Skatepark Plan moves forward with new skatespot in Lake City

Community encouraged to participate in park design meeting

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a public design meeting for the new Lake City Skatespot at Virgil Flaim Park on Monday, July 13, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Lake City Branch Library located at 12501 28th Ave. NE.

The community-initiated project is funded by Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. At the meeting, the community will have an opportunity to provide input on the skatespot’s features and other changes to the park. Staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Cascade Design Collaborative and Grindline Skateparks will be on hand to present site analysis, review the current design from the Opportunity Fund proposal and answer questions.

The skatespot will be positioned in the northeast corner of Virgil Flaim Park located at 2700 NE 123rd St. in the Lake City neighborhood. A skatespot is smaller than a full skatepark, but large enough to incorporate multiple skateboarding features. The skatespot is expected to be 8,000 square feet. For more information on Seattle Skatepark planning please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/skateparks/default.htm.

For more information on this project, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/virgil_flaim/skatespot.htm

To request accommodations or interpretation services for the meeting, you may contact Seattle Parks and Recreation Project Planner, Karimah Edwards at 206-233-0063 or karimah.edwards @seattle.gov.

Lake City’s Community Conversation

On the evening of April 29, more than 100 members of the Lake City community gathered at the community center to learn about numerous projects underway, enjoy delicious food, and see a preview of the Celebrate Africa! event that will take place on Saturday, June 9.

DPD staff answered questions about the draft Lake City Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF was developed over the past year and a half with guidance from an advisory group of Lake City residents and business owners. It provides a vision for the future of Lake City and the North District. The draft UDF includes recommendations about:

  • Rezones from Commercial to Neighborhood Commercial that would encourage a more pedestrian-oriented built environment
  • Parks and open space
  • Building form and development standards
  • Transportation
  • Sustainable strategies for an equitable Lake City

DPD will accept comments on the draft UDF through the end of May. There will be several opportunities to talk with DPD staff and advisory group members about the draft during this time. Materials presented at the April 29 Community Conversation will remain in the community center so that people who missed the event can review them and add their comments. We will also attend the following meetings to discuss the draft UDF.

  • North District Council on May 6, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lake City Library
  • LCNA on May 14, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Lamb of God Lutheran Church
  • Thornton Creek Alliance on May 28, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Community Center

If you want to schedule a presentation to your group, contact Katie Sheehy at Katie.sheehy@seattle.gov or (206) 684-5345.

Lake City residents, businesses, and services providers are working together to reaffirm the community vision, establish guidelines for future development, and implement projects that strengthen the neighborhood. A lot of exciting work is underway!

Lake City Future First sponsored the April Community Conversation with support from Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, Department of Neighborhoods, DPD, and SDOT. Numerous community groups also helped make the event possible, including the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and many members of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.

Lake City Urban Design Framework

DPD is working with the Lake City community to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF) that will establish a clear vision for future development in the neighborhood. The UDF will identify implementation actions for both the public and the private sector to realize the shared vision. Urban Design Frameworks in other areas of the city (Northgate, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, and West Seattle) have resulted in concrete actions that advance community goals.

The UDF is one aspect of Lake City Future First, a community revitalization initiative sponsored in part through an Only in Seattle grant. Other aspects include business development, neighborhood wellbeing, marketing and promotions, and organization and leadership. The UDF is also being developed in coordination with other City projects in the neighborhood including the Lake City Traffic Safety Corridor, which is making improvements along Lake City Way (SR 522) to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.

Currently, we are meeting with community stakeholders to develop draft concepts for the UDF that will be available for public review and feedback later this fall. We are also working with the Department of Neighborhoods Planning Outreach and Engagement Liaisons to get input from traditionally underrepresented communities.

Our draft UDF concepts will address existing character, desired future conditions, public open space, and neighborhood connections. In addition to discussing these at upcoming meetings with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and the North District Council, materials will be available for review and comment on our website. We will also be glad to attend other public meetings to gather more feedback from people who care about Lake City.

We anticipate releasing a draft Lake City Urban Design Framework in early 2015, with a public meeting to be scheduled in early January for additional review and comment.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, visit our website at www.seattle.gov/dpd/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/lakecity/ or contact:

Katie Sheehy
(206) 684-5345
katie.sheehy@seattle.gov

Wind, Trees Cause Power Outages in NE Seattle

Seattle City Light crews were working to restore service to about 9,800 homes and businesses Tuesday evening after high winds blew trees into power lines in Northeast Seattle.

The outages affected customers from Wedgwood to Lake City. An initial estimate for restoration of service was set for 7:20 p.m.

Updates on restoration are available online at www.seattle.gov/light/sysstat/

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to about 750,000 Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.