Transit News Affecting Madrona

Two transit and transportation activities continuing over the summer are likely to have impacts on Madrona residents.

The Madison BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) project has progressed to 30% design. A couple of key points of concern are the impact on the Route 2 bus and on vehicular access to/from the Central Area where the BRT will cross Madison.

As anyone who has walked, driven, or been on a bus at the intersection of Union St., 12th Ave. and Madison knows, this junction is very complex. The current proposed design for that junction:

  • does not provide good access between the BRT stops and the Route 2 stops for transfers,
  • creates a bottleneck for vehicles (including the Route 2 bus) which will have to share just a single lane,
  • does not address bicycle and pedestrian crossings satisfactorily.

Another intersection of concern is Pike St. between Madison and 14th Ave. which is proposed to be restricted to west bound traffic only. This will require east bound traffic on Pike to “jog” south on 14th and then turn east on Madison instead of going directly to Madison or continuing east on Pike. Since 14th Ave. is an important northbound connection from Union St. to Pine St., the turning movements will be difficult for east bound traffic on Pike that wants to continue east.

ACTION NEEDED: Although comments were due by August 16, 2016, it is always helpful to send in your concerns about the BRT project. The website is at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/madisonbrt.htm and email goes to MadisonBRT@seattle.gov. Project manager is Jeff Lundstrom, jeff.lundstrom@seattle.gov and public information officer is Emily Reardon.

On a positive note, it appears final resolution has been reached for a Bus-Only Lane to be installed on the south side of Spring St. between Third and Sixth with a queue jump for the BRT and Route 2 at Sixth. This would alleviate considerable delays on the eastbound Route 2 bus, especially during rush hours when many are queing on Spring to join up with the I-5. The plan is to install the bus-only lane early if funds can be found. The promise has been to install this bus-only lane for four years so inasmuch as we voted for a $.93 billion Transportation Levy last fall, maybe this is the year it will actually happen.

ACTION NEEDED: Send letters/emails/phone calls to SDOT, Scott Kubly, the Mayor and, City Council members to make sure this Bus-Only Lane on Spring between 3rd and 6th finally gets painted before the rainy season starts this Fall. It will substantially improve the on-time performance of Route 2. Contact information is:

Another threat to the Route 2 has occurred in the proposed Metro Long-Range Plan for 2025 and 2040. It has been submitted to King County Council and referred to the Regional Transit Committee (Attachment A. to Proposed Ordinance 2016-0404). Public Hearings are anticipated to be held in Sept. Although Metro promises that the mapping is only conceptual, Figures 19 (for 2025) and 20 (for 2040) on pages 76 and 77 no longer show Route 2 on Seneca and Spring and instead it has been rerouted to Pike and Pine Streets and terminates at First Avenue. Since the Long-Range Plan will be used to make planning decisions, it will make it much harder to retain Route 2 service through downtown to Queen Anne.

ACTION NEEDED: Check the King County Council Regional Transit Committee for legislation and hearings on 2016-0404 and send your concerns.

Summer Concerts in the Park

Sponsored by your Madrona Community Council and held at 6:00pm on Thursday evenings in the Madrona Playfield

August 11th, 6pm
Kitten Patrol
5 girls ages 10-15 playing blues and soul

August 18th, 6pm
Katy Bourne Trio
Katy Bourne is a fun loving, hard-swingin’ Seattle jazz vocalist, who approaches the music joy, humor and a sense of adventure. Her performances include much beloved classics from the Great American Songbook, sizzling bossa novas and grind it up blues. Katy and her band perform at nightspots, private functions and festivals throughout the Northwest

August 25th, 6pm
The Professors
Molding young minds since 2009 with an eclectic blend of roots rock, alt-country, psychedelia, and rockabilly. Dance-worthy tunes from the 1960s to today. We’re erudite…and amplified!”

FREE Family Field Day – Pratt Park

United Way is making sure King County families have access to the FREE SUMMER MEALS that are available at various sites. One way we are doing this is through Summer Food Invasion Field Days – and you are all invited!

