May HPAC & Highland Park Happenings

Weds., May 24th – HPAC Meeting

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, 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:
Open Discussion on Timely Issues

Find It, Fix It Walk – Next Steps

The second Community Walk Action Team (CWAT) meeting will be held at the Highland Park Elementary School Library on Tuesday, May 16 from 6:30-7:30pm. Encourage your neighbors to get involved!

If you live or work in Highland Park and would like to let us know of a community concern (overgrown trees, graffiti, street light outages, litter, damaged sidewalks, etc.), please complete the Community Input Survey and email it to Paige.Madden@seattle.gov or Lemmis.Stephens@seattle.gov.

Potential topics/stops:

  • Pedestrian and motorist safety, potential roundabout (Holden & Highland Park Way SW)
  • Intersection needs left turn lanes/signals (Holden & 16th)
  • Plans for SCL surplus property – request to have café and senior/affordable housing (Holden & 16th)
  • Highland Park is a “food desert”
  • Lack of access to Georgetown and Southpark
  • State of Riverview Playfield Park
  • Lack of upkeep of open green spaces
  • Stairways need maintained, many blackberry brambles (Holden & 14th, Thistle & 14th)
  • ADA accessibility throughout neighborhood (along Holden St)
  • Litter at Metro bus stops
  • History and community involvement of the Highland Park Improvement Club
  • Success of the community effort to move invasive species in Westcrest Park
  • Success of working with the City to paint a crosswalk and install flashing lights (Holden & 11th)

Potential starting/ending points:

  • Riverview Playfield
  • Highland Park Improvement Club

Requested attendees:

  • Pierre Davis – Police Dept.
  • Scott Kubly – Dept. of Transportation
  • Jim Curtin – Dept. of Transportation
  • Newell Aldrich – CM Herbold’s Office
  • Lorena Gonzalez – Councilmember At-large
  • Nicolas Welch – Office of Planning and Community Development
  • Representative – Public Utilities (illegal dumping)
  • Representative – Metro
  • Representative – Parks Dept.

For more information please contact Paige Madden at Paige.Madden@seattle.gov or at (206) 233-5166.
www.seattle.gov/finditfixit
Join HPAC, HPIC, Neighbors, Mayor Murray, and City Officials at the Find It, Fix It Highland Park Community Walk on Thursday, May 25th 

 
City of Seattle Community Conversation
Re: Homelessness at Myers Way

Monday, May 15
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Joint Training Facility
9401 Myers Way South

City of Seattle has organized another public meeting about broader concerns about how homelessness is impacting Myers Way, including the unauthorized encampments outside of Camp Second Chance. Come join the conversation.
For more information contact George Scarola, Director of Homelessness
City of Seattle | Office of the Mayor
O: 206.684.0969 | george.scarola@seattle.gov

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Get Involved in Planning the Highland Park Find, Fix It Community Walk

ATTEND the Highland Park Find It, Fix It
Community Walk Action Team Meeting

Thursday, May 4th, at the Highland Park Elementary School Library from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Initial walk time and starting location to be announced at the meeting. 

Find It, Fix It Walk Coming to Highland Park 
The Find It, Fix It Community Walks are a series of Mayor-led walks that help to improve neighborhoods one block at a time. During these walks, neighbors, police, and City officials walk together to identify physical elements in the neighborhood that make it feel unsafe or poorly maintained.

The Community Walk Action Team (CWAT) is a collection of community members, non-profit leaders, and business owners who live or work in a Find It, Fix It Community Walk neighborhood.

CWAT members help to:

  • Inform City officials about neighborhood needs
  • Plan the walk route
  • Recruit neighbors, friends, and family to join the community walk
  • Find additional outreach opportunities like neighborhood events and meetings

The time commitment involves a few weeknight meetings, as well as participation at your neighborhood’s walk (3-8 hours total over a span of 5 weeks). If you are interested in helping plan the Find It, Fix It Community Walk in your neighborhood, please contact Paige Madden at Paige.Madden@seattle.gov or at (206) 233-5166.

Apply for Community Project Grant

In partnership with Cities of Service, the City of Seattle is offering up to $3,000 in mini-grants for the 2017 Find It, Fix It Community Walks neighborhoods to support community-led revitalization and beautification projects.

What you can do with a Community Project Grant:

  • Host litter pick-ups or graffiti clean-up events
  • Paint a mural on a public space
  • Create and install new educational or wayfinding signage
  • Plant flowers along a sidewalk or street median

For more information please review our Community Grant Application or contact Paige Madden at (206) 233-5166. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for each Find It, Fix It Community Walk neighborhood. Completed applications can be sent to Paige.Madden@seattle.gov.

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HPAC’s April Meeting – Did you get our invite?

