COMMUNITY CORNER | July 20, 2016

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“We love the Fun Run!” That sentiment was evident as everyone gathered for this beloved annual tradition on Queen Anne. Families, neighbors, business teams, serious runners and casual walkers alike completed the 5.5k (3.4 mile) course, cheered on by volunteer crossing guards, Seattle Police Department officers who kept everything orderly and safe, and many bystanders. A tradition for many more years than we can remember now, the annual Crown of Queen Anne, Craig Wilson Memorial Fun Run/Walk took place July 9 under partly cloudy skies and perfect temperatures.

We are so appreciative of the many, many individuals and businesses that helped make this happen. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to every one of our amazing volunteers – this would not be possible without you! A special thanks to Krijn de Jonge, Helpline Board member and event chair. He is the wizard behind the curtain making sure every last detail is taken care of. A big thanks also to volunteers Christopher Togawa, Ann Pearce and Beamar Huetter. Stacey Wilson generously donated her brother Craig’s old truck – it was somehow comforting to see that truck driving around Queen Anne picking up and delivering for the Fun Run again. Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Metropolitan Market, City Eye Care and Queen Anne Chiropractic donated water and food. Many generous businesses donated raffle items including: Christopher Togawa/CTIA, Brooks Running, Queen Anne Dispatch, Cupcake Royale, Blue Highway Games, Deja Parrent Tranquility Massage, Sprocketts Used Bicycles, Paragon Restaurant, Homegrown Sandwich Shop, and Mimisan Spa & Bustle. Amazing photos were provided by the very skilled Marty Perlman and the really cool aerial photos were provided by Tim Baker of Dravus Aviation.

KIRO 7 news anchor Monique Ming Laven was our fabulous guest announcer providing wonderful humor and commentary during our awards ceremony – we were honored to have her join us this year. Many thanks to Queen Anne Lutheran Church for so generously hosting us every year – we could not do this without the use of their facilities.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Our deepest appreciation to Metropolitan Market, this year’s title sponsor, and HomeStreet Bank, presenting sponsor. Our “Runners” sponsors included: Rene Stern Windermere, King & Oliason, Quantitative Social Science, Emerald Bay Equity, Key Bank, Holley Ring Windermere, Christopher Togawa/CTIA, AEGIS on Galer, Queen Anne Book Company, Le Reve, F.C. Bloxom Company Produce and Therapeutic Associates (who also led the stretching – thank you!) with additional sponsorship support from Queen Anne Orthodontics and Chris Gibbens State Farm Insurance. Your support helps keep families in their homes, food on the table and everyone’s basic needs met. We can’t do it without you – thank you!

— Lisa Moore, executive director



Smith Cove Park and the conceptual design generated with such overwhelming community support is going through the harsh reality of funding versus construction costs. Supporters of the athletic fields in the west parcel are consulting with Seattle Parks for various grants that may extend the money available for those fields. The restrooms may be constructed on the east parcel.

Realistically, the $6 million legislated as part of the 2014 voter-approved Seattle Metropolitan Park District is not enough money to cover all elements of the conceptual design plan. David Graves, Seattle Parks Senior Planner, suggested the budget may be 60 percent (approximately $3.6 million) for “hard” construction costs with 40 percent for “soft” costs (design, permits and administration).

That said, Seattle Parks may be open to stages of construction for Smith Cove Park. The elements of the conceptual design may be costed out for the public meetings which allows all park supporters the opportunity to understand the costs. Future stages of construction are not funded. That said, there are a myriad of grants for waterfront, recreation, conservation and neighborhood matching funds.

David Graves suggested possible public meetings: tentatively as an on-site meeting in August and a fall public meeting. Nothing has been confirmed with Parks at this time. Additionally, the contract with Gustafson, Guthrie & Nichol (GGN), the landscape architects selected for the Smith Cove Park project is still in negotiations and has not been signed.

Stand by for more information about Smith Cove Park. Since the CSO (combined sewer overflow) construction is completed by King County on the east parcel, David Graves will inspect the site in hopes of removing the construction fence! More opportunities to access the water; perfect for summer!

— Carla Kotila



To say that our Day was special is an understatement! Starting with the Helpline Fun Run had over 600 registered runner/walker/strollers. Krijn de Jonge was the amazing chairman of this year’s run!

The day came up and soared to a fun filled rocking stage, a totally rad car show, forever watching the magic energy of children, and delicious food all wrapped up in the bright pink ribbon due to our monetary sponsors. Thanks to the title sponsor, Umpqua Bank and their huge generosity. We would also like to thank our other fine sponsors: The QACC Advisory Council, Aegis on Galer and Rogers Park (coming soon), HomeStreet Bank, Joe Geivett (Emerald Bay Equity), Bob Oates (Sewer Rooter LLC), Bayview Manor & American Music, Mac & Jack, Seattle Cider, Baer Winery,

Sarka International & the Queen Anne & Magnolia News.

I’d really like to add this list because without these folks this wouldn’t have happened: Hossein Soleymani, Gina Saxby, Ken Boynton, Christopher Togawa, Dirk Hallingstad, Brittany Ryan, Krijn de Jonge, Sarah Warner, Ben Hanisko, Dara Jenkins, Donna and Kurt Strep, Nicole Pastarnack, Suzy Selin, and Art Torelli.

The Title Sponsor folks: Travis Brown, Jodi Jordan, Jessica Claybern, Michael Stock, and Stephanie Clark.

Raffle Basket Donors: Susan Belanich, Rhinestone Rosie, All the Best Pet Care, William Isenberger (AXIS Studios), Elizabeth Kiossovski (Solo Bar), The Queen Anne

Community Center, Andrea Nakata (Le Reve Bakery), Christopher Togawa (CTIA)

QACC Advisory Council; Romi Gordon, David Silverman, Carol Jackson, Jon Aslin, Reza Ghobadian, Beamar Huttbeam, Lisa Moore, the energetic staff at the QACC, Ahmed Abdullahi, Trystan, Rich Hofstetter, Collin Vassallo, Curtis Pearson, Dequan Flight Roberson, Lovell Huang. Other volunteers were Grayce Shore, Jess Ou, Stephani Sloan, Audrey & McKensie

Beer Garden: Sarah Warner, Jordan Hartley, James Lorentson, Travis Ko, Julian Smith, Davis Freeman, Alinne, Sabina & David, Jen Svrcek, Christopher Togawa, Kenan Block & Lisa Moore, Joe Vissare, Eric Giles, George O’Connor, Ken Giles, Jon Aslin & Kevin Bohnert

Stage Music; Metropolis Dance Troupe, Tim Noah, Tony Colinares (Elvis), Charley &

Dave, Ron Hippe, Blue Janes, G. Val Thomas, Alicia Healey, Betsy Olson, and AnnaKen.

Finally, our amazing clowns: Arne Zaslove, Matthew Kershman, Pepper Kaminoff

— Charley Shore, executive director