Below are the remarks of Sandy Motzer at the December 14 winter celebration held at Hellbent Brewing Company
“Lake City has had a very good year! Thank you everyone.
We are finally being recognized as a community that advocates for itself. I want to thank the State’s46th District Delegation — Senator David Frockt, Representative Gerry Pollet, Representative Javier Valdez, and former Representative Jessyn Farrell; King County Council Member Rod Dembowski; District 5 Council Member Deborah Juarez; all three of the former Mayors from 2017; and all of the State, King County, and City support staff who have helped us achieve some important goals.
So here are some of our accomplishments to celebrate tonight:
- Wells Fargo Regional Foundation $100,000 Neighborhood Planning Grant , Imagine Lake City Together, awarded to Children’s Home Society, with LCNA and LCFF as Senior Partners.
- New 33rd Ave NE Park plan
- King County Recreation Grant for $30,000 for soccer at Virgil Flaim Park
- Wells Fargo Lift Grant for $30,000 of improvements to Virgil Flaim Park
- SkateSpot Grand Opening in Virgil Flaim Park
- LCNA is now a community partner with Seattle Parks Foundation
- LCNA partnered with SPF to submit a $5000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant for Little Brook Youth Corps (LBYC), which was funded.
- On Give Big Day, as an SPF partner LCNA raised $2,210 for soccer and LBYC—$1,000 of that from SPF and the other $1,210 from 45 individual donors. LCNA had the most individual donors of any of SPF’s partner organizations. Amazing!
- ADA improvements are being completed at the Lake City Community Center
- The Mayors’ Budgets included both operations and capital funding for the Lake City Community Center. Parks is taking over operations starting January 1, 2018. They will work with the community in meeting our unique needs as we transition from a rental facility model to a Parks-operated model. Recreation Deputy Director Katie Gray will be at the January 11 LCNA meeting to discuss what’s happening.
- Imagine Lake City Together was invited to apply for a Wells Fargo Regional Foundation Implementation Grant. We were just awarded $550,000 over 5 years for Build Lake City Together.
- Senior Days at the Lake City Community Center will be expanding to 3 days a week early next year—that’s Senior Lunches by Hunger Intervention Program and Senior Programming by Sound Generations, Parks Life-Long Learning, and perhaps others.
- The Lake City Emergency Communication Hub is applying for a NMF grant to teach free Stop the Bleed classes to anyone who is interested.
- The Lake City Library will be undergoing some renovations. Sharon Griggons, the Chief Strategy Officer for the Seattle Public Library Foundation will come to the January 11 LCNA meeting and tell us about the closure, the scope of the project, and what services will continue for the community.”