Leschi Community Council’s meeting on Wednesday, May 1, will feature a pro-and-con discussion on the proposal to elect Seattle City Council members by district rather than the current at-large process. Speaking for this proposal is James Bush, Dow Constantine’s communications specialist, and speaking against the proposal is former City Councilmember Jim Street.

The Duwamish River Cleanup organization will present the EPA plan on cleaning up this Superfund site. This is the period for community comment on the proposal. 

Seattle Public Utilities will present ”Protecting Seattle’s Waterways,” a plan to upgrade the storm-drain system to avoid sewage overflow during storms. 

The meeting will take place at Central Area Senior Center (500 30th Ave. S.), starting at 7 p.m.

Our ninth-annual Flo Ware celebration takes place on May 25, from noon to 4 p.m., in the small park at 28th Avenue South and South Jackson Street. We meet to celebrate the life of community activist Flo Ware and the renovation of the park, which is named for her.

The council will provide hot dogs and beverages; you bring the side dishes, salads and desserts to round out the meal.

The Council is partnering with the Seattle Girls’ School to participate in the first Hopscotch CD event on June 1. The plan is to create a 1.8-mile hopscotch route beginning at Flo Ware Park and winding through the Central Area, terminating at 23rd Avenue and Union Street.

The event starts at 9 a.m. at Flo Ware; we will serve coffee and some breakfast bites to supply the energy needed to negotiate the entire route. 

The second-annual Leschi ArtWalk takes place on June 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibitors will display their work along the lakefront businesses. 

Three bands will perform on a stage in Leschi Park. 

Children’s activities include creating artwork and face painting. 

Also, look for art from our neighborhood schools and informational booths on community services and businesses. 

Artists can apply for a booth by contacting annconroy@travelsmallworld.com. There is a $10 fee for a booth; a table, two chairs and a canopy are provided.

— Diane Snell, co-president


Madison Park

At 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6, the Madison Park Community Council will convene its annual meeting at the Madison Park Bathhouse, at 43rd Avenue East and East Madison Street. This is your opportunity to elect new directors and hear University of Washington geology professor Stan Chernikoff talk about the geological formation of our neighborhood, including what will happen if we have that 9.0 earthquake. 

You will also learn what the council has accomplished over the last year, and the council board can learn what you think should be accomplished by the council in the coming year.

Several weeks ago, a Seattle lawyer contacted me after read a recent issue of the Madison Park Times and learning about the Safe Sidewalks Program that the council has initiated for our neighborhoods. One of his clients is pursuing the owner of property adjacent to a sidewalk in disrepair. His client fell as a result of the sidewalk defect and permanently damaged her hand to the extent that she has lost use of it and has incurred about $125,000 in medical expenses. 

This is exactly why volunteers in the neighborhood have surveyed the sidewalks in Madison Park, Washington Park, Denny-Blaine and Canterbury and have now notified about 200 property owners by mail that their sidewalks, overgrown shrubs and tree branches or hedges do not meet the standards required by the City of Seattle, and that under city ordinances it is their responsibility to do so. 

If you are one of those homeowners, help avoid contributing to the injury of a neighbor. If the repairs are on a property line, work with your neighbor to make the repair. 

Those of you who need to trim shrubs that overhang sidewalks or hedges that block visibility, clear them back at least to the edge of the sidewalk. Trees should not be less than 8 1/2 feet above the sidewalk, and moss should be removed from the sidewalk surface. We hope that all work will be accomplished by Oct. 1 of this year. 

The council’s other initiatives continue. Our recent issue of Neighborhood Connection, which you all should have received in the mail, outline the details. 

Help our neighborhood in the coming year by participating, giving your ideas and electing those people who you have confidence in to lead the coming year’s neighborhood initiatives.

— Gene Brandzel, president



The Madrona Community Council’s (MCC) Mayfair will kick off May 18 with a pancake breakfast at Madrona K-8 School (1121 33rd Ave.) at 8 a.m. 

The parade will line up at Al Larkins Park (East Union Street and 34th Avenue) around 9:15 a.m., followed by lots of fun at the Madrona Playground (3211 E. Spring St.), including pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses and an obstacle course. 

There will also be live performances throughout the day.

T-shirts for the event are on sale now at mayfair.spreadshirt.com. All proceeds benefit the MCC. 

Additional volunteers are needed to assure this event’s success; e-mail Nikki Lundin at nikki.lundin@comcast.net to volunteer.

In response to comments they received concerning the No. 2 bus stop and shelter located westbound at East Union and 33rd Avenue, Metro decided to keep the stop open. 

Critical variables leading to the decision include parents waiting for the No. 2 bus at this stop after escorting their children to school; students can be easily monitored after school while they wait for the bus; and the stop is conveniently located near the library and low-income housing. 

Questions about bus stops in the neighborhood can be addressed to Mary Bemowski at 263-6154 or mary.bemowski@kingcounty.gov.

— Excerpted from MCC’s Madrona News