Results from City of Seattle's Office of City Auditor regarding Parks Public Involvement are now available. http://www.seattle.gov/audit/2006.htm, which displays the results, audit findings and recommendations.
There were comments offered by nearly eight hundred fifty respondents. City Auditor Susan Cohen will present her findings and recommendations next week, Wednesday, September 27th at the Parks, Education, Libraries, and Labor (PELL) Committee. At that meeting, the public may provide comment on the questionnaire results and audit document. Public testimony will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the 27th, and they are supposed to provide different ways for you to give comments - via phone, e-mail, or in person.
In the past month, there have been so many projects published that I've given up summarizing them all. Should you be interested in looking something up, here is the link. You have to click on each date and look for any with a West Seattle location to see what's going on. http://web1.seattle.gov/dpd/luib/Bulletins.aspx
July 19, 2006 - Kenny Home - 21 persons attending, including 3 guests
Steve Sindiong, Presiding
Introductions, Announcements, Updates:
b.. Gatewood Elementary Playgroup Improvement - A "Small & Simple" grant has been approved, a landscape architect has been hired, and community public hearings have been held. The improvements will include an amphitheatre type arena, look-out areas, and a new school/park sign on Frontenac. Fund raising efforts will take place this Fall. Volunteers are now needed to work on ivy removal and repair of existing equipment (call Carla Larson, 938-5435) Notes of planning meetings will be posted on the MoCA website (morganjunction.org) or gatewoodelementary.org/
e.. Lowman Beach improvements project - The King County Wastewater Treatment Commission is replacing and upgrading several pump stations in W. Seattle. Activity at Lowman Beach Park station will be the replacement of electrical systems in September, followed by more extensive construction later in the year. For continuing information, contact: Martha Bartch at 206 684-1280, information at dnr.metrokc.gov/wtd/projects/westseattle/index.htm.
Seattle Police Department: Officer Mark Spadoni, SW Precinct (206 233-1549) The current speed monitoring sign is slowing the off-ferry traffic on Fauntleroy - it will be permanent. Similar speed monitoring signs are suggested for other sites along Fauntleroy. Concerns expressed re. late-night teen activities at Solstice and Lowman Beach Parks. Also concerns re. late-night drag-racing activity at the Morgan Junction. The Police van is still available, but not used as much due to manpower costs.
Washington State Ferry Plan Update: Gary Dawson, Fauntleroy Community Association The Ferry Advisory Committee of South-Sound (contact through MoCA website for meeting information) is now working to enhance passenger-only services for Vashon/Southworth Ferry. The Joint Transportation Committee of the state legislature worked for a year, but the state will not finance passenger-only services. Water-taxi services (financed locally) are expected to expand. According to the long-range plan published in early 2006, it is hoped that the Southworth ferry services will run directly downtown, leaving only Vashon Island ferry services at the current neighborhood dock. Eventual Vashon passenger-only ferry services would go to expanded facilities at the downtown dock, probably under County support. Meetings are being held on these and other proposals. Concerns were expressed about the environmental impact of any expanded car ferry and passenger-only ferry services at Fauntleroy dock.
Corner Inn Property Redevelopment: Scott McMurray, MarSan LLC. At Northwest corner of Fauntleroy and California. Consultant (Weber Thompson, PLLC) is now developing plans for eventual construction of 3 story mixed use (ground floor retail, upper floors apartments) building, ca. 17,000 square feet on main floor. Current occupancy leases run through 2008, so design process will take place during next 2 years. Neighborhood input will be welcomed as plans proceed.
MoCA Seattle Clean and Green Event - May 20: Stan Locke Southwest Neighborhood Comm. Assn. Report made about successful event attended by Mayor Greg Nickols for clean-up activities at Solstice Park, Lowman Beach Park, and the Morgan Junction Business District. Special thanks to: Cindi Barker, Steve Sindiong, Toby and Maiko Weymiller, Chas Redmond, Cameron & Peter Moores of C&P Coffee, Brooks Lynch of Tully's, Brian Bixeman and Steve Kamphaus of Morgan Thriftway, and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
The Gatewood PTA has begun working on a phased master plan to improve the playground.The existing playground includes an asphalt play area, a grass playfield, and a big toy area. The master plan will include renovations that will take into account safety, opportunities for creative play, environmental education opportunities, and reasonable maintenance practices allowable within the Seattle School District.
See attachment below for a draft layout of the playground improvements
A "Small & Simple" grant from the City of Seattle has been approved, a landscape architect has been hired, and community public hearings have been held. The improvements will include an amphitheatre type arena, look-out areas, and a new school/park sign on Frontenac. Fund raising efforts will take place this Fall, but the majority of matching funds will be met through volunteer time and labor. Volunteers are now needed to work on ivy removal and repair of existing equipment (call Carla Larson, 938-5435) Notes of planning meetings will be posted on the MoCA website or gatewoodelementary.org/
The project schedule calls for the master plan to be completed by Fall 2006.