greenwood.
Lifeguarded beaches include:
- East Green Lake, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N. (open through Aug. 25)
- West Green Lake, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr. (open through Sept. 2).
Beaches are open daily, weather permitting, from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Amenities range from swim rafts and low and high diving boards to nearby wading pools, play areas, ballfields, and more.
Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W. in Magnolia, is a popular outdoor pool that is open daily through Sept. 8.
Mounger Pool is really two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones.
Wading pools open three days a week, from 12-7 p.m., include:
- Bitter Lake, 13035 Linden Ave. N, (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
- Soundview, 1590 NW 90th St., (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- Wallingford, 4219 Wallingford Ave. N, (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Green Lake wading pool, North 73rd Street and East Green Lake Dr. N. is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Daily water spray parks, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., include:
- Ballard Commons, 5701 22nd Ave. NW
- Northacres Park, 12800 1st Ave. NE
Click here to download Seattle Parks’ 2013 Summer Guide.
Tags: parks, pools, Seattle Parks and Recreation, spray parks, wading pools
September 27th, 2012 by Doree
Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news.
West Woodland Elementary is one of three schools that will receive a combined $800,000 as part of the Safe Routes to School project. Beacon Hill and McGilvra are the other two schools. Mayor McGinn made the announcement at West Woodland on Wednesday. The funding comes from the City’s Real Estate Excise Tax. The money will be used to upgrade a half-signal to a full signal at NW 58th Street and 8th Avenue NW, and install new marked crosswalks and curb ramps.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association will now manage all of the facility rentals for the Sunset Hill Community Association in Ballard. The SHCA clubhouse is at 3003 NW 66th St.
Because PNA and SHCA are both nonprofit organizations with similar missions to connect neighbors and foster community, this partnership is a good fit for both organizations. PNA has a history of success in managing rentals and programs at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center and welcomes the 1929 meeting hall into the rental options. PNA’s staff will promote, rent and provide custodial services for the SHCA clubhouse.
Questions regarding rentals for both the SHCA and the Phinney Center can be directed to Margaret Pai by email email@example.com or 206.783.2244 x 42.
A Community Project CrossFit, which moved into 7216 Linden Ave. N. less than two months ago, is moving to a larger space a few blocks away. ACP CrossFit will be closed Saturday through Monday for the move, and will reopen Tuesday at 7622 Aurora Ave. N. (a former Kung Fu studio). The new space is much larger and has locker rooms and showers.
The Phinney Ridge Community Council will host an informational meeting about Woodland Park Zoo’s new annual “Wildlights” holiday event, a nightly light display with live entertainment from Nov. 19 through Jan. 1. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6. Zoo staff will address plans for traffic, parking and other neighborhood impacts.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding its second public meeting on the renovation of Woodland Park Playground at 1000 N. 59 St. The meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 1. Landscape Architect Shwu-jen Hwang will present three play area options for community discussion. Construction is planned for fall of 2013.
And the Rotary clubs of greater Seattle are seeking business and professional people ages 25-40 for a month-long cultural and vocational exchange program in Russia in April and May 2013.
The Group Study Exchange is a longstanding program of Rotary International. It offers an all-expense paid experience with home stays with Rotarian host-country families, vocational visits, and an opportunity to exchange ideas and customs with Russian counterparts. Applicants must live or work in Rotary District 5030, which covers all of King County and the communities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek in Snohomish County. The exchange is not open to Rotarians or their lineal descendents.
Applications for team members are due by October 22,2012. Complete information and application forms are available at www.gse.rotary5030.org.
Tags: ACP CrossFit, Phinney Neighborhood Association, Phinney Ridge Community Council, PNA, Safe Routes to School, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Sunset Hill Community Association, west woodland elementary, woodland park zoo
August 30th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Parks and Recreation plans to replace the lighting system for the ball fields and tennis courts in Lower Woodland Park, but first it wants community input.
A public meeting is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Drive N.
This project provides for demolition of the existing outmoded lighting system and replaces it with a state-of-the-art system. Parks goal is to eliminate as much objectionable glare and light spill into the neighborhood as possible while providing safe and efficient lighting for the field and court users.
The project is funded through a 2006 ballfield lighting upgrade program from the Cumulative Reserve Fund and the Parks and Green Spaces Levy. It provides for planning, design, and construction of the park lighting improvements.
Parks is working with an expert in the field of ballfield lighting who has extensive knowledge of the latest technology. The community is encourage to come to the meeting, meet the design team and learn more about the project.
