The Highlight Reel:
FREMONT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL SEPTEMBER MEETING
by Kirby Lindsay
Parks land, candidates, disaster preparedness and a street clean up all fall under the consideration of the Fremont Neighborhood Council (FNC). Their past president, Dic Selin, gave a short rundown of a few topics discussed at the FNC meeting held Monday, September 28, 2009.
The FNC holds an open-to-the-public meeting every fourth Monday of the month (except December), at 7 p.m. at History House (790 North 34th St.) This organization represents residential concerns in Fremont, and often delves deeper into nitty-gritty details of neighborhood stewardship farther than either the oftimes frolicsome Fremont Chamber or the celebratory Fremont Arts Council.
Search for the Green
Former FNC board member, Chip Nevins, addressed their last meeting as ‘guest speaker,’ as Selin described it. Nevins works for the Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation and attended to inform attendees about the Parks & Green Spaces Levy resources now available due to a vote passed last year.
Fremont stands high on the priority list for purchase of land for parks or green spaces, Selin quoted Nevins, due to the low inventory here of such amenities. Meeting attendees considered locations around the neighborhood viable for a park.
A strong support came voiced for acquisition of the property on the immediate west side of Ernst Park (which stands adjacent to the Fremont Branch of Seattle Public Library – 731 North 35th). Selin mentioned discussion involved use of eminent domain, or other methods, to encourage the sale of the property to the Parks Department.
Also, they discussed the ‘Troll Parks’, properties to the east and west and adjacent to the Fremont Troll, which squats beneath the northern terminus of the Aurora Bridge. Selin spoke later about his hopes community members will identify properties eligible for parks – such as Peak Park. Also, Selin would encourage identification of locations for construction of low-income housing, such as the FNC initiated Fremont Solstice Apartments (3623 Woodland Park Ave N.) On a final parks note – “new play equipment is scheduled to go in at Ross playground,” Selin reported.
Search for Community (Center)
Mike Ruby, a Walli-monter or Fre-fordian (he works on the cusp of both Wallingford and Fremont) reported to the FNC on efforts to create a community center in Wallingford. Ruby, according to Selin, pushed Fremonsters to join this effort. “Fremont also has needs,” Selin said, “and can bring in the Fremont story,” to discussions about a community center.
Ruby distributed information on further issues, such as the Candidate’s Forum, on October 13 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the old Lincoln High School. City Attorney, Mayor of Seattle and Seattle City Council candidates will attend and voters can submit questions for candidates at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, through a City of Seattle grant the Wallingford Community Council and Sustainable Wallingford have identified potential communications hubs – places to gather following a disaster – in their neighborhood.
Overall, throughout his description of the meeting, Selin identified many topics, and ways to get involved. For those unable, or unwilling, to attend the next meeting, on October 26 at 7 p.m., put Saturday, November 14 at 9 a.m. on your calendar. This will be a community-wide clean up of Fremont Avenue, the street adopted by the FNC.
Selin would love to see residents and businesses alike take the initiative to tidy up in front of their own properties, but twice a year the FNC still rallies volunteers to pick up the remains. “We meet at the Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North),” Selin invited, and all the supplies needed are provided, including, “gloves, bags and those picker-upper-things.”
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