Baker Park Redesign and Activation Meeting this Saturday
The City is hosting a second “open house” at Baker Park at 8347 14th Ave NW this Saturday, August 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. City planners will provide design options for Baker Park and collect votes on which design is preferred. Don’t miss this chance to let the City know what you think!
There will be refreshments, activities for the kids, and city representatives on-hand to talk about the design options and gather your input. The Baker Park activation and redesign is part of a solution for persistent crime in the park and the outcome can create usable park space that serves our community as we grow.
SDOT Overpass Removal and Greenway Meeting Yields a promise to “sharpen our pencils and work on a solution”
On July 19, representatives from SDOT and our District 6 Councilmember, Mike O’Brien, hosted a meeting about the new North Seattle Greenway and Holman Rd. crossing for 13th Avenue and Holman Road. The issue at hand was SDOT’s proposal to remove the Crown Hill overpass in order to add a signalized street-level crossing for the coming Greenway.
The meeting was scheduled after a community petition to stop the overpass removal gained significant ground with neighbors. Neighbors raised concerns with Councilmember O’Brien about pedestrian safety in our neighborhood given no sidewalks or safe pedestrian paths planned on the proposed North Seattle Greenway, and SDOT proposed removal of an existing safe crossing over Holman Rd. These proposals were particularly concerning given rezoning and growth that is proposed for our community.
Roughly 60 people attended the meeting, with all but three in favor of keeping the overpass due to pedestrian safety concerns. The City promised to take a closer look at the situation and get back to the community by the end of August. Notes and information from that meeting are here. We’ll continue to keep you posted as we learn more.
Your Voice, Your Choice Vote Results bring Money for Traffic Calming
In District 6, Crown Hill was awarded the Traffic Calming Project on 14th Ave NW between Holman Rd and 95th. This project will help improve the “safe route” for students at Marcus Whitman Middle School as they use the proposed new North Seattle Greenway on 92nd to walk between school and Crown Hill Park. You all helped us get 301 votes. Thanks to everyone who voted for this pedestrian safety project!
Soundview Park Playfield Renovation Update
The City has posted minutes from the Soundview Park athletic field renovation “open house” on Saturday, June 3rd. Details about plans, and the minutes, can be found here. We have been told the next public meeting on the Soundview renovation will happen this fall. We will keep you posted on next steps.