Help replace the Echo Lake neighborhood mural - and admire the new Densmore Pathway

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Echo Lake Neighborhood Improvements-Present and Future
By Barbara Guthrie, ELNA Chair

The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA) Board offers an opportunity to improve the Echo Lake neighborhood. 

ELNA Mural on 5th NE and NE 205th Street
It is a neighborhood art work, on City property
by Holyrood Cemetery, adjacent to a state highway
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

We want to apply for a Neighborhood Mini-Grant to seek funding for the replacement of the Holyrood Mural.  If you have driven by this mural lately, located adjacent to NE 205th St near Holyrood Cemetery, you are aware that the 13-year old mural is now faded and in need of replacement.

The ELNA Board is seeking someone who will lead this mural replacement project. The Board will provide support and will assist in finding committee members to help with the project. If you are interested in providing this leadership or would be interested in serving on the committee, please contact Barbara Guthrie at 206-542-3242.

The Densmore Pathway is a pleasant and safe walk
as well as an example of what a group of neighbors can do

Neighbors complete the Densmore Pathway
If you haven’t wandered by the newly completed Densmore Pathway, you might want to do so the next time the weather permits. The Pathway connects Densmore Ave N and Ashworth Ave N via the N 188th St. right-of-way.

What used to be an uneven, rocky, narrow dirt path has been transformed into a beautifully landscaped, graveled, level pathway. The previous dirt path was usable only by the fit and agile; the new pathway can be used by walkers of any level, as well as wheeled conveyances such as strollers and bikes.

The Densmore Pathway was a successful neighborhood project, funded by a Shoreline neighborhood mini-grant, fueled by the muscle power of neighbors, and guided by the adept leadership of Suzanne Wynne and Roy Mangel. Not only was a lovely path created, but through its creation, neighbors became better acquainted with one another. This neighborly bonding will be an important element for the gathering spot that was created as part of the pathway project, perhaps an area that can be used for future National Night Out Against Crime parties.

None of the improvements, present or future, are possible without the willingness of neighbors to volunteer and lend a hand. Thank you to all who made the Densmore Pathway project a success, and thank you to those who will step forward to help make the mural replacement project a success as well.

ELNA Meetings
The next meeting of the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association will be Tuesday, January 17, 2012.  Attendees will review and give input to the plans to upgrade Echo Lake Park, and discuss ELNA plans for the next year.  All who live or work in the ELNA neighborhood are welcome to attend.  7-9pm at Shoreline City Hall.


Anonymous,  January 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM  

Yes, please, please, please replace that mural. I've always thought the people in it look like Michael Jackson's various stages of plastic surgery. I've never understood how it represents Shoreline.

Anonymous,  January 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM  

The fact that it's faded should not be the reason it has to go! That mural has been an embarrassment to Shoreline for way too long! It should never have been put up in the first place! I get that beauty is in the eye of the beholder but honestly this has never made any sense. Same goes for the pixy horses by Ronald Bog.

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