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.

Madrona Shelterhouse Remodel

Madrona ShelterhouseAnyone that has gone to the Madrona Playground lately has seen the chain link fence around the Madrona Shelterhouse.  The Madrona Sheltehouse received funds about two years ago to be updated and the work has finally begun.  Basically, the changes are the bathrooms are being updated, the bathroom doors are being swapped for nice looking gates (for safety reasons), and there will be an additional bathroom added to the interior of the Shelterhouse that can be used year-round for people who rent the Shelterhouse for events.

The work is scheduled to be done by Madrona Mayfair, May 18th.  Let’s cross our fingers it will be done on schedule.

Madrona Summer Camps Are Back!

Madrona ShelterhouseMadrona Shelter House, Madrona Playfield, and Madrona Woods Camps are back this summer! To sign up call Garfield Community Center: 684-4788 or go to the summer camps website for forms and more information.

MADRONA SUMMER CAMPS Include:

CIRCUS CAMP – Ages 8-12 – In this fun, four-day camp, kids will learn circus arts including acrobatics, tumbling, slack lining, juggling, clowning, and more.
On the last day of camp the participants will perform a circus for friends and family.
Check website for additional requirements.

MADRONA WOODS JR. NATURE EXPLORERS CAMP – Ages 6-7Ages 8-9 – Explore the Madrona Woods with a naturalist. Bring a sack lunch. Includes Nature Camp shirt.

SPANISH SUMMER CAMP FOR PRESCHOOLERS – Ages 3-6 – Around the world in one week! Children will learn Spanish by singing songs, playing games, and making crafts from around the world! It is going to be fun!

MADRONA SUMMER LEGO CAMP – Ages 5-8 – Let your imagination build! You will have an excitingly creative time during this week long camp. Use Legos to construct one of
a kind buildings, objects, vehicles, and more! Space is limited so hurry and sign up today.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE CAMP – Ages 7-11 – What sport combines the best of basketball,
football, and soccer with a Frisbee? Yes, you guessed it, Ultimate Frisbee! Ultimate Frisbee is a fantastic sport, and easy to learn. This instructional camp will teach you the basic rules of the game, how to throw and catch the Frisbee, and have you running and playing in the sun! So come join in the fun! Bring a sack lunch, sunscreen, and a water bottle. All participants get a shirt.

YOGA CAMP – Ages 7-12 – Yoga Camp mixes games, story-telling, and fun with the
physical postures of yoga in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. No yoga experience is necessary. Campers need to bring their own lunch and water bottle and wear comfortable, upside-down friendly attire.

SUMMER GREEN TEEN CAMP – Ages 12-13/14 -Join EarthCorps in a weeklong camp that focuses on urban forest restoration projects in your neighborhood.
Campers will gain a deeper understanding of why forests are important in urban areas, complete a hands-on experience that helps to revitalize a local greenspace, learn about “Green Careers” in Seattle and receive 30 service learning hours upon completion of the camp. We will also have fun and participant in team building activities. Gloves, tools, and other equipment will be provided be EarthCorps.

2012 Farmer’s Markets Summer Season Updates

If you weren’t out enjoying this lovely turn of the weather this weekend you were one of few; as the sun starts to come out, so do the summer crops and the local farmers markets will open in a few weeks with a ton of fresh new produce. The 2012 farmer’s market season took off running this year, with some markets already up and others soon to follow in the next few weeks. The surrounding Seattle areas will have a few new faces like the Shoreline Farmer’s Market that will open June 16th and will close down others like the

Photo Courtesy of Zachary D. Lyons, copyright from the 2011 Wallingford Farmer's Market

Georgetown market, who didn’t see enough foot traffic the last few years, but hopes to return in the fall with more people coming in and out of the neighborhood. Keep in mind the U District and West Seattle Markets run year round; here is a list of openings to look out for when you’re in the neighborhood:

Burien: 11am-6pm Thursdays

Columbia City: 3-7pm Wednesdays ( and will open early to chefs only to check out the loot before the crowds, from 2-3pm)

Lake City: 3-7pm Thursdays, beginning June 14.

Phinney: 3-7pm Fridays, starting June 3rd.

Madrona: 3-7pm Fridays beginning May 18th.

Magnolia: 10am-2pm, Saturdays starting June 9th.

Queen Anne: 3-7:30pm Thursdays, beginning June 7th.