Next Meeting is Weds., April 26, 2017

All HPAC meetings are held at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106 on the 4th Wednesday of the month  (from Jan – June & Sept – October)
Meeting from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

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Agenda Includes:

Guest Speakers

  • Seattle Police Dept update including crime statsspd
  • FIFI-LOGOLemmis Stephens, Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator, will give an overview of what to expect for Highland Park’s Find It, Fix It walk scheduled for May.
    Find It, Fix It Walk Coming to Highland Park 

Open Discussion on Timely Issues:

  • Discussion and Planning our suggested route for Find it/Fix it walk.
  • Discussion and Planning for HPAC Neighbor Fun/Work Day
  • Discussion of Coordinated/Neighborhood effort for Pothole Palooza!
  • Still looking for volunteers to help Develop a Neighborhood Survey

HPAC Updates

  • Update on HPAC Outreach Campaign Update
  • Update on Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund Highland Park Projects moved to Phase 2
  • Update on Myers Way Encampment and Community Advisory Committee – Next community meeting is being scheduled

Community Announcements

  • HPIC events
  • Other announcements

Got Agenda Items? Email hpacchair@gmail.com for more information.
Check out our Facebook page for announcements, events, and other timely happenings.

It’s here! It’s here!

Our New Website!

Thank you to Dina of DIGITAL GENIE
Dina Lydia, is an artist a versatile visual designer, photographer and video editor.

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Check out her work and the designs she did for HPAC here 

Be on the look out for a postcard in the mail inviting our neighbors to join us at HPAC!

Next Meeting and New Logo!

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New website coming in next few weeks!

See you at this week’s HPAC Meeting
March 22, 2017

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

Open Discussion on Timely Issues – Including:

  • Planning Find It, Fix It Walk Coming to Highland Park 
  • Update on Myers Way Encampment and Community Advisory Committee Members Needed (This committee will help to ensure that the encampment runs successfully and respects the surrounding neighborhood. The group is expected to meet regularly to address any concerns and to assess the success of the encampment.)
  • Update on Rapid Ride Options
  • Proposal for HPAC Neighborhood Clean Up Day
  • HPAC Outreach Campaign Update
  • Update on Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund Process
  • Planning for HPAC Summer Neighbor Event
  • Developing a Neighborhood Survey

Find It, Fix It Walk Coming to Highland Park – Help Plan It!

Join Mayor Murray for This Year’s  Find It, Fix It Community Walk

Mayor Ed Murray announced the six neighborhoods where he will host his annual Find It, Fix It Community Walks. Now in its fourth year, these walks bring City officials, business owners, and community members together to address each neighborhood’s needs.

Mayor Murray will lead the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in the following neighborhoods: Wallingford (Tuesday, March 14), Little Brook, Northgate, Highland Park, North Beacon Hill, and First Hill.

Join HPAC and your neighbors on the Community Walk Action Team

Each walk will follow a route determined by community members on Community Walk Action Teams convened by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Specific dates and locations will be announced at least two weeks prior to each walk. If you are interested in participating on a Community Walk Action Team to help plan the walk in one of the six neighborhoods, contact Lemmis Stephens, Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator, at Lemmis.Stephens@seattle.gov or call (206) 386-1907.

The City will continue to offer Community Project Grants for every walk. These grants provide support for community-led revitalization and beautification projects. In 2015 and 2016, 209 community volunteers, with assistance from City staff, completed 20 projects across the city.

Mayor Murray spearheaded the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in 2014 in partnership with Cities of Service, a national nonprofit that works with cities to provide support and training to encourage civic volunteerism.

Whether or not your neighborhood is part of this year’s walks, community members can report safety needs or city maintenance issues anytime with the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund – District 1 – Your Voice, Your Choice – Let’s Get Some Projects Moved Forward!

Dept of Neighborhoods has received over 870 projects citywide for Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets! For District 1 (all of West Seattle & South Park), without looking too far into the list and combining many of the duplicate submissions, there are 188 ideas.

HPAC is calling on all neighbors to learn more about or be involved in the next phase of Your Voice, Your Choice – the Project Development Teams. 

Sample of projects submitted from the Highland Park/Riverview/South Delridge Area include:

  • Flashing beacon cross walk on Highland Parkway/9th Ave SW between SW Holden and SW Cloverdale Street
  • Speed bumps SW Henderson St and 12th Ave SW in Highland Park
  • Southern half of the heavily used Riverview Park trail, located at the junction of the ballfields and greenbelt needs to be maintained or paved
  • Trail surface degraded along bluff in Riverview Park from ballfield access road to south edge of park.
  • 19th Ave SW on the 5200 block. There are no sidewalks on most of the street.
  • Speed bumps on 11th Ave SW and SW Portland St between SW Holden and SW Kenyon St
  • For Westwood neighborhood/Urban village, there needs to be added safety measures for pedestrians
  • Crosswalk improvements for Delridge Way SW & SW Findlay St

If any of these ideas or others not listed appeal to you come make them happen.

What happens during Project Development?

