A Walk Down 35th Ave NE With the City

WCC trustees walked 35th Ave NE with City officials and councilmembers and our friends from the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association on Tuesday to discuss land use planning, pedestrian safety, and traffic. Read More …

Lots of Important Meetings for Everyone Tonight

Perhaps everyone got around a table and decided to schedule lots of important meetings all on the same night just to keep things interesting.  However, if there’s an issue that’s near and dear to you, there’s probably a meeting about it tonight.  Here’s a non-comprehensive list of those meetings we’re aware of: Our monthly WCC trustees meeting is tonight. The NE District Council is hosting a City Council Candidates Forum tonight, from 7-9pm in “the Brig” building at Magnuson Park. Do you live on or around Ravenna Ave NE, between NE 85th Street and NE 92nd Street?  If so, there’s Read More …

WE CAN Safety Project is Awarded a Small & Simple Projects Grant

On the heels of receiving bad news about the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Small & Simple Grant application submitted for designing new Wedgwood Park, the other grant submitted by WCC Trustee/Echo Editor and soon-to-be Wedgwood Elementary PTA President, Katie Traverse, appears to have been awarded its $20,000 grant contingent on modifications.  You may recall that in May, two NMF Small & Simple Grant applications were submitted, one of which was the Wedgwood Elementary Children and Neighbors Safety Project (WE CAN Safety Project).  The following is what was proposed for this project: The Wedgwood Elementary PTA applied for a Neighborhood Matching 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 …

NEDC Ranks WCC's Neighborhood Street Fund Project's 1 and 3!

As we reported earlier, the Northeast District Council (NEDC) met on April 7th and ranked the Neighborhood Street Fund project applications received by this year’s March deadline.  In total, 16 applications for projects were submitted within the NEDC area, 3 of which were submitted for Wedgwood: NE 77th Street and 25th Ave NE at main entrance to Dahl Playfield, Wedgwood/Ravenna neighborhood, near University Prep. (submitted by Meg Goldman – Friends of Dahl Playfield) Pedestrian crossing indicators at NE 80th St and 35th Ave. NE – basic markings visible to cars  (submitted by Gretchen Bear – Wedgwood Community Council) Design and Read More …

Is Wedgwood Pedestrian Friendly?

As part of the Vision Plan process that Wedgwood undertook in 2009/2010, the community aspired to be “a safe and pedestrian-friendly community that welcomes diversity and where a commitment to sustainability is everywhere apparent.”  However, is Wedgwood currently pedestrian friendly? Wedgwood is located on a topographic ridge and a sizable chunk of our neighborhood is separated east to west by nearly 110 feet of elevation gain.  Much of north Wedgwood, including those streets adjacent to our public elementary schools, lack sidewalks and stormwater facilities.  Our business district is fragmented into two nodes to the north (near NE 85th Street) and Read More …

No Sidewalk Improvements for Wedgwood in 2011

Those that live in Wedgwood, north of 85th, recognize the need for improving sidewalks throughout Wedgwood.  Not only do they provide a critical pedestrian safety network for our schools, but they improve the walkability of our neighborhood and often improve the surface water management on our streets.  Therefore, expanding the sidewalk network throughout Wedgwood as well as other key pedestrian safety improvements is a focal point of the WCC. For this reason, we’re disappointed to see that no new sidewalk improvements will be coming to Wedgwood under the SDOT Bridging the Gap Sidewalk Development Program.  In fact, Pinehurst and Maple Read More …