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Community Garden Survey

community garden site photoHave you ever noticed that empty strip of grass just south of Fred Meyer? (You know the one pictured here… arguably a bit of an eyesore?) Would you like to see that space transformed into a community garden?

Lake City Future First and Fred Meyer are working in partnership to do just that – create a community garden in that space. Please give input on how you’d like to see this space developed. Would you like to see chess tables? Or beds filled with edible plants? A mural?

Please share your thoughtful ideas by responding to this quick Community Garden Survey. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete and could help shape the future of that space.

Inspired? Feeling passionate about this project? Visit Lake City Future First’s volunteer page and sign up if you’d like to help see this project to fruition.


Emergency Communications Hub at Fred Meyer Would Maintain Contact with City

FredMeyerImagine if a catastrophic earthquake struck Seattle knocking out all phones, power and water. If you then had an emergency such as smelling gas, who would you tell? And how could you? Fortunately, Seattle residents have anticipated this by setting up a network of Emergency Communication Hubs around the city that would be staffed by trained volunteers and ham radio operators who could send emergency messages to the city. In northeast Seattle, thanks to the efforts of Cedar Park resident Sandy Motzer, an Emergency Communications Hub is being established in the parking lot of the Lake City Fred Meyer this Spring.

Although there already are Hubs sprinkled throughout the city  (11 in West Seattle alone), last year while attending a presentation at the Lake City Library by Debbie Goetz of the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Sandy saw a map that showed the Hubs closest to Lake City were at the top of Maple Leaf and in Wedgwood! “It was pretty clear we didn’t have one,” she said. Sandy e-mailed Debbie who replied, “Why don’t you come to a Hub Caps (captains) meeting?” that are held monthly.  Sandy did and then decided that Lake City could really use this resource. She discussed plans to set up a Hub with Laurie Ames of the Department of Neighborhoods and Tracy Connolly.

Initially, they thought they could make do with a Small Sparks Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for $1000.  Sandy then got connected up with Bill Dock, the Hub Cap in Wedgwood (located at Hunter Farms). “Bill spent a rainy morning with me walking around and giving me information about running a Hub.” That morning with Bill convinced her a Small Sparks grant wouldn’t be enough.  Instead, she’d need to get a Small and Simple grant, but to qualify, “I needed to find a community of people.” Through e-mail lists, the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, and other community outreach activities, she was able to recruit 96 Lake City residents from Olympic Hills, Douglas Park Cooperative, Cedar Park, Little Brook, Victory Heights and Matthews Beach as volunteers and obtain fiscal sponsorship from the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

“One of our challenges was finding a site because Lake City is very big,” Sandy said. Normally parks are considered ideal locations for Hubs since they have fewer structures nearby that might sustain damage. However the tiny parks in Lake City weren’t conducive for a Hub location. Fortunately, Troy Graves, the store director at Fred Meyer and Kroger, its parent company, embraced the idea to let them use a commercial property as the site of the Hub.

A grant proposal to create a Hub in Lake City was submitted in September 2012 and approved for funding in November 2012.

The purpose of the $18,000 grant award is to encourage Seattle’s Lake City residents, businesses, and schools and other community groups individually, collectively, and as a community to be prepared for an emergency disaster. In that event, Hub volunteers will activate the Emergency Communication Hub to collect information on local situations, needs, and resources; relay communications between Hub Sites and to and from the City; be an information resource to residents; and assist in the allocation of resources to needs. It’s a matching grant, and that match is achieved with volunteer hours ($20 for each hour performed per volunteer). Over the next year Sandy and the committee will be organizing an army of volunteers doing everything from translating brochures into different languages to assisting in community outreach. No special skills are needed, if you’d like to help, e-mail Sandy: sandymotzer@aol.com.

Fred Meyer ducks return to greet customers

Spring seems to be bringing feathered love back to the front entrance of Fred Meyer.

If you are wondering what we are talking about, every spring a pair of ducks —a male and a female– make the store’s parking lot their hangout in the evenings.

They can often be seeing sitting near the front doors, waddling between carts and sidewalk displays, greeting customers. Last year they were spotted a few times sleeping in a spring plant display at the front of the store.

When we saw them Tuesday evening (photo below), they were walking away from the door because a couple dogs tied up there scared them off. But expect to see them sitting there as you make an evening run to the store.

Employees say the ducks have returned like clockwork every spring to the parking lot for the last few years. For some reason the pair seems to prefer relaxing among the many passing feet and cart wheels instead of on the shore of a quiet pond.

The Fred Meyer Ducks wander the parking lot. (LCL photo)

The Fred Meyer Ducks wander the parking lot. (LCL photo)

Lake City Fred Meyer Shows Community Pride

Lake City’s Fred Meyer store has long been an anchor merchant along the Lake City Way corridor. Last week, Fred Meyer staff celebrated their pride in both their store and the larger Lake City neighborhood with these festive t-shirts.



A group of Lake City Fred Meyer staff pose in their new "Heart of Lake City" t-shirts.

The t-shirts were designed by staff members, who chose the bold black and red colors.  Carolyn, a Fred Meyer employee, said the Fred Meyer President was on hand for the unveiling and received a t-shirt too. The t-shirts are so well-liked, customers have asked if they can purchase one. No luck there, though – these t-shirts are for staff only.


(*photos courtesy of Fred Meyer)