West Seattle Blog... » Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:02:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Crime Watch: ‘Home invasion’ robbers get away with thousands http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/police-search-in-highland-park-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/police-search-in-highland-park-3/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:52:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280282 12:52 AM: Police are searching for two people suspected in a reported ‘home invasion’ situation in Highland Park. Scanner-monitored information indicates shots were fired – with at least one casing found – but the victim was not reported injured and no medic crew has been summoned. This happened near 10th and Trenton (map); police, including a K-9 team, are looking for a woman and man who might be known to the victim. More info if/when we get it.

2:09 AM: Still no word of arrests. Robbery Unit detectives are joining the investigation.

NOON UPDATE: We’ve obtained the report from SPD. It says the victim told police he recognized the woman, by voice, as his wife, who he hasn’t (otherwise) seen in a month – both robbers, the report says, were wearing ski masks. The male robber fired two rounds, according to the victim, including one into the floor after tying him up and leaving him in the bathroom. The female robber, the victim said, demanded to know where “the money” was, and though the victim denied having any, she said she knew better, and eventually, according to the victim, they made off with $22,000 in cash.

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Update: Highland Park duplex fire, nobody hurt; caused by ‘improperly discarded smoking materials’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/another-highland-park-fire-call-7500-block-11th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/another-highland-park-fire-call-7500-block-11th-sw/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:21:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278752 (UPDATED THURSDAY with fire’s cause, damage estimate)

(WSB photo by Katie Meyer)
12:21 PM: Now there’s another fire call in Highland Park – this one for a house in the 7500 block of 11th SW (map). First crews on the scene are seeing smoke.

12:26 PM UPDATE: Fire crews say the house is fully engulfed in flames. Per scanner, they’re saying they’ve been told no one is inside. It’s a duplex and they report the fire is “knocked down.”

(This photo and next by WSB’s Christopher Boffoli)
1:10 PM UPDATE: WSB’s Katie Meyer confirms from the scene that everyone got out OK, including a cat and dog. Firefighters are still working to figure out how the fire started.

2:04 PM UPDATE: Also from the scene, WSB’s Christopher Boffoli reports that SFD plans to keep a crew there on “fire watch” in case it rekindles.

ADDED THURSDAY MORNING: SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore says the investigation determined the fire was caused by “improperly discarded smoking materials, discarded into a couch. The damage estimate is $60,000 to the structure and $10,000 to the contents.”

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Update: Industrial fire in ‘bin of metals’ in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fire-in-a-building-call-on-highland-park-way-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/fire-in-a-building-call-on-highland-park-way-sw/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:01:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278744

(Seattle Fire Department photo via Twitter)
12:01 PM: The big Seattle Fire response is for an industrial building in the 7000 block of Highland Park Way SW, near the intersection with West Marginal Way SW. SFD describes it via Twitter as a machinery fire and says all employees have been evacuated.

12:05 PM: Per scanner, the fire is declared “tapped.” The address checks to Pioneer Industries/Human Services. Firefighters are working to ventilate the building because of the smoke.

12:57 PM: SFD says the fire was “limited to a bin of metals” and that the “smoking bin” is being taken out of the building.

1:25 PM: SFD also has tweeted a picture of the aforementioned bin:

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You can help! Girls on the Run expanding to Highland Park Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/you-can-help-girls-on-the-run-expanding-to-highland-park-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/you-can-help-girls-on-the-run-expanding-to-highland-park-elementary/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:01:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276925 Even as the school year ends today, planning is under way for the next one starting in September – and that’s what this call for volunteers is all about: Girls on the Run is on its way to Highland Park Elementary for 2014-2015.

HPE is starting Girls on the Run at our school starting in the fall. Girls on the Run is an after-school program that uses the power of running to give girls the tools to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts, and activate their power!

