Sunday, December 13, 2009
* According to Casey Hildreth of SDOT, there are many different ways that we can improve and pedestrianize John St. in order to better incorporate it into the park. Some possibilities include roadway narrowing/closure, parking removal, and the installation of a landscape strip for use as further gardening space.
Any work on John St. would need to be a second stage of the development for the park - this WILL NOT be covered by the planning or budget that Parks has currently for John and Summit. However, it is still an excellent opportunity to pursue in the next year. If anyone is interested on working on this, please email Unpaving Paradise at email@example.com.
* John and Summit park is at 95% design, and will go through the Parks Dept. 95% design review very soon. Once that's finished, Mithun will be able to complete the design for the park and p-patch, and then the project will be ready go out to bid. The John and Summit project will likely go out to bid in January or February 2010, and groundbreaking is anticipated for March.
* One of the final design details that was presented to us was the addition of a recycled steel border around the P-Patch area to delineate it from the lawn and landscaping areas - up until now the construction of any bed borders would be left up to the community. This border would be included if the John and Summit project comes in under bid, which is a distinct possibility since the bad economy makes bidding a lot more competitive on good sized projects like this one. The use of recycled steel is a good sustainable and aesthetic choice: it is a good reuse of a long lasting material and it matches the steel support walls already in the design along John St.
I don't know about you, but now I'm certainly looking forward to March!
~ Jen Power
Chair, Unpaving Paradise
Capitol Hill Community Council
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Most Multi-Modal: Bike Works (Columbia City, ZipCar gift certificate)
Most Playful: 4-PLAY (Park(ing) Day Central Park, games from Gamma Ray Games and Bucephalus Games)
Greenest Park: Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Wallingford, gardening books from Spine and Crown Books)
Best Execution: Park N Play by Perkins + Will (Downtown, Victrola coffee and shirt)
Most Original (Grand Prize): air.stream by Signal to Noise (Park(ing) Day Central Park, $200 and custom trophy)
Here's our lovely garden, and below is our fine and upstanding park activity: picking out new sites for parks on Capitol Hill, courtesy of the Parks Department and acquisitions money from the last Pro-Parks Levy.
Also, the lovely model of John and Summit Park, courtesy of Mithun, set to become a reality late next year :)
Kicking it with the Zen Cakes - Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads fame chats up the women of WorldChanging.com.
Cookies (and moocher) courtesy of Seattle Arts and Lectures.
And look! We made it into the news! If you look closely, you can see Capitol Hill Community Council President Jen Power walking behind Denise Whittaker and she talks about John and Summit Park.
If you'd like to see more, you find more pictures about Park(ing) Day Seattle at People's Parking Lot (of course), the Slog, CHS Blog, and Flickr (thanks gravitysalad!).
Monday, August 31, 2009
They've also come up with the nifty poster you see to your left. If you'd like to help spread the word about Park(ing) Day and Park(ing) Day Central Park, print out a passel of posters and put them put them up around the neighborhood.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
This year Unpaving Paradise is taking part in Park(ing) Day Central Park, a collection of mini-parks hosted by neighborhood organizations and businesses in the empty lot at 500 E Pine. We need volunteers to set up, take down, and hang out at the park during the day. Set up will likely begin at 8am. Take down time is yet to be decided, but will be after 6pm.
If you're interested in participating, please email us at unpaving.paradise(at)gmail.com with hours you can volunteer. If you're busy on Friday, September 18th, we can also use help making and distributing flyers, gathering prizes for the Best Park in the City awards, and generally spreading the word about the event.
For more info, see this CHS Blog post.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This year, Cafe Metropolitain and Unpaving Paradise are co-hosting one of the block parties of the "Seattle Night Out": The Capitol Hill Chill 'n' Grill. There will be free food and entertainment for the whole family, booths with information about neighborhood non-profits, and plenty of time to chill out and meet your neighbors.
If you'd like more information or you're interested in volunteering during the event, please email us at unpaving(dot)paradise(at)gmail(dot)com.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
While we're not on rations and the battles we fight are different, home-grown produce can still play a large role in making our lives affordable and sustainable. In short, our local food is still fighting for us here and around the world. Support your local Victory Garden/ P-Patch today!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Justin Carder of CHS Blog and the main organizer of the Cap Hill Garage Sale. He put his time and money into making this event happen - you can help him break even by donating here.
