GreenLIfe Applications Now Available for West Seattle Summer Fest July 12-14

GreenLife-Logo-SquareSustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association are pleased to announce that the application for the 2013 GreenLife section of West Seattle Summer Fest is now available online.

Summer Fest is West Seattle’s three-day street festival and GreenLife is a special section of the festival focusing on sustainability and environmentally-friendly approaches with presentations, for-profit and non-profit booths and representatives, and live urban farm animals.  This year’s Summer Fest and GreenLIfe are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 12, 13 and 14.

The GreenLife application requires a $20 application fee. The fee for a non-profit is $75 for all three days.  The fee for a for-profit is $250 for all three days. The application deadline is May 15th, but we usually fill up prior to this date so get your application in early.

Click on the GreenLIfe logo to see a listing of last year’s presentations on the GreenLife stage.

If you are not able to table for all three days, but are interested in tabling for a day or a half-day, please let SWS know.  We have two tables available for groups that can only table for part of the festival.  The fee is $25 per day.

For more information contact Christina Hahs at To download the application form go to

Seattle Parks Future Embodied in “Parks Legacy Plan,” Public Invited to Comment

Parks Legacy BannerSeattle Parks and Recreation would like to share the first draft of what they’re calling the Parks Legacy Plan, and to invite the public to come to one of the six public meetings planned in May to talk about the services Parks and Rec provides, how efficiently you think Parks and Rec deploys their resources, and your thoughts on the future of the parks system.

The draft plan is available online here: and the schedule of meetings is below. If you can’t come to one of the meetings, Parks and Rec would very much like to hear from you by email at

Scheduled Parks Legacy Plan Meetings

Tuesday, May 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Seattle Parks and Recreation Administration Building
100 Dexter Ave. N

Wednesday, May 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Green Lake Community Center
7201 E Green Lake Dr. N

Monday, May 13 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave. NE

Thursday, May 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Jefferson Community Center
3801 Beacon Ave. S

Tuesday, May 21 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Dakota Place Park Building
4304 SW Dakota St.

Wednesday, May 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
South Shore K-8 School
4800 S Henderson St.

What is the Parks Legacy Plan?

Seattle Parks and Recreation is embarking on a planning process to develop a strategic direction for the future. Questions to be addressed include:

  • Are our resources deployed in the most effective manner?
  • What is the public view of our park system?
  • What are the basic services Parks provides?

The first phase of the plan is the development of shared Vision, Mission and Values statements.

The second phase of the plan is a programmatic review, telling the story of Parks and Recreation:

  • What we do
  • Who we serve
  • How we are funded

An analysis on national, regional and local recreation trends has been completed, along with a citywide survey which gathered information on how our park system is used, frequency of use and park users’ concerns.

Phase three will be a look to the future that provides a framework for a sustainable parks and recreation system.


In 2009, Parks and Recreation concluded a strategic planning process with the publication of the Strategic Action Plan, a five-year ‘to do’ list which provided direction for stewardship of the park system. Many of the Strategic Action Plan tasks have been accomplished, while others have been delayed due to the economic recession. Five working teams continue to work on implementation. The Parks Legacy Plan will be an update of the 2009 Plan, with a focus on data collection and analysis. The 2009 plan is available here.

Next Steps 2013 – 2014

Where do we go from here? A series of public meetings and meetings with park maintenance, planning and recreation staff will provide a forum for discussing the questions posed in this report. That discussion will provide the basis for the next phase, which will include recommendations for steps that need to be taken to preserve the Parks Legacy. Those recommendations will include more efficiencies, identify additional partnerships, suggest funding priorities, and other steps forward.

  • April 8, Draft Parks Legacy Plan released for public comment and posted on Parks website
  • April 8 – May 22, Parks Staff input and discussion
  • May 7 – May 22, Public Outreach Meetings – Public comment taken via e-mail, snail mail, at public meetings, and through Facebook posts
  • June, Draft 2 Parks Legacy Plan released with proposed recommendations
  • June – November, Prepare Final Parks Legacy Plan
  • December, Presentations to City Council

SWS June Forum: Walk Longfellow Creek Watershed & Learn About Wetlands, Wildlife, Restoration & Development

Dragonfly PavilionJoin Sustainable West Seattle for an urban hike through one of Seattle’s most beautiful watershed environments. The Longfellow Creek Watershed drains almost 3000 acres of West Seattle, and is one of only four waterways left in Seattle which flows freely year-round.

Sustainable West Seattle’s June Community Hike meets at 6:30 pm on Monday, June 17, at the corner of 26th Avenue SW and SW Yancy St.  This is one block west of Delridge Way SW and one block south of SW Andover.

