From the North Delridge Neighborhood Association
On Sunday afternoon we had the first meeting of West Seattle Greenways – see our previous announcement here. We had a great turnout, with folks present from neighborhoods around West Seattle, and as far south as Normandy Park. Joining us were half a dozen boy scouts from troop 282, in attendance as part of their Community Communications merit badge.
I co-led the meeting with Stu Hennessey of DubSea Bikes. We started by describing the ideas behind the 21st Ave and 26th Ave greenway plans, which have been highlighted by the city for completion by the end of 2012. Following this we split into three regional groups: Puget Ridge/Highland Park/Arbor Heights, Delridge/North Delridge, and Alaska/Alki.
The Delridge group was strongly in support of the 26th greenway project, primarily as a means of traffic calming and reclaiming the street from the heavy overflow traffic that uses the route when Delridge Way is backed up. They brainstormed ways to gain support of neighbors, including highlighting the potential environmental benefits of greenway design on the nearby longfellow creek, and the status of the route as part of the longfellow creek trail system.
The Puget Ridge group noted the presence of a school, ongoing wetland restoration, high bicycle traffic volume and cooperative community to support a project on 21st ave SW. A neighbor from the city of Normandy Park voiced her idea of designating a “South-west Super highway” for cyclists, connecting her city to downtown Seattle via greenways and bicycle paths.
The Alki/Alaska Junction group noted the need for bicycle and pedestrian-friendly east-west connections, especially for residents in the Admiral neighborhood. There are so many great parks, beaches, and other destinations nearby, and the difficulty of accessing them without a car is a shame.
I enjoyed the chance to meet and chat with like-minded neighbors from around West Seattle. We hope to keep the ball rolling and continue advocating for safe connections throughout our neighborhoods. At our next meeting, we hope to include a representative from the city of Seattle who can give us insight into the work that will be done in 2012, and how we can best influence the decisions that are made. The next meeting will be held Sunday March 18th, 3pm at Pearls Coffee and Tea on Delridge.