Wedgwood Misses Out on Grant to Design New Park

UPDATE (7-12-11): The letter from the Parks Department’s Acting Superintendent, Christopher Williams, can be downloaded here (PDF, 5KB). On May 9th, the Wedgwood Parks Committee submitted an application for a Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Small & Simple grant to develop a design for Wedgwood’s soon-to-be new park at the Morningside Substation Site.  Having discussed the project with the Parks Department and Department of Neighborhoods, we knew that the “Wedgwood Deserves A Park (Design Phase)” project was a long shot due to Parks Department budget constraints.  Nevertheless, we thought moving forward with the application was a responsible process for the community Read More …

Two Small & Simple Grants Submitted for Wedgwood

Monday, May 9th, was the deadline for this latest round of Neighborhood Matching Fund Small & Simple Grants through the Department of Neighborhood.  To our knowledge, there were two grant applications submitted for Wedgwood: 1) for pedestrian improvements around Wedgwood Elementary and 2) design services for as part of park development on the Morningside Substation.  Here’s a brief summary of what each grant proposes. Wedgwood Elementary Children and Neighbors Safety Project (WE CAN Safety Project) The Wedgwood Elementary PTA applied for a Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Grant to make traffic safety improvements around the school.  If it is Read More …

What's Happening with Wedgwood's Park Acquisition?

Following the success of the January 12th parks acquisition meeting, Seattle Parks & Recreation and Seattle City Light (SCL) are negotiating a transfer of the Morningside Substation site (35th Avenue NE and NE 86th Street).  Wedgwood’s neighborhood park is on its way! One issue has slowed the transfer.  A gas station existed on site prior to the SCL’s ownership, so an environmental site assessment is currently underway to evaluate the risk of contamination.  We expect this assessment should be completed soon and the Parks Committee awaits the results in order to better understand the acquisition timeline. As described at the Read More …

Councilmember Bagshaw Supports Wedgwood Parks

(From Left to Right: Marieke Stientjes Rack, Per Johnson, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, & John Norris) Today, members of the Wedgwood Parks Committee met with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, the Chair of Parks & Seattle Center Committee.  The purpose of the meeting was to share some of the exciting things which are going on in our NE Seattle neighborhood, including the completion of the Vision Plan and our coordination with Seattle Parks to acquire a new park at the existing location of the Seattle City Light Morningside Substation.  We shared with Councilmember Bagshaw the process that the Wedgwood Parks Committee has gone Read More …

JAN 12th – WCC & Seattle Parks Co-Sponsored Public Meeting

In 2008, Seattle voters approved the Parks & Green Spaces Levy which identified Wedgwood NE of Dahl Field as deficient in park space.  As a result, legislatively-approved funding is available to our community to acquire a new park.  The WCC’s Parks Committee began soliciting ideas for potential park acquisition sites and hosted a community meeting in March 2010.  Since that meeting, the Parks Committee has integrated the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s site selection criteria with those values shared by the community at the March meeting.  From this Wedgwood-specific site selection criteria, the Park Committee ranked those potential park sites. Read More …

Wedgwood Parks Meeting Summary

Thanks to the Wedgwood View which provides a summary of the well-attended WCC General Meeting this past Thursday on the potential acquisition of property in the neighborhood for a new park. Thanks to everyone who turned out and shared their thoughts.  Lots of creative ideas a several potential sites to consider.  Feel free to email with more ideas or sites at wedgwoodparks@gmail.com.