Sustainability: Earth Day Program Special Guest









The Roosevelt Sustainability Group, A Committee of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association Presents “Haiku Climate Change Science 2013″ by Gregory C. Johnson, Affiliate Professor School of Oceanography, University of Washington

This work is my attempt to distill into Haiku: The Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group 1 Contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report. The result is solely my own creation, so any views or opinions expressed herein are my own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the IPCC, or any other entity. - Gregory C. Johnson

Join us for this special guest on Earth Day during the RNA General Meeting:

What: Neighborhood General Meeting Special Earth Day Guest
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Calvary Christian Assembly
6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

RSG Vision: Make Roosevelt a Seattle neighborhood of exemplary sustainable practices. Sustainable strategies include: energy efficiency, waste reduction, renewable energy, air quality, water quality, soil health, urban agriculture and neighborhood livability.

What Does Roosevelt Mean to You?

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower. New York has the Statue of Liberty. Seattle has the Space Needle. What about Roosevelt? What’s our visual image?

Attend the next general meeting and help the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association and the Roosevelt Business Group select images and ideas that help define who we are. These ideas will be incorporated into community art projects, including the new public space along Weedin Place.

Make your voice heard! Tell others what Roosevelt means to you.

What: Neighborhood general meeting
When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Calvary Christian Assembly

Night Work To Begin Around Roosevelt Station


Location of water main work near the station. Image via Sound Transit website.

From February 3 to March 31, 2014, a Sound Transit contractor will be installing a water main under 12th Ave NE, between NE 65th and NE 67th streets.

Most of this work will take place at night, which is defined as 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. However, the noisiest work will occur during the day.

According to Sound Transit:

  • The sidewalk on the east side of 12th Ave NE will stay open.
  • Street parking will be closed day and night in the immediate vicinity of this work.
  • Street trees on the east side of 12th Ave NE from NE 66th St to NE 67th St will be removed and replacements will be planted later.
  • Some customers will experience short-term water shut-offs, but Seattle Public Utilities will notify them before shut-offs occur.

For more information about the work, visit the Sound Transit website or contact them at 206-398-5300 or

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop


Photo via Freeway Estates Community Orchard website

Freeway Estates Community Orchard will host a young fruit tree pruning workshop to help neighbors gear up for spring yard work. Ingela Wanerstrand, a professional pruner with over 20 years of experience, will lead the session.

What: Young Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
When: February 15, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Freeway Estates Community Orchard (6th Ave NE, just north of NE 60th St); Parking along 6th Ave NE
Cost: suggested donation $10 per family

For more information visit the Freeway Estates Community Orchard website or email

Design Review Meeting for “Fruit Stand Block”

Image via Seattle DPD website.

Image via Seattle DPD website.

An upcoming design review meeting is scheduled to discuss the potential residential building at NE 65th Street between 14th and 15th Ave NE, or what is sometimes referred to as the “fruit stand block.”

According to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) website, “The proposal is to allow a seven story, 220 unit residential building with 8,000 sq. ft. of retail use at ground level. Parking for 267 vehicles will be located below grade. All existing structures to be demolished.”

Date:  Monday, February 3, 2014
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Location:  University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way NE, Room #209

For more information visit the DPD website. The project number is 3013244.

Neighborhood Park and Street Fund Applications Due Feb. 3

Do you have an improvement project in mind for the neighborhood? Seattle’s Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) can help but you must act fast. Applications are due February 3rd, 2014. Here is more information from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ website.

What is the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF)?
These funds are a portion of Seattle’s city budget – approximately $1.2 million in 2014 (pending final budget approval)- that are set aside for neighborhood improvements to streets and parks. NPSF projects are proposed by the community.

What projects can NPSF money be used for?
The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90K to fund park or street improvements.

Examples of park projects include: playground improvements, trail upgrades, tennis or basketball court resurfacing, park benches or tables, natural area renovations, and accessibility improvements.

Who decides which projects will be funded?
The NPSF is a competitive process and not all projects will be funded. Each Neighborhood District Council will review applications and select three projects to forward to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) for detailed feasibility and cost analysis.

When will projects be completed?
Proposals selected for funding will be implemented in 2015.

For more information visit the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ website.

Next RNA General Meeting 1/28


43rd District Representative Brady Walkinshaw. Photo courtesy Brady Walkinshaw

Save the date. The next RNA general meeting is coming up.

When: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. presentations and business meeting;
8:00-8:30 p.m. socializing
Where: Calvary Christian Assembly

Judy Lightfoot will speak about neighborhood preparedness and 43rd District Representative Brady  Walkinshaw will introduce himself and take questions about the legislative session.

Ravenna Community Garden to Show Soil Documentary

John Reaganold (photo courtesy of Lily Films)

John Reganold (photo courtesy of Lily Films)

Save the date. The Ravenna Community Garden staff will host a free screening of the film “Symphony of the Soil.” The documentary was filmed on four continents and explores the complexity and beauty of soil.

When: January 31, 2014, 7 p.m.
Where: Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center
Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movies starts at 7 p.m.

Check the Ravenna Community Garden blog for more information.