Posts for May, 2011

Human Services focus at next Community Conversation

May 27th, 2011

In anticipation of state and federal budget cuts, the Seattle City Council started the 2012-2013 budgeting process early this month, debuting “Community Conversations,” a series of discussions on the City’s priorities.  These pilot conversations are held in the “world café” format, with smaller groups in a facilitated meeting format, discussing five pre-scripted questions. Participants spend […]


Maple Leaf and Capitol Hill: Design those play areas!

May 25th, 2011

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates $800,000 for planning, design and construction for the renovation of the play area at Volunteer Park. Planning has begun and in house design is beginning for the renovation. The public process begins next week, and all are welcome to attend the upcoming meetings. More details can be found […]


A great Saturday on Beacon Hill

May 24th, 2011

Saturday was a celebration of people power. I met up with the folks from Beacon Walks and Bikes for a special “PPPP,” otherwise known as a People-Powered Park Parade. The group has earned a Small & Simple Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to design a proposed bicycle and pedsestrian path on North Beacon Hill, and […]


Peace on Wheels

May 20th, 2011

You may have noticed a lot of bicyclists on our streets this sunny morning.  It’s Bike to Work Day!  I have written many times (here, here, and here) about Neighborhood Greenways on my blog, and I am working with other leaders in our community to create alternatives for those bicyclists, who, like me, want safe and […]


Building on history

May 19th, 2011

It’s lovely to dream about a grand inheritance, but sometimes what we inherit costs us more than we expected. This is the case with an existing lease for Building 11 at Magnuson Park. Building 11, like many others at Magnuson, is a victim of old age. Inherited from the U.S. Navy in 1999, it needs […]


Springtime means revisiting the Roots of Empathy

May 19th, 2011

Jerry Large wrote a wonderful column in this morning’s Seattle Times about the Roots of Empathy program here in Seattle. I wrote a blog post last May about the program, the wonderful Wendie Bramwell, and the work she does to further the program started by Mary Gordon. I’ve reposted it below as a companion piece to Jerry’s […]


Technology Matching Fund applications due May 18

May 11th, 2011

My colleague Bruce Harrell is busy reminding everyone that the application deadline to take advantage of the Technology Matching Fun (TMF) is coming up on Wednesday, May 18th. TMF provides funding for projects focused on what’s known as digital inclusion, which means acccess, technological literacy, and relevant content/service for all citizens. TMF is intended to help underserved […]


Olmstead legacy at Green Lake

May 10th, 2011

Just a quick post today about an upcoming event. The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks is offering a walking presentation about the Olmsted Legacy at Green Lake on Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 10 a.m. – noon.  The walk will begin at the main entrance to the Green Lake Community Center  at 7201 E Green Lake Drive North. My […]


Our Parks and Seattle Center are in Good Hands!

May 5th, 2011

At our Thursday, May 5, Parks and Seattle Center Committee meeting we recognized four important people for new appointments. First, Sharon Lee and Alec Stephens were reappointed to the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee, and Dorsol Plants joined them for his first term on this committee.  The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee […]


South Park Bridge groundbreaking & celebration on Thursday

May 3rd, 2011

It’s tough to beat an afternoon party, especially one that features a 20-foot pinata and officially kicks off the construction of a new bridge reconnecting the South Park neighborhood to the rest of the city. Check out the West Seattle Blog for details on the pinata replica of the 16th Avenue Bridge, which will be suspended from a crane before it’s […]


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