About HPAC

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.

Contact Seattle City Council ask them to support Highland Park Way Safety Corridor Project in the 2020 Budget

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Please consider calling or emailing all the members of the Seattle City Council before Nov. 4, 2019. You can email the all the city council members at council@seattle.gov

Sample Email:

Dear Councilmember,

I am writing asking for your support for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor as proposed in the Mayor’s 2020 budget under SDOT’s Vision Zero capital projects.

The Highland Park Way Safety Corridor includes $900,000 for Highland Park Intersection Improvements which will provide a much needed traffic signal at Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street with traffic calming, new sidewalks and curb ramps. This project is in line with the city’s Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan.

As a resident of West Seattle, I frequently use Highland Park Way to access the peninsula and the at the intersection SW Holden Street is there is an immediate need of significant improvements to increase safety not just for vehicles, but also bicycles, buses, and pedestrians alike.

I strongly urge you to support the funding for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor in the 2020 budget.

If you have any questions, please contact me at __________.

Sincerely,

Your name
You address

View HPAC’s letter to Seattle City Council.

HPAC: Neighbors Building Community in Highland Park, Riverview,
and South Delridge

October 27, 2019

Dear Seattle City Councilmember,

Highland Park Action Coalition (HPAC) is asking for your support for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor as proposed in the Mayor’s 2020 budget under SDOT’s Vision Zero capital projects.

The Highland Park Way Safety Corridor includes $900,000 for Highland Park Intersection Improvements which will provide a much needed traffic signal at Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street with traffic calming, new sidewalks and curb ramps. This project is in line with the city’s Bike & Pedestrian Master Plan.

As you know, Highland Park Way is one of only three access points on or off the West Seattle peninsular. Our current infrastructure has not been adequate to meet the demands of the increasing density in the Highland Park and the adjacent communities, such as those coming from the south Delridge corridor, Westwood village (an urban village), White Center, High Point, and the South Seattle College area.

The design of the current intersection does not provide a safe route for pedestrian crossing or for bicycling. Pedestrians are often crossing 3 lanes of traffic without marked crosswalks just to access a King County Metro 131 bus stop, the only bus that runs on this side of the neighborhood. Bicyclists also must navigate 3 lanes of traffic and a 4 way intersection with one stop sign at SW Holden and Highland Park Way and yield signs at the other 3 intersections in order to access the bike trail that goes over the 1st Ave bridge.

In the last two week there have 3 crashes at this intersection and at least 117 between 2014 – 2018, with 2 fatalities, that have been reported. During peak commute hours, traffic on SW Holden St backs up to 16th Ave SW, as commuters try to access Highland Park Way SW as SW Holden St. is the most direct route from several major and minor arterial roads in the area.

The Highland Park neighborhood has been advocating since the 1940s, over 70 years, for infrastructure improvements for the intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden, because of consistent accidents that could have been avoided. Since 2015, we have heard that addressing this intersection is a “priority” for SDOT. 

In 2018, we requested resistance from Mayor Durkin in closing the funding gap for the Highland Park Way and SW Holden Street Project.

Funding being allocated in this budget would be fulling the commitment to equitable development. As a formerly redlined, now moderate income neighborhood, with more than 50% of our neighbors are people of color, more than 20% speak another language other than English, 37% are single parents, 15% commute by public transit and the median income is around 45k, this would not just be a significant equitable investment, but would greatly increase the quality of life for our community.

HPAC strongly urges you to support the funding for the Highland Park Way Safety Corridor.

If you have any questions, please contact me at hpacchair@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott
2019 HPAC Chair

Find out about the plans for Highland Park Way and SW Holden Intersection: SDOT comes to HPAC October Meeting 10/23/2019

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

HPAC: Neighbors Building Community in
Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge

Welcome to our newly re-formed Action Coalition! We are keeping our acronym, HPAC, but expanding our engagement to include South Delridge and Riverview, as well as Highland Park. To learn more about our mission and bylaws check out our About page and meet your executive committee. Over the next few months we will be rolling out a new logo, yard signs, and a community survey. We cannot wait for you to get involved!

October Agenda

7p – Welcome & Introductions
7:10 – Announcements
7:15 – with Sam Zimbabwe, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation to talk about an intersection control solution at Highland Park Way SW / SW Holden St. as well as other plans for the area.

