Delridge Skatepark Dedication & Delridge Days Celebration

Seattle Parks and Recreation, North Delridge Neighborhood Council and the Skate Park Advisory Committee (SPAC) invite the community to the much anticipated Delridge Skatepark opening and Delridge Day celebration on September 17, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event, at 4459 Delridge Way SW, will feature demonstrations by professional skateboarders, live music by Grindline The Band, family fun and community food booths.

“The Delridge community showed strong support for a skatepark during our citywide skatepark planning process in 2006. Their involvement and commitment helped us allocate the resources for this great park,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Seattle Parks Superintendent. “This skatepark is just one of the many Levy funded projects that together we have brought to this West Seattle neighborhood, and just the newest in skate facilities with others currently in design or construction.”

Local skateboarders worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Grindline Skateparks Inc. to provide input on the 13,000 square foot park design. The skatepark features a 10’ deep advanced egg bowl and a large intermediate flow bowl, with depths ranging from 4’ to 7’. Around the two bowls, a flowing street course meanders through the large trees on the site. Grindline Skatepark Inc. designed the park to integrate with the existing Delridge Playfield and take advantage of the shade provided by the trees. A new picnic area on the north side of the park provides great viewpoints into the skatepark.

SPAC Project Lead Matthew Lee Johnston commented, “It’s awesome to have Grindline Skateparks, an international leader in skatepark design and construction, build an amazing park in their own community. We’re ecstatic that Delridge Skatepark is complete and that the City acknowledges skateboarding’s popularity by providing skateboarders with a safe and accessible place to recreate.”

Teens from the Service Board are putting their stamp on the skatepark through a glass mosaic mural on the benches overlooking the park. Working with artist Pat Davidson, neighborhood youth created artwork that represents the region and their community.

During the opening event, Skate Like A Girl Youth Employment Skateboarding Program will offer free skateboard lessons at 11 a.m., followed by the official ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. “Emerald Concrete,” a 30 minute documentary created this summer by the RecTech Youth Media Corps, will show in the Delridge Community Center. The documentary tells the story surrounding the building of a world-class skatepark on site at Delridge Community Center. This video documentary is a first effort for our interns and represents hours of hands-on learning, hard work and thoughtful story-telling.

Parks is working on completing a number of skatepark projects throughout Seattle. Jefferson Park Skatepark will be finished by the end of the year. Hubbard Homestead Skatespot will be completed in spring 2012. Parks is in the planning and design phase for three additional skate areas, Roxhill and Judkins Skatespots and Benefit Park Skatedot.

For more information, please contact Parks Project Manager Kelly Davidson at 206-684-09980 or or visit

For more information on the Service Board, please visit and for additional information on Skate Like A Girl Youth Employment Skateboarding visit And for information on Rec Tech, please go to

City Light’s New Community Solar Program Open to All SCL Users

Seattle City Light has a new program which is open to any SCL customer.

You are invited to help build Community Solar today!

How can one person help build a sustainable energy future? Seattle City Light is inviting you to make that difference today — by becoming a Founding Member of Seattle’s first Community Solar project.

Community Solar is an innovative, shared resource approach for using clean, renewable solar energy for power.

As a Founding Member of Seattle Community Solar, you will help fund a landmark solar project this fall — a series of three new solar picnic shelters at Jefferson Park in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The picnic shelters will feature roofs constructed of Washington-made solar panels, supporting local green jobs.

How much does it cost?

The Community Solar project is made up of 500 solar units. Each unit has a one-time, upfront cost of $600. Customers may purchase a maximum of two units. Each solar unit is estimated to produce 50 kWh of electricity per year through the June 2020 program end date.

What benefits will I receive as a Founding Member?

Who can participate?

Everyone! All Seattle City Light customers may participate.  Enrollment is easy. Simply complete and return the linked two page application form with a check or credit card information (you do not need your City Light number, we can look it up). If you have questions, check the FAQ at or give our expert a call directly at 206-684-3954.

