Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Delridge Skate Park On-Hold

West Seattle Blog broke the news that funding for the Delridge Community Center Skate Park has been cut from the budget under consideration. I am writing this post in hope that supporters will write to the City Council and Mayor's office requesting that funds be restored.

The City's history with getting skate parks built is sketchy at best. After long consideration of their benefit and careful planning on optimal siting, they've started and stopped several skate parks in West Seattle, bowing to community pressure.

Last summer the City again resolved to build a West Seattle park, this time at the Delridge Community Center. The neighborhood largely supports it, especially after design team and city project manager addressed our concerns.

There is growing sense the corner of Delridge and Genesee is a portal to North Delridge. The site is advantageous for a skate park because it is highly visible and it's close to the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center with many youth programs, the Delridge Community center with youth programs and sports, and the Southwest Youth & Families Services. It is on two major bus lines, possibly three if the #50 bus service starts along Genesee.

In short, the site is ideal, the neighborhood is supportive, and the City has already contracted for the design. The City set the expectation the park is being built. Cutting the budget, even if it's a delay, will certainly undermine the City's credibility in this area when and if the park is ever reconsidered.

The economy is challenging in the extreme, and the City Council has a difficult task in front them. I respect that. I respectfully disagree with this choice for trimming the budget. I don't take spending money lightly, but I am willing to invest when it's prudent. This is a prudent project, in my opinion.

Make some noise for positive development in North Delridge. Let the City Council know why you believe this project should go forward.

Write to Councilmembers:
Tom Rasmussen
Richard McIver

Write Mayor Nickels

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Learn about Electric Vehicles at Camp Long

We have two upcoming programs about electric vehicles: Thursday’s film night about the electric car, and Steven Lough’s program introducing all kinds of vehicles and their advantages and disadvantages (please see below from more details).

Using electric vehicles reduces carbon emissions, the important element we need to remove in our atmosphere to prevent global warming. While the production of electricity, the production of the vehicles, and the disposal of the vehicles can produce carbon emissions, even electric vehicles recharged from coal-powered electric generators cut carbon emissions roughly in half.

Electric vehicles recharged from cleaner forms of electrical power generation, such as hydropower and nuclear plants, can reduce carbon emissions to less than one percent of those currently produced by internal combustion engines. So cars operated by electric vehicle batteries are cleaner than gas-powered cars.

Come discover electric vehicles at Camp Long the week before Thanksgiving.

“Who Killed the Electric Car” Free
Ages 5 and older
In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. Ten years later, these cars disappeared. This film chronicles the life and mysterious death of the GM EV1, examining its cultural and economic ripple effects and how they reverberated through the halls of government and big business. The Northwest Environmental Education Council and Camp Long Advisory Council are happy to bring you monthly Environmental Film Nights. The films are free, and we welcome donations.

November 20 Thu 7–9 p.m.

“Introduction to Electric Vehicles”
Ages 8 and older
Hear the advantages and disadvantages of all forms of electric vehicles, including street vehicles, freeway capable and Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, electric racing, boats, bicycles, and scooters. We will discuss vehicles powered by bio-diesel, ethanol, compressed natural gas, wind, and solar power, and especially the move toward plug-in Hybrid cars. Steven Lough has been a leader in the electric vehicle field for 27 years. Please register by November 21 by calling 684-7434.

November 22 Sat 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Course #33271
Activity Fee $25

Camp Long Environmental Learning Center
Seattle Parks and Recreation
5200 - 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

"Creating community through people, parks, and programs"