Urban Forestry Open House @ City Hall

The City of Seattle will be hosting an Urban Forestry Open House in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, Tuesday, September 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The Open House is an opportunity to hear about all of the City’s efforts to expand and enhance Seattle’s urban forest, including proposals to revise existing regulations for private property and street trees. City staff will provide an overview of the City’s existing policy, programs, and resources as well as the specific regulatory proposals being considere

Staff from the Office of Sustainability and Environment, Dept of Planning and Development, Dept of Transportation, Parks, Public Utilities, and City Light will be available to answer questions, connect citizens with programs, and take comments on the proposals.

To solicit feedback on its proposal to revise existing private property tree regulations, DPD is offering stakeholder and community groups the opportunity to host presentations and discussions on the proposal. Groups interested in hosting presentations and discussions are encouraged to contact Brennon Staley at brennon.staley@seattle.gov or 206-684-4625. More information on the proposal is available at www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/trees.


Victoria BC To Clean Up Its Act – Literally

The British Columbia provincial government last week approved plans for a $782-million project which will see one treatment plant built at McLoughlin Point in Esquima.

The Vancouver Sun has a more detailed story on the plans for the plant and some local concerns.  The Victoria Times Colonist has a series of stories on the evolution of the sewage treatment plans and the local implications for the environment and for British Columbia politics.

SWS Sponsors Permaculture Convergence Scholarships

Sustainable West Seattle is offering two $50 scholarships (good towards reserved $65 admissions) to the 2010 Northwest Permaculture convergence held at South Seattle Community College from September 17-19.

Applicants are must live within the SWS neighborhood (all of West Seattle and unincorporated King County West of the Duwamish river, and North of Burien), and submit the following information via email to brian@sustainablewestseattle.org before 5:00 pm on September 1, to be considered for the scholarships:

  1. Full Name, Street Address, Phone and Email
  2. A brief (less than 500-word) explanation of:
  • What experience you already have with Permaculture & Gardening;
  • Why you are interested in attending the Permaculture Convergence; and
  • How you intend to apply what you learn there (especially if you have a specific project in mind).

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Youngstown Cultural All Access Programs Need Your Support

Consider buying a ticket to Youngstown Cultural Arts Center’s SKIFFLE fundraising event Friday, September 17, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  In addition to helping the Cultural Arts Center’s groundbreaking youth support programs, you also get an evening’s worth of entertainment, food and drink, and socializing.

Please join Youngstown Cultural Arts Center for a casual, engaging evening of music, food and drink, friends and inspiration to benefit Youngstown’s ALL ACCESS Programs. Skiffle will feature live music, multimedia, live painting, circus arts, and general revelry.

Teaching artists and premiere local acts Cristina Orbe & Air 2 A Bird will perform full musical sets, Youngstown partners The Cabiri will dazzle with aerial movement, and the incredible talents of Youngstown’s youth artists and leaders will be sure to bring down the house.

All proceeds go to “raise the rent” for Youngstown’s free weekday after-school arts classes, where upwards of 300 youth have participated in classes ranging from Organic Gardening to Rock Band 101, DIY Fashion to Hip-Hop Dance, and Beatmaking to Spoken Word Poetry. Your support is critical to the continuing survival of our programs!

This is a great opportunity to see or introduce others to Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, a historic former elementary school renovated into a multi-use arts space that is unique to Seattle, and to learn more about our programs.

In addition to hors d’oeuvres, there will be an open beer & wine bar.

Tickets are $25 suggested donation and will be available for purchase at the door or via this web link at Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information, visit the Official Skiffle 2010 Website.

The fundraiser is presented in conjunction with Youth Media Institute, the Nature Consortium, Rock School, Arts Corps, and Blank Canvas.


Come Out and Play on PARK(ing) DAY

This year’s annual PARK(ing) Day in Seattle is on Friday, September 17th. Join the annual worldwide celebration inspiring artists, activists, and citizens to independently and simultaneously transform on-street parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public park.

The city has double the number of parks from last year. Nearly 70 on-street parking spaces across Seattle will be occupied by public parks for the day between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Feet First, Streets for All Seattle and the People’s Parking Lot are hosting a PARK(ing) Day After Party from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the People’s Parking Lot on Capitol Hill, 500 E Pine. There will be BBQ (bring something to grill!), DJs and jazz music, dancing, Bubble Man, fire spinners and awards for the best PARK(ing) spots (given out by Seattle City Councilmember and Transportation Chair, Tom Rasmussen).

Check out the detailed map of all of the parks in Seattle created by Trust for Public Land. You find all of the PARK(ing) Day spots. Download a copy and use it to navigate the city on the day of the event. Park creators will initial your map upon request. If you visit the most parks—and collect the most initials—throughout the day you will receive a prize at the award ceremony at the People’s Parking Lot on Capitol Hill.