The program is open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade girls. Both girls from HPE and from the surrounding community who do not have GOTR at their home school are encouraged to join. We are looking for volunteers to coach our girls. The commitment would be one or two times a week Starting September 29th and running through December 8th. Minimum age is 16. If interested please contact Holly Briscoe, the site liaison for HPE. hollybriscoe@hotmail.com

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Update: Police response in Highland Park starts with stolen-car crash http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/police-response-in-highland-park-starts-with-stolen-car-crash/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/police-response-in-highland-park-starts-with-stolen-car-crash/#comments Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:09:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275981

2:09 PM: If you’re noticing a heavy police presence in Highland Park right now, here’s what’s going on (per scanner, though we have a crew arriving in the area): A car reported as stolen crashed through a fence on 11th SW; at least one person ran from the car and was caught by a citizen on 12th SW. Some confusion over the latter location ensued, briefly, but has been resolved.

2:31 PM UPDATE: Adding photo of the crashed car – which, from the plate and appearance, is this one tweeted by SPD just this morning:

(No word so far whether it was stolen in WS or elsewhere.)

The suspect was taken to the Southwest Precinct.

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First Sunrise Heights/Westwood, next Highland Park? County update on roadside-raingarden (and other) possibilities http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/first-sunrise-heightswestwood-next-highland-park-county-update-on-roadside-raingarden-and-other-possibilities/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/first-sunrise-heightswestwood-next-highland-park-county-update-on-roadside-raingarden-and-other-possibilities/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:56:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275255


(Click image for full-size flyer also showing the South Park area and the explanatory legend)
With two major combined-sewer-overflow (CSO) reduction projects under way in West Seattle, the King County Wastewater Treatment District is looking ahead to its next one, in Highland Park and South Park. The most-recent HP Action Committee meeting got an update from KCWTD’s Kristine Cramer and John Phillips.

In addition to possible “roadside raingardens” along some streets in the area (highlighted above in yellow) – like the ones going into more than a dozen blocks of Sunrise Heights and Westwood – they also are looking at permeable (porous) pavement in some parts of the area, and possibly a runoff-control project using part of one of the Seattle City Light “surplus” ex-substation sites.

They were very cautious when discussing the latter, saying there’s no deal so far to buy that 13,740-square-foot site at 9th and Trenton (which City Light calls the “White Center” site, although it’s in Highland Park), and making it clear that the county would not be able to use the entire parcel, so it would have to be bought in conjunction with some kind of community partner who could.

Overall, Phillips told HPAC attendees that about 11 acres in the area are directly connected to “combined sewers,” mostly along 9th. The roadside raingardens, a possibility for the yellow-marked zone on the map above, would likely not affect much on-street parking, he said, because the road shoulder is fairly wide. The Highland Park project is intended to reduce the amount of CSO into the Duwamish River at two spots, described as “at the bottom of Highland Park Drive, headed for 1st Avenue South” (officially known as West Michigan) and “at T-115 by the Duwamish Longhouse.”

This summer, they are working on design, as well as trying to figure out how part of the surplus-substation site might be used, and if any nonprofit groups/foundations would be interested in helping buy the property. The county projects that about a quarter of the site would be used for “bioretention” but the rest would be open for something else.

HPAC chair Carolyn Stauffer noted that the community had suggested in the past that Seattle Parks could use the site as another entrance into Westcrest Park, but that Parks had taken a pass on it. Phillips says they’ll be talking to county “decisionmakers” in the next month or so to figure something out. Regarding installing “permeable pavement” for drainage in at least one area alley, he said they’re working with SDOT. That was heartening news to one attendee, who said it would be unfortunate if public agencies couldn’t work together

The Highland Park project’s official webpage on the county’s site is here. Cramer and Phillips promised to return to HPAC – which won’t meet again until September – with an update in the fall. They suggested anyone interested in what the roadside raingardens look like to go take a look at 34th/Holden, the first nearly-complete section of the Sunrise Heights/Westwood project (aka the Barton Basin CSO project).

In the meantime, the county is still urging residents to help reduce the stormwater flow at its source – their homes – via the RainWise program, which offers rebates for installation of at-home stormwater infrastructure such as cisterns; it’s already taken 14,000 square feet of roof runoff out of the system, Cramer and Phillips told HPAC.

