On Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Madison Park Bathhouse, the Madison Park Community Council (MPCC) will present a program to determine whether we should have a pedestrian/bike trail through Madison Park, Washington Park and Denny-Blaine that can safely take bikers and pedestrians from home to a neighborhood destination such a McGilvra Elementary School, the Madison Park Beach and the Madison Park business district and back home. 

Neighbors on 37th and 38th avenues East — with the help of MPCC board member Bob Edmiston — have already started their plan from East Madison Street to McGilvra school. This could include rebuilding the blind intersection on the north side of 37th and Madison, where we have already had one child hit by a car. 

At the same meeting, a representative from the city will describe the project to rebuild the sidewalk on Madison from 41st to 42nd avenues East. This is a result of the vision, fortitude and grant-writing skills of Linda Cody, to whom we owe a great, big thank you. The grant is for $70,000. 

Our past president, Gail Irving, deserves kudos for shepherding this project along.

What’s next? We are seeking volunteers to work on a Disaster Relief Plan for our neighborhoods: Madison Park, Washington Park, Denny-Blaine and Broadmoor. If you are interested in helping develop the plan, contact me at MPCCPres.Gene@gmail.com or at (206) 940-4489. Kathleen Stearns has agreed to chair the Disaster Relief Committee, so the committee will have wonderful leadership. 

We are working with Park Shore Retirement Community to jointly sponsor a monthly program there, called “Meet a Special Neighbor.” This will give us all a chance to learn from the many extraordinary people living in our neighborhood. 

Have you heard about Madison Park Nextdoor? This is a new Internet tool designed to allow you to communicate with neighbors you don’t know but who may be of help to you or you to them. Take a look by going to madisonpark.nextdoor.com.

Our Sept. 10 meeting will include the head of the state Route 520 West End Design Team to bring you up-to-date with the latest plans for SR 520. It will include a question-and-answer session. Bring your questions. 

Last, the fence at North Beach is down and plantings are planted. Thanks to Shan Mullin, Sam Smith and Ed Clark for their work in bringing this project to a constructive conclusion.

— Gene Brandzel, president


Support your local business — while that may be an expected encouragement from any business association, the Madison Park Business Association (MPBA) is about more than just growing business. It was explained to me that “giving back to our customers” is really the mission and goal of the MPBA.

Several annual events and activities have been a tradition in Madison Park, and we will strive to continue the July kids’ parade and picnic, August Music in the Park, the Halloween trick-or-treat in October and the celebration of the holidays in December. 

A combination of donations — including volunteer hours, dollars and goods and services — make these events successful and enjoyed by all who participate. The funds for the event came from the dues collected from all the local businesses belonging to the Madison Park Business Association. 

Most recently, several businesses donated time and goods to the Children’s Parade and Picnic event on July 7. Contributors included The Attic, Mad Pizza, Park Postal, Bert’s Red Apple, Madison Park Hardware, Park Shore, the Junior League of Seattle, Denali Fitness, Wells Fargo Bank, the Seattle Police Department and the local Seattle fire station. 

A new event is the Madison Park Art Walk. Thirty business locations and as many as 35 local artists will participate. The art walk kicks off Sept. 7 and runs the entire month. 

Next up is the Music in the Park concert series the first four Thursdays of August, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic and a blanket to the field to the east of the tennis courts at Madison Park, and tap your toes to some great Seattle-area musicians. 

— Terry Short, president