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December 9th, 2013 by Sara
By reporter Steven Smalley
Photo by Steven Smalley
A plan by the city to place a roadblock across the steep drive leading to the the lighthouse in Discovery Park proceeds with a new chapter Wednesday night when King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division and Seattle Parks and Recreation hold a public meeting to review their proposal and respond to feedback from the public.
One critic of the project, Magnolia resident and attorney Mary Steele-Klein, is speaking out against the proposal. Magnolia Voice had a conversation with her about this plan to build a gate across Discovery Park Blvd. and her opposition to it. The following are some questions and her edited comments:
Magnolia Voice: In your opinion, why does the city want to put a gate across the road leading to the beach?
Steele-Klein: I think it’s clear the wastewater treatment plant people are the impetus here. They’re the moving force that want to put up the gate to protect their plant. But actually, I see it as an effort to impinge on the city’s public park property. I think it’s an effort by the wastewater people to take over property rights far from where their plant is located, and limit public access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire city. It’s the crown jewel in Discovery Park.
MV: What’s the reality of placing a gate across the road a mile-and-a-half from the beach? What will result?
SK: The permitting process (to acquire a parking pass) in place right now is confusing and hopelessly inadequate. (The gate proposal) will close the road at 5 o’clock, so the most beautiful sunsets cannot be enjoyed by working people or families. All but the fittest people – the R.E.I. rock climber-types – will be able to get to the lighthouse. There are some formidable hills which would prevent the average person from ever getting to the beach on foot.
MV: Isn’t there already a gate at the wastewater treatment plant?
SK: The gate at the plant itself is totally unmanned. The gate is open. There is no need for an additional gate more than a mile away to stem the flow of traffic. It isn’t even manning its own gate or preserving its own security. Why should the public be forced to bear this burden of another gate a mile and a half away which virtually blocks all public access?
MV: Parks people refer to the Master Plan and how so many cars are not permitted. It’s seen as a pedestrian-access park. How does the Master Plan come into play?
SK: I’ve read the Master Plan. Originally put together in 1974, with revisions in 1986, it anticipated an increase in the need for parking from the current 400 to 1,200 spaces. There was clearly an intent for the public to share more of this beautiful scenery. Other references to the Master Plan have included as objectives, getting rid of the wastewater treatment plant. Relocating it to Sodo would be a more suitable place. It’s a more direct access for waste-carrying trucks to go up those big highway ramps – I-5 and I-90. These heavy trucks are a danger here in Magnolia. They’re ruining our spindly little bridges. There doesn’t seem to be a real effort to find an alternative. There should be a new road put into the north parking lot if they’re going to stay – a level, straight road, perhaps dedicated to trucks. There hasn’t been any realistic effort to move them out of the area.
Ultimately the wastewater treatment ruins this beautiful environmental area. The smell is terrible. It’s dumping all kinds of sewage into the water. It’s polluted all of the clams, and shellfish, and everything else.
MV: This is a beautiful part of the park, and the Parks Department wants to keep it that way. But let’s face it, it’s located right next to a sewage treatment plant. Is this situation an environmental contradiction?
SK: This is an urban park. It’s distinct from, let’s say, a national park like the Grand Canyon. This is a park to be enjoyed by the people of this community and the city of Seattle. They have taken this absurd position that people shouldn’t use the park at all. It must be accessible from a public point of view. If it can’t be visited, what point is there?
MV: Would you make another Master Plan?
SK: There have been changes, and there is nothing immutable about it. The fact that the city was given rights by the federal government to take over this park a year or so ago is a sign that maybe it is time to rethink the uses intended for this park and the way it provides for those uses. If the public is going to use this park, the public has to be given parking. We are not all R.E.I. fit alpinists. I’ve had to stop and pick up young people who could not climb these hills. The Hills are killer hills. For the average person to enjoy the beauty of this incredible place, it has to be done in a vehicle.
MV: Do you think the minds of local administrators are already made up?
SK: It’s a totally ineffective plan. If the city does not want to stop the progress on this thing, then I will personally go to Federal Court and…file suit – because they are violating the most fundamental public rights.
The planning and review meeting to install a gate across the road leading to the lighthouse in Discovery Park will be held this Wednesday, December 11, 6 p.m., at Discovery Park Visitor’s Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd.
The organizers request an RSVP here
if you plan to attend.
December 8th, 2013 by Sara
Don’t miss this fun Magnolia holiday tradition. Come decorate Gingerbread houses from 6-8pm at the Magnolia Community Center on Friday, December 13th. The cost is $3 per house. The houses will be built already so all participants have to do is decorate them! MCC will be providing all of the house bling, so all you need to bring is your creativity. The Community Center will also be providing light refreshments and holding a raffle.
The Magnolia Community Center is at 2550 34th Ave W. Call 206-386-4235 or click here for information.
December 6th, 2013 by Sara
Don’t miss the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Garden Center at 6pm. McGraw street will be blocked off to car traffic from 32-34th. There will be some tents on McGraw street, and shops will be open, lots of them offering treats and warm drinks.
Ohh… there will be caroling and so much more! Bring some non-perishable food for the Ballard Food bank. There will be collection boxes all around the neighborhood.
December 5th, 2013 by Sara
By reporter Steven Smalley
Public discussions continue regarding installation of a security gate on Discovery Park Boulevard to limit access to the beach near the wastewater treatment plant. Seattle Parks and Recreation along with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division extend an invitation to a community presentation to provide an update on the project. As proposed, and previously reported by Magnolia Voice here, local government agencies want to install a gate to block cars 1.5 miles from beach access to the lighthouse in order to control “illegal activities.”
