Annual Meeting The NWONA annual meeting is generally in October or November on a Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm at Garfield Elementary School. This year because of the pandemic we are skipping an in-person meeting, read the letter below to see what is going on.
Dear NWONA Neighbors, The NWONA Board decided at our meeting on September 28th to cancel this year’s annual meeting of the membership which is normally held in October or November every year. We had begun to plan for an in person meeting at Garfield Elementary School but the “Delta” variant changed that. This note will serve as a synopsis of our year as a Neighborhood Association in the City of Olympia and our plans for 2022 going forward. The Northwest Olympia Neighborhood is a “Recognized” Neighborhood Association” within the City of Olympia. Recognized means that we have provided to the city through various means that we have established an organization by which we can serve the people of NWONA. NWONA is one of the larger Neighborhoods in Olympia:* Total Dwelling Units 1,340 Total Area 490 Acres Single Family homes 1,117 *data compiled in 2019 NWONA Boundaries NWONA is bounded by the West shore of Budd Inlet, the North side of Harrison Avenue, the East side of Division Street, and north to the City limits, excluding the Lenox Knoll, the West Bay Drive, and the Burbank-Elliot Neighborhood. This boundary is currently under review by representatives of Burbank Elliot NA and NWONA. 2021-2022 NEIGHBORHOOD INITIATIVES Neighborhood Matching Grant We received a Neighborhood Matching Grant this year to reorganize the operations of the board and its communications instruments. The money from the grant will be used to purchase MailChimp membership, Web maintenance, paper for our newsletter, one foldable message board and two smaller signs. Our in-kind contribution will be in the upgrade to the website to include e-payment of dues from our webpage. We intend to purchase one foldable and two smaller signs. The foldable will have more flexible signage and be used for events other than the annual meetings. COMMUNICATIONS TOOLS MailChimp NWONA is converting our email communications to you to MailChimp. There are benefits in doing this to the Board and to the Membership. It facilitates the maintenance of our email list because members can manage their own preferences for receiving information from us because it has a subscribe/unsubscribe tool. It also provides us templates for board meeting minutes and Newsletters. We can build in unique content to the newsletter in addition to standard boilerplate information about contacts. You will be receiving notice of the change over in advance of the effective date. Nextdoor We will continue to post on Nextdoor, though we collectively agree that the site has gotten pretty messy and valuable messages tend to get lost among the lost cat notices. Website We will keep Weebly as our provider. Scott, our Webmaster, will create the capability for members to pay dues electronically from our MailChimp campaigns (MailChimp emails are called campaigns) and at least two pages (Home and Membership) on our site. Newsletters We are planning to provide four newsletters to you in the coming years. Four will be on line quarterly through MailChimp, with one of those being hand delivered. The content will be information about issues which will affect our neighborhood, like the West Bay Yards development. MEMBERSHIP/DUES CHANGES We will be changing over our membership and dues structure in the coming year. The Neighborhood Association will define our membership in two ways: Active Contributing Members and Members. Members will be defined as all adults, 18 years old or older, who reside within or own property or a business within the Association boundaries are members. Active Contributing Members will be those who contribute or provide monies to the overhead needed to sustain the Neighborhood Association in its role as functioning body. The Board will solicit through our communications tools the need for cash in specific amounts to fund certain needs of the Association. Payment in support of our needs can be by check or using our on-line payment method which can be accessed on our website on the home and membership pages. Active membership is valid the date they pay dues for one year. Participation in neighborhood sponsored work parties will be criteria for active contributing membership. Active contributing membership in NWONA is voluntary. Costs associated with annual upkeep of the Chapter could include, but are not limited to the following: • Website maintenance costs ~$65.00/yr • Yearly Insurance coverage for use of Garfield Middle school for neighborhood meetings $250.00 • Costs of materials for graffiti removal (abrasives, paint, brushes, rollers) ~$100.00 • Cost to provide refreshments at our annual meeting ~$150.00 • Materials for signs and newsletters 5 reams@ $6.00/ream ~$30.00
NOTABLE EVENTS IN 2021 Northwest Volunteer Park Cleanup and Natural Art The neighborhood held a work party to clean up Northwest Volunteer Park prior to the Art installation by Kathy Gore-Fuss in September. NWONA folk helping in the park were Cathy Visser, Bruce Coulter, Joe Chiveney, Kaye Lennartson, and Terra Perkins. Thanks to Steve Blakeslee for the use of his hose for watering our raised beds. The decoration of a tree in the park was beautiful and stunning. The theme: “A Place to Reflect”.
