Turn Your Street into a Park – Park(ing) Day Fast Approaches

PARK(ing) Day 2010 is coming up fast! Permit deadline is Friday, August 27.

Scheduled this year for Friday, September 17th, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently and simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.

PARK(ing) Day was created in 2005 by Rebar – a San Francisco art collective – and was originally devised as a creative exploration of how urban public space is allocated and used.

Did you know that nearly 28 percent of all land in Seattle is dedicated to automobile travel? And that doesn’t even include private parking lots!

Feet First brings the community PARK(ing) Day to show residents what their city would look like if more public space was allocated for urban parks, recreation, social interactions, and other people-centric pursuits, rather than the movement and storage of cars.

In 2009, 744 PARKs were created across 140 cities, 21 countries, and 6 continents. Feet First hosted 45 PARKs last year in Seattle and this year we are striving for 100!  The success of PARK(ing) Day 2010 depends on YOU! If you are interested in participating in PARK(ing) Day, please start planning now – as there is a lot to be done.

Here’s a summary of what’s involved:

  1. Feet First will acquire a Temporary Street Use Permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). (This “umbrella” permit will cover multiple PARKs throughout the City of Seattle.)
  2. Feet First will handle the application process and fees for the City of Seattle.
  3. Participants who would like to be covered under the umbrella permit will need to apply to Feet First with a rough site plan (no artistic skills required) and an application fee of $10 must be received by August 20th. Applications received after August 20th will be subject to an additional $5 late processing fee–making your application fee $15.
  4. All participants must also acquire either a Temporary No Parking Permit from SDOT or submit a “Notification of Temporary No Parking Zone” form, depending on the type of parking space you want to transform into a PARK.

The deadline for all applications and permits is Friday, August 27th.

If you are interested in participating this year please contact Feet First as soon as possible. Feet First staff will help guide you through the permitting process and get you started on planning your PARK. We support participants in Seattle with the permitting process.

If you are outside of Seattle and would like to participate in PARK(ing) Day, Feet First would still love to hear from you and help you get started!

On September 17th, let the PARKs grow!

To get started, contact Max Hepp-Buchanan, PARK(ing) Day Coordinator, Feet First, email max@feetfirst.info or call landline 206-652-2310 or cellphone 206-920-0746.  Overall information is at  www.feetfirst.info

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Free Saturday August Outdoor Movies in South Park

South Park Community Center is presenting free outdoor movies every Saturday night in August.

The office of Mayor Mike McGinn, the South Park community, and Seattle Parks and Recreation present family-friendly outdoor movies every Saturday night in August at the parking lot at Napoli’s Pizza, 8600 14th Ave. S (the corner of 14th S and S Cloverdale St.).

Along with the movie, families can enjoy games, prizes, music, a film short, and concessions.

Here’s the lineup for the rest of August:

The gates open at 8:30 p.m. and the movies start at 9:30 p.m. Chairs will be available.

For more information, please call Ron Harris-White at 206-684-7389.

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Libraries To Close for One Week Starting August 30

All Library locations will close Monday, Aug. 30 through Sunday, Sept. 5 due to citywide budget cuts. Please note Monday, Sept. 6 is the Labor Day holiday and all libraries will be closed. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Services unavailable during the one-week closure:

  • Most Library services will be unavailable during the one-week closure.
  • No materials will be due and no fines will be accrued.

The last day to check out Library items before the closure is Sunday, Aug. 29. The Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., and the Library’s website (www.spl.org) will be open until 6 p.m. that day and another 10 branches will be open until 5 p.m.

No book drops will be open. Do not leave books and materials outside Library locations during the closure.

Central Library book drops will close at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 and reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Book drops at branches that are open on Sundays will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Book drops at branches that are closed on Sundays will close at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 and reopen at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Limited access to the online catalog. Patrons will be able to search the catalog and check their Library record but will not be able to place holds on items. No staff will be working to process the thousands of books and materials that customers normally put on hold.