While walking the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, you will see wetlands, native meadows, conifer forests, a beaver dam, and large-scale public art installations. As we follow the trail we will see areas highly modified by development, effects of polluted runoff from rain, restoration efforts along the creek, and sites featuring low impact development/green infrastructure techniques (such as raingardens). This walk will help demonstrate how Seattle residents’ everyday activities can impact the natural environment in their own backyards, and what you can do to help preserve the health of our urban watersheds.

The Watershed Walk is co-sponsored by Sustainable West Seattle and the King Conservation District.

Volunteers who wish to help shepherd the group along the walk should  show 6:00 pm.

Access to the area by Metro bus is via routes 50, 120 and 125.  Each of these has a stop within one or two blocks of the meeting point. There is also plenty of street parking, and signs or trees for locking bikes.


Know Your Neighborhood? Feet First Invites You To Lead Urban Walks

Solstice Park WalkFeet First is inviting anyone in Seattle to participate in a fun and educational walk involving exploring neighborhoods, discussing city planning and what a walkable neighborhood is, and meeting new neighbors.

Become a part of Jane’s Walk Seattle May 4th and 5th!

Jane’s Walk is a series of conversational walking tours inspired by urban thinker Jane Jacobs, that helps put people in touch with where they live and with each other. It bridges social and geographic gaps, creating a space for cities to discover themselves. Last year 17 countries and 85 cities participated.

Anyone can lead a walk. Do you have a story to tell? Do you know your neighborhood like the back of your hand? Perhaps you’re a newcomer and can share your experience of learning about your new city? Do you have an idea for a fun, informative, unusual way of looking at cities and neighborhoods? You could lead a Jane’s Walk! 

There are only two rules:

  • Walks should be taken and given for free, and
  • They should be walking conversations.

The rest is entirely up to the walkers, and the conversation topics are as varied as the people taking part, from art and architecture to potholes and shortcuts and from video surveillance to the urban forest: anything that helps you and others better understand our cities and neighborhoods as places and spaces.

Want to lead a walk? Feet First will help promote your walk locally. Contact Jillian Witt at

About Feet First 

Since 2001, Feet First has worked to ensure that all communities in Washington are walkable. Feet First helps people take steps that create better places to live, learn, shop, work and play—a world that cares about health, community and design. One of the many ways Feet First engages with residents in walkable communities is through events that promote informative and engaging conversations about walkability in our communities. For more information about Feet First, visit their website For more information on Jane’s Walk International visit

Alki Summer Streets Is Back! Apply for slot by April 18, Have Fun on Beach

Alki Summer Streets SkaterAlki Summer Streets is back! This free event opens the city’s largest public space –  its streets – so people can walk, bike, roll, run, skip and shop – without having to watch out for cars! Expect TONS of fun activities for people of all ages. As in the past, Summer Streets is partnering with the West Seattle High School PTSA 5K Run/Walk.

Flying Skater photo courtesy West Seattle Herald – Patrick Robinson photographer.

Alki Avenue SW will be closed to traffic for the festival from 63rd Avenue SW to 56th Avenue SW from 11:00 am through 5:00 pm.  Alki Avenue SW will be closed from Armeni Boat Launch through 63rd Avenue SW between 9:00 am through 11:00 am.

Get Involved. Sign up to participate on the Summer Streets web site by April 18 to ensure a spot and get on our activity map. The neighborhood is looking forward to the event. Host an activity, promote a special sale and expose your organization to thousands of neighbors!

Summer Streets fosters civic pride and represent investments in Seattle’s vitality, livability and diversity. Show you care about your neighborhood and engage thousands of fellow Seattleites during this fantastic Sunday party. If you have participated before, you know how fun and rewarding Summer Streets is, and you’re invited back to come and play.

Follow Summer Streets on Facebook to get the latest scoop and see videos and pictures of past events. Email questions to

Thanks from all of us at Summer Streets. We look forward to seeing you in Alki! 

Help Create New, Sustainable Organic Community Garden @ Westcrest Park

Westcrest P-Patch Image1Join Sustainable West Seattle on Saturday, May 18, between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the new Westcrest P-Patch.  SWS members and members of the Westcrest P-Patch will be taking knowledge learned from the past two Successful Gardening with Nature forums and applying that knowledge to creating a new permaculture-oriented community garden, the produce of which will go directly to the White Center Food Bank.

The project is called Presto Garden and is possible through donations from community members and volunteer time from SWS members, from Westcrest P-Patch members, and from White Center Food Bank volunteers.