8:15 – Seattle Parks and Recreation update on the Westcrest Off-Leash Area construction project: SPR will present the construction project and temporary off-leash plan

8:30p – Close

Announcements

Share Your Feedback on the Development of Pre-approved Plans for Accessory Dwelling Units: To simplify and streamline permitting, the City is working with architects, designers, and builders to develop pre-approved DADU construction plans that offer a faster, easier, and more predictable design and permitting process. (more)

Safe Routes to School Funding: Fall Mini Grants Application Now Open: Apply by October 31 for up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about walking and biking to school. (more)

Take the District 1 Community Network Survey: The District 1 Community Network is a loosely structured organization comprised of community councils, neighborhood groups, and residents within Seattle City Council District 1. They are developing a work plan for 2020 and would like your input. (more)

Seattle University is administering the 5th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

Please circulate this email to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. Attached is a flyer advertising the survey, which we encourage you to also share, print, and post at your work, religious institution, community center, apartment, or other communal location. If you would like the flyer in one of the other languages that we provide the survey in, please let us know.

Next HPAC Meeting is Weds. Sept. 25 – Lots of Good News & Discussions

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

HPAC: Neighbors Building Community in
Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge

Welcome to our newly re-formed Action Coalition! We are keeping our acronym, HPAC, but expanding our engagement to include South Delridge and Riverview, as well as Highland Park. To learn more about our mission and bylaws check out our About page and meet your executive committee. Over the next few months we will be rolling out a new logo, yard signs, and a community survey. We cannot wait for you to get involved!

Agenda

7p – Welcome & Introductions
7:10 – Announcements
7:15 – HPAC Executive Committee Updates
– SDOT at our Oct meeting
– Your Voice Your Choice projects
– Trails & Greenbelt
– Westcrest Park Off Leash Area
– Neighborhood Greenway Program – Highland Park Elementary School neighborhood greenway connection
7:30 – Discussion: Who do you want to hear from? What topics should HPAC be covering?
8:00p – Close

Highland Park Elementary Neighborhood Greenway Expansion Project Survey
Seattle wants to know what you think about expanding neighborhood greenway routes around Highland Park Elementary School. Tell us what destinations you would visit and what would make you feel more comfortable walking and biking around Highland Park Elementary School. Share your feedback through our online survey by October 11, 2019

Elections ahead sign

Interested in getting more involved? Run for an Executive Committee Seat – Elections in Feb 2020!

Your Voice Your Choice HPAC Encourages you to vote for 3 of the 4 Projects in Highland Park & South Delridge

Voting is open until Sept. 30

To Vote for District 1 Projects go here https://pbstanford.org/seattle

1C. Project 19-24: Crossing Improvements on 16th Ave SW & SW Holden St
Neighborhood: Highland Park, 98106

1D. Project 19-10: Crossing Improvements on 9th Ave SW from SW Kenyon St, SW Elmgrove St, and SW Thistle St
Neighborhood: Highland Park, 98106

1F. Project 19-43: Sidewalk/Trail Improvements on SW Barton St between 21st Ave SW and SW Barton Pl
Neighborhood: South Delridge, 98106

1G. Project 19-22: Crossing Improvements on Olson Pl SW & SW Roxbury St
Neighborhood: South Delridge, 98106

Metro Service Revisions
South King County

Metro bus routes 105, 164, 183 and DART 906 increase frequency of service from every 60 minutes to every 30 minutes, including weekends.

Fall service revisions include new green timetables; 1,350 new trips across 35 different routes; expanded frequency of service on 13 routes; and later evening service on 3 major routes. Increased frequency on other routes. These routes increase frequency of service:

  • RapidRide E Line – every 10 minutes
  • Routes 1, 14, 40, 41, 65, 67 & 120 – every 15 minutes, including weekends
  • Routes 40, 101 & 150 – adds later night service
  • Route 346 – every 30 minutes on weekday evenings
  • Des Moines Community Shuttle Route 635 – adds midday & Saturday service

Next Meeting October 23, 2019 with Sam Zimbabwe, Director of SDOT

HPAC requests a feasibility study of a mini-roundabout intersection control solution at Highland Park Way SW / SW Holden St.

Sam Zimbabwe, Director    
Seattle Department of Transportation 
700 5th Ave Suite 3800     
Seattle, WA 98104                                                                      

June 30, 2019

CC: Mayor Jenny Durkin; CM Lisa Herbold; CM Mike O’Brien; Jim Curtain; Adonis Ducksworth; Brian Dougherty; James Le

RE: Request for a feasibility study of a mini-roundabout intersection control solution at Highland Park Way SW / SW Holden St.

