Many Queen Anne residents, professionals, and visitors have long known about the staircases scattering our hill. For those who were unaware of them – or at least unaware of their uniqueness or number – epiphany might have come back in 2009 when the Seattle Times reported on Thomas Horton’s (a Queen Anne resident and architect) map of the staircases.
But for those who have always known, as well as those who are just discovering our intriguing local features in these staircases, there comes an additional bit of knowledge to be shared: our stairs are not all in the best of shape, and if we want to keep them beautiful features in our neighborhood, some community engagement is needed to maintain them.
Sustainable Queen Anne, our local stewardship collaboration group, is working with the Queen Anne Greenway Project on Tuesday, April 9th in a volunteer stairway assessment effort. Join your fellow neighbors and community members to assess and ‘audit’ the stairs of Queen Anne. The audit will take place from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and RSVPs are required, to Jody or Heather. The group needs to know how to set teams to get all staircases audited in the most efficient space of time.
These public stairs are a treasured part of our neighborhood, and we will be breaking up into small teams and determining staircases that are not lit adequately for nighttime travel, are in disrepair, or have overgrowth of vegetation.
Please come be part of the Queen Anne Greenways Stairway Audit Walk! According to the Sustainable Queen Anne website, “The group will use the audit results to present our neighborhood’s needs to the Seattle Department of Transportation, to ensure safe routes all over the neighborhood.”
Join your neighbors and friends in this Queen Anne event and do something for the good of our public stairs, and the good of our awesome Queen Anne Community!
Featured photo from Rebels-by-bus.net.