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Visit a Park

To get more information about Edmonds Parks click here.
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Urban Forest Management Plan

We are in the process of developing an Urban Forest Management Plan. Click here for up-to-date project info.

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Downtown Parking Study

Thanks to the over 700 people who participated in the online survey and the approximately 45 people who attended the Public Scoping Meeting on 8/8.  To view a video recording of the Public Scoping meeting, click here
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Citizens' Housing Commission

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Highway 99 Corridor / Subarea Planning

The Highway 99 Subarea Plan is a vision for land use and transportation along the corridor.  You can find more information here.

spring 2017 heroes

On February 16, 2017, Hank Landau and Sandra Ripley Distelhorst, both members of the Edmonds Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee, interviewed members of the Students Saving Salmon Club of Edmonds-Woodway High School. The following article celebrates their efforts and successes in addressing climate protection-related projects.

The Students Saving Salmon Club at Edmonds-Woodway High School, with 20 student members, has been designated as Sustainable Heroes for 2017 by the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee (CPC).

The CPC Sustainable Heroes series highlights community members who make a difference by contributing to sustainable climate-related projects. Climate change may impact Edmonds in a number of ways including an overall rise in ambient air temperature and fresh water temperature, rising sea level, wider range of fluctuation in weather (e.g., more severe storms), change in dominant trees, shrubs and plants, and changes to bird, fish and insect populations.

Changes to the fresh water and marine environment are of particular significance to salmon that rely on and navigate both environments. Understanding how salmon navigate the available fresh water estuaries in Edmonds and identifying barriers to their successful spawning can help our community better understand how to mitigate the influences of climate change and other man-made and environmental impacts.

Hank Landau and Sandra Distelhorst – members of the Mayor’s Climate Protection Committee - interviewed several members of the Students Saving Salmon Club (SSSC): Joe Cooper (President), Malia Clark (Vice President), Jared Yu (Secretary), Taylor Blevins, Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, Farah Al-Qurishi, and Ava Wilson. Club advisors included Biology teacher Dave Millette, retired NOAA fisheries biologist Joe Scordino, and Valerie Stewart, community advocate.

Every month the Students Saving Salmon Club members take time out of their busy weekend schedules to collect water quality data from several creeks that feed into the Edmonds Marsh as well as samples from the Marsh. Valerie Stewart, club advisor said “This is a very conscientious group who go above and beyond to volunteer their time to help our community.” A few hours a month of water sampling is supported by hours of data entry.

Collecting and recording data is an important part of the project according to Joe Cooper, SSSC President: “Even if conditions are reasonable now, having a baseline is important so you can monitor future activities. In ten or 15 years we will be able to see if any change happened, gradual or dramatic. The data we collect today will still be important in the future.” Students who participated in data entry include: Ava Wilson, Angela Yang, Jared Yu, Erin Francisco, Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria, Joe Cooper, Taylor Blevins, Sabrina Liu, Malia Clark, Emily Hoang, Natalie Flaherty, Farah Al-Qurishi, Ryan Peterson, along with advisor Joe Scordino.

Students get valuable scientific training from their advisors, including proper data recording and quality control procedures for sample taking. Several students have visited the Edmonds City laboratory to see how the City monitors storm water. The group plans to present their data to the Edmonds City Council at the end of the school year. The report will also include data on stream water quality during and after storm events.

Hands on experience is another one of the most rewarding parts of the club activities according to Cooper: “In biology class everything is hypothetical . . . this happened in this ecosystem somewhere really far way. . . whereas this is a hands-on experience we get to see what is happening right here in our community.”

The students also are involved in community outreach. There are three creeks that provide potential salmon spawning: Shell Creek, Willow Creek and Shellabarger Creek, with only Shell Creek currently supporting some salmon spawning.

The students have been surveying stream property owners about salmon in the creeks. Advisor Joe Scordino noted that creeks that run through private property are difficult to monitor. Scordino was impressed that the students were able to survey all 40 houses along Shell Creek with some property owners welcoming students even on a Saturday morning into their backyard and eager to share their stories of salmon sightings. There is nothing more motivating to protecting the stream in your backyard then actually seeing a salmon in the stream on your property, Scordino noted. It makes you appreciate the need and the honor of protecting their habitat.

