Seattle Parks releases spring programs in north Seattle

Barb Wade from Seattle Parks and Recreation has shared the following list of brochures for the spring Parks program, including drop-in sports, fitness, and toddler classes. (Thanks to My Green Lake for compiling the list!)

Adult drop-in sports, including basketball, dodgeball and volleyball:

Adult fitness opportunities:

Toddler classes and play rooms:

The full brochure, including all spring 2012 programs at the community centers and pools in northwest Seattle, is available in PDF format here.

Magnolia Little League Parade tomorrow

Snapshot from last year's parade

At 8:30 tomorrow morning around 1,700 Little-Leaguers and parade-goers will start assembling for Magnolia’s annual Little League parade.  The parade begins at 10:30, and lasts about an hour.  Escorted by Seattle Police, the teams will march east on W  McGraw Street from Westmont Way W. to 32nd Avenue W; turn left and  head north on 32nd to W Smith Street and finish at the Magnolia Playfield.
Metro bus service will be rerouted off W McGraw between 34th Ave W and 31st Ave W during the parade, and will travel instead on alternate streets, depending on the route, destination and direction of  travel.
Please send us your 2012 parade pictures and anecdotes here!
Thanks to Kym N for the photo

‘Microhouse’ open house this weekend

by Meghan Walker

Local architecture group Microhouse will host an open house this weekend to showcase their microhouse designs. Microhouses are small detached homes that share a lot with a primary residence. Sunday, April 1, Bruce Parker from Microhouse as well as Carlisle Classic Homes and ANR Landscape Design will be available to answer questions. The open house will be at 3448 36th Ave W (alley side) from 1 – 4 p.m.

Microhouse in Magnolia, photo courtesy Bruce Parker

Parker says the microhouses offer families a basic need: an ability to, “accommodate multi-generational living in a comfortable way that enables both proximity and a degree of separation.” He says that because they are a new construction, they can, “incorporate universal design features that will enable those with mobility impairments to live comfortably.” Parker adds that people who need more space, especially those accommodating extended family, will most benefit from having a microhouse on their property. Although, he says they also get calls from people who would like a place where they can live while renting out their main house.  To learn more about microhouses, or “backyard cottages,” visit the Microhouse site.

Help find local woman, missing since last Tuesday

UPDATE- As we told you yesterday, Heather Braaten of Ballard went missing on March 20. There has since been a wide-spread effort to find her, and a search party will meet this morning (March 30th) at 9 a.m. at the lower Woodland Park baseball field at 50th and Green Lake Way.

A local family is asking for your help. Magnolia Voice spoke to Leo Schmitz who said his daughter Heather, a married mother of two children, disappeared on March 20th, around 3pm.

We will update this story as information becomes available.

Decision on Smith Cove

By reporter Steven Smalley

It took years of wrangling for all involved to finally bring an end to the question of what to do with the land at Smith Cove following the installation of a 1.9 million-gallon underground sewer overflow tank – it’s one big park. “Most people think you can’t fight city hall,” declares Elizabeth Campbell, Magnolia community activist and long-time opponent of a land swap desired by the Port of Seattle. “It’s very satisfying,” she said, speaking of the outcome that puts aside any ideas of trading properties. “It’s a difficult road that’s taken many years.”
With pressure from King County, the City of Seattle, and the Magnolia community, the Port has agreed to accept payment for land just south of the Magnolia Bridge  which currently holds some miscellaneous equipment and fishing nets. Figuring out the price the county will pay is still in the works.

King County Council Member, Larry Phillips had a big hand in the effort to construct a park atop the entire “lid” covering the overflow tank. The adjacent property will also be incorporated into a park, with design decisions to be determined. “This has been a long-held dream for me to get to this point,” Phillips says. “It’s very rewarding and satisfying to know it will be a park opportunity for the communities of Queen Anne and Magnolia. It’s going to be great.”

The county must first buy the land from the Port, build the overflow tank, then sell the land to the city which will then build a park covering what is currently two separate parcels. The County is slightly behind schedule building a tub intended to hold runoff water from storms that overwhelm the waste-water system 4-5 times per year. These overflows pour raw sewage to into Elliott Bay, causing pollution.

As a result of this decision, Seattle City Council Member Sally Bagshaw, who was also pivotal in negotiations, envisions a hiking trail from Lake Union and Queen Anne that will wrap around and come out at the Elliott Bay Marina. She was steadfast against the land swap. “I’m thrilled three governments came together to do the right thing. This decision puts more property into the hands of the citizens,” says Bagshaw. “The new leadership at the Port  is a breath of fresh air. They deserve a bouquet.”

Along with the fabrication of the overflow vessel, corresponding pipes leading to it require additional construction and placement.



Tent City leaves SPU

From our friends at Queen Anne View

Tent City 3 left its temporary home at Seattle Pacific University earlier this week, after 90 days in residence.

Tent City 3 is a community working to help decrease the number of people on the street by providing transitional housing. In 2002, Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr signed a consent decree giving the encampment an ongoing permit. Today, Tent City 3 offers shelter for up to 100 men, women, and couples.

A number of activities surrounded the SPU campus stay, including an on-campus forum “Growing Up Homeless”  and “Homelessness: A Crisis of Affordable Housing.” Students volunteered by cooking meals, holding multiple clothing drives (including one just for socks), and starting knitting groups.

Tent City 3 now resides at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Capitol Hill, where it will remain until mid-June.