Dear Mr. Zimbabwe,

On May 22, 2019, HPAC learned that cost estimate for a compact roundabout at Highland Park Way and SW Holden St. went from approximately 2.5 million to 7.3 million – a 192% increase. Over the last 6 years that HPAC members have been advocating through Neighborhood Street Fund for something to be done at this intersection, the cost estimate has gone from 1.2 million now to 7.3 million, 460% increase. Even at its lowest estimate, it seemed like an impossible amount to raise, particularly after being turned down for WA state grants, twice.

We are concerned that SDOT will now only consider a traffic light as our only option, because of cost. A traffic light will not address one of the main complaints, which is cars cutting through residential streets at a high volume and often over the 20 mph speed limit in order to avoid the backed up intersection. Additionally, this may only increase speeding up the hill, in order to “make the light.”

Therefore, HPAC requests that SDOT conduct or contract a study to determine the feasibility of a mini-roundabout intersection control solution at Highland Park Way SW / SW Holden St., with concept drawing and report findings and conclusions addressing capacity, traffic flow benefits, road engineering and construction aspects, vehicle and pedestrian safety, estimated costs, and project timeline. We also request that SDOT provide ongoing communication with HPAC during the study. 

Essential elements of the mini-roundabout intersection design include:

  1. Retention of the existing southbound Highland Park Way right-turn lane to westbound Holden St. (roundabout bypass lane),
  2. Retention of the existing northbound Highland Park Way through-lane (roundabout bypass lane),
  3. Sizing and locating the mini-roundabout circle to minimize regrading of Highland Park Way while accommodating the design vehicle,
  4. A new east-west crosswalk across Highland Park Way proposed to be located south of the SW Holden Street tee-intersection on the east side of Highland Park Way, crossing just north of the bus stop on the west side of Highland Park Way, south of the alley between Holden and Portland streets,
  5. A new north-south crosswalk across SW Holden Street located west of the roundabout,
  6. Provision for left turns to eastbound Holden St. from southbound Highland Park Way, just north of the alley between Holden and Portland streets, and,
  7. Highland Park neighborhood monumentation on the roundabout center island using thermoplastic markings, colored concrete, or other traversable material.

West Seattle is physically isolated from the rest of the city, and Highland Park Way SW serves as one of only three egresses off the peninsula. As West Seattle continues to densify, there will be greater pressure placed on this intersection which was not built to sustain the wear and tear of a main arterial. Additionally, increasing traffic, lack of adequate crosswalks, and awkward channelization make this intersection extremely perilous for the residents of Highland Park, including the many young children who must cross the dangerous road to catch their bus.

The Highland Park neighborhood has been advocating for over 70 years for infrastructure improvements for the intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden, because of consistent accidents that could have been avoided and increasing traffic backups. Since 2015, we have heard that addressing this intersection is a “priority” from SDOT and yet, we are still in the same place we have been since the 1940s, nothing moving forward and no clear timeline for anything to happen.

We would also like to extend an invitation for you to join us at our September 25, 2019 HPAC meeting to present the constituents of Highland Park, Riverview, South Delridge, and the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, your vision and plans for infrastructure improvements in our area as well as an update on the progress of this project.

The Highland Park Way/ SW Holden St intersection is not our neighborhood’s only infrastructural need. For example, we have been asking for a protected southbound left-turn signal at 16th Ave SW and SW Holden Street—our second-most problematic intersection—but have been told by SDOT that there is currently no project that will implement this improvement. Other needed infrastructural improvements include crosswalks and traffic calming measures.

Additionally, there are continuous accidents that occur in the vicinity of 9405 Olson Pl SW. The streetlight (Pole #2496214) is hit at least 2-3x a year, the mailbox at that location has had to be replaced several times a year from also being hit. Many of the accidents witnessed by the neighbor in that area have involved vehicles crossing the center line. A large amount of accidents occur from drivers speeding UP the hill and hitting the curb and up onto the sidewalk and into the rock retaining walls. The last incident of the pole being hit was sent to SDOT in July of 2018 and it was not addressed in February of 2019.

We hope that our neighborhood can continue to work with the City of Seattle to bring needed infrastructural improvements online. Our needs are many, and they will not be fulfilled entirely through a single program or grant fund. It would be helpful, therefore, if the City could work with us to develop a broader neighborhood street infrastructure plan.