Jared Yu, club secretary, found working with property owners challenging but rewarding “It was hard to have to talk to strangers at first but it helped build my confidence and communications skills and overall skills that could be applied to any field.” Going out into the community was also something Taylor Blevins appreciated “Going out to residents’ houses, interacting with residents, and being more involved in community.”

“It was encouraging that a lot of the residents were already taking measures to be safe” Jared Yu said, “and we can help by spreading knowledge of what homeowners can do to prevent contamination and improve stream habitat.” One of the first things the students intend to do with the data they have collected is share it with property owners and get their perspective.

A spike in warm temperatures was noted in March 2016 suggesting the need to closely monitor stream temperature. For salmon a temperature above 64 degree F is too hot for spawning. Encourage stream shading all along the stream can help mitigate spikes in temperatures too warm for salmon.

The students have also collaborated with Sound Salmon Solutions, a non-profit regional enhancement group to obtain a grant that provides funds for water quality tests at an accredited laboratory and for native plants that will be planted along Shell Creek. Students and habitat technicians will offer to work with property owners to plan and plant native vegetation along the streambeds on their properties. Salmon depend on plants for shade and shelter as well as insects as a food source. Many property owners were eager to work with students to monitor the health of the streams running through their property and still other were already taking steps to encourage salmon runs. Some property owners expressed concern about trees or shrubs blocking their view of the stream said “People have to be willing to help, and we have to help inform more people about how to protect the environment” said EWHS Emily McLaughlin Sta. Maria.

Most of the students anticipated moving on to careers that involve environmental studies, medicine, or other paths that help people and the environment. The club gives them the opportunity to explore their future interests. When we asked the students if they were optimistic about their ability to continue to monitor and protect salmon in our streams they enthusiastically agreed. As Hank Landau noted “When young people are optimistic that makes me optimistic.”

It may be difficult to predict the future, but thanks to the Students Saving Salmon Club efforts and the legacy of their database, we will know what happened in the past. Their model of sustainable community action is truly exceptional.

The City of Edmonds continues to identify opportunities for climate protection including actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The City is also identifying ways to mitigate the effects of climate change through long-range planning that includes the impact of sea level rise and the rise in temperature along our shorelines and fresh water habitats. See www.edmondswa.gov. To find ways you can contribute to climate protection, check your carbon footprint at the EPA website https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/website calculator.

Compost Fest - Cedar Grove promotion available until October 14

Cedar Grove has a fall Compost Fest underway, running through October 14. Fred Meyer locations, Cedar Grove locations and other independent retailers across the Puget Sound region will offer the promotional items. Visit the Compost Fest website to download coupons and view participating retailers

Dogs Invited to Swim at Yost Pool September 21st

Dogs Invited to Swim at Yost Pool September 21st

Don’t miss the inaugural Paws in the Pool event hosted by the City of Edmonds and O.L.A.E.

(Edmonds - WA) - Edmonds is going to the dogs! The City of Edmonds Parks & Recreation and Off-Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E) will be hosting the first ever Paws in the Pool event, Saturday September 21st at Yost Pool, 9535 Bowdoin Way. Proof of current rabies vaccination will be required prior to entry.  Swim sessions will be separated by dog’s weight and all dogs must be spayed or neutered. 

Dogs 50 lbs and under – 10 am - Noon
Dogs 51 lbs and over – 1 pm – 3 pm

Fee is $5 per dog with proceeds supporting ongoing maintenance at Yost Pool. Registration is encouraged. Walk-ups will be accepted as space permits.

Sponsored in part by: Fifth Avenue Animal Hospital, Bridge Animal Referral Center (BARC), Peaceful Companion, Muttley Square, SplashDog, Muddy Pawz Dog Spa, Blue Collar Doghouse, Pawz 4 Pawz, Compassion 4 Paws, and Urban Wild Animal Training.

Rules, regulations and to register, go to reczone.org and search ‘paws’. For more information regarding the Paws in the Pool event contact Kim Anderson, Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Coordinator 425-771-0268 or kim.anderson@edmondswa.gov.

