UPDATE: We did not submit this project to the Department of Neighborhood’s April 2021 grant window. Instead, we now plan on submitting it for the September 2021 grant window.
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Update 1: The WCC has scheduled a Zoom meeting for Wednesday, March 17, at 7 PM primarily for those adjacent to the potential project alignment who each received this flyer. However, the Zoom meeting is open to anyone interested in joining by clicking this link to the meeting or entering the Meeting ID 988 6678 1597 and entering Passcode: WCC.
In 2012, the WCC submitted a grant to the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation to construct a trail through Inverness Ravine Trail Park which would utilize undeveloped public right-ways to provide access into Inverness Ravine Park. While the grant was well supported, the park and its surrounding steep slopes provided a level of complexity to the project that could not be addressed through that grant. Ultimately, that project could not move forward.
However, one of the primary objectives of that project was to provide improved connectivity for those who wish to walk between the Wedgwood and Inverness communities. Due to topography and our existing street network, there is no safe route for pedestrians to walk east-west between these two neighborhoods between NE 95th Street and NE 75th Street, which is a 20 block stretch or 1-mile in length. Therefore, the only existing route for someone in Inverness to walk to the Wedgwood Broiler, a Wedgwoodian wanting to visit Matthews Beach or a kid in Inverness wanting to walk up to Thornton Creek Elementary would be via 42nd Ave NE/NE 92nd Street – a long and winding barely-one-lane road with narrow right-of-way, minimal shoulder, no sidewalks, multiple blind spots, and no lights. (Poor fella needed to take a rest.)
The narrow 42nd Ave NE/NE 92nd Street is currently the only route for pedestrians between Wedgwood and Inverness
After consulting with SDOT on a modified alignment utilizing public right-of-way on NE 88th Street and 45th Ave NE, SDOT is supportive of us pursuing a grant to study the feasibility and prepare an initial design of safer pedestrian infrastructure to connect Inverness and Wedgwood (see conceptual alignment below). Therefore, we intend to apply for a grant through the Department of Neighborhoods next month for the initial phase which would likely include geotechnical investigations, survey, civil engineering, and landscape design. We intend to create a volunteer leadership team comprised of community members from Wedgwood and Inverness to guide the project and provide transparency in the project process and design.
Given our experience in 2012 with the previous Inverness Ravine Park Trail concept, we are keenly aware that there may be some concern by those near or adjacent to the proposed pedestrian infrastructure. We will be (very soon) reaching out to those who abut the project area directly and welcome them to be part of our leadership team. If successful, we hope to host a series of informational meetings and public design charettes to allow residents to engage in the project and shape its design. Final project design and project construction, if feasible, would be completed by SDOT when funding can be secured in future years.
Please fill out this form so we can contact you with news on our application. Additionally, any commitment you can make towards the project through volunteer time, donated expertise, or financial contributions will help us with our required community match.