Announcing: Next HPAC meeting, Wed. Oct. 26, 7-8:00+pm/via Zoom!

Hope all are enjoying this return to normal rainy fall weather and a relief from the smoke!

We will remain virtual for this, our last meeting of 2022, and we are very honored to be hosting the new SDOT Director Greg Spotts. All are welcome, he wants to learn about our area directly from the community to help him build a strong understanding of the city for his work ahead – so bring your questions and ideas!

We will also hear from Seattle Public Utilities about a new swale project they are planning for SW Holden west of 16th SW.

Find the Zoom link to meeting below.

(In order to allow as much community input and conversation time as possible with these guests, this month we are recommending any Public Safety issues be deferred to the SW Precinct’s first in-person Crime Prevention Council meeting since 2020, Thursday November 17th from 7pm- 8pm at the SW Precinct Community Meeting Room. And of course, we always welcome hearing your concerns, please feel free to email them to us if you prefer.)

In addition: YOU ARE INVITED!! We look forward to seeing folks at the upcoming Tricks or Trees! Highland Park is throwing a block party to celebrate the best of Fall! Lots of fun for everyone – including our furry neighbors!

    Free Trees!  Choose up to four trees for your property. DIRT Corps and the Duwamish Valley Youth Corps will have a gorgeous variety of native, urban-friendly trees to choose from. Homes, businesses, and places of worship are eligible. First come first served. Seattle properties only.

    Pets in Costumes!  We’re bringing back the Pet Costume Contest – prizes awarded to Most Original, Best Ensemble, and Funniest pets in costume.  Prizes provided by Addy’s Pet Shop. 

    Music and Food!  We’ll be celebrating Dia de Muertos with music from Mariachi Alma Nueva and tacos and tamales from CocinaMX 32!  We’ll also have an ofrenda to honor your loved ones.

    Candy!  Come dressed in a costume and trick or treat from our participant booths (while learning about their environmental projects): RainWise, Green Infrastructure Mini-Grants, DIRT Corps training program, and the King County WTD West Duwamish Wet Weather Storage Facility.

     Clothing Donation table! Neighbors from the Bethany West congregation will be collecting cold weather clothing donations on behalf of Highland Park Elementary.

    Presented by HPIC & HPAC.  Sponsored by DIRT Corps, Highland Park Corner Store, DVYC, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Office of Economic Development, and King County.

Updates on Projects around the Neighborhood:
SDOT has reopened consideration of the SW Trenton Stay Healthy Street. HPAC will be watching this work closely as traffic patterns are now returning to normal after the bridge opening.

The Office of Arts & Culture has announced the selection of artist Matthew Mazzotta for the Highland /Holden Intersection art piece. His concept, tentatively titled “Where’s the Party” will be a larger than life Stellar Jay perched at the corner to watch over the neighborhood.

Work has begun on the pedestrian activated stop light being added at SW Holden and 12th Ave SW. Hopefully including replacement of the fire hydrant on the corner.
Seattle Parks Department contractors have been working to beat the rains installing a fresh new walking trail surface on the east side of Riverview Playfields. Thank you Parks! (they are asking bike riders stay off this surface for a couple of weeks so the gravel can settle in well).

Long term FYI’s – SDOT continues to work on two projects brought forward by the HPAC community, improving the pedestrian walkway on the south edge of Riverview Playfields on SW Webster, and improving the inadequate pedestrian infrastructure at 4th Ave SW and SW Roxbury.

Hope to see you online or or real time:

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Next HPAC meeting, Wed. Sept. 28, 7-8:00pm/via Zoom

Greetings friends and neighbors! Fall is in the air, and with it a return to our monthly meeting times which will continue to be on Zoom – find the link below.

Of course, our biggest news is the reopening of the West Seattle Bridge to vehicle traffic! As you can see by this shot of the morning “traffic backup” at the Highland/ Holden intersection, this is the most impactful event of the past 2-1/2 years for our area. Our thanks to SDOT, in particular to the Reconnect West Seattle/Home Zone team for all the work they did to try and mitigate the horrific impacts this detour route had on our neighborhoods. HPAC will continue to monitor any lingering problems folks may notice, feel free to email us if you are not able to attend a meeting. So far it’s been a collective sigh of relief!

This meeting we will have a guest presentation regarding the future King County West Duwamish Wet Weather Storage Facility being built near the 1st Ave Bridge. Right now, the tank site is in 30-60% design phase, which means they are looking for public input on the site itself, and also for community benefit ideas that support clean water goals in the communities around the site.