84th Ave W Overlay Project - Construction Notice

Construction on the 84th Avenue Overlay Project will commence in early September of 2019, and be completed by November (weather permitting).

The project involves a full-width roadway grind and 2-inch overlay with new pavement between 212th St. SW and 220th St. SW. The project also proposes to add bike lanes on both sides of the street from 215th St. SW to 212th St. SW and sharrows from 220th St. SW to 215th St. SW, in order to connect to the existing bicycle networks along 220th St. SW and 212th St. SW. The addition of bike lanes will modify the existing lane configuration and remove on-street parking on the east side of 84th Ave. W from 215th St. SW to 212th St. SW. Pedestrian curb ramps will be upgraded to comply with the current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Pedestrian safety improvements will be incorporated into this project through the installation of pedestrian-actuated rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB) at the crosswalk directly in front of the Chase Lake Elementary School and a bulb-out at the 215th St. SW crosswalk. Stormwater improvements will be completed from 220th St. SW to 215th St. SW, including upsizing the stormwater line to a 12” pipe and upgrading the catch basins.

Intermittent traffic delays can be expected, but residential, pedestrian, and business access will be open throughout the project. The project is being funded by a federal transportation grant and local funding from the stormwater utility fund and real estate excise tax.

For questions or comments, please contact Jaime Hawkins, Capital Projects Manager, at (425)771-0220 or via e-mail at jaime.hawkins@edmondswa.gov.

The City of Edmonds Salary Commission is seeking public input.

How much should members of the Edmonds City Council and the Mayor be paid? The City of Edmonds Salary Commission is seeking public input on these important questions.

The City of Edmonds 2019 Salary Commission is asking members of the community through civic and business organizations, as well as the general public, to complete a survey in regards to Mayor and Council salaries. Take the online survey or visit City Hall for a paper version. The survey will close at the end of business on Monday, August 19, 2019.

 
A  Public Hearing and Specially Called Meeting has been scheduled for: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 7:00 pm Public Safety Training Room 250 Fifth Ave. N, Edmonds, WA, 98020

Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Each person will be given up to three minutes to speak. Follow this link for more information. 

Housing Commission Appointed

From 135 applications for the new Citizens’ Housing Commission, 15 members and 8 alternates have been appointed. The Commission’s task is to develop housing policy options for City Council consideration.

                        Housing Commission appointees by district are listed below:

District 1 (by Council member Kristiana Johnson): James Ogonowski and Karen Herrick (with Leif Warren, alternate);

District 2 (by Council member Dave Teitzel): Keith Soltner and Weija (Vicky) Wu (with Wendy Wyatt, alternate);

District 3 (by Council member Adrienne Fraley-Monillas): George Keefe and John Reed (with Eva-Denise Miller, alternate);

District 4 (by Council member Mike Nelson): Nichole Franko and Mike McMurray (with Kenneth Sund, alternate);

District 5 (by Council member Tom Mesaros); Greg Long and Tanya Kataria (with Shirley Havenga, alternate);

District 6 (by Council member Diane Buckshnis): Jess Blanch and Alena Nelson-Vietmeier (with Rick Nishino, alternate);

District 7 (by Council member Neil Tibbott): Judi Gladstone and Will Chen (with Jean Salls, alternate).

The Mayor’s appointment is “at-large” (not district-based): Bob Throndsen (with Tana Axtelle, alternate).

The Housing Commission was established by a resolution earlier this year. Under the resolution, the Commission is charged with developing, by the end of 2020, “diverse housing policy options for Council consideration designed to expand the range of housing (including rental and owned) available in Edmonds: options that are irrespective of age, gender, race, religious affiliation, physical disability or sexual orientation.”

The seven districts in Edmonds are based on U.S. Census areas, with roughly equal populations among them. The intent of this approach was to have representation from all parts of the city. This is the first time a district-based approach to commission appointments has been used in Edmonds.

All meetings of the Housing Commission will be open to the public. A date for the first meeting is being determined to allow as many of the new Commissioners to attend as possible. The meeting date and place will be announced ahead.   Monthly meetings will be scheduled after that.