THE REST OF THE STORY: The other major topic of this month’s HPAC meeting was community involvement with and support for Highland Park Elementary School – we’ll be writing about that separately.

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Happening tonight: Sanislo end-of-year party, and more! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/happening-tonight-sanislo-end-of-year-party-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/happening-tonight-sanislo-end-of-year-party-and-more/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 21:41:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274272 A busy morning got in the way of our usual calendar-highlights roundup, so we invite you to just visit the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar directly to see what’s up. One spotlight event – what we believe to be the first “end-of-school-year party” in West Seattle, though school has a few weeks to go. From Sunshine, the announcement of the Sanislo Elementary PTA‘s End of the Year Party tonight:

Please join us as we get together to celebrate another successful year at Sanislo.

Where: Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St

When: TONIGHT (Friday, May 23rd) 6 pm-9 pm

Adults only; beer and wine will be sold. 50/50 Raffle and a wine cellar raffle. Feel free to bring finger food to share, a bottle of wine ($10 or more) for the wine cellar raffle. Open to the public, cash only!

(The last day of the Seattle Public Schools year, by the way, is June 19th.)

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West Seattle weekend scene: Highland Park, Uncorked! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-highland-park-uncorked/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-highland-park-uncorked/#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 04:55:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273745

Thanks to Donna for photos from the early going of tonight’s Highland Park Uncorked! – the sold-out fundraiser at historic Highland Park Improvement Club. Note the decoration in the foreground of the top photo! It might be best described as a collaborative wine tasting event, as explained here – everybody brings a bottle of their favorite $15-or-less wine, and, under wraps, they’re distributed to the tables. Tasting, voting, noshing, and raffling ensue.

We’ll update later when the winners, and the fundraising estimate, are announced. If you haven’t been there – HPIC is both a community organization and an almost-century-old hall that serves as a community hub, and continues to avolve (the recent “de-paving” out front is just one example). This year’s HP Uncorked! sponsors included WSB.

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Highland Park Action Committee: HPIC ‘greening’ update; more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/highland-park-action-committee-hpic-greening-update-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/highland-park-action-committee-hpic-greening-update-more/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:18:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268851

The “de-paved” lot outside Highland Park Improvement Club was a major topic at this week’s meeting of the Highland Park Action Committee, which convenes at HPIC. As work continues on greening the HPIC grounds following last Saturday’s work party (WSB coverage here), two events are ahead: Boeing employees will volunteer at a work party on April 19th; a week later, on April 26th, the site will be a Sustainability Stop on the annual Northwest Green Home Tour, with co-hosts including Sustainable Seattle and Stewardship Partners, and a chance to look at nearby RainWise installations too. Find out more about the tour here (scroll way down that page to see HPIC, “stop #11″; two West Seattle homes are on the tour too).

Two more toplines from HPAC’s meeting, ahead:

HIGHLAND PARK IMPROVEMENTS: Seattle Parks rep Jeron Gates said the upcoming accessibility improvements at the park next to HP Elementary will have to work around the summer season of the popular spraypark, so there will be a meeting about them this fall. Gates said Parks is also talking with the school district about what improvements the district can make to improve access while letting the school use the park for recess and play times.

DELRIDGE DISTRICT GRANT APPLICATIONS: Following up on the proposed Neighborhood Park and Street Fund projects presented at the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting last week (WSB coverage here), DNDC co-chair Carolyn Stauffer asked for feedback on the proposed projects. All were in favor of the proposed flashing beacons for pedestrian safety nearby, at 11th and Holden. Positive words also were offered for non-HP projects including Roxhill Park lighting, improvements on a stairway along SW Juneau, and enhancing a planned midblock crosswalk on Delridge at the Boren school building.

HPAC usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at HPIC – 6:30 pm potluck and 7 pm meeting, 12th/Holden, all welcome.