In March, there will be four 2-hour meetings scheduled within each council district (see dates below). Anyone is welcome to attend one or all four of these meetings within their council district.

In each meeting, there will be a set number of project ideas that meeting participants will be asked to review and evaluate based on need, impact, and equity within the district. These will be interactive meetings that evoke learning and discussion about needs in your district, and thoughtful consideration of projects’ benefits to your district. This is about helping to identify those projects that are going to serve the highest need and provide the most benefit for your district, not about advocating for the particular project that you may have submitted.

District 1

  • March 9 @ Southwest Library, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • March 13 @ High Point Neighborhood House, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • March 21 @ Highland Park Improvement Club, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • March 30 @ Southwest Library, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Because DON will need to prepare a lot of materials to support you all in this process, they asking kindly that you RSVP for the meetings that you are willing and able to attend.

Contact Jenny Frankl, Strategic Advisor, Office: 206.233.2044 seattle.gov/neighborhoods

Next HPAC Meeting – March 22, 2017

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

  • Planning HPAC Neighborhood Clean Up – Scheduled for May 13th.
  • Update on Neighborhood Parks and Streets Fund
  • Planning for HPAC Summer Neighbor Event
  • Developing a Neighborhood Survey
  • Update on Myers Way Encampment
  • Open Discussion on Timely Issues

HPAC will also be unveiling new logo and outreach materials, come celebrate with us!

Community Events at HPIC

Happening at Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)

  • 1st Fridays – Corner Bar
  • 2nd Fridays ART LOUNGE Art Class + community art lounge + HPIC bar
  • 3rd Fridays Family Movie Night
  • Every Monday and Thursday 7:00 pm Yoga Flow All Levels
  • Every Friday 10:00 am Parent Child Yoga (Starts April 15th)

Delridge Neighborhood District Council Monthly Meeting

3rd Weds of the month at 7p – Meeting at HPIC through March 2017

What’s Up with HPAC for February 22, 2017

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

Next Meeting is February  22, 2017

Agenda Overview:

  1. SPD Update & HPIC Update
  2. Your Voice, Your Choice – Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund Presentation
  3. HPAC Community Ideas Fund Brainstorm Session
  4. Update on Myers Way Encampment
  5. HPAC Executive Committee Election
  6. Community Announcements

2. Need a traffic circle, crosswalk, trail improvement, or shortened Pedestrian Crossing? In person idea collection will be happening for Parks & Streets Fund at this meeting.
Your Voice, Your Choice is a process in which Seattle residents decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. Presented by Jenny Frankl, Strategic Advisor, DON.

In 2017, Your Voice, Your Choice is focused on Parks & Streets, which means that you will help decide how to spend $2,000,000 of the City budget on small-scale improvements to streets and parks in your neighborhood.

3. HPAC Community Ideas Fund Brainstorm Session 
HPAC won a grant from Waste Management for waste reduction education efforts last summer! We have $2500 for neighborhood community building events, beautification, and/or community arts projects. Bring your ideas and energy so we can create some awesome stuff for Highland Park!

4. Myers Way Sanctioned Encampment
Update on process and progress with working with the City on Neighborhood issues and needs as related to encampments sanctioned and unsanctioned

5. HPAC Executive/Steering Committee Election is February– nominations can be taken via email or at the February meeting – 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 Feb meeting: Name, position sought, email, phone, address, and up to a 75 word response to the following:

  • What lived/professional skills, experiences, 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.
    5. Sub-Committee Chairperson(s): Developed as needed – 2017 potential sub-committees
      1. Community Needs Survey
      2. Outreach & Engagement
      3. By-Laws Review

6. Community Announcements
7. Close of Meeting

Local Events & Meetings

1. COMMUNITY LED MEETING REGARDING MHA/HALA : WESTWOOD-HIGHLAND PARK URBAN VILLAGE, NEWS/UPDATES AND WORKING TOGETHER TO MEET THE RESPONSE DEADLINE

March 1, from 7pm-8:30pm, doors open 6:45pm
Please rsvp for an anticipated head count to: kim.barnes.la@gmail.com
Location: Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 – SW Holden Street, Seattle, WA 98106
 
The Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village community volunteers will hold a follow up short presentation and discussion. All members of the public interested in collaborating a full response to the MHA legislation and upcoming EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) that will provide the rezoning proposal of Westwood Highland Park are invited to attend. Please note that this is a community led meeting and city employees will not be in attendance.

2. Happening at Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)

  • 1st Fridays – Corner Bar
  • 2nd Fridays ART LOUNGE Art Class + community art lounge + HPIC bar
  • 3rd Fridays Family Movie Night
  • Every Monday and Thursday 7:00 pm Yoga Flow All Levels
  • Every Friday 10:00 am Parent Child Yoga (Starts April 15th)

3. Delridge Neighborhood District Council Monthly Meeting
3rd Weds of the month at 7p
Meeting at HPIC through March 2017