Draft Shoreline Restoration Plan Released for Comment

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is pleased to announce the release of the draft Shoreline Restoration Plan.

The Restoration Plan can be accessed at this link.

Written comments on the plan are welcomed and encouraged. The comment period lasts through Friday, February 10, 2012. Please send your written comments to Margaret Glowacki at margaret.glowacki@seattle.gov or via US Mail at: Margaret Glowacki, City of Seattle – DPD, 700 Fifth Ave. Suite 2000, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019

To request a CD of the draft Restoration Plan, please contact Maggie Glowacki by email or phone 206-386-4036.

For general information about the SMP update please visit the following website:



Tool Library Offers “Make-It” Workshop Series

This winter, The West Seattle Tool Library is offering The Make-It Workshop Series, exploring a wide variety of unique crafts from beer brewing to beekeeping.  Register for classes online (because they fill up fast) at: http://www.meetup.com/WSToolLibrary


Introduction to Beer Brewing
Tuesday, January 10th, 7-9 PM
Learn how to prepare your own beer!  Participants will be introduced to all the necessary brewing equipment while learning how to prepare the mash, cook it, add flavors, and complete the brewing process.
Instructor: Micah Summers
Cost: $20

Introduction to Indoor Winter Gardening
Monday, January 16th, 7-9 PM
There’s no reason to let the cold weather stop your veggie gardening.  Learn how to grow an indoor winter garden quickly and easily, as well as how to get things started for the spring ahead.   
Instructor: Christina Hahs
Cost: $20 plus $5 for materials


Introduction to Beekeeping
Tuesday, January 24th, 7-9 PM
There a lot of buzz around bees these days.  This class will cover basic beekeeping tools and equipment, local laws, getting started, basic hive management, and processing the harvest.
Instructor: Brian Allen
Cost: $20



Power Tools 101
Tuesday, January 31st, 7-9 PM
Learn the basics of using small powertools such as circular saws, jigsaws, powerdrills, impact drivers, nail guns, and miter saws.  During the class, you’ll demonstrate what you’ve learned by building a take-home, cedar planter box.
Instructor: Amy Ecklund
Cost: $20 + $5 for materials

Help Nature Consortium Restore West Duwamish Greenbelt

The Nature Consortium is continuing their work in the West Duwamish Greenbelt removing invasive species and planting native species every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm throughout the year. They are always in need of volunteers.

To help out, keep this schedule in your calendar:

  • What: Urban Forest Restoration in the West Duwamish Greenbelt
  • When: Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Where: West Duwamish Greenbelt in West Seattle

Located in West Seattle near the Duwamish River, the West Duwamish Greenbelt is the largest contiguous forest in Seattle, stretching from West Seattle to Burien.

Nature Consortium hosts volunteer work parties year round several times per week. Currently they are working Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the West Duwamish Greenbelt located in West Seattle. Each work party begins with a short informal forest ecology workshop, and then the remainder of the time is spent performing various restoration activities, including planting native trees and shrubs, removing invasive species, mulching previously-planted areas, and more.

Musicians perform for volunteers at many of the restoration work parties. The Nature Consortium volunteers work rain or shine, so dress appropriately with long pants, warm and dry layers, closed toed shoes and rain gear as needed. Nature Consortium provides gloves, tools, a light granola bar snack (feel free to bring a lunch) and a jug of water. Please bring a refillable water bottle. Head to Nature Consortium’s website, www.naturec.org, to sign up online to volunteer.

If you need any other information about our volunteer opportunities, contact Philip Pantaleo, Restoration Project Assistant, Nature Consortium, 4408 Delridge Way SW #107, phone 206-923-0853, or email philip@naturec.org.


Solar Washington January Meeting @ Shoreline CC

Solar Washington will hold it’s  January meeting from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Monday, January 9, at  Shoreline Community College, Room 2925 (in the 2500 Building).  Shoreline CC is at 16101 Greenwood Ave. North, Shoreline.  Solar Washington will NOT meet at REI this month.

The January meeting topic is “Solar in Washington State: 2011 Recap and Looking Foward to 2012.”

2011 was an important year for solar in Washington State, with a new manufacturer, new products, and declining prices. Solar Washington has assembled experts to inform you just what kind of year 2011 really was, and what can expected in 2012.

Parking permits are required at night. They are $3.00 for 4 hours. There is also free parking on Annis Arden Way just east of the main gate.

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Community Centers Get Realigned, Have New Hours

Seattle Parks and Recreation has announced new Community Center and teen programming hours for 2012 and, following significant discussion throughout the last year, also announced that a tiered system will replace the traditional Community Center model.

In response to challenging budgets and a directive from City Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation spent 2011 meeting with community stakeholders and staff to develop a new plan for operating community centers in 2012. That work has resulted in a new tiered system for operating community centers that reduces operating costs, while maintaining essential services.

In the new system, community centers are grouped into five geographic areas of five centers each. They are managed and programmed in a coordinated fashion. The new system partially or fully restores the current limited use sites. Five limited use sites were established in 2011, which involved a significant drop in public operating hours. The new tiered system for 2012 saves approximately $1.23 million in the 2012 budget.

The tiered system is as follows. Click here for the new hours.

