Leschi Community Council Meeting Tomorrow

Leschi’s September Community Council meeting will take place tomorrow evening, and discuss Solarize Seattle, Leschi Park, and recent vandalism in the neighborhood. You’re invited to join the community council discussion on Wednesday September 4th at The Central 500 30th Ave S at 7:00PM, and there will also be after hours events in the parking lot. The community council has invited members of the Parks Dept, and the East Precinct to join the meeting and a discussion will be targeted at considering what steps we can take to minimize drug activity, vandalism and graffiti in the Central District. Come on down and join the discussion!police

Leschi & Madrona Park Bathrooms Destroyed by Fireworks

MadronaSeattle Police are asking for help to find the vandals that caused thousands of dollars of damages to public bathrooms in Madrona Park and Leschi Park.  On the 4th of July, vandals used fireworks to blow up toilets at both park locations.  (See video of news story).  Other damage was also done.  For example at Madrona Park, the dumpster had fire damage including having the plastic lid completely melted away.

Seattle Parks normally lock all bathrooms during the Independence Day, but decided to leave them open this year since parks have heavy use during the holiday.  Hopefully, a few vandals will not change this new policy for the future.  Click the link to Komo News to read more about the destruction at Madrona Park and Leschi Park.

Register for the 2013 Shore Run/Walk


The 36th annual Shore Run/Walk is just 2 weeks away! Be sure to  register either as a single participant or as a team and begin fundraising! The run takes place on Sunday, June 9th. The 5k run/walk begins at 8:15am at Leschi Park, 10k run at 9:00am at Ferdinand Park and the kids’ run begins at 10:15am at Madison Park. All three events end at Madison Park where after crossing the finish line they can enjoy food, music, awards and prize-drawings at the Party-in-the-Park.

100 percent of the donations and a portion of proceeds will benefit Fred Hutch. The top fundraising team will receive a catered lunch or dinner from the Old Spaghetti Factory. If you are interested in  volunteering at the event or donating, please email info@orswellevents.

For more information about the event, please visit shorerun.com.

Leschi Art Walk Next Saturday

Leschi Art WalkThe Leschi Art Walk, sponsored by the Leschi Community Council, is this coming Saturday, June 9th, from 11 AM to 4 PM in front of the businesses along the lake near where Lake Washington Blvd and Lakeside Avenue meet.

At last count there were 47 artists and 3 bands plus face painting, table of children’s art, and the Leschi Community Council information table.

The Leschi Community Council table will have a copy of the out of print Leschi Diary (history of Leschi) for folks to look through plus a rare copy for sale.  The LLC will also have copies of the Leschi News, information on Seattle Music Partners (Leschi School after school music tutoring), and photos of the parks Leschi Community Council has renovated or created.

Join our Leschi neighbors for the art walk this weekend.

CORRECTION:  The title originally said “this” Saturday, but the event is NEXT Saturday, June 9th.  Sorry for any confusion.

After Madrona Mayfair Head to Leschi’s Flo Ware Park

Seattle BalloonsIf you still have some energy after Mayfair then head over to Flo Ware Park (map) in Leschi for the Annual Flo Ware Neighborhood Celebration.  From noon to 4 PM on Saturday, May 14th the Leschi neighborhood will be celebrating the life of Flo Ware.  There will be music, potluck, kid’s games, face painting, dancing, etc.

Neighborhood Work Party for the Leschi Natural Area – Saturday

Leschi Natural AreaLeschi was one of the first neighborhoods to create an open space plan, and residents are very active in their local parks and green spaces. No matter the weather local Leschi residents and their friends meet monthly at 36th Avenue and East Terrace to preserve the Leschi Natural Area.

According to the Seattle Parks website, the Leschi Natural Area was acquired in 1989 to preserve the green space for the community:

In 1989, the Leschi Natural Area was included in the King County Open Space and Trails Bond, and Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased and preserved several acres in the green space. The Leschi community then adopted the natural area through Parks and Recreation’s Adopt-A-Park Program, created a loop trail at the site, and restored native plants.

In 2001 an adjacent property became available and was acquired and preserved through the Green Spaces category of the Pro Parks Levy. The site features panoramic views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier and the Cascades, and provides a significant addition to the Leschi Natural Area. The property is also adjacent to the East Terrace Street stairs along a well-used pedestrian route leading down to Lake Washington Boulevard.

Matching funds from the King County Conservation Futures Levy were also used in the purchase of this property.

If you are interested in participating in the neighborhood work party for the Leschi Natural Area, new volunteers are always welcome.  This weekends it starts Saturday morning at 9 AM.  If interested contact Bunny and Fran Wood 323-2296 or Diane Morris 322-7648.

Gloves and lunch is provided for participants who help.