Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Press Release: Wild Waves Foster Kids End of Summer Splash

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Tanya Mahr, Assistant Account Executive, Revolution PR
206.227.4774 |

Wild Waves Foster Kids End of Summer Splash

Sleep Country USA is sending off the summer before it’s back-to-school with the Wild Waves Foster Kids End of Summer Splash. Sleep Country has again partnered with Wild Waves Theme Park to give 1,000 tickets to Washington foster families for free admission to Wild Waves Theme Park on Sunday, August 21st.

Wild Waves is also generously offering half-price admission on August 21st to anyone that brings a school supplies donation for Sleep Country USA’s school supply drive for foster kids. Please help us spread the word by adding this event to an upcoming community calendar.

Here are the details:

Event: Sleep Country USA’s Wild Waves End of Summer Splash
Date: Sunday, August 21st, 2011
Time: Wild Waves is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Wild Waves Theme Park is located at 36201 Enchanted Pkwy South in Federal Way, just off of I-5 98003
Details: This year, Sleep Country USA is giving away 1,000 tickets to foster families for free admission to Wild Waves. Bring a school supplies donation and receive half-off admission. Registration information for foster families is available at or by calling 1-888-88-SLEEP.

For more info please contact

Thanks for your support!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Federal Way's Crystal Palace

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The City of Federal Way has selected ARCADD, Inc. to begin feasibility of their latest efforts to develop the former AMC Theater parcel. (Read the city's press release (PDF).)

Here's their RFQ proposal for a site containing several 16-story towers, several 8-story towers and a four-story footprint (overtop of 2-levels of parking) covered by a undulating umbrella of covered glass (feels Chihuly-like) designed to evoke the idea of a seashell. Hard to understand if the curves of towers is just for concept or what they're actually proposing (doesn't seem to exactly match the overhead sketches.) Also, is the scale off when you compare the cars and people silhouettes?

(Can't see the embedded presentation? Click here for the PDF.)

The four-acre property:

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So... what do you think? The forum awaits your comments...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

CFW: Neighborhood stabilization effort to renew Westway

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Bryant Enge, Administrative Services Director. 253.835.2510
Brook Lindquist, Executive Assistant to City Council, 253.835.2401

Neighborhood stabilization effort to renew Westway

The Westway neighborhood has struggled during the housing crisis but the City of Federal Way is helping the neighborhood fight back. With the help of a $1.69 million federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant the City will purchase, restore and sell 14 foreclosed homes.

“The Neighborhood Stabilization Program gives us the tools to prevent foreclosed homes from dragging down the value of the surrounding neighborhood,” said Bryant Enge, Administrative Services Director. The City is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to purchase and repair the 14 homes with the intention of selling the refurbished houses to middle- and low-income buyers.

With a concentration of low-income housing, the Westway neighborhood has been particularly hard hit by the housing crisis and predatory lending practices. The grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development are intended to assist cities in keeping low-income neighborhoods affordable and livable.

“Having a large number of empty, deteriorating structures can start a downward spiral in a low-income neighborhood. That negatively affects surrounding neighborhoods and property values,” said Enge. “Turning around this many foreclosed homes will give the neighborhood positive momentum.”

As important as the federal grant is, city officials stress that the ambitious housing stabilization effort hinges on community participation. Habitat for Humanity plays a key role in the purchase, restoration and re-sale of the homes. Local volunteers, churches and community organizations will be needed to perform the renovation.

City officials also hope that community organizations can help spread the word about housing availability when the homes go back on the market. Northwest Church, AmeriCorps, and the Build The Bridge Coalition are a few of the community partners who are currently assisting the Westway community.

Habitat for Humanity will begin purchasing homes by early fall 2012 and renovation work is expected to begin shortly after. The City plans to have all 14 homes renovated and sold by March 2014.

Proceeds from home sales will be re-invested in further housing stabilization efforts, maximizing the positive impact of the federal grant. .

Volunteers interested in working with Habitat for Humanity on the housing renovation work can call 206.292.5240. For more information on the City’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, contact Bryant Enge at 253.835.2510.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CFW: Town hall goes virtual in Federal Way

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July 7, 2011

Margaret Clark, Senior Planner, 253.835. 2646
Chris Carrel, Communication & Grant Coordinator, 253.835.2411 or 253.347.7057

Town hall goes virtual in Federal Way

Got a great idea for Federal Way but can’t make the public meeting? There’s an app for that. The City of Federal Way is launching EngageFederalWay, a virtual town hall for interested community members to share practical, creative and resourceful ideas for improving the city.

“We live at a hectic pace and it’s not practical for everyone to attend community planning meetings, but public input is vital to a healthy public process,” said Margaret Clark, Principal Planner with the City of Federal Way. “We’re introducing Engage Federal Way to open up the public discussion and get more people involved.”

EngageFederalWay, at, is powered by MindMixer, an innovative web application that allows the public to generate ideas, help others evolve their ideas, and ultimately support their favorite ideas. Residents can log on and contribute ideas at a time, and place, that’s convenient.

The new virtual town hall forum will focus initially on the City’s efforts to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and update the Twin Lakes Sub Area Plan.

