Spring 2017 Update: Ice cream social, downtown, and more…

There’s been a lot going on around the neighborhood over the past few months and since our last meeting back in the Fall. We were planning to host a winter or spring meeting but the construction in the Washington Park community room is taking longer than we initially expected, and we’ve run out of other good nearby options. So, we’ll do our best here to discuss a few things that have come up recently.ice cream!

  • On June 25th we’re hosting our third annual Ice Cream Social in the park. Come out from 1-3pm for some delicious ice cream and meet your neighbors. The family friendly event is free but we encourage everyone to bring a few bucks to donate to our friends at Sunnyvale Community Services. Previous year events have been super fun and well attended and we’re hoping for the same this year! Click for more info, on our Facebook page.
  • The Washington Park swim center redevelopment project is moving forward rapidly. There have been two community meetings to gather input on design and features. A recommended conceptual plan is scheduled to be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Council Chambers at Sunnyvale City Hall, 465 W. Olive Ave. We really encourage folks to attend and take a look as the development is going to be a major change and addition (hopefully an exciting one!) to the park. Again, more info on our Facebook page.
  • A recent thread on Nextdoor got into some questions and details about the current state of the downtown redevelopment project. We hosted the city and developers at our Fall meeting, where they gave us a solid status update. Things were moving ahead and they were waiting for final permits and such to be completed. Flash forward to the most recent City Manager’s blog post last week, and there’s a lot of activity about to ramp up. In summary: serious construction is set to begin (again) to finish off the existing apartment and retail structures that were built and have been sitting vacant, and also other infrastructure like sidewalks, lighting and bike lanes. Whole Foods has been announced as the anchor grocery tenant, and we should see that and other buildings open in 2019. See the city’s post/PDF for more info. We’re more than thrilled to see this moving again.

There’s more – we’re forgetting at least a few things. By now, you might have gathered that we’re on Facebook. So please subscribe to our Facebook page for regular and random updates and come to the ice cream social where WAPA board members and maybe even a few city dignitaries will be on hand to say Hi and answer questions. We’ll see you on June 25th!

Imagine a cool neighborhood pool

Earlier this year, we told you about plans for renovating the Washington Park swimming pool complex. Now’s your chance to dive in and help shape what could be a really great addition to our neighborhood.

Hopefully you’ve seen the flyers hanging in the park or have seen an announcement arrive in your mail recently. The city is looking for public input this week as it kicks off the project. We don’t know when construction could start or end, but anyone who’s been to the pool lately knows it’s a bit long in the tooth. How nice would it be to have a functional and modern pool and swim center at the park?

The city is hosting a public meeting this Thursday, Dec. 15 at 7pm in the park’s community building. Show up and let’s make a splash!

More info, from the City Manager’s blog:

This public meeting is the beginning of the design process for the project which will result in an aquatics facility focused on recreational swimming, lessons, water play and therapeutic uses. This first meeting will give the community an opportunity to comment on desired features for swim center improvements that will be used to prepare draft conceptual plans to be presented at a second public meeting. The goal of the second meeting will be to select a preferred conceptual plan, or combination of plans, that will then be used to advise the Parks and Recreation Commission who will make recommendations to the City Council. For more information, contact Public Works Engineering Division, 408-730-7605.

Vote Now, Vote Nov. 8!

Never mind Clinton vs. Trump, there’s plenty to vote for on a much more local level.uncle sam

We’ve put together a guide for residents for Sunnyvale-specific measures and candidates, including how and where WaPa residents can vote. We hope you find it useful, and we hope you find your way to the polls to vote!

How?

  • Registration deadline was Monday Oct. 24
  • Early voting/vote by mail/absentee: Vote now!
  • Vote by mail (must have opted-in). No postage required in Santa Clara County

Neighborhood Poll Locations

  • Find your polling place
  • Most residents: St. Thomas Episcopal Church (on Sunset Ave.)
  • Some close to Evelyn Ave. go to Vargas Elementary (on Carson and Leota Dr.)
  • Sunnyvale City Hall, main office (drop-off ballots anytime up to and including election day)
  • Forget to put your vote-by-mail ballot in the mail? Drop it off at any of the above locations on election day.