The community is pulling together to create a permanent vegetable garden to grow healthy, organic food for the White Center Food Bank.  Fresh local produce is of great benefit for the White Center Food Bank and is one of the food staples which is the most difficult to get and keep stocked.  An essential component of social justice is healthy food for everyone and that’s one of the goals for this project. Another goal is to create a new community of local, Westcrest P-Patch-based organic farmers who use the techniques which have been part of the Spring forum series held at the South Seattle Community College’s Horticulture Center.

The Presto Garden fulfills many of Sustainable West Seattle’s mission objectives, including:

  • Social Justice – providing healthy food for everyone in the community goes a long way toward equity;
  • Building Community – bringing together volunteers, non-profits and businesses to create a garden that produces organic vegetables, fruits and herbs for the White Center Food Bank;
  • Sustainability – growing food locally for our community is a sustainable activity.

Come join the fun and learn how to do organic gardens for yourself.  There will be refreshments at the Saturday preparation and planting party.

The following donations are being made to help complete the garden in a single day:

Seattle Sustainability Office Seeks Community Groups for Climate-Reducing Projects, Has $10K Grants Available

SeaCAPThe Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment is awarding 4 to 6 contracts for community groups and neighborhood organizations for projects that engage the community in reducing climate impacts.

They are interested in supporting efforts that will help people reduce the climate impacts of personal and household choices in one of the categories listed below. Proposals accepted for projects with a budget of $10,000 or less.

  • In Your Home -There are plenty of ways beyond lightbulbs to save energy in your home.
  • Getting There – The trip can be half the fun if you opt out of a car for short trips!
  • Eating – A climate-friendly diet is actually a healthier diet for you and your family!
  • Buying Stuff – Most people agree that more stuff doesn’t mean more happiness. What makes you happy?

The Proposal Deadline is Monday, April 22, (Earth Day!), at 5:00 pm.

Successful proposals will meet the following criteria:

  • Project fosters climate-friendly purchasing, transportation or home energy choices;
  • Project identifies a clear target audience, objective, and outcomes;
  • Project decreases greenhouse gas emissions for an individual or a household;
  • Project incorporates a means to measure success.

Keys to a successful grant application are available by clicking here. Additional consideration given to projects that engage a historically under-represented population.

The Proposal Application Form is available at as a Word Document by clicking here.

A Printable Description of the Community Climate Grant Program is available by clicking here.

For questions contact Sara Wysocki, by phone at 206-233-7014 or by email at


April Forum: Successful Gardening with Nature II – Designing Perfect Garden

Sustainable West Seattle’s April Forum, a continuation of our Spring series “Successful Gardening with Nature,” will be on Monday, April 15, at the West Seattle Community Orchard.  This time we’re looking at  “Designing the Perfect Garden.”

Before you start planting, start planning, it’s as simple as that. Successful food gardens are well planned to take advantage of natural features such as sun and shade as well as structural features like walls, concrete and fences. From pathways to the kitchen a good plan benefits plant to plant interaction, pest control, aesthetics, and ease of gardening.

  • Where:
    • West Seattle Community Orchard, South Seattle Community College;
  • When:
    • 6:00 pm Meet and Greet, SWS announcements;
    • 6:15 to 6:55 pm, Tour the Orchard with Q & A regarding the orchard plan;
    • 7:00 to 8:00 pm,  Food from local gardens and drink will be served, followed by a power point presentation with local gardens being shown as well as permaculture design principles being described. The 3 dimensional garden will be described.

Come and enjoy the company of fellow gardeners and learn perhaps some new tricks.

Become Native Plant Steward, Training Offered To Help Restore Forests

Green Seattle Partnership logo

Want to help restore Seattle’s tree cover? the Washington Native Plant Society is partnering to provide free Native Plant Stewardship Training this Spring.

Become a WNPS Native Plant Steward and help restore Seattle’s forested parks! the Washington Native Plant Society, King Conservation District, and the Green Seattle Partnership are offering free stewardshiptraining this spring.  The series is at Pritchard Beach Park in Rainier Beach and the Parks shop on Beacon Hill.

Sign up now online at the WNPS site. Applications are due April 8. Or, contact Joy Wood, WNPS Stewardship Coordinator at  For more information contact Joy via email or leave a message at 206-527-3210.

The goal of the 2013 program is to provide advanced training in forest restoration that will prepare current and new WNPS/GSP Forest Stewards to contribute a major role in helping Seattle Parks restore 2,500 acres of park urban forests by 2025.

More information and details including a class schedule