FSOP at Mt Baker Hub Fest - September 18-19

This weekend, the Mount Baker Hub Business Association and Friends of Mount Baker Town Center are hosting a two-day program as part of Seattle Design Fest 2016.

On Sunday September 18, 2016, a set of local musicians and artists will be showcased at the Mount Baker Hub Fest. The Bicycle Sunday closure of Lake Washington Boulevard will be extended up Mount Baker Boulevard to the town center. Then, on Monday, a set of visionary “Lightning Talks” will explore the unique opportunity for a model community at the Mount Baker Hub.

FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY: Exploring ways that art and design can positively transform our communities, Mount Baker Hub Business Association and Friends of Mount Baker Town Center join the Seattle Design Festival with events to engage, challenge, and empower IMG_8571Seattleites. Hub Fest is a FREE community festival on September 18th showcasing local artists through live music, food, art and community booths, beer garden, and live mural project. Mount Baker Hub Fest takes place Sunday, September 18th, between 11 am and 5 pm on the Mt. Baker Link and ArtSpace Plaza (2915 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144).

In addition to the musical line up, the Festival will feature a variety of visual arts by local artists and ArtSpace residents; a beer garden sponsored by Pike Brewing; mural projects, including live painting; locally produced food; amenities for cyclists; and fun for the whole family, including a life-size Scrabble game hosted by Seattle Department of Transportation.

Visitors will also be able to learn the latest on the innovative Accessible Mount Baker project, which is scheduled to transform the Hub station area by 2021. See Plan Section Views & Traffic Flow Simulation.

EXTENDED BICYCLE SUNDAY ROUTE: As an added bonus, the City’s Bicycle Sunday will feature an Extended Route from Seward Park all the way to Beacon Hill, linking the neighborhoods and Hub Fest via the Olmsted Brother’s historic parkways. The normal Lake Washington Boulevard closures will be in effect, and the extended route will travel along the relatively quiet Olmsted Parkways of Mount Baker Boulevard, and Cheasty Boulevard.Transforming a 20th Century Intersection
Into a 21st Century Model Community
Mt Baker Hub Fest / Seattle Design Fest Program - September 19 at 6:30 pm

On Monday September 19th at 6:30 pm, the community is invited to attend a free Design Fest Program Event entitled, “Mount Baker Hub -- Transforming a 20th Century Intersection Into A 21st Century Model Community”. This event takes place at the Art Space Mount Baker Lofts, in the community room (2915 Rainier Avenue South – facing the Mt Baker Link station). The Program includes a set of Town Hall-style “Lightning Talks”, with presentations from Friends of Seattle Olmsted Parks, International Living Future Institute, Miller Hull, Schemata Workshop, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Seattle Public Utilities, and Sound Transit. These presentations will explore how the North Rainier Valley and its Mt Baker “Hub” can become a truly sustainable community. This event will also provide an opportunity for community members to learn more about the area’s registration for the Living Community Challenge.

Jennifer Ott, FSOP's vice president, will talk about how the Olmsted Brothers plans for Seattle’s parks, boulevards and playground encompassed the entire city and provided city leaders with a plan for ensuring every neighborhood had access to park space. The plan is inspired by Seattle’s varied landscape and spectacular views and ensures that even as the city grow, everyone can enjoy the parks, forests, shorelands, and vistas within the city. In Mount Baker Town Center, there is the opportunity to reconnect the lakeshore, with its mountain and lake views, with the forests along Cheasty Boulevard and the amazing city views and recreational opportunities at Jefferson Park. There are not many cities that can boast such an array of natural amenities in such close proximity and we want to further Olmsted’s vision of connectivity and access for all as development continues.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HUB FEST CONTACT: Maia@pennilessprojects.com or Towncenterfriends@gmail.org

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