Sunnyvale Measures

Detailed information on Sunnyvale measures here

  • Measure M: Public Lands for Public Use Act Requires voter approval for any transaction related to Sunnyvale city-owned lands.
  • Measure N: Modernize the Utility Users Tax Updates city’s utility tax to include mobile phones, raises $1.5MM annually for public safety plus city roads and parks maintenance.
  • Measure BB – Extend Parcel Tax for Sunnyvale Schools To renew the Sunnyvale School District parcel tax ($59/year) raising $1MM per year to fund classroom and school programs. Needs 2/3 majority to pass.

Sunnyvale Candidates

City Council, Seat 4

  • Larry Klein
  • John Cordes
  • Mike McCarthy

City Council, Seat 5

  • Russ Melton
  • Pat Meyering

City Council, Seat 6

  • Nancy Smith
  • Jim Davis

City Council, Seat 7

  • Michael S. Goldman
  • Tara Martin-Milius
  • Ron Banks

FUHSD Board

  • Roy Rocklin
  • Jenny Yuan
  • Jeff Moe

More Resources & Links

Fall Meeting: Oct. 26!

Airplane noise, traffic, Town Center, and more!

The Washington Park Neighborhood Association invites you to its quarterly Fall meeting, to be held Wednesday Oct. 26 at 7pm, in the Washington Park community room.

Expect a great lineup of guests and information on the state of our fair city, including:

  • A representative from Hunter Enterprises, one of the new joint owners of the Sunnyvale Town Center development.
  • Councilmember Jim Griffith, who will give a status on airplane noise and other issues currently facing Sunnyvale and our neighborhood.
  • More updates and info galore…

WaPa is your great neighborhood, so come out and help us make it amazing.

This invite also appears on Nextdoor: https://washingtonparksunnvyale.nextdoor.com/events/848929/

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonparksunnyvale/

Ice Cream Social – May 22

Second annual spring event to benefit Sunnyvale Community Services!

Mark your calendars: Sundae May 22, for the Washington Park Neighborhood Association’s 2nd annual spring ice cream social.ice cream!

We’ll have a ton of fun for the whole family (slack lines, fire trucks, games!), plus great treats for everyone. This year, we’re also trying to help our friends at Sunnyvale Community Services, which is looking for some specific items including:

  • diapers (size 4-6 yrs.)
  • full size shampoo/shower soap & lotions
  • razors & shaving cream

The event is free for Washington Park area residents, but any donations for SCS are greatly appreciated.

We hope to see you at the park on May 22, from 1-4pm!

On Facebook? RSVP here.

Washington Park: Future Home of Sunnyvale’s Coolest Pool

We’re still gathering materials and will post a recap of our recent neighborhood meeting, but we’ve got some breaking news that deserves its own splashy post.

According to Vice Mayor Gustav Larsson (our guest speaker from the last meeting), the Washington Park pool is on the verge of getting a complete overhaul. Larsson sent us the following info:

The project will completely replace and enhance the Washington Pool complex. The pool, pool deck, and buildings will be replaced and new features will be added like zero-depth entry, family observation areas, water play equipment, slides, and wading areas. Some modifications to the surrounding park will be necessary to expand the complex.

We are in the process of selecting a designer; proposals are due April 13. Work is scheduled to begin this fiscal year and continue through 2018/19, with $7.9 million in funding over this four year period (approximately $1.1 for design and $6.8 for construction). The design phase is expected to take two years and includes community outreach.

Pool hours will be set by the Library and Community Services department after the renovation is complete. I let them know about interest in longer hours and will find out more about that process.

The project is in the current budget as project #826710 “Washington Community Swim Center” on page 1097 of Volume III (page 318 of the PDF file): http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Portals/0/Sunnyvale/FIN/FY%2015-16a%20Vol%20III_vF.pdf

Naturally, this raises a lot of questions. How big is the facility going to be? How much will the park be impacted? Will an expanded pool lead to expanded use and a year-round schedule? We’re glad Larsson is listening.

