Shorewood on the Sound Community Club History
1990 - 1999
In 1990 dues are increased to $20. C.C. takes up discussions on the incorporation of Burien, property tax reform, overhead power lines, natural gas mains, and airport noise and expansion. Salmon Creek Greenbelt is established thanks to the efforts of Bob Wise, Bob Edgar, and their committee. King County takes charge, on June 18th, of the 77 acres creating the the first piece of property to be preserved as part of the Washington State Open Spaces Initiative.
In 1991 the Salmon Creek clean-up and improvement program begins with over 1,000 seedling trees planted by volunteers. The Burien campaign for incorporation goes on. C.C. opposes third runway at SeaTac, donates $500 to the fight. Production of excellent Newsletters, community directories and social events continues.
In 1992 Burien residents vote to incorporate and we become the northern most part of the City of Burien. C.C. continues to oppose third runway. More trees are planted. CPR classes are offered.
In 1993 more social events are enjoyed with the emphasis on young families and children. Shorewood's demographics are shifting as long-time residents give up their homes. The Summerfest Street Party on Marine View Drive served up hot dogs, kids games and summer fun. A Children's Christmas Party was held at Shorewood School.
In 1994 a Softball Team is a new development. Underground wiring is proposed for the third time. Since 1977 the costs have skyrocketed increasing from $1,700 to $8,500 per lot to bury the wires. C.C. helped to sponsor Candidates Nights in Burien. Our neighbors attend Burien council meetings. Members become active in Burien affairs such as Parks and Recreation and the Art Gallery. Block Watch Program addresses problems of stolen mail, car theft and burglaries. Beach bulkhead maintenance continues to be a major issue.
In 1995 dues are increased to $25 to help create a fund for beach and bulkhead improvements. Salmon Creek Greenbelt affords nature hikes right behind the sewer treatment plant. Red foxes, bald eagles, osprey, even otters are spotted in the area. The Pack-Rat Sale is revived as Shorewood Streets of Garage Saleswith numerous "gold mines" scattered about the community. Diner and dancing at the European Konnektion was a night out for adults. TV cable company installs fiber optic cable to parts of the neighborhood. C.C. petitions Burien asking for the establishment of a Local Improvement District (L.I.D.) to bury the overhead wires after 68% of residents approve. Beach property gets new signs, fencing and a gate, along with much needed maintenance. Shorewood Book Club is organized. Burien Heritage Society begins to record oral histories in our community. C.C. appointed Gene Pugh as our first Club Historian. Summer events are especially successful.
In 1996 Burien allocates $25,000 to conduct a feasibility study and special benefit study for burying overhead wiring. Tree trimming and maintenance on the beach property is given top priority. A long range plan for restoring the beach area and Salmon Creek Greenbelt to their natural state was created. For the first time e-mail addresses become part of the Shorewood Directory and a web page is proposed for Shorewood. C.C. celebrates 50th anniversary at annual meeting in November with a presentation by our first club President Cecil Tice followed by delicious anniversary cake. Shorewood residents celebrate Christmas with the first Shorewood Christmas Home Decorating Contest. Prizes were awarded for the best (and worst) Christmas light displays.
In 1997, after several years of review, the C.C. By-Laws were updated and approved at the annual meeting by the general membership, including expansion of Shorewood boundaries to include 14 neighbors east of 26th Avenue SW.
Also in 1997 and 1998 the underground wiring is still up in the air. More new plantings are made on the community beach property. Easter Egg Hunt entertains over 75 children and their parents on the beach at low tide. SummerFest adds Dixieland Jazz Band. SalmonBake continues as one of the most popular events. Block Watch groups expand. Locals fight Port of Seattle's third runway proposal.
In 1999 the Community Club was involved in developing Burien's zoning and Comprehensive Plan. Shorewood residents worked hard to convince the Burien City Council to not increase our area’s zoning density. Marvin Jahnke led the fight by encouraging over 300 Shorewood residents to sign petitions that were added to those from the Three Tree Point, Hurstwood, Seahurst, Lake Burien, and Maplewild neighborhoods.
Shorewood’s Web Page is finally activated at shorewoodonthesound.org. No progress on underground wiring and no repairs of our local storm-water problems. We are not high on Burien' s priority list.
Best events were Streets of Garage Sales, Easter Egg Hunt, SummerFest, SalmonBake, and Holiday Decorations.
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