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.
Holding true to Wedgwood’s principles of support for local businesses, the primary concern of attendees was what will become of CC & Company, the salon that has been renting on the Morningside Substation for about 20 years. The were represented in attendance as was the building owner who has a temporary ground lease with Seattle City Light. Based on the time line for park acquisition and development, the earliest CC & Company would need to relocate would be in 2013 provided funds can be obtained to design and develop a park. Furthermore, Wedgwood Parks explained they had committed themselves to helping CC & Company, to their greatest extent, when it becomes time. This sentiment was shared by many in attendance too.
Towards the end of open questions, Chip Nevins of Seattle Parks Dept. asked for a show of hands to see who is in favor of Parks acquiring the Morningside Substation. An overwhelming majority of those in attendance raised their hands in support of Parks acquiring new park space within the Wedgwood business district. Don Harris, Property and Acquisition Service Manager at Seattle Parks, spoke towards the end meeting and complimented the Wedgwood neighborhood on its passion and community engagement. The Wedgwood Community Council couldn’t agree more with Mr. Harris. Not only were Wedgwoodians concerned about CC & Company but also respectfully listened and responded to each other throughout the meeting.
Stay tuned for the next steps for park acquisition and development. We will be applying for a Small & Simple Grant through the Department of Neighborhoods, which we will need community participation and provide a financial match. Please email » Wedgwood Parks if you would like to get involved.