West Seattle Blog... » Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:49:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle back-to-school: Pathfinder barbecue Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-back-to-school-pathfinder-barbecue-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-back-to-school-pathfinder-barbecue-thursday/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:32:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283632 Another back-to-school event announcement to share:

The Pathfinder Back-to-School BBQ is August 28 from 5-7 pm. The PTSA invites the Pathfinder K-8 school community and Pigeon Point neighbors to celebrate the new playground paint and kick-off our 2014-2015 school year. Food and drink provided. Details about this and other events can be found at our new PTSA website. pathfinderk8ptsa.org

P.S. Thanks to ALL the parents, PTA leaders, volunteers, staffers (and sometimes students) who share announcements/news here so we can help get the word out too – here’s how

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Happening now: ‘Paint party’ as Pathfinder preps for playground http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-paint-party-as-pathfinder-preps-for-playground/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-paint-party-as-pathfinder-preps-for-playground/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:13:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283142

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
As the new playground for Pathfinder K-8 and its Pigeon Point neighbors gets closer to reality, today’s the “paint party” announced in the most recent project update. Until mid-afternoon, more than 100 visiting volunteers are at the school to help the PF community, courtesy of a grant from Capital One. Their projects include, above, the “braided river” that’s part of the new-playground plan; below, a map:

Even curbs are getting TLC:

More photos later! P.S. Here’s the full-size design rendering for the new playground.

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West Seattle schools: Pathfinder playground design debut http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-schools-pathfinder-playground-design-debut/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/west-seattle-schools-pathfinder-playground-design-debut/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:15:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276689

(Click image for larger view)
What you see above is a major step in volunteers’ quest to get a better playground for Pathfinder K-8 and its Pigeon Point neighbors (along with anyone else in West Seattle who’ll want to come play there): The design by Johnson Southerland debuted at a meeting Monday night. It’s the result of a community-participatory process, and dozens of people were there to get a look:

The meeting also was an ice-cream social, popular with the youngest participants as well as the parent volunteers.

Next step for the playground committee and its helpers – fundraising to get the playground built!

It could cost up to $100,000; grant money (beyond what was obtained to make the design happen) is being sought to cover at least part of that, with more fundraising details to come. It’s hoped that ground can be broken next year. Watch pathfinderplayground14.wordpress.com for more on the design and the project!

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Pathfinder playground plan: See the design Monday night http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/pathfinder-playground-plan-see-the-design-monday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/pathfinder-playground-plan-see-the-design-monday-night/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 18:11:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276502

The big moment is almost here: The Pathfinder K-8 PTA invites you to be there Monday night as its playground design is revealed:

Pathfinder K-8 and our neighbors are very excited about next Monday’s unveiling of the playground design that was created through a community process funded through a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Grant. The design took pieces from three distinct concepts and integrated comments from many. Once this playground concept is built, it will truly be a resource for not only our school, but a destination for all of West Seattle. To that end, everyone is welcome to join the design unveiling on Monday, June 16th at 5:30 at Pathfinder K-8 School in the Pigeon Point neighborhood. Ice cream social to follow immediately! For project details, please visit our blog (here).

Pathfinder is at 1901 SW Genesee.

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Video: He did it! Lou Cutler’s annual Make-A-Wish birthday run @ Pathfinder K-8 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-its-on-lou-cutlers-annual-make-a-wish-run-pathfinder-k-8/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/happening-now-its-on-lou-cutlers-annual-make-a-wish-run-pathfinder-k-8/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:09:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=275239

9:09 AM: The sun’s out and they’re off – Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler and hundreds of students, as Lou’s annual Make-A-Wish birthday run began minutes ago on Pigeon Point. He runs a lap for every year of his life – and he’s about to celebrate his 63rd birthday, so it’ll be 63 laps this year.

Students from the school join him throughout the morning, and were the first ones out of the gate (short video clip here, if you can’t see it below):

They started the run before 9 am to inspirational songs including Macklemore‘s “Can’t Hold Us” and “Gonna Fly Now” (the “Rocky” theme).

Even if you can’t go cheer on Lou and friends in person (every lap, he stops at an easel on the sidelines to mark it off, as shown in the photo above), you can donate online. We’ll be checking back!

12:26 PM: He’s still going – about a mile’s worth of laps to go. (The entire 63-lap distance this year comprises more than 10 miles, Lou said toward the start.)

1 PM: He did it!

ADDED: The group photo is a post-run tradition:

Lou’s way in the back. The blue slips show how many laps were run by each participant – up to 63.

