We’re excited to announce that Bellwether Housing and Stewardship Partners are officially on board with the Melrose Promenade project.
Bellwether Housing is an affordable housing developer headquartered at the corner of Bellevue Avenue and Olive Way, just a block east of Melrose.On its website, Bellwether says: “Bellwether meets the need for affordable rents by buying, building and managing apartments in urban locations.” And, it adds: “Commitment to social justice and environmental sustainability are evident in all our efforts.”
Stewardship Partners is non-profit organization that helps private landowners restore and preserve the natural landscapes of Washington State. Stewardship Partners will be working with us to pursue green storm water solutions that could become a part of the Promenade.
On its website, Stewardship Partners says: “We collaborate with diverse interest groups to build bridges and find solutions that achieve mutual goals of environmental protection, economic health, and community well being. Our projects restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, protect open space, and “green up” the built environment while maintaining working landscapes of farms, forestland, and livable communities throughout the State.”
As part of Seattle Night Out, we threw our very first Melrose Promenade BBQ Potluck. It looks like there will be many more to come.
Thanks to the nearly 30 community members who joined us and contributed so many delicious dishes! Our veritable cornucopia of food included hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, veggies, salads, chips… you name it.
It was great speaking with so many of our neighbors about ways to improve Melrose Avenue. We also appreciated the opportunity to speak with representatives of the Mayor’s office about our vision for the Promenade.
Thank you to Feet First, Victrola Coffee, and Newmark Realty Capital, the Melrose Promeande’s newest supporters!
Feet First has been advocating for walkable communities in Washington State for more than a decade. In their letter of support, Executive Director Lisa Quinn wrote, “The Melrose Promenade project supports our vision of how people are provided easy and safe ways to walk for their health, transportation, environment, community and pleasure.”
Later, she added, “The Melrose Promenade works towards the City of Seattle’s vision of becoming the most walkable city in the nation.”
Victrola Coffee serves coffee at two locations on Capitol Hill, on 15th Avenue East and East Pike Street, just steps from Melrose Avenue. Victrola has graciously donated of coffee for our Muffins on Melrose and Community Cleanup events.
Newmark Realty Capital is a property owner on Bellevue Avenue East, just one block east of Melrose. Newmark’s Skip Slavin wrote that the Promenade would be a “great public benefit”.
Do you think this should be a future home to p-patches? Answer our poll!
During a recent walk-through of the Bellevue Place Park (on the northern end of the future Promenade), several of our committee members discussed the need for more active uses in this park, more reasons for people to visit it.
One idea that came up was p-patches.
Due to its proximity to I-5, some of us thought that, even if edible plants were not ideal, perhaps flowering plants would be. At this early point, though, everything is on the table.
If a series of p-patches were built along “steps” ascending the hillside, how many of you would want one? How many of you might think this is a good idea, even if you yourself lack a green thumb? Would it make you visit the park more often?
Check out these incredible shots of sunset from Melrose Avenue and the historic East Republican Street hill climb. Thanks to super-volunteer and Central Seattle Greenways member Gordon for sharing these great photos!
Summer has finally come to Seattle, and we Melrose Promenaders are making the most of the effusive sunshine and warm breezes.
On Friday morning, we greeted morning commuters at the corner of Melrose and Denny with free muffins, coffee, and conversation at our second Muffins on Melrose event. Thank you to the dozens of community members who stopped by our table to learn more about our vision for the Melrose Promenade, and especially for all your encouragement and helpful advice. Thank you also to our volunteers who helped make the event a success!
Interesting fact: We counted more than 400 pedestrians and bicyclists passing through the intersection of Melrose and Denny between 8am and 9:30am. (Our friends at SDOT, did you hear that?) Who ever said Seattle couldn’t be a walking and biking sort of town?
Volunteers Gordon and Nicholas are all smiles Friday morning for Muffins on Melrose.
It’s amazing how far a little chalk can go to fix a faded crosswalk!
David showing the weeds who’s boss
Eric, Mel, and David strategize how best deal with these weeds.
Thanks to Mark and Val, our storm water signage team!
This morning, we held our second Melrose Promenade Community Cleanup, and Melrose hasn’t looked better in years! We tackled the weeds on the sidewalk and along the guardrail that survived last month’s cleanup, picked up several bags worth of litter, and spray painted “Dump No Waste” signs near storm water drains. Thank you to Victrola Coffee for donating coffee to caffeinate our volunteers and to the City of Seattle for providing tools, vests, gloves, and bags.
Do you want to get involved in events like this and in our efforts to build the Melrose Promenade? Follow us on Facebook, email us at melrosepromenade [at] gmail [dot] com, and keep checking melrosepromenade.com for future updates.
Thousands of Seattleites packed the future Melrose Promenade to watch the fireworks tonight!
Thanks to all our new friends who took a few minutes from the revelry to chat with us about the Promenade. It was thrilling that so many of you agree that Melrose Avenue, Bellevue Place Park, and the Melrose Bicycle Trail could be improved with our basic remedy of a wider sidewalk, benches, trees and other landscaping, lights, and public art. We look forward to hearing more of your ideas for how to make the Melrose Promenade an even better spot to watch the fireworks in the years to come.