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Entries from March 2017

New UW cherry blossom webcam

March 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

Every year around the beginning of spring, the iconic University of Washington Yoshino Cherry trees blossom along another iconic University of Washington landmark, the UW Quad. This year, just in time to capture the fleeting beauty of the pale pink flowers, UWTV has installed a webcam overlooking the spectacle.

UW arborist Sara Shores expects the trees to be in full bloom the week of March 26, just in time for the start of the University of Washington’s spring quarter.

The webcam is in operation 24/7 and can be viewed online here  UWTV.org and here YouTube.

The cherry blossom webcam is located on Miller Hall, home of the University of Washington’s College of Education.

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Visitors check out the new section of the Arboretum Loop Trail

March 23rd, 2017 by sarawilly

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation are excited to announce the first section of the new Arboretum Loop Trail in the Washington Park Arboretum opened to visitors.

The new path from 31st Ave. E and E Madison connects Arboretum visitors to Arboretum Dr. via the new paved asphalt path. Additionally, a short section of trail on the west side of Arboretum Dr. is open to pedestrians, connecting access up to the Pacific Connections Garden. The path is ready for use; landscape and other work elements will continue into the spring.

The Arboretum remains open during construction and visitors are asked to follow detour routes as construction progresses to the north. SPR and the contractor appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work on this project. We anticipate completion of the trail by early 2018.

The Arboretum Loop Trail is a 1.2-mile trail that will connect to Arboretum Dr., creating a 2.5-mile path through the Arboretum and provide improved access to the flagship public garden.

In June 2013, City Council approved $7.8 million from WSDOT to fund implementation of the Arboretum Loop. This project, as outlined in the Arboretum’s Master Plan, is a key component of mitigation work being done as part of the SR 520 Bridge replacement. The Loop Trail fulfills the Master Plan’s three primary goals: conservation, recreation and education. It will also improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists visiting the Arboretum. Additionally, the project restores portions of Arboretum Creek and nearby wetlands. To receive construction updates please visit LoopTrail.seattle.gov.

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Zoo Doo sale on now at WPZ

March 15th, 2017 by sarawilly

Spring is in the air and so is the sweet-smelling aroma of Zoo Doo, Woodland Park Zoo’s exotic, highly coveted compost. The annual spring Fecal Fest kicked off the first week of March.

Zoo Doo is composed of species feces contributed by a variety of the zoo’s non-primate herbivores, such as hippos, giraffes, mountain goats, tapirs and more, and is perfect to grow veggies and annuals.

The Fecal Fest, held each spring and fall, attract local gardeners to enter a bid to purchase the exotic, highly-coveted Zoo Doo and Bedspread that Dr. Doo, aka the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” has been piling all winter.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is available by the truck load. Bedspread is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips and is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways.

Dr. Doo’s private reserve of Worm Doo will be sold again. Worm Doo is worm castings made from Zoo Doo and zoo coffee grounds. An exceptional rich soil and microbial diverse soil amendment recommended for seedlings, potted plants or in the garden, Worm Doo has been pooped once by exotic herbivores and pooped again by compost loving worms.

Due to the high demand for Zoo Doo, gardening fans must enter online to win the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. To enter, fill out the online form here, now through March 27. One entry per person is eligible for each drawing.

Entries will be randomly selected according to supply and demand and Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Pick-up dates are  April 8–29.

Cost-
Zoo Doo: 5 gallons $5; 10 gallons $10; 20 gallons $20; 50 gallons $30. Limited to 100 gallons per recipient. Pick-up truck: 6×3 bed $50; 6×4 bed $70; 8×4 bed $80. Winners may get one full truckload per person. Pint-sized buckets are available at the ZooStore for $4.95.

Bedspread pick-up truck: 6×3 bed $40; 6×4 bed $50; 8×4 bed $60. Winners may get up to two full truckloads per person.

Worm Doo: pint-sized buckets $10. Available at the ZooStores while supplies last.

Cash or checks only-no debit or credit cards, please.

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All branches of SPL closed March 29 for Staff In-Service Day

March 9th, 2017 by sarawilly

All Seattle Public Library branches will be closed Wednesday, March 29, for a staff in-service day. Book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave., will be open.

Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 30.

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Framework agreement reached, completion of Burke-Gilman Missing Link to move forward

March 2nd, 2017 by sarawilly

By Danielle Anthony-Goodwin at our sister site myballard.com

Earlier this week, Mayor Ed Murray along with Councilmembers Mike O’Brien and Rob Johnson, Ballard business owners, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates, announced that a framework agreement has been reached to move forward on completing the “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

“After years of disagreement, we have a path forward to finally complete the ‘missing link’ of the Burke-Gilman Trail,” says Mayor Murray. “Bicyclists and pedestrians will no longer need to weave, dodge, or hold their breath while navigating through Ballard and maritime businesses along the water will maintain access to the roads they depend on. Today’s announcement highlights our collaborative effort to complete the trail, making the Burke-Gilman safer and more accessible for all.”

As the City finishes the environmental review process, the framework calls for stakeholders to work together on the design elements of a preferred alternative route that would complete the “missing link” with a marked, dedicated trail for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposed trail would run along Market Street between the Ballard Locks and 24th Ave NW, then turn on to Shilshole Ave NW Northwest and run along the south-side of the street. The existing trail east of the Ballard Bridge, along NW 45th St, will be improved to allow for better access for businesses and safer travel for bicyclists and pedestrians. The City expects the final environmental impact study to be released in May.

“The community has been working on a safe completion of the missing link of the Burke Gilman Trail for years and it is great to be moving one step closer to construction,” says Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

“To say we are elated is a vast understatement,” says Blake Trask, Senior Policy Director of the Cascade Bicycle Club. “This project will benefit generations. We are grateful to the many parties, including local Ballard businesses, for coming together, listening to one another, and committing to building a trail that is safe and predictable for everyone.”

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Find It, Fix It, with Mayor Murray

March 2nd, 2017 by sarawilly

Mayor Ed Murray announced earlier this week the six neighborhoods where he will host his annual Find It, Fix It Community Walks. Now in its fourth year, these walks bring City officials, business owners, and community members together to address each neighborhood’s needs.

Mayor Murray will lead the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in the following neighborhoods: Wallingford (Tuesday, March 14), Little Brook, Northgate, Highland Park, North Beacon Hill, and First Hill.

Each walk will follow a route determined by community members on Community Walk Action Teams convened by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Specific dates and locations will be announced at least two weeks prior to each walk. If you are interested in participating on a Community Walk Action Team to help plan the walk in one of the six neighborhoods, contact Lemmis Stephens, Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator, at Lemmis.Stephens@seattle.gov or call (206) 386-1907.

The City will continue to offer Community Project Grants for every walk. These grants provide support for community-led revitalization and beautification projects. In 2015 and 2016, 209 community volunteers, with assistance from City staff, completed 20 projects across the city.

Mayor Murray spearheaded the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in 2014 in partnership with Cities of Service, a national nonprofit that works with cities to provide support and training to encourage civic volunteerism.

Whether or not your neighborhood is part of this year’s walks, community members can report safety needs or city maintenance issues anytime with the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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