Category Archives: Quality of Life

Your Voice, Your Choice, Wednesday March 18

Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is a participatory budgeting initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. You can submit potential project ideas for small-scale park and street improvements through Wednesday March 18.

More information is available from the Department of Neighborhoods.

Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool

Seattle Parks and Recreation is soliciting public input for its next budget. The SAVE Evans Pool & Green Lake Community Center group is advocating for using Park District funds to maintain, repair, and replace community centers and pools (including the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool). See Park District Planning for Park District Oversight Committee meetings and a public survey. Comments may also be sent to PDplanning@seattle.gov.

Property Tax Exemptions, Thursday February 13

Property Tax Exemption for Seniors
Thursday February 13, 1:30-3:00 PM

The income limit for seniors to qualify for a property tax reduction in King County has increased to $58,423 per year per household. Learn about the new housing tax exemption at a presentation at the Wallingford Community Senior Center. Advance registration appreciated.

For more information:
Spread the word on new property-tax exemptions“; Seattle Times; February 11, 2020.
King County Assessor.
King County Property Tax Exemptions application.

Seattle Tree Ordinance, Wednesday February 12

Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee
Wednesday February 12, 9:30 AM

The Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee of the Seattle City Council will meet to hear a Tree Protections Update from the Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). The Coalition for a Stronger Tree Ordinance is concerned at the loss of tree canopy in Seattle and urges public comments at the Committee meeting or by contacting Council members.

To contact City Council:
Don’t Clearcut Seattle.
Contacting City Officials page on the Wallingford Community Council website.

For more information:
Seattle’s Tree Protection Ordinance.
TreePAC.
Friends of Urban Forests.

Monthly Meeting, Wednesday February 5

Wallingford Community Council "Kite Hill" logo

Time: 7 PM.
Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Call to Order.
  • Summary of the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) Board Retreat by President Jennifer Ring-Perez.
  • Update on the Northlake Tiny House Village by Ted Hunter.
  • Liaison with City Councilmembers by Vice President Glenn Singer.
  • Update on the Dunn Lumber HQ Expansion project by Greg Hill.
  • Update on public use agreements for Waterway 20 on Lake Union by Ted Hunter.
  • Upcoming Member Survey by President Jennifer Ring-Perez.
  • Announcements
  • Good of the Order. (Anything people want to bring up.)

Northlake Tiny House Village, Donation Drive & Reprieve

Update: Reprieve for Residents of the Northlake Tiny House Village

Residents of the Northlake Tiny House Village received great news on Thursday December 5 when City of Seattle officials announced they would reverse the deadline to vacate that was set for Monday December 9. The Northlake village will be allowed to remain open until at least the end of March 2020 (as planned). Read the Seattle Times story published December 5.

Donation Drive

Thank you to all who have donated! The residents of the Northlake Village are still in need of specifics items for weathering the cold – coats, gloves, hand warmers and socks – as well as canned food and paper towels. We invite you to bring your donated items to the Northlake village directly (you can leave the items at the locked gates). If you have any questions, please contact donations@wallingfordcc.org.

Statement:

In March 2018, the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) warmly welcomed the new residents of the Northlake Tiny House Village for a two-year stay. WCC members placed a welcome sign at the village (which remains) and helped prepare the site for the residents. Since, members have visited often to serve meals and volunteer and helped to lay gravel for much-needed walking paths. Several Northlake village residents have also participated in the monthly WCC meetings throughout their stay.

Since its opening, we have not experienced any problems with Northlake village residents, contrary to some news reports and rumors. We have fully expected the village to remain through the two-year stay as planned when it first opened in Wallingford, and we have no objection to it staying open through its term. We express no opinion on the conflict between Nickelsville, LIHI and the Human Services Department.

We are deeply committed to helping current and future Northlake village residents, as well as the people and organizations that are supporting those experiencing homelessness in this city and region.

Monthly Meeting, Wednesday December 4

Wallingford Community Council "Kite Hill" logo

Time: 7 PM.
Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Call to Order.
  • Dunn Lumber HQ Expansion. Presentation and Q&A on the proposed project.
  • Public use of Waterway 20 on Lake Union. City of Seattle presentation and Q&A with Nancy Stachey, Manager of Property Management, and Mike Ashbrook, Division Director of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services.
  • Alex Pedersen, new Seattle City Councilmember for District 4. Welcome and Q&A.
  • Announcements
    • The Wallingford Community Council (WCC) Monthly Meeting on Wednesday January 1, 2020 is cancelled. Happy Holidays!
    • See you Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 7 PM for the next WCC Monthly Meeting! Have a topic you want covered? Contact us.
  • Good of the Order. (Anything people want to bring up.)

Seattle Marathon, Sunday December 1

The Seattle Marathon is coming through Wallingford on Sunday December 1. About 7,000 runners and walkers are expected along the course near Wallingford from about 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM, with most participants passing through between 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Traffic control officers will be stationed at all major intersections to allow traffic to pass safely during gaps in runners. Roads will be completely open as normal by 2:30 PM or after the last participant has passed (whichever is sooner).

The route includes the Burke-Gilman Trial (through Wallingford and around Fred Meyer in Ballard) and Aurora Ave (SR-99). See Traffic Impacts and the Route Map for more details.

Wallingford Historic District Feasibility Study, Historic Wallingford

Historic Wallingford hosted a public meeting on October 25, 2019 to present the results of the Wallingford Historic District Feasibility Study and to discuss possible next steps. The report, produced by preservation consultants Northwest Vernacular, identifies four areas potentially eligible as National Register of Historic Places historic districts.

Historic Wallingford is interested in pursuing these designations and is currently gauging community interest. Please email them at info@historicwallingford.org with any input, questions, or to volunteer for the next phase of the project.

Historic Wallingford is a charitable organization whose purpose is to foster an awareness of and appreciation for Wallingford history and architecture. They are supported through membership or direct donations.