Limited access to the website (www.spl.org). The online calendar, databases, downloadable books and media, digital special collections, podcasts, SPL Mobile app and blogs will be available, but other online information and features will not be available. No staff members will be working to maintain the site or troubleshoot problems.

Back to School Enviro-friendly Buying Guide

The Environmental Working Group has posted yet another consumer tip – this one for parents and students to help them get ready for the return of school – an environmentally sensitive School Buying Guide.

Buying school supplies is an annual end-of-summer tradition. It’s also an opportunity to look for safer products for your children and their classrooms. The good news is that with a little time and attention, a backpack full of non-toxic school supplies is in reach.

Purchase your back-to-school supplies (and any other item, for that matter) through EWG’s link to Amazon. Amazon will donate part of your purchase to EWG! Or download the PDF to take with you to the store.

Neighborhood Service Centers Closed (furlough)

Due to citywide budget cuts, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) and its Neighborhood Service Centers are required to close offices for 10 furlough days in 2010.

The two DON West Seattle Service centers are the Southwest District Service Center at 4205 SW Alaska Street (next to Rocksport in the Junction), the Delridge Neighborhoods District Service Center at 5405 Delridge Way SW.

The schedule is as follows:

2010 Closure Dates for Furlough:

  • Tuesday, September 7
  • Monday, October 11
  • Monday, December 2

Parks & Rec Invites Everyone to ‘Big Day Of Play’ @ Magnuson Park

Free family friendly event features fun run, live music, play

On Saturday, August 28, Seattle Parks and Recreation will host Big Day of Play at Magnuson Park, from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The day will begin with a 5K Fun Run/Walk, followed by a Free Kids’ 1K Run for children 10 and under. To register for the Fun Run/Walk, visit the registration website.

The Main Stage schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.: Recess Monkey
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 noon: Speakers Tracy Taylor from KING TV, former NBA player James Donaldson and City Councilmember Richard Conlin
  • 12 noon – 12:30 p.m.: ADEFUA African Dance and Drumming
  • 12:30 – 12:50 p.m.: Hawaiian Dance
  • 12:50 – 1:10 p.m.: Inspired Child (Step/tap Dance)
  • 1:10 – 1:30 p.m.: Capoeira (Brazilian Martial arts)
  • 1:30 – 1:50 p.m.: Hip Hop (exhibition) (Zulu nation and elements of Hip Hop)
  • 1:50 – 2:20 p.m.:  Yata Eritrean Group (exhibition)
  • 2:20 – 2:30 p.m.: Tae Kwon Do
  • 2:30 – 2:50 p.m.: Pacific North West Drumline
  • 2:50 – 3 p.m.:  Taekgyeon
  • 3 – 3:15 p.m.: Life Long Recreation Line Dancing Group
  • 3:15 – 3:40 p.m.: Sterling the International Yo Yo Champion
  • 3:40 – 4 p.m.: Zumba (demo)
  • 4 – 4:40 p.m. Rainier Beach Orchestra

There will be fun activity booths throughout the day, free food samples from PCC Natural Markets, food and vendor booths, paddling and sailing activities, free raffle prizes and a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. To register for the basketball tournament, click here.

To learn more about the event go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/healthyparks/big_day.htm.

Metro Route 75 goes to Magnuson Park – you can catch the 75 in Ballard by taking either the 21 or the 22 from West Seattle.  Metro’s Trip Planner is here http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/cgi-bin/itin_page.pl?resptype=U

There will be free shuttle buses to the event and back again from the following community centers:

  • Rainier Beach, 8825 Rainier Ave S
  • Rainier, 4600 38th Ave S
  • Yelser, 917 E Yesler Way
  • Garfield, 2323 East Cherry St
  • South Park, 8319 8th Ave S
  • Southwest, 2801 SW Thistle St
  • Delridge, 4501 Delridge Way SW

A complete schedule is below:

FREE SHUTTLE BUS SCHEDULE FOR BIG DAY OF PLAY

August 28, 9:30-5:00 at Magnuson Park

Registration Procedures:

