Construction work on the Eastside Rail Corridor regional trail through Kennydale is proceeding very well, and in fact all of the trail is walkable (except when a portion is closed due to nearby construction activity). The southernmost part of the trail starts at the northern boundary of Gene Coulon Beach Park. As you walk northward from that point, you will be on a smooth, graded surface consisting of gravel that is covered with well compacted and rolled fine gravel (almost like sand). This surface continues to the Ripley Lane N. trestle (north of the Seahawk,s training facility), where it transitions to a slightly less-finished surface, but still very walkable. The local road crossings at Mountain View Ave. N, N. 37th, 41st and 43rd Streets and the 2 driveway crossings at the Seahawk’s facility have all been converted to smooth asphalt pavement. The portion of the trail that parallel Ripley Lane N. up to the Renton City line is also very walkable. We did not review any of the trail building north of the Renton city limits. In all portions of the trail, walkers should use caution whenever they encounter an occasional uneven surface due to ongoing construction. Currently on selected portions of the trail, a timber border, anchored with steel posts, is being installed on the west edge of the trail. This is apparently intended to stabilize the gravel bed from migrating down the adjacent steep slope.
It is very encouraging to see the heavy use of the trail by walkers and joggers, and one can easily see that most of them now choose to use the trail rather than the pedestrian lanes on Lake Washington Blvd. North. Again, with the on-going placement of the timber border and possible other construction activity, please use caution on the trail !
Presentation from Tuesday, Oct 24th 2017, Kennydale Neighborhood Quarterly Meeting re: Commercial Development
Thank you to the Kennydale residents and presenters who attended the quarterly meeting.
You may recall the presenters were unable to show their PowerPoint presentation. Below is the Commercial Development Status Report presentation delivered by Chip Vincent, Administrator, City of Renton Dept. of Community and Economic Development (CED), Vanessa Dolbee, Current Planning Manager, CED, and Clark Close, Senior Planner, CED re: developments at the north and south ends of Lake Washington Blvd. in Kennydale. Additionally, they shared information on the Request for Rezoning of the property at and behind the Shell gas station on N. 30th Street (at I-405 Exit 6).
If you have questions, please contact the City of Renton Community & Economic Development Planning Division at:
* Clark Close, Sr. Planner @ firstname.lastname@example.org 425.430.7289
* Vanessa Dolbee, Current Planning Manager @ email@example.com 425.430.7314
* Jennifer Henning, Planning Director @ firstname.lastname@example.org 425.430.7286
This will mark KNA’s 7th year of collecting items of food donated by caring citizens from throughout Kennydale. The drive will run through the month of November. As in past years, the Kennydale Elementary School will be the collection point for all donated food; please look for the collection barrel in the school lobby. And, of course, the school’s students will again be partnering with KNA, with the class that collects the most items receiving a pizza party! Last year’s drive collected 2,105 items from students and staff of Kennydale Elementary, with another 2,000 items were donated by Kennydale residents. Marcie Palmer, a longtime resident and supporter of the Kennydale Community, will again chair this year’s Drive. Please feel free to contact Marcie at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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! 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 deliver 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 seeking shelter, a place for showering, laundry, food and counseling. For more information about them, please visit their website at www.reachrenton.org .
Thank you for anything you can share with this very worthwhile organization!
On August 17th representatives from the Kennydale neighborhood Association delivered new backpacks and school supplies (valued at $600) to Kennydale Elementary School. These items had been purchased throughout the summer by KNA members and other caring residents who took the time to seek out back-to-school sales to get the greatest value for each dollar spent. In addition, cash donations from other residents were utilized to fill out the variety of items that had been requested by the school. The need for these items goes on year-round, but KNA puts an emphasis on getting these items together at its summertime neighborhood events so that they will be ready for donation before the first week of school. A great big thank you to all who donated items, shopped, and/or contributed funds towards this endeavor!
This year’s event marked a transition from the past format of a “neighborhood picnic” to a more global event in which our neighborhood was empowered to play a larger role in the planning and implementation. Sounds like a daunting task, but with excellent guidance from the City of Renton Neighborhood Program and their new Neighborhood Event Grant procedures as well as KNA’s long experience with doing large-attendance events and the participation of a core group of involved residents, we believe that our event went well and was enjoyed by everyone who attended.... over 260 people in all. That is lower than we expected, but we attribute this to a week of haze and light ash from forest fires to the east and a decision by some families to stay indoors.