Wallingford: 3:30-7pm Wednesdays beginning May 30th, (opening early for chefs only from 3-3:30)

 

Free Spectrum Dance Performances in Madrona Park

The Spectrum Dance Theater is offering free showings of  Donald Byrd’s sexy adaptation of Miraculous Mandarin, a play said to be a theatrical version of Pulp Fiction. There is a fine line between eroticism and savagery in this twisted tale of an outsider’s tragic fate at the hands of drug addicted thugs. The original Miraculous

Photo Courtesy of Spectrum Dance Theater

Mandarin was Bartok’s post-World War I narrative on European society and was widely banned throughout his lifetime. This play was first performed at the Moore Theater in 2006, and Byrd’s version continues to push the edge of how dance theater is presented and constantly evolving. Byrd even surprises the audience with his casting, as there is no recognizably Asian performer in the Mandarin role. These rare free performances were brought to light by SDT to broaden the organization’s following, and will be held at Hing Hay Park Thursday, May 17th-19th, and the 24th-26th. To reserve your free ticket, click here.

Summer Camps in Madrona

Madrona Shelterhouse

Madrona Shelterhouse (above)

Garfield Community Center is hosting a bunch of camps this summer in Madrona.  I do not see the information on the Garfield Community Center Website (link above) at this time but below is a sneak peak at the Seattle Summer Specialty Camps to be offered in Madrona for Summer 2012.  Most of them will be hosted at the Madrona Shelterhouse at the Madrona Playground but some will take place at the Madrona Woods.  Registration will start April 3rd!

Circus Camp
Ages 8 – 12
In this fun, four day camp kids will learn circus arts including acrobatics, tumbling, slack lining juggling, clowning and more. On the last day of camp the participants will perform a circus for friends and family. An additional $5 annual insurance fee will be required prior to registration for all Gymnastics, Tumbling and Cheer Leading classes at Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities. This non-refundable fee covers a child’s participation in all gymnastics, tumbling, or cheer leading classes for one year from the date purchased. SORRY… This fee is not available for online purchase at this time. Please contact your local recreation center to purchase this insurance.
Camp Director: Thomas Heasley
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84498    8/20 – 8/23   Mon – Thu 10 am – 12 pm
Activity Fee $95
Creative Movement Camp
Ages 4 – 6
This summer boys and girls explore dance & movement around a new theme each day through music, games, and creating their own dances. Parents and Friends are welcome to attend our performance at the end of the session. Please wear close fitting clothes with bare feet or ballet slippers.
Camp Director: Mimi (Mary Margaret Moore)
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84499    6/25 – 6/28   Mon –  Thu 9:30 – 11:30 am
Activity Fee $85
GreenStage/Madrona Youth Theatre Camp
Ages 8 – 15
Join GreenStage and Garfield Community Center and enjoy this special opportunity for enrichment and fun this summer. Campers will perform ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on Saturday 8/12 at 10 am Costumes will be provided. Bring a sack lunch and drink. (5 days plus 10:30 am performance on 8/12).
Camp Director: GreenStage Staff
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84501    8/6 – 8/11   Mon –  Fri 9 am – 3 pm, Sat 9:30 – 11:30 am
Activity Fee $255
Madrona Woods Jr. Nature Explorers Camp
Ages 6 – 7
Explore the Madrona Woods with a naturalist. Bring a sack lunch. Includes Nature Camp shirt.
Location: Location: Meet at entry to Madrona Woods – 38th and Marion
#84503    7/9 – 7/11   Mon –  Wed 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Activity Fee $85
Madrona Woods Nature Explorers Camp
Ages 8 – 9
#84504    7/9 7/11   Mon – Wed 1 – 4 pm
Activity Fee $85
Spanish Summer Camp for Preschoolers
Ages 3 – 6
Around the world in one week! Children will learn Spanish by singing songs, playing games and making crafts from around the world! It is going to be fun! Space is limited. Registration begins April 3.
Camp Director: Manuela Slye
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84506    8/13 – 8/17   Mon –  Fri 10 am – 1 pm
Activity Fee $145
Tween Camp
Ages 8 – 12
Led by trained high school teens, this three day fun filled camp highlights arts and crafts, cooking, sports, nature, special events and more! The camp is supervised by high school seniors under the supervision the Garfield Recreation Leader. Bring a sack lunch/drink.
Camp Directors: Nikitta Vinson and High School Students
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84508    7/23 – 7/25   Mon – Wed 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Activity Fee $55
Yoga Camp
Ages 7 – 12
Yoga Camp mixes games, story-telling and fun with the physical postures of yoga in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. No yoga experience necessary. Campers need to bring their own lunch and water bottle and wear comfortable, upside-down friendly attire!
Camp Director: Ashley Robles
Location: Madrona Shelterhouse
#84509    7/16 – 7/19   Mon –  Thu 10:30 am – 1 pm
Activity Fee $85
Summer Green Teen Camp
Ages: 12-13/14-16
Join EarthCorps in a weeklong camp that focuses on urban forest restoration projects in your neighborhood. Campers will gain a deeper understanding of why forests are important in urban areas, complete hands-on experience that helps to revitalize a local greenspace, learn about “Green Careers” in Seattle and receive 30 service learning hours upon completion of the camp. All this plus fun, team building and safety.  Gloves, tools and other equipment will be provided be EarthCorps. To register or for more information contact Garfield Community Center at (206)684-4788.
Camp Director: EarthCorps Staff
Location: Meet at entry to Madrona Woods – 38th and Marion
#TBD                      7/16 – 7/20 M – F            9 am – 3 pm
Activity Fee FREE

