Exactly how community bodies like the East District Council fit in the future District 3 framework may not have been entirely worked out but the neighborhood representatives still have some important responsibilities. Tuesday night, the EDC will hear from finalists with projects proposed for parts of the $2 million in Neighborhood Park and Street Fund grants available in 2015. The fund can be used for projects up to $90,000 to fund park or street improvements.
Included in the roster are several ideas that have come up in recent CHS coverage including a proposal for funds to trim Cal Anderson’s trees and improve lighting to make the park safer and extending the area’s “Pollinator Pathway” infrastructure to connect to Cal Anderson.
Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6 PM in a 12th Ave Arts conference room if you want to stop by to support the applicants and check out the council’s prioritization vote. Three ideas will make it through with, believe it or not, the Mayor’s office holding the final decision based on feasibility.
Here are the ideas up for consideration around the East District and Capitol Hill:
- Cal Anderson Park — Lighting and tree trimming in the park
Safety issues in Cal Anderson Park are a primary concern for the neighborhood. The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a grant from the Office of Economic Development (OED) to fund a lighting plan for the Park. We have discussed the funding with Eric Freidli, Deputy Superintendent. Eric’s only caution was that community expectations around infrastructure projects remain realistic, given the amount of maintenance and infrastructure improvements in current Park planning. With that in mind, our intention in applying for this grant is to be helpful and proactive in this process. While the renovation of the Park completed in 2005/2006 was created w/ Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) standards, the past 10 years have shown that the landscaping and lighting plan could use further attention. Our goal is to spend 2015 thoroughly exploring the options for a safe, active, public space with lighting and landscaping improvements with monies from the OED grant and use the Neighborhood Streets and Parks grant monies, if awarded, to help implement that work.
We are requesting this grant to implement recommendations that would suggest maintenance and/or repair of lighting, as well as landscaping or tree trimming that help create clear sightlines and safe spaces. For example, the lighting areas to the North ring of the Sun Bowl has been overshadowed as the trees have grown, creating a very dark area between the pathway, playground space and Sun Bowl area. It is our understanding that the original lighting plan as proposed had more extensive lighting in this area, as well. We’d like to revisit that original proposal and see if there are exiting elements in said proposal that could be strengthened and/or incorporated. A new CPTED review for the Park will provide much needed attention to the safety elements of the design and we believe that that review – with the funded lighting study in hand – will go a long way as a community benefit in creating a better, safer public interaction (and perception) of this beautiful space.
- Eastern edge of Cal Anderson Park
Install pollinator pathway. The subject of this proposal is the second Pollinator Pathway. Created in partnership with Bergmann, it will connect four important green spaces with 2.5 linear miles of native pollinator-friendly gardens. We are beginning pre-design and pre-development for a Pollinator Pathway to run north from the Seattle University campus along 11th Avenue to its terminus at Volunteer Park. Part of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict initiative. For this first construction component of the 11th Ave. Pollinator Pathway we propose planting pollinator-friendly gardens at the eastern edge of Cal Anderson Park, mitigating the thin grassy areas between street parking and the sidewalk. We would work with Sarah Bergmann in designing these new gardens prior to their installation.
- 12th Ave E and E Denny Way
Study and design intersection improvements at 12th & Denny such as a cheap refuge island to allow people walking to cross one lane of traffic before having to cross the other direction and signs to improve access for people biking
- Denny between 11th Ave and 12th Ave E
In the longer term, we’d like to see our residential streets adjacent to Cal Anderson Park be declared a residential Slow Zone, once the program is ready. This would enable a tranquil, parklike setting to extend beyond the park’s geographic boundaries, and address our safety concerns from high-speed cut-through traffic. As a first step, we are proposing that Denny between 11th and 12th receive speed humps and/or other traffic calming measures that actively enforce a safe and comfortable 20 mph speed, as drivers come off of 12th at speeds unsuitable for a quiet residential street. (Denny is currently not slated for Greenway treatments until 2019 under the BMP implementation plan).
- 10th Ave E and E Thomas ST
There is a misaligned, blind ’T’ intersection at the corner of 10th Ave E and E Thomas St. that drivers and pedestrians are coming into conflict with each other everyday. It is in front of our cafe which has outdoor seating and is potentially very dangerous for them if 2 cars should collide and veer into our area – which comes close to happening every day. Installing stop signs, curb bulbs, traffic circles or a parklet in tandem with a 1 way street designation Southbound for 1 block (or local access only n.bound) could alleviate the situation.
- Melrose Promenade
Our group has been working for nearly five years to develop and implement a community-generated plan to make the entirety of Melrose Avenue, from East Pike Street on the south to Lakeview Boulevard East on the north, a safer street. We completed an extensive community visioning process, funded by the Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund program and in coordination with the Seattle Department of Transportation and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, which focused in part on how to make the exact intersection of Melrose, Minor, and Pike safer. In coordination with our neighbors, we produced a series of community-supported strategic interventions and enhancements. These include: – “Necking down” the curb line at this intersection to increase the predictability of auto movement; – Incorporating more pedestrian-oriented lighting to both improve visibility but also to change people’s psychological experience of this space, increasing awareness of the shared nature of the street; – Distinctive paving materials at the pedestrian crosswalks to improve drivers’ awareness of pedestrians and cyclists, and to encourage more predictable pedestrian traffic patterns – Implementing a curbless festival street – Signage identifying this area as the gateway to the Melrose Promenade corridor and signifying the unique character of this particular location
- Miller Neighborhood Association
Repave E Thomas between 17th Ave E and 20th Ave E.
- Madison between Minor and Boren
Repair to sidewalk at this location
- E Boston Ave and E McGraw St on west side of 24th Ave E
Repair sidewalks at this location
- E Lynn on 24th Ave E
Street improvement s at this location. 1) Sidewalk planters 2.) Design consultant to map these improvements to an overall strategic improvement plan and design for the Montlake business district in partnership with the city.
- E Lynn and E McGraw
Curb bulbs at this location
- E Harrison St between 32nd Ave E and Lake Washington Blvd E
We propose a community design process to come up with a simplified, intuitive and easy to navigate configuration for the Lake Washington Blvd / E Harrison St / 37th Ave E intersectionand to select among modern traffic calming options for the EHarrison Segment in front of TheBush School.
- 39th Ave E to Garfield St Greenway Implement the Hillside Drive Greenway
McGilvra Elementary School students in the western half of the school attendance area do not have a safe walking or biking routes to school, forcing physically capable children to become dependent on being either driven or bussed to school.
- E Harrison St and Boyer Ave along Lake Washington
Provide $50,000 to design the Neighborhood Greenway segment between E Harrison St and Boyer Ave E along the Lake Washington Loop signed bicycle route that can be implemented when implementation funds become available.