…To get to our brand new park!
Jefferson Park is a wonderful community gathering space located in the heart of Beacon Hill. Â It offers amazing views, brand new tennis courts, playground, cricket, lawn bowling, golfing, a community center, and soon we will have a skate park and spray pad (which would not have gotten much use this summer, somewhat diminishing the sting of construction delays). Â But the irony is this community nexus acts as a physicalÂ division within our neighborhood. The golf course is not permeable by car or foot, while the park is surrounded by arterial and collector streets (Spokane, Columbian, Beacon) that are wide and unsafe to cross except at stoplight-controlled intersections. Â Due to the current configuration it is difficult to access the park in a safe and efficient manner without getting in your car and driving there, which I must say, though I love my car, does take the neighborhoodiness out of things a bit—when was the last time you had a meaningful interaction with a neighbor when drivingÂ pastÂ them on 15th?
Neighbors have noticed that manyÂ peopleÂ try to access the park by foot by crossing Spokane betweenÂ BeaconÂ and 15th Ave. S. (at 16th, 17th, Lafayette, and Alamo). Â Though legal, crossingÂ SpokaneÂ at these intersections across 4 lanes of fast-movingÂ traffic with no marked crosswalks and difficult sightlines is not the most relaxing stroll to the park. Â A solution proposed in Beacon Hill’s Bike and Pedestrian Circulation Plan is to create a safeÂ pedestrianÂ crossing at Lafayette Ave. S. Â The first step to adding a new pedestrian crossing is data collection. Â Within the past month folks from Beacon B.I.K.E.S.Â have conducted pedestrianÂ crossingÂ counts and even shot a nice video at the proposed crossing.
The results from the countsÂ indicateÂ that during peak hours around 20Â people per hourÂ will cross Spokane at these dangerous intersections. Â This is considered a high enough rate by SDOT to justify a pedestrian crossing. Â SDOT will soon be conducting their own counts and studies and hopefully we will get the crossing installed next year! Â Of couhttp://youtu.be/dvqw7D8-6aYrse, it won’t happen without a lot of community support, so if you are interested please contactBeacon B.I.K.E.S. and send an email to Peter Hahn (SDOT director) letting him know this is something the neighborhood needs.
See you at the Park!