Your Montlake Community Club has heard your cries to slow down cars through our neighborhood so we have an idea. How about we all go out and play in the street for a while?
No, we aren’t nuts! Please join us in a one day “Play Streets” closure of the Lake Washington Loop Greenway on Saturday, June 17th which will help bring awareness to this issue. Our neighbors to the south in the Arboretum and Madison Valley are also planning to participate. Since 2013, over 350 play streets have been held in Seattle.
Imagine being able to play hide-and-seek in the street, do yoga, have a soccer game, do chalk drawings, or how about a wine tasting party? It’s up to you; this is your chance to get creative and meet your neighbors.
Residents need not worry because, while through traffic will not be allowed, they will still be permitted to access their driveways and parking spaces if need be. Bicycle traffic will also be allowed.
How can you participate? That’s easy, just volunteer to help close the one block in front of your house then we will help you get organized (click on the map at left to see where the closures will be). Streets can only be closed on a block by block basis so someone from each block needs to step up and volunteer.
SDOT does have some street closure rules, so if it sounds like something you would like to do, please contact Tracy Domingues by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also find out more by going to the Seattle DOT Play Streets Program website. Remember, only streets along the Lake Washington Loop route can be closed for this particular event.
Once we have volunteers and know which streets will be closed, we will be out informing residents of the planned closure date and times.
So please come out and join us for this event to help make our neighborhood a bit quieter, more fun, and a safer even if it’s only for just one day.
Bryan Haworth – President
Montlake Community Club