We look forward to your speedy reply to our requests. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at hpacchair@gmail.com or at (253) 245-9387

Sincerely,

Gunner Scott
Chair, HPAC

Special Meeting: Weds. Aug 28, 2019 with Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation

A conversation about the future of Seattle Parks and Recreation with Superintendent Jesús Aguirre

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

In 2019, Seattle Parks will be developing a strategic plan and needs community and partner voices to help guide our priorities, programming, and services over the next decade. Seattle Parks approach is to listen to staff, get together with community and partners to discuss where they’ve been, and where they are going; reflect on their challenges, success, who they are serving, and who they are missing. To learn more see Seattle Parks 2019 Strategic Plan Proposal

  • As we look forward to the next decade, we want to know…
  • How are Seattle parks, centers, and pools serving you, your family, and your neighbors?
  • What park amenities really excite you?
  • What park events and community center programs interest you?
  • Seattle’s got a lot on its plate (population growth, construction, rising prices, homelessness, new jobs and opportunities). How can Seattle Parks & Recreation help?

Cannot Make the Meeting?
Give your feedback online to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Strategic Planning Team

“As part of our strategic planning process, Seattle Parks and Recreation is soliciting community input to help us think big about the future of parks and recreation. We want to know what you think about parks, community centers, recreation programs, aquatics programs, playgrounds, events, environmental education, dog off-leash areas, and more! Please take a few minutes to take this simple survey to share your opinions with us and help inform our focus over the next twelve years.”

Click here for the survey: https://seattle.surveymonkey.com/r/PMYQZXW

If you’d like to learn more about our strategic planning effort, check out our website: www.seattle.gov/plan4parksandrec

HPAC Meeting: June 26, 2019 CRIME and SAFETY FOCUS GROUP: Neighborhood Micro-Policing Plans

HPAC: Neighbors Building Community in Highland Park, Riverview, and South Delridge

Join us on June 26, 2019 
All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden 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

Welcome to our newly re-formed Action Committee! We are keeping our acronym, HPAC, but expanding our engagement to include South Delridge and Riverview, as well as Highland Park. To learn more about our mission and bylaws check out our About page and meet your executive committee. Over the next few months we will be rolling out a new logo, yard signs, and a community survey. We cannot wait for you to get involved!

Meeting Agenda

7p Welcome & Micro-Policing Discussion

Southwest Precinct: CRIME & SAFETY FOCUS GROUPS For South Delridge, Highland Park, & Riverview

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department to conduct qualitative research on community crime concerns. Qualitative concerns allow SU researchers to collaborate with SPD leadership to improve the city’s community policing initiatives. As a part of the process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP), Seattle University is looking for community members to participate in an hour-long discussion regarding community perceptions of crime, safety, and police legitimacy, as well as knowledge of and satisfaction with the MCPP.

Information obtained from the focus group will help inform your neighborhood’s MCPP so please come share your concerns and suggestions! Please feel free to email me directly any questions that you have regarding the focus group.

Seattle University– Taylor Lowery, Graduate Research Analyst- Southwest Precinct
Email: taylor.lowery@seattle.gov

SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WILL NOT BE PRESENT AT THESE FOCUS GROUPS

8p – Dan from SDOT’s Delridge Transit Outreach Team

The focus will be on the impact to 16th Ave SW due to Delridge Way SW Rapid H ride coming soon.

Discussion will be focused intersection improvement and bike lane improvements on 16th Ave SW between SW Kenyon and SW Webster streets.

Coming soon: New marked crosswalks across Delridge Way SW at SW Holden St and SW Findlay St

To learn more go to Rapid Ride H Line online open house and take the online survey

SAVE the DATE: Special Meeting Weds. Aug 28, 2019 with Jesús Aguirre, Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation

A conversation about the future of Seattle Parks and Recreation with Superintendent Jesús Aguirre

In 2019, Seattle Parks will be developing a strategic plan and needs community and partner voices to help guide our priorities, programming, and services over the next decade. Seattle Parks approach is to listen to staff, get together with community and partners to discuss where they’ve been, and where they are going; reflect on their challenges, success, who they are serving, and who they are missing. To learn more see Seattle Parks 2019 Strategic Plan Proposal

  • As we look forward to the next decade, we want to know…
  • How are Seattle parks, centers, and pools serving you, your family, and your neighbors?
  • What park amenities really excite you?
  • What park events and community center programs interest you?
  • Seattle’s got a lot on its plate (population growth, construction, rising prices, homelessness, new jobs and opportunities). How can Seattle Parks & Recreation help?