The unaccustomed activity on the long-empty lot drew as many people and more as all previous flyering and advertising. Neighborhood excitement and ideas about the present and future activation of the space were recorded by People's Parking Lot, co-sponsor of the Cap Hill Garage Sale and the group responsible for securing the lot for the event. You can see some great People's Parking Lot pictures of the Sale here and see the list of the all the ideas that PPL gathered here.
The UP sale was also a success - we helped some residents get rid of their extra stuff, we had many opportunities for community outreach and we made a grand total of $280.65 (not bad for a day's work!). We also had the most fabulous booth in the entire sale due to a generous loan of equipment from Panache on Broadway. Neon fluffy umbrellas, fake plants, pink flamingoes - it was amazing.
Thank you to everyone who made this event possible - our volunteers (thanks Hong, Josh, Becki, Thomas, and Jen!), our "sale stock" donors, CHS Blog, People's Parking Lot, Panache, Sustainable Capitol Hill, and last but not least, everyone who patronized the Capitol Hill Garage Sale this weekend. You are all amazing!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Unpaving Paradise will have a sale at the Pine and Belmont community space of the Capitol Hill Garage Sale next Saturday, June 13th. Because UP is a sponsor of the event, we hope to get enough volunteers to run our own sale and to help coordinate the CH Garage Sale as a whole. The sale will run from 10am to 4pm, but we'll need volunteers from about 9am to 5pm so we can do donation pickup, set up, take down and donation of unsold items as well. This event will be outside, but UP will have an canopy over our space.
Unpaving Paradise will also have a booth at the Capitol Hill Pride Festival on June 27th. The Festival will run from 11am to 4pm, but we will need volunteers from about 10:00am to 5:00pm so we can set up and take down the booth. Our presence at the Pride Festival will mostly be about outreach, but we also hope to be able to sell some rainbow bandanas as a fundraiser. This is also an outdoor event, and UP will have a canopy over our booth.
If you are interested in volunteering at either event, for any period of time, please email unpaving(dot)paradise(at)gmail(dot)com to sign up!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Below is an email from Su-Jn Chon, a project manager at the Department of Neighborhoods. She confirms what we've been hoping for the last few days would come true - John and Summit Park is now almost fully funded due to an allocation from the new Parks Levy P-Patch Development Fund.
We will continue to fundraise and hold outreach events, if not at such a hectic pace as before. There are a few things we could use money for, such as a tool shed, compost bins, and a continuing maintenance fund. However, we can now rest assured that there will be a magnificent park and P-Patch at John and Summit by next year.
It was because of the backing of the whole community that the City decided to fund this project. Thank you all so much for your past and continued support.
~ The Unpaving Paradise Steering Committee
Dear Unpaving Paradise,
Congratulations! The Parks Levy Oversight Committee reviewed the P-Patch list of projects slated for the first quarter of the new Parks Levy funding. The committee approved the $150,000 we allocated to the John & Summit P-Patch Development. We are excited to partner with the Parks and Recreation Department to get this wonderful project off the ground quickly and growing fresh parsnips!
Thank you for your stewardship to your neighborhood and the community-at-large.
City of Seattle - Department of Neighborhoods
Program Manager, P-Patch & Neighborhood Matching Fund programs
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Mark it down on your calendars - June 13th, 2009 is guaranteed to be a day-long neighborhood bargain-fest!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Mark it down on your calendars - June 13th, 2009 is guaranteed to be a day-long neighborhood bargain-fest!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
For the serious contenders, we've listed the Showdown rules below:
The competition will begin at 8:00 p.m. You may arrive up to one hour early to sign-in and warm-up, if you wish. Registration & check-in closes 15 minutes before the start of the tournament.
Registration fee is $10.00 per participant; 100% of this goes to the park.
If you are a competitor and are late to your competition round, a forfeit will be called and you will be eliminated from the competition.
The competition will be run according to three ‘brackets’ corresponding to difficulty level – Medium, Hard & Expert; thus, if you are a Medium, you will not compete against someone who is an Expert. You must declare your skill level at sign-in and may not switch after registration has closed at 7:45pm. For each level, selected songs will become progressively more difficult as you move forward.
Songs for each round will be pre-selected. The initial round will consist of 2 (or 3 as time permits) songs.