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Video: De-paving party at Highland Park Improvement Club http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/happening-now-de-paving-party-at-highland-park-improvement-club/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/happening-now-de-paving-party-at-highland-park-improvement-club/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:12:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268456

ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:12 PM: Until 3 pm, you are still welcome – actually, we’d say encouraged! – to join the volunteers busy right now with something you just don’t see that often, captured for posterity in our 15-second Instagram video clip above: De-paving! The historic, nearing-a-century-old Highland Park Improvement Club is greening its grounds (with help from Sustainable Seattle) and taking out old asphalt to (un)pave the way for that; HPIC’s Rhonda Smith told us more about the rendering shown in our preview the other day, with not just a reconfiguration but also new planting planned next month. A donated catered lunch is on the way and work will continue today until 3 pm – just go stop by at 12th/Holden. As Blair Johnson quipped, as is done during so many volunteer work parties, they’re removing invasives – just that in this case, it’s invasive asphalt.

(P.S. We’ll be adding photos later tonight.)

ADDED 7:42 PM: As promised:

They were starting toward the south side and moving north – lots of square footage to de-pave!

A trailer filled up with pieces of removed asphalt:

The de-paved area won’t all be greenery and dirt – see the plan here. Part of the HPIC lot already had been “de-paved” for a raingarden, and this is a continuation of the theme.

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Break it up! Help Highland Park ‘de-pave’ this Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/break-it-up-help-highland-park-de-pave-this-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/break-it-up-help-highland-park-de-pave-this-saturday/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:50:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268251

Having a rough week? Saturday brings a volunteer project that might be a way to get out your frustrations. It’s happening at Highland Park Improvement Club, where a “greening” is under way, as envisioned in the plan above. Here’s what’s happening Saturday, for the next step toward that “greening”:

We’re building an oasis in the asphalt – a courtyard, replacing a portion of the parking lot with permeable pavers and more gardens. So we have some asphalt that needs to be ripped up and taken away. Bring your muscles and whatever you need to vent this Saturday and help us hoist chunks of asphalt outta here. The asphalt will be prepped, scored and ready to rumble into a big Dumpster that will cart it away.

We will start at 10 am till however long it takes. Lunch will be provided and activities for all ages. And yes, there will be beer and other refreshments after all that hard work.

HPIC is at 12th/Holden.

5:10 PM UPDATE: A little advance depaving is going on today – Highland Park Action Committee co-chair Carolyn Stauffer just shared this photo:

Just a start!

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Reminder: Guardian One helicopter visiting White Center Heights Elementary this afternoon http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/reminder-guardian-one-helicopter-visiting-white-center-heights-elementary-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/reminder-guardian-one-helicopter-visiting-white-center-heights-elementary-today/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:28:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=267558 One more early warning – as first noted here last week, White Center Heights Elementary is due for a special visit by the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One around 1:25 this afternoon, as part of a special project kindergarteners have been working on. The North Highline Fire Department will be there too. WC Heights is at 6th SW and SW 100th, so Highland Park’ers might notice this too.

4:24 PM NOTE: We’ll publish a separate story here later but photos and video are up right now, if you’re interested, on our partner site White Center Now.

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Neighbor Appreciation Day tomorrow: 3 fire stations to tour http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/neighbor-appreciation-day-tomorrow-3-fire-stations-to-tour/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/neighbor-appreciation-day-tomorrow-3-fire-stations-to-tour/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 07:05:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264314

(Neighbor Appreciation Day at Station 37, photographed in 2011 by Cliff DesPeaux for WSB)
Going through football withdrawal? There’s lots to keep you busy this weekend. One thing we’re reminding you about quickly right now: Three West Seattle fire stations are open for tours 11 am-1 pm Saturday as part of the city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day: Station 11 in Highland Park at 16th/Holden, Station 32 in The Junction at 38th/Alaska, and Station 37 in Sunrise Heights at 35th/Holden. It’s your chance to get an up-close look WITHOUT having an emergency in your neighborhood!

