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Nathan Hale Students Walk for Safety

(photo courtesy of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways)

(photo courtesy of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways)

Students from Nathan Hale High School (NHHS) are joining the effort to  make Lake City Way safer for pedestrians. Students will walk the intersection of NE 110th St. and Lake City Way (LCW) today from 4:30-5:30 p.m, carrying signs and crossing back and forth through the intersection to raise safety awareness. Representatives from Seattle’s Dept. of Transportation (SDOT) and the WA Traffic Safety Commission will also be in attendance.

 

This is part of an ongoing educational component of the LCW Traffic Safety Corridor Project, which kicked off earlier this year. Similar crosswalk actions have already been held at the intersection of 130th and LCW (near Fred Meyer), as well as at the intersection of 125th and LCW (near Bartells). These hour-long events are designed to boost awareness of the need to look out for each other, whether driving, walking, riding a bike or using other modes of transit.

 

The 110th intersection is critical for NHHS students who use it to access Metro bus lines and nearby homes. The Traffic Safety Corridor Project includes an engineering component and this particular intersection is already identified for improvements, which will be implemented over the course of the project.

These crosswalk actions are open to anyone in the community, so if you’re in the area, please come participate! Or if you’d like to get involved in helping the Lake City area become more pedestrian friendly, you can learn more via the Lake City Greenways‘ Facebook page.

 

Visit SDOT’s website to learn more about the LCW Traffic Safety Corridor Project, described there as,“a project to improve safety along Lake City Way from NE 78th St. to NE 145th St. The task force is working with data compiled between January 2007 and December 2011 that shows that on this 3.7 miles stretch of roadway there have been:

  • 717 crashes (143/year)
  • 21 serious and fatal crashes (4/year) and
  • 438 total injuries (88/year)

The task force is organized into three teams, engineering, enforcement and education, to identify problems and develop action plans using short term, low cost solutions designed to reduce serious injuries and deaths.”

 

 

 
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Bicycle Rodeo at Olympic Hills

Trailnet photo

Photo courtesy of Trailnet

Bring your entire family for an afternoon of fun at the Olympic Hills Day of Play on Saturday, April 26th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Olympic Hills Elementary playground.

 

Practice your traffic safety skills on a fun bicycle skills course (bikes will be provided).  Enjoy healthy snacks, fun prizes, and even take home a free helmet! You can also bring your own helmet from home and a Cascade Bicycle Club representative will adjust it for you. Younger kids may also enjoy the big red fire truck that will make an appearance.

 

History
Over the past two years Feet First has been working closely with Olympic Hills Elementary through a Safe Routes to School grant. This grant funded a new stretch of sidewalk along 130th as well as Walk to School campaigns for school families.

This spring marks the end of the grant cycle and to celebrate Feet First is partnering with Cascade Bicycle Club to host the Day of Play event at Olympic Hills Elementary. The event is for all community members not just Olympic Hills students.

 

 
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Local Egg Hunts This Saturday

???????????If you’re looking for nearby egg hunts for the kids this season, Meadowbrook Community Center is hosting its annual hunt this coming weekend. Or if you’re northwest of Lake City, Bitter Lake is also offering one. Both are FREE and scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 19th.  Or if you’re looking farther afield, Seattle’s Child has an extensive list of Seattle-area egg hunts here.  

 

Meadowbrook Egg Hunt
Free egg hunt for children ages 1 to 11. Event happens rain or shine at 10 a.m.

Nathan Hale High School stadium
10750 30th Ave. N.E., Seattle
206-684-7522

 

Bitter Lake Egg Hunt
Free egg hunt for children ages 2 to 10, hunting is done by age group.
Event happens rain or shine. 10 a.m., non-perishable food donations are welcomed.

Bitter Lake Annex
13040 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle
206-684-7524

 
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Family Center Open House

North Seattle Family CenterThe North Seattle Family Center recently relocated to the Lake City Professional Building. This Thursday, April 10th, you’re invited to join the center in celebration of their new space and Parent-Child Home Program.

Thursday, April 10th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
OPEN HOUSE
Lake City Professional Building
2611 N.E. 125th St., Suite 145

Enjoy complimentary refreshments, door prizes, and fun activities for the kids. There will also be program information on hand and an opportunity to register early for the center’s Summer Youth and Family Programs.

RSVP’s appreciated, please call (206) 364-7930 or via e-mail at mariadj@chs-wa.org.

 
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Lake City Farmers Market at Risk

SignThe Lake City Farmers Market will open June 12 for its 2014 season, Thursdays 3-7:00 pm through October 2. However, 2014 may be the market’s last season in Lake City.

 

History
The Lake City Farmers Market was founded in 2002 by the non-profit Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA), with help from the Lake City Chamber and volunteer community stakeholders. The market thrived through 2008, but as the economy fell the market saw a precipitous drop in shopper counts and vendor sales. Since then, market growth has remained flat.

 

Vendor

A vendor awaits customers at the Lake City Farmers Market in 2013. (FFLC photo)

Remediation
Last year, NFMA redesigned the market layout, reactivated the park, added new farmers, and expanded the vendor mix as part of a remediation plan to improve market performance. However, the shopper counts and sales to farmers remained flat. In contrast, other NFMA markets saw significant growth in 2013.

Other concerns about the Lake City location compound the issue. Repeated theft of market equipment and squatting in the market shed and parking lot raised safety concerns for staff throughout the 2013 season. Unless shopper attendance, sales to farmers, and staff safety improve in 2014, the market will be re-located in 2015.

The NFMA has undertaken remediation efforts in other neighborhoods with success. Collaboration with community volunteers and the local business association helped Columbia City’s market thrive despite an adjacent development project. In Magnolia, significant sponsorships, hours of on-site volunteer help and a relocation helped the Magnolia market grow by 25%.

 

Greens

A Lake City market vendor sorts greens during the 2013 season. (FFLC photo)

How Can You Help?

  • Complete this Lake City Farmers Market survey (it only takes a few minutes) to help volunteers assess what’s happening at the Lake City market
  • Distribute market signage, fliers, and posters
  • Attend and shop at the market & encourage others to do so
  • Outreach to community groups to advertise the Fresh Bucks (SNAP incentive) program
  • Organize community groups to come to the market each week and put on free kids and cooking events
  • Help with live music booking for the market each week

 

*Update: To volunteer with the market, please contact molly@seattlefarmersmarkets.org

 
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