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May 16, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Asked & answered: Seattle gets wading pool grant, free coffee

The results are in from the survey by Ask.com, about “the most popular wish” of Seattle-area residents.

Ask.com promised to fund the top wish chosen by an online vote, which drew thousands of responses during the promotional campaign that ran May 1 through 15 at SeattleAsks.com.

Seattleites chose “Save the Wading Pools” with 58 percent of the vote, so Ask.com will pay to re-open three Seattle wading pools that were closed as a result of budget cutbacks.

Ask.com is funding Saturday operations at the East Queen Anne, Powell Barnett and Wallingford pools through the summer season that begins the last week of June.

But that’s not all. Ask.com decided to go ahead and fund the other priorities as well.

To “Minimize Stadium Traffic,” Ask.com will hire a fleet of pedicabs to provide free rides after several Mariners games.

The pedicabs be available starting June 16 and during several games in early July. The pedicbs will be “ready and willing to whisk game-goers to their destination of choice, be that home, or the next bar,” Ask.com said in its release. I wonder if that includes homes in Federal Way.

Ask.com is also going to “Ease the Morning Commute” and “brighten up” the morning commute after Memorial Day. It will do this by providing free Caffe Vita coffee — in take-home travel mugs — at a handful of park and rides on the morning of Tuesday, May 29. The free coffee will be provided at the Northgate, Tukwila, Burien, South Kirkland, Issaquah-Highlands and Kent-Des Moines park and ride sites.

Oakland, Calif.-based Ask.com provides an online question-and-answer search service.

Maybe next time it can ask Seattle about funding a new basketball arena.

Here’s an infographic the company prepared, showing the results:

askvote.jpg

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