Taking the Boulevard into the 21st century

The Queen Anne Community Council Transportation Committee will meet Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 First Ave. W., across from the swimming pool.

David Goldberg of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation will speak about the sidewalk and other transportation aspects of refurbishing the Historic Queen Anne Boulevard system. Parks owns 3.4 miles of the 4-mile Boulevard system.

The Queen Anne Boulevard system is a ring route of 14 street segments circling the Queen Anne hilltop. Some streets included in the system are (clockwise): on the west, Eighth, Seventh and 10th avenues West; on the north, West Fulton Street, Eighth Avenue West, West Raye Street, West McGraw Place, Smith and Wheeler streets; on the east, Bigelow Avenue North; and on the south, Prospect Street and West Highland Drive.

The Boulevard arterial streets are characterized by wide planting strips, a mature street-tree canopy and widely curving turns. At some of the turning points, public land triangles appear. Sidewalks are discontinuous at some points.

The Queen Anne Plan states, "...a vital Queen Anne Boulevard will help Queen Anne retain its unique historic character into the 21st century." The objective of the Boulevard system in the Queen Anne Plan is: "To revitalize the historic Queen Anne Boulevard to serve as a vital Queen Anne transportation facility and as Queen Anne's largest urban park. To recognize the importance of the Boulevard to Queen Anne's history, character and quality of life and to enhance and maintain this amenity into the 21st century."

The Queen Anne Community Council, Uptown Alliance, Friends of Queen Anne and other groups have committed themselves as stewards of the Queen Anne Plan and have worked successfully to place funding for an initial renovation of the Historic Queen Anne Boulevard system in the current Pro Parks Levy Lift.

Issues for the scheduled 2006 renovation include:

* which locations can utilize the funding?

* which transportation aspects to address?

* is vehicular traffic calming needed?

* can art be integrated with the improvements?

* should drainage be addressed?

* what is the community oversight for this project?

If you live on a Boulevard street, use this "biggest urban park" for recreation, drive on the Boulevard streets or have a stake in the unique character of Queen Anne, do plan to attend this meeting.

Also on the agenda, the mitigation plan for North Slope streets during the Fremont Bridge construction period will be shown.

For further information, contact John Coney, 283-2049 or djohnconey@aol.com, or Michael DeCaro, michaeldecaro@gmail.com

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