Family/Children

Hey everyone,

I want to emphasize how important I think it is that Environmental Learning voices are heard as part of the community process for framing the mayor’s agenda around youth and families. Here is a quick summary of the initiative from the mayor’s website:

“The Youth and Families Initiative is a major initiative announced by Mayor Mike McGinn during his inaugural address. The Initiative will help shape the Mayor’s agenda on issues affecting youth and families from a child’s birth to their successful career track. We are committed to eliminating racial disparities in education, child care, children’s health and the criminal justice system. This is not a problem solely within communities of color; it is our problem, and the responsibility for ending this systemic inequity rests with all of us.”

See:
http://youthandfamilies.seattle.gov/process/ to find out about the meetings.

http://youthandfamilies.seattle.gov/getinvolved/ to find online forms for individual input and more.

03/06/2010
Crown Hill Park back on course

Ten-year-old Collin Cramer, a student at Small Faces Child Development Center, gave it his best shot. Then, he gave it another. And, a couple more.

Cramer, wearing a hardhat and goggles, was given a sledgehammer and the honor of taking the first whack at the old playground during the March 3 groundbreaking of the new Crown Hill Center playground.

Small Faces, owner of the Crown Hill Center at 9250 14th Ave. N.W., received a grant from the city March 1 to replace the current playground, which staff say is falling apart.

Plans for the new playground include a new play structure, a tire swing, a water feature, a beach area and gardens.

Small Faces Executive Director John Otto said they plan to have the first stage of the playground, including the new play structure and tire swing, completed by June.

The rest of the playground will be an ongoing project, he said.

The Crown Hill Center playground is adjacent to the site of the Crown Hill Park, work on which is back underway for the first time since 2006.

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Michael Harthorne

Children from Small Faces Child Development Center get excited for their new playground at the Crown Hill Center during the March 3 groundbreaking.

The City of Seattle is looking for your feedback to help shape the Youth and Families Initiative. The Herald previously brought you this story here. A local meeting is being held at Denny Middle School on March 15th at 7:30pm. The Youth and Families Initiative is a major initiative announced by Mayor Mike McGinn during his inaugural address. The Initiative will help shape the Mayor’s agenda on issues affecting youth and families from a child’s birth to their successful career track. The city is committed to eliminating racial disparities in education, child care, children’s health and the criminal justice system. This is not a problem solely within communities of color; it is our problem, and the responsibility for ending this systemic inequity rests with all of us.

The co-chairs of the new Initiative are former Mayor Norm Rice, former deputy mayor Bob Watt and Estela Ortega, Executive Director at El Centro de la Raza.

To learn more about the initiative visit http://youthandfamilies.seattle.gov/

03/03/2010

Crown Hill Center Park Development

Update and Schematic Design Presentation

For additional information please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/crown_hill/

Location

Crown Hill Center
9250 14th Ave. N.W.

The Crown Hill Playground Project Committee, comprised of parents, community members and Small Faces board of director members, are hard at work on an initiative to build a new playground at the Crown Hill Center.

"Small Faces is teaming with the community to provide a welcoming outdoor environment that connects families with play space opportunities” said Lynn B. Wirta, who recently retired after nearly 30 years as the center’s director and now leads this initiative.

The planning to build a play field as part of the Pro Parks Levy, which provides funds to create new parks in Seattle neighborhoods, started in 2005.

In 2006, the fundraising began and the Crown Hill Playground Project Committee applied to the city for a grant, which they will find out if they will receive this month.

Parents and community members have weighed in through a survey of what the playground should include, and though it is still a work in progress, the committee has decided on a climber and a rock wall for approximately $20,000.

Other possibilities for the playground include monkey bars, a tire swing, basketball courts, a volleyball net and an amphitheater for outdoor movies.

02/21/2010
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Mindy Fineout

Renovations are being planned for the 23-year-old playground at the Crown Hill Center.

