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All About South Park

August 12th

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Seattle ReLeaf Program – Katie Gibbons: The ReLeaf program has trees available to area residents.  Some large trees are left – oak, douglas fir, silver linder and shore pine. Up to four trees per household, may be planted on your own property or on the road easement with a Seattle Department of Transportation permit. For trees  Fall is tree planting time.

Resident Leila Mende invited community members to contact her about the possiblity of having Seattle Farmer’s Market Association hold a market in South Park.

Alberto Rodrigues , Program Manager at Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition announced Duwamish River Festival, August 23rd, 12:00-4:00pm and the next river kayak tour about Superfund Site History, September 11th, 6:00 – 8:30 pm,,206.953.0237

Heidi Hall, Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) passed out coupons from the South Park Merchants Association.

Tanya Park, Puget Sound Clean Air Alliance, announced an extension of the public comment period for a permit request by Ardagh Glass to August 22, 2014.  The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is providing public notice regarding the issuance of a proposed General Regulatory Order to establish a Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) determination for sulfur dioxide and particulate matter emissions from glass melting Furnaces Nos. 2 & 3 at the Ardagh Glass, Inc. factory (Ardagh) in Seattle. The facility was previously owned and operated by Saint-Gobain Containers, Inc. (SGCI). This proposed determination is expected to lead to additional emission controls on each of these two furnaces.

Randy on Rose St announced the success of the first South Park Garden and Art walk held July 27th.  Ideas for future events including potluck and April seed exchange are being enthusiastically developed by participants.

Kathleen Mongrain, volunteer coordinator of the South Park Seniors Center, invited community members to review the Neighborhood Center bulletin board for new volunteer opportunities.

Sue Kirshaw, spoke on behalf of South Park Community Center, and Carmen Martinez indicating that the community center is understaffed and that the programming is suffering.  Sue indicated that if the review board decides to terminate Carmen’s job she would be leading the community in protesting at City Hall.

To express concern, write the city council (, listen line:206.684.8566), Parks,,206.684.8022(acting Parks Director),Kelly.Guy@seattle.gov206.684.7157(Recreation Division Director) and the mayor(206.684.4000) indicating that we would like staff continuity and that we expect Carmen to be supported in working for the kids at the Community Center.,, can provide more info.

Randy pointed out a recent drop off in youth participating in the community center.  Previously, since the fatal shooting in 2006 and the SP Action Agenda there had been a significant revitalization of youth involvement in South Park and with Carmen’s reassignment there has been a gap in activities for youth.

Sue: The department will be supported by Prop 1, so there will be funding for the position in the future.

Sue also pointed out that Carmen has brought more good connections from outside South Park for the community center programming than other Parks staff.

Bill Owens commented that whatever Parks can do, it will not be able to measure up to what Carmen has contributed. Under Parks management there have been a slew of different managers at the Community Center and no continuity.

7:30  Crime Survey Report – Lora Suggs described the results of the crime survey in which 100 residents expressed concern over theft, drugs, gangs and assault.  See Appendix 1.

Police Report:

Officer TJ Berg reported recent thefts from sheds, garages and houses (not so usual in the past) are likely linked to an eviction at a property on Director St.  The residents on their way out are allowing others to stay at the property and together they are using different people to scope targets, steal and lookout for witnesses.  They have been seen apparently transporting stolen items in baby-carriages and recycling bins.  Areas involved – Concord Elementary area and Seamar  Housing are high problem areas with this group.  Faces are hidden on video coverage – they scope and the hit is done hours later by someone else.

Officer TJ clarified some City rules:  felonies and misdemeanors-in-progress can be investigated.  Completed misdemeanors cannot.  Car prowls are low priority, car break-ins are a misdemeanor.

SW Precinct has an anti-crime team run by Sgt. Bauer, which can be approached to put some emphasis on this situation. This team is not subject to 911 calls unless there is an urgent situation, therefore worth asking for their more flexible time to be spent fighting theft in South Park.

Randy on Rose St asked:  does this mean we have to call the mayor to ask for the anti-crime team to be active in their work in South Park? The phone number for the mayor is 296.684.4000, and that for the SW Precinct and  Sgt Bauer is:206.733.9800

Kathleen Mongrain: Invited community members to participate in actions encouraging the continuation of bussing to Concord International Elementary and the establishment of Concord as an option school in the Seattle School district.  These actions would help to safeguard the dual language program at Concord School and continue to provide Spanish language instruction to South Park children.  Write to the school board or email Kathleen to be included in group actions. Superintendent Jose; Director, International Schools, Karen Kodama

Alberto Rodrigues – described the work of the Duwamish River Clean-up Coalition: due to community concern and to environmental Protection Agency, Collaborative Agreement with EPA was accepted August 11th.  The Duwamish Community Action for Clean Air threefold mission is: a) to compile information about sources for deisel and other air polution, b) identify any data gaps and implement new monitoring and mapping, c) take actions to reduce exposure to air pollution and incidents of asthma in area residents.  Partners, SPNA, Georgetown Residents Association, Just Health Action, Seamar, Mobile access, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, EPA, and American Lung Association.

