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.

Wetland Walks

The seasonal schedule has ended for Magnuson Community Center‘s Family Wetland Walks, but you can still schedule a Custom Nature Walk for your group, such as a child’s birthday party.   You may be interested in a guided adventure to see the over-wintering waterfowl that are arriving in the wetlands, the Tree Frogs that are migrating back to the wetlands for winter hibernation and mating, plus an emerging view of the Beaver lodge from behind the Willow trees! Call 206-684-7026.

The NE 65th Street entrance to Magnuson will be closed on November 8th for a race through the Park, so schedule your activities accordingly.

Magnuson Park Welcomes Seattle’s New Public Gallery

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Sand Point Arts and Cultural (SPACE) in Building 30 at Magnuson Park invites the public to a grand opening reception from 4 to 6 PM featuring a special exhibit of artworks on loan from the City of Seattle’s Portable Works collection. Normally only on view in downtown buildings, with this exhibit the public can enjoy significant works in a park environment and celebrate Seattle’s new public arts facility.

Deborah Paine, Curator and Collections Manager for the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, will give a short presentation of the works included in the exhibit and refreshments will be served. Artworks included in the exhibit include sculpture and paintings from artists Robert Maki, Mary Henry, Ronald Bladen, Issac Layman, Gaylen Hansen, Ross Palmer Beecher and John Feodorov.

Also that day, Building 30 artist studios will be open to the public from 1 to 5 PM, with over 24 studios open throughout all three floors of the west wing.

Adding to the bonanza of art in the park that weekend, Best of the Northwest’s craft show takes place in Hangar 30 on October 24, 25 and 26.

This event and the gallery are managed by SPACE, the non-profit organization formed to fund, facilitate and promote arts and cultural uses of Warren G. Magnuson Park for the public. The executive director of SPACE is Wedgwood resident Julianna Ross.

Clean-Up at Magnuson Park

The Washington State Department of Ecology has announced a public meeting on clean-up of radioactive material at Magnuson Park.  It has been more than a year since clean-up was proposed, and a progress report will be given.  The meeting will be held in the Mountaineers Building on Tuesday, October 21.  There will be an open house from 6 to 7 PM with panel presentations and Q & A from 7 to 9 PM.  From Sand Point Way NE, enter Magnuson Park at NE 74th Street and take an immediate left to the Mountaineers Building.

When Will the New Wedgwood Park be Built? – UPDATE

Back in August, Seattle voters passed Proposition 1 (Parks for All) which funds the Seattle Legacy Plan developed by a Citizens Oversight Committee.  The most publicized aspect of this plan was the formation of the Seattle Metropolitan Parks District (FYI, you can apply to be on the Seattle Parks District Citizens Oversight Committee. Applications due by Oct 20th).  But, there was more in Proposition 1 than just the establishment of the parks district.

Less publicized, but very important to Wedgwood, was that funding was included to develop the 14 land banked park properties acquired through the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.  One of these 14 park owned properties is our very own Morningside Substation site at the intersection of 35th Ave NE and NE 86th St.

According to our email with Mr. Shiosaki, Seattle Parks Director of Planning and Development, about $750,000 is budgeted to develop each site.  This funding becomes available in 2016 and Parks is planning to plan and develop 3-4 sites over the following 5 years in the order of their acquisition.  As our park site was one of the latest park site to be acquired, we’re likely looking at park development in 2019-2021.

So, the good news is that funding is set aside for park design and development which means we don’t have to pursue grants.  But, park development likely will be a few years down the road.  Parks is open to interim uses of the site in the mean time.

The Seattle Times has a story on the funding for park design and development, which you can read here.

Scarecrow Mini Fest at Magnuson

Saturday September 27th, 2014

11 AM to 2 PM

Magnuson Children’s Garden & Demonstration Orchard/behind the Brig

The 2014 Scarecrow Mini Fest at Magnuson Park features a free concert, a scavenger hunt in the Community Garden Orchard, Children’s Garden exploration and nature art, garden games, kids activities, a ride-on kiddie tractor corral, and of course, making scarecrows!

