Please join us for the last HPAC meeting before summer! We won’t be meeting again until September. Our agenda this month includes representatives from King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division to update us on the potential roadside rain garden project in Highland Park that we talked about in the fall. They spent the winter doing geotechnical testing and want to let neighbors know what they found out, and implications for a potential project. We will also be hearing from a representative from Highland Park Elementary’s PTA with an exiting collaboration opportunity. Potluck is at 6:30, meeting starts at 7 at the Highland Park Improvement Club on 12th and Holden.
We are canceling our regularly scheduled HPAC meeting for April, which was to be this Wednesday- instead, we would like to encourage our members to join in the first HPAC Greening Committee event on Saturday (4/26) from 9am-12pm at the Delridge and Myrtle Stairway, which runs west from Sanislo Elementary to Delridge. They will be cleaning the stairway of garbage and removing invasive plant species within the right of way and at the south end of the Parks property. This is part of a City wide effort to clean stairways throughout Seattle in partnership with FeetFirst and Seattle Stairways. Come help make Delridge more walkable and help restore native plants in South Delridge. More info and registration can be found on this website: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/5144/
Mark your calendars now for March 22 so you don’t miss out on this really fun event kicking off the beginning of the dramatic change to the HPIC parking lot into a courtyard! You thought the raingardens and cisterns were changing things, wait until you see what’s coming. Depave Day (more info on their website) will be an event we will be talking about for years- let’s kick that parking lot’s asphalt! (oh no, I did say that.) Come learn how to remove asphalt- more details to come, pretty sure beer will be involved, but get it on your calendar. An all ages, family fun HPIC event sponsored by Sustainable Seattle and Stewardship Partners.
As discussed at our January HPAC meeting, Mayor Ed Murray plans to hold a Seattle Neighborhood Summit to improve how the city works with neighborhoods and community leaders. Some of the themes that will be used to drive the summit’s discussions include calls for commitment, action and ongoing conversation
Summit planners say this is the first step in what they hope to be an ongoing relationship aimed at rebuilding the trust between the City and neighborhoods. In addition to holding this traditional forum, they plan to use social media and technology so more can participate whether or not they are able to attend.
The Seattle Neighborhood Summit will be held on Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Seattle Center’s Pavilion Room. The Mayor’s Office has also launched a website to collect public input between now and the Summit, which can be found here.
HPAC has been involved in this project, and unfortunately this opportunity falls on the same night as our regular monthly meeting, but need to put it out there for those of you that can make it there to give input on the very important SW Roxbury Street Road Safety Corridor Project. You could even make it to both meetings! Please join the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) next Wednesday, February 26th from 6 to 7:30 PM at Roxhill Elementary School (9430 30th Ave SW) to review data and share your thoughts on how they can improve safety on SW Roxbury Street.
If you can’t make it on the 26th, they’ll also be at the White Center Summit on March 1st to talk Roxbury and the White Center Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 11th. Comments are also welcome via email.
HPAC meeting next Wednesday Night, 2/26: HPIC’s Greening Committee will meet at 6:00, potluck starts at 6:30, and HPAC meeting will start at 7:00 at HPIC on 12th and Holden.
- an official announcement of the formation of HPAC’s very own Greening Committee: HPAC member Craig Rankin has taken the lead on this and already has a very cool kick off event in the works. Come learn about what’s going on and how to get involved in making our neighborhood more beautiful.
- Aly Pennucci from DPD is joining us to discuss a Pedestrian Zone Mapping Project.
- We have some updates on the Seattle City Light Surplus Properties, several park projects going on in the neighborhood, and all kinds of announcements of cool stuff happening.
- We will be presenting HPIC’s landscape plan for community input and review- come check it out and see how you can help transform part of HPIC’s parking lot into a beautiful courtyard for the community- it’s happening fast! A little sneak peak here: