As readers may remember, Madrona, or rather half of it, was one of the winning neighborhoods eligible for a $50,000 Cleanscapes grant. The $50,000 had to be used toward a community improvement project in one of the winning neighborhoods, to be submitted and approved upon by the designated CleanScapes committee.
BOOM (Business Owners of Madrona) originally submitted a proposal to install a kiosk with neighborhood maps on the corner of 34th and Union, where Amara is located. But the Cleanscapes committee had to turn it down, as that project would have been on private land and the goal of the grant is to improve public land. However, the committee gave BOOM three days to submit a new proposal.
Outgoing BOOM president Nikola Davidson led the whirlwind effort to submit a new proposal, which is currently going through the approval process with the other neighborhoods’ efforts.
The new proposal is titled “Madrona Bronze Street Rings” and would involve embedding nine bronze rings in the sidewalk throughout the neighborhood. Each ring, inspired by the shape of the BOOM logo, would include text explaining historical facts about Madrona, and possibly a historical photo embedded in amber.
According to the proposal, “The rings will create a physical interaction and visual connection throughout the Madrona business district and will encourage walkability among the neighborhood.” Small bronze leaves would also be embedded to “tie all the rings together and encourage people walking along the sidewalks to follow the leaves to the next ring.”
The winning projects won’t be announced until later this fall, likely in November. In the meantime, what do you think of the sidewalk art proposal?