To encourage more opportunities for local involvement, additional public events (such as open houses or town halls) will be scheduled and announced too. The events will vary in location and occur at least once per quarter. A broader community outreach strategy is being developed.

More information about the Housing Commission effort is online at: https://www.citizenshousingcommission.org/.

Mayor Appoints Jessica Neill Hoyson as the City's New Human Resources Director

HoysonMs. Neill Hoyson scheduled to start Aug 26th 
 
(Edmonds - WA) Mayor Dave Earling has appointed Jessica Neill Hoyson to fill the vacant Human Resources Director position at the City of Edmonds. City Council confirmed Jessica Neill Hoyson’s appointment at the Monday, August 5, 2019 Council meeting.

The City opened the HR Director recruitment on May 23, 2019 shortly after the prior HR Director, Mary Ann Hardie, provided her resignation notice. Mary Ann Hardie had served the City for fourteen years and was in the Director role since Council brought it back in September of 2016. read more

Request for Qualification (RFQ) for Housing Meeting Facilitation and/or Community Engagement Services

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) For Citizens’ Housing Commission Meeting Facilitation and/or Community Engagement Services

SUMMARY
The City of Edmonds seeks professional services from a person or team to provide support for the work of a newly formed Housing Commission in one of the following ways: (1) meeting facilitation; (2) community engagement; or (3) both meeting facilitation and community engagement. Interested parties may submit their qualifications to support the City in any of these three ways. To be considered for the project, interested firms must submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) by August 15, 4:00 pm.

[Note: A similar project was advertised in May, 2019 but the RFQ has since been revised to include specific budget information, clarifications, and new dates.]


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A new Citizens Housing Commission will work between Fall 2019 and the end of 2020 to develop housing policies for recommendation to the City Council.   The City desires professional support to: (1) facilitate each Commission meeting to ensure good discussion and schedule progress; and (2) provide guidance and assistance to broadly and meaningfully engage the community on housing issues.   These two roles may be provided by the same firm or different firms, depending on qualifications and availability. Use of technology and visual tools is encouraged.  Click here for the full description.

Share your insights at Downtown Edmonds parking study scoping meeting.

Public encouraged to attend August 8th meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Brackett Room. For more information please click here.

All Aboard the FREE Edmonds Summer Trolley!

Summer trolley to run 11 am - 6 pm on Saturdays in August between downtown Edmonds and the waterfront district. Click here for more information. 

Seaview Playground Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for July 24th

City to Celebrate the Opening of its First Inclusive-style Playground
SEAVIEW PLAYGROUND Ribbon Cutting scheduled for10am, Wednesday, July 24th

The City of Edmonds is pleased to announce that the inclusive playground at Seaview Park is near completion. The playground features play activities for children of all abilities including a poured in place fall surface material and multiple interactive spaces accessible at ground level AND a challenging climbing structure. In addition, the swings have been expanded from four (4) to seven (7) with the addition of an adaptive swing, a disc swing and a toddler bucket swing.

“As a neighborhood playground, we designed this in partnership with the Seaview community, we are very appreciative of the Edmonds City Council and Councilmember Nelson for their support in ensuring we had the resources necessary to be inclusive in our approach to the Seaview Playground,” stated City of Edmonds Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Shannon Burley.

You are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 24, at 10:00 a.m. at Seaview Park, 80thAve W & 186thSt. SW.

For more information regarding the Seaview Playground Ribbon Cutting contact Shannon Burley, Deputy Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director 425-771-0232 orshannon.burley@edmondswa.gov.

Dog Rules in Parks Have Changed

City code has been simplified, let us clarify where you can and cannot take your dogs...

City Council has approved an updated code regarding dogs in parks on a trial basis. Dogs in parks must remain on a leash and in the owner’s control. Here in Edmonds we do not have a significant dog enforcement team and appreciate the efforts of dog owners to self-police. In addition to expanding opportunities for pet owners, the parks crew will be installing additional dog waste stations in parks. Click here for questions and answers regarding dogs in parks wtih our Parks Director, Carrie Hite

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