News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Polar Bear Plunge returns to Matthews Beach

December 18th, 2013 by hillaryu

Ring in the New Year in your swimwear at the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the Jan. 1 event that starts at noon sharp; registration begins at 11 a.m.

From the Parkways post:

A 2014 Official Patch of Courage will be given to all heroic polar bear participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake. The patch will show the world that participants braved the frigid waters. Warming refreshments will be served.

As in previous years, younger polar bears and anyone else who needs a little more room can take part in the Polar Cub Club part of the event immediately preceding the main plunge. For the truly hearty, double-dipping is allowed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

· Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume!
· Come early, and carpool or take the bus (you can plan your trip).
· If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you can’t go in the water, come and watch!
· Don’t drink alcohol–it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
· Stay in the water for no longer than 15 minutes-you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
· Keep your outer clothing on until you’re ready to get in the water. After the plunge, remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

Will you brave the frigid waters of Lake Washington for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge?

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Luminaria walk at Meadowbrook is Saturday

November 30th, 2012 by Support Staff

This year’s Luminaria Walk at Meadowbrook Pond is Saturday, Dec. 1, from 6-8 p.m.

Featuring cookies and hot coca, and Christmas caroling, it is sponored by the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., and the Friends of Meadowbrook Pond.

We also need volunteers: for assembly before the actual day of the event; and on the day of the event- setup of the luminarias; maintenance of the luminarias during the walk; cleanup after the event.

Contact person is Ryan Spencer at the Meadowbrook Community Center.

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Learn about dredging and improvements to Meadowbrook Pond

May 14th, 2012 by Support Staff

The Friends of Meadowbrook Park want neighbors to know there’s a meeting Tuesday night about dredging and expansion at the popular park.

Learn about the planned 15-ft wide roads (replacing 8′ and 6′ wide trails), the 20-foot wide ramps, the 50-60 trees to be removed, and the potential closure of the entire pond to visitors throughout the project.

Learn all about the planned Pond Dredging & Improvements Project this coming Tuesday, May 15, 7-9 p.m. during the Meadowbrook Community Council meeting held at the Meadowbrook Community Center.

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Make time for Hands-On Skills Fair this weekend

February 5th, 2012 by hillaryu

Your chance to regain many of the skills that have been lost over the generations is coming up this weekend at the Hands-On Community Skills Fair on Saturday at Meadowbrook and Ravenna-Eckstein community centers.

Organized by Sustainable Northeast Seattle in partnerships with the community centers, the event will teach you such skills as:

  • Making cheese
  • Tool sharpening
  • Bread baking (wheat and gluten-free
  • Make-it-yourself herbal products
  • Basic sushi making
  • Basketweaving
  • Soap making
  • Simple bike repair
  • Cistern installation

Plus many more, which are listed on the full schedule. Tickets costs $15 in advance online through Seattle Parks and Recreation or by calling the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave. N.E., at 206-684-7522, or the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., at 206-684-7534. Buying advance tickets allows you to reserve space for your workshops of choice. Otherwise, tickets cost $20 at the door.

Workshops take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a vanpool will be available to shuttle participants between the two locations. The event ends with a community potluck at the Meadowbrook Community Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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Update on future of community centers, wading pool

May 17th, 2010 by hillaryu

Concern continues to grow about the future of the View Ridge Wading Pool, Meadowbrook Community Center, and Magnuson Community Center.  Today, Wedgwood View learned the city’s Parks Department submitted its “budget papers” for 2011, which identify issues and potential service cuts. We’re told some facilities are on that list, but a spokesperson for the Parks Department could not provide any specifics until the mayor’s office makes its recommendations.

As for the rest of 2010, the mayor is set to announce mid-year budget cuts around June 1. Community centers, pools, and wading pools across the city are facing closure as the Parks Department tries to cut its budget.

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North Seattle residents rally for parks programs

May 5th, 2010 by hillaryu

North Seattle residents turned out in force during last night’s city budget hearing at North Seattle Community College. They voiced their concerns about budget cuts that could impact parks programs, community centers and pools, including the View Ridge Wading Pool, Meadowbrook Community Center, and Magnuson Community Center.

A loud crowd full of different organizations packed the cafeteria to plead their cases to Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council. City officials are calling for a 3 percent cut across the Parks system, but insist there is no list detailing which parks, community centers, or pools might actually be impacted. Groups from Queen Anne, Ballard, Magnolia, and Greenwood were on hand to support their local programs.

“I’m here for the community center because it’s so important,” said Queen Anne resident Rebecca Fink. “These kids are doing homework together, playing together, bonding. It gives the kids a place to go.”

The mayor and City Council were clearly moved by some of the stories they heard last night.

“We don’t have a specific proposal from Parks, but this discussion is very helpful to let us know what is important to you,” Mayor McGinn told the crowd.

The Parks department will come up with its suggested budget changes over the next several weeks before presenting them to the mayor. Three more public hearings are set for September and October.

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