Project ideas are being sought in the following areas:

• Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan: Favorite Places and Future Improvements
• Twin Lakes Sub Area Plan: Economic Development, Transportation, Land Use and Urban Design
• Healthy Eating/Active Living

“These discussions will establish a framework for future growth, what the Twin Lakes Sub Area looks like, where bike and pedestrian facilities are located,” said Matt Herrera, Associate Planner and Twin Lakes Subarea Project Manager. “We want as many people as possible involved in shaping that vision.” Herrera noted that residents can also get project and meeting information on the site.

Project ideas can be submitted on EngageFederalWay during the next several months. Users can submit as many ideas as they like. Users also have the opportunity to help others improve their ideas through discussion on the site. Ultimately, the virtual town hall community will identify the best ideas, which will be incorporated into the public planning process. .

For more information, contact Margaret Clark at or 253-835-2646.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CFW: Summer Sounds concerts will Rock Parks and Recreation Month

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July 5, 2011

Cary Roe
Public Works and Parks Director

Chris Carrel
Communication and Grants Coordinator

Summer Sounds concerts will Rock Parks and Recreation Month

Federal Way’s Parks and Recreation Month got off to a bang with the July 4th Red, White & Blues Festival at Celebration Park. The action shifts to live music July 13th as the Summer Sounds at the Beach concert series rocks Steel Lake Park with free concerts. The Federal Way City Council has declared July Parks and Recreation Month in Federal Way, recognizing that parks and recreation “build healthy, active communities” and “are vitally important to maintaining community quality of life.”

Federal Way has six community parks and 23 neighborhood parks, along with the Federal Way Community Center and Dumas Bay Centre. The City’s recreation programs offer a range of activities, spanning youth day camps and senior trips, freestyle hip hop to gentle yoga, and a variety of sports leagues for kids and adults.

“Parks and recreation programs keep us active, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, or your level of fitness” said Cary Roe, Public Works and Parks Director. “Our Parks and Recreation programs truly have something for everybody.”

The Summer Sounds concert series offers an immediate – and free – way to get in the swing of Parks and Recreation Month. The annual outdoor concert series showcases live music from Puget Sound-area bands and features an eclectic set of acts, from reggae and children’s music to classic rock and country. The concerts are held outdoors from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Wednesday evenings at Steel Lake Park. Admission is free.

Summer Sounds Concert Series Schedule

July 13th - 85th Street Big Band (Swing & Big Band Hits)

July 20th - Solbird (R&B & Motown)

July 27th - Shotgun Aces (Country)

Aug 3rd - Showbiz Kids & Teen Idols (Youth Performance Group)

Aug 10th - Little Big Man (Reggae)

Aug 17th - Dana Osborn Band (classic & pop rock) .

More information can be found at or by calling 253.835.6900. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be re-located to the Federal Way Community Center. Call in advance to confirm location.


Monday, July 11, 2011

CFW: Weatherization and repair grants available for Westway homes

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July 7, 2011

Bryant Enge
Administrative Services Director

Brook Lindquist
Executive Assistant to City Council

Weatherization and repair grants available for Westway homes

The City of Federal Way is encouraging eligible homeowners in the Westway neighborhood to apply for weatherization and home repair grants. A limited number of funds are available for low-income homeowners, and applications are currently being accepted.

Interested Westway homeowners can apply for major health and life safety repairs to homes, as well as weatherization and energy efficiency retrofits, or building preservation measures, including windows and siding.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicant must live within the Westway neighborhood and be the property’s legal owner
  • Household income must be at or below 80% of King County median income ($64,200 for a family of four)
  • Applicant must not have liquid assets exceeding $30,000

Funding for the Westway housing repair program comes from the City of Federal Way’s Community Development Block Grant allocation, a federally-funded community development program. Applications and renovation work are administered and completed by the King County Housing Repair Program and Habitat for Humanity.

To apply or for more information call Habitat for Humanity at 206.292.5240, ext. 118.


Saturday, July 9, 2011

FWM: Civic center moves forward in Federal Way

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FEDERAL WAY MIRROR -- Years in the making, the proposed civic center project for downtown Federal Way is in its due diligence phase. In a project update to city council members last Tuesday, Federal Way administrative services director Bryant Enge covered the work that’s been done to this point for the planned performing arts and civic center at the former Toys R Us site, 31510 20th Ave. S. (near the Federal Way Transit Center). More...

Friday, July 8, 2011

FWM: Another Setback for Northshore Development

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FEDERAL WAY MIRROR -- The proposed 860-home Point at Northshore development suffered another big setback last week when a Pierce County Superior Court judge affirmed a City of Tacoma decision denying permits. Judge Katherine Stolz made the ruling on July 1 regarding the controversial project, which would include 366 houses and 494 townhomes on the current fairways and greens on the 116-acre Northshore Golf Course in Northeast Tacoma, bordering Federal Way. More...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Improving FW Traffic

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If you've got a smart phone, check out Waze - it's an app you install that can give you turn-by-turn directions, but even more than that, if you start it up when you get in the car and drive around, it passively monitors where you are and how fast you're going. Slowdowns and traffic are reported without you having to lift a finger, helping others avoid trouble spots. (One of those "the more people who use it the better it gets" type of deals.) You can also report specific problems such as construction or traffic accidents.


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