West Seattle’s mysterious Fairmount Ravine needs you – March 9th!

March 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm | In Environment, How to help, West Seattle news | 13 Comments

(Part of the 2010 Fairmount Ravine volunteer annual-cleanup crew)
Their 20th annual cleanup in 2012 netted a “vintage” 7-Up bottle – estimated to be half a century old. In 2008, discoveries included a car door. What will turn up in beautiful, mysterious Fairmount Ravine, beneath the Admiral Way bridge, during this year’s cleanup? Be part of the team that finds out – one week from tomorrow, Saturday, March 9th. Devoted neighbors, friends, and visiting volunteers will join forces over the course of two hours – also enjoying treats from Metropolitan Market and Zatz Bagels (both WSB sponsors) – 8:30 am to 10:30 am. From organizers:

Meet at the top of the hill at Fairmount and Forest – directly east of Hiawatha Park.

Please wear gloves, boots and old clothes as we remove garbage and invasive plants.

Here’s our coverage from past years – 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.


  1. WSB has summer on the mind!

    Comment by Jim — 12:50 pm March 1, 2013 #

  2. TR – Story text says August 9th.

    Comment by Westside — 12:55 pm March 1, 2013 #

  3. If it is next week,,,? Please change August to March 9 2013. maybe??

    Comment by katman — 12:56 pm March 1, 2013 #

  4. The text of the story refers to August 9th, instead of March.

    Comment by yumpears — 12:57 pm March 1, 2013 #

  5. Yes, I do have summer on my mind. It’s almost sunny up here and it’s FIFTY-FIVE DEGREES. Fixed – thank you!

    Comment by WSB — 1:02 pm March 1, 2013 #

  6. I am wondering if you ever call the police on the things you find in case they are stolen property?

    Comment by Sillygoose — 1:23 pm March 1, 2013 #

  7. It’s disheartening that the work of these wonderful volunteers is so thoughtlessly undone, year after year.

    Comment by cjboffoli — 2:22 pm March 1, 2013 #

  8. Amen cjb.

    Comment by WSratsinacage — 2:45 pm March 1, 2013 #

  9. Curious what if any connection there is between Fairmount Ravine (in Admiral) and Fairmount Park, Fairmount Springs in mid-WS?

    Comment by 35this35mph — 8:07 pm March 1, 2013 #

  10. Good question. I can find only bits and pieces. History docs about the school and the ravine (called “park” in this doc http://www.seattle.gov/parks/history/FairmountPk.pdf ) mention aspirational interest in a Philadelphia park of that name. Fairmount Playfield was named after a tract in the area per brief mention here https://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=452
    Surely somebody out there knows more!

    Comment by WSB — 8:25 pm March 1, 2013 #

  11. We are looking forward to giving this beautiful green space it’s annual clean-up! Hope you will join us.

    Comment by Sarah — 10:54 pm March 1, 2013 #

  12. I wonder what happens if they find evidence of a homeless person living there…

    Comment by ramona — 9:02 pm March 3, 2013 #

  13. You must not have seen this story from a couple years ago.

    Comment by WSB — 9:05 pm March 3, 2013 #

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