FOLLOWUP: 211 ideas from West Seattle for ‘Your Voice, Your Choice’ – next, you can help review them!

That’s the clickable map the city has just made public as the first-ever “Your Voice, Your Choice” process heads into its next phase. As we first reported in January, this is what the city is trying this year for deciding how to spend what used to be the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund, grants of up to $90,000 for community-proposed, city-and-community-reviewed projects. The first phase, submitting ideas, has just wrapped up, and the map shows the ideas sent in from around the city. Clicking on any marker (use the “plus” sign at lower left to zoom in, and grab the map to pull up more of West Seattle) will show you the location and description of what’s proposed there (you can also access the map directly here). Project spokesperson Jenny Frankl tells WSB that 211 ideas were received from West Seattle – 178 online, and 33 via outreach meetings (at Stewart Manor, Westwood Heights, West Seattle High School, and Center School – the students contacted there were from West Seattle, Frankl notes). Citywide, the Department of Neighborhoods says, more than 900 ideas were submitted.

Now comes the second stage: Reviewing the ideas to figure out which ones should move on to the voting stage in June. If interested in helping with that, you’re invited to be part of the Project Development Team. The one for this area – District 1, West Seattle and South Park – has four meetings scheduled, but you don’t have to commit to all four. The first one is this Thursday, 5:30 pm, at Southwest Library (35th SW/SW Henderson); if you’re interested in being on the team, you’re asked to send in this quick online form.

12 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 211 ideas from West Seattle for 'Your Voice, Your Choice' - next, you can help review them!"

  • anonyme March 8, 2017 (6:12 am)

    I noticed that there are tons of requests for “traffic calming” projects, from speed bumps to islands.  If only we had some traffic enforcement, it wouldn’t be necessary to spend millions on projects due to the fact that the city won’t do it’s job.

  • Mr. B March 8, 2017 (8:03 am)

    The only time I see traffic enforcement in West Seattle is when SPD runs one of their “Alabama” style speed traps on Admiral Way or on the Spokane St. Viaduct.  It’s all about money… public safety is not a priority.  

  • d March 8, 2017 (8:45 am)

    I can’t count how many times I’ve posted nearly that same comment it all boils down to enforcement we don’t need  crap in the roads to slow down fire trucks and ambulances we need SPD doing their job with actual enforcement

  • Pat March 8, 2017 (10:12 am)

    Very odd that there is a request for traffic circle installation at 47th Ave SW & SW Dakota intersection – I live in the area and there is already a traffic circle at that intersection.  (It has been there for decades.)   I  wonder if the request was actually meant for another nearby intersection.

    • Mike Lindblom March 8, 2017 (10:33 am)

      Probably that was 47th and Andover, which is regulated by stop signs east-west, but some drivers speed through north-south far over the 20 mph limit — and it’s a crossing commonly used by Schmitz Park School and Madison Middle School families.

  • Pat March 8, 2017 (11:42 am)

    I’m actually thinking they may have intended the traffic circle for  SW Dakota and perhaps 48th or 46th Ave. SW,  since under the “Who Benefits?”  section,  it is stated that  Genesee Hill elem. school is “a few blocks west on Dakota.”

  • sam-c March 8, 2017 (1:40 pm)

    Do you know how the ‘project types’ are identified?  Is it by the proposer or the City ?

    ie, there is a proposal for sidewalks  near Sanislo, which are categorized as “walkways” and then there is a sidewalk improvement project near current Roxhill which is categorized as “school safety” just wondering why they both wouldn’t be identified as “school safety” 

  • Luna Park March 8, 2017 (5:57 pm)
    At one time, #17-104 (Improve crossings on Delridge near Boren K-8 STEM) was a done deal:
    What happened?
    • C March 8, 2017 (8:31 pm)

      I emailed SDOT’s Brian Dougherty two weeks ago to ask if Safe Routes to School money could be spent to support the once promised   crossing at Delridge and Graham and he hasn’t replied.   There is duplicate YVYC  idea submitted but it would be nice if SDOT would follow through with it’s commitments in this case.

       Cant hurt to ask.  Brian’s email is 

    • C March 18, 2017 (2:53 pm)

       I received and Email from Brian, who mentioned that the SRTS funds were used to establish the school’s current crossing .    Given that Boren has a new crosswalk,  SRTS dollars will go to higher ranking projects which I personally feel is more that reasonable.  

      That said,  the crossing at SW Graham serves bus riders, the athletic fields, and a Longfellow Creek trailhead and needs a crosswalk and some sort of signal.    

      Nice to see that crossing improvements at Graham and Delridge are recommended in both versions of the Rapid Ride options-  Longfellow Creek access improvements at Graham are “recommended” as well.  

      The school zone has come a long way since the days of parent protests on Delridge in the first year of K-8 Stem’s existence.  We are very appreciative of the improvements and support from Brian and SRTS. 

  • Mary March 9, 2017 (8:33 pm)

    Anyone know how to submit a potential parks project? 

    • WSB March 9, 2017 (8:40 pm)

      For this cycle, the proposal period is over.

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