West Seattle Blog... » Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 FOLLOWUP: Why power lines aren’t, and won’t be, undergrounded along falling-tree-prone Highland Park Way hill http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-why-power-lines-arent-and-wont-be-undergrounded-along-falling-tree-prone-highland-park-way-hill/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-why-power-lines-arent-and-wont-be-undergrounded-along-falling-tree-prone-highland-park-way-hill/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:36:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328333

(WSB photo: City Light truck on Highland Park Way during Sunday night’s outage)

The question came up again after Sunday night’s 2,100+-customer power outage from Puget Ridge to White Center: Since the line along the Highland Park Way hill seems to be particularly vulnerable, wouldn’t it make sense to put that line underground? We took the question to Seattle City Light.

Short answer: No.

Long answer, via SCL spokesperson Connie McDougall:

I’m told that the utility is aware of that area’s outages, and of course regrets the inconvenience, but City Light does not consider an underground system to be a viable solution for that area.

As one person told me, these kinds of projects are not only enormously expensive, but also very complex. Some folks might think it’s just a matter of digging a trench and then installing power lines but it’s not that simple. There’s a lot to consider.

Part of it is environmental. Crews would have to remove hundreds of healthy trees in the greenbelt area to make way for such a system, which in turn would damage roots of nearby trees. Also, by mayoral executive order, when crews remove one tree, they must replace with two suitable trees. Just making room for that scope of planting would mean thinning out hundreds of additional trees, adding to the cost to say nothing of aesthetic issues. Also, there are protected wetlands in the area, which further complicates it.

The other reason City Light would not consider an underground system viable for that area is our commitment to cost effectiveness. Even if you could somehow overcome all of the environmental issues, this would be a multi-million dollar job, using funds the utility simply does not have. Like everyone else, City Light has to stick to a budget and must make decisions and choices that are fiscally responsible.

To reduce tree-related outages, City Light’s vegetation management folks did trim the trees immediately around the wires in that area in May of this year. They trim about 10-feet around the powerlines, perhaps a few feet more depending on the situation. They try not to cut any more than is necessary for both practical and aesthetic reasons. The tree that caused your recent outage last weekend was not in that trim zone, but had a large reach, so when it went down, it went into the lines. This is just the nature of a greenbelt. And again, for practical and aesthetic reason, crews never trim trees deep into an area, but only around the wires.

This may not be any consolation, but you may also want to tell readers that when there’s an outage underground, it takes much longer to find it and repair it. Crews literally have to look into all the vaults in the area until they find the one with the problem. Overhead outages are a lot easier to find and repair, so customers get their power back sooner.

In newer construction of course, developers and contractors can plan for underground systems and build it into the cost and scope of the project.

Other tree-linked outages traced to that stretch include last August and March 2014; in November 2013, a car-vs.-pole crash there caused an outage with the same basic footprint. Those are just the ones we found easily in our archive, which also includes the signature sign of the 2006 Hanukkah Eve windstorm aftermath,

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Rezone ex-substation at 16th/Holden? Proposal emerges in city budget docs http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/rezone-ex-substation-at-16thholden-proposal-emerges-in-city-budget-docs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/rezone-ex-substation-at-16thholden-proposal-emerges-in-city-budget-docs/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 16:33:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327567

(Aerial-photo graphic via Seattle City Light)

Again today, the City Council has a marathon meeting to go through potential additions/changes in next year’s budget, which will be finalized before Thanksgiving. Reviewing today’s long list – just made public, minutes before the meeting – we see one for potentially rezoning the former City Light substation at 16th and Holden and other nearby properties. This is something community advocates including the Highland Park Action Committee have pushed for, in hopes of expanding the mini-business district at that intersection, as the city continues determining the fate of eight ex-substations in all. Here’s the text of the document – remember, this is a proposal, and a final decision about including it in the budget won’t be made today:

Council requests that the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Planning Division, or the proposed new Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD), develop and execute a scope of work to consider zoning and land use changes for the properties in and around the intersection of 16th Ave SW and SW Holden Street, including the former Seattle City Light Dumar Substation (“Dumar”) at 1605 SW Holden Street. DPD/OPCD should add this to the scope of work for either the Delridge Action Plan or to the work called for in Resolution 31612 to consider zoning and land use regulation changes in certain single-family areas (implementing recommendations from the Housing Affordability and Livability Action Agenda Committee’s proposal).

The Executive is requested to submit a report to the Council with a project scope, timeline and implementation plan for potential changes to zoning and land use regulations that could apply to this area by July 1, 2016. The project scope must include working with the Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC), property owners of lots being considered for a rezone (to include 1605 SW Holden Street) and other community members to develop recommendations. The rezone analysis should consider the most appropriate zone(s) for the area, including considering the addition of a Pedestrian zone designation.

Seattle City Light (SCL) has submitted legislation (CB 118512) for Council consideration that would declare eight substation properties as surplus and authorize the sale of these properties. The Dumar site is one of the eight properties being considered for disposition.

The Dumar site is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of SW Holden Street and 16th Avenue SW in the Highland Park neighborhood; this property is in a Single Family zone. The other three corners of the intersection are zoned Neighborhood Commercial with a 30 foot height limit. The northwest corner is occupied by a 7-Eleven store, the northeast corner by the City’s Fire Station No.11 and the southeast corner by a two-unit strip mall. As requested in Resolution 31424, SCL conducted outreach to the community about the potential disposition. This included attending district council meetings, community council meetings, soliciting comments through letters and emails and two formal public hearings.

SCL heard from HPAC and from emails from community members, a strong interest in seeing the Dumar site rezoned to Neighborhood Commercial (or an alternative commercial zone) to implement their vision that this intersection will be built out as a small, pedestrian-friendly commercial center. SCL also heard from the abutting owners to the Dumar property who requested that the property not be made a park and, instead, be sold for development as a single family residence. Whether the City disposes of the Dumar property or retains it, this SLI directs DPD/OPCD to initiate an evaluation of the zoning and land use regulations that apply to this site and the surrounding area to determine if a rezone is appropriate and to implement any identified needed changes.

Sponsors are listed as Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen, Bruce Harrell, and Nick Licata. You can watch today’s budget meeting live on Seattle Channel, online or cable channel 21. The budget will be finalized before Thanksgiving; you can send comments about this or any other aspect of the budget via a feedback form you’ll find on this page.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash blocks one lane on Highland Park Way hill http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/traffic-alert-crash-blocks-one-lane-on-highland-park-way-hill/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/traffic-alert-crash-blocks-one-lane-on-highland-park-way-hill/#comments Sun, 18 Oct 2015 02:54:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326357 Thanks for the tips – one uphill lane is blocked by a crash on Highland Park Way hill. No injuries so far as we have heard, and Seattle Fire cleared the scene quickly; police are reported to be still onscene.

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UPDATE: Fire call in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/fire-call-in-highland-park-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/fire-call-in-highland-park-3/#comments Sat, 17 Oct 2015 23:42:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326340 4:42 PM: Seattle Fire has a big callout for a possible house fire at 11th SW and SW Henderson. We’re en route to check.

4:55 PM: Last truck was driving away, no sign of a fire or of water use, as we arrived, so looks like this was another didn’t-pan-out call.

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Playground plea for Westcrest Park: Please don’t take the toys! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/playground-plea-for-westcrest-park-please-dont-take-the-toys/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/playground-plea-for-westcrest-park-please-dont-take-the-toys/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:44:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324773 This reader report is from Vanessa, whose daughter plays at Westcrest Park:

Recently kids in Highland Park have started donating riding toys to the playground at Westcrest. Everyone here loves Ercolini with all the riding toys, and the new playground and trails are a perfect place to ride.

Unfortunately most of the toys have been stolen from the playground. Everything has been clearly marked “donated to Westcrest playground.” There are a few toys that are still there but the thieves have taken a big wheel, a tricycle, and a push car. The kids that are donating these toys are also frequent visitors to the park and one mother shared how her girls were upset to go back and see that the toys they put there to share with their neighbors had been stolen.

Maybe you could share this story in Crime Watch or somewhere. I know that there isn’t actually a crime here but it’s still a bummer to see this happening.

That’s Vanessa’s daughter in the photo, taken last weekend, featuring a donated toy that’s since disappeared.

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@ Highland Park Action Committee: Crime, safety, cleanup, special events this fall … http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/highland-park-action-committee-crime-safety-cleanup-special-events-this-fall/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/highland-park-action-committee-crime-safety-cleanup-special-events-this-fall/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2015 03:13:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323863 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Highland Park Action Committee reconvened after summer recess with an information-packed meeting. Crime and safety comprise a major concern, as is the case for most neighborhood groups, so that’s where the meeting on Wednesday night at Highland Park Improvement Club began.

CRIME, SAFETY, AND THE POLICING PLAN: Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Ron Smith was at HPAC to talk about crime and safety. HPAC meetings previously have been attended by one or both of the Community Police Team officers who, as we’ve reported in coverage of other meetings, have advanced – Erin Nicholson is now an acting sergeant in another precinct, and in line for a promotion; Jonathan Kiehn has been working on a citywide technology-related project. (As he had told the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network the previous night, there are three “very good candidates” who will get tryouts in the role before they decide who will succeed Nicholson and Kiehn.)

First, it was a review of HP’s “micropolicing plan” – the first version of the plan listed five primary concerns for HP:

1. Property Crimes (including auto theft, burglary, and car prowls)
2. Transient camps in the greenbelt areas
3. Recurring graffiti and property damage at Highland Park Elementary School
4. Drug activity in the parks in the area
5. Traffic and speeding concerns near schools and in residential areas

Lt. Smith pointed out that the concerns all over West Seattle change seasonally – so the plan should be considered “organic,” certain to be modified. Attendee questions/concerns included diversion programs and whether responding officers had any way of knowing the history of ongoing incidents at specific addresses, if they hadn’t been there before. To the latter concern, Lt. Smith said Officer Kiehn is working on a project that could help ensure that any responding officer around the city will have access to that kind of information – a “dashboard” that will bring up more kinds of contextual info. He also said SPD is getting more interdepartmental cooperation than ever before. And, he said, officers are getting more training than ever before – they are all to be trained for crisis intervention, not just some.

One attendee asked about a neighbor shouting racist epithets; Lt. Smith explained that it would have to cross the line of being a threat, or a crime in another way, before being a situation for police.

Then Lt. Smith went through a crime-trends briefing similar to what we’ve reported from the recent West Seattle Crime Prevention Council (WSB coverage here) and West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network (WSB coverage here) meetings, but tackling some of the other categories – domestic violence, for example, is down 55 percent year to year. Non-domestic-violence assault is down about a third. “Crimes against persons” is down 43 percent. Property crimes remain the top concern for every community group, according to Lt. Smith. In this area, residential burglaries are down 15 percent, while nonresidential burglaries are up 36 percent (though that’s not a large number – 15 year-to-date in the Highland Park area); theft/larceny are up 14 percent, 84 year-to-date this year, 74 by this point in 2014. Car prowls are down – 104 to this point last year, 81 this year. Auto theft is holding steady – 82 year to date last year, 81 this year. “They’re stealing cars from the north end (of the city) and dumping them here, then stealing cars here and dumping them in south King County.” Few are stripped – it’s joyriding or otherwise getting from point to point. “A lot of them are juveniles,” said Lt. Smith, asked by an attendee about the general age of thieves.

DUWAMISH CLEANUP UPDATE: EPA reps came to HPAC to find out how the community “might want to be informed and involved” as the Lower Duwamish Cleanup proceeds. They explained that’s a natural evolution of what’s happening as the cleanup moves from input on the plan to execution of it, and invited people to talk about their involvement with and interest in the river. They asked whether people would want health warnings, maritime information, frequent updates, occasional updates, etc. The questions:

1. How do you get info from the EPA?
2. How do you want to be involved in a community advisory group?
3. What kind of information do you want/need about the cleanup? (Health warnings, monitoring data, traffic changes, info on daily activities, job opportunities, cleanup progress)
4. How often do you want to hear about the cleanup?

Asked about specific sources through which they would want to get this kind of info, members mentioned WSB and Facebook. They also suggested speaking to people in simple language, not getting too technical. Boeing, the city, the county, and the port are responsible parties and all need to be getting information out, she said.

Another attendee wanted to know how to find out more about specific contaminated properties in the West Duwamish Greenbelt, which is part of the river’s watershed.

The Duwamish Rowing Club was mentioned by an HPAC attendee as a good source to contact. The vibrant community around the river was mentioned, and the importance of helping them know about the accessibility, the timeline, any limitations, etc.

Community involvement will be vital when the cleanup plan starts getting designed, the EPA reps say, adding that actual cleanup “construction” is likely to start around 2018.

Visiting this meeting is “super helpful,” attendees said. That preceded a question: “So when the EPA is done, what is the river going to look like?” And what happens when the dredging begins, wondered HPAC co-chair Billy Stauffer – “a massive plume of contaminants?” The EPA rep said the crews would be working on containment but certainly would have to get notices out in advance. They were asked to be sure to get the health warnings out in multiple languages – in our area, for example, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Somali, for starters.

This is all part of a Community Involvement Plan (the original one is dated 2002!) that they’re updating. They hope to have a draft reviewed and finalized by December, and will likely return to HPAC in January with a copy, and updates.

SURPLUS PROPERTY: When the Seattle City Light surplus substations (our coverage from earlier this week is here and here) came up, co-chair Carolyn Stauffer says they’re still pushing for a rezone for the Dumar property: “There’s still room for us to get our voices heard.” The vote is not likely now before December. She also mentioned that they’re glad King County is expected to take over the “White Center” site in south Highland Park. With ex-Nickelsville site back in possible future play for futuer encampment, Stauffer hopes to speak to the mayor’s office about it. Food Lifeline, south of South Park. (She met with Hyeok Kim and had a list of what they would need for the site to be successful.)

EVENTS COMING UP: Also mentioned at the HPAC meeting

*Compost giveaway in the works at HPIC, 11 am-3 pm on October 4th – half a yard available if you haul it away.

*Harvest dinner – - 6 pm October 10th, real plates, silverware, glasses, bring a dish to share! Highland Park’s Got Talent is putting out feelers – “there’s going to be a gong and everything!” – find out more on the HPIC website.

*HPIC movie night on October 16th – let’s just say, “Who you gonna call?”

*Design charrette – Blair Johnson explained, “What can we do with this building to make it work better, make it more open to the community so as they (pass) by,” and that’s what’ll be discussed 10 am-2 pm October 25th. They hope to narrow down to “plan for the facility that we can present to the community – ‘here’s what we would like to do with the building, we need to raise some funds’” – grants, community donations, business donations.

*Holiday bazaar ahead – the “call for vendors” is here; the bazaar is 10 am=3 pm on Saturday, November 14th.

Highland Park Action Committee meets at HP Improvement Club (12th SW & SW Holden) on fourth Wednesdays, 7 pm.

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UPDATE: Fire response at 9th and Cloverdale http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/fire-response-headed-for-9th-and-cloverdale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/fire-response-headed-for-9th-and-cloverdale/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:27:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322667 3:27 PM: Seattle Fire is sending a full-size response to the 8600 block of 9th SW in Highland Park for a possible house fire. More to come.

3:32 PM: The first units on scene say it appears to be just a fireplace problem, so the response is being scaled back. Our crew, on arrival, has confirmed: Fire in fireplace, flue not opened, smoke got out of control, no problem otherwise.

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Next phase of Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway: 21st SW repairs start Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/next-phase-of-delridge-highland-park-neighborhood-greenway-21st-sw-repairs-start-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/next-phase-of-delridge-highland-park-neighborhood-greenway-21st-sw-repairs-start-monday/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 05:12:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322612 The first phase of Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway work began last month with repaving and other work on SW Myrtle, east of Sanislo Elementary. Now a new phase starts Monday, also with a road closure, according to this alert from SDOT:

Construction on the Delridge-Highland Park Neighborhood Greenway has begun. The Delridge Greenway will connect West Seattle to White Center and run generally north-south on 21st and 17th avenues SW. See the fact sheet for specific improvements planned for the corridor. You can also view a PDF of the full project plans.

What’s happening now?

Beginning Monday, September 14, SDOT will be making street repairs on southbound 21st Ave SW between SW Andover and SW Genesee streets. This work is expected to take 3-5 days to complete. The following traffic and parking changes will be in place during this phase of construction:

· Southbound 21st Ave SW will be closed to through traffic between SW Andover and SW Genesee streets.
· Local access will be maintained.
· Southbound through traffic on 21st Ave SW should use an alternative route such as:
o From 21st Ave SW travel east on SW Charlestown St to 20th Ave SW
o Then travel south on 20th Ave SW to SW Genesee St
· Northbound 21st Ave SW will operate as usual between SW Genesee and SW Andover streets
· Residents and travelers should expect parking restrictions in the project area

Continuing work:

Work began on SW Andover St between 22nd Ave SW and 21st Ave this week and will continue through early October:
· The contractor will widen the sidewalk along SW Andover St between 22nd Ave S and 21st Ave S.
· Curb ramps will be installed at SW Andover St and 22nd Ave S. Curb ramps and new crossing improvements will be installed at SW Andover St and 21st Ave S.

As construction progresses throughout the corridor, you can expect the following:
· Temporary on-street parking restrictions
· Short-term single lane closures, where needed
· Pedestrian and bicyclist detours
· Noise, dust, and vibration typical of construction
· Weekday work hours from 7 AM to 5 PM

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Driver crashes through fence, into Highland Park apartment http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/driver-crashes-through-fence-into-highland-park-apartment/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/driver-crashes-through-fence-into-highland-park-apartment/#comments Sun, 06 Sep 2015 22:13:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322012

Thanks to the texter who let us know about this – a driver crashing through a fence and into the edge of the apartment building on the southwest corner of 15th SW and SW Holden. When we got over there, the car was already out of the building and firefighters were covering up a basement window that had been broken out.

They told us no one was seriously hurt.

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UPDATE: Flipped-car crash on Highland Park Way http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/heavy-rescue-response-headed-for-flipped-car-crash-on-highland-park-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/heavy-rescue-response-headed-for-flipped-car-crash-on-highland-park-way/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:56:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320662

(WSB photo by Tracy Record)

2:56 AM: If you’re hearing the sirens in southeast West Seattle – Seattle Fire and Police are headed to a crash involving an overturned vehicle on the Highland Park Way hill. No word yet on injuries.

3:06 AM: The SFD response has been canceled, generally an indication of no serious injuries.

3:55 AM: The crash was midway on the hill, south/west-bound side. Trying to determine that, we were stopped for a short time as the tow truck brought the vehicle upright and temporarily blocked all lanes (that’s over now). We weren’t able to talk with police to get information but will follow up when we can.

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Reader report: Cleanup crew at Highland Park ‘nuisance house’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/reader-report-cleanup-crew-at-highland-park-nuisance-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/reader-report-cleanup-crew-at-highland-park-nuisance-house/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2015 06:12:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319250

The photos are from Dina Johnson, showing a house in the 9200 block of 12th Avenue SW being cleared out today by a company called Aftermath (specializing in, according to its website, “trauma cleaning and biohazard removal”).

Dina says the house generated complaints for years, and that the crew told neighbors “this dumpster they’re loading is the SECOND one – the first was filled up with every kind of trash – in one room ‘up to the ceiling’,” including what was described as “drug paraphernalia.”

The home’s owner died earlier this year; city records show complaints and citations about junk storage over the years.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Crash blocks 8th SW in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/traffic-alert-crash-blocks-8th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/traffic-alert-crash-blocks-8th-sw/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:52:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319108

(ADDED 1:06 PM: WSB photo)

Thanks to the tipster who let us know about a crash at 8th south of Barton. We just got to the scene; 8th remains blocked south of Barton while tow trucks are awaited. Police tell us one person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The tipster says a Route 131 bus has been stuck at the scene too.

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You can help! Be part of the ‘town hall’ about Highland Park Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/you-can-help-be-part-of-the-town-hall-about-highland-park-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/you-can-help-be-part-of-the-town-hall-about-highland-park-elementary/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 21:17:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318768

On August 17th of last year, an important conversation was convened at the Highland Park Improvement Club – community, city, and school leaders talking about how best to support Highland Park Elementary School.

On August 17th of this year – two weeks from tonight – you’re invited to the school library for the next installment in that conversation. Announced today:

*Highland Park Elementary School Town Hall Meeting*

Monday, August 17, 2015 @ 6:30 pm
Highland Park Elementary School Library, 1012 SW Trenton

The Highland Park Elementary PTA invites the community to a meeting to discuss our neighborhood school. We will learn about results from this past year, what the plan is for continued improvement, and the long-term vision for the future of Highland Park Elementary.

*Questions? Contact HPE PTA President Holly Briscoe, hollybriscoe@hotmail.com*

The school’s population continues to grow, projected at about 385 students in the coming school year.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Police investigating attack on teen http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-investigating-attack-on-teen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-investigating-attack-on-teen/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 21:36:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318608 Just published on SPD Blotter:

Detectives are asking for your help finding a man who attacked a girl late Wednesday night.

A 15-year-old female was walking along 14 Ave. SW approaching SW Cambridge St. at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday when a Hispanic male in his mid 40s grabbed her from behind, tried to cover her mouth, and began pulling her toward a parked SUV.

The girl screamed, alerting two witnesses who stopped to help. The suspect fled to his waiting blue SUV, possibly a newer Jeep, with a plate beginning in “A,” and sped off, leaving the girl behind.

Detectives are now requesting your assistance in finding the suspect. Witnesses said the suspect is heavyset, five foot eleven, and was wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt. If you have any information in this case, please call (206)625-5011 and speak with officers.

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PHOTOS: Celebrating Westcrest Park’s expansion http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/photos-celebrating-westcrest-parks-expansion/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/photos-celebrating-westcrest-parks-expansion/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:45:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317979

More than six years ago, work began to “bury” West Seattle Reservoir in Highland Park, creating land for a Westcrest Park expansion. And now, the park work is finally done. A ribboncutting ceremony this morning kicked off the official celebration, two weeks after the fences came down to open the expansion to the public. See the man with the white beard helping cut the ribbon? That’s Marshall Dunston, who named the park Westcrest decades ago:

We’re told that was the result of a contest (update: see a 1976 photo on the Parks website). At the podium in the photo above is Brian Hawksford, who represented Mayor Murray’s office today; Michael Shiosaki from Seattle Parks represented Parks Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. Also represented in abundance: West Seattleites having fun at the 20-acre park expansion!

In addition to the newly built features including ziplines and play equipment, Parks brought in a bouncy house for today’s celebration:

Also invited, local food vendors, including White Center-headquartered Full Tilt Ice Cream, whose founder Justin Cline was staffing the truck:

If you haven’t checked out the park, the expansion end is near 8th/Cloverdale.

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