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Park Advocates Leverage Private Development on First Hill

First Hill is a growing urban neighborhood woefully short of adequate open space. High property values have made acquisition of traditional park property difficult. To address these challenges, the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan was created. One element of the PRAP included adaptive reuse of right-of-way into public open space in the form of Seattle’s first two pavement parks. The Pavement Parks are located at the intersections of University St., Union St. and Boylston Ave. (UUB) and 9th Ave. and University St. (9U)
The First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA) has taken a role in activating these places over the last two summers. Public events in these spaces have included a Street Reading Party, Trivia Night, Bingo Night, Street Games Festival, a guided Tree Walk, and a Pop-Up Petting Zoo which delighted hundreds of neighbors.

In addition, FHIA is leading a community visioning process for First Hill Park, a quarter-acre park along the University Street Greenway. Hundreds of neighbors participated through guiding what the future of the park will look like, and a preferred concept design has been approved. We are now in the construction document development phase, and anticipate opening a newly designed Park in Spring of 2018.

Private development adjacent to the UUB Pavement Park is proposing to fully realize and build out the vision for the UUB pavement park as part of their public benefits package for 1320 University St. The vision includes a permanent public open space with lighting, landscaping, seating and awnings. The DRB meeting for this project is November 16th at 8pm.
The next phase of the First Hill Public Realm Action Plan, after the completion of the UUB pocket park, is the potential for a two-block woonerf along Terry Ave. from Cherry St. to Marion St. Along this stretch of Terry Ave. FHIA is actively seeking funding from private developers to realize this vision.

Exciting projects pass East District Council

E District 2015 NPSF

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Wow! Of the seven grants submitted by neighborhood greenway groups or their allies to Seattle’s Neighborhood Park and Street Fund six were prioritized by the East District Council for further review. Here they are in order or priority:

  1. Lake Washington Loop Greenway segment design was requested by Jerry Fulks of Arboretum for Safer Streets, a group affiliated with Madison Park Greenways.
  2. E Denny Way and 12th Ave E pedestrian crossing safety improvements was submitted by Ally Seidel of Central Seattle Greenways.
  3. Melrose/Minor/Pike pedestrian safety improvements as part of the Melrose Promenade project were requested by Mike Kent Promenade Advisory Council, a group associated with Central Seattle Greenways.
  4. E Harrison St and 37th Ave E pedestrian intersection safety design process was proposed by Bob Minnott of Denny Blaine Neighbors for Safer Strets, a group associated with Madison Park Greenways.
  5. Madison and Minor sidewalk repairs was submitted by Jim Erickson of the First Hill Improvement Association, which is part of the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways coalition.
  6. E Lynn and E. McGraw curb bulbs were requested by Kathleen Laughman of the Montlake Community Club, which works closely with Montlake Greenways.

Safety Over Speeding On Rainier Avenue South

Supporters of Safety Over Speeding along Rainier Avenue South

Supporters of Safety Over Speeding along Rainier Avenue South

Sign petition I SUPPORT SAFETY OVER SPEEDING on Rainier Ave S:

With 1,243 crashes in the past three years, Rainier Avenue South is the most dangerous street in Seattle. Every crash impacts our community – from cars careening into our businesses to our children being run down by drivers who never even stop. This has been going on for years and we all know so many people who have been hurt or worse. We aren’t just statistics. At this point, many of us are scared to bike down Rainier Ave South-many people even fear walking across the street.

We say enough! Rainier Ave S should be made safe for all people to walk, bike, drive, catch the bus, shop, and live.

We’ve had many corridor safety projects on Rainier Avenue South over the years. Yet our street is still a menace to the people who live and work along it. We value safety over speeding and we hope your new Rainier Avenue South Road Safety Corridor Project will address our key priority areas.

Our key priorities have been discussed at our monthly Rainier Valley Greenways meetings, and in our on-going outreach to community organizations and neighbors. We have focused on five key priority areas:

  1. Slower speeds. 25 MPH along Rainier Avenue South and 20 MPH in our ‘Urban Villages’ (Columbia City, Hillman City, and Rainier Beach business districts).
  1. Pedestrian oriented signal timing. We are very ready to have our signals be compliant with federal standards. We reported signal timing problems more than a year ago. We don’t want to force our seniors and children to run across the street. In as many places as possible, we’d like to see pedestrian lead time at major crossings. Finally, we’d like to make sure signals are timed to 20 MPH in our Villages and 25 MPH along all of Rainier with signage that indicates these speeds.
  1. Emphasize safe crossing of Rainier. Raised crosswalks in key areas and curb bulbs to enhance pedestrian and bicyclists safety are some of the tools we want to see if we are finally going to reclaim our major neighborhood business street.
  1. Protected Bike Lane on Rainier Ave S.  Rechannelize our street to make Rainier Ave South a more Complete Street for all modes, so that people walking, biking, riding the bus or driving a car or truck are comfortable, and let each have their own place on the street.
  1. Enforcement. Please make sure people abide by the speed limits. We want to add school zone cameras for high schools, red light cameras, and police enforcement.

We are focused on our three main business districts with ideas to see if we can slow speed in our business and cultural centers.  Raised crosswalks along Rainier — at S Edmunds St. in Columbia City, at S Orcas St. in Hillman City, and at S Henderson St. in Rainier Beach — are what we believe could be the beginning of improvements along Rainier Ave South to make it safer for everyone and to try to control speeding and refocus distracted drivers.

We love our neighborhoods in the Rainier Valley.  We love to live, work and play in this community. But the current state of Rainier Ave South seriously impacts the quality of our lives.  It is an unpleasant experience and far too often an unsafe situation for people driving, using transit, walking and biking.


SNG 2015 Priorities



Mayoral Candidate Forum on Livable Streets July 1


Mayoral Forum on Livable Streets July 1 2013

Moderators: Tom Fucoloro (Central Seattle Greenways, Seattle Bike Blog) and Deb Salls (Rainier Valley Greenways, Bike Works Director). Introduced by Gordon Padelford, Central Greenways

Candidates: Bruce Harrell, Charlie Staadecker, Ed Murray, Joey Gray, Kate Martin, Mary Martin, Mike McGinn, Peter Steinbrueck

Partner organizations: 12th Ave Stewards, Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Bike Works, Capitol Hill EcoDistrct, Commute Seattle, CoolMom, Feet First, Futurewise, Madison Park Community Council, Safe Kids Seattle, Seattle Bike Blog, Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle Subway, Senior Services, Sustainable Seattle, and West Seattle Bike Connections

Forum Schedule
1. Introductions
2. Major Questions
3. Lightning Round Questions
4. Stretch Break
5. Randomizer Questions
6. Major Questions
7. Wrap Up from moderators

Sharing visions for traffic safety, safe routes to school, access to transit, thriving local business districts, green public spaces, street maintenance, and safe streets for walking & biking.