Also curious: there’s a two-year design phase yet the project will start this year and be finished in 2019. Hmm.

Regardless, we’re pretty excited about this. Frankly, that pool gets a lot of regular maintenance and upkeep despite not a lot of use in the off-season. Many around the neighborhood grumble about the limited schedule and would love to see it open for lap swim and more.

The pool and facilities deserve an upgrade. We just wish it were happening in time for this coming summer. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about the project plan.

Spring Meeting Update & Agenda

Our Spring meeting agenda is set!

In addition to sharing some great info about the neighborhood, we’re happy to announce that we’ll have Sunnyvale Vice Mayor Gustav Larsson on hand to introduce himself and answer questions from residents. Concerned about bike safety? Traffic? Downtown development? The library? Just ask.

Join us in the community room at Washington Park at 4pm Sunday, April 3. Meet a neighbor, ask a question, and get the latest on Sunnyvale.

Agenda:

  • Board introductions
  • Vice Mayor Larsson
  • School & city development updates
  • Ice cream social
  • Board terms
  • Finance update
  • Adjourn and questions

Spring Meeting: April 3

Mark your calendars: April 3.

WaPa will host the next quarterly neighborhood meeting at Washington Park on the afternoon of Sunday, April 3. Start time is TBD but we do know we’ll have a special guest from the city council, who will discuss a variety of issues concerning the neighborhood and city.

We hope to see you there. Stay tuned to this space for more information and a full agenda.

Special meeting Nov. 16: School boundary plans

 

Hello Neighbors –

The Washington Park Neighborhood Association is happy to be holding a special information-sharing meeting with Sunnyvale School District’s Chief Operations Officer Rob Smiley, to learn more about plans to re-draw school boundaries for new housing developments in our neighborhood.

As you may know, the SSD board recently met and discussed re-drawing school boundary lines for new developments that are currently being built or are planned in our neighborhood.

Under the proposal, any new residents moving into new developments along portions of Mathilda Ave. and El Camino would be slated to attend Vargas Elementary School. Currently these areas are included in Cumberland’s attendance area. The board has not voted on whether to approve the proposal. The proposal also does not change current attendance areas for existing residents of the neighborhood.

The meeting will be held Monday Nov. 16 from 7-8pm in the Washington Park Community Room. Mr. Smiley will update residents on the plan, and will be available to answer questions that many of you may have.

For more information please see the original school board presentation on this matter, here: http://www.sesd.org/…/D…/4/BOE%20Presentation%2010-22-15.pdf

We hope to see you there!

Welcome to the Washington Park Neighborhood Association!

We are so glad you have found us here!

Washington Park Neighborhood Association (WaPa as we fondly refer to ourselves) was recently founded by a group of concerned residents who came together in the fall of 2014 to address a school issue. While the issue was resolved, what didn’t dissolve were the bonds the neighbors had formed and the relationships which had developed from working together. These feelings of connection lead us to explore the creation of a neighborhood association, an official forum where we could continue to strengthen our community and the ties which bring us together. Hence, Washington Park Neighborhood Association was established in early 2015.

The mission of our neighborhood association is to strive to build and strengthen community, protect local interests, and promote safety and awareness.

Washington Park is comprised of a diverse group of Sunnyvale citizens who all have one thing in common, we are all fortunate to live in such a special niche of our city – a place which houses the library, city offices, emergency services, and the park which is central to our namesake and the epicenter of our neighborhood. If you live within our boundaries of Mary to the north, El Camino to the west, Mathilda to the south or Evelyn to the east, you are member of this vibrant community.

Our board is comprised of a group of resident leaders who volunteer their time and efforts to keep Washington Park a wonderful place to live. We are here to work together to develop programs and activities to benefit our neighborhood and keep it the wonderful place to live that is currently is. If you are interested in becoming more involved in assisting these efforts we welcome you to contact us!

Warm regards,
Leah Brunnings