Installation of Heron and Salmon statues on West Bay DriveWest Bay Art Crossing Project Guardians: Fighter and Watcher, was dedicated in 2021. Developed with neighborhood participation, it consists of two sculptures, a 14 foot tall heron and a 7 foot tall salmon, that flank the road. Both are constructed of stainless steel and tempered glass, with internal lights. Project artists Lin McJunkin and Milo White have had their work included in the Percival Plinth Project for many years. The West Bay site is the first completed of the eight Art Crossing locations. Find out more about the Gateways Public Art at the city website.
Creation of Linking Trails in West Bay Woods Olyecosystems added the Hays Avenue Trail through West Bay Woods. It is another foot travel link between NWONA and West Bay Drive. It also links to the Dickinson Trail which runs the Northern Boundary of the Heronry which was set aside for the Herons in 2016.
Proposed New Spring Neighborhood Event The board is considering having an annual spring or summer event. One idea put forward was a pet parade on Thomas finishing with a picnic at the Garfield Elementary sports field. We are open to people who are interested in this and would be willing to help organize such an event. If there are other ideas for summer events, the board wants to hear from you.
Board Meetings The NWONA Board meetings are on the 3rd Monday of February, March, April, May, September, October, and November. Please contact any of the Board Directors if you would like to attend or have an agenda item.
Kids of all ages had fun at the Summer Fun Fest!
New Spray Park at Woodruff Park NWONA is excited to be chosen as the first neighborhood in Olympia for the installation of a new spray park. Located in Woodruff Park, the oldest park in town, this fun new water feature is sure to draw a lot of visitors during the hot summer months. Other neighborhoods will be getting spray parks in the near future as well.
Transportation Forum Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30 pm Garfield Elementary Transportation Forum co-sponsored with South West Olympia Neighborhood Association (SWONA) and City of Olympia's Transportation Division regarding pedestrian enhancements and Harrison/Division intersection.
Paint the Intersection of Garfield Ave & Thomas St When? Saturday, September 29th, (Rain date: October 6th), 10am-3pm Why? Intersection murals slow traffic in your neighborhood by making drivers aware that this is a place where people walk, bike and play. Who? Everyone in the neighborhood What? A day of painting, food, celebrating, and fun activities For more info contact email@example.com or 360-705-5817
Community Meeting About Upcoming Remodel to Garfield Elementary Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 pm Garfield Elementary gym I just wanted to invite you and anyone in the neighborhood to a community meeting about upcoming remodel to Garfield Elementary. The purpose of the meeting is to get input from parents and community members on the design of the new Garfield facility. We hope that you and the rest of your neighbors can join us to share your thoughts and ideas about this project. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have any questions. For more info contact: Ryan Betz Director of Communications & Community Relations Olympia School District Office: (360) 596-6104
Northwest Olympia Neighborhood Association's Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, October 2nd, 10-11:30am Mariah Arts Center, 1403 Garfield Ave There will be a little twist to our meeting this year. It will be held next Saturday at the Mariah Arts Center, south from Garfield Elementary School parking lot, 1403 Garfield Ave. It will go from 10-11:30am and we will provide coffee and locally made pastries. From 11:30-1:30 we move to the pocket park that we have been creating at Madison and Thomas streets. You will get a close up look and a chance to help us with the next phase. Please bring gloves, rakes, shovels, and a wheel barrow if you have one. Please consider becoming involved in the Association this year. Our neighborhood is our closest community and through our efforts we can just keep making it better.