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‘Nothing decided yet’: Ideas for Mayor’s Neighborhood Summit @ Highland Park Action Committee http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/nothing-decided-yet-ideas-for-mayors-neighborhood-summit-highland-park-action-committee/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/nothing-decided-yet-ideas-for-mayors-neighborhood-summit-highland-park-action-committee/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:52:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262556 Seattle’s new mayor has promised a “neighborhood summit” within his first 100 days in office. No date is set yet, not even a format, but the person who’s organizing it came to the Highland Park Action Committee‘s January meeting to talk about possibilities. That leads off our report from the meeting Wednesday night:

PLANNING THE MAYOR’S NEIGHBORHOOD SUMMIT: Kathy Nyland explained she has been “borrowed” from Councilmember Sally Bagshaw‘s office to help make that happen – saying neighborhood involvement is a passion of hers, ever since she arrived in Seattle more than a decade ago. She has lived in Georgetown for more than a decade and wound up involved with just about every group imaginable, followed by a couple political campaigns, and then came her work for the city. “I’ve been given this task of the Neighborhood Summit – AND … I’m here to find out what that ‘and’ might be.”

Nyland said she has been talking with people in other areas of the city about “their issues” – but: “Nothing’s been decided yet, it’s not a predetermined meeting (yet) … there’s been no planning meetings so far …” She asked the group, “When you hear ‘neighborhood summit’, what do you envision? What do you want it to be? What would a ‘neighborhood-friendly’ mayor look like to you?” HPAC co-chair Carolyn Stauffer said she’s glad for starters that the mayor’s office knows about this neighborhood at all. The first suggestion: Focus on how to help make neighborhoods successful; for example, the Highland Park Improvement Club has been working to make its almost-century-old building, host to HPAC meetings and much more, more of a community hub, but zoning rules get in the way, the property taxes have shot up …

Regarding what “neighborhood summit” might mean, it was also suggested the phrase evoked a negative sentiment because, “I don’t think we need a thing where all neighborhoods come to one giant meeting – there is neighborhood specificity – issues that are important (to each neighborhood)” and might not get addressed. Nyland observed that neighborhoods’ issues have some similarities and yet each neighborhood winds up “inventing the wheel over and over again” as it tackles an issue that someone might already have solved. Perhaps she said a Neighborhood 101, to help people navigate the city and its policies, would be good. “It would be the first step of an ongoing conversation.”

Perhaps, another attendee offered, it should be a forum for the mayor to listen and assist in “common issues” between communities – and figure out how to “change the culture at the city,” a culture perceived as currently responding with “I’ve heard you” but needing to respond with “Let’s work together to try to get that done.”

She was then put on the spot with a couple of pointed questions: What does SHE think the mayor could actually do with the summit?” And: What’s the objective, beyond having the mayor look like he cares about neighborhood issues? What will be said that the city doesn’t already know about? How will it not be a waste of time?

Nyland said the mayor heard often in the campaign about neighborhood relationships and how they were handled a certain way under the previous administration, but believes it can be better, with more seats at the table, etc. That led to a question about the rumor that the number of “neighborhood districts” served by the city will be cut to match the new City Council districts (that for example would turn West Seattle into one district, whereas it is currently split into two – Southwest and Delridge). Nyland insisted the city is not currently leaning any particular way on that.

Other issues raised: How to bring more residents into the neighborhood discussion process – about two dozen people were at the HPAC meeting, for example, but hundreds more in the neighborhood. And cooperation/collaboration between schools, local governments, local neighborhood reps, is a challenge.

And finding a way for neighborhoods not to feel as if they are an “underdog” when dealing with the city – a feeling reinforced by the discovery that developers have a standing meeting with the Department of Planning and Development – how can that sort of access be replicated for neighborhoods and residents? Why is information so hard to come by?

Nyland said she identified with that, from her neighborhood-activist days, drinking lots of coffee and stumbling into information at 1 am.

Another question the mayor could answer: What does the city expect of its neighborhoods? “Absence guidance and direction, we make up our own stuff. … We don’t know anything about stuff. We just show up.” HPAC has a history of some intense issues – fighting off the jail that the city ultimately decided it didn’t need at all, the homeless camp that occupied city-owned land for two years without official permission – feeling as if it has had to “do the dirty work,” while they’d like to say to the city, “help us out here!”

