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Summer Social is Wednesday in the park!

July 26th, 2016 by Mike

Update: The Social is on!


Yes (Virginia) there will be a Maple Leaf celebration in the park on Wednesday evening!

The annual Maple Leaf Summer Social will be held TOMORROW Wednesday, July 27, in the Maple Leaf Park Family Terrace (the grassy area next to the playground equipment), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

If we’re counting correctly, it will be the 21st annual social.

No, it’s not clear what happens next. From the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Facebook page:

After the mayor’s announcement yesterday, a few Leaflettes have asked if there will still be a Maple Leaf Summer Social and the answer is yes, yes, YES! Things may be up in the air at the moment regarding the future of what our Community Council look like but one thing we can all be pretty sure of is that our neighborhood is strong, it will continue to be strong and do our best to represent our residents, and our community building activities and meetings WILL BE HAPPENING.

The future issue is what will happen with the community council, and the district councils, at least one of which most folks have never heard of.

There are 13 neighborhood councils, and this month Mayor Ed Murray decreed they must go.

This has not been without controversy.

For a supportive view, go here. For one of many complaints, try here. Or here. Or read Danny Westneat’s new column. Or Crosscut here.

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News on Maple Leaf's coming Reservoir Park

August 18th, 2010 by Mike

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has a piece this week headlined: “Maple Leaf Reservoir park design on hold.”

You need a subscription to the paper to read the piece online, but what they mean by “on hold” is that the design won’t be finalized until next summer when construction on putting the reservoir underground is closer to being finished. This was announced at June’s meeting on the Reservoir Park. Among other things, it gives the neighborhood time to raise money for additional park features.

Here’s the interesting part in the DJC story, for residents who still hope for more input into what goes into the park:

The schematic plan for the park was recently shown to the Seattle Design Commission. Commissioners asked the team to address community concerns by identifying future projects that could become part of the park if funding becomes available. These include a P-patch and more picnic shelters.

At the commission meeting, a representative of the Maple Leaf Community Council said it had a meeting scheduled with the city to discuss these items. (Architect Greg) Brower said most of the community’s ideas, such as a P-patch, have already been considered and drawn up by his office. “We’ll wait to see what our direction is from Parks.”

One other thing. The DJC piece claims the new park “will have the second highest view point in Seattle.” Nice, but as Maple Leaf Life has (repeatedly) reported before, “we’re No. 3.”

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News on Maple Leaf’s coming Reservoir Park

August 18th, 2010 by Mike

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has a piece this week headlined: “Maple Leaf Reservoir park design on hold.”

You need a subscription to the paper to read the piece online, but what they mean by “on hold” is that the design won’t be finalized until next summer when construction on putting the reservoir underground is closer to being finished. This was announced at June’s meeting on the Reservoir Park. Among other things, it gives the neighborhood time to raise money for additional park features.

Here’s the interesting part in the DJC story, for residents who still hope for more input into what goes into the park:

The schematic plan for the park was recently shown to the Seattle Design Commission. Commissioners asked the team to address community concerns by identifying future projects that could become part of the park if funding becomes available. These include a P-patch and more picnic shelters.

At the commission meeting, a representative of the Maple Leaf Community Council said it had a meeting scheduled with the city to discuss these items. (Architect Greg) Brower said most of the community’s ideas, such as a P-patch, have already been considered and drawn up by his office. “We’ll wait to see what our direction is from Parks.”

One other thing. The DJC piece claims the new park “will have the second highest view point in Seattle.” Nice, but as Maple Leaf Life has (repeatedly) reported before, “we’re No. 3.”

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Watch the entire video of the meeting on Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

June 23rd, 2010 by Mike

Last week’s final design meeting for the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park has drawn more comments than any story since Maple Leaf Life launched.

Now it’s possible to watch the entire video of the two-plus-hour meeting.

The Maple Leaf Community Council has posted the video here. Be warned: It’s split up into 15 parts!

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Final design for the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park reflects community wishes, costs, constraints

June 17th, 2010 by Mike

Our park’s final design meeting Wednesday night, attended by about 120 people, at times felt appreciative of the work done to plan the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, and at times was more quarrelsome.

The Maple Leaf Community Council is planning on putting a video of the meeting on its website by the end of the weekend.

The park planners had to make a variety of decisions based on what they would be allowed to do – the new park is being built on top of an underground drinking water reservoir, which means Seattle Public Utilities can often dictate terms, what the community wanted them to do, and what they could afford to do.

“SPU has a lot of influence over what we do,” designer Greg Brower of The Berger Partnership told the meeting. “SPU likes paving and synthetics.” Later he said: “SPU loves to see things that are paved. The less growing things, the better.” A number of those present wanted to know why, then, SPU hadn’t attended any of the park planning meetings.

The final park design seems to reflect the input gathered at previous meetings with the Maple Leaf community, and not that of outside groups who were said to lobby for features such as lighted sports fields.

As to the cost, the new park will be about 23 acres, meaning Seattle Parks and Recreation will have about $120,000 to spend per acre, Brower said. That contrasts with a usual $200,000-$300,000 per acre for a typical park, he said.

