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Polar Bear Plunge returns to Matthews Beach

December 18th, 2013 by master

Ring in the New Year in your swimwear at the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at nearby Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the Jan. 1 event that starts at noon sharp; registration begins at 11 a.m.

From the Parkways post:

A 2014 Official Patch of Courage will be given to all heroic polar bear participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake. The patch will show the world that participants braved the frigid waters. Warming refreshments will be served.

As in previous years, younger polar bears and anyone else who needs a little more room can take part in the Polar Cub Club part of the event immediately preceding the main plunge. For the truly hearty, double-dipping is allowed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

· Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume!
· Come early, and carpool or take the bus (you can plan your trip).
· If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you can’t go in the water, come and watch!
· Don’t drink alcohol–it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
· Stay in the water for no longer than 15 minutes-you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
· Keep your outer clothing on until you’re ready to get in the water. After the plunge, remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

Will you brave the frigid waters of Lake Washington for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge?

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Make time for Hands-On Skills Fair this weekend

February 6th, 2012 by master

Your chance to regain many of the skills that have been lost over the generations is coming up this weekend at the Hands-On Community Skills Fair on Saturday at Meadowbrook and Ravenna-Eckstein community centers.

Organized by Sustainable Northeast Seattle in partnerships with the community centers, the event will teach you such skills as:

  • Making cheese
  • Tool sharpening
  • Bread baking (wheat and gluten-free
  • Make-it-yourself herbal products
  • Basic sushi making
  • Basketweaving
  • Soap making
  • Simple bike repair
  • Cistern installation

Plus many more, which are listed on the full schedule. Tickets costs $15 in advance online through Seattle Parks and Recreation or by calling the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., at 206-684-7522, or the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., at  206-684-7534. Buying advance tickets allows you to reserve space for your workshops of choice. Otherwise, tickets cost $20 at the door.

Workshops take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a vanpool will be available to shuttle participants between the two locations. The event ends with a community potluck at the Meadowbrook Community Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Air your Beaver Pond Natural Area concerns tonight

January 26th, 2012 by master

The Thornton Creek Alliance is inviting the community to its meeting tonight that will focus on the restoration at Maple Leaf’s Beaver Pond Natural Area, volunteering, crime/safety and any other topics you would like to discuss.

Last month, the branches of nearly 50 trees were illegally pruned in Beaver Pond Natural Area, raising both ire and support from the community.

A variety of city leaders will be in attendance, including:

  • Seattle City Councilwoman Sally Bagshaw, chair of the Parks Committee
  • Terrie Johnston, Seattle Police Department community liaison
  • Joanna Nelson de Flores, Green Seattle Partnership project manager
  • Chris Saleeba, with Seattle Greenways

 The open disucssion is from 7-9 p.m. at Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E.

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Community centers safe under mayor's proposed budget

September 27th, 2010 by master

Both the Northgate and Meadowbrook community centers are safe under Mayor Mike McGinn’s proposed 2011-2012 budget unveiled today.  Several community centers around the city will take a hit when it comes to operations, but the ones in our immediate area will continue to run normally.  To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.  

The City Council will now dive into the proposed budget.  One of three public hearings will be held this Wednesday (9/29) at 5:30pm at the Northgate Community Center gym at 10510 5th Ave NE.  The Council has also set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.  You can find that page here.

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Community centers safe, Dahl wading pool cut to 3 days a week

June 14th, 2010 by master

The Northgate and Meadowbrook community centers will remain open as normal, but the Dahl Park wading pool is being scaled back to 3 days a week this summer.  This morning, the mayor’s office announced its mid-year budget cuts.  All community centers and swimming pools will continue to be funded.  The only areas that took a big hit in the Parks budget were wading pools and park maintenance.

The mayor also decided against any cuts to the fire department budget in the wake of the deadly weekend fire in Fremont.  You can see the complete list of cuts here.

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Mid-year budget cuts coming Monday

June 11th, 2010 by master

We’ll soon know the fate of the Northgate Community Center and the nearby Dahl Playfield Wading Pool and Meadowbrook Community Center. The mayor’s mid-year budget cuts will be announced on Monday (6/14), including any cuts to the city’s Parks and Recreation department.

The cuts being announced for the rest of this year could involve closing centers or pools, scaling back hours, or doing nothing at all. Even if the centers and wading pool in our area survive this mid-year round of cuts, there is still concern about even more cuts for 2011.

The mid-year cuts will be unveiled during the City Council’s budget committee meeting on Monday at 10:30am. We’ll bring you all the details, or you can watch live on the Seattle Channel (21 on Comcast) or online.

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Update on fate of community centers, wading pool

May 17th, 2010 by master

Concern continues to grow about the future of the Northgate Community Center and the nearby Dahl Playfield Wading Pool and Meadowbrook Community Center.

Today, Maple Leaf Life learned the city’s Parks Department submitted its “budget papers” for 2011, which identify issues and potential service cuts. We’re told some facilities are on that list, but a spokesperson for the Parks Department could not provide any specifics until the mayor’s office makes its recommendations.

As for the rest of 2010, the mayor is set to announce mid-year budget cuts around June 1. Community centers, pools, and wading pools across the city are facing closure as the Parks Department tries to trim its budget.

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