June Highland Park/South Delridge/Riverview Events and HPAC Meeting

Walking Native Land
Saturday, June 1, 10am to Noon

American Hiking Society National Trail Day®

Walk through the West Duwamish Greenbelt with Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle. Workman will talk about his personal and native history in the area on the way. Begin at the Chinese Garden at South Seattle College, hike down to the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center and then back up to Puget Ridge. Some of the trail is unimproved; wear good shoes or boots. Elevation gain on the return is about 200 feet. Distance is roughly 2 miles. 

Directions to South Seattle College Arboretum 
The college is located at: 6000 16th Ave. SW
Bus routes 125 and 128 stop on campus.
From I-5 or Route 99, take West Seattle Bridge to Delridge Way S.W.
Drive south on Delridge Way S.W. to third light.
At light, turn left onto S.W. Oregon.
Take arterial to top of hill, veering right onto 21st Ave S.W.
Take first left turn onto Dawson, continuing onto 16th Ave. S.W.
Follow 16th Ave. S.W. for 1/4 mile to SSC campus and north parking lot on left.

Next Riverview Barrier Replacement Meeting June 6th

Thursday, June 6th
6:30p meet onsite at Riverview Playfield

Join us to discuss replacement options for the creosote treated log barrier at Riverview. Playfield, Thursday June 6th. This will be an onsite meeting starting from the north end of the park at 12th and Holly at 6:30pm.  

Background:
Our first meeting produced some wonderful ideas.  We are making rapid progress in identifying challenges and opportunities and soon will be providing Parks with recommendations so please let you voice be heard!  We hope folks can make the meeting, but if not please share your ideas via email at hpacchair@gmail.com
Please pass the word along to your neighbors. 

RVP Barrier Replacement Planning Meeting #2

Goal: To identify alternatives to the utility pole barriers (and new chain link fence) that reinforces/defines the boundaries of Riverview hayfields/Park in a way that keeps cars in designated car areas, enhances pedestrian safety and maintains the sense of openness and welcome that neighbors cherish

  1. Review challenges & opportunities regarding the park boundary – did we miss anything?
  2. Brainstorm ideas for approaches to reinforcing the boundaries of RVP – do we want to maintain any section of the new chain links fence (Parks would like an answer on this soon as they have a bid on removal of the fence posts on hand. Carol Baker informed us the fence will be removed and installed in another park)?
  3. Discuss maintenance and other potential impacts of design alternatives
  4. Come up with our preferred plan for barrier treatments for RVP
  5. Where are we now and what next?

Delridge Way SW – RapidRide H Line Open House

Give community feedback and learn about technical data, and Seattle’s transportation plans to redesign Delridge Way SW to move more people by prioritizing transit and laying the groundwork for new King County Metro RapidRide service.

Learn more and give specific feedback about this design work at our upcoming open houses with King County Metro.

Thursday, May 30
Delridge: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
5 to 7PM
4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle – Room 111
*Child care provided

Stay tuned for an online open house with survey questions if you can’t make the event. We are currently dealing with website issues and are unable to update our website at the moment. We are working on the issues. Check out our website and keep an eye out for additional email updates from us to learn about additional opportunities to review the preferred option and provide feedback.

Questions about transit in Seattle or RapidRide? Visit our website or learn more details at Metro’s RapidRide website.

Stay connected Email us at DelridgeTransit@seattle.gov Call us at 206-684-8105
Visit the project website seattle.gov/transportation/DelridgeTransit

Next Meeting CRIME & SAFETY FOCUS GROUP
HPAC: Neighbors Advocating For South Delridge, Riverview & Highland Park Communities

Join us on June 26, 2019 
All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden 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

Southwest Precinct: CRIME & SAFETY FOCUS GROUPS For
South Delridge, Highland Park, & Riverview

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department to conduct qualitative research on community crime concerns. Qualitative concerns allow SU researchers to collaborate with SPD leadership to improve the city’s community policing initiatives. As a part of the process evaluation of the Seattle Police Department’s Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP), Seattle University is looking for community members to participate in an hour-long discussion regarding community perceptions of crime, safety, and police legitimacy, as well as knowledge of and satisfaction with the MCPP.

Information obtained from the focus group will help inform your neighborhood’s MCPP so please come share your concerns and suggestions! Please feel free to email me directly any questions that you have regarding the focus group.

Seattle University– Taylor Lowery, Graduate Research Analyst- Southwest Precinct
Email: taylor.lowery@seattle.gov

SEATTLE POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICERS WILL NOT BE PRESENT AT THESE FOCUS GROUPS