The winner will be the player with the highest total score (points), NOT the player with the most correct notes. The winning contestant will move on to compete with another winning contestant in the winner’s bracket whereas the contestant with the lower score will then play against another losing contestant in the loser’s bracket. Contestants will be randomly matched-up and announced before the start of the tournament.
In the event of a tie (total score within 100 points of each other), the contestants will compete again with an additional pre-selected song.
Final rounds will be best two out of three songs in both the winner’s and loser’s brackets.
** In the event that there are only two contestants for a given skill level, both contestants will be allowed to play in the final round, but will again be judged according to highest total score. The player who won the preceding round will be awarded 25,000 points that will be added to their final score as a bonus for winning the previous round.**
There is no pausing allowed. If a player intentionally pauses the game the Event Moderator has the authority to disqualify that player. Any accidental pausing will be reviewed.
Any mishandling of equipment (throwing of guitar, hitting guitar or game console, breaking buttons or whammy bar of guitar, damage of TV, etc.) will result in elimination from the tournament and paying for damages incurred.
All rulings of the Event Moderator are final. The format may be altered to best accommodate the number of players.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The volunteer pledge form is below. Please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 11th!
ATTACHMENT: MATCH PLEDGE FORM FOR: _____________________________________
Project: John and Summit Park/ Unpaving Paradise
The individuals, businesses, or organizations listed below commit to donate volunteer time, materials, or services for the above project.
+ Physical improvement projects require 1:1 match ratio (applicant is responsible for matching the equivalent of $1 for every $1 requested)
+ All other projects require a ½:1 match ratio (applicant is only responsible for matching the equivalent of $.50 for every $1 requested)
+ Volunteer Labor is valued at $15 an hour
+ In-kind Professional Services is valued at up to $75 an hour
Name (Please Print):
Street Address and ZIP Code:
Number of Hours Pledged:
Kinds of Volunteer Activities:
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
This event is hosted by the Capitol Hill Community Council on behalf of the John and Summit Park.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
A big part of the meeting was discussing how community members can get involved in the park-building efforts. The details about our volunteer opportunities are listed below.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Find out how you can make a garden and park a reality at John & Summit!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The Copper Vine Turns Two! Join us from 5-8pm to celebrate 2 years of plants, gardening & growing on Capitol Hill. A percentage of each sale will be donated to Unpaving Paradise.Also, the Copper Vine is still giving away little lemon trees to anyone donating to Unpaving Paradise.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Also, since The Copper Vine is celebrating its 2nd birthday on March 1st, it's giving a present to the park!
Happy Birthday To Us!
The Copper Vine turns 2 on March 1st. When we opened our doors, we had a beautiful lemon tree with large, yellow lemons. That tree was eventually purchased by a customer but we kept one of the lemons. Its seeds produced these little plants.
To celebrate our birthday, we will be giving away these plants to customers who make a donation to Unpaving Paradise. For more information, see the donation jar by our deck chair!
"Streets for People" is a campaign focused on created a better and more sustainable future for transportation in Seattle. The forum will be focused on Streets for People's goal of building "a broad based public campaign to transition our streets away from an auto-centric approach to one that treats streets as public places, and prioritizes them for walking, biking and transit."
If you're interested in coming to the forum and helping us spread the word about the community's vision for John and Summit Park/P-Patch, please email email@example.com. This will be a great outreach opportunity for Unpaving Paradise, so we wouldn't mind having a few more volunteers!
This presentation is an important step toward getting a Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant for the park/p-patch - the EDNC plays a big role in rating community projects from the Capitol Hill, First Hill, Central District and Madrona neighborhoods. Please attend and give us your support!
If you'd like to help present to the Neighborhood Council or if you'd just like to cheer us on, the meeting will be from 6:30 to 8pm at the Capitol Hill Branch Library. This will be a normal meeting of the EDNC, so there will be plenty more interesting neighborhood issues on the agenda as an added bonus :)
Monday, January 19, 2009
Vinny goes for a home run; Allison and David keep score
David takes a break and tries his hand at the game
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Where: Faire Gallery and Cafe - 1351 East Olive Way
What: Battle for Wii supremacy at the first annual Wii Sports Tournament! Pizza for all and prizes for the winners. $10 entry fee - all proceeds go to the park-to-be at John and Summit.
Hosted by the Capitol Hill Community Council
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Capitol Hill Art Walk is now from 5-8pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month. See their MySpace page for a full listing of participating businesses along the Pike/Pine corridor.