Football Northwest, the entity formed by Paul Allen
to study the potential purchase of the Seahawks, has expressed
interest in renovating Husky Stadium to host at least 10 Seahawks
home games per year. Football Northwest, headed by former Sonic
GM Bob Whitsitt, and the Kingdome Renovation Task force have jointly
commissioned a study of alternative home fields for the Seahawks.
Husky Stadium is one of the alternatives being considered.
In an August 29, 1996 letter to Football Northwest,
University of Washington Executive Vice President Weldon Ihrig
identified "a number of issues that must be evaluated and
considered" and which "pose serious potential impediments
to using Husky Stadium."
Ihrig stated that "the most visible impact would be the disruption to the University and the surrounding communities, including Montlake,
Laurelhurst, the University District, Ravenna-Bryant,
Roanoke, Wallingford and Roosevelt."
We agree. At its September business meeting, the
Ravenna-Bryant Community Association Board of Directors voted
to oppose the Seahawks' use of Husky Stadium, and sent a strongly
worded letter to University President Richard McCormick. The letter
points out the tremendous gridlock and congestion that results
from large crowds using Husky Stadium. It also points out that
area hospitals would become inaccessible.
Use of Husky Stadium would require the approval of
the University and the Seattle City Council. Rumors have circulated
that Football Northwest intends to have a bill passed in the legislature
requiring the use of Husky Stadium for Seahawks games.
We urge you to contact the UW Board of Regents (543-1633), the Seattle City Council (684-8888; fax 684-8587), or your state legislators to express your opposition to the Seahawks use of Husky Stadium and the paralysis of our neighborhood that would go with it!!
Election of New Officers, Board Members at Fall
The agenda for our fall membership meeting includes
a number of issues that effect our community. Among the agenda
items is the annual election of Ravenna-Bryant Community Association
Officers and Board Members for 1996-1997. At its September business
meeting, the Board made the following nominations: President -
Eileen Farley; Vice-President - Jorgen Bader; Treasurer-
Al Rasmussen; Secretary - Barbara Holya; and Board
Members - Emily Easton, Pete
Fiddler, Kit O'Neill, Brian Peyton
and Johnna Rae. As always, nominations will be accepted
from the floor for any position.
Also on the agenda are the latest on the Ravenna
Creek daylighting and the City's plans for the former Sand Point
Navy facility. We'll also have a presentation on the Regional
Transit Authority proposal. We've invited the two candidates for
the open City council seat, Bob Rohan and Charlie Chong.
We hope to see you there!
A Message from the Departing President:
The election of a new President on October 21 marks
the end of my three year tenure as President of RBCA. During that
time I have never had a regular "column" in the newsletter,
but I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you
who have helped me, taught me and inspired me during my time as
President. From the battles in 1993 and '94 over the Comprehensive
Plan to preserve our residential neighborhoods until today, I
have enjoyed working with all the volunteers and neighborhood
residents who have given their time, energy and money to make
our neighborhood a better place to live. I look forward to new
projects as a Board member, and to working with incoming President
Eileen Farley. I hope all of you in our community will
keep up your good work as volunteers, activists, and concerned
citizens. Your efforts are crucial in keeping our neighborhood
a wonderful place to live. -- Brian Peyton.
For the Ravenna Creek Daylighting Project, the past
few months have been very busy. The Engineering Feasibility Study
of the daylighting project is nearing completion. The study and
its findings will be the subject of a public meeting some time
this fall, most likely some time in October. Contact the Ravenna
Creek Alliance at 525-3004 for more information about the study
results and the scheduled date for the meeting.
The recent Open Space Bond Issue, which contained
funding for the daylighting project, failed to collect the 60%
voter approval required for its passage. Ravenna Creek Alliance
volunteers were active in the bond issue campaign. The open space
measure may be resubmitted to the voters in the future. On a positive
note, the open space measure did receive greater than the 60%
vote required in
the two legislative districts through which the daylighted
creek would flow -- the 43rd and 46th.
The exact route of the daylighted creek remains an
open question. University Village management has raised a number
of issues regarding the routing of the creek through the shopping
center. In its Fall 1996 "In the Village" publication,
it is stated that "the routes METRO was studying ran into
technical problems and the Village is working with METRO to find
a better route. University Village will keep you informed."
Next time you shop in the Village, keep them informed of your support for the creek project and its importance to the community. Tell the merchants you patronize what an asset the creek would be to the Village.
