Summer 2014
Newsletter for Summer 2014
earling compressedMom, Dad, there's nothing to do today! How many times have we heard that line? Those days have passed for me as all of my three "kids" are adults. But in summers long past, I heard the line all summer long. When we live in a community for many years, we begin to take some of our amenities for granted. The truth is we have an amazing collection of outlets for our children.

Just within the city we have an endless collection of parks available... 24 as I count them. From the well-known City Park or Yost Park (and pool), to our Waterfront Parks (including the Beach Ranger Program), to our many neighborhood parks such as Wilcox, Mathay-Ballinger, Maplewood and Seaview, there is endless opportunity for play and picnics. Last year at Mathay-Ballinger Park new play equipment was installed.  Last week we cut the ribbon on new play equipment at City Park and next year, we will add a spray pad there as well.

Still nothing to do… head to the Frances Anderson Center to see the amazing number of programs you can sign-up for through our Parks and Recreation Department. Or check out the Boys and Girls Club for their great line-up of programs. How about a summer festival? A Taste of Edmonds is on its way, the weekly Summer Market is in full swing and the Sunday “Concert in the Park” series kicked-off this past weekend. If you’re still looking for something to do, try the Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites, enter the annual Sand-Sculpting contest, or sign-up for one of the fantastic Summer Camps offered at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Nothing to do? Hardly!!

And let's not forget the need for an occasional treat! Edmonds can offer up ice cream, gelato or yogurt treats! Try some of our fast food restaurants on Highway 99 or SR 104, and don’t forget about the many fun restaurants in downtown, Westgate or 5 Corners.

Summer can and should be fun for our kids. Don't let them complain for long, because Edmonds has plenty for all you moms and dads to offer up to keep your kids thinking, active and happy all summer long!

Dave Earling
solarize south county
A collaborative effort of Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), Snohomish County PUD, the City of Edmonds and a team of volunteers from Lynnwood, Edmonds and Woodway, are bringing you Solarize South County, a time-limited initiative designed to help single family homeowners and small businesses purchase solar panels via a streamlined process and group discount. Registration is now open. The first workshop will be held July 16.

The Solarize South County initiative will include a PUD-registered solar installer, A&R Solar, vetted by a volunteer committee through a competitive process. Participants in the initiative will be eligible not only for the group discount, but also for the PUD’s Solar Express rebate of up to $2500 for residential customers and up to $10,000 for small businesses, along with federal and state incentives for solar energy.

To qualify for a free site assessment and community pricing, interested residents and business owners are invited to attend free educational workshops scheduled monthly, July through September. Registration for Solarize South County is now open at

Workshops are set for the following dates and locations:

• Wednesday, July 16, 6:30-8pm, Lynnwood Library (19200 – 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood)

• Tuesday, August 5, 6:30-8pm, Edmonds City Hall, Brackett Room (121 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds)

• Wednesday August 20, 6:30-8pm, Lynnwood Library (19200 – 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood)

• Saturday, Sept 13, 10-11:30am, Edmonds City Hall, Brackett Room (121 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds)

Please note that this program is only open to residents and small businesses in the following zip codes: 98026, 98037, 98036, 98043 and 98020. You can find additional information on the City of Edmonds website and at
Jump on the Foodcycling Bandwagon!

food waste compostConvenient collection of yard waste at the curb has been a very popular service to Edmonds’ residents for well over 20 years.  Available since 2008, the acceptance of food scraps and some food-soiled papers in with yard waste has led many households to acquire the “food cycling” habit.  Reports indicate that several yard waste customers are noticing that their actual garbage amounts, on average, are shrinking from a consistent addition of household food scraps.

Food scraps, included in with the yard waste get transported to a commercial composting facility, instead of a landfill, and is used for making compost and other soil amendments that benefits your landscape and gardens.

The yard waste service is an extra cost but getting into the habit of adding food scraps can lead to less material filling your garbage and the potential to save money by dropping to a smaller garbage service level.  The smallest garbage level is called the mini-can (20 gallon size).  That still includes regular curbside recycling service (paper, cans and bottles, etc.).

In Edmonds the curbside Yard and Food waste service companies are:

Sound Disposal, 425-778-2404, serving residents living within the downtown “bowl” area;

Republic Services, (formerly Allied Waste) – serving the majority of Edmonds;

Waste Management, serving residents in a small area northwest and south of Lake Ballinger.

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