An event such as this of course requires a substantial effort on the part of many people in order be successful, including the individuals and local businesses who contribute goods, prizes or cash donations, and also the neighbors who contribute their time & cooking skills by bringing a food item to share! We extend a sincere thank you to the following organizations, people and businesses:
Grant funding for fried chicken, equipment for games, tables & chairs, setup & cleanup, & and guidance to KNA in planning this event throughout 2017: Drey Hicks, Neighborhood Coordinator, and the Renton Neighborhood Program
Monitoring of games, setup and cleanup, and assistance wherever needed: 19 Hazen High School students, coordinated by their adviser, Brett Crueger; and supervised by Lynne Milnor
Prizes for the Member Raffle: Summer Nails, Hair Clips, and Dino’s at NE 44th Street (Exit 7); Salon Tewl at 938 - 110th Ave. SE, Ste. 4 in Bellevue; Lisa Lam & Marcie Maxwell, Windermere Realtors at 3800 NE 4th Street, and by KNA Board Members
Face Painters: Sponsored by Rosie Rourke – Jon L. Scott Realty, Kent WA
Balloon Clown: Sponsored by Farmers Insurance – Tasca/Wagner Agency, Renton WA
Emergency Vehicle Displays: Renton Regional Fire Authority
Ice and BOGO Cards: McDonalds at Exit 7, Renton WA
King County Library: Mobile Library2Go Van
Potluck Food Service: Sue & Mac Jahnke, Marilyn & Jon Danielson, Lynne & Bruce Milnor, Hazen Students and Marlene Winter
KNA Membership/Welcome Table/Greeters/Raffle: Darius & Vicki Richards, Janice Dougherty, Natalie Yusen, Mary Erikson & Derrick Reese
Event Planning, Advertising, Setup and Cleanup: Picnic Co-Chairs Lynne Milnor and Vicki Richards, and all the KNA Board
Exhibitor Booths: ERC Regional Trail Org.; Kennydale Elementary PTA; Kennydale United Methodist Church, Kennydale Lions; and candidates for Renton City Council: Diane Dobson, Ruth Perez, Jamie Smith and Armondo Pavone
Event Photography: Gary Palmer - To see all of Gary’s photos from this Celebration & Potluck and many other Renton events, go to: www.garypalmerofrenton.smugmug.com and follow the “Picnic” links
KNA’s two Ice Cream Socials enjoyed record high number of attendees again this summer. At our July 18th social, we served 204 people and initially went through all of the ice cream, but we restocked quickly so that everyone was served. Sincere thanks to Kennydale resident and event sponsor, Jon Bye (Jon Bye and Associates Realty) for covering the cost of the ice cream and supplies, and to our new chairperson for this event, Luke Welling (and his wife, Jenn), and to the KNA Board members who assisted.
At our second social on August 15th, we likewise had a large crowd of 187 people, with an ample supply of ice cream and goodies for all who attended! Thanks again to Luke, Jenn and our KNA team, and Luke’s firm, Homeseed Loans (firstname.lastname@example.org) for sponsoring this event.
And special thanks to Drey Hicks, Neighborhood Coordinator for the City of Renton Neighborhood Program, for providing tables, chairs and all sorts of new games for our citizens: Ladder Golf, Outdoor Jenga, Bocce Ball and more. These will be a feature at KNA’s future summertime events!
The KNA (Kennydale Neighborhood Association) is seeking donations for school supplies for elementary school kids in need. Last year we delivered $800 worth of backpacks, school supplies, and clothing basics to Kennydale Elementary. To deliver the donations to Kennydale Elementary School students before the first week of school we need to begin now.
At the KNA Ice Cream Social (Tuesday, August 15th) and the Potluck & Neighborhood Celebration (Wednesday, September 6th) we will have a red collection barrel for donations of new underwear, socks and new school supplies for elementary school kids who need these items. We will gladly accept a cash donation if that is more convenient for you. To get a list of needed items, please contact Vicki Richards (425-430-4469 or email@example.com) or Lynne Milnor (425-271-0637 or firstname.lastname@example.org). THANK YOU!
