Eastlake Community Council Spring Events

Trees in Eastlake: Why are they disappearing? Wed., April 26, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. Experts will talk about the benefits of trees and how various current public policies are threatening trees in parks, along streets and other public rights of way, and on private lands. Speakers include from the Seattle Audubon Society, International Society of Arboriculture, and Interurban Trail Tree Preservation Society. For background, see p. 8 of the Spring Eastlake News. To help with the Eastlake tree inventory, see the ECC web site’s tree page

Wildlife in Eastlake:  Raccoons, rats, otters, opossums, muskrats, owls, eagles, geese, crows, starlings, etc. Tues., May 9, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E. First speaker is Brook Zscheile of the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services branch; second speaker is Don Pace from the rat control program of the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.  For background, see p. 1 of the Spring Eastlake News. 

Comment NOW on-line and at the May 16 open house about the Mayor’s proposed increase in building size for Eastlake and other neighborhoods Tues., May 16 (6-8 p.m. at historic Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122); Eastlake is one of five neighborhoods to be discussed at this event.  Good preparation would be the open house on Sat., April 29 (1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE) about the upzones for an additional six neighborhoods (Wallingford, Fremont, Roosevelt, Lake City, Northgate, and Green Lake).

To see the Mayor’s height increases for every lot in Eastlake, go to http://hala.consider.it/?tab=Draft zoning changes, and scroll down to Eastlake. For independent background and analysis challenging the Mayor’s approach, see below and/or click here.  In addition to commenting at the open house, it’s urgent to comment on-line, as most commenting so far live and work elsewhere, but and have filed comments favoring maximum upzones for virtually every neighborhood in Seattle.  On how to make an on-line  public comment, see http://eastlakeseattle.org/?page=HALA.  Whatever your views, please cast your vote soon. ECC welcomes your thoughts, to info@eastlakeseattle.org.

Public meeting on public safety, emergency preparedness, and planning for July 4 Tues., June 13, 7 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School. For background, see p. 22 of the Spring Eastlake News and p. 26 of the Fall Eastlake News. Sponsored by ECC.

Pledges of volunteer hours needed for off-leash area improvement grant.  The Colonnade planning process has identified improvements needed in the off-leash area to install a more paws-friendly surface, install lighting, prune shrubs and branches, create larger yards, improve signage, provide running water, add dog-themed art, and create an agility course, dog playground, and small/shy dog area.  Urgently needed is your pledge of at least two and preferably four or more volunteer hours to attend public meetings, workshops, or work parties to plan and realize these changes.  To be valid, your pledge must list a street address.  Redeemed only if we get the grant, your pledge helps ECC qualify for the needed matching funds.   We also need volunteers to help put together the grant application and manage the design process.  Please send your pledge or questions to info@eastlakeseattle.org or call 206-322-5463.


Please circulate the above info to others.  For more about the Eastlake Community Council and how to help make and keep Eastlake a great place to live, work, and play:  http://eastlakeseattle.org.  To see or contribute photos of Eastlake scenes: http://instagram.com/eastlakeseattle.  ECC seeks volunteers to help strengthen its Facebook and Twitter presence.  Contact ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.


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