Madison Park

At the November Madison Park Community Council meeting, we welcomed Don Baxter from Seattle Animal Control, who provided valuable information with regard to caring for your pets in the city. 

Several neighbors have sent the council notices about dogs roaming free without an owner, as well as dogs off-leash with their owner. 

Mr. Baxter explained that the city has zero-tolerance for dogs off-leash, and owners can be fined $54 per incident. Within any park the fee will continue to increase by the number of notices one receives, up to $162 there after. 

The importance of the leash law is for the pet, as well as individuals and other animals. Fast-moving vehicles may not see a dog off-leash, and accidents can occur. Many smaller dogs and individuals are frightened by larger dogs that rush toward them, no matter how friendly the animal actually is. 

Mr. Baxter stressed it is important to hold your ground if rushed by an unleashed dog. It is good to carry a device, such as an umbrella or even a ball, to distract the dog from its focus. Mr. Baxter pointed out that dog treats work well as a distraction too. 

Cats, on the other hand, have no leash law. Mr. Baxter mentioned that Seattle Tilth has several ideas to keep cats out of your gardens. The Seattle Tilth’s Garden Hotline is (206) 633-0224.

On Dec. 17, at 4:55 p.m., the Christmas Ships arrive at Madison Park. The council will host two sites for hot chocolate, coffee and cookies this year. 

As we have always done, we will share a table with the Madison Park Business Association outside of Bing’s in the McNae Triangle Park and, new this year, we will have a site in the Bathhouse. 

With the official celebration of New Year’s falling on our regularly scheduled meeting night, we are moving the council meeting to Jan. 9, 2012, when we will have Bob Edmiston, representing Neighborhood Greenways, with us. 

Neighborhood Greenways are linear parks developed to promote neighborhood mobility. They are designed specifically for each local community so that neighbors can walk and ride safely through their own neighborhoods, decreasing traffic injuries and fatalities. 

These designs are for roads that are not main arterials so bicyclists will not compete for street time with the busy motor traffic. 

Mr. Edmiston will present neighborhoods that have begun to design their own greenway here in Seattle, as well as discussing the possibility of Madison Park having its own greenway. Your active participation is desired to help document the needs of the community. 

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— Gail Irving, president


Two compelling issues — neighborhood crime and changes to the neighborhood’s appearance — made the Nov. 1 Madrona Community Council (MCC) meeting at Verité a standing-room-only affair. 

Three representatives from the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct addressed recent burglaries in the neighborhood. They discussed tactics citizens can use to make their homes less attractive to burglars and things we as neighbors can do to help police and to improve our own skills of observation. 

Much of the information they imparted, as well as the handouts and phone numbers they distributed, can be found at

In a follow-up to October’s presentation by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) regarding removal of street trees along 34th Avenue, a committee of neighbors formed to work with the department on a master plan to determine the new design for the 34th Avenue corridor and to seek grants to pay for changes beyond what SDOT provides. 

Those present also heard from a representative of Community Power Works, the local, government stimulus-funded program designed to remove barriers to energy efficiency in homes. 

All candidates for the MCC offices ran unopposed and were unanimously elected for another term. Names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses are posted on the MCC website at

— reprinted from Madrona News