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:
On Feb. 23 and March 2 from 1 to 4 pm, some Highland Park Neighbors are having their final two work parties associated with a Small Sparks grant on Feb 23rd and March 2nd if anyone wants to join the fun at 14th and Kenyon. The “Kenyon Street Right-Of-Way Beautification Project” received a $1000 grant from the City of Seattle/Department of Neighborhoods, which will be used to purchase plants for the space which has been an on-going restoration project for just under two years. The sloped area which is used locally by students and bus riders willing to climb/descend the steep “social trail” is partially planted and mostly mulched. Come help finish up the project- it’s looking awesome.
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.