Southeast Tier Community Centers

  • Jefferson
  • Rainier
  • International District/Chinatown
  • Van Asselt
  • Rainier Beach (closed for renovation in 2012)

Southwest Tier Community Centers

  • High Point
  • Delridge
  • Hiawatha
  • South Park
  • Alki
  • Southwest is now a Teen Life Center only; the Southwest Department of Neighborhoods Service Center will be relocated to this center

Central Tier Community Centers

  • Garfield
  • Montlake
  • Queen Anne
  • Yesler
  • Miller

Northeast Tier Community Centers

  • Meadowbrook
  • Northgate
  • Ravenna-Eckstein
  • Laurelhurst
  • Magnuson

Northwest Tier Community Centers

  • Bitter Lake
  • Loyal Heights
  • Green Lake
  • Ballard
  • Magnolia

Hours for Teen Life Centers and Late Night Programs have also changed to address 2012 program funding, ensure programs are held when teens are out of school, add Saturday hours and sustain a 46% increase in Teen Life Center participation.

New hours can be found online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/operations.htm


In January 2011, Seattle Parks and Recreation convened a Community Center Advisory Team, consisting of community members, representatives from the Board of Park Commissioners, representatives of employee unions, employees, the Associated Recreation Council, and City Council and City Budget Office staff. The team met throughout the spring to discuss options for moving forward.

They recommended nine possible options. After taking the nine options to the public via community meetings and an online survey, the tiered geographic recommendation floated to the top.

Then, Parks staff held 27 public meetings to hear from communities about what activities and hours they would like to see at their nearest community center. The results of those meetings helped inform the new operating hours.

City Council approved the new tiered operating model in its 2012 budget.

Library Hosting Public Forums To Solicit Enhancement Ideas

The Seattle Public Library will hold three community meetings in January to discuss improving Library services. The meetings will focus on options for enhancing its collection of books and materials, increasing operating hours, upgrading computers and online services and improving building maintenance. Strategies for stabilizing Library funding will be reviewed.

The community meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • 10:00 am to 12:00 noon Saturday, Jan. 7, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Auditorium (206-386-4636)
  • 12:00 noon  to 2:00 pm Saturday, Jan. 14, Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S. (206-684-4711)
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday, Jan. 18, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. (206-684-4089).

“Our libraries provide essential educational resources for the residents of Seattle,” said Marcellus Turner, city librarian. “Every day we change lives – from building literacy skills at story times to providing in-depth resources and workshops for job seekers.”

At the community meetings, patrons will receive an overview of Library use and suggested options for improving customer service in the four essential service areas: collections, Library hours, computer access and building maintenance. Patrons will have an opportunity to comment on the different options, which grew out of last year’s process to develop the Library’s new Strategic Plan.

Patrons also will learn more about the Library budget and alternatives for helping stabilize funding to support Library services now and into the future. Budget reductions have resulted in resource and service cuts and a possible levy is being explored.

“With the 1998 Libraries for All building renewal program, we made sure our Library facilities were up-to-date and able to support Library programs and users,” Library Board President Marie McCaffrey said. “Now we are entering the next phase of bringing the Libraries for All vision to life – extending our reach through improved operating hours, books and materials available in different formats and expanded digital access.”

Turner and Library Board members will be present at the meetings to listen to the public. “The public drives everything we do and we want patrons to be involved in helping shape Library services, now and for the next generation,” Turner said.

For more information, visit www.spl.org and select “Libraries for All: A Plan for the Present, A Foundation for the Future,” or call 206-386-4636.

South Seattle Community College 6th Annual Health Fair

The Women’s Center at South Seattle Community College would like to invite you to take part in our upcoming 6th Annual Health Fair. The goal of the event is to provide health care resources to students on our campus and to promote sustainability.

The Health Fair will take place on Thursday, January 12th, 2011. It will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Jerry Brockey Student Center A&B (JMB A&B), located behind the bookstore. Check in time is by 10:00 am.

For more information contact the Women’s Center Commissioners, South Seattle Community College, Department of Diversity and Retention, phone: 206-934-6801, fax: 206-934-7936, and  email: ssccwomenscenter@sccd.ctc.edu.

GoGreen ’12 Seattle Sustainable Biz @ Convention Center

The GoGreen sustainable business team is back in Seattle for 2012.  The all-day seminar-event takes place Wednesday, April 25, from 8:30 am through 5:00 pm. GoGreen Seattle ’12 will take place at the Conference Center in Downtown Seattle at Eighth Avenue at Pike Street, 3rd Floor.

From the GoGreen folks, here’s their release:

It’s official. We’re back for year three in Seattle! And we’re thrilled to dig even deeper into the nitty gritty of building a truly sustainable business—whether you’re “retrofitting” or building green from the ground up. Save the Date for GoGreen ’12 Seattle: Wednesday, April 25. Get ready for a day of empowering case studies and a round of all-new, collaborative dialogue, plus straight talk from the state’s business leaders on how to enact the good, better and best of sustainable practices at your organization, without sacrificing the bottom line.

Get a jump start on your sustainability education for 2012 and register at our Go Green | Save Green rates! These rates will be available until Friday, January 5, 2012.

  • $125 GoGreen | Save Green Full Day Admission
  • $100 GoGreen | Save Green Full Day Admission for groups of 2 or more*

Check on their special Community Partner, Non-Profit and Student Rates to attend.