  • Call registration line (206-684-3406) with what site and time you need to be picked up at
  • The number of adults and children and any large items (strollers, etc.) that need transported
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children ages 13-17 must bring a completed E-13 form with them (staff monitoring pick up sites will confirm form is filled out and signed) and they must have it on them at all times until they arrive back at their original pick up site.
  • Leave a phone number so you can be reached if we have any questions

For registration, info, and questions for the shuttle bus – call 206-684-3406 (Martha Winther)

Southeast/Central:

  • Rainier Beach Pick up time: 9:05 am – Registered riders told to be at RBCC no later than 8:55 am
  • Rainier Pick up time: 9:20 am – Registered riders told to be at Rainier no later than 9:10 am
  • Yesler Pick up time: 9:40 am – Registered riders told to be at Yesler no later than 9:30 am
  • Garfield Pick up time: 9:55 am – Registered riders told to be at Garfield no later than 9:45 am

Arrive at Magnuson approximately 10:30 am

Bus returns for 2nd pick up: (if necessary)

  • Rainier Beach Pick up time: 11:30 am – Registered riders told to be at RBCC no later than 11:20 am
  • Rainier Pick up time: 11:45 am – Registered riders will told to be at Rainier no later than 11:35 am
  • Yesler Pick up time: 12:05 pm – Registered riders told to be at Yesler no later than 11:55 am
  • Garfield Pick up time: 12:20 pm – Registered riders told to be at Garfield no later than 12:10 pm

Arrive at Magnuson approximately 1:00 pm

(If driver needs a lunch break – 30 minutes available now)

Return Trip – Depart Magnuson – 1st trip – 1:45 pm

  • Garfield Approximate arrival time: 2:15 pm
  • Yesler Approximate arrival time: 2:30 pm
  • Rainier Approximate arrival time: 2:50 pm
  • Rainier Beach Approximate arrival time: 3:05 pm

2nd Return Trip Bus arrives back at Magnuson around 4:00 pm

Depart Magnuson – 2nd final trip – 4:45 pm

  • Garfield Approximate arrival time: 5:15 pm
  • Yesler Approximate arrival time: 5:30 pm
  • Rainier Approximate arrival time: 5:50 pm
  • Rainier Beach Approximate arrival time: 6:00 pm

Southwest:

  • South Park Pick up time: 9:05 am – Registered riders told to be at South Park no later than 8:55 am
  • Southwest Pick up time: 9:25 am – Registered riders told to be at Southwest no later than 9:15 am
  • Delridge Pick up time: 9:40 am – Registered riders told to be at Delridge no later than 9:30 am

Arrive at Magnuson approximately 10:15 am

Bus Returns for 2nd pick up: (if necessary)

  • South Park Pick up time: 11:15 am – Registered riders told to be at South Park no later than 11:05
  • Southwest Pick up time: 11:35 am – Registered riders told to be at Southwest no later than 11:25
  • Delridge Pick up time: 11:50 am – Registered riders told to be at Delridge no later than 11:40 am

Arrive at Magnuson approximately 12:45 pm

(If driver needs a lunch break – 1 hour available now)

Return Trip Departs Magnuson – 1st trip – 1:45 pm

  • Delridge Approximate arrival time: 2:25 pm
  • Southwest Approximate arrival time: 2:40 pm
  • South Park Approximate arrival time: 2:55 pm

2nd Return Trip Bus arrives back at Magnuson around 4:00 pm

Depart Magnuson – 2nd final trip – 4:45 pm

  • Delridge Approximate arrival time: 5:25 pm
  • Southwest Approximate arrival time: 5:40 pm
  • South Park Approximate arrival time: 5:55 pm
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Sustainable West Seattle @ Farmers Market

Visit the Sustainable West Seattle booth at the West Seattle Farmers Market.  We’re here to help you with your questions about being more sustainable, about being a bit more green, and we’re here to take your left-over or under-used tools for the West Seattle Tool Library.