Tags: Lower Woodland Park, Seattle Parks and Recreation
April 27th, 2012 by Doree
Thanks to the 2008 Parks levy, $15 million was allocated for communities to develop new parks. $7 million has already been allocated, but another $8 million is available in the 2012-13 cycle.
Project proposal letters are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 11, and full project applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.
Parks Department officials will help applicants at a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
Check out the Parks Department’s online application system, which includes templates for proposal letters and applications, a detailed timeline, criteria, and analysis maps.
Tags: parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation
April 5th, 2012 by Doree
Join with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP), Seattle Public Utilities’ Restore our Waters initiative, and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council to clean up Carkeek Park on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21.
The work party starts at 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., and goes from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information and to register, call 206-684-0877.
Volunteer activities include storm drain stenciling, general park cleanup, and community education in the park and surrounding watershed.
At Carkeek Park, home to Piper’s Creek where salmon return year after year, visitors can explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed where 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach are formed by the magic of water and time. Walk the Piper’s Canyon Story Trail, play on the unique salmon themed play area, or touch time at the historic Piper Orchard. In Carkeek Park, years of hard work by neighbors and volunteers have restored major portions of the forest, built miles of trails, created sustainable gardens, educated visitors, reclaimed a unique historic fruit orchard, and created habitat to bring salmon back to Piper’s Creek.
Tags: Carkeek Park, Earth Day, Restore our Waters, salmon, Seattle Parks and Recreation
January 26th, 2012 by Doree
Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Sound Steps program is offering training for people to get in shape for a 5K, 10K or half-marathon walk. It’s open to all ages, but is designed especially for people “50 and better.”
One of the kick-off events is from 1-3 p.m. next Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St.
Each participant will receive a training packet, discounts on walking shoes, and information about staying healthy while training. Training begins at 9 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 4 with free, volunteer-led group walks from Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S), Ballard Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave. NW), or Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave. NE).
To participate and to get more information, please call Mari Becker at 206-684-4664 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tags: fitness, Seattle Parks and Recreation, seniors, walking
November 9th, 2011 by Doree
Update Thursday, Nov. 10: In response to numerous comments, I asked Seattle Parks Department Acquisition Planner Chip Nevins whether the three businesses would be getting relocation assistance. Here is his response:
The relocation assistance provided by the City is enough to allow the businesses to find a new space, move and set-up their business at the new location. This would happen either when we are ready to develop the park, or if they decide to move after their lease expires.
Earlier: The Seattle Parks Department has signed a purchase and sale agreement to buy the land directly north of the Greenwood Library — which currently houses Greenwood Quickstop, Aloha Ramen and Manna Teriyaki – for a future park site.
Acquisition Planner Chip Nevins said Parks expects to close on the property sometime in early January. The current owner of the site is also the owner of the Greenwood Quickstop.
But, the quarter-acre site at North 81st Street and Greenwood Avenue North won’t be turned into a park right away. Nevins said the Parks Department doesn’t have the money yet to develop the site, and there’s no time frame yet for that to happen. So the businesses that are currently there will remain for the time being.
The purchase money comes from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.
Tags: parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation
October 11th, 2011 by Doree
Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting 27 public meetings all across the city, to get your input on activities and hours for community centers. While Greenwood-Phinney doesn’t have any city-run community centers, nearby neighborhoods do. Here are the meetings closest to us:
- Ballard Community Center: 6:15 p.m. Wed., Oct. 19, 6020 28th Ave. NW, 206-684-4093.
- Bitter Lake Community Center: 7 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 20, 13035 Linden Ave. N, 206-684-7524.
- Green Lake Community Center: 7:15 p.m. Tues., Oct. 18, 7201 E Green Lake Dr N, 206-684-0780.
- Loyal Heights Community Center: 6:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 26, 2101 NW 77th St., 206-684-4052.
Tags: community centers, Seattle Parks and Recreation
October 5th, 2011 by Doree
Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project (CWCAP) will celebrate the 1972 Clean Water Act at a special public gathering from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.
Special activities include:
- Join groups doing water monitoring at Piper’s Creek for World Water Monitoring Day
- Tour the Salmon to Sound Trail and the imprint pond
- Learn about how to get involved in feeding the chum salmon at the park
- The kids’ table will have fun activities and materials to take home that explain “How to help make clean water happen”
- Cake and juice
Meet in front of the Carkeek Park pump station in the middle of the park. For more information, call Nancy Malmgren at 206-363-4116.
Tags: Carkeek Park, Clean Air Act, Seattle Parks and Recreation, World Water Monitoring Day