The meeting, with a more convenient start time, will be held this Wednesday, December 11, 6 p.m., at Discovery Park Visitor’s Center, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., to review the project’s purpose, hear about community input received, and to take in additional feedback.
The organizers appreciate an RSVP here
if you plan to attend.
December 3rd, 2013 by Sara
Both Lawton and Blaine have been helping others in big ways.
At Catharine Blaine, there’s a yearly tradition called “Holiday Helping Hands” which helps families in need during the holiday season. A “fireplace” giving station is set up at the school’s entrance where staff and families can select a donation “mitten.” Each mitten has a family’s wishes written on it. After selecting the mitten, and purchasing items for the family, the wrapped items (such as clothing, grocery store gift cards and toys) are then returned to the school office for distribution.
photo from Seattle Public Schools website
Lawton Elementary students are eating less sugar! Students donated almost 850 pounds of candy during their 10th annual Halloween Candy Challenge. Lawton Physical Education specialists Cheryl Parks and Jana Kohler helped organized the challenge.
All the candy will be donated to Operation Bald Eagle to use in care packages for troops overseas.
Kudos to these great schools!
December 3rd, 2013 by Sara
Taproot Theatre brings it’s traveling show The Inkeeper’s Christmas to MUCC’s stage, Friday, December 20th at 7:30PM in Pilgrim Hall. Written by Anne Kennedy Brady, Director Nathan Jeffrey says the show is “a delightfully fun take on the lives of the innkeepers in Bethlehem.” Admission is free and this event is open to the public.
Magnolia United Church of Christ is at 3555 W. McGraw. Click here for more information.
December 2nd, 2013 by Sara
Hard to believe, but the holiday season is already in full swing. It’s time for the 30th anniversary of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, and a few talented kids from Magnolia; Clara Kang-Crosby, Isabelle McNabb and Elspeth Schoonover are performing in this season’s production. All dancers attend PNB School, which is recognized as one of the top three ballet training institutions in the United States.
9 year-old Clara Kang-Crosby was kind enough to answer our questions over email.
She started ballet at age 3, and has been with PNB for 3 years. Clara is loving her time onstage:
I love dancing because it allow me to move my body in ways that I didn’t know I could do. It pushes me to work harder in everyday life. The thing I like least is the teachers are really strict at PNB but they push me to be better. We have Nutcracker rehearsals twice a week on top of our weekly ballet classes. This week is exciting because we have our costume fittings! Once Nutcracker performances begin, I will be in 18 performances! I get to leave school early sometimes if its an afternoon show, and will get home late if the performance starts at 7:30. Sometimes I’d like to come home and relax. But I try to get homework done early in the week but read every night. My parents are really good about making sure I can keep my playdates. I also have to practice the piano, play soccer, jumprope club, and debate. Last year when I was casted Little Girl, my partner Little Boy forgot he had eyeliner on. We were on stage and curtains were about to go up. He rubbed his eyes and smeared it all over his face. So the kids director for Nutcracker had to run down to the stage and quickly wipe off everything, including his foundation!
MV: What is your dream role?
Clara: Little Clara and the Peacock!
MV: What is your dream job?
Clara: Artist or prima ballerina. It takes a lot of work, but if you keep working hard, I’ll bet you’ll make it. Every role is an important role in the Nutcracker. Nutcracker is super duper fun because you get to meet friends all over Seattle and Bellevue. They will be life-long friends.
You can see the three Magnolia ballerinas in the Nutcracker all season long. Click here for tickets.
December 1st, 2013 by Sara
Our Lady of Fatima Parish School invites parents to their Kindergarten Information Meeting, Monday, December 2nd, at 7:00 p.m.
Fatima is known for:
- Specialist classes in Music, Art, Spanish, Technology, and P. E.
Dedicated faculty, many with advanced degrees
- Commitment to each child’s success, Catholic and Christian Social Values
Extracurricular activities, including the Spring Musical,
Award-winning Speech Team, and CYO sports
Excellent high school preparation
A school tour will take place following the meeting.
For more information or to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs. Michele Kellogg in the school office at 206-283-7031, or click here for Fatima’s website. Our Lady of Fatima is at 3301 West Dravus Street. The meeting is in the kindergarten classroom (please enter via the side door that opens to the parking lot behind the church).
November 29th, 2013 by Sara
By reporter Steven Smalley
Some news for the do-it-yourself car wash buffs – The Brown Bear self-service location on 15thAvenue West near the Ballard Bridge is closed. In quick time, crews removed any semblance of washing facilities except for the giant bays which stand like white garages waiting for their rides. Vacuums, spray nozzles, coin change machines – they’re all history.
A spokesman for Brown Bear sent Magnolia Voice an email with this explanation: “We actually sold that site several years ago and were just leasing the property to continue our operations since the developers to whom we sold the site were not yet ready to develop the property. The work…is actually us completing the final preparations to vacate the site. As such there will no longer be a Brown Bear self-serve operation at that location.”
Customers are invited to visit other Brown Bear facilities in Ballard, Interbay, and Fremont.
November 26th, 2013 by Sara
As the holiday approaches, what are your plans? Do you have any fun traditions? Does your family volunteer? Do you put up a tree before Turkey day? Let’s hear it at email@example.com!