Look for us along the alley next to Key Bank.  We’re tabling at the Farmers Market roughly every other Sunday – working with the Farmers Market Alliance folks to keep a non-profit and green presence in the Market area.

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Alki Community Picnic and Music-in-the-Park

Join your neighbors at the Alki Community Center as they host an evening of kid-friendly activities, including a very kid-friendly music act for their Community Picnic and Music in the Park at the Alki Playfield – just south of “Whale Tale” Park one block off the beach in Alki.  Ten dollar bike helmets will be available for sale just in time for school so come on down.

The band - Board of Education - will play at the Alki Picnic.

Bring your family and friends to meet your neighbors at the Alki Community Center’s Community Picnic and Music in the Park event starting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31.

All you need is a lawn chair or a picnic blanket to place on the grass as you enjoy live music and food at Alki Playfield, 5817 SW Stevens St. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the local food bank.

Alki Community Center will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, macaroni salad, chips, and lemonade. The music group “The Board of Education” will be the featured live band for the evening; music starts at 6 p.m. There will be a bouncehouse and music to keep the kids entertained. This is an alcohol free event.

Note: Volunteers are needed to help serve food and help with kids’ activities, so please call Alki Community Center at 206-684-7430.

At the event, bike helmets will be for sale for $10 each. This is a great opportunity get your child ready for the school. Adult size helmets will be available too.

Sustainable Design Stormwater Management Course

The Northwest Environmental Training Center is offering a course on
Low Impact Development: Stormwater Management for Sustainable Design and Water Efficiency,” Wednesday, September 8, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at Antioch University near Seattle Center.

This course provides an overview of low-impact development approaches and resources for building industry professionals. Low Impact Development (LID) is an alternative, systems-level approach to conventional stormwater management. Critical for the Pacific Northwest where water quality and salmon habitat protection are key issues, LID offers opportunities for sustainable site design and water efficiency.

Course Topics:

  • What is LID?
  • Benefits of LID
  • Northwest Storm Water Issues
  • Salmon Habitat Effects
  • Bio-Retention and Rain Gardens
  • Tree Box Filters
  • Green Streets
  • Rainwater Capture
  • Green Roofs
  • Permeable Pavers
  • Soil Amendments
  • Green Infrastructure
  • EPA LID Guidelines
  • LID Case Studies
  • Cost Reduction through LID
  • LID Tools and Resources

The intended audience for the course includes:

  • Environmental Professionals
  • Landscape Architects
  • Architects
  • Facility Managers
  • Those who are interested in incorporating LID into existing site

Registration for the course is : $250/*$200 (*reduced tuition is available to employees of Native American tribes, government agencies; and nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, and NWAEP members).

You may register by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 206-762-1976, or online at this link https://www.nwetc.org/registration_process/reg_gbs-301_09-10_seattle/registration.htm.

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Walk & Talk of ‘The Triangle’ in West Seattle

Join Seattle Councilmember Rasmussen for a Walk & Talk of ‘The Triangle’ in West Seattle.

Join FeetFirst for their next Walk & Talk here in West Seattle!

Take a short walk and learn how walking and transit are becoming a key part of supporting health and economy of this area. This Triangle is in the heart of the West Seattle peninsula and soon will be home to West Seattle’s first Bus Rapid Ride network. Find out how the City of Seattle is creating a more pedestrian friendly future, which retains locally-owned small businesses. Senior Planner, Susan McLain from Department of Planning and Development  will be on hand to answer your questions.

The Walk & Talk will follow with an evening deck reception overlooking the Puget Sound at a local sustainable urban farm in West Seattle that will feature a 4.2kW Solar PV system from Solar Epiphany, backyard chickens, a 1,500gallon rainwater catchment system, and more!
WHAT:Feet First Walk & Talk of ‘The Triangle’ in West Seattle
WHERE: Rotary Viewpoint Park (35th and Alaska)
COST:  Feet First members $10 and  non-members $15
RSVP:  Please reserve your spot today by emailing ayaka@feetfirst.info