U District Open SpaceA three-part series of community forums to discuss future open space in the U District starts tonight (as we noted last week). Sponsored by the U District Partnership, the forum will explore the types of activities and values that University District residents want for open space. Future forums will take place on October 30th and December 3rd to discuss the topics of physical elements and pathways to success for open space in the University District.

The forum will be held at the Alder Hall Commons on the University of Washington campus. City staff from various departments will be on hand to engage community members and answer questions while the forum will host panelists. Refreshments begin at 6.30pm with the forum running from 7pm to 9pm.

The Urbanist has cancelled its weekly meeting at Roy Street Coffee & Tea for tonight. Instead, readers of The Urbanist are encouraged to attend this U District forum. Feel free to show up between 6pm and 7pm to chat with community members, staff, and other folks affiliated with The Urbanist. Our next working meeting at Roy Street Coffee & Tea will be held on October 14th.

On a related noted, the U District may have a new parklet opening at NE 42nd Street and The Ave in a few short weeks. We expect that this and many other open space ideas will be explored during the forum events.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.