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 …

Building 11 Update

For those interested in the controversy around Building 11 at Magnuson Park, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw recently posted a status update and summary of the July 7th meeting.  While the WCC has not been intimately involved in this process, we have formally written to the City in opposition to the deal struck between the City and Building 11, LLC.  You can read what the opponents of this deal, Friends of Building 11, have to say here.

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 …

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 …

City Council Eager to Hear Your Thoughts on the Future of Our Community Centers

The Green Lake Blog has a good post about last week’s community meeting on the future of the community centers.  Apparently, the City Council has requested comments from the public in response to several questions.  Given the role the Meadowbrook, Laurelhurst, and Ravenna-Eckstein Community Centers play in our community, I thought I’d pass it on.  The questions the Council are interested in hearing your ideas on (as described by the Green Lake Blog) are as follows: 1. What community center programs and services do you most value, and why? Which do you least value, and why? 2. What makes a community Read More …

Wedgwood Parks Meeting a Success!

About 150 people packed into the meeting room at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church for the WCC’s January 2011 general meeting, co-hosted by Seattle Parks and Wedgwood Parks.  The purpose of the meeting was to formally announce the WCC’s recommended site for park acquisition, the Morningside Substation, using legislatively approved funds from the 2008 Parks and Open Green Spaces Levy. Wedgwoodians began showing up around 6:45 in anticipation of the meeting and to get their hands on the new Wedgwood t-shirt.  Kurt Westman, the President of the WCC, kicked off the meeting with and overview and introductions before the presentation began.  Chip Nevins, 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 …