The Leschi Community Council meeting tonight will give neighbors an opportunity to learn more about the possible elimination of Metro bus route 27, which serves Leschi, due to Metro’s budget shortfall. Join various “experts” at the meeting to learn what you can do to help save the route. Leschi has continuously been served by transit since 1888, the year before Washington’s state constitution was ratified.
For the most part Madrona would survive, but the better question is: would you or I make it? Hopefully, we never will have to find out, but it is kind of fun (or scary) to see what would happen if all the ice caps did melt. UW Planner Jeffrey Linn created a map of the Greater Seattle area showing what would happen to Seattle if there was a 240-foot rise in the level of the world’s oceans. The conclusion was that most of the real estate in Madrona does survive (Madison Valley & parts of Leschi are not so lucky) and those residents of Madrona homes that do get flooded can meet up at Madrona Ale House for a beer and to get dry by the fire.
The beautiful home located at 519 Lake Washington Blvd, right across from Lake Washington and Madrona Park, has outstanding views of lake, mountains, sunrises and sailboats! The home features an open floor plan, large windows, an expansive deck, lovely terraces and a balcony. The kitchen has been updated with top of the line appliances, and there are two full master suites with contemporary bathrooms, views, and huge closets. The home also has a two car garage, and is in close proximity to both Madrona and Leschi shops, restaurants, and of course is a quick commute to downtown. If you are interested in this or other homes in the neighborhood, please contact me at anytime, I’d love to assist you in your home search.
Madrona residents and neighbors may be interested in a crime and safety meeting hosted by the Leschi Community Council. The meeting will take place Wednesday, November 6th, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. Following is from Leschi Community Council:
** *You are cordially invited to “Crime Facts or Rumors? An Update on Crime in Our Neighborhood” Wed. November 6, 2013, the Central, 500 20th Ave. South *Join us 7 – 8:30 pm for an informative & fast-paced panel discussion, well worth your time (and the parking is free). Leschi is a well-loved and terrific neighborhood but *what about the crime? *Beyond the rumors, let’s talk about facts and hear what neighbor groups are doing across the city to help prevent crime. Panelists are from neighborhood groups and community team police officers for Leschi. Learn facts about crime statistics for our neighborhood past and present. Leave encouraged from hearing from neighbors who are working in different ways around the city to prevent crime. ****Panelists – *Tracy Bier, Leschi Community Council & 30th Ave. Neighbors; Nancy P, Central District; Officer Sina Ebinger, Community Outreach Section; Sandra P, Leschi* *32nd Ave. (between Charles and Dearborn South); Deborah G, West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN); and Officer Art L. Garza, Community PoliceTeam. *WED. Nov. 6**, 7 – 8:30 pm * *The Central, 500 30th Ave. South* (one block south of Jackson at King)
The meeting sponsor Leschi Community Council welcomes the public to attend. A participating member of the Seattle Community Council Federation, the Leschi Community Council (LCC) has been an integral part of the community for more than half a century. http://www.leschicommunitycouncil.org/
Seattle School officials released a new school assignment map last week in an effort to avoid overcrowding and make room for new schools in the area. The proposed changes would affect Madrona while keeping Leschi at Washington Middle School. According to the Seattle Times, this is the first large revision since 2010, back when the district began implementing a neighborhood based system that allowed students to be placed in a school close to their home.
The Seattle school district estimates that over the next decade they will need to prepare for 10,000 new incoming students and are building and renovating in preparation. This also includes going back to the drawing board and updating boundaries for the new schools and adjusting current boundaries, but this plan is far from set in stone, and will not affect students this school year. The proposal includes changes that would affect many Madrona neighborhood elementary students, who are currently being placed at Washington Middle School, along with Madison Park and Montlake students. If the proposal is approved many of these students would be sent to the new ( or “old” depending on how you look at it) Meany Middle School, while Washington Middle would receive students from Leschi, John Muir, and Thurgood Marshall elementary. Generally public comment on school district issues isn’t heard until closer to the final vote from the school board. For more information on Seattle District changes, visit the Seattle Times article linked above.
Please join the Madrona Community Council at their first public meeting since the summer hiatus. The meeting will be held at the Shelterhouse next to the tennis courts at Madrona Playground and it will begin at 7:15 PM tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 10th.
The meeting’s tentative agenda is as follows:
- Planning Halloween Event
- Finalizing activities for the November 2nd wine tasting fundraiser
- Discussing holiday decorations for the Madrona Business District
- Previewing Madrona Community Council elections for November meeting
- Organizing a joint mayoral candidate event with Leschi and Mt Baker Community Councils
The meeting is open to the public. You are welcome to attend all or part of the meeting.
Seattle 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.
Today is the last day to register for the 2013 Shore Run/Walk race before registration prices increase. The annual race benefits the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which will be celebrating its 36th birthday this year. The event is open to all levels of ability. There is a 10k, 5k and kids’ half mile run. There will also be a party in the park to celebrate participants’ accomplishment after crossing the finish line. The party will be held at Madison Park and include music, food, awards and prizes.
The event is on Sunday, June 9, 2013. The 10k begins at Ferdinand Park, 5k at Leschi Park and Kids’ run at Madison Park which is where all races end. Shuttles will be available as transportation. For information regarding start times, locations, registration and fundraising, please visit http://shorerun.com/.
Madrona Community Council and the Leschi Community Council are looking for volunteers to help clear the James Street stairway of debris on Saturday, April 20th. If you would like to volunteer, please meet on the James St. stairs at about 9:00am. Be sure to bring working gloves if you have them.
Other volunteers will be meeting at the corner of 34th and Spring at 10:00am to work on the circular garden at the entrance to the Madrona Playfield.
It is still November, but the Argosy Christmas Ships kick off voyage leaves the Leschi Marina tonight at 7 PM. While the kick off voyage is tonight, the Christmas Ships will not be visiting Madrona until December 22nd at 9:45 PM. Mark your calendar for the event which will take place at Madrona Beach near Spectrum Theater.
If you have young children and the Madrona Beach Christmas Ship visit is too late, consider going to Madison Park Beach on the same night. The Argosy Christmas Ships will visit Madison Park at 4:55 PM on December 22nd.
Check out Argosy’s website for the entire Seattle Christmas Ship schedule.