Kids can play in the street this Thursday at the second annual Playstreet

This Thursday is not only Queen Anne Farmers Market day, it’s also the second annual Queen Anne Playstreet. Thanks to a lot of behind-the-scenes work by Queen Anne Greenways, the Playstreet turn a portion of 1st Ave W at Crockett St (right by the market) from 4pm to 7pm this Thursday, July 27th, into a Playstreet for kids.

Here’s what you can expect on Thursday for the little ones:


Scooters, pedal cars, blocks, chalk, hula hoops, Foosball and other equipment made available by Gina Saxby, Director of the QA Community Center. QACC may also provide staff demonstrations of class activities.

Blue Highway Games will bring both table and yard games to provide some challenging group activities.

Don Cheyette of Seattle Adventure Sports will be setting up his mobile climbing wall for older kids. This well-supervised action activity will introduce the popular Northwest sport of climbing to those who haven’t yet had a chance to try it.

Christine Woten, Children’s Librarian at the Queen Anne Public Library, will be offering activities and crafts with a more cerebral bent.

Once Upon a Time children’s store will be decorating balloons and other surprises.


Queen Anne Greenways will sponsor the Snake Suspenderz band from 5pm to 7pm to entertain both the Playstreet kiddos and Market shoppers. They will entertain with brassy versions of polkas, waltzes, swing and other old time sing along and dance tunes. A ukele, a guitar, a trombone a tuba and drums play a relentlessly quirky blend of novelty songs and hits of the 1920’s and 30’s, with a generous helping of original tunes written in those styles.


Corey Lynn Atencio will be giving a Yoga session at 4:30 pm to calm your nerves – and prepare you for more activity.


Finally, there will be lots of food available, courtesy of the fleet of food trucks that serve the Farmers’ Market. The Playstreet will provide tables and chairs which families can use for dinner and other group activities.

Thanks to Queen Anne Greenways and the Playstreet sponsors, Queen Anne Community Center Advisory Board and the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, for this year’s Playstreet!

Pedestrians get more time to cross Mercer thanks in part to Queen Anne Greenways

Thanks in part to the efforts of our local Queen Anne Greenways group, pedestrians are getting more time to cross Mercer St. Back in late May, Queen Anne Greenways led a “Mercer Adaptive Signal Walking Tour” with 34 participants including SDOT Director Scott Kubly and City Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang. On this tour, SDOT saw how the signal system didn’t give pedestrians enough time to cross busy Mercer St.

According to the SDOT, a new adaptive signal control system reduced automobile travel times along Mercer, Valley and Roy Streets, but pedestrians had less time to cross safely. Here are the locations of the adaptive signals:

Thanks to Queen Anne Greenways and other community groups, SDOT has now increased the pedestrian crossing time at six intersections:

You can read more about the process on the SDOT blog, find out about Queen Anne Greenways on their Facebook page or follow their Twitter account, and check out the SDOT Mercer Corridor website for updates on the project.

Learn about Seattle Neighborhood Greenways at the Queen Anne Greenways meeting

Our local Queen Anne Greenways community organization meets this Tuesday, October 25th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. The group’s mission is to make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike. You can see some of the results of their work at Highland Dr & Queen Anne Ave N (the pedestrian activated stoplight that makes crossing so much easier). The group also planned this summer’s Play Street at the Queen Anne Farmers Market.

You can learn more about the group and the larger Seattle Neighborhood Greenways group this Tuesday, October 25th. Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director of the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, will be a special guest at the meeting. She’ll provide an overview of the on-going work of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

All are welcome to attend this Tuesday’s meeting to learn about improvement efforts city-wide and in our own neighborhood. Queen Anne Greenways is switching up locations, so whether you’re attending the meeting for the first time or if you’re a regular, take note of the new meeting location: Aegis of Queen Anne at 223 W Galer St:

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!

Help plan the Queen Anne Play Street with Queen Anne Greenways

Queen Anne Greenways is in the planning stages for the first Queen Anne Play Street. The community organization has already worked with SDOT, the Queen Anne Farmers Market, local businesses, and the Queen Anne Community Center to help make the Play Street a reality. And, the date is now set: Thursday, July 28th, 3pm-6pm.

The Play Street will be on 1st Ave W between the Queen Anne Pool and the Queen Anne Community Center. Now that the day, time, and location are finalized, what’s next? Your input.

Attend the Queen Anne Greenways meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30pm to 8pm to join in and take part in planning the Play Street. The meeting will be held in the Teen Room at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W).

Then, volunteer to help with the Play Street. A sign-up form will be available after the meeting, and you can always reach out to Queen Anne Greenways via its Facebook page.


