The West Seattle Transportation Coalition is a Peninsula-wide organization working to address transportation and mobility issues for Seattle’s largest constituency. Representing more than 100,000 people living and working in the 10 square mile area between the Duwamish River and Puget Sound, these community leaders, advocates, business owners, and residents are working to address transportation and commuting challenges caused by:
- The reduction of mass transit services: The current insufficient level of service will be compounded by the proposed cuts in our already under served area.
- Loss of infrastructure: The scheduled removal of the SR-99 Viaduct without sufficient replacement capacity on other routes to and from our Peninsula.
- Density without transportation capacity: The region’s commitment to increased density is not matched with equivalent increases in transportation capacity to serve the Peninsula’s steadily growing population.
- Natural barriers: West Seattle has only limited routes connecting it to downtown and beyond for the vast majority of its commuters. Mass transit is the only option that can move us across these choke points to keep our transportation systems functioning.
HPAC would like our members’ support so we can formally endorse this as a community group, adding to the strong voice they are working hard to create. We’ll be discussing this endorsement at our next HPAC meeting on October 23rd, but here’s how you can help in the meantime:
Speak Up so they know what matters to those of us living in Highland Park and Riverview. You can also bring your concerns to HPAC and we can communicate them for you if that’s easier or more comfortable.
As winter approaches, the heat’s kicking on, and the utility bills start to creep up- ahhh! The Utility Discount Program is an income-qualified program that can help you reduce your electric bill, and also save on other utilities like water, sewer, and garbage. You may be eligible, check it out here. The Utility Discount Program also offers free home energy visits that could help you realize even greater savings.
You can also help those in need with electricity bills through Project Share, which helps thousands of friends and neighbors, children and seniors who would have been left in the dark if it wasn’t for Project Share and donations. Check it out here.
We submitted an official comment on the Surplus Properties that we felt reflected the sentiment felt at our September meeting:
We would like to request a re-zone of the Dumar site (16th and Holden) from residential to NC1-30 to match the other corner properties’ zoning before it is sold. This would not only help City Light earn more money for the sale, but also make sense for this corner property on an arterial. The entire neighborhood would benefit from a re-zone as it would encourage a more walkable community. We would like to see the whole neighborhood benefit from this sale rather than the sale benefiting just a single developer.
We would also like to encourage the sale of the White Center site (9th and Henderson) to King County Wastewater Division as a site for Green Stormwater Infrastructure. There is great need for space in our neighborhood for stormwater infiltration and we feel that this site would lend itself well to that sustainable endeavor. We also feel that this would be in the best interest of the entire community, who would be involved in the design process if it were to go forward with King County, rather than selling the benefit to a single developer. This site has a rich history and was donated to the city by a community member- we would like to make sure the neighborhood is returned some benefit in its sale.
We encourage City Light to consider these requests from Highland Park and Riverview as they have the power to positively contribute to the sustainability of our neighborhood, and to provide benefit to the most number of people.
If you are interested in submitting an official comment, please go to this website to submit your comments, you’ll see a link on the right side of the page that says “submit comments here.” It is also helpful to send your comments to City Council. Thank you!
West Crest / West Seattle Reservoir Park will begin construction in late winter, scheduled to be finished by summer of 2014. There are still some decisions being made about re-using and moving the existing play equipment, and we will be informed when those decisions have been made.
We received a NPSF grant to address pedestrian safety along Cloverdale via a crushed rock stair and trail from 6th to the dog park parking lot at 5th. SDOT’s “Safe Routes to Schools” are considering the spot for a possible sidewalk from 7th to 5th. (The improvements at West Crest will include a sidewalk connection from 7th to 8th)
We also received an Opportunity Fund grant from Seattle Parks to address missing connections into Highland Park Playground/Spray Park east to Cloverdale/10th and north to Thistle. The schedule is still being determined for that project.
Green Seattle Day, a day to celebrate and restore Seattle’s urban forest, is on November 2nd, and West Crest Park is one of the sites for tree planting! October 5th is the day to help clean up the urban forest to get ready for the big day, from 9am – 1pm. More information is available on their website.
Highland Park Improvement Club: The Club was recently awarded a King County grant (thanks to the efforts of Sustainable Seattle), to help de-pave part of the parking lot, install another raingarden, more planting, and a courtyard. If you are interested in participating, join us for a Greening Committee meeting on October 2 at 7pm to discuss next steps.
Rainwise: if you have questions about RainWise and how to get a rebate for a rain garden and/or cistern for your property, attend a RainWise Workshop in South Park coming up on Thursday, October 17th, from 6:30-8pm at the South Park Community Center. More info available here.
Roadside Raingardens: Green Stormwater Infrastructure is coming to Highland Park! Areas for roadside gardens (not on your property like RainWise ones, but within the Right of Way along the street) are being studied in Highland Park. King County presented a plan with potential locations that will be online soon, so we’ll update our website when that happens.
Surplus City Light Properties: Info added in this post.
- David Barber from Seattle City Light speaking about their two surplus properties in our neighborhood and seeking our input. More info on this website, addresses in question are 8820 9th ave SW (near 9th and Henderson) and 1605 SW Holden (across from 7-11). With our input, we could help create some really positive transformations for Highland Park.
- John Phillips and Kristine Cramer from the King County Wastewater Treatment Division are coming to discuss roadside rain gardens in the street right of way in Highland Park.
- Jo Sullivan from King County will be there again to give us an update on the success of Rainwise so far in Highland Park and answer any questions folks have about raingardens and qualifying for rebates.
- Seattle Parks department will be there to give us an update on Westcrest park improvements and to answer questions.
- Kim Frappier from Forterra (Formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) will be sharing that Westcrest is participating in Green Seattle Day on November 2nd, come hear about that and ongoing forest restoration work in Highland Park.
- Hannah Kett from Sustainable Seattle has some announcements about exciting changes coming to HPIC!
The City of Seattle will be celebrating the 29th Annual Night Out Against Crime on August 6th this year. Last year, 1,366 events were registered to participate- registration is open now on this website. Register now to have your street closed for a block party! The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games – whatever you want.