If you are unable to attend the online open house and community survey for the West Duwamish Wet Weather Storage Facility is open for your comments. Let us know if you have any questions or comments! www.kingcounty.gov/westduwamish-cso

We expect an SPD representative will be at the meeting as well to listen to any public safety issues folks have, as well as our LEAD intervention program representative Sean Blackwell who can bring us up to date on work they are doing. We have heard concerns about the impacts of the City interventions at North Delridge RV encampments just leading to campers moving to other streets in the area. Please let us know more about what you are experiencing!

On the horizon for HP/Riverview/So. Delridge:

  • HPAC is working to meet with the new SDOT director Greg Spotts – let us know what kind of concerns you might want relayed to him.
  • Watch for work to begin this winter at the Highland Holden Intersection project – basically SDOT will be making permanent all the temporary bump outs and lights that were installed for the detour traffic. We will also have a public art piece going in on the corner – more on that to come.
  • Art Interruptions will be appearing on the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway this fall. More information on this can be found here. https://artbeat.seattle.gov/2022/05/03/artists-selected-for-art-interruptions-2022-along-delridge-highland-park-neighborhood-greenway/
  • SDOT will also be completing the northward extension of the 12th Ave SW Greenway from Highland Park Elementary School to Riverview Playfield by installing a pedestrian activated stop light at the corner of SW Holden and 12th Ave. SW. right in front of the Highland Park Improvement Club property.
  • Swales are being planned by SPU along the section of 16th SW to the west of SW Holden. These will capture street runoff and make the road feel less like an arterial. The SPU planning team will be presenting on this at our October meeting.
  • Finally SAVE the DATE!! Oct. 29 from 12-4 join HPAC/ HPIC/ Dirt Corps/ HP Corner Store & King County WTD are thrilled to be co-sponsoring “Trick or Trees” – a Saturday extravaganza featuring live music, a costume contest for pets, trick or treating for kids, AND up to 4 free trees available per household to plant in your own backyard. Join us at the HP Corner Store and SW Kenyon St. for the fun. More info to follow!

Hope to see you on Zoom or around the neighborhood. HPAC is an all-volunteer, neighborhood advocacy group – your ideas and volunteer energy are always welcome and needed.

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June meeting Cancelled + Updates from your eBoard

A joyous Juneteenth to all – the HPAC eBoard is proud to join in marking this momentous day in U.S. History with friends and neighbors!

While standing meetings are not held over the summer, we will continue to monitor neighborhood 4th of July safety issues and keep you up to date on the Greenway Public Art Interruptions and the Highland/Holden Public Art project.

Please look for us at the Highland Park Improvement Club Reset Fest from 2-7pm on Saturday June 25 – marking one year since fire damaged our beloved gathering place. Join in for music, games and updates on the rebuilding planning at Riverview Playfields, field #1.

Since we are cancelling our June meeting we asked SDOT partners to share updates on projects of interest to the neighborhood. We have been tracking the proposal to keep SW Trenton as a Stay Healthy Street and know that this is a high impact on our neighborhood mobility and have asked in multiple venues for a reconsideration of the closure between 16th SW and Delridge Ave SW. The current SDOT response:

“The permanent route selection for the Delridge-Highland Park Stay Healthy Street will happen after the West Seattle Bridge reopens later this year. The current route will stay in its current, temporary form until then.

This is so we can get additional traffic data and have further conversations with the community about the Stay Healthy Street and the existing Neighborhood Greenway, which first opened in 2017.

We know the Delridge and Highland Park communities are passionate about this Stay Healthy Street. This summer, we’ll continue to attend events in the area to take input on the Delridge-Highland Park Stay Healthy Street.”

Regarding other projects still in the works SDOT has these updates:

West Seattle Bridge update

The bridge is expected to reopen the week of September 12, but the timeframe could be impacted by weather, COVID-19 workforce impacts, supply chain issues for materials, and testing and inspectionresults. Consequently, a firm reopening date will be announced 30 days in advance.

Highland Park Home Zone update

We have completed 21 out of 29 Home Zone project elements. Below are updates on the remaining eight projects. For updates on Reconnect West Seattle, please visit WestSeattleBridge@seattle.gov.

Projects that are or will be in construction soon include:

  • Median islands on 16th Ave SW at SW Elmgrove St and at SW Cloverdale St
  • A Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at Dumar Way SW and SW Orchard St
  • Sidewalk repair on 8th Ave SW

Projects to be constructed in the fall (due to crew availability and weather):

  • SW Webster St between 11th Ave SW and 12th Ave SW
  • 9th Ave SW between SW Roxbury St and SW Cambridge St
  • 14th Ave SW between SW Elmgrove St and SW Kenyon St

Projects to be constructed after the bridge reopens:

  • Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway with new traffic signal at 12th Ave S and SW Holden St
  • Removal of existing flashing beacon and crosswalk at 11th Ave SW and SW Holden St

Questions or comments? Contact WestSeattleBridge@seattle.gov or call (206) 400-7511.