Help plan a summer Play Street tonight with Queen Anne Greenways

Queen Anne Greenways meets tonight and the topic of the meeting is creating a Play Street on Queen Anne this summer. While summer may seem distant, planning and gathering input from the community takes time. Everyone is invited to join tonight’s meeting, which is at Bayview Retirement Center (11 W Aloha) from 6:30pm to 7:45pm.

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 8.46.34 AMThe open discussion will be led by a Queen Anne Greenways member who’s excited to help plan a day of summer activities and play for kids and those young at heart. Play Streets were piloted by the city of Seattle last year, here’s the city’s description of Play Streets:

“A play street closes a neighborhood street to traffic so that kids (and adults) can have more space for play and physical activity. School play streets provide additional space for recess or other special activities, like a field day. Community play streets help neighbors create more space for play during the summer or after school.”

If you have ideas for a Play Street, be sure to attend tonight’s meeting, and think summer!

Queen Anne Greenways meets tonight; 7-way stop, McGraw & 7th Ave W, and more

QA Greenways LogoThe monthly Queen Anne Greenways meeting is tonight at 6:30pm. The group has a new venue for their meetings – Bayview Retirement Community’s Kinnear Room. Bayview is located near the foot of the Counterbalance at 11 W Aloha St. Enter through the covered entryway off of 1st Ave W to acess the Kinnear Room.

Tonight’s agenda includes:

  • Ratification of QA Greenways’ two proposed new Blueprint priorities to replace two that were deleted or consolidated
  • 7th & McGraw intersection (near Coe Elementary)
  • 7-Way Stop
  • Queen Anne’s 20 mph zone
  • 10th Avenue West! Bring your ideas.

All are welcome to attend the meeting and bring ideas about pedestrian, cyclist, and driver safety on Queen Anne.

Queen Anne Greenways meets on Tuesday at a new venue

QA Greenways LogoQueen Anne Greenways is meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, to continue its work on making Queen Anne safe for all. Unlike past meetings, this one will be at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). The community group is working on a permanent location for its upcoming meetings, but in the meantime, Queen Anne Manor has graciously offered its meeting space.

Join Queen Anne Greenways tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23rd, from 6:30pm to 8pm. You can find the group in the Queen Anne Manor dining room.

Join Queen Anne Greenways meeting tonight to identify 2015 safety priorities

QA Greenways LogoOur friends at Queen Anne Greenways are hosting their monthly meeting tonight, and they need your help! Are there areas of Queen Anne that are or have become dangerous for pedestrians? Nominate them as a project for the group to champion.

Some examples that have been sent to us as blog post ideas:

– Pedestrian crossing areas near Trader Joe’s and Bartell – pedestrians not using the crosswalk

– No crosswalk painted at Newton St (from Pharmaca to Helen’s)

– Need for stop signs at Wheeler St and 4th Ave N

And, from Queen Anne Greenways:

Find out how you can nominate a project and help make it a reality. Is there a street you would like to make safer for pedestrians and cyclists? Is there an intersection you would like to improve? Is there a transportation policy matter that needs to be addressed?

Also, come see what you can do to restore Queen Anne’s 20 mph zone!  Recently, the Seattle Department of Transportation proposed creating a safe and calm traffic zone on top of the hill but the Queen Anne Community Council rejected it.  Help us fight to get it back.

If you have ideas to add, plan on attending Queen Anne Greenways meeting tonight at 400 W Garfield St at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend.  (same place as usual, 6:30 PM) to help set priorities.


Queen Anne Greenways meets Tuesday at the Queen Anne Library

QA Greenways LogoThe monthly Queen Anne Greenways meeting is this Tuesday, April 28th, at the Queen Anne Library. The meeting runs from 6:30pm to 7:45pm, with a hard-stop at 7:45pm due to Library hours (so no worries on it running over if you have to make plans).

The focus of this week’s meeting is the ongoing discussion of 2015 priorities to keep pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists safe on Queen Anne streets. All ideas will be gathered, discussed, then prioritized by those at the meeting.

Here’s the current list of priorities from past meetings:

  •  7th Ave W & W McGraw intersection/proposed 4-way stop
  • Repainting and/or painting crosswalks
  • 7th Ave W & Blaine St
  • Connecting to Uptown, Westlake, and other neighborhoods
  • Revisit what is included in “Greenways”
  • 10th Ave W & McGraw 4-way stop
  • Sharrowing the #1 bus route up the hill

All are welcome to attend the meeting and submit additional priorities – as well as vote on the list above. Help keep our streets safe and attend a Queen Anne Greenways meeting, all are welcome!