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December 2019 SPNA Meeting Minutes

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SPNA meeting December 10, 2019

Food: tamales made by a neighbor

About 30 people in attendance




Concord PTA will host “The Problem with Standardized Testing” at SPNA (8201 10th Ave S) Tuesday 01/21/2020 6-8 pm. Dr. Wayne Au will present; Spanish interpretation, light refreshments and limited childcare is available. No cost. Facebook event page:

Concord PTA will host a Baile (aka a party with a DJ and dancing) for our annual fundraiser. The Baile will take place on Saturday, March 21 at the new Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a Latino/a Culture (9635 Des Moines Memorial Dr S). Tickets are $25/1, $40/2 and come with one drink ticket.  Cash bar and food for sale. It is going to be super fun and open to all community!!

South Park Community Center is hosting Winterfest on 12/21 from noon to 3 pm. Tickets are $3 each and going fast. A ticket gets you a meal, entertainment, a visit from Santa and a gift for every child 12 and under.

Seattle Parks and Rec is seeking a public education specialist to work from Discovery Park. If you are interested please contact and she will connect you with the Parks rep.

Seattle Public Library is hosting 3 pop-up museums on 12/30, 12/31 and 01/02 from 1-3 pm. Come to those and also come see their new mural and the Storywalk on the Scary Trail which will stay up for another month.

Seattle Neighborhood Group is seeking a new Safety Coordinator. Email for more details.

Seattle Police Department is seeking community members to discuss crime and public safety issues in a small group setting. Email for details

The January meeting of SPNA will have pizza and cake and we will be celebrating our South Park Heroes. Don’t forget if you want to nominate a South Park hero, click here!



SPU is putting in drainage improvements (basically a large rain garden) to keep 5th and Cloverdale safe/not flooded and attractive and to keep runoff from entering the River directly from the road surface.

Q: what is the longevity of rain gardens?

A: we are seeing good results in gardens as old as 20 years. SPU continues to monitor.

Comment: trees and shrubs need to be chosen with air quality in mind as well as public safety.

Questions or comments about this project – email



-DVAHC presented its Mission and vision

-Presented their 3 prong approach

Development of low-income and affordable housing

Development of a multi-purpose building for community use (with or without housing)

Preservation of naturally occurring affordable housing

-History of the Coalition:

Meeting for 2 years; working on partnerships; doing outreach 

-Identified Needs in SP

Childcare; senior programming; community kitchen; education space; youth engagement; family programs

-community space in SP is the community center on 8th and the neighborhood center (8201 10th). The neighborhood center is always booked and the organizations and non profits operating services for the community within the center are growing and need more space.

– the city owns the neighborhood center and is working with SPARC and the tenants to come up with a plan for the management of the building

Comments from the community at this meeting:

We already have enough community space (some disagreed with this comment); maybe SeaMar can offer space; community services need to be safe and accessible; we need more fresh produce and high-quality groceries; we need social services that address causes (mental health etc) and not just symptoms (free meals etc); we need meeting space for community groups; we need to care for historic resources.


-Land opportunities (South Park Plaza and others)

Does SP community (tonight’s meeting attendees) support a multi-use building and more affordable housing in SP? Most attendees agreed.

Are you interested in affordable housing and community space in South Park? Contact the Duwamish Valley Housing Coalition to learn more and/or get involved –  Maria Ramirez: