West Seattle, Washington
School ends for the year, a new adventure starts for the summer. That’s what the Duwamish Rowing Club is offering to youth interested in learning to row. Here’s the announcement they asked us to share:
Duwamish Rowing Club is looking for youth rowers! With the school year coming to an end, learning to row is the perfect way to get outside and involved in a fun team sport with top-notch coaching from DRC’s experienced coaching staff.
We’re a non-profit organization and operate on a donation-only basis for our youth. We offer 3 coached practices per week: Monday and Wednesday from 6-8 pm and Saturday from noon-2 pm. We also offer leadership and volunteer opportunities for our youth via engagement in DRC board activities and events (fundraising, event planning, work parties, etc.), and coxing boats for our masters rowers (ie: bossing around the adults for a change!). All experience and fitness levels are welcome. We’ll teach you everything you need to know…. and you’ll get in great shape along the way.
DRC rows on the Duwamish River near South Park. It’s a much overlooked waterway but offers near-perfect conditions to learn the art of rowing with gentle currents and calm water. The Duwamish is very much a working river, and we share the water with tugs and barges throughout the summer, and fishing boats in the fall. It is also a river that is in recovery from years of environmental damage, and you will get an up-close view and gain an appreciation of the recovery efforts taking place along the river banks.
Sound interesting and want to learn more? Please email Coach Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit duwamishrowingclub.org
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Next Sunday’s bystander-training workshop presented by Anti-Hate Alaska Junction isn’t the first event of its kind in West Seattle.
But it’s the first since two people were murdered in Portland during an incident that began as bystander intervention – three men trying to stop another from harassing two young women, shouting anti-Muslim slurs.
The upcoming local workshop was planned before that happened; we received the original announcement earlier that week. It shone a brighter light on questions about what to do if you’re there when hate happens, so we sat down to talk with the presenter, Rev. Andrew Conley-Holcom of Admiral Congregational Church, and organizer Susan Oatis of Anti-Hate Alaska Junction.
5:21 PM: Just checked out the big Seattle Fire response at senior-housing complex Arrowhead Gardens in southeast West Seattle. No fire; the call is logged as a “water job/major.” On scene, a building manager told us some kind of pipe break flooded the parking garage with about an inch of water. They’re there to pump it out and help sleuth the source.
5:59 PM: SFD says via Twitter that eight housing units at the complex have been evacuated because of this.
New information about the 35th Avenue SW Safety Project today – including word of some repaving along part of the Phase 1 stretch, and a timeline update for Phase 2.
We asked SDOT about 35th SW in connection with the West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway project “outreach” that’s under way right now, since the greenway discussion has been linked to the 35th planning, including at the last major public meeting about 35th, last summer.
There was a small 35th update last month, as reported here, as part of a Vision Zero briefing for the City Council.
Now, more details – here’s what SDOT says will happen next:
*The before-and-after study of 35th SW’s Phase 1 is expected to be released in mid-July.
*SDOT tells us some repaving will follow: “After that, we will conduct pavement-restoration work in the Phase 1 project area where three segments of 35th Avenue SW, roughly between SW Trenton and SW Myrtle, will be repaved.”
*Design for 35th SW Phase 2 is under way, “and takes into account resident feedback collected in 2016.”
*More outreach for Phase 2 this fall.
*Then SDOT will “implement street-design changes north of SW Morgan” next year.
And as reported earlier this month, the “most promising route” for the separate but connecting West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway (to be built in 2019) proposes a crossing signal for 35th at Graham, where two people have been killed.
You can find out more about that and the rest of the greenway route at another drop-in event this Wednesday (June 21st), 5:30 pm-7 pm at Southwest Library, 9010 35th SW. We’re working on another greenway followup for tomorrow. No dates yet for 35th SW project-specific events, but you can watch that project’s page.
For the second year, Chief Sealth High School alumni will gather at Lincoln Park for a multi-class reunion, and they’re inviting all classes from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s! It’s set for 5-8 pm Friday, July 28th, at beachfront picnic shelters #3 and #4, closest to the south end of the park (ferry-dock end). It’ll be catered by Dante’s Inferno Dogs, sponsored by David Katt (contributions welcome). Organizers say they’re hoping to make this an annual event – last year was well attended, and future events will “depend on level of interest and support.” Need more info? David is at 206-650-0863 or DJK@comcast.net. And if you use Facebook, you can join the reunion group.
The photos and report are from Paula:
I live in a condo near the totem pole on 35th Ave SW and discovered several items that were apparently discarded under some trees on the west side of our property. They include a navy hooded sweatshirt, a long sleeved black t-shirt, black sweat pants, one wireless mouse, one wired mouse, one headset, a wall power connector, a battery of some sort and a set of cables that look like they’d run between a television and different electronics.
My best guess is that it’s stolen property that someone dumped there. Perhaps there were larger electronics which they kept that these things were accessories for. Happy to return them if someone claims them. I first noticed them Friday (6/16) late morning and am thinking they probably were dumped sometime Thursday night/early Friday morning.
After that note, she discovered a bicycle had been abandoned nearby too:
She’s been trying to figure out how to turn the items over to police but in the meantime, if you have any info on who these items belong to, let us know.
(Looking eastward over Alki Point, to Schmitz Park and beyond – photographed Friday by Long Bach Nguyen)
Looking ahead to the rest of today/tonight:
WEST SEATTLE LITTLE LEAGUE: Not in West Seattle, but not far – the WSLL Majors champs, the Red Sox, play tonight in a regional championship game at Rainier Playfield, 6:15 pm, and you’re invited to go cheer them on. (3700 South Alaska)
MADISON MS CONCERT: The Madison Middle School Band performs its spring concert tonight at 7 pm. (45th SW/SW Spokane)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar!
Today was supposed to be the start of the 7-day-a-week summer schedule at Colman Pool in Lincoln Park – but that’s been delayed because the repair work that closed the pool over the weekend isn’t done yet. According to the pool website, Seattle Parks hopes to reopen Colman Pool on Wednesday. Once the outdoor saltwater pool is back open, here’s the schedule it’ll be following.
7:29 AM: Good morning! Murky but relatively quiet so far this morning.
FAUNTLEROY FERRY DOCK CHANGES: WSF’s procedure changes start today, explained as ” all drivers must stop at the tollbooth to buy or redeem tickets. Drivers will receive a destination card and a receipt, and will no longer have to stop again after the tollbooth to scan tickets. Instead, they must keep their destination cards visible, and will be directed to the appropriate holding lane.” Here’s the full explanation.