New Link Service Starts March 19, Buses Change March 26

As you may have heard, on Saturday, March 19, Sound Transit will expand Link light rail to serve two new stations on Capitol Hill and at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium. One week later, Metro’s spring service change will take effect.

•  During the first week of new Link service to Husky Stadium, use current bus service to connect with light rail.

•  Starting March 26, new bus connections will help riders reach light rail and other destinations.

Link ConnectionsOn Saturday, March 26, Metro will change service as described on our Link Connections website. These changes will provide a redesigned network of bus service to better connect riders with Link light rail. It will also offer new connections and service improvements people have asked for.

•  Routes with routing changes:
8, 10, 26X, 28X, 31, 32, 48, 65, 71, 73,74X, 238, 316, 373X

•  Routes that will come more often, at more times of day:
8, 11, 12, 31, 32, 40, 44, 48, 49, 64X, 65, 67, 70, 74X, 75, 76, 372X

•  Routes that will be deleted, replaced, or reduced:
16, 25, 26, 28, 30, 43, 66X, 68, 72, 242

•  Other Changes:
In partnership with the City of Seattle, Metro will extend the RapidRide C Line to serve South Lake Union. The C Line will no longer continue as the RapidRide D Line to Ballard. The D Line will be extended to serve Pioneer Square, and will no longer continue as the C Line to West Seattle. Read more.

Get ready for the changes – help those you serve prepare for upcoming changes:
•  Forward this information to your networks.
•  Find area maps, route info sheets and an interactive map on Metro’s website.
•  Call 206-553-3000 for more information.
•  Learn about Link Service.
•  Follow #Bus2Link and #ULink2016 on social media.
•  Sign-up for transit alerts (text or email) about the bus routes you ride.
•  Check Metro’s website (see back) in early March to begin using the Trip Planner trips that will happen on or after March 26th.

Metro is committed to making sure people who depend on transit are prepared for this change.That means knowing how they’ll get around in the new network and making sure those who want and can benefit from an ORCA card (so they can transfer between buses and light rail without having to pay twice) get one and know how to use it. If you would like to invite Metro staff to talk with those you serve, please contact me at 206-477-3835 or

Please Stay in Touch
If you need more information, want to talk about how best to reach those you serve, or access to information in accessible or translated formats, let me know by contacting me at the information below.

In community,

DeAnna Martin
Community Relations Planner
King County Department of Transportation

Free Community Film& Discussion on Alzheimer’s

MyTown Pictures has produced a touching film on the subject of early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  The film shares one family’s challenges and triumphs and the power of music to enrich and engage the lives of those touched by dementia.Z

Come join the community in this free screening of His Neighbor Phil, which is followed by a community discussion.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Parkshore Retirement Community
1630 43rd Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98112


Free Screening and discussion

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Locally, the Art of Alzheimer’s works to “open hearts and minds to a different way of thinking about Alzheimer’s” by bringing attention to those affected by dementia.This free screening of the “His Neighbor Phil” (filmed in the small town of Zumbrota, Minnesota) is about the intersection of family, community, and the struggle with dementia.Proceeds from this event support The Artist Within, a free exhibition and event series at City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery, January 7 – February 26, 2016 – 7am – 6pm, Monday – Friday.

Presented by: The Art of Alzheimer’s, Full Life Care, NW Center for Creative Aging, and Alzheimer’s Association, Washington Chapter and Parkshore Retirement Community.

MPCC Updates

Here are the latest updates from the MPCC.

Most people with a declared interest in the progress of the state Route 520 bridge construction project, including the Madison Park Community Council (MPCC), have, by now, been invited to the grand opening celebrations scheduled for April 2 and 3. MPCC extends that invitation to everyone in the community council’s area of representation, i.e. to all the households between Lake Washington Boulevard and the lake itself.

Talking of the bridge, we have now all adapted reasonably well to the new westbound exit from SR 520 to Lake Washington Boulevard and thence to Madison Park. However, it is worth repeating that when the next phase of construction is completed and barring any change in the Washington State Department of Transportation’s current plans, the access from Lake Washington Boulevard to SR 520 eastbound will certainly create chaos in our community, by necessitating a crossing of Montlake Boulevard. MPCC has been unsuccessful in negotiating to get a better eastbound access to SR 520 into the design. However, we have not given up!

