One of the main routes from Sunset Hill to Seaview Avenue is down NW 61st St. The median on NW 36th St between NW 60th and NW 62nd is overgrown and unsightly. Once you turn onto NW 61st it doesn’t get much better.
The median along 36th Ave NW between NW 60th and NW 62nd Street
One group of neighbors is asking the Department of Neighborhoods for a Small & Simple Grant to make this stretch of Seattle Department of Transportation property a little nicer.
Looking up 38th Ave NW where it turns into NW 61st Street
At the most recent Ballard District Council meeting, the neighbors introduced their plan.
From the proposal:
Money from the DON grant would be used to hire a landscape architect who would, with extensive community input, create a plan to:
Lower or even eliminate the need for SDOT to maintain the area by planting drought tolerant, low growing native plants. The private property owners would also have lower maintenance if they followed our plan. Make improvements to the crossing of 36th Ave NW on the south side of NW 62nd St which currently has poor sight lines, an undefined pedestrian refuge at the median and no accommodations for ADA accessibility. Improve visibility along the route by removing invasive plants – some of which are very large. This would result in it being a safer and more welcoming passage. Increase walking traffic and, at the very least, the pleasures of walking Continue existing improvements completed by the city from the Locks to Golden Gardens and beautify the area while eliminating the last unimproved passage that connects the Sunset Hill and Shilshole communities.
The neighbors plan on talking with schools and community colleges that have horticulture or landscape programs. “The Gateway Project needs their volunteer efforts while providing them with community service hours and learning opportunities,” states the flyer from the BDC meeting.