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Neighborhood news roundup: Safe school routes, PNA partnership, playground renovation, zoo lights and gym move

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news.
West Woodland Elementary is one of three schools that will receive a combined $800,000 as part of the Safe Routes to School project. Beacon Hill and McGilvra are the other two schools. Mayor McGinn made the announcement at West Woodland on Wednesday. The funding comes from the City’s Real Estate Excise Tax. The money will be used to upgrade a half-signal to a full signal at NW 58th Street and 8th Avenue NW, and install new marked crosswalks and curb ramps.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association will now manage all of the facility rentals for the Sunset Hill Community Association in Ballard. The SHCA clubhouse is at 3003 NW 66th St.

Because PNA and SHCA are both nonprofit organizations with similar missions to connect neighbors and foster community, this partnership is a good fit for both organizations. PNA has a history of success in managing rentals and programs at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center and welcomes the 1929 meeting hall into the rental options. PNA’s staff will promote, rent and provide custodial services for the SHCA clubhouse.
Questions regarding rentals for both the SHCA and the Phinney Center can be directed to Margaret Pai by email [email protected] or 206.783.2244 x 42.

A Community Project CrossFit, which moved into 7216 Linden Ave. N. less than two months ago, is moving to a larger space a few blocks away. ACP CrossFit will be closed Saturday through Monday for the move, and will reopen Tuesday at 7622 Aurora Ave. N. (a former Kung Fu studio). The new space is much larger and has locker rooms and showers.
The Phinney Ridge Community Council will host an informational meeting about Woodland Park Zoo’s new annual “Wildlights” holiday event, a nightly light display with live entertainment from Nov. 19 through Jan. 1. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6. Zoo staff will address plans for traffic, parking and other neighborhood impacts.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding its second public meeting on the renovation of Woodland Park Playground at 1000 N. 59 St. The meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 1. Landscape Architect Shwu-jen Hwang will present three play area options for community discussion. Construction is planned for fall of 2013.
And the Rotary clubs of greater Seattle are seeking business and professional people ages 25-40 for a month-long cultural and vocational exchange program in Russia in April and May 2013.

The Group Study Exchange is a longstanding program of Rotary International. It offers an all-expense paid experience with home stays with Rotarian host-country families, vocational visits, and an opportunity to exchange ideas and customs with Russian counterparts. Applicants must live or work in Rotary District 5030, which covers all of King County and the communities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek in Snohomish County. The exchange is not open to Rotarians or their lineal descendents.
Applications for team members are due by October 22,2012. Complete information and application forms are available at www.gse.rotary5030.org.