Friday, September 21st – Kaffeeklatsch and Community Partners Bring You a Temporary Parklette on LCW
Message from Mayor Durkan:
Please join me Saturday, September 15 for a community discussion on how we can work together to deliver on essential services and create a more affordable, inclusive, and just Seattle. You can find some more information below.
This administration is working to bring City Hall to you. That’s because I know that community members are our City’s most vital resource, and that the best solutions often come from communities, not from the top down.
Before our community discussion, we’ll also host a resource fair, so you can work directly with our City departments on essential services and solutions that are important to you.
When: Saturday, September 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Resource Fair begins at 11:30 a.m. with the community discussion starting at 12 p.m.
Who: Lake City residents, Mayor’s Office representatives, and representatives from the following departments: Finance and Administrative Services, Office of Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, Human Services Department, Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Police Department, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and the Seattle Public Library.
Where: Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125
LCFF has been conducting community clean up efforts in Lake City for the past five years. We are proud of the hundreds of bags of trash collected and give heartfelt thanks to all those that have taken a little time to come out and support these efforts. LCFF provides gloves, bags, grabbers and safety vests. While it is common to find needles we are always sure to instruct our participants not to pick up needles. We ask that people let one of our leads know where they are so that we can take care of it and record it. These are family friendly events and safety is our top priority. The clean up portion of the work provides part of the goal for this program. While trash pick up is an ongoing effort; the conversations, connections and community spirit is a huge part of why these gatherings are so important.
This Sunday we have chose to meet in front of the Lake City Post Office. The area around the post office and the Panos properties has been a very hot topic on local social media as well as being featured on KOMO and Q13 news. We felt that this meeting place gives us an opportunity to connect with neighbors who might be interested in discussing the area with others in hopes of authentic dialog around solutions and strategies.
Please know that LCFF is in contact with our Seattle City Council Member, Debora Juarez, the Mayor’s office and King County Health to ensure that the issues around human waste is being addressed around the area of the post office and the Panos property. All have committed to responding to the issues and we are hopeful for a resolution that will address a complex set of circumstances.
We hope that you will consider joining us this Sunday
They’re easy to miss if you don’t already know they’re there, embedded in the sidewalk next to the Seattle Mennonite Church. Thirty-two bronze leaves which, depending on the season and the time of day, can fade barely noticed into the background of the sidewalk, or shine as brightly as stars.
This is The Backstory on:
Thirty-two Leaves of Remembrance are located in Lake City in front of the Seattle Mennonite Church, each one engraved with a name and year of birth and death, commemorating a life once lived in our community.
These Leaves are part of the Tree of Life project developed by WHEEL, a homeless women’s organizing effort. The Tree of Life sculpture in Victor Steinbrueck Park is the only permanent homeless memorial in the world.
The tree has two large branches with leaf-shaped holes stamped out of the iron. The fallen bronze Leaves of Remembrance symbolized by these holes are scattered throughout the City near places that people have felt connected to, including the Seattle Mennonite Church in Lake City.
The Mennonite Church became one of the first installation sites in 2012 when Sally Kinney, a member of WHEEL and founding member of the Lake City Taskforce on Homelessness, approached pastors Melanie and Jonathan Neufeld to ask for support for the project. Sally recently explained why she took her request to the Neufelds. “I have great admiration for Melanie and Jonathan and their work in Lake City”, she said.
“Over more than a decade, they have gathered the un-housed people in our area together, given them a home in God’s Little Acre, the Mennonites’ drop-in center, started first a night shelter in the church which graduated to a roving shelter in many different area churches, and perhaps most importantly, given them a voice in our community.”
“When I mentioned the Leaves project to them, it was with the intention of them adding another symbol of love they show to our outside neighbors: a place to permanently honor the fallen with these Leaves.”