Have a great Summer and see everyone at the park!

Next HPAC meeting, May 25th, 7-8pm/ In-Person 2.0

Greetings neighbors. With warmer days finally upon us we’ll be holding this month’s meeting in person again, outside at the award winning Highland Park Corner Store. Come by and say hi in person as we discuss neighborhood doings. We’ll talk about the SDOT planning for a safe pedestrian walkway along the south side of Riverview Playfields, do a quick review of our questions to submit to Mayor Harrell, and take any items of interest or concern from folks. Meanwhile enjoy these signs of the season.

The stairs at SW Kenyon and 8th Ave SW are offering glimpses of a squirrel family that has set up housekeeping in this challenged Seattle City Light power pole. (You can see the little ones out exploring just above the data cables).

The back gates into the Duwamish Greenbelt trails from South Seattle College are open to walkers Monday-Friday when classes are in session! A great season to take a hike to the Seattle Chinese Garden while the Peonies are in bloom.

HPAC News/ Cleanup – Sat., April 23, 10 a.m.-noon /In-Person Meeting – April 27

Greetings! Hoping for some sun this weekend during our Highland Park Cleans Up event. We will meet at 10am at the Highland Park Corner Store to hand out bags, grabbers, gloves and vests – then spread out and do some spring cleaning in the neighborhood. Join in and let’s spruce up Highland Park/Riverview! Co-sponsored with HPIC and Seattle Public Utilities.

Join your HPAC eBoard in person on Wednesday April 27 at 7 pm in person at the Highland Park Corner Store for an informal, in-person meetup. This will be our first “face to face” chance to meet up with neighbors since the COVID shutdown in 2020! We plan to use the time to say hello to anyone who can drop by and take ideas of what issues HPAC can address in the future. Bring any input you may have on any cool ways our area can celebrate the re-opening of the West Seattle High Bridge this summer. Hope to see you at one of these events soon!

March 23, 2022/ HPAC Meeting Agenda

This month HPAC welcomes back SDOT staff with updates on Home Zone and Greenways work that has been progressing throughout the neighborhood. If you have followup questions regarding projects, or ideas for new protections needed to buffer any changes you have noted in the West Seattle Bridge Detour Route traffic, agency representatives will be on hand to speak with.

In progress installation of curbs, soil and planting along the Webster Street Greenway.

We also welcome back CM Lisa Herbold and team for further updates on planning for the proposed low income housing at 16th SW and SW Holden, site of a former Seattle City Light substation. They have been working on clarifying concerns expressed by the community at their last visit such as:

You can link to a full discussion of the project background as described by Council Person Herbold here.

We continue to meet via Zoom during the planning and rebuilding of the HPIC hall, join us virtually on Mar 23, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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February 23, 2022/ HPAC Meeting Agenda

It may be a cold week, but spring is in the air in Highland Park. Stay warm and join us for our monthly meeting via Zoom.

Signs of spring come to Highland Park

We will be hearing from representative of the King County Wastewater Treatment Division to learn more about the upcoming West Duwamish CSO Control project set to begin soon. If you are unfamiliar with these projects have a look at the construction at 4th South and South Michigan Street, where they are almost done with a huge holding facility. The West Michigan side will be much smaller, but serve a similar purpose, capturing and holding excess rain runoff from Highland Park, preventing contamination of the Duwamish River during big storms.

If you attended last month’s meeting, SPD mentioned their annual report on crime trends, you can read it here. They will be at our meeting too for any questions or concerns, Westwood Village area ranked 4th in volume citywide in Community generated 911 calls.

Also up in the HPAC business category:

  • Planning for Spring Cleanup events – sites you think need to be addressed, dates, etc.
  • Helping with a Flip your Trip outreach event? – mask mandates are lifting and traffic will be ramping up, can we help try and get more folks out of their Single Occupancy Vehicles?
  • A look back at our area’s five years of hosting Camp Second Chance – what’s working? Any outstanding concerns? Do we have any guidance or response to State Sen. Joe Nguyen’s bill now in the State Senate regarding lifting SEPA requirements for new camps?
  • Inviting any interested parties to help out on eBoard positions – we are an all volunteer advocacy group and rely on community energy!

