We are looking forward to this fall and another successful Kennydale Food Drive, which will start on Tuesday, November 1, and end on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving. As in past years, the Kennydale Elementary School will be the collection point for all donated food; please look for the collection barrel(s) in the school lobby. And of course we will have a contest between the classrooms, and the class that collects the most items will be rewarded with a pizza party! Our past chairperson for the Drive, KNA Youth Board member Devin Dolling, is starting his freshman year at the University of Washington; we are pleased to announce that Marcie Palmer, a longtime resident and supporter of the Kennydale Community, has volunteered to chair this year’s Drive.
Please remember that all Kennydale residents are encouraged to drop off their food donations at the school; you don’t need to have a child attending there! Last year, Kennydale’s residents set a record of 5019 items donated, and we’re hoping for another great response this year. Acceptable donations include non-perishable goods such as canned food, pasta, boxed meals, juice, cereal, etc. In the interest of balanced nutrition, no leftover Halloween candy, please! KNA will again be delivering all the food to the Reach Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is a Renton organization that creates a safe environment for mothers and children to seek shelter, a place for showering, laundry, food and counseling. For more information about them, please visit their website at www.reachrenton.org .
The week of September 4 started out with a variety of weather, and by the afternoon of the picnic, light rain was coming in just as the event set-up started. Bad weather has never been an issue in previous years, so the City of Renton staff and KNA representatives took the optimistic approach and decided to proceed....and we’re glad we did! The rain tapered off shortly after 5:30 pm and a nice crowd of 198 people showed up to enjoy the food, activities, facepainting, displays and the opportunity to socialize with their neighbors.
As in past years, KNA and the City of Renton Neighborhood Program jointly hosted this event. It requires a substantial effort on the part of many people to plan and host it, but it is well worth it! We add to our list of hosts the individuals and local businesses who contribute goods, prizes or cash donations, and also the neighbors who share their time & cooking skills by bringing a food item to share!
In particular, we extend a sincere thank you to the following people and businesses:
BBQ Steakburgers, condiments, equipment for field games, tables & chairs, setup & cleanup, & event advertising: Renton employees: Police Chief Kevin Milosevich, Community Services Administrator Kelly Beymer, Cyndie Parks, Teresa Nishi, Kevin McQuiller, Sonja Mejlaender, George Stahl, Amanda Askren, Michele Johnson and Cailin Hunsaker
Monitoring of field games and assistance wherever needed: 35 Hazen High School students, coordinated by their advisor, Brett Crueger; and supervised by Lynne Milnor
Prizes for the Member Raffle: Boulevard Salon at 3212 Lake Wash. Blvd. N.,; Summer Nails, Hair Clips, Dino’s and Starbucks at NE 44th Street (Exit 7); and Lisa Lam & Marcie Maxwell, Windermere Realtors
Face Painters: Sponsored by First Financial Northwest Bank, 201 Wells Ave. S.
Balloon Clown: Sponsored by Farmers Insurance – Tasca/Wagner Agency, 1322 Lake Wash. Blvd.
Emergency Vehicle Displays: Renton Dept. of Emergency Svcs.
Ice: Denny’s Restaurant at Exit 7
King County Library Mobile Library2Go Van
Potluck Food Service: Sue & Mac Jahnke, Marilyn Danielson and Marlene Winter
KNA Membership/Welcome Table/Greeter: Darius & Vicki Richards, Rajendra Agrawaal, Janice Dougherty, Faye Janders, Natalie Yusen, Keith Altenhof and Mary Erikson
Picnic Planning, Advertising, Setup and Cleanup: Picnic Chair Lynne Milnor and all the KNA Board
Exhibitor Booths: ECO Consultants; City of Renton Info Table; ERC Regional Trail Org.
Event Photography: Gary Palmer
To see all of Gary’s photos from the picnic and many other Renton events, go to www.garypalmerofrenton.smugmug.com
The KNA Board and Staff at Kennydale Elementary School extend their sincere thanks for the school supplies and basic clothing items that have been donated in 2016 by the residents of Kennydale. The need for these items goes on year-round, but KNA puts a particular emphasis on getting these items together at the annual neighborhood picnic and in the preceding summer months, so that they will be ready for donation to Kennydale Elementary School students before the first week of school. This year we received a good quantity of supplies, and also cash donations which a team of KNA Board members used to shop the back-to-school sales and stretch every dollar to its best advantage. On August 22, KNA Board members delivered $800 worth of backpacks, school supplies, and clothing basics to the school. A great big thank you to all who donated items, shopped, and/or contributed funds towards this endeavor!
(Editor’s note: This is a continuation of Pauline Kirkman’s article from the July 2016 newsletter).
Lake Washington has been a vital part of our area. There was a public dock at the west end of N. 33 Street, across from the present beauty salon, continuing to Mt. View Ave. North. There had been boat transport across to Rainier Beach that connected to a streetcar from Renton to downtown Seattle. The Kennydale community beach moved around, depending on private owners who were not using it, until King County purchased the present site. When Kennydale went into the city of Renton, so did the beach.
The lake also played a large role in my life. I could see it from the house where I was raised (it's still there), from where we built our first little house on N. 35th, our second larger home next door, a condo on N. 32nd, and now 2000 Lake Washington Blvd. From here I expect to live at Lakeshore Retirement in Bryn Mawr, still looking at my lake. However, it was not always so beautiful. Coulon Park replaced a lumber mill on the waterfront. It had a burning stack that spewed out smoke and debris--and the south end of the lake was full of logs dropped off by trucks and trains. (The mill's safe is still across the Boulevard near the sign I cannot lift.) That is where we swam almost every summer day. We had a trail from the corner of our pasture, on across the upper railroad right of way, down past the big Samson family house, across the Boulevard, over more tracks, and found a way to the water. There was no beach. The island was there. Boeing was not.
Where the Boeing plant is located, there was a sandy stretch of property owned by Renton's Dr. Dixon and used as if public. We did not walk that far very often. There was a contest about who could go swimming the earliest. My date was in April—once. It's too cold for me in July now. Along the beach north of Coulon Park, there were more mills and businesses, even a hotel at one time. Then there was another mill and the creosote plant which gifted our laundry on the line with black specks before dryers were common. One magnificent piece of history we have lost is the Rogers mansion across from the Park's north end. If we had only known saving it to be possible, it would still be there. It is so beautiful in this area today. There is always hope for improvement of yesterday's disasters.
Youngsters were allowed to roam freely here, even after dark. It may be there was no danger, but if there was, we were not aware of it. Our daughters and friends even slept in our yard all summer. Yes, our oldest and her best pal roamed one night, but were located by the friend's father, who was probably older and wiser than we were.
Yes, Kennydale has been a good place to live, and I hope everyone here is enjoying it too. It has actually been fun writing about it.
KNA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Kennydale and fostering community spirit.