Wedgwood’s Picnic Place

Wedgwood Community Council President Brianna McDonald had a helper at the Work Party.

While we wait for park development to begin, the Wedgwood Community Council has taken initiative to make Wedgwood’s Future Park into a usable space.  On Saturday, June 27, volunteers from the Wedgwood Community Council and OneLife Church put their backs into it to create a picnic area at the corner of NE 86th Street.

Wedgwood Community Council trustee Gordon Dass Adams submitted the application for a neighborhood matching grant to Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, for this picnic area in the center of the Future Park.  Now when the food truck is on-site (Tuesday through Saturday evenings) people can use the space to sit and eat.

Our thanks to the volunteers from Wedgwood Community Council and OneLife Church. Despite the prospect of sore backs, arms, and shoulders from shoveling wood chips and hoisting picnic tables into place, all the volunteers can have the satisfaction of knowing that they helped to build our community.

Picnic tables are now in place at Wedgwood's Future Park.

Wedgwood Community Council trustee Tony Frego coordinated the supplies needed for the Work Party.

Pastor Rich Sclafani of OneLife Church arranged to obtain picnic tables and bring them to the site.

Wedgwood Community Council Gordon Dass Adams wrote the application to grant funding for the Picnic Place.

Wedgwood Community Council volunteer Peter Zimmerman gets into shoveling.

Weed removal and general clean-up was done by volunteers including Wedgwood Community Council trustee Gretchen Bear.

A Summer of Practical Action

The Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm was created by a grant-funded project in 2011.

The Hunter Tree Farm Gathering Place (HFGP) at 7744 35th Ave NE is a usable public space created in cooperation with the site owners, the Hunter family.  The HFGP needs its summer sprucing up!  Make your summer a time of practical action at  the work party at Hunter’s on Thursday evening, July 9th, from 6:30 to 9 PM.

We will meet to weed, mow, fix, and the likes, to get the HFGP ready to be used for the community’s summer events, like the Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema coming up on July 25th.

Bring your work gloves and any tools you might use for yard work.  Building skills are sought for stage repair.

The work party will be hosted by Sustainable Northeast Seattle.  Take a look at the other Summer of Practical Action events such as a Rainwise workshop and a night of Wedgwood Meaningful Movies.

Fun at the Future Park

In November 2013 a building at 8605 35th Ave NE was demolished to clear the site for park acquisition.

When will Wedgwood’s new park be built at the vacant corner of NE 86th Street?  Thanks to grass-roots volunteer efforts in Wedgwood, the site is “land banked” while waiting for development as a pocket park.

Through volunteer efforts this year, arrangements were made for a food truck on-site, and volunteers have monitored and cleaned up trash and graffiti.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun this Saturday morning, June 27th at 8 AM for a Work Party at Wedgwood’s Future Park. It is requested that volunteers bring rakes and shovels.  Coffee and donuts will be available for the work party!

Volunteers will level the center space of the lot, put down weed barrier and spread mulch.   The final touch will be the placing of picnic tables which have been donated by OneLife Church.  The Wedgwood Community Council has applied for a SPARKS grant (Department of Neighborhoods) which will be used to at least partially reimburse OneLife for the picnic tables.  Other donations from members of the community are welcomed.

The site at the corner of NE 86th Street has a sign to indicate that it is Wedgwood's future park.

If time permits, the volunteers will clean up some of the junk that has accumulated in the wood chip area near the back fence of the park.

Come on out to the Work Party at 8 AM on Saturday, June 27th, where you can get to know community activists from the Wedgwood Community Council and the volunteers from OneLife.

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.  

Pre-Fourth Celebration at Magnuson

Kick off your summer with the Pre-Fourth-of-July Celebration at Magnuson Park, in the amphitheater next to the Children’s Garden, on Friday evening, June 26th, 6 to 8:30 PM.

Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, and top it off with ice cream in the park available for $1 per person.  There will be a bluegrass music program from The Weevils and time for kids to explore the Children’s Garden area, located behind the Brig.

More Clean-Up!

It’s been a Very Clean Week in Wedgwood!

Wedgwood’s Scout Troop 166 trimmed trees and shrubbery along 35th Ave NE at NE 81st Street.

The corner of NE 86th Street, at present a vacant lot, is owned by Seattle Parks Department.  On June 4 the City did paint-out of graffiti and junk removal from the site.

When the time comes that the Parks Dept. opens the process of turning the site into a pocket park, the Wedgwood Community Council will coordinate public input on it.  While we wait for funds to be implemented for park development, the site is home to Wedgwood’s newest eating-out option, the Goreeng Food Truck.

The Future of Building 2

What is the future of Magnuson Park’s most historic building?

Building 2 is the oldest building (1929) still extant in the former Sand Point Naval Air Station complex.  Called the Assembly & Repair Shop, Building 2 was constructed as a place to overhaul plane engines.  Original steel and glass doors are intact for the entire building, as well as large industrial windows along the sides of the hangars.  Massive concrete towers stand for receiving the sliding hangar doors.

You are invited for a lively day of community interaction around the question of future use of this historically significant building in Magnuson Park.

Registered attendees will receive maps to the locations. The event begins promptly at 1 PM on Saturday, June 6 with a 40-minute tour of Building 2. For safety reasons, late arrivals cannot be accommodated and all tours will be guided. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. The tour is not accessible by ADA standards due to barriers.

The rest of the event is ADA and takes place in the newly renovated Officers Club of Building 30. There will be coffee and light refreshments, development experts from various fields and the opportunity to share your opinions and problem solve around the building’s future. The collective and individual visions of attendees will be recorded and shared with Seattle Parks and Recreation to use as they support redevelopment of the building.

Register here.

Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale

Looking east across the Picardo Farm P-Patch we also see one of the adjacent buildings of University Prep.

The Picardo Farm P-Patch will have a Plant Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 23 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The P-Patch is located at 8040 25th Ave NE and can also be entered from the north side off of NE 82nd Street.

In the 1970′s the Picardo Farm was acquired by the City of Seattle as the first P-Patch and today this community garden still has a very active group of participants.

The sale will feature tomato plants, some herbs, squash and other vegetable plants, some from Picardo gardeners and some from Neighbor Sally, a local grower. Proceeds of the May 23rd sale will go into the P-Patch general account for garden needs like wheelbarrow repairs and tools.

Spring Recreation Programs

Spring is on the way, and with it a new season of programs at Seattle Parks & Recreation.  Registration opens on March 10th for everything from swimming classes to art, dance and special interests such as computers.  Take a look at the brochure of recreation offerings and get ready to Spring into action.

Summer Camps 2015

Registration is now open for summer camps sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation.  Kids can have amazing summer opportunities in community center and parks.

Options include Summer Day Camps from 7am-6pm, Monday to Friday, for ages 5-12, preschool camps and a host of other camps including Sports & Fitness, Performing Arts, Science and much, much more.  Here is the link to info and the on-line brochure.

Winter 2015 at the Community Centers

Brochures are available now for the Winter 2015 schedule at the Seattle Parks & Recreation Community Centers, and registration opens on December 2nd.

Yes, folks, winter is coming, but you can overcome that seasonal “blah” feeling by enrolling in exercise and activities at a nearby community center.  The community centers of northeast Seattle, including Magnuson, Meadowbrook, Northgate and Ravenna-Eckstein, offer everything from swim lessons to dance classes, art to cooking.  Take a look at the listings, plan ahead to keep active and learn new skills in the winter season.