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January 26, 2022/ HPAC Meeting Agenda

Happy New Year – hope everyone is staying safe and warm! Welcome all to 2022, with just 6 months to go (fingers crossed) of hosting the West Seattle Bridge detour traffic, it feels like things may be looking up!

Scene at the HPIC Not So Silent Night Parade Dec. 31, 2021

We just need to get through the landslides, volcanoes and Omicron wave. HP Stronger Together we can do it!

Highland Park Way Hillside on the move in 2022 and in 2017.

Our first HPAC meeting for the year will include guests from SPD to talk about crime trends, and from SDOT to explain their concept, “Flip Your Trip”. Since we are lucky to live at the south end of the West Seattle peninsula we have less commute time invested than some of our northerly neighbors. None-the-less, SDOT expects traffic volumes to only pick up from here with T-5 now open to larger cargo ships and more folks heading back to in person work. So anyone who can take advantage of transit, bike or carpooling is being offered $25 in free transit tickets to do so.

We plan to also have some open time to chat with fellow attendees about ongoing general concerns or issues in our area, as well as meet and greet. BYO supper or snack to a virtual potluck!

HPAC is an all volunteer community effort, if you have an interest in being more involved in the community eBoard or committee positions are open and volunteers welcome.

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Highlights from our In-box:

Learn about Redlining in Seattle at this powerful site created by the UW, Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project and research your area. Tools include maps through the decades, video, and the history of Racial Restrictive Covenants:

http://depts.washington.edu/civilr/segregated.htm

For those Interested in details on our built/building environment check out these maps of Building Permits, Rental Housing, and Property & Building Complaints:

https://web8.seattle.gov/SDCI/ShapingSeattle/home

Vote in the King Conservation District board election here:

https://kingcd.org/about/board-of-supervisors/elections-and-appointments/

October 27th HPAC Meeting Agenda

Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos to all. Please drive slowly and carefully as you enjoy the decorations and trick or treating this year.

This month we’ll be hearing briefly from SDOT Reconnect West Seattle and Home Zone planners on what is proposed to slow traffic on 16th Ave SW now that extra speed cushions have been cancelled, plus updates on other neighborhood work such as work on SW Webster and the pedestrian signal planned for 12th Ave SW at SW Holden. If you have noticed traffic counter tapes laid around the area, come find out what the numbers are telling planners. We are always interested in hearing about any new detour route incursions of vehicles, or other traffic pattern changes you have noticed. Your voice is needed!

For those who may not recall an effort by Seattle City Light a few years ago to de-accession some surplus properties city-wide, we are excited to report some movement on the Dumar Substation property at 16th SW & SW Holden. When the City came out to various neighborhoods about these properties, HPAC was part of proposing this property be targeted as affordable housing with street level commercial rather than sold to the private development market. We will be hearing from the Seattle Office of Housing and Enterprise Community Partners about potential plans for this lot.

Finally, we will be hearing from SDOT regarding making the Stay Healthy Street program streets permanent. They are looking for comments on the whole route, including SW Trenton, 21st SW, & 17th SW running through Highland Park, Riverview, South Delridge neighborhoods. Besides hearing from you at this meeting, they have been surveying folks online here, and also are planning to do some in-person outreach events in the area. Speak up now to let SDOT know if you have found these street closures to be a benefit or hindrance. This discussion will be focused on our area streets, not Stay Healthy Streets in other parts of Seattle.

The acting eBoard members invite you to attend and continue to participate in setting our agendas for 2022. Please take our short survey if you haven’t already, to let us know what type of meetings are most interesting and helpful. The survey will remain open until October 31st. This will be our final live meeting of 2021 – we take time off to observe holidays during November & December unless time sensitive issues arise.

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September HPAC Meeting Info

Fall is in the air, kids are slowly heading back to schools, and traffic is definitely ramping up throughout Riverview, Highland Park and South Delridge. The acting eBoard members invite you to attend and participate in setting our agendas for the year. Take our short survey to let us know what type of meetings are most interesting and helpful to you.

We welcome all back for our first meeting of the 2021-22 season. This month we’ll be hearing from Seattle Police Department with neighborhood crime trends, plus the Port of Seattle sharing impacts we can expect to neighborhood traffic as Terminal-5 reopens in January 2022.

Finally, we will be hosting Home Zone and Reconnect West Seattle team members from SDOT for a report out on the projects they are working on. There have been some changes in direction, particularly for residents on 16th Avenue SW, we’ll have them explained at the meeting with opportunities for suggestions and comments.

If you are noticing new detour route incursions of vehicles, or other traffic pattern changes to report your voice is needed!

See you at 7PM on Sept. 22 – virtually on Zoom during the HPIC rebuilding process.

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