Join Native Plant Salvage and City of Olympia Urban Forestry Program for a FREE workshop: "FREE THE TREES! Ecological Restoration in the Urban Forest" Saturday, March 20th, 10am Smith Building - 837 7th AVE SE, Olympia, WA 98501 Learn how your neighborhood park fits into the big picture of ecological restoration in the urban forest, and how you can get involved! Workshop topics will include:
Setting restoration goals
Identifying and best practices for removing invasive plants
Re-establishing native plant communities
Long term stewardship planning, and
Recruiting and coordinating volunteers
Every participant will receive a free copy of "Tall Trees: A Guide to Community Stewardship of the Urban Forest." The second half of the workshop will be outdoors at an ongoing restoration project site, where participants will see an example of implementation in the field. After this workshop, you'll be ready to lead a work party of your own! For more information or to RSVP, please contact: Guy Maguire Restoration and Salvage Coordinator Native Plant Salvage Project http://www.nativeplantsalvage.org 360-867-2166
Olympia's Neighborhoods, Past and Present A Special Lecture and Presentation by Roger Easton Sponsored by the Olympia Coalition of Neighborhood Associations Monday, October 26th MIXX 96 first Floor Meeting Room, - corner of State and Washington, downtown Olympia. 7:00pm to 9:00pm Ever wondered about the neighborhoods that are part of Olympia's 150-year history and how they have evolved since the city's founding? Please join renowned local historian and teacher, Roger Easton for a fascinating look at Olympia's history through the prism of its neighborhoods. Mr. Easton will give us a historical overview of the city's first neighborhoods, how the city grew in its early days and what critical events and trends shaped the neighborhoods we see today in Olympia. Mr. Easton is Vice Chair of the Thurston County Historical Commission, the President of the Bigelow House Preservation Assn. (Museum) and President of the Ruddell Pioneer Cemetery Association. He is also active with the Lacey Historical Commission, Olympia Heritage Commission and the Historic Records Board. His articles have appeared in The Olympian newspaper and he researched and has appeared on several historical videos for TCTV. RSVP Refreshments will be provided after the lecture and presentation. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Coalition's Steering Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come meet your neighbors at the NW Olympia Neighborhood Association's Annual Meeting Come for pizza & salad! Tuesday, October 13th, 6-8:30pm Garfield School Cafeteria, 325 Plymouth St. NW Let's talk about:
What has NWONA accomplished this year?
What do we focus on in the future?
What is our identity as a neighborhood?
Election of board Members for 2010
More volunteers, more leaders, more visionaries, more enthusiasm... Please join us and support your neighborhood association with annual membership dues of $8-$15/sliding scale.
New Park! Dear neighbors, The Northwest Olympia Neighborhood Association received a small grant from the city to beautify a small city owned plot on the corner of Thomas and Madison--across from the Garfield Elementary School play field. The city is willing to jump-start our project by doing some restoration work and site preparation to the area. The site is the beginning of the Garfield Creek and so has environmental significance. NWONA will host a meeting at the site on Thursday September 10th at 6:30pm. Marcus Goodman of the city of Olympia will be there to explain the city's involvement. NWONA will explain their plans. Come with your ideas and questions. Bring your ideas for a Name for the park! Thank-you for your participation in this closest community. NWONA receives grant monies from the city to create a pocket park The NWONA Board of directors applied for and obtained a city of Olympia Sustainability Grant. We will use the $1825.00, as our grant proposal states to "Enhance neighborhood livability, spirit of community and sense of place by converting a weed-infested city parcel into a community-building gathering spot and pocket park." The location of the pocket park is on the corner of Thomas and Madison, across from the playfield at Garfield Elementary School and very much in the center of the Westside neighborhood. The money will be used to purchase materials for a community informational kiosk, build benches to host informal gatherings as well as workshops on community sustainability, and develop a handicap accessible path along Madison to connect up with the existing sidewalk. The grant monies must be spent by the end of November and the association will be planning work parties during the spring, summer, and fall. If you would like to volunteer for this project, you may call Robin at 352-3046. Special thanks goes out to Thera Black for writing a grant that so well expressed our desires for the area, and for doing it in such a very timely manner!
Groundbreaking Celebration Friday, July 24th, 12:00 noon, 700 West Bay Drive NW The Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department invites you to join us on July 24th at noon for a Groundbreaking Celebration for West Bay Park Phase I and Rotary Point. This celebration marks the beginning of Phase I construction. Parking is very limited at the park site, so please carpool if possible.