Reports of Gun Shots Fired at Powell Barnett Park

policeman-cartoonYesterday, Saturday, September 3rd, just outside of Madrona at Powell Barnett Park (map) was a program to bring people together to combat neighborhood violence.  I was there around 1:30 PM and people were setting up, music was playing, and there was dance group with uniforms practicing.  We left before the event began, but according to neighborhood reports someone was giving a speech when gun shots were fired and people scattered.  The people who reported the shots left Powell Barnett Park immediately after the shots were fired and as the Seattle Police were arriving.

I have not been able to find any confirmation on the police website, but I have found the police website to be unreliable in the past when looking for events that I know have happened.

UPDATE: Came across this blog which had more details.

Madrona Shelterhouse To Be Updated

Madrona ShelterhouseMadrona Shelterhouse next to the Madrona Playground and tennis courts has been approved to receive funds to be updated from Seattle Parks and Green Space Levy inflation funds.  Funding was approved on Monday.  Scheduling has yet to be determined for the Madrona Shelterhouse.  For more details read my previous blog about the Seattle Parks and Green Space funds.

Madrona May Benefit From Seattle Parks and Green Space Levy Meeting Tonight

Madrona ShelterhouseTonight there will be a meeting open to the public at the Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave South, to discuss the Citizen Oversight Committee’s recommendations to spend $10 million of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy inflation funds for Seattle Parks and Recreation major maintenance projects.  In 2008, the Seattle voters passed the Parks and Green Space Levy which had money built into it for inflation, but because of the downturn in the economy the projects were finished under budget leaving money left over.  The Citizen Oversight Committee‘s recommendation is to re-allocate inflation allowance funds for a specific set of projects.  Three of those projects are in the Seattle Central Area, including Madrona.  Those projects are to replace the roof at Garfield Community Center ($465,000), repair the roof at Medgar Evers Pool ($1,600), and to renovate the “Madrona Comfort Station” ($200,000).  The Madrona Comfort Station is better known as the Madrona Playfield Shelterhouse.  The meeting is tonight, Monday, June 27th from 7 PM to 9 PM and, again, the public is encourage to participate.

Summer Fun at Madrona Playground – Sign Up Now

Madrona ParkThanks to the tireless efforts of a local volunteer in the Madrona neighborhood, the Garfield Community Center has brought several fun events to the Madrona Playground for our community to sign up and enjoy.  Following is the schedule of events at Madrona Playground which includes soccer at Madrona Playfield, several camps at the Madrona Shelterhouse, and even adult tennis lessons at the Madrona Tennis Courts.

Girls Soccer for 4-6 year olds on Wednesday evenings from 5:45-6:30.  Session #73037 July 6th through July 27th.  Session #73473 August 3rd through August 24th.  Cost for 4 weeks = $39.

Co-ed Soccer for 3-5 year olds on Monday evenings from 5:45-6:30.  Session #73036 July 11th through August 1st.  Session #73472 August 8th through August 29th.  Cost for 4 weeks = $39.

Kids Yoga starts at Madrona Shelterhouse starts Thursday July 7th (Session #73467) and/or August 4th (Session #73468) and will be from 4:00-4:45.  It is for 3-6 year olds.  Cost for 4 weeks = $32.

Lego Camp at the Shelterhouse August 8th to August 12th.  9:30-12:30.  5-8 year olds. Cost = $90.  Session #TBA (Note: I have been told Lego Camp is August 1st – 4th which does not agree with the information I found online.  If you are interested you should confirm the dates when signing up for the camp.)

Sing-A-Story at Madrona Shelterhouse.  Fridays starting July 29th from 9:30-10:15.  Five week session costs $50, with discount for siblings.  Ages 1 to 5.  Session # 73470

For Adults there will be a beginner tennis class on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 at the Madrona Tennis Courts.  Starts July 6th.  Cost $36.  Session #73212

Click link to read more about these Madrona activities on the Seattle Parks Central East Activities PDF (see pages 8-12, 22).  Or you can simply click the link to register online or call Garfield Community Center at 684-4788 to register.

Again, thanks again for the local volunteer who put this together.  If you are interested in helping to make sure events like these continue to take place in Madrona please reply on our contact page and we will point you in the right direction.