TREE PLANTING PROJECTS KEEP RAVENNA-BRYANT GREEN
A number of Ravenna-Bryant residents have organized
efforts to plant street trees throughout the community. Bryant
resident Carl Johnson has organized an effort to plant trees between
the east edge of Calvary Cemetery and 35th Avenue NE. Johnson
has arranged for the donation of most of the cost of the trees,
which will be made available to the community at $25 per tree.
The cemetery has agreed to plant them this fall when the community
obtains them. If you would like to help with the effort, call
Carl Johnson at 525-8412.
Several other residents will plant trees on their
blocks, courtesy of a City of Seattle program that provides trees
to neighborhoods willing to plant and care for them. Mary Ann
Helferty obtained 18 trees for 5700 block of 38th Avenue NE. Paul
Julin obtained 14 trees for 28th Avenue NE between NE 55th and
NE 60th Streets. Dick Anderson obtained trees for 27th Avenue
NE between NE 54th Street and NE Blakeley. All these trees will
be planted on Saturday morning, October 12. Stop by if you'd like
Community Groups Comment on City's Sand Point Plan
A number of Northeast communities, including Ravenna-Bryant,
have recently voiced their objection to plans announced by the
City of Seattle for disposition of the former Navy base at Sand
Point. The plans announced by the City would include commercial
and industrial uses not consistent with a vision of Sand Point
as a park and recreational facility. The rezoning and use of various
parts of Sand Point for warehouses, commercial ventures, dormitories
and educational institutions would reduce the portion of the facility
available for park use.
University Village Ponders Parking Alternatives
In April of this year, University Village issued
a memo to all merchants stating that all Village employees would
be required to park off site on weekends. Employees were urged
to consider "street parking," that is to say, parking
in the surrounding neighborhood. A later memo noted that nearby
residents were concerned about employees parking in their neighborhoods,
and announced a meeting of the "Merchants Association Parking
Task Force" "to develop a strategy for future employee
parking needs and guidelines." For more information about
what strategies might have been developed, contact University
Village at 523-0622
RBCA and its members work hard on issues important
to you, such as preserving our residential neighborhoods. We want
new members, and need volunteers to distribute the Newsletter
and work on a variety of projects. Annual dues are only $10.00.
Your dues allow us to continue distributing this Newsletter and
keep you informed. Return this form with your dues to: Ravenna-Bryant
Community Association, Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535
Ravenna Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115. You'll receive the newsletter
and other special mailings, and know that you've made a contribution
to help your community.
AREAS OF INTEREST OR CONCERN:
Community Policing Roundtable at Ravenna-Eckstein Center
The Seattle Police Department is holding a roundtable
discussion on Community Policing on Saturday, November 2, 1996
from 9:00 AM to noon at the Ravenna Eckstein Community Center,
6535 Ravenna Ave. NE. The purpose of the roundtable is to give
area residents and merchants an opportunity to help design and
implement the way police services are delivered in Seattle. The
information received will be used in formulating the Police Department's
five year strategic plan.
Everyone in our community is invited to attend. If
interested, the Police Department asks that you call the Crime
Prevention Unit at 684-0159 to reserve a spot at the
Beware of Construction Along Burke-Gilman Trail
Construction has begun on a building project at the
former Pioneer Oil site on NE Blakeley Street near NE 51st Street,
near Blakeley Manor. Construction will require that trucks and
other heavy equipment cross the trail. When walking, running or
bicycling in that area, please proceed with caution!! If you see
equipment or vehicles crossing the trail without warning signs
or a flagger, or parked or placed permanently on the trail, you
can report tha activity to 684-5111 or 684-5098.
Ravenna-Bryant Community Association Wants You
to help us with our work. As you can see, there are a number of
issues, large and small, that impact our community. RBCA only
exists because of the work of its volunteers. We want you to
get involved. If you have only a couple hours a month, we
can use them. Our Board meets every month, on the second Wednesday
of the month. If you are interested in newsletter distribution,
Board membership, or have an issue that you feel strongly about,
let us know. Call Brian Peyton at 526-2301. We are in particular
need of people to distribute our newsletter and other announcements
on their blocks 3 to 4 times per month.
If you're reading this, and you're not a member, consider joining,
for the LOW LOW price of $10. If you haven't paid your dues for
a while, please renew. Our budget gets awfully tight, and there
are a number of current issues (Husky Stadium, for example) that
need our attention. Consider it an investment in your community's
RAVENNA-BRYANT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center
6535 Ravenna Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
FALL MEMBERSHIP MEETING -- MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 -- 7:30 p.m.