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At their Jan 11th meeting, the Board of Park Commissioners voted to accept the Draft Citywide Skatepark Plan as presented. There was an addition decision made about the Myrtle Reservoir proposed location along with some clarifying discussion. Susanne Friedman, the Parks staff person briefing the Board made the clarification that if Myrtle is chosen during a public process as a desired location for a skatepark, one would not be constructed at the High Point Community Center (HPCC), as the locations are very close together. The size of skatepark recommended for the HPCC is at a size that would service the district, although she said "a small district" skatepark, so my assumption is that a district size skatepark at Myrtle Reservoir would be a starting point for discussion. The next step for the Citywide Skatepark Plan is for it to go to the City Council for approval, possibly in March or April. I do not know what the public input process for the City Council will be yet.
After the two public meetings held in December, the Department of Transportation is incorporating comments and will publish a final draft plan for comment in February. The maps and materials shown in December can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm
Neighborhood Business District Strategy
After adoption of all the legislation related to this Strategy, the City is beginning the process of mapping neighborhoods for potential Pedestrian Zone designations and the residential-on-arterials designation (don’t know what the official buzzword is yet). They are mapping neighborhoods by districts, and the Southwest District is currently last in line, so we’ll be looking at this sometime in mid 2008.
There are two very important pieces of information you need to know about damage you may have sustained during either the flooding in mid-November or the most recent rain and wind storm:
For the November Flooding:
For those who suffered damage and made a report for the November flooding event (11/ 2 – 11/11), a Presidential Disaster declaration HAS been made for the State, and home and business owners in King County with uninsured losses should register with FEMA to see if they quality for assistance.To register, call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or on-line at www.fema.gov.
For the December 14th Rain and Wind Storm:
For those who have suffered damage to your home or businesses, the Seattle Office of Emergency Management strongly urges you to make a report to the King County Citizen Damage Report Hotline at 1-800-523-5044. The collective damage reports received will be used in a request for federal disaster assistance. If a Presidential Disaster Declaration is made for the State and the County, private citizens may be eligible for financial help for uninsured losses in the form of small grants from Federal Emergency Management Agency and loans from the United States Small Business Administration.
The Parks Dept has posted the Draft Plan for Seattle's Citywide Skatepark Plan. For West Seattle the following has been recommended by the Skatepark Advisory Board:
District size parks at the High Point Playfield and the West Seattle Stadium (although there is an additional note that the Stadium recommendation is not supported by Parks Staff, as it conflicts with a planned future golf driving range at the Stadium). Skatespots are recommended at Hiawatha Playfield, Delridge Playfieled and Roxhill Park. A Skatedot is recommended at Alki Beach. Finally, the Advisory Board also recommends that the Myrtle Reservoir be added as a site for consideration.
To read the full 44 page document to learn about the features of each type of skatepark facility, please see: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/Skatepark.htm