It’s time to get back in the swing of things for fall in the neighborhood, and this month’s Madrona Community Council meeting will be held next Tuesday, September 8. As always, the meeting will be held at the Madrona Shelterhouse at 7:15 p.m. Stay tuned for the meeting agenda, and have a great Labor Day weekend, everyone!
Following the lead of a host of other U.S. cities and even that of the First Lady herself, the Seattle Department of Transportation has announced a new pilot program that will allow communities to close roads to cars and create “play streets”, giving kids (and adults!) freedom to use their street however they want. Giant hopscotch board? Sidewalk chalk canvas? Dinner party in the middle of the street? It’s up to you!
The very first of these play streets is happening right in our own backyard, in partnership with St. Therese Academy’s annual field day, taking place tomorrow, May 30. 35th Avenue between Spring and Marion streets will be blocked off from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. so the school can safely expand their field day to the street.
Neighbors, schools and other community organizations will have the flexibility to hold play streets as often as they want, whether its twice a week or a one-time event. There are play streets programs all over the country, and they have been a part of New York City life, for example, since 1914. The NYC program has recently expanded with the help of the NYC Parks Department, and play streets have entered the national discussion as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity, as well. Visit SDOT’s new program website to read more about how you can play on your streets!
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/