QACC hosting meeting on Safeway redevelopment this Monday

Tomorrow, Monday, September 18th, the Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) is holding its LURC (Land Use Review Committee) meeting. Nearly the entire meeting will be devoted to the planned redevelopment of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway. The Safeway development project team will be on hand at the meeting. See the preliminary plan below.

The meeting is open to the public. If you have questions or concerns about this project, attend tomorrow’s meeting at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W) at 7pm,

Here’s the agenda from the QACC:

7:00PM – 7:15PM
Update current legislation and amendments concerning the Uptown Rezone.

Update the current proposals to revise the Design Review program.

Update the permitting process and upcoming public hearing concerning the Garfield Exchange Building.

7:15PM – 9:00PM
The Safeway block is undergoing a complete redevelopment and the project team will come to LURC to present their very preliminary plans to us Monday night. Their goal is to double the store size and improve the physical store and shopping experience to a much higher level. Their development plans include the entire block except for the collection of small buildings at the corner which they do not own. They do own the parking lot on the northeast corner.

In addition to the new Safeway, they have proposed several floors of housing above and ample parking below grade to service the store and apartment residents alike. As is often the case, we have invited the development team to come before LURC and our community to learn more about our issues and opportunities for them to consider.

Queen Anne’s first Play Street happens Thursday, next door to the Queen Anne Farmers Market

playstreetflyerLocal community group Queen Anne Greenways has been busy behind the scenes getting ready for our first Queen Anne Play Street. They were at last week’s Queen Anne Farmers Market, talking about the inaugural Play Street that happens tomorrow, Thursday, July 28th.

A Play Street makes sense for a neighborhood like Queen Anne, and if you’re a regular at the Queen Anne Farmers Market, you know that kids are a big part of the summer community event. Now, kids are the center of attention with the Play Street, thanks to help from QAFM, the Queen Anne Community Center, and local businesses Once Upon a Time and Blue Highway Games.

The Play Street runs from 3pm to 6pm on 1st Ave W between Crockett and Howe Streets, right next to QAFM, and along the stretch that houses Queen Anne Pool and the Queen Anne Community Center. What can kids expect from this great community event? Free balloons, face painting, toys, a games table, and fun activities to keep them engaged.

Remember to bring the kids to the Play Street, a great companion for the kiddos who are often so patient with us adults at the Queen Anne Farmers Market – tomorrow is their day!

Queen Anne Community Center benefits from Google WiFi donation and new free meeting space

Henry QACC hallwayYesterday, Google announced that it is donating $344,000 for free WiFi at all 26 Seattle Community Centers, as well as affordable housing developments. The grant extends to our own Queen Anne Community Center, enabling free WiFi at the QACC.

The grant will help QACC improve its public events, classes, camps, and educational programs.

You can read more about Google’s donation and how it’s helping other Community Centers and Seattle Affordable Housing sites here. Good news for Seattle and our own Queen Anne Community Center. You can search for and enroll for QACC classes online.

Another recent move for Queen Anne Community Center is its “Community Access Program”. The Queen Anne Community Center Advisory Board, in conjunction with the QA Community Center Staff, launched the program, allowing all community groups free access to meeting room rentals at QACC.
Henry QACC dogAny community group can sign up to use the QACC meeting areas. All you have to do is stop by the center, work with the staff to determine availability, and fill out a basic application form. Thanks to the Queen Anne Community Center Advisory Council for their goal of making the center a “true center of the community” via helping subsidize the meeting room costs.
First the colorful Henry murals pictured in this post, and now free WiFi courtesy of Google and free space for community meetings – our Queen Anne Community Center just keeps getting better and better!

Help guide the future of the Queen Anne Community Center this Saturday

Our Queen Anne Community Center hosts so many events and activities for the community, but it’s definitely in need of a few updates.

If you’ve ever used the QACC and thought, “it needs a refresh” or “I’d love this type of class/service”, you can provide your input at a Community Center Strategic Plan Mini-Summit this Saturday, June 20th from 10am to noon.

The event will be held at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion (305 Harrison St) and kicks off with a presentation, followed by small group discussions. Key topics for discussion:

  • What community center programs and services do you value most and why?
  • How can Seattle Parks improve its community center programs and services?

If you have any questions about the Community Center Strategic Plan or would like to submit your feedback via email, contact Susan Golub, Seattle Parks and Recreation at susan.golub@seattle.gov.

SPS teacher walk out tomorrow means Queen Anne Community Center and Pool events

No School May 19If your kids are in the Seattle Public School system, that means there’s no school for them tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th due to a teacher walk out.

The City is offering free activities for students at both the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W) and the Queen Anne Pool (1920 1st Ave W). Seattle Parks and Recreation will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers – including the Queen Anne Community Center – for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade.

