Re-discover Seattle’s Trail System on National Trails Day, Help Restore

seattle trails dayRe-discover Seattle’ trail system on National Trails Day, June 7.

The first Saturday in June is traditionally an excellent weather day in Seattle and a perfect time to discover, celebrate, and learn about trails in the city as part of National Trails Day.  This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation, together with community partners such as the Student Conservation Association, are coming together to raise awareness around trails and to restore and maintain them.

“National Trails Day is a time for Seattle to celebrate and enjoy their trails by engaging the public in not only the recreation side of trails, but also restoration,” said Parks Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams. “With more than 100 miles of trail in the city, there is always some place for you to explore. Our trails are enjoyed by all for everything from forest restoration, transportation short-cuts between neighborhoods, and plain old walks in the park.”

Seattle Parks and Recreation will celebrate National Trails Day with restoration projects at the following parks on Saturday, June 7th:

Parks is also encouraging Seattleite’s to get out in the parks and explore the trails in their neighborhood park and tell others by using the hashtag:  #SEATRAILS on Twitter.

TO REGISTER & VOLUNTEER:

 

Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board Accepting Applications for New 2-Year Members

bikesThe Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board (SBAB) is accepting applications for new members to advise the City on the concerns and needs of the growing bicycling community. The volunteer board, which was created by Seattle City Council in 1977, plays an influential role in implementing the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Current members represent all types of cyclists and skill levels, from casual weekend riders to year-round commuters.  Members must be Seattle residents and may not be city employees. The board meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Seattle City Hall, 5th Ave. & James St. downtown, in the Boards and Commissions Room, L280.

Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council are committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, youths, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by June 6th to walkandbike@seattle.gov with “SBAB” in the subject line. Interested persons without internet access may call 206-684-7583.

To learn more about the board or join the mailing list for agendas and other board updates, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/sbab/default.htm.

City Funds Available To Support ‘Night Out’ Activities, Apply for Grants Online

Seattle Night Out logoThe City wants you to know that funds are available to neighborhoods to support Night Out 2014 activities.  The Small Sparks Fund provides matching funds to support community engagement, the deadline to apply is June 23.

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the 30th Annual Night Out on August 5, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event and activities.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 23 at 5:00 pm, but you must register on the Department’s  web-based application system before June 20 to apply.

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round with no date deadline.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.

West Seattle Transportation Coalition: How Would You Would Fund Buses?

RR C @ Fauntleroy FerryThe West Seattle Transportation Coalition has launched a funding poll in response to city plans to provide additional funding to King County Metro to support Seattle bus routes.

There have been heated debates discussing funding sources for Metro and WSTC wanted to see what the public wants. Please take the very short survey:

http://www.westseattletc.org/metro-funding-poll-may-2014

On May 13, 2014 in response to King County Proposition 1 failing countywide, but passing inside of the City by 66% in favor, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his funding proposal for preserving King County Metro bus services inside of the city only (details here on Murray’s website). Prior to this announcement, another, now suspended, ballot initiative was filed by the group Keep Seattle Moving. The core funding differences for the plans are as follows:

  • Murray plan: $60 car tab fee and a 0.01% sales tax.
  • Keep Seattle Moving plan: $0.22 per $1000 of value property tax.

Results of the WSTC poll will be forwarded to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council.  There are no selections for “other,” nor are there selections for charging developers impact fees or for raising bus fares.

KC Waste Division Produces Eco-Videos Featuring Seattle-area Icons

KC ecoconsumerKing County Solid Waste Division has a new program for eco-awareness.

What happens when you ask local celebrities to film their own videos about how to protect the environment? Tom Watson, the EcoConsumer, decided to find out.

The results – featuring well-known Puget Sound icons from award-winning chefs to sports stars to musicians – are a quirky, funny, heartwarming display of how small steps to care for the planet can have an impact on all of us.

See both videos, Why Do You Care About the Environment and Our Climate: One Goal, Many Solutions, at KCecoconsumer.com.

Here’s some quick links (twitter friendly)

  • We’ve only got one Earth, so take a couple minutes to think about why you care – http://youtu.be/hDwTeA-LUfw
  • King County asked a few well-known residents what they do in their everyday lives for the environment. Check it out, you’ll be surprised by how many different actions you can take – http://youtu.be/0823Fiw8XlU

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City Hosting Neighborhood Workshops for Budget Review & Priorities; Councilmembers Want Your Area’s Input

DistrictsMapNick Licata, the City Council Chair of the Budget Committee has set up a series of Community Budget Workshops to help the City Council develop priorities for the 2015 – 2016 budget. The Council will hold four public meetings in different communities throughout Seattle from May 6 to May 14. All meetings are from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Holding the meetings during the Spring allows the Councilmembers to take the information and encourage the Mayor to include it in the budget he proposes back to the City Council in September.

Each meeting will have a dual focus. First, there will be a focus on the budgets of specific departments (see below).  In addition, Councilmembers are inviting comments on whether your neighborhood has specific needs and priorities. City government will transition to having seven district Councilmembers in 2016, see recently completed official districts map.

After brief presentations of each department’s budget, constituents will have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions with Councilmembers, and to list their priorities for the featured departments. The summaries of those priorities will be reported to those attending the Community Budget Workshops. Each meeting will have three Councilmembers in attendance.

If you have any questions, please contact Nick Licata staffer Newell Aldrich at newell.aldrich@seattle.gov.

  • May 6, Tuesday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Departments include Human Services/Housing/Economic Development
  • Location is the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, Multipurpose Room (Columbia City)

 

  • May 7, Wednesday,  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Departments include Transportation/Land Use
  • Location is the Garfield Community Center, 23rd and Cherry, Multipurpose Room (Central
  • District)

 

  • May 8, Thursday,  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Departments include Parks/Neighborhoods/Libraries/Arts
  • Location is the University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way NE, Room 209 (University District)

 

  • May 14, Wednesday,  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Departments include Public Safety/Civil Rights
  • Location is the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Room 111 (Delridge)