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News roundup: Ballard design and transportation open house tonight, adopt a storm drain, School Traffic Safety Committee, ORCA cards, Nordic youth ski team, Parks closures next week

With all the rain lately, the city is asking residents to help keep street drains clear of leaves and other debris. Seattle has 80,000 storm drains, more than utility crews can keep clean. To report street flooding issues, call 206-386-1800. More winter storm tips here.

The city is holding an open house tonight (Wednesday) to get feedback on Ballard’s Urban Design and Transportation Study, in light of all the development happening in the neighborhood, as well as Sound Transit’s planned light rail to Ballard. The open house is from 6-7:30 p.m. at Leif Erikson Lodge, in the large hall on the second floor, 2245 NW 57th St. Light snacks will be provided.

SDOT’s transportation element of this coordinated study Move Ballard, will recommend near-term multimodal transportation improvements for the Ballard Hub Urban Village in response to the area’s recent growth. The plan will also evaluate potential future high capacity (e.g. light rail, bus rapid transit) transit station areas in anticipation of possible Metro and Sound Transit investments in the neighborhood. This meeting is an opportunity to comment on Move Ballard’s draft recommendations.

Over the summer, SDOT gathered feedback on the community’s priorities for transportation improvements and location preferences for a future high capacity transit station. Based on community input, traffic analysis, adopted modal plans, and ongoing projects; SDOT prioritized and evaluated local transportation improvements and future high capacity transit station locations.

This meeting is your opportunity to:
• Learn what we heard at the last open house and various stakeholder meetings
• Comment on the draft priorities and recommended design concepts for local transportation improvements
• Comment on draft evaluation of potential high capacity transit station locations (e.g. light rail)
• Comment on draft streetscape designs
While the main focus of this open house will be on transportation, this is also an opportunity to comment on land use and urban design draft recommendations.

The Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee is looking for new members to help make walking and biking to school safer. The volunteer board advises the Mayor and City Council on school traffic safety, including adult crossing guard locations, school traffic signs and signals, school safety patrols, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and student traffic safety education.

Board members serve a three-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be City employees. The board meets the fourth Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. typically at Seattle Public Schools headquarters with occasional field meetings at school sites or school crossings. Ideal committee members may include parents of school children, frequent walkers and bikers, people interested in pedestrian or bicycle encouragement and those with expertise in public health or child injury prevention.

Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by 5 p.m. on November 30, 2015, to Ashley Rhead at ashley.rhead@seattle.gov. For more information or questions, call Ashley Rhead at (206) 684-7577 or send an e-mail to the address above.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Thanksgiving closures:

  • Community centers and teen life centers are closed Nov. 26-27
  • Environmental learning centers are closed Nov. 26-27
  • Indoor swimming pools are closed Nov. 26-27
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center is closed Nov. 26-28
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center is closed Nov. 26-28

These facilities are open:

  • Boat ramps
  • Golf courses (will close early on Nov. 26, around 2 p.m.)
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center (7 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Nov. 26; no regular courses or programs over the weekend but center is open regular hours for court reservations)

King County Metro will be at the Ballard Farmers Market on Dec. 13 signing up bus riders for ORCA cards, including ORCA LIFT, the reduced fare card for income-qualified bus riders. At the ORCA To-Go cart, you can also get a youth or senior card, fill up your E-Purse. They’ll be at numerous other places around the region in the coming months. See the complete schedule here.

Momentum Northwest, a non-profit Nordic ski team for youth, has opened its winter program registration. Volunteer coaches work with skiers from ages 6 to 18 to learn cross-country skiing and also teach them about being environmental stewards, combining ski runs with trash pickups or trail work sessions alongside groups such as the Washington Trails Association. All of the program’s winter sessions take place at the Cabin Creek Sno-Park trails at exit 63 off I-90, at the historic Kongsbergers Ski Club.

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