The free program runs from 7am to 6pm on Tuesday, May 19th. It includes supervised recreation activities, with an anticipated supervision ratio of 20 children to 1 adult leader.

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis – there are still spots to sign up online for the QACC. A completed registration form is required, and you can fill it out online here. You can also fill out a registration forms the day of the drop-in service.

Parents are asked to pack a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to students unable to bring their own.

The Queen Anne Pool is also hosting a special Public Swim. Kids home from school can attend the swim from 3-4pm. Rates: $3.75 for Youth (1 – 17), $5.25 for Adults, $3.75 for Seniors. (Those 5 year of age and under and less than 4 feet tall need to be with an adult in the water for safety.)

Hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny at the Annual Spring Egg Hunt this Saturday

QACC Easter 2015

Spring is marching forward at a pretty rapid pace, with Easter coming up this Sunday. Kids age 11 and under are invited to attend the annual Queen Anne Community Center Spring Egg Hunt and celebrate a day early (Saturday, April 4th).

The Easter Bunny will be on hand for meet-n-greets and photos with kids. The Egg Hunt begins at 10m (sharp!), and kids will need to bring a basket or bag to collect the egg treasures.

The Egg Hunt is free and will happen rain or shine, so head over to QACC at 1901 1st Ave W on Saturday to join in the search for eggcelent treasures!

New dance classes for kids and adults start in January at Queen Anne Community Center

The Queen Anne Community Center has a roster of dance classes for all ages. Kids can have fun learning new moves and adults can make good on New Year’s resolutions to get in shape as 2015 kicks off.

Metropolis DanceThe Metropolis Dance classes run from January to March, just in time for the New Year. The classes are $130 for the full 3 months. If you’re on the fence, you can sign up for the first class for free to try it out – just send an email at least 24 hours in advance:

Hip Pop 1 (ages 5-7 or K-2nd grade)
Tuesdays 4:30-4:15pm
Thursdays 4:15-5pm

Hip Pop 2 (ages 8-10 or 3rd-5th grade)
Thursdays 5:15-6pm

Pre-K Pop (ages 4-5)
Thursdays 2-2:30pm

Hip-Pop Middle School
Thursdays 2:45-3:45pm

Adult Hip-Pop (16 and up)
Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm
Thursdays 6-7pm

Break Dance
Tuesdays 6-6:50pm (ages 6 and up)
Wednesdays 4:05-4:50pm (ages 4-6)

The classes teach students the fundamentals and begin each class with routine stretching, isolations, and warm ups, all to upbeat music.

A minimum of 5 students is needed for each class, so if you’re interested in a class for your kids or yourself, sign up online today. (search under “Performing Arts & Dance).

If you have any questions, you can send them via email or call Annlee at 206-538-8496.

Queen Anne Community Center hallways decked out with new Henry murals

If you haven’t stopped by the Queen Anne Community Center lately, there’s a new reason to swing by and take a look around… new murals by Seattle artist Henry cheer up the hallways, along with works by Henry’s friend, artist Andrew Miller. The two artists split up the big job of covering the QACC’s walls.

Henry QACC hallway dogs

Henry QACC Octopus

Henry has murals in many locations across Seattle and submitted one of the designs for the Space Needle in 2012. The QACC murals feature signature Henry imagery with vibrant colors that really spruce up our community center.

According to Henry:

“The imagry decisions were a mix of what the community center asked for and following my instinct for what I really thought would bring positive energy into the environment. I think we struck a harmonious balance and the community center was really stoked with our work.”

Henry QACC guitar

The upstairs and downstairs hallways feature murals by Henry and Miller, and they’re worth checking out – since they’re murals, they’re really best experienced in person, and the images here are just a few of what you can see at QACC. Stop by to take a look!

Provide your feedback to improve Queen Anne Community Center programs and activities

On of our local Queen Anne community groups – we are fortunate to have so many – is looking for feedback on the programs and activities offered at the Queen Anne Community Center.

Queen Anne Heart has launched a survey to collect information on the wants and needs of Queen Anne neighbors to help develop programs and improvements for the Queen Anne Community Center. The questions are simple, ranging from how often you use the QACC to the types of programs you’re interested in, and even what days and time would be most convenient for you.

You can take the survey online or drop by QACC to fill out a print version.

Queen Anne Heart is looking to transform the QACC into a “neighborhood hub” for residents. While there are many Queen Anne neighbors who use the QACC, there are also many who don’t – and getting feedback will help make QACC relevant to the community at large.

Take the survey today, it only takes a few minutes of your time!

Queen Anne Community Center hosting a Family Fun Night this Friday

Looking for an outlet for the boundless energy that kids always seem to have? Well, this Friday, May 3rd, the Queen Anne Community will be hosting a Family Fun Night from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Kids can expend that energy jumping around in large bounce houses, playing games, and checking out the toys on hand. All for $3 a “walking” child.

Support our local community center this Friday!