Update on Edmonds
Newsletter for Summer 2019
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Here in Edmonds there is a good reason we reorient our mindset for the summer to outdoor activities, camps and fun! It’s because Edmonds is brimming with things to do. Fabulous parks, special programing, family events, shopping, and cultural experiences abound during the summer months.

Parks and open spaces… we have many, 48 to be exact, along with two miles of shoreline, an underwater dive park, hiking trails, and a Marsh where you can view all sorts of aquatic wildlife.

From July through late August the Edmonds Arts Commission hosts its “Summer Concerts” series at City Park and Hazel Miller Plaza. With a variety of music and entertainment, there’s sure to be something for everybody. And at the Port of Edmonds Public Plaza you can listen to award winning musicians from the Edmonds School District as part of the “Sea Jazz” concert series which runs from June through September 1.

Need some fresh produce for a summer picnic; flowers for a special occasion; perhaps some smoked fish? Well the Edmonds Saturday Summer Market’s got you covered. It’s a great place to pick-up unique gifts, bump into your neighbors, grab a bite to eat, or just people watch.

How about Art Walk Edmonds, the FREE community event held monthly on the third Thursday from 5-8 pm where you can celebrate the arts and enjoy food, music and community… or perhaps the last Summer Wine Walk scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd.

And along with all of this there are: outstanding restaurants, interesting shops, beautiful galleries, and summer programs and camps for kids, all located throughout our community from the International District to Five Corners, from Westgate to Downtown to the Waterfront.

Yep, not too much to do this summer in Edmonds! Enjoy!

Mayor Dave Earling 

Image may contain: textA story-telling project launched by the Edmonds Diversity Commission in conjunction with Communities of Color Coalition.

This Summer the Edmonds Diversity Commission is sponsoring a community story-telling project called “I am Edmonds. This Is My Story.” The purpose of this project is to engage residents, workers, visitors or other with connections to Edmonds in sharing their personal stories of joys, challenges, unique experiences, or other personal reflections about their life in Edmonds. Stories may be in writing, or in the form of video, photographs or other media and may be submitted to a special “I am Edmonds” Facebook page. There the public may both post and view others’ stories. Submissions will be accepted through August 16th. Then in the November the Commission intends to hold a capstone event to share many of the stories, provide for live story-telling, and an address from a keynote speaker. All are encouraged to participate.

A dedicated Facebook page has been set up to receive and host the stories for all to view. The Facebook page can be found here.

Here are the rules (which may also be found at the “About” section of the FB page):

  • Written-word entries will be limited to a maximum of 750 words
  • Audio or video entries will be limited to a maximum of 3 minutes duration
  • Photo essays will be limited to a maximum of 15 photos
  • Sculptures, paintings, drawings, etc., may be submitted via video or photo format
  • All entries will require at least a first name and surname initial (full names are welcome)
  • No obscenities, nude or lewd photos, defamatory remarks about individuals, hate speech, incitement to violence, or threats will be allowed
  • All entries will be screened for compliance with these criteria before posting

The Commission intends to host an “I am Edmonds” Capstone Event on Saturday, November 2, 2019, where selected stories will be shared, a keynote speaker will offer remarks, and participants may come together to share their stories.

2014 btwd riders on temp laneIn 2016, the Cities of Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, and Edmond secured funding through the Verdant Health Commission (total amount of $1.9 Million) in an effort to improve bicycle conditions along various stretches, create new bike connections, and increase ridership in South Snohomish County. In 2018 as part of this project, bike lanes were then added on both sides of 212th St. SW from 84th Ave. W to 72nd Ave. W and along 76th Ave. W from 220th St. SW to Olympic View Dr. The other two cities completed similar additions. A portion of the funding was also allocated towards an Education Program (currently being led by Cascade Bicycle Club). Beginner friendly bike rides are currently being held in South Snohomish County and are led by Cascades trained education staff. Their staff focus on basic bike handling skills, navigating routes, and group etiquette furnished during these fun rides. Participants must have basic handling skills, wear a helmet, using a bike without training wheels and no younger than 6 years old. Grab those handlebars and join Cascade Bicycle Club for FREE family-friendly bike rides! Participants can expect a leisurely pace, flat terrain, relatively short, on protected bike paths or low-traffic streets, regular stops and guided support. Participants must have basic bike handling skills; wear a helmet; use a bike without training wheels (balance bikes are okay); and be no younger than 6 years old.

The weekly rides in Edmonds are scheduled from July through September, 2019
  • Edmonds Bike Rides Start from City Park  (600 3rd Ave. S)
  • July / August: every Thursday from 5pm to 7pm.
  • Saturday, September 14th: 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Please go to the following link to register for one of these cool educational up-coming rides: https://www.cascade.org/bike2health.

All (3) cities continue to conduct their bike counts via cameras and tube counters to determine how the new routes and bicycle ride-along programs (in partnership with Cascade Bicycle Club), affect South Snohomish County bicycle ridership. These on-going quarterly counts started in 2017, with the last one scheduled for November 2019. The next round of bicycle counts is scheduled for July 16-18 at the following locations: Loca

  • 76th Ave. W @ Olympic View Dr.
  • 9th Avenue S & Walnut Street – Edmonds
  • 76th Avenue W & 212th Street SW - Edmonds
  • 52nd Avenue W & 212th Street SW – Lynnwood
  • 200th Street SW & 48th Avenue W – Lynnwood
  • 68th Avenue W & 200th Street SW – Lynnwood
  • 56th Avenue W & 230th Street SW - Mountlake Terrace
  • 80th Avenue W & 224th Street SW - Edmonds

Please contact Mr. Bertrand Hauss (City of Edmonds Transportation Engineer) at 425-771-0220 / bertrand.hauss@edmondswa.gov if you have any additional questions.

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