Madison Park 

December brings so much hustle and bustle that, during some past years, the Madison Park Community Council meeting slipped by with not a lot to mention. Not so this year, for we had a packed Bathhouse with Acting Parks Deputy Superintendent Eric Freidli coming to talk to the community. 

We have had an ongoing conversation with the city regarding the fence on 43rd Avenue East for several months. Neighbors on both sides of the issue asked questions and offered opinions hoping that Mr. Freidli would take them to Acting Superintendent Christopher Williams, who was not able to attend. 

It was at the Dec. 8 meeting of the Seattle Parks Board of Commissioners where they made their recommendation with a vote of 4-0-1 to remove the fence. 

Mr. Williams has now made his decision for the fence to be removed in early 2012. The community will be asked to participate in planning what and how the change will take place. 

Also at our council meeting, Alice Lanczos and Bill Kreager made a presentation to the community regarding the proposed plans from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as to how the people of Madison Park will get onto state Route 520 once the ramps come down in the Washington Park Arboretum. This was useful information, but these plans will not be implemented in the near future, since the state has no money to build this portion of the new bridge. 

We appreciate and are thankful for the time and energy both of these members are giving for our community. Their meetings with WSDOT will continue on into the new year.

The council was able to share in celebrating the annual Christmas Ships event with the Madison Park Business Association. The Montlake Community Center opened the Bathhouse, bringing the Jazz Jams musicians to perform before the ships arrived. (This group is open to anyone who enjoys jamming with other musicians. It meets once a month at the Montlake Community Center.) 

Cookies were provided by Park Shore Retirement Center, coffee from Starbucks and Tully’s and hot chocolate from neighbors Lola McKee and Jim Hagen. Music was provided by Vintage One Jazz outside of Bing’s restaurant. 

Mark your calendars, for the January meeting moved to the second Monday of the month, Jan. 9, due to New Year’s holiday. Neighborhood Greenways representative Bob Edmiston will explain how bicycling can be safe and enjoyable for the neighbors in Madison Park. 

Neighborhood Greenways promotes public safety, connecting the community and improving the public infrastructure. It works toward slowing the traffic one road off the main arterial so that cyclists and motor vehicles are not competing for the same road space. 

This is a program working in major cities around the United States and is being set up in neighborhoods all around Seattle. 

Thanks to all of you who have made donations to the Madison Park Community Council this year. It’s been a wonderful show of support, and we are encouraged as we serve a great community of neighbors. 

Please know that we are always looking for interested friends to join us at our meetings and in our endeavors to keep the neighborhood safe and beautiful.

— Gail Irving, president


Madrona Community Council’s (MCC) stated mission is to “be the voice of our vibrant community, connecting Madrona residents to their neighborhood” through social programs, communication and monthly meetings, and to speak for the community in larger political and governmental issues. 

Your community council has worked to uphold its mission by sponsoring neighborhood events such as Mayfair and the wine tasting; hosting speakers such as the mayor for his town hall meeting and Seattle Police personnel; addressing neighborhood-wide issues; and strengthening ties to Madrona K-8 School and the Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM). 

The MCC has also made a sustained effort to enlist neighbors’ involvement and support by recruiting new and expanded membership on the council and increasing attendance at monthly meetings. In 2011, the MCC has nearly doubled in size. 

Further, the MCC produces 10 issues of the Madrona News, which celebrates our neighborhood, its residents and businesses; connects neighbors; and gives a real community feel to our corner of Seattle. 

In the spirit of list-making that happens at this time of the year, below is a list of some of the council’s activities and sponsored events for 2011 and their associated costs/income:

•Madrona News (annual cost $17,000)

•Mayfair ($3,000)

•Garage sale (yielded $180)

•Madrona blossoms on 34th Avenue from May-October ($9,000 for baskets and maintenance)

•Brass Ring historical markers (MCC lent its nonprofit status and insurance, and split the $150 annual permitting cost with BOOM)

•Halloween (volunteer-supported, no cost)

•Wine tasting (thanks to donations from Steve Shulman at Leschi Market, Kevin O’Doherty/Windermere, Naam, St. Cloud’s, Bistro Turkuaz, Hi Spot Cafe and glassybaby, event yielded $3,000)

•Wintergreens of lights and greens on 34th Avenue from November through January ($1,500)

•Organize nominations and selection for Neighborhood Appreciation Day (in conjunction with Madrona K-8 School, no cost)

•Heating shelterhouse, licensing, insurance (approximately a few hundred dollars)

The MCC is an all-volunteer effort and depends upon community financial support to make all of these things happen. You can donate to MCC through the Paypal link on the website ( or by sending a check to treasurer Casey Losh, at 1615 31st Ave., Seattle, WA 98122. 

— Reprinted with permission from the Madrona Community Council’s Madrona News