Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you to “Join us on April 4 for the Lake City Community Center Open House. Meet Seattle Parks and Recreation staff, learn about our programs, ask questions, provide feedback, and connect with our partners. We will have fun activities for kids and light refreshments available.”
We are so excited to expand our senior meal program, but we can’t do it alone. We need a volunteers to fill a variety of positions to provide more hot, nutritious meals to North Seattle seniors. Below are our greatest volunteer needs. If you don’t see something that is right for you, please forward these opportunities to a friend or neighbor who might be… our need is great! And don’t forget that every volunteer shift includes a delicious, made-from-scratch lunch as a small token of our gratitude.
On November 21st, the City Council voted to approve the 2018 City budget. Below are a list of investments both in D5 and City wide that Council member Juarez shared in a recent email. In addition, our advocacy to bring the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program to the North Precinct took a huge leap forward. While the funding goal was not quite achieved for LEAD, there is still $750K identified to bring this extremely important program to North Seattle. Thank you to all who helped write letters in support of the Community Center and LEAD expansion.
District 5 – New Investments = $6,274,910
Lake City Community Center Rebuild
Hubbard Homestead Park neighborhood planning
Sound Generation: Expansion of the Lake City and Northgate “Senior Center Without Wall”
Aurora Commons: Expansion of outreach and drop-in services
Sweetened Beverage Tax – Increase funding for food banks*
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Expansion to SPD North Precinct
*Some of this funding will also be used to support food banks in other Council Districts
Q&A with Diane Haugen, former director of the Lake City Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce
Moving on to New Things
Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Diane Haugen at a local restaurant to talk about a changing Lake City, the meaning of community, and the joy of Alpacas. The former Executive Director of the Lake City/North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Lake City Community Center has moved on to new work in a different neighborhood, but says she feels she will always be part of the Lake City community.
ELC: How long did you work at the Chamber and the Community Center?
Ten years for the Chamber and five at the Community Center.
Do you miss Lake City?
I do miss the community. I drive through it every day though, and I’m not too far away, just in Meadowbrook. I go to restaurants in Lake City all the time so I really feel like I haven’t left.
ELC: What did you like best about the work?
I’ve met a lot of people and I have a lot of connections. I open windows for people. I like to put people together if they can help each other. At Chamber after hours, I’d find out what people needed — a caregiver, a salesman, etc.- and make introductions face to face. That is the part of the work that feeds me. Continue reading “Q & A with Diane Haugen, Community Connector”→
We need your help. There has been a new development in the City’s budget process that leads to potential negative implications for the Lake City Community Center rebuild.
The new budget chair, Councilmember Lisa Herbold, has signaled she may reallocate some of the Lake City Community Center’s funds toother projects. She is considering this reallocation because the Parks department has indicated they would not spend all of the funds in 2018. However, we know that any movement backwards threatens the future success of the project. We need the entire funding to remain in place. Please contact Councilmember Herbold to ensure the project receives the full $5M committed in the Mayor’s 2018 budget.
Councilmember Juarez will be discussing funding for the project at the Budget Committee meeting Friday afternoon. We want to show there is a united effort behind this project. Please start contacting Councilmember Herbold’s office at 3pmthis Friday, 10/13 and through the weekendto let her know it’s imperative we maintain the full funding commitment of $5M in the Mayor’s budgetfor a new Lake City Community Center.