NWONA sponsors a meeting on Crime and Graffiti in our neighborhood. The Olympia Police will be there to answer questions, take information, and let us know what they know and have done about recent burglaries, etc. We will also present information on a new Graffiti Busting Program that is a coordinated effort of Neighborhood Associations, the City, and a grant that will pay Community Youth Services youth to help clean up our streets. The meeting is June 8th at 7:00pm at the Garfield Elementary School Gym. Come to the back of the school. If the weather is nice and there aren't too many people we can sit outside. Please take this opportunity to care about our most "local" community. If you know of anyone who has been recently robbed or have been a victim of a crime, please pass this on to them.
NWONA will be hosting a Plant Exchange Sunday, April 19th, 10:30am - 3:30pm, at The Westside Co-op Bring all sorts of plants, except noxious ones. Share a plant, trade a plant, take a plant. Also NWONA is looking for yard signs that are in good enough shape so that we can repaint or reuse them for work party/meeting signs. Please bring them to the Plant Exchange.
NWONA Board meeting Monday, March 9th, 6:30pm We are meeting at Robin Ivy-Black's house. December 13, 2007
Historic Windows and Doors 101 Presenter: Dave King, Eco WoodworksWas your home built in the 1950s or earlier? If so, this is the class for you! You'll learn how to repair and maintain historic wood windows and get tips on weatherizing exterior doors. These features are worth preserving! Once a signature part of architecture; the design of pre-war houses was greatly dependent on sash design and placement. Come and find out how you can save energy, save money and save your older windows! Bring your questions about maintaining older homes and get answers from an expert in the field! To sign-up for a class please email email@example.com or call 753-8031
The Role of Neighborhood Associations in Creating a Livable Community December 6, 2007 Presenters: Jeanne Marie Thomas, Peter Guttchen, and Julie Hankins, founding members of Olympia's Coalition of NeighborhoodsWhat are the benefits of working through your neighborhood association to create positive change in your community? How do you form partnerships with other community groups and public agencies to achieve your goals? How can you bring out the best from your neighborhood, as well as other neighborhoods in our community? Presenters will lead a facilitated discussion of the benefits of working through neighborhood associations to solve problems and seize opportunities to achieve important community goals. They'll share the lessons they've learned about what works and doesn't work, and provides some specific examples from the work they've done to advocate for changes to Olympia's land use codes and to create a more walkable and activity-friendly community. To sign-up for a class please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 753-8031
Neighborhood Association Websites November 19, 2007 Presenter: Elaine Nelson, President of the Eastside Neighborhood Association and founder of Epersonae EnterprisesLearn how to set up and maintain a website, including the costs, design ideas, the pitfalls and the benefits. To sign-up for a class please email email@example.com or call 753-8031
Water Resources for Your Neighborhood November 15, 2007 Presenters: Andy Haub, Engineering and Planning Supervisor, and Tikva Glantz, Program and Planning SupervisorThis is an opportunity to learn about resources available to neighborhoods, including help with storm water management, conservation, water quality and even how to get a rain barrel! To sign-up for a class please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 753-8031
NeighborWoods, the Next 10 Years November 8, 2007 Presenters: NeighborWoods, the City's volunteer tree planting program has been planting street trees in Olympia for ten years! To celebrate the more than 5000 new street trees planted, the City's Urban Forestry Program is getting ready to launch into their 2nd decade with a new and improved NeighborWoods program, guaranteed to make your neighborhood a healthier and greener place to live. Come to this meeting to find out how you (and your neighborhood) can get in on this exciting new City program. We can change our world block-by-block and tree-by-tree! To sign-up for a class please email email@example.com or call 753-8031
The ABCs of Land Use Planning (NOTE: Olympia Center Room 102) November 1, 2007 Presenters: Todd Stamm, Planning Manager and Jan Weydemeyer, Senior PlannerThis presentation will focus on how land use decisions are made in the city, and how you can get involved. We'll also see these concepts in action as we play the Land Use Game. To sign-up for a class please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 753-8031
