News roundup: package theft, PARK(ing) Day, new library services, dog owners’ survey

by | Aug 4, 2015

Gretchen tells us she had two packages stolen from her front porch on North 74th Street near Linden Avenue last Tuesday. They were stolen at separate times that morning; she was home when one was delivered. The empty boxes were found at 9th Avenue NW and Holman Road NW, and returned by a good Samaritan.

Seattle Department of Planning and Development now has an online map application called Shaping Seattle: Buildings, which provides detailed information on active Seattle development projects that require Design Review. You’ll see design specifics, illustrations, permit statuses and upcoming community meetings.

Seattle Public Library has added 200 more Wi-Fi “hotspot” devices to its collection for patrons to check out to get free, mobile broadband Internet service. The devices can be checked out for three weeks.

The library also has expanded its printing services, allowing library patrons to send print jobs from their own wireless devices to library printers.

Wi-Fi print jobs may be sent from a laptop, or tablets and smartphones with Web browsers that support JavaScript.

To print a document from a personal device, patrons can log into while they are at a Library location and connected to the Library’s public Wi-Fi. Print jobs will be available at that location’s print release station.

Wi-Fi printing for jobs sent from personal devices cost the same as printing from one of the Library’s public workstations: single-sided, 8.5″ x 11″ print jobs are $.15 per page for black and white printing and $.50 per page for color printing. Patrons may pay for print jobs with cash, credit card or a PayPal account for online payment at

Businesses and community groups are encouraged to apply to host a PARK(ing) Day event on Sept. 18.

Each year, PARK(ing) Day provides an excellent opportunity to create fun and interactive public spaces to engage with local communities. Groups from all around Seattle will be designing and installing temporary on-street pop-up parks to help generate a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities. The event has grown every year, with a record number of 50 pop-up parks in 2014, spanning across Seattle from Rainier Beach to Lake City.

This year participants in Ballard will also have the unique opportunity to reinstall their parks for a second day on Saturday, September 19! This will support the Ballard Summer Parkways event which will close seven miles of streets in the neighborhood so that residents can walk, bike, and dance through the street to test out new and planned neighborhood bikeways. Check out the Summer Parkways website to learn more about the event and its route through Ballard.

If you’d like to participate in PARK(ing) Day, you’ll find the park guidelines and free application on our website. In addition, the website has tons of information on PARK(ing) Day, including photos of past pop-up parks to help you generate ideas for your space. Please email questions and completed applications to [email protected] by theAugust 28 deadline. We look forward to seeing your creative designs!

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is hosting a design competition in advance of this year’s PARK(ing) Day, so you can give your ideas on how to make a street or intersection safer. Deadline to submit ideas if Aug. 16.

Is there a street or intersection that you use on a regular basis that feels unsafe? Do you have ideas for how things like sidewalks, bike lanes, curb bulbs, pedestrian crossings, or traffic calming could be added?
We will award prizes to our 3 favorite design proposals. More importantly, your ideas will be publicized, and we will attempt to get them implemented on PARK(ing) Day, for another event, or even permanently.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and Seattle City Council are asking for dog owners’ input on off-leash areas through a new survey. Feedback will be used to develop a Strategic Plan which will help set a policy for future dog parks.

43rd Legislative District Rep. Brady Walkinshaw is asking for community input on issues pertinent to Phinney Ridge.

Now that the state legislature has ended a record-long session, I’m looking forward to re-connecting with residents of Phinney Ridge and other neighborhoods in the 43rd Legislative District to hear more about each community’s top priorities. We live in one of the most diverse districts in the State, with so many talented people going to school, living and working in our neighborhoods. We’re also facing some of the worst impacts of the major issues facing our city and state, from skyrocketing property values that are displacing working and middle-class residents, students, artists, and people of color, to homelessness, transportation gridlock, and discriminatory policing.

Working Together will be run almost entirely by volunteers from the 43rd Legislative District, and will kick off with a series of listening sessions at community meetings and house parties in neighborhoods across the district, as well as an online Community Issues Survey. I’m really hoping to hear from PhinneyWood readers and residents about your top priorities – I hope you’ll take our community issues survey at, and come to a community event.

Bartell Drugs’ “School Tools for Kids in Need” donation drive has begun. You can donate school supplies and hygiene products for needy students at any Bartell Drugs location, including Greenwood at 100 N. 85th St. Suggested donation items include: Pens and #2 pencils, markers and crayons, highlighters, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, scissors, toothbrushes, hand soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene supplies.

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