Date: August 16, 2016

Time: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Where: Pratt Park – 1800 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98144

What: An awesome FREE carnival-like event with all sorts of fun activities for kids and resources for parents! We will have a bounce house, crafts, fun yard games, face painting, and free lunch and snack for kids under 18! And parents can eat lunch too! ALL FOR FREE! This event is open to all kids, parents, and families in King County.

Some More Details: Upon arrival, kids check in at the “Blast off Station” where they will receive a passport to take around to all of the different activities. Once they have completed their “space mission” by visiting all of the stations and received a meal, they can get a fun prize! Stick around for snack time and get a second prize!!! The free lunch is served from 12:00-1:00 pm and the free snack is served from 3:00-3:30 pm.

Questions? Feel free to e-mail  Janey Smith jsmith@uwkc.org

Summer Concerts at Madrona Playfield

Mark your calendars for the Second Annual MCC Concerts in the Park, every Thursday in August at the Madrona Playfield. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner and enjoy some fun music played by local musicians.

August 4th, 6pm
Mud Junket
Think of Mud Junket as a trip to a friendly juke joint located musically someplace between New Orleans, Macon, Austin and Chicago. The six-piece band brings funky rhythms, tight harmonies and good times to every place they play.

August 11th, 6pm
Kitten Patrol
5 girls ages 10-15 playing blues and soul

August 18th, 6pm
Katy Bourne Trio
Katy Bourne is a fun loving, hard-swingin’ Seattle jazz vocalist, who approaches the music joy, humor and a sense of adventure. Her performances include much beloved classics from the Great American Songbook, sizzling bossa novas and grind it up blues. Katy and her band perform at nightspots, private functions and festivals throughout the Northwest

August 25th, 6pm
The Professors
Molding young minds since 2009 with an eclectic blend of roots rock, alt-country, psychedelia, and rockabilly. Dance-worthy tunes from the 1960s to today. We’re erudite…and amplified!”

Madrona/Leschi/Mount Baker Crime & Safety Focus Group

Shannon Ro from the East Precinct will be conducting a focus group for the Madrona/Leschi/Mount Baker neighborhoods on Monday, August 1st from 6:00-7:00 pm at Seattle University – Casey, Room 500. Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department to conduct qualitative research on community crime concern so that the city’s community policing initiative can be improved. The discussion will be based around knowledge of the micro-community policing plan project, interactions with the Seattle Police Department, crime and safety concerns and suggested improvements for Madrona, Leschi, and Mount Baker. Discussions are semi-structured and typically last about one hour. Content of the discussion will be collected by a note-taker but no names or identifiers will be collected. Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of meeting but are free to leave at any time.

The Casey building is located right along 10th Ave and Marion Street. The surrounding buildings are Loyola Hall and Garrand Building. There is a parking garage located behind Casey called Broadway Garage, and this garage is located between Marion Street and E Columbia Street on Broadway. Once you enter the building, the location of the focus group will at the top level, level 5, in room 500.

Parking Information – There is visitor parking available on campus. For two hours, the price is $6. Pay machines are located at 12th and E. Marion Street (Visitor Lot, P5) and 11th and E Cherry St. (Murphy Garage, P3, Level 1). However, there is free street (2 hour) parking available behind 12th Ave from 13th Ave and on. These are residential streets located right across the street from campus.

Please feel free to comment, email, and/or message Shannon.Ro@seattle.gov with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Block Watch Organizing on June 28

CALLING ALL NEIGHBORS!!

Please come to a Block Watch meeting we are holding to discuss public safety in our neighborhood. Representatives from the Seattle Police Department will be here to discuss current criminal activity, and the role the residents can play in reducing crime and increasing our quality of life.

This will be a great opportunity for you to meet or reacquaint yourselves with neighbors who may be concerned with similar issues.

HOPE YOU CAN ATTEND!!

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28th, 6:00-7:00pm at Cupcake Royale

1101 34 Ave.

Denise Ryan organizing

 For more information call Terrie Johnston with S P.D. Crime Prevention at 233-0015

Garage sale set for June 18

The Madrona Neighborhood Garage Sale, hosted by the Madrona Community Council (MCC), is set this year for June 18. Last year’s sale attracted 20+ participants, bringing many shoppers into the neighborhood.