KNA ICE CREAM SOCIAL #1
Tuesday, July 18th – 6:30 to 8 pm
Kennydale Lions Park: 2428 Aberdeen Ave. NE
This free event will take the place of our July neighborhood meeting.
Bring your families and enjoy a selection of delicious ice creams and the opportunity to socialize with your neighbors. Plus: Playground for the kids . . .and for kids of all ages, something new: Bocce Ball, Outdoor Jenga & more!
KNA ICE CREAM SOCIAL #2
Tuesday, August 15th – 6:30 to 8 pm
Kennydale Lions Park: 2428 Aberdeen Ave. NE
No “Screen on the Green” Movie this year, but there will be plenty of delicious ice creams and toppings for all the family to enjoy, plus the opportunity to socialize with your neighbors. As always, there’s a nice playground for the kids, and...for kids of all ages....you can try your skill (or luck) at Bocce Ball, Outdoor Jenga & more!
For both events:
Games & equipment provided by the City of Renton Neighborhood Program
Sweets provided by Homeseedloans (Luke Welling) and by John Bye & Associates Realty
The KNA Board is proud to announce that the Kennydale News has won 3rd Place in the NUSA Neighborhood Newsletter Competition (for newsletters printed 6 or less times per year). NUSA, which stands for Neighborhoods USA, is a national non-profit organization that is committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Each year, they hold competitions in a variety of categories, including neighborhood newsletters, projects that re-vitalize neighborhoods socially or physically, and the like. Hundreds of neighborhoods throughout the United States are invited to participate in these competitions.
KNA first became aware of NUSA through Drey Hicks, the Renton Neighborhood Program Coordinator. He contacted our Board in January and encouraged us to consider entering the 2017 competitions. We chose the Newsletter category because we felt that the Kennydale News would well fulfill NUSA’s evaluation criteria of content, layout, consistency, relevance and overall appearance.
We are very pleased to announce also that our neighbors directly north of Kennydale, the LaCrosse Homeowners Association, were awarded 2nd Place in the NUSA Neighborhood of the Year – Physical Revitalization/Beautification category for their community garden & beehive project. Their community garden is truly fantastic, and their award is well-deserved.
At the Renton City Council meeting on June 26, 2017, Kennydale and LaCrosse were presented their NUSA award plaques by Carrie Nass, the Renton Neighborhoods, Resources & Events Manager. Representing KNA at this ceremony were Rajendra & Subhashni Agrawaal, Darius & Vicki Richards, and Stephanie Fife. Representing the LaCrosse HOA were Chris & Priscilla Fitzgerald, and Janet & Dan Hill.
My sincere thanks to all who write articles for the newsletter, the City of Renton for its Newsletter Grants, the additional financial support of our members and advertisers, and of course Stephanie Fife (Just Your Type Printing), for her first-class design and layout work on every issue.
Darius Richards, Kennydale News Editor
The Board and membership of the Kennydale Neighborhood Association (KNA) extends this welcome to all residents of Kennydale and in particular to those of you who have recently moved here, and also to longer term residents who we may have missed in our previous mailings of the Kennydale News, which now is sent to 2550+ homes (we are working diligently to make sure our mailing address data is up-to-date).
We have seen many changes in our Kennydale neighborhood over the years. There has been a substantial increase in the public’s recognition of Kennydale as a great place to live, resulting in people moving into existing homes, or into homes that are newly constructed. It has been a challenge for KNA’s Welcome Committee to keep track of all this activity, so we are asking for everyone’s help: when you see a new neighbor moving in, please give one of us on the Welcome Committee a call (see our contact info below). We will deliver them a welcome bag to help introduce them to the neighborhood and Renton as a whole. The bag is full of material about Renton: its parks and trails, a directory of City of Renton departments and staff, Emergency contacts, City-sponsored classes, events and activities, whom to contact when there is a problem on your street, and much more. All of this material is kept up to date and published by the City. KNA also includes a current copy of the Kennydale News, and information on how newcomers can join the Association.
The KNA Welcome Committee will also have welcome bags on hand at all of our events and meetings to share with new neighbors and anyone else who wants to get up-to-date.
Natalie Yusen, Welcome Committee Chair: email@example.com
Vicki Richards, KNA Vice President: firstname.lastname@example.org
KNA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Kennydale and fostering community spirit.