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One of my favorite things about being your city councilmember is spending time with people in the district and hearing their vision for the city. I love hearing from you and other neighbors on how we can best use public space to fulfill a vital cultural, educative and social role in our community. I hope you will continue to reach out to me with your ideas for the future of Seattle.

In this newsletter, we discuss a major SDOT Green Lake Way North update that makes headway on my vision tor restore car traffic and complete a protected bike lane network, celebrate the PNA’s Greenwood Senior Center, prepare for wildfire smoke, and give your input on the concept design for the Salmon Bay Park Play Area renovation. Finally, don’t miss community events like the Ballard P-Patch's Art in the Garden event August 7th!


West Green Lake Way North Update

Since late last year, I have been advocating on your behalf to have the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Parks Department install a two-way protected bike lane on the lake side of the road and re-open the street to two-way car traffic. My proposal could occur overnight with simple re-stripping of travel lanes, restoring two-way traffic today, not months from now. You can view my comments on the record every Monday during council briefing for the last few months here. Though I do not have the authority to direct departments, I did include an amendment codifying my proposal in the Seattle Rescue Plan.

Last Wednesday, SDOT agreed that early design shows we have enough street width to accommodate both a 2-way walking and biking path and 2-way vehicle traffic at reduced speeds. SDOT plans to make this change early this fall. SDOT is aware of increasing calls from some neighbors to reopen the street to vehicle traffic as COVID restrictions are lifted and activities such as sports, boating events, and summer camps return to the parks and will look for opportunities to accelerate the schedule if possible.

SDOT’s announcement is a big step forward and addresses many but not all concerns. I will continue to keep you updated as we gain clarification and have further conversations with SDOT on the future of this space.

Phinney Neighborhood Association Officially Receives the Keys to Greenwood Senior Center 

Last week we celebrated the official transfer of the Greenwood Senior Center to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. This was done through the mutually off-set benefit program that includes other projects like Byrd Barr Place and the Central Area Senior Center. Thank you to Christi Beckley and Marty Chakoian for all your work and allowing me to join you in celebrating!

The Greenwood Senior Center is an inclusive community that provides social, physical, and educational activities focused around the needs of older adults. They work to fight isolation, build camaraderie, and enrich each other’s lives.

Stay tuned for their needs survey as they transition back to in-person programming, which includes:

  • health, meal, and technology services
  • support groups & counseling
  • memory loss programs
  • educational and fitness classes

Classes are filling quickly, so check out the Greenwood Center programming by visiting:

Wildfire Smoke Season

Unfortunately, ‘summer’ and ‘smoke season’ are increasingly linked in the Pacific Northwest. While no one can predict whether Seattle will experience the incredible wildfire smoke levels like we did last year, it’s important that everyone prepare for smoke and poor air quality now.

Public Health- Seattle/King County has the following suggestions on how to be smoke ready:

  • Consider getting an air purifier. Air purifiers with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will reduce the number of irritating fine particles in indoor air. A HEPA filter with charcoal will help remove some of the gases from the smoke. Do not use an air purifier that produces ozone. More information: EPA's Indoor Air Filtration Factsheet

  • If you have asthma or another respiratory condition, make sure you have an inhaler or other medications that you might need. Make an asthma management plan with your healthcare provider.

  • Make plans for indoor activities for kids on smoky days. Consider what your children can do if they need to stay indoors when smoke levels are "unhealthy for sensitive groups" or worse.

  • Stay informed about air quality conditions. Air quality conditions may change quickly. Check the air quality forecast regularly at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website.

Share Your Thoughts on the Salmon Bay Park Play Area Renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the Ballard neighborhood to participate in the future of the Salmon Park play area. Please join SPR staff at the park on Saturday July 24, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon to review the schematic design and provide input on three play area equipment proposals. Salmon Bay Park is a neighborhood park in Ballard at 2001 NW Canoe Pl, Seattle WA 98117.

Another way to participate is to watch the schematic design concept and play equipment options presentation on the project website then provide feedback through the online survey. SPR thanks everyone who has participated in this play area renovation planning to date and encourages everyone to participate in these input opportunities.

Don’t Miss it: Ballard P-Patch Art ‘In the Garden’ Festival

Gardeners of the Ballard P-Patch are excited to once again host their annual celebration of local art and community gardening with the 19th annual Art in the Garden festival, Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden: 8527 25th Ave. NW. Admission is free.

This year, nearly all the traditional activities return. Booths featuring the work of local artists, live music, a treasure hunt for kids, and some refreshments will be on hand. Gardeners are adding art installations and decor to their plots. Check out the current roster of artists on the Ballard P-Patch's website here. Don’t miss it!

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