Neighborhood Safety October 16, 2007Presenter: Amy Stull, Senior Program Specialist with Olympia Police DepartmentAmy Stull will introduce basic crime prevention techniques to make your homes and neighborhoods safer. She will also discuss programs the City offers to help neighborhoods become a "hard target" for criminals. Learn about Block Watch, Speed Watch Trailers and Neighborhood Crime Statistics. To sign-up for a class please email email@example.com or call 753-8031
Preserving Historic Homes October 9, 2007 Presenter: Mark Liebman, Krazan and AssociatesLearn how to preserve the distinctive elements of historic homes and buildings through all the seasons with tips from a historic building preservation specialist. To sign-up for a class please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 753-8031
Potluck Picnic and Alternate Commute Contest Awards Ceremony Saturday, September 16 - 3:00 pm - Awards at 4:00 pm Woodruff Park (Harrison & Thomas)
Tree Planting Tuesday, June 6 10:00 am Mud Bay Granary Parking Lot (2410 Harrison Ave. NW) Over 100 brand new, beautiful street trees line Harrison Avenue, and that's reason to celebrate! Join us as the final street tree is planted to officially wrap-up this exciting project: Gather to celebrate this long-awaited and much anticipated addition to the Harrison Avenue business district and community, and join Urban Forestry as we recognize all project partners for their valuable contributions. Experience first-hand the amazing difference street trees can make for pedestrians, bicyclists, shoppers, and visitors! For more information about this project, please visit our website at: http://www.olympiawa.gov/cityservices/urbanforest This special event will be held rain or shine, and special doggy treats will be available courtesy of Mud Bay Granary for any canine attendees! For more information or questions, please contact Stacey Ray at 570-5845. Stacey J. Ray Urban Forestry Program Specialist Community Planning & Development City of Olympia, WA (360) 570-5845 mailto:email@example.com
Alternative Commuter Contest!!! June 1 - August 31 Olympia All you have to do is refuse to use your single occupancy vehicle. Choose instead your feet, bike, bus, carpool, or vanpool. Why? - Save the Planet! - Win Great Prizes! - Get More Exercise! - Neighborhood Party at End of Contest! Details: - Entry Fee: $3.00 - Prizes go to the person with the miles and the person with the most days. - Drawings for other great prizes!! - You must enter to win. - Fill out the registration form or drop it off on the porch. - Register anytime. - You will be sent a log and instructions in the mail, or by email.
NWONA Earth Day Plant Swap April 22nd Olympia Food Co-op's Parking Lot @ 921 Rogers Street Northwest Olympia Neighborhood Association is sponsoring an opportunity for neighbors to meet, share gardening ideas, and exchange plants. Refreshments Available Please Invite Your Friends & Neighbors to Join Us
Mid-Winter Dance Party and Beat the Blahs! January 28, 8-11 pm Mariah Collaborative Arts Center (Plymouth & Garfield, across from school parking lot) Join with your neighbors at a Mid-Winter Dance Party and Beat the Blahs! Dance, mix & mingle to live music provided by "Planetary People." Please invite your neighbors to join in with us.
Dedication of the Garfield Nature Trail Overlook Garfield Nature Trail Overlook Wednesday, June 15th, 7:00 pm The Garfield Nature Trail Overlook, at the corner of Percival and Madison streets on Olympia's Westside, was constructed by volunteers using funds from Olympia's neighborhood grant program. This area used to be a thicket of blackberry and other invasive plants. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers led by Lyle Tribwell, this area now provides an attractive seating area with a great view of the Garfield Nature Trail ravine below. Work party pictures are available for viewing at NWONA's website at http://www.nwona.org/Photos.htm This project is a great example of city government helping people help themselves and helping improve the beauty and quality of life in our community. City staff members were extremely supportive in working collaboratively with our dedicated group of enthusiastic volunteers from NWONA and the city parks volunteer groups. NWONA is very appreciative of their efforts and city funding.
THE LAND USE GAME - A Smart Growth Dialogue Monday, May 9, 2005, 6:30 pm Garfield Elementary School, Faculty Room (corner of Plymouth & Garfield Streets) Northwest Olympia Neighborhood Association (NWONA) is hosting the following event for NWONA members and all residents of our neighborhood community. Olympia residents from other neighborhoods are also welcome to join us. The Land Use Game was developed to describe Olympia's Comprehensive Plan and engage citizens in dialogue about the challenges and opportunities of growth in our community. Included is information about how citizens participate in establishing and accomplishing the vision for our city. Come Join Us in this Opportunity to Meet with City Planner Kathy McCormick and Olympia Planning Commission volunteers. Light Refreshments Provided.
Building Better Neighborhoods Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, May 3, 2005 The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St.