For more information about PARK(ing) Day, contact Max Hepp-Buchanan, PARK(ing) Day Organizer by emailing max@feetfirst.info or calling 206-652-2310.

If you live outside Seattle, you can still participate! Take a look at what your neighborhood, town, city and state are doing to make more places for people by clicking here.


Seattle City Council Forum: Smart Growth & Social Equity?

Join the Seattle City Council as they discuss Can We Achieve Social Equity Using Smart Growth?

This interactive forum will take place in Council Chambers, 2nd floor of Seattle City Hall, and will include the success stories of proven policies and programs and a discussion of how to take practical steps to make Seattle’s urban growth work for everyone, regardless of background or income level.

The panel includes the following individuals:

  • Connie Galambos Malloy, Urban Habitat Director of Programs, who will address
    “How does the living wage job/affordable housing mismatch in some regions undermine the carbon neutrality goals of sustainability advocates?”
  • Professor Dennis Keating, who will address “Why do new development and higher rents on one or two or three properties set off price increases on surrounding older properties?”
  • Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink Senior Associate, who will address  “What is the Equitable Development Tool Kit? Why is it important to use and how do we use it?”

There will be ample time given for questions and answers and comments following presentations in an effort to find consensus around some possible solutions. Please join us!

Sponsoring organizations include:

  • Councilmember Nick Licata
  • Councilmember Sally J. Clark
  • Housing Development Consortium
  • The InterfaithTask Force on Homelessness
  • The Seattle Displacement Coalition
  • Puget Sound Sage Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
  • Seattle Human Services Coalition
  • Washington Low Income Housing Alliance
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Seattle Carbon Neutrality Community Forum

Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave Bertha Knight Landes Room

Please join the Seattle City Council in a discussion on carbon neutrality here in Seattle.

Community groups will present their ideas on what Seattle should be doing over the next three years to reach our climate protections goals in eight sectors: transportation, green jobs, land use, energy, youth, neighborhoods, food systems and zero waste.

For more information, visit the website at carbonneutral.seattle.gov or follow the Initiative on Facebook and Twitter @GHGFreeSeattle. Contact us with questions at carbonneutral@seattle.gov.

Visitors are encouraged to use mass transit whenever possible. Visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov/ for more information.


Some Parks Facilities Closed Due To Furloughs

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed today, Friday, September 10, and again Monday, September 13, for a furlough day.

City of Seattle employees are taking 10 days off without pay in 2010 to help fill the budget gap. Seattle Parks and Recreation has worked hard to schedule furlough days in a way that has the smallest possible impact on customers, and that provides as much coverage as possible.

These facilities and services are closed today, Friday, September 10

  • Grounds maintenance
  • Community centers (except child care and late night programs, which will still operate).
  • Swimming pools
  • Environmental Learning Centers, including Camp Long
  • Lifelong Recreation (except Food and Fitness programs, which will still operate)
  • Business Service Center

These facilities and services will be closed on Monday, September 13:

  • Administrative offices (communications, correspondence, Park Board support, web management, public outreach, human resources, finance and administration)
  • Planning and Development Division
  • Magnuson Park office

These facilities will operate normally:

  • Golf courses
  • Special Events Scheduling
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center

Seattle Central Waterfront Vision Presentations

Seattle Parks Foundation is sponsoring a forum – Reshaping Seattle’s Central Waterfront – with presentations by firms shortlisted for the role of lead designer.

The presentations will take place on Wednesday, September 15th, from  6:00 to 9:30 pm in Benaroya Hall’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, 200 University Street, downtown.

With the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle is poised to reclaim its Central Waterfront and reconnect our city to Elliott Bay. The City is now in the process of selecting a design and engineering team to engage the public in developing a dynamic and forward-looking design for the waterfront. As the first step, a range of local, national and international designers have submitted qualifications.

This presentation will be the public’s opportunity to hear the shortlisted designers present their skills, experience and approach to the project. Designers will answer questions from the public. A lead designer will be selected in part based on the quality of their presentation and ability to engage the public. The City will start the design process in October 2010.

This event is being sponsored by the Seattle Parks Foundation.  To learn more about the project: www.seattle.gov/dpd/centralwaterfront, or visit Parks Facebook fan page – Seattle Central Waterfront.


Admiral Adopt-A-Street This Saturday @ 9 am

Admiral Neighborhood Association will be holding their next Adopt-a-Street event on Saturday, September 11th, at 9:00 am.

All are welcome – we’ll meet at Metropolitan Market (fresh coffee, fruit, pastries, and sack lunches provided!) before heading out to clean up the Admiral Junction and do our good deed for the season.  Please email Katy Walum, ANA President, at katy.walum@gmail.com with any questions.