Pack 793 holds annual event

Cub Scout Pack 793 gathered on Thursday Feb, 18 at the Holy Family Hall for the Annual Blue and Gold celebration for Boy Scouts of America. Approximately 100 Cub Scouts from Tigers all the way up to WeBeLos and their parents plus some special guests participated.
2010 marks the 100th Anniversary for Boy Scouts of America and this event marked the occasion with cakes and other decorations commemorating the event.

On the agenda were skits, a slideshow, some awards and some discussion of Boy Scouts and what they are doing.
The Master of Ceremonies and running the event was Don Stoll, the Pack Leader.

But before any of the other activities it was time to dig in to the Taco Bar complete with tortillas, taco shells, spanish rice, guacamole, cheese, tomatoes, olives, ground beef and diced chicken.

02/18/2010
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Patrick Robinson

Lucas Richardson, Ethan Moss, Jorve Merca, Luca Kennedy, Connor Merz and Max Debiec and many, many more bellied up to get their tacos on Thursday during the annual blue and gold celebration held at Holy Family Hall.

The Ballard Boys & Girls Club completed its application to the Department of Planning and Development for a 5,400 square foot, two-story addition to the community center Feb. 9.

The renovation plans also include parking for 52 vehicles, new street trees along Northwest 64th Street, the relocation of the playground, and a reconfiguration of the play field.

In September, Executive Branch Director Mark Hendricks told the Ballard News-Tribune the renovation would double the number of youths the club could serve as well as give each class its own room.

"Our main focus is probably to add about 75 to 100 kids on a daily basis," Hendricks said in September.

There will be a neighborhood meeting to discuss the renovations at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club, located at 1767 N.W. 64th St.

Public comments are due to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development by Feb. 24.

02/11/2010
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Courtesy of Ballard Boys & Girls Club

A sketch of the Ballard Boys & Girls Club's proposed renovations. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE A SECOND SKETCH.

Parent's Night Out

It’s your turn to take time off for yourself and go out for a night. Bring your child to the center for a fun night of activities and you can go out for dinner, a movie or both. Please register by the Wednesday before the date.

Ages 3-10. $20

Location

Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 N.W. 77th St.

Ed. Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Kellee Jones of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

I read the Feb. 5 Ballard News-Tribune article regarding the Jan. 28 Ninth Avenue Park meeting, in which a man at the meeting is quoted as saying nearby Whittier Elementary playground has nothing but swings and childrens' playground equipment.

That statement is absolutely untrue. Whittier has no swings, zero swings, and most of the area is open, paved surface, with one corner being playground equipment, and a few basketball hoops, a few maypoles and a dragon/snake sculpture across play area for climbing.

There are no public swings near the Ninth Avenue Park location, and there is a shortage of playground equipment in this area as well as a shortage of green space with lawns, flowers, shrubs and trees – a park for people to play and enjoy.

Ballard homes can provide their own garden spaces, no matter how small the yards.

02/04/2010
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Plans for a new park on Ninth Avenue Northwest include a P-Patch and an arch swing but no standard swings.

Two local Boys & Girls Club members have been nominated for the 2010 Youth of the Year Award celebrating service to community, family and the club, as well as academic achievement and moral character.

Taylor Franks, a Ballard High School senior and nominee from the Ballard Boys & Girls Club, has completed more than 200 hours of community service in the past year.

She is involved in many clubs, but still takes time to volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club.

She said the club is a great because it gives young and underprivileged youth a place to go where the atmosphere is always positive and there is always someone to listen to them and help them.

"I really do care about the club," she said. "I love it."

Franks said she was surprised to be nominated, but it is a great honor.

"I was very ecstatic because I was up against some tough competition," she said.

Amaris Williams is the nominee from the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club. The Roosevelt High School student has been a member of the club for a decade.

Franks and Williams are two of the 11 Youth of the Year contestants from King County. Each contestant received a $500 education scholarship.

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Courtesy of Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year nominees Taylor Franks (Ballard branch) and Amaris Williams (North Seattle branch) will compete Feb. 9 for a $2,500 scholarship.

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