If you’d like to host a garage/yard sale at your place and list it on the official garage sale map, please contact garagesalemadrona@gmail.com no later than June 12. Include your name, address, the time you will be hosting your sale, and a brief description of the things you plan to sell. Participants who want their sale listed on the community map and description list are also asked to provide a $25 donation to the MCC via Paypal found on the MCC website at www.madrona.us (look for Paypal donate icon in the middle of the page). It is really important to send your confirmation information to garagesalemadrona@gmail.com after you pay since the treasurer receives the Paypal notification but someone else manages the garage sale list. Since we’re all volunteers, we need your help to keep this organized. A map and description list will be sent to participants by June 15.

If you are interested in shopping the garage sales, the map and garage sale descriptions also will be made available to the general public on June 16 online at Craigslist, Madrona Moms, and Nextdoor.   In addition, a paper copy of the map and descriptions will be available at Verite (located at the corner of 34th Avenue and East Spring Street) on June 17 and 18.

Neighborhood Appreciation Day 2016

Neighbor Appreciation Day 2016

 

On Feb. 6 the Madrona Community Council teamed up with old friends and new to celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day. On hand were many winners of Neighbor Awards in previous years. Mayor Ed Murray joined us, noting with a chuckle that he had been a Madrona resident as an infant. The Mayor announced an upcoming PreK-8 School Summit for April 30—something that has not occurred since Mayor Rice was in office. Mayor Murray credited the Madrona neighborhood, the Madrona Community Council, and Madrona PK-8 School for collaborative activities, noting it is efforts such as these that strengthen communities.

Pictured below are 2016 award winners.

The Nora Award is named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community. Holly Smith was named for this award for his long-term role as member and president of the Madrona Community Council. Under his guidance as the President, the MCC has been extremely active, with a number of new events organized (a summer concert series, wine tasting fundraiser), increased interaction with our neighboring communities (a stairway clean-up, a park clean-up and improvements to Madrona Park), and city interaction (streets/sidewalks/trees, crime, candidates forum, etc.). Holly exemplifies what the legacy of Nora means to the community–he has left a personal mark on the community.

Holly Smith Holly Smith

The Local Hero Award goes to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity. This award went to two individuals including Madrona resident Peter Mason for his contributions to restoring Madrona Woods and his forestry work elsewhere in the city. He sees what needs to be done and is willing to devote countless hours to accomplish Woods goals. He single-handedly planted many seedlings in the steep banks along Lake Washington Boulevard. He and his trusty hand saw have cleared trails when trees have fallen across them before Parks crews have been able to come out, and he has propagated hundreds of plants in his back yard that are now in the Woods. He encourages people who have a genuine desire to help and to work, but nobody works harder than Peter does.

Peter Mason Peter Mason

Also winning this award is mail carrier par excellence Musa Jutta.  While not a Madrona resident per se, Musa spends much of his time delivering mail in Madrona. He knows everyone’s name, waves, greets, and asks how everyone is doing; he even has been known to send postcards to children on his route when he travels abroad. Musa’s personality and work ethic are a great example of Madrona community spirit

Bill Mahoney and Musa Jutta President Bill Mahoney with Musa Jutta

The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award goes to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.  This award is named after community youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.  In her five plus years handling design for the Madrona News, Susan Steele was unfailingly professional, prompt, and thorough. And she was altogether unflappable even when things didn’t go as planned. Susan’s design skills will have a lasting effect on the newsletter.

Susan Steele

Susan Steele

The Madrona Resident for Life Award is bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed. Agnes Sims won this award.

The Madrona Good Neighbor Award goes to an organization whose work benefits the Madrona community. This year the award went to the staff at Sally Goldmark Branch Library.

Be thinking about nominations of Madrona neighbors for next year’s Neighbor Appreciation awards. The usual date is the first Saturday before Valentine’s Day, although this year Madrona celebrated a week earlier because of a school break beginning Feb. 12 of this year.