Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council: Concerns & hopes

The future of the ex-Genesee Hill Elementary campus remains a central point of concern for people who live in the area, according to what the Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council heard last Thursday during its first general meeting after several months’ hiatus. The meeting’s main point was to hone in on defining the neighborhood’s attributes and how to add to them with an eye to the future. Attributes, according to attendees: Friendliness, small-town feeling despite big-city proximity, exceptional views from the hills and bluffs. What’s needed: More park space where people can gather – the neighborhood has beautiful, forested Schmitz Park, of course, but it doesn’t have any sort of “commons” area. Also suggested – more events like last year’s neighborhood hoedown. About the campus: The community gardens maintained by volunteers on the west side are a point of pride, and despite the fencing that the district’s been putting up, neighbors hope access will remain. (In the longer term, the district is considering asking for money in its upcoming BEX IV levy to build a new Schmitz Park Elementary on the Genesee Hill campus.) To stay in touch with Genesee-Schmitz, keep an eye on the GSNC website.

3 Replies to "Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council: Concerns & hopes"

  • West Seattleite April 29, 2012 (4:52 pm)

    I will vote yes on a 1 billion dollar school levy. Always yes. And, yes, I own a home. I am retired.

    The Genesee site is outstanding. I wish it were in use today. Sorry, off-leash dog owners, but you have most of the local parks…and all of the local sidewalks…

  • G April 29, 2012 (10:47 pm)

    I’ll be voting no. Too many levies in the pipeline coming up and as a native W. Seattleite and homeowner I’m feeling the financial pressure.

  • Ajax April 30, 2012 (9:28 am)

    Why would they have to re-build on the current site, is there something wrong with the existing buildings?

    @West Seattleite – I don’t think (m)any dog owners are proposing that the site be turned into a giant off-leash park instead of being utilized as a school. People (not including me) use the large fenced field because it’s an abandoned property.

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