Back in the Park, there are a couple of projects that MPCC is preparing to tackle in the beach park itself: Just before Christmas, the largest tree (by girth) in our area blew down. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and only one car suffered some “re-design.” This unfortunate event, however, offers a unique opportunity to adopt Steve Lorton’s suggestion, as detailed in last month’s Madison Park Times, to plant a giant sequoia in the same location. (Steve is MPCC’s spring tree-walk leader.) Of course, such a tree would take many generations before it took on the appearance of being a centerpiece in the park, but from little acorns….

Secondly, we are slowly but surely being forced to do something about the geese poop problem because the grass in the park is rapidly deteriorating. MPCC last tackled this problem two decades ago, so we haven’t done too badly.

Snow in the mountains continues to accumulate at a remarkable rate this season, which is a reminder to us and to you that we still have in place our Snow Brigade. So if, or when, things turn a little snowy down here in the flatlands and you need something and can’t get around, our volunteers with four-wheel-drive vehicles are here to help.

MPCC continues to monitor the situation with respect to the dilapidated building on Madison Street. We are now wondering if it is any longer structurally sound and, hence, a public hazard, rather than just an eyesore.

We are pleased to report that we have just received a SPARK grant of $1,000 to reimburse us for the monies already expended for our new emergency HUB container immediately north of and adjacent to the tennis court fence. A photo of the box was in last month’s Madison Park Times.

— Maurice Cooper, president

Madison Park Community Council Monthly Community & Board Meeting

The Madison Park Community Council (MPCC)  will have our monthly meeting on Monday, February 1st  at 7 pm at the Madison Park Bath House .  Everyone is welcome to attend as the meeting is open to the public.
Some topics for discussion:

  • Beachfront Improvement by the Bathhouse
  • Upcoming Community Program
  • Beaver Lodge
  • Emergency Preparedness HUB container
  • Outreach

We are looking for new board members to start in May.  If you are interested in serving, come to the meeting or send an email to

Feedback and suggestions from the community are important so please join us on Monday!  Our meetings are held at 7 pm at the Bath House in Madison Park (located at 1900 43rd Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112).

Agenda – February 2016

Minutes – January 2016

Participatory Budgeting Project

City Council’s Participatory Budgeting Project Seeks
Facilitators and Volunteers for Youth Voice, Youth Choice.


Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with local governments to make the budget decisions that affect their lives. You can visit for more information.

This pilot project for the Participatory Budgeting Project involves a democratic process through which Seattle youth and young adults decide how to spend part of the City’s budget. The concept is being used in cities around the world including Chicago, Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Seattle youth will come together to brainstorm ideas, vet those ideas, develop proposals, and finally vote on how to spend the budget. City of Seattle departments will then implement the winning projects. In his 2016 Proposed Budget, Mayor Murray has requested $500,000 to be allocated through Participatory Budgeting. Seattle’s youth will make the first funding decisions in May of 2016.

Participatory Budgeting process for 2015-2016.

Participatory Budgeting process for 2015-2016.

This process is kicked off by collecting ideas for projects that Seattle residents would like to see in their communities. For this idea collection phase, the City will be holding public assemblies to brainstorm and gather project ideas. To make these assemblies as exciting and effective as possible, the City needs great facilitators and volunteers. If you want to make Seattle a better place and empower youth along the way, fill out this form by January 15th to participate.

For more info about Youth Voice, Youth Choice, please visit Seattle’s Participatory Budgeting page.

For additional questions, email Youth Engagement Strategic Advisor Rahwa Habte ( or call (206) 615-2008.

Due to unforeseen circumstances,
this event will 
be rescheduled for later in 2016.  

We apologize for any inconveniences.

The Madison Park Community Council invites you to an Extraordinary Conversation

Immigration Rights in The Pacific Northwest
Jorge Barón, Keynote

Join us for a community conversation and learn more about the immigration system, immigration enforcement, and how immigration issues affect our communities.

Jorge Barón

Jorge Barón

Jorge L. Barón has served as the Executive Director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) since April 2008, having previously worked as a staff attorney with the organization for two years.  Jorge’s passion in advocating on behalf of immigrant and refugees is firmly rooted in his own immigrant experience: he is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, and immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen.

Jorge graduated from Duke University and spent five years working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, California, before pursuing a legal career. Jorge received his law degree from Yale Law School. After graduation, he served as a law clerk for Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle.  Jorge then served as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow at New Haven Legal Assistance Association in New Haven, Connecticut, before moving back to the Pacific Northwest and starting his position at NWIRP.