Even simple changes could make a big difference – keep city departments open later, like 7 pm.

Ultimately, no conclusions or promises, but Nyland thanked HPAC for inviting her to come have a conversation about the summit – whenever, wherever, whatever it turns out to be.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION HUBS: Cindi Barker came to speak with HPAC about Highland Park’s “hub” – and hoping it doesn’t have to be decommissioned for lack of a point person (the people who’ve held that volunteer role previously have all had to hand it over, and the person who’s handling it now is moving out of state). Someone needs to step up before March, or else HP won’t be able to have a hub – citizens can’t be told “go here in case of crisis” if there’s nobody to make help happen. There is some training and some drill participation expected. West Seattle has been a leader in the “hub” world around the city, and there are now three dozen around the city, with more than a dozen additional ones coming online because of a city grant. If HP loses its hub, the Delridge P-Patch will be the nearest one – two miles away. Mat McBride, visiting chair of the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, mentioned that there’s a benefit to being part of this – some extra communication capability, via radio equipment (compact but powerful) that goes with the hub. If you have any interest in involvement but weren’t at the meeting, contact HPAC leadership.

NEIGHBORHOODS REPRESENT IN THE PARADE: Barker continued on to a second topic – she wants to get every neighborhood/community group into the West Seattle Grand Parade this year, so the thousands who line California SW can see how much involvement and dedication there is in neighborhoods around the peninsula. Stay tuned for more on that.

MISCELLANEOUS MEETING NOTES: “Our concerns are being heard” regarding road safety on Roxbury, said Stauffer, mentioning the plan for a mid-February meeting about it – HPAC joined with Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council and North Highline Unincorporated Area Council to advocate for that.

*A similar study of SW Holden is being requested – perhaps a light at Holden/9th could result, or a roundabout, it was suggested.

*HPAC is supporting a push for more safety on Delridge by the Boren building; Craig Rankin provided an update. (As we write this recap, we’re at a Friday morning meeting related to this – watch for that story later.)

*Planning has begun for work to improve access into the park surrounding the Highland Park Spraypark, with a $374,000 grant obtained for it.

*The City Light surplus site at 16th/Holden might be a great place for Green Stormwater Infrastructure.

*”Depaving” project continues outside at HPIC – raingardens are installed now, taking all the building’s rainwater. Next: A bench made out of utility vaults will be installed, instead of standard signage.

*HPIC’s Corner Bar has another Robert Burns Scottish-themed night coming up (haggis and all).

*This year’s wine-tasting event is coming up in May, and they’re welcoming planning-committee members now. It sold out last year, for the first time, and this year will have room for about 150 people.

*A local resident who’s been researching HP history spoke to the group for the last part of the meeting. Our notes don’t do the presentation justice – we’ll just say, if you have a neighborhood council, consider coming to one of its meetings, you never know what you’ll learn!

HPAC usually meets the fourth Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm potluck/7 pm meeting, at HPIC HQ.

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Highland Park to talk about Mayor Murray’s ‘Neighborhood Summit’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/highland-park-to-talk-about-mayor-murrays-neighborhood-summit/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/highland-park-to-talk-about-mayor-murrays-neighborhood-summit/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:52:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262435 Highland Park Action Committee just shared a preview of tomorrow night’s meeting, and one topic is of interest even beyond HP and vicinity:

… We’ve invited Kathy Nyland to come speak. She was recently “borrowed” from city council staff to help Mayor Murray’s office coordinate a Neighborhood Summit. We’re going to hear what she’s up to and share our thoughts about what this could look like and how Highland Park and Riverview can participate. We’d like Mayor Murray to be aware of the concerns our neighborhood may have, so please join us to learn about this effort and provide feedback to her.

We trust other community councils are participating in this planning in other ways, but this is the first we have seen with a specific agenda item about it. HPAC plans a 6:30 pm potluck, 7 pm meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, January 22) at Highland Park Improvement Club (12th and Holden).

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