Garfield Community Council/Block Watch National Night Out Celebration

If you are a resident of the Garfield Community (roughly Cherry-North, Yesler-South, 23rd West and MLK East) please join us for our annual neighborhood potluck in coordination with National Night Out on Tuesday August 3rd, 6pm – 9pm on 25th Avenue between Spruce and Fir.  The Community Council is providing meat and we ask all other participants to participate with potluck dishes for the additional menu items.  Bring your best dish and prepare to have a great time with entertainment for kids and a chance for adults to meet the people in your neighborhood.  There will be representatives from various City agencies as well as Police and Fire.  Our neighborhood hosts one of the longest standing and best events in the city.  Hope to see you there!

Tim Gallagher, Parks and Recreation Superintendent returns to Garfield

Tuesday March 30, 2010 11 a.m. to Noon Garfield Community Center 2323 E Cherry St.  The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for Garfield-area seniors to talk with Seattle Parks and Recreation about how we are meeting the needs of neighbors.  Everyone is invited.  You will be able to talk with the Superintendent about your ideas for building community relationships and how we can make Parks programs and services respond best to the needs of all seniors living in the Garfield community. 

Locked gate @ Garfield Track Field

The entrance gate to the track field has been locked all weekend, through this morning. I have been on the telephone and emailing both the City of Seattle and Parks and Recreation all morning and they are pointing the finger at each other. It is apparently not clear to them who has authority to lock the gate so therefore they certainly can’t figure out how to unlock the gate. I just got referred back to the Seattle Public Schools and am awaiting an email from them. The official score is parks 3, schools 4 in terms of the amount of calls I made. I have seen a lot of people try to access the field all weekend and this morning. Only the truly physically fit can jump the fence to access the field. Looks like those trying to get into shape are going to have to wait until the mystery key is discovered.

Update: received the following message from Ted Howard Garfield Principal:
The field was locked after hours at my request it was reported by neighbors that dogs were digging up the field and leaving feces on the field. After the contractor inspected the field he found that it was true. Dogs had dug up part of the field. We will need to repair the field. We want everyone to enjoy the field but we may from time to time have to do repairs if someone is using the field inappropriately. We have posted signs on the field to let people know that animals are not allowed on the field for that very reason. We are working on finding a solution for this problem.