HPAC’s Draft Updated Bylaws Are Ready for Your Review!

HPAC is ready to get started again in 2018!happy-new-year-2018-greetings


With that in mind, a small committee has reviewed and made draft changes to our by-laws to reflect where HPAC is today (it has been 14 years, since HPAC Bylaws have been updated).

  • Please review the current draft of our updated Bylaws via download or view on on website – all draft changes are in RED.
  • Please submit comments, concerns, additions, or suggested changes at our Jan 24th meeting (see details below) or via email by Jan 25 to hpacchair@gmail.com.

Bylaws to be presented and voted at our Annual Meeting on Weds. February 28, 2018.

highlandParkRoundaboutWA State grant denied for Highland Park Way Roundabout Project

We are extremely disappointed to learn that we did not get the state grant for the HP roundabout project. We will continue to advocate and SDOT will continue to work with us on looking at next steps. See West Seattle Blog full story.

Join us for our first meeting of 2018 on Weds. January 24, 2018



All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Ho

lden St. Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month (from Jan – June & Sept – October) Doors open at 6:30 – Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Agenda Includes:

7:00p Engagement with Community Resources

spdMeet Lt. Ron Smith, Seattle Police Department: Reviewing current crime stats and responding to current concerns/issues



tennisMeet the Friends of Southwest Tennis
Indoor Tennis Proposal: View short presentation about the project idea, the study findings, and start the conversation with Lisa Corbin

The city-funded study showed that the West Seattle Peninsula is underserved for year-round indoor tennis, and a new facility is potentially very viable. Our site for the proposed facility was slated to be at the southwest athletic complex (29th and Thistle) which is school district property. Well, after almost 36 months of green lighting this community project, the school district has pulled the site off of the table.  Now we are searching for other potential sites. One potential spot that has emerged is at West Crest Park, along 8th avenue South of the new parking lot and bathroom.  An indoor tennis building wouldn’t affect any of the existing amenities at the park. There are of course many steps ahead, and years of work.  Before we approach parks, we would like to discuss this idea with the neighborhood. https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestIndoorTennis/

drain8Meet SPU’s Natural Drainage Systems Program
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is planning to build natural drainage systems in your neighborhood in 2019. When it rains in this part of West Seattle, pollution from our streets runs into Longfellow Creek untreated. This is not healthy for the creek or for people. The good news is: there is something we can do. Natural drainage systems capture and clean pollutants before they can reach the creek. SPU has identified streets in the Longfellow Creek Basin that are technically feasible to construct natural drainage systems, and have surveyed residents on those streets to identify existing drainage issues and gauge where there is support for these systems. Please contact Jonathan Brown, Project Manager, for additional questions (206.386.4027 or email jonathan.brown@seattle.gov)

7:30p Community Announcements

7:35p HPAC Executive Committee Updates

  • Draft Bylaws update
  • Nominations for Co-chairs & other positions – vote to be in Feb. (see info below on positions and duties and how to nominate)

7:45p New Standing Committees Meet: Neighborhood Infrastructure & Neighborhood Engagement


  1. To identify, represent, and advocate views of the Highland Park neighborhood on issues of infrastructure, civic engagement, equality and quality of life through a community development process;
  2. Know the structure and purpose of City government by learning the decision‐making process and influence elected officials, City departments and members of the public on the issues.
  3. Celebrate success!

Community Development Process: To identify the issues, discuss each one and agree on the priority. Sort the issues into short‐term or long‐term projects and begin to evaluate how your committee would like to approach each issue. Develop activities, strategies, and outcomes for each project. Plan and implement activities. Recruit volunteers, engage neighbors, and educate policy makers.

1) Neighborhood Infrastructure this committee will address issues of streets/sidewalks, transit, crosswalks, HP/SW Holden/curb cuts, traffic signals: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, developing campaigns, outreaching to City departments, educating policy makers.

Potential Issue Areas to Address

2) Neighborhood Engagement – this committee will address issues of community engagement including safety/crime/SPD, encampments, SPU, beautification, parks, trails, trash, events, and environmental issues: key responsibilities can include applying for Neighborhood funding, coalition building with other neighborhood groups, outreaching to City departments, developing projects, and engaging neighbors.

Potential Issue Areas to Address

Nominations for HPAC Executive/Steering Committee Are Now Open

electionsElection is February– nominations can be taken via email or at the Jan or February meetings – each position is for a one year term.

To nominate yourself and/or another HPAC member – please provide either via email to hpacchair@gmail.com or verbally in person at Jan or Feb meetings: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

  • What lived/professional skills, experiences, and resources would you bring to the position sought?
  • What do you like about the Highland Park community?
  • What could be one improved in Highland Park? How much time a month can you commit to meetings and serving the mission of HPAC? 
  • Positions Up for Election Include:
    1. Chairperson(s) – The duties include preside at all HPAC meetings and Executive Committee meetings, prepare agendas, report on the actions of the Executive Committee, maintain momentum of programs initiated by the HPAC.
    2. Assistant/Vice Chairperson(s) – The duties include to serve in the absence of the Chairperson, to develop and encourage broader membership participation, and to plan and organize special projects and functions. Serve as liaison to Delridge District Council/Southwest District Council and other Councils as needed.
    3. Secretary – The duties include notify the membership of the next meeting date, time, take the minutes of the HPAC meetings, with a summary of actions taken and assignments made ready to be presented at each subsequent meeting.
    4. Treasurer – The duties include receive and disburse funds as instructed by the Executive Committee and the HPAC, works with our fiscal sponsor in record keeping, and reports on the financial position of the HPAC at each meeting.

Weds. February 28, 2018

Agenda Sneak Peak!

  • City Light Presentation on installation of advanced meters
  • Vote: HPAC Elections
  • Vote: on By-Law Changes
  • Committee Meetings

How to get involved? Come to HPAC meetings and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com

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Neighbors Building Community: Advocating for Highland Park, Riverview and South Delridge. An all volunteer group made up of neighbors, local business, and community organizations advocating for neighborhood infrastructure, community resources, and livability.

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