Ribbon Cutting, Walking Tour and Community Celebration in Madrona
On Saturday December 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Councilmember Mike O’Brien will unveil nine bronze sidewalk rings installed in the sidewalk along 34th Avenue in the Madrona business district. Councilmember O’Brien will be joined by representatives from the Madrona Community Council, Business Owners of Madrona, Seattle Public Utilities, CleanScapes, KPG and Lease Crutcher Lewis. A guided walking tour of the nine bronze rings will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony and kickoff the Very Merry in Madrona holiday festival.
“I applaud Seattle’s Central Area residents and businesses for their waste reduction efforts that led to winning this award,” said City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, chair of the Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee. “I also appreciate the symbolism of both Madrona’s natural beauty and rich history in Seattle reflected in the installation. It is great to see the neighborhood’s efforts rewarded with a project that will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The Madrona project was spearheaded by neighbors Soni Dave, Nikola Davidson and Kim Herber and entailed embedding nine 14-inch diameter bronze rings in the sidewalk along 34th Avenue between Union and Pike. The bronze rings were designed to resemble the concentric circles of a mature Madrona tree, signifying the strength, diversity and longevity of the Madrona neighborhood. Each ring commemorates an historic Madrona business or event and is connected by a pattern of leaves sandblasted into the sidewalk. The images used for each ring was created by hand from historic photos.
As part of the project, a public seating area has been created at 34th and East Union with a steel powder coated bench and two concrete “tree stumps” seats.
The Madrona installation is one of two community projects installed by CleanScapes as part of the $50,000 Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards prize. East Gateway Park in Montlake is home to the second community improvement project: two cedar plank benches, a memorial plaque in honor of Elizabeth Duncan and an informational kiosk.
On Saturday, activities are planned throughout the day including hot cocoa and cider, live music, free wine tasting, special holiday sales and shop hours, children’s activities and a CleanScapes recycling truck. The CleanScapes booth will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and will feature holiday treats, eco-giveaways and information about how the rings were made. Self-guided walking tour maps will be available, along with paper and crayons for making rubbings of the bronze rings.
CleanScapes will announce the 2011 neighborhood waste reduction winner and officially launch the 2012 Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards competition.
To learn more about the Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards competition, view a map of participating neighborhoods and learn tips on how to reduce waste, visit www.cleanscapes.com. Residents with questions can request more information at EducationOutreach@cleanscapes.com.