All posts by Mira Latoszek

Panel to discuss Cheasty Greenspace mountain bike project 7/12

The Seattle Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a panel discussion this Saturday, July 12 at 9 a.m. on the proposed mountain bike pilot project in Cheasty Greenspace.  The panel will include Mark Mead from Seattle Parks and Recreation, proposal proponent Jay Gairson and opponent Patricia Naumann, natural areas expert Ruth Williams, and former Parks Board member John Barber.

The SNC meets on the second Saturday of each month at The Central, located at 500 30th Ave. S. in the Leschi neighborhood in the Central District. The Central is one block south of South Jackson Street and the #14 Metro bus.

This is a breakfast meeting (complete rotating buffet and beverages, $12 or $5 for beverage service), with the first 30 minutes focused on networking and engagement with fellow activists.  This is followed by a speaker’s presentation and up to an hour of lively Q&A.

Read more at the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition website.

Beacon Hill Library celebrating ten year anniversary Saturday

Neighbors wait for the library to open on a typical day. Photo by Jason Simpson.
The Beacon Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library is turning 10 years old and the neighborhood is celebrating this Saturday, July 12!  A fun-filled day is planned with refreshments, a panel of speakers, poetry reading and entertainment. Beacon Hill writers, young and old, are invited to share their creativity during an open mic program.

Schedule of events

  • 12:30 p.m. – Neighborhood celebration/social hour
  • 1:30 p.m. – Architecture panel reviews the vision, design, and process of Beacon Hill’s new library building
  • 2:45 p.m. – Ken Mochizuki, author of “Beacon Hill Boys,” reads from his work
  • 3:15 p.m. – Open mic for local writers to share their work
  • 4:30 p.m. – Learn break dancing from members of the Massive Monkees crew

Cheasty Greenspace, PacMed Tower, skateable art sculpture, and Board Elections on NBHC agenda

There will be an open house for the Cheasty Greenspace tonight (Tuesday, June 3), at the Beacon Hill library from 6:10 to 6:50.  There will be photographs of the Cheasty forest featuring native plant and tree species, birds, maps from the Seattle Parks Department “Cheasty Greenspace Vegetation Management Plan,” information on Cheasty wildlife and history, and lively discussion about the future of South Seattle’s own Cheasty Greenspace Forest.  Mark Mead from the Seattle Parks Department will be on hand to give an update and answer questions during the regular North Beacon Hill Council meeting starting at 7 p.m.
Also on display will be images of the skateable sculpture by artist C.J Rench that will be installed at the north end of Jefferson Park later this month.  More info on the project can be found on the project page at the DPR website.

Full NBHC Agenda:
  • 7:00-7:05   Introductions, Greater Duwamish District Council and Department of Neighborhood updates
  • 7:05-7:20   Happening on the Hill—community calendar and construction updates: there’s a lot going on this summer! SPL librarians will be on hand to share news about the July 12 Anniversary Celebration of our branch! TEN YEARS!
  •  7:20-7:35   NBHC board nominees: brief presentations from those interested in running for a two year position on the NBHC board; bylaws available for review if desired
  •  7:35-7:55   Pacific Tower and Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority
  •  7:55-8:20  Cheasty Greenspace update: Seattle Parks Department Urban Forester Mark Mead 
  • 8:20-8:25   Board elections (if you’ve attended one meeting in the past calendar year, you’re a voting member)
  •  8:25-8:30  Old/New business
  •  8:30-8:55  NBHC Board meets in Beacon Hill Resource Center (open to the public)