Continue Bike Momentum in White Center, Volunteer to Fix Bikes

The mission to increase cycling in White Center got a great kick-off at the Tunes & Tune-ups Greenbridge Plaza Event on August 24.  And, we need you to keep the momentum going. Justin Cline at Full Tilt Ice Cream will open his doors so that we can repair more neighborhood bikes this Sunday, September 11th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Won’t you please come and wrench for an hour or two?

For more information contact Ellie Weiss, Bike White Center, phone 206-860-1432.

Small & Simple Grant Assistance for Disaster Preparedness

The Department of Neighborhoods is hosting two workshops where you will learn

  • How to use the Neighborhood Matching Fund to help you organize your neighborhood;
  • About resources available for preparedness training and supplies;
  • How to develop a competitive proposal for any NMF eligible project.

The Small and Simple fund application deadline is October 17.  The workshops will be held on September 13 at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Avenue NW, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and on September 15 at the 2100 Building located at 2100 24th Avenue South in the Mt. Baker/Central neighborhood (between MLK and Rainier just south of where 23rd and Rainier cross).

Each of the workshops will have individuals who have been involved in matching fund grant applications for emergency preparedness who can provide tutoring and help answer questions from attendees.

Monthly Forum: Sustainable Alternatives To Growth Economics

The Sustainable West Seattle Monthly Forum for September features a panel discussion about Sustainable Alternatives to Growth Economics.

We will be meeting Monday, September 19, at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center‘s theater auditorium, on Delridge Way SW (see map below if not familiar).  The forum starts at 7:00 pm and runs through 9:00 pm.  Come early and bring a snack or fruit and socialize with other SWS members.

The last decade has shown that a growing economy isn’t always a healthy economy. Join SWS for an evening of exploring some great alternatives to an economy focused solely on growth. Read more

Native Plant Society Fall Native Bulb, Seed & Plant Sale

The Central Puget Sound Chapter of Washington Native Plant Society will hold its annual fall Native Bulb, Seed and Plant Sale in Building 30 at Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th Street, Seattle, on October 1.

The fall sale features camas and other lily bulbs, a big selection of native seeds, and potted trees, shrubs, perennials and bare root material (if it is available). A list of plant species will be posted at

Native plant experts will be on hand to advise shoppers about the right plants for their particular site. Books about Pacific Northwest native plants and ecology as well greeting cards with a botanical theme will also be sold.

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Solar Washington: Status of Solar Energy Technologies

The September Solar Washington Meeting will happen Monday September 12, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Seattle REI, 222 Yale Ave N.

This month’s topic is

  • Status of Solar Energy Technologies: an overview of applied technologies in Washington. And what is it that we can expect to see in the next five years?

Technologies are continually changing, and this is particularly the case for solar energy. Whether you work in the solar industry or are merely curious, it is important to keep track of what is happening. The challenge has often been to separate what can be expected to be applied, and what is merely media “noise.”

To bring clarity to this important issue, Solar Washington is proud to present Dr. Hugh Hillhouse, Rehnberg Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering & The Institute of Molecular Engineering and Science from the University of Washington.

Professor Hillhouse will discuss the current state of commercial solar technologies, and what emerging technologies we may see in Washington within five years. He will also give an overview as to what is happening in this important research at the University of Washington. We are expecting a lot a questions from the audience, and time will be reserved for this following his presentation.

In addition, we will hear the latest from iTek Energy regarding the availability of their Made-in-Washington solar module and inverter development (see annoucement below), as well as from the City of Seattle on a small business loan program.[mappress mapid=”424″]

Sustainable West Seattle takes on Tox-Ick!

Come by the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Saturday September 24, between 10:00 am and 11:00 and leave with one of several prizes worth several hundred dollars which will be distributed at this presentation.   You can also stop by the West Seattle Tool Library on your way to or from the presentation!

The “Don’t Feed The Tox-Ick Monster” talk and workshop is Septemeber 24th, 10:00 am to 11:00 am , at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, located at 4408 Delridge Way SW, across the street from Delridge Playground and Community Center (and the new skate park).

The prizes consist of

  • water cisterns;
  • landscape design service;
  • car wash gift certificates;
  • oil changes;
  • bus passes, and more!

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