That’s one reason most of the money is being spent on the new, upper park and not on the lower, existing park which functions fairly well now, he said. [Read more →]

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Where are the trouble spots in Maple Leaf?

June 3rd, 2010 by Mike

To judge by an “issue reporting map” just created by the Maple Leaf Community Council, there isn’t much to worry about in our neighborhood.

But that’s likely because not many people so far have found the online map, here.

The council’s idea is that residents can report traffic hazards, graffiti or abandoned property in the hope that higher visibility will  end the problem.

The map runs on SeeClickFix technology that’s easy to use. The company says:

Citizens who take the time to report even minor issues and see them fixed are likely to get more engaged in their local communities. It’s called a self-reinforcing loop. This also makes people happy and everyone benefits from that.

At the moment, the biggest problems reported on the Maple Leaf map are graffiti at Maple Leaf Park and an abandoned computer monitor on Fifth Avenue Northeast (since removed).

What other problems should be reported, and fixed?

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Waldo Woods conservation effort moves forward

May 21st, 2010 by master

The Maple Leaf Community Council announced today that its efforts to save the grove of 80 mature Douglas fir trees it calls “Waldo Woods” is one step closer to finalization. From David Miller, chairman of the council’s Waldo Working Group:

We received confirmation today the real estate deal at the core of the conservation easement process has been closed. Our thanks go to MMSC for making this happen, including meeting Camp Fire’s demand for immediate cash in exchange for signing the paperwork.

In late April, Camp Fire Puget Sound was the only party that didn’t sign off on an ordinance to preserve the trees, which eventually led to further negotiations over a $425,000 lien it held on the property. Camp Fire was the previous owner of the property, located at the corner of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street, before recently selling it to Menachem Mendel Seattle Cheder Day School.

The next step in the process is to determine how Waldo Woods will be maintained, which is being negotiated by the school, the Community Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation. From Miller:

Since all three parties want a vibrant Waldo Woods, we don’t anticipate any problems. [Read more →]

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Artist with a view – of Maple Leaf's soon-to-be park

May 14th, 2010 by Mike


Artist Patrick Marold, left, chats with Maple Leaf neighbors Friday evening.

Patrick Marold, the artist chosen for the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, is in town this weekend to hear what Maple Leaf residents think he should create in the new park.

“I want to hear stories – stories about the neighborhood, about the things the neighbors value,” he said Friday night during a reception at a private home just north of the reservoir, with a fabulous view of the project.

He’s also interested in hearing from nearby residents. “There are people from other neighborhoods who will be coming here because of the park.”

Marold, who lives in Denver, will meet neighbors again on Saturday at Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E,  from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday evening’s event, attended by several dozen residents, was organized by Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park. Food was provided – actually, created – by Donna Hartmann-Miller and Dale Marston.

One resident, a neighbor who appreciates nature, encouraged Marold to incorporate natural elements into his designs. “Wings, wind, water. That’s my suggestion,” said Ginger Van Ry.

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Artist with a view – of Maple Leaf’s soon-to-be park

May 14th, 2010 by Mike


Artist Patrick Marold, left, chats with Maple Leaf neighbors Friday evening.

Patrick Marold, the artist chosen for the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, is in town this weekend to hear what Maple Leaf residents think he should create in the new park.

“I want to hear stories – stories about the neighborhood, about the things the neighbors value,” he said Friday night during a reception at a private home just north of the reservoir, with a fabulous view of the project.

He’s also interested in hearing from nearby residents. “There are people from other neighborhoods who will be coming here because of the park.”

Marold, who lives in Denver, will meet neighbors again on Saturday at Cloud City Coffee, 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E,  from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday evening’s event, attended by several dozen residents, was organized by Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park. Food was provided – actually, created – by Donna Hartmann-Miller and Dale Marston.

One resident, a neighbor who appreciates nature, encouraged Marold to incorporate natural elements into his designs. “Wings, wind, water. That’s my suggestion,” said Ginger Van Ry.

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One more week to comment on Maple Leaf's Reservoir Park

May 8th, 2010 by Mike

Update: On Monday afternoon Donna will be at Cloud City Coffee. On Tuesday afternoon and evening she will be outside Reckless Video, barring monsoons.

Starting this morning, a table will appear outside area coffee shops to collect comments on what should be built in Maple Leaf’s new Reservoir Park.

Donna Hartmann-Miller, who heads up Friends for a Greater Maple Leaf Park for the Maple Leaf Community Council, is trying to get everyone to send comments to the city and is putting in the seat time to prove it.

If you have questions, please feel free to email them OR you can stop outside one of our neighborhood coffee shops to talk it through a bit. Saturday, May 8, you can stop by Café Javasti from 9:15amish to 11:30ish; Cloud City Coffee from 11:30ish to 1:30ish; and Blue Saucer from 1:30ish to 3:30ish.

The deadline for comments is May 17, just a week away, Hartmann-Miller says.

You can US Mail comments to Kellee Jones, Seattle Parks Dept — 800 Maynard So., Suite 300 — Seattle, WA 98134. If you prefer, you can send your comments via email to kellee.jones@seattle.gov. And visit http://www.mapleleafcommunity.org/cc_ULMP_pg.html to see this and more.

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