Eastside Neighborhood Block Parties – July 12 & 13

The Eastside Neighborhood Association (ENA) is again sponsoring block parties this summer. Two of the block parties are coming up on Friday July 12 and Saturday July 13. The City has approved street closures where the parties will be held. It is possible a police rep or city council member will drop by to chat with us. The party hosts will provide some food and activities. Please bring your own potluck dish and/or beverage. People of all ages are welcome to attend. If you have a yard game to share, or a musical instrument you’d like to play, bring it! You may also want to bring a chair or two.

Friday, July 12, 5 – 8 pm
Lybarger Street, between 10th Ave & Union
Contact: Whitney 360-556-0337
Host will provide hot dogs, buns, fixings, plates, napkins, cutlery. Please bring dish and/or beverages to share.

Saturday, July 13, 4 – 8 pm
5th Avenue, between Edison & Fairview
Contact: Adrienne 360-481-6264, Roger 360-292-9152

More block parties to follow on July 19… stay tuned!

Eastside Neighbor-Tainment Variety Show

Saturday, June 1st, 3 to 5 p.m.

At Salvation Army Worship Center on 4th & Central

The Eastside and Bigelow Highlands neighborhood associations are sponsoring a family-friendly variety show that will be held on Saturday, June 1st from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Salvation Army Worship Center on 4th and Central. The doors will open at 2:30.

This is called the Eastside Neighbor-Tainment Variety Show. We want to bring neighbors together to create cohesiveness, unity, and connections in our neighborhoods, and make our City a happier and safer place to live.

Come to the show and you will see and hear performers of various ages doing poetry, piano-playing, guitar-playing, singing, and more. Our intention is to include a wide variety of performances that will appeal to people of all ages. It’s not a competition, just an afternoon of entertainment.

Anyone is welcome to attend and the event is free. In addition to performances, the program will include break time with refreshments and an opportunity for neighbors to get to know one another, and a sing-along.

We expect it to be a fun and well-attended event. Please join us. And feel free to bring along family and friends.

By the way, we still have a couple performance slots open. If you want to perform, send an e-mail to Roger Horn at rogerolywa@yahoo.com.

Hope you can make it! Thanks!!!

ENA Sub-Area Plan Survey #4- Community Connections

This is Survey #4 – Community Connections

This is the 4th and final survey based on draft Action Plans developed by the ENA Sub-area Planning Team. Thanks to those of you who have responded to earlier surveys!

This survey contains 32 action plan recommendations and three additional questions you can choose to answer. For each recommendation you can indicate whether they should be included as they are or with modifications, or left out of the Plan. A comment box is provided below each recommendation so you can propose a modification or share other thoughts. Do as much of the survey as you’d like. It shouldn’t take too long to respond to all the proposed actions.

Please submit Survey #4 by Sunday, May 18th.

Here are all four surveys, this is your last chance to complete older ones too:

  1. Neighborhood Density & Character
  2. Public Works/Infrastructure
  3. Crime Prevention & Safety Enhancement
  4. Community Connections

Our goal is to finish our Eastside Neighborhood Sub-area Plan by the end of June. We are going to hold a Sub-area Plan Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, June 8th from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the First United Methodist Church (on Legion and Boundary). We will provide background information and present the updated Action Plans. If you attend the Town Hall, we will ask you to recommend which actions are most important and should be worked on most promptly. Please come if you can!

Our overall goal is to implement actions in coming years to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood!!!

Survey Footnotes – Community Connections

These footnotes belong with the Subarea Plan Community Connections Survey.

1.

Whereas many Olympia neighborhoods are within easy walking distance of community parks and open space amenities such as Priest Point, Watershed, Mission Creek and LBA Woods, Eastside residents are limited to two small neighborhood parks, Lions Park and Madison Scenic Park. The 2016 Parks, Arts and Recreation Plan found there is a strong demand for trails and natural open space areas. The study also showed that water quality, wildlife habitat, public access and scenic value were important reasons to preserve open space. Olympians requested that the City “Buy open space/natural areas” and “Buy land while it’s still available.”

The Eastside has just this type of opportunity. From its origin in Bigelow Lake, Indian Creek flows approximately 3 miles to Budd Inlet. It crosses under I-5 near the PSE facility on Pacific Avenue, follows the Woodland Trail, re-crosses I-5, passes through the southwest corner of the neighborhood, and enters an underground pipe near 12th Avenue and Eastside Street. Like many urbanized stream corridors portions of this one have been degraded. However, the portion of the creek which runs through the southwest corner spreads out and forms a large wetland. Because of the limited development in this area this stream and its associated wetlands presents an excellent opportunity for habitat preservation and restoration.

There are four parcels totaling about 9½ acres. Three of the parcels are owned by one party. With the addition of an undeveloped right-of-way the area available is a little over 10 acres. These mostly undeveloped lands need to be set aside from development to protect their special characteristics. They could provide a close-in opportunity for the community to experience and connect with flora, fauna, and natural habitats, including substantial stream and aquatic habitats. Trail development could allow public access. Less sensitive portions of the site may be appropriate for recreational activities such as a community garden or dog park. The neighborhood and the rest of the City should work with the Parks Department to develop an appropriate long-tern plan to acquire and preserve the land and its resources.

2.

A “Neighborhood Hub” is a small attractive lively shopping area serving two or more residential neighborhoods. A primary purpose is to provide spaces where residents of nearby neighborhoods go to shop, eat, drink, hang out and socialize. The subarea plan proposes establishing a Neighborhood Hub west of Boulevard Road, near 4th Avenue E and State Avenue NE. It would serve primarily the Eastside, Bigelow Highlands and Upper Eastside neighborhoods.

Olympia’s Comprehensive Plan identifies 17 Neighborhood Centers. However, none are located in the Eastside neighborhood. Olympia’s Neighborhood Centers are generally zoned Neighborhood Retail. This designation limits Neighborhood Centers to one acre. The proposed Neighborhood Hub would be larger than a Neighborhood Center, possibly two acres or more, appropriately-sized to encourage neighborhood-serving pedestrian-oriented businesses.

The Comprehensive plan recognizes the need to build a roundabout to replace the signalized intersection at Pacific Avenue and Boulevard Road. Such a project has the potential to profoundly affect traffic on 4th Avenue, State Street, Martin Way, Wilson Street and others. In turn the traffic improvements could fundamentally change the nature of the business community. Instead of an area people pass by on their way to somewhere else, they will be inspired to stop and shop, congregate and connect.

This area is currently within the 4th and State High Density Corridor which extends a half block north of State and south of 4th. The three High Density Corridor zoning designations (HDC-1, 2 & 3) allow a wide variety of office, commercial and residential land uses. To date, this area has experienced only limited high density residential development. A Neighborhood Hub would attract future high-density corridor residents while, at same time, increased residential density in the area would encourage businesses to locate in the Neighborhood Hub.