Healthy Home Assessment
Aileen Gagney told us  The  American  Lung  Association’s    (ALA)  Master  Home  Environmentalist  (MHE)  program is available to South Park residents.  It  works  to  educate  residents  and  families  with  asthmatic  children  about  how  to  reduce  exposures  to  in-‐home  pollutants  and  asthma  triggers  (e.g.  dust).  It also  provides  resources  regarding  indoor  and  outdoor  pollutant  identification  and  mitigation,  human  responses  to  exposure,  no  cost  or  low  cost  interventions,  behavior  change  principles,  and  education  regarding  environmental  justice  and  cultural  sensitivity.  ALA provides healthy  homes  assessments  and  devises  individualized  Home  Action  Plans  with  asthma  management  strategies,  provides  “walk  off”  door  mats  (to  remove  outdoor  soil)  and    green  cleaning  kits  to  South  Park  and  Georgetown  residents.  Information about how to make an air cleaner from a box fan and pleated filter paper will be provided.  A  limited  number  of  HEPA  vacuums,  dust  mite  pillows  and  mattress  covers  will  be  available  for  residents  who  have  children  with  asthma.  HEPA  air  purifiers  may  also  be  available  to  residents  with  chronic  lung  conditions  and  whose  primary  exposure  is  determined  to  be  from  outdoor  air  intrusion. Information will  be  made  available  to  the  SeaMar  Community  Health  Clinic  to  facilitate  physician  referrals  for  local  residents  with  asthma  and  related  health  complaints.  Residents can sign up for a Healthy Home Assessment with
Kevin Duong
Cell #(206) 859 9178
Or the American Lung Association at

Healthy communities projects – Alberto Rodrigues will be taking over some of BJ’s responsibilities.  Some of his work will be available in two new jobs. Details at

Vicky Raya – Environment Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) Rain Wise Referals and Support- the point is water quality.  As a result of clean water act- because our area used to rely on forest and understory to absorb our rainwater to reduce the runoff into water table or the river (<1%).  We are now experiencing 20 – 30 % runoff.

ECOSS can put you in touch with contractors (sometimes hard to get a call-back on your own) and Vendor Payment Program (so you don’t have to pay up front when you qualify for the Seattle City rebate program (that pays for up to $4000 towards the rain garden).

A small 900 sq’ home can divert up to 45,000 gallons of rainwater.
In 2013 King County had a record number of overflow events, each of which carries a fime).

South Park Identifier Art Project
Heidi Hall, Seattle City Office of Economic Development.  A grant from King County for $150,000 (physical improvements for the business corridor along 14th Ave South and ED decided to take something from South Park Action Agenda to make something for a wayfinder and identifier gateway project.  Jason of Arts and Culture – put together a call for artists.  20 or so applicants – were looking for someone from along the Duwamish waterway.

Artists budget is $130,000, $20,000 to a community organization to maintain the artwork, street use permits and any other costs (SPARC).

Based on strength of work and concept, selected Jennifer Weddermann and , Diane Hansen.

Jennifer reported on the descriptors they heard from residents about South Park:  Scrappy, demographics, active and diverse culture and lots of blending of groups, colorful, urban and hardworking, using what they do to decorate their environment (tire shop, bridge).

A previous idea about a large waving cat has been cut due to the overarching Japanese style (despite any modifications that were planned for the surface).

The idea for a angler fish to be locate on the southeast side of the bridge is gutsy, tough, strange, unique and common enough to identify fish-type.  Solar LED will be used to light the lantern that will stick out from the head.

Lora asked about using the pedestal across the street.
Randy said that is owned by King County and the community would have to ask them about changing their plans.

Someone asked about getting the light to arc across the street.

Randy suggested that an artwork that requires an explanation about it’s message is maybe not ‘working’.   What about a tree with multiple lanterns.  Lora supported the idea because of the importance of agriculture.  Jennifer Weddermann responded that a tree is not iconic enough.  Randy asked what are the next steps.

Jason:  Review committee (Arts & Culture, King County, ED, a community representative and a merchant representative) will continue to review and inform the process.

Randy asked how the remainder of the community has been consulted – he emphasized the need to contact cultural subgroups in South Park.

Meredith Hall spoke about the importance of including community members in the development.  She cited the development of the snowflake pieces in Horatio Law’s ‘South Park Vortex’ erected at the Director St parking lot of Desimone Park.

Neighborhood Center Update
Kyle Joyce of the City Finance and Administrative Services has been reaching out to stakeholders.  Council member Tom Rasmussen wants to meet with stakehoders and Providence reps to discuss what the community needs are and how best to meet them.

Randy on Rose Street suggested forming a subcommittee to strategize for communicating with the City, other stakeholders and to galvanize the community’s voice on this matter. A meeting of this subcommittee will take place August 24th.  Interested community members are invited to join by emailing

9:00 meeting adjourned.

Appendix 1 Crime survey results summary

The survey enquired what is your top crime concern.  Listed are the type of concern and number of respondants indicating it as their top concern

Violence/Assault (14)
Burglaries/Theft (36)
Drug use/Drug dealing/Drug houses (20)
Gangs/Gang activity (9)
Graffiti/Vandalism (3)
Guns (3)
Speeding (1)
Police response (2)
Murder (2)
Vacant houses (1)
Untreated mentally ill (1)
Prostitution (3)
Vagrants (5)
Total (100)