NWIRP is a nationally-recognized legal services organization dedicated solely to advancing and defending the rights of low-income immigrants and refugees.

Jorge has received numerous recognitions over the past several years:

  • In 2008, Jorge was appointed by Governor Gregoire to serve on Washington’s New Americans Policy Council.
  • In 2009, Puget Sound Business Journal selected Jorge as one of “40 under 40,” 40 business and nonprofit leaders in the region under 40 years of age.
  • In 2012, the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington awarded Jorge its Model of Excellence award.
  • In 2012, Jorge was recognized with the Social Justice Visionary Award by Casa Latina.

Jorge lives in Seattle with his wife Tyler and their three children Isabella, Joaquín and Luca.

We hope to see you there for this free community conversation.

You may find more information at

Learn more about NWRIP.

Learn more about NWRIP.


Update on Metro Transit Routes for Number 11 Line

Our latest edition of the Neighborhood Connection contained an article regarding changes to the Metro KC’s bus route 11.

In their current format, the MPCC newsletters typically go to a print shop weeks prior to distribution. Information changed after our most recent newsletter was printed and being processed for delivery.

We neglected to post in our article that our transit story was written in early November (prior to November 16th change by Metro) and that the most useful source for up-to-date information about Metro route changes can be found on Metro KC’s Link Connections.

We apologize if the outdated news caused confusion or distress.

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Find It, Fix It Phone App

Find It, Fix It Smart Phone App

Want to report a pothole, graffiti or an abandoned vehicle while on the go in Seattle? The City of Seattle’s “Find It, Fix It” app gives you a convenient way to alert the City to such issues, while providing location information that helps City staff respond.

“Find It, Fix It” is a free smartphone app for iPhone and Android users offering people on the go one more way to report selected issues to the City of Seattle.

finditfixithomescreen-176x300Reporting issues quickly when first spotted will greatly increase the city’s response time, can prevent damage to infrastructure and property, and is the neighborly thing to do.

With Find It, Fix It, reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with your smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit. The map’s “drag and drop” feature or the phone’s own technology can be used to pinpoint the location.

The app offers the following service request categories:

  • Abandoned Vehicles: report vehicles parked in a public right-of-way more than three days.
  • Graffiti: report graffiti, including what it is on — parking meter, utility pole or building — so it gets automatically routed to the appropriate department for response.
  • Illegal Dumping: report illegal dumping — junk, garbage or debris — on public property, including roadsides, open streets and paved alleys.
  • Parking Enforcement: make an inquiry regarding a parking concern.
  • Pothole: report a pothole.
  • Streetlight Report: report a streetlight outage or damaged streetlight.
  • Other Inquiry: this miscellaneous category is for making an inquiry or request not listed above, which will be processed by the City’s Customer Service Bureau. Mobile users should choose this category to provide feedback.

The app also provides a link to, the mobile version of the City of Seattle’s website.

Once you download and use Find It, Fix It, feel free to submit feedback using the app’s “other inquiry” category, found under the “New Request” icon.


Madison Park Holiday Bash

Make Madison Park your holiday destination. We’ll have a live jazz band, beverages, cookies and more! Come warm yourself by the bonfire while you watch the parade of Christmas ships in our annual Holiday Bash!

The Bathhouse opens at 3 PM for live music, snacks and refreshments.  The boat parade begins at 4:40 PM.

Bring friends, make reservations for any of the great restaurants in the neighborhood and enjoy an evening in Madison Park!

Join us for the annual Madison Park Holiday Bash & Christmas Ships!

Join us for the annual Madison Park Holiday Bash & Christmas Ships!

Volunteers Needed for Madison Park Snow Brigade

The Madison Park Snow Brigade is seeking volunteers during the upcoming Holiday and winter months to help neighbors in need during inclement weather.

The Madison Park Snow Brigade helps neighbors who need essential groceries, critical prescriptions transportation to essential medical appointments, help walking dogs, assistance with stairway and sidewalk snow removal, and will help arrange transportation to heated shelters during a prolonged power failure.

If you are a resident in need of the Snow Brigade during bad weather, you can call us at (206) 249-9230. This MPCC phone message line will forward to one of our volunteers during bad weather to help coordinate any assistance you need that our volunteers can provide!

Hunter Robbins
Snow Brigade Coordinator 
(206) 249-9230

We will provide these essential services to neighbors in the Madison Park, Washington Park, Broadmoor and Denny Blaine neighborhoods.

Madison Park Snow Brigade

Madison Park Snow Brigade