You bring the clothes for your scarecrow and a pillow case for the head.  The straw and frame materials can be supplied to you for $15.  Put your scarecrow on display during the Mini Fest and see if you win the grand prize!

Fun for the whole family! Admission to the Mini-Fest is free; $15 fee for scarecrow-making.


Beat the Heat on Labor Day Weekend

The one-year-old Tennis Center Sand Point will have a Beat the Heat round of activities over Labor Day weekend, August 28 to 31, 2014.  This indoor facility is located at 7135 Sports Field Drive NE near the entrance to Magnuson Park and has plenty of available free parking.  Check out the schedule of upcoming events, including tennis tournaments and lessons for all ages, from children to seniors.  Keep cool on Labor Day weekend with a visit to the Tennis Center’s cafe, miniature golf course, and pro shop.

Trail Alert: Construction Impacts on the Burke-Gilman

An alert from the Seattle Parks and Recreation Dept:  Construction may affect use of the Burke-Gilman Trail between NE 125th and NE 135th Streets, beginning on Monday, July 28.

Private construction activity near the Burke-Gilman Trail may result in temporary delays or congestion for both bicycle and pedestrian use of the trail between NE 125th Street and NE 135th Street beginning on or about Monday, July 28, and continuing through the month of August. The trail will be open, but the available width of the paved pathway will be reduced. To assure the safety of all, bicyclists may be required to dismount and walk their bikes through this section of the trail.

A portion of the paved trail will be fenced off for a distance of approximately 150 feet north of NE 125th Street. The unpaved running and walking path along the east side of the trail will be open for use.

Seattle Parks and Recreation regrets the need to interrupt bicycle use of the trail, but this temporary restriction is necessary for safety reasons. The construction project will install protective coverings and gabions on the hillside on the west side of the trail to help stabilize the slope. The work is intended to confine and stabilize the lower portion of the slope where groundwater seepage and erosion have resulted in continued sloughing of the hillside and landslides. The City of Seattle is cooperating with this work by allowing limited use of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Message by:  David Takami, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 206-684-7241.

Greendrinks Community Picnic

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM will be a community picnic and festival at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE next to the Wedgwood Post Office. Seattle Greendrinks is teaming up with Sustainable NE Seattle to bring even more hands-on fun to this third annual event.


When you arrive at the Hunter Farm Gathering Place on August 12, there will be opportunities for fun – and networking – at every corner. From making your own button to your own birdhouse, you won’t leave empty handed – you could even get your bike all fixed up!  Organizations and businesses will be helping you green your home from the inside out – including laundry soap, gardening tips, energy efficiency, and more.

Children’s activities at Greendrinks will include games, urban farm animals, and sweet treats provided by Snoqualmie Ice Cream and others.

Silicon Energy will power the evening with solar energy and Cleanscapes will make sure waste goes to the right place!

Vendors at GreenDrinks:
BECU
Cleanscapes
Snoqualmie Ice Cream
Silicon Energy (powering the evening with a solar trailer!)
ZipCar
ClifBar
Honest Tea
Audubon Society
Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
NE Seattle Tool Library
Seattle Electric Bike
Bike Shack (they can help you with some quick bike fixes!)
SustainableWorks

All ‘Hoods Welcome at Outdoor Cinema 2014!

If you’re visiting this page from outside of Wedgwood, welcome! You may have seen some nifty signs appear on 35th Avenue this week heralding the summer’s most-anticipated event: Outdoor Cinema 2014. (Or at least one of the most-anticipated events, anyway.)

The festivities at Outdoor Cinema 2014 will begin at 7:30 PM on Saturday, August 2, with live music, food vendors and kids activities.  Be sure to visit the Wedgwood Community Council membership table.  The movie is How to Train Your Dragon, and will begin as soon as it gets dark enough.

The Outdoor Cinema is not just for Wedgwoodians. It’s an opportunity for folks from the surrounding ‘hoods to come and enjoy the awesome Hunter Farm Gathering Space.

Here’s a handy list of a few close Wedgwood neighbors and how to get involved with the one representing you:

And if you live in Wedgwood, here is more info on how you can become a member of the Wedgwood Community Council.  See you on August 2nd!