COMMUNITY MEETING ON THE NEW THORNTON CREEK BUILDING THURSDAY, JUNE 27TH, 7-8:30PM
AT THORNTON CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
7711 43rd AVE NE
The Seattle Public School District is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, June 27th, from 7-8:30PM to discuss the new, voter-approved K-5 elementary school to be built on the Thornton Creek Elementary School site. We have been working with the District for some time now to arrange this meeting to provide the community the opportunity to share constructive ideas to the design team and the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT). Whether or not you’re in favor of the new school, Seattle voters approved the new school and it is going to be built. So, consider this meeting to be part informational meeting and part design workshop.
The following information is on the postcard which is being sent out by the District announcing the community meeting.
Dear Wedgwood Community,
Seattle voters approved the Seattle Public Schools Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy in February 2013, which includes a project to construct a new elementary school building for Thornton Creek, scheduled to open for the 2016-17 school year.
The community meeting will be presented by representatives of Seattle Public Schools capital projects team and Mahlum Architects, and will include information about the project’s early design progress. You will be able to learn more about the project scope and schedule, and ask questions and provide feedback. We hope that you can join us! For more information, please visit http://bex.seattleschools.org.
PLEASE COME TO THE MEETING WITH YOUR CONSTRUCTIVE IDEAS ON HOW THE DESIGN TEAM CAN MAKE THE NEW SCHOOL WORK EXCEPTIONALLY FOR THE FUTURE STUDENTS AND FACULTY AS WELL AS THE NEIGHBORS AND THE GREATER WEDGWOOD COMMUNITY!
As we shared before, a draft of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) is out for public comment and several community meetings were held. Last week, a community meeting occurred in Roosevelt to discuss the Draft BMP. While I was out of town all last week, our friends at the Ravenna Blog provided live coverage of it. You can relive the magic of the meeting by reading her clever comments to get a better understanding of all that’s proposed. Public comments are open until Friday, July 26th. You can submit them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A snip-it from the BMP's NE Sector Map.
One item that caught our eye is a proposed cycle track running along 35th Ave NE, from NE 65th Street to NE 125th Street. A snip-it from the NE Sector Map for the Wedgwood neighborhood is provided below. Don’t worry, I’ve already asked the City to correct the “Wedgewood” spelling.
So, what is a “cycle track” you ask? Great question! A cycle track is a dedicated travel lane for cyclists that is separated from vehicles. For those that were at the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association’s community meeting in April, you may recall Dr. Beth Ebel, Injury Prevention & Research Center Director at Harborview, point out that separating cars and pedestrians/cyclists is the best way to prevent collisions. Therefore, it may not be unexpected that the City is moving towards these separated travel lanes given the recent vehicle/pedestrian and vehicle/cyclist collisions.
For those that haven’t seen a cycle track though, below are some images to give you an idea. However, we want to hear your thoughts as well. Please let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Recently completed cycle track on Linden Ave (photo by SDOT)
A portion of the Hornby Cycle Track in Vancouvery, BC. (Photo by Cathy Tuttle)
Wedgwood’s big summer party, the Outdoor Cinema, will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE (next to the post office.) Music, games for kids and food vendors will be available beginning at 7:30 PM with the movie starting at dusk (as soon as it gets dark enough!) The movie shown will be Madagascar 3, a computer-animated comedy film by Dreamworks. The film follows the adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe.
If you would like to donate to support Outdoor Cinema, you may use the PayPal link which is at the top right corner of this page. Donations will also be accepted at the event on August 3.
Friday, June 14 is Flag Day — fly the American flag and celebrate the freedom that it stands for.
And don’t forget that Fathers Day is coming up this Sunday, June 16! How about getting Dad a gift certificate to the NE Seattle Tool Library? The Tool Library will be open on Thursday evening . . . → Read More: June 14 is Flag Day