ADDED: Pathfinder parent and photographer Holli Margell shares two photos – first, one that shows how much the kids stake in their support of Lou – her son Cooper, exuberant over 27 laps:

And Lou with Teacher Andy, not only a one-man cheer squad but also emcee of the event, with his bullhorn:

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Followup: Southwest Precinct police find missing children http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/followup-southwest-precinct-police-find-missing-children/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/followup-southwest-precinct-police-find-missing-children/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 04:15:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273016

A (relatively) short but scary drama played out Friday afternoon on Pigeon Point – a search for two children who got lost. We did not have enough information to report on it until now, with the details that accompanied the photo:

Yesterday afternoon a large amount of SPD officers converged on the greenbelt behind Pathfinder (K-8) in search of two missing girls (ages 3 & 9). The younger one had run into the woods and her older sister followed to find her. They couldn’t find their way out and were missing for 2+ hours. Officers spent a long time searching the greenbelt for the children. Thankfully, they were found by Officer Nicholson. They were barefoot, soaking wet, and shivering. She carried them both out and returned them home. The girls were very cold and scared but safe.

I wanted to share this picture with your blog readers. All of the officers who searched for these children exude the professionalism and compassion that makes the Southwest Precinct truly outstanding.

Officer Jenifer Eshom
Southwest Precinct

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Pathfinder K-8 playground project update: 1st community meeting http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/pathfinder-k-8-playground-project-update-1st-community-meeting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/04/pathfinder-k-8-playground-project-update-1st-community-meeting/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:01:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=270308

(Art by Pathfinder parent Shannon)
Our area’s latest community-fueled school-playground project – for Pathfinder K-8 School on Pigeon Point – is proceeding, and welcoming more help! Outreach co-chairs Holli Margell and Toni Wells share this update:

We have chosen a design company that has the skills to translate our needs and dreams into reality: Johnson Southerland. Their designs can be played on at Seward Park, Salmon Bay, and Concord Elementary.

Mark your calendars for our first community meeting on April 30th, 5:30-7 pm at Pathfinder K-8 School. Please come, and bring your kids. Your participation at this meeting counts not only toward shaping our playground design, but also toward volunteer hours required for our next grant application (the big one that will help us actually build it).

The time you commit to volunteer will help us get the Large Neighborhood Matching Grant to build it. For example, attending each design meeting (3 x 2 hours) equals 6 pledged hours. We also need folks who can put up posters, help host our three community meetings, and make sure every family in the community knows about the project.

Want to sign up now? Click here. Want to stay in touch? Check out our blog.

Save These Dates: April 30th, 5:30-7:00, May 20th, June 18th (there will be ice cream)!
Where: Pathfinder K8 School, 1901 SW Genesee

And, here’s a photo from a table top display of sorts that a parent, Shannon, made:

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Pigeon Point’s place to play: Pathfinder project wants to know what matters to you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/pigeon-points-place-to-play-pathfinder-project-wants-to-know-what-matters-to-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/pigeon-points-place-to-play-pathfinder-project-wants-to-know-what-matters-to-you/#comments Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:38:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=265073

(Photo by Chris Wells)
Give Pathfinder K-8‘s playground project a boost – if you use the playground there now, or expect to in the years ahead, answer a quick survey. Here’s the backstory and the link:

Pathfinder K-8 is pleased to announce that we won a Neighborhood Matching Fund Small and Simple Grant to rebuild our playground! With $25,000 we can get started by hiring a designer, and recruiting volunteers to match the funds through donated time. Our plan includes hosting 3 public meetings to develop the playground in a way that best serves you, the school and community. A huge thank you to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for helping our community work together to build a better playground.

Want to help us get started? We need your input! Anyone who uses the playground is encouraged to participate. Please tell us what matters to you at the Pathfinder K8 Playground by filling out our short online survey.

Thank you,
Holli Margell and Toni Wells
Outreach Co-Chairs

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City Light starts cleanup at ‘surplus’ site on Pigeon Point http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/city-light-starts-cleanup-at-surplus-site-on-pigeon-point/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/12/city-light-starts-cleanup-at-surplus-site-on-pigeon-point/#comments Sat, 21 Dec 2013 20:15:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=259841

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

If you drove, walked, or rode past 21st/Andover in Pigeon Point on Friday, you might have noticed the crew working at the old Seattle City Light substation on the northwest corner. It’s one of the six West Seattle “surplus” sites that City Light is looking to unload.

A reader wondered if a decision about this site’s fate had already been made, considering that the tree work being done by the crew yesterday looked extensive. So we checked with City Light – and found out it’s more than tree work. SCL spokesperson Scott Thomsen tells WSB it’s part of a cleanup at the site, after soil sampling at the site turned up contamination beyond what’s considered acceptable for residential property.

While he stresses that no decisions have been made about this or any of the other sites, he told WSB, “As part of our look at potential disposition of the land, we did some soil sampling to check on contamination, since before selling or otherwise transferring it, we would want to take care of remediation.”

Sampling at 21st/Andover turned up three substances at levels beyond what is now considered the “(needs) cleanup standard for residential property,” which he listed during our conversation as:

*DDT, at a concentration of up to 6.2 parts per million (ppm), which is twice the residential limit of up to 3 ppm (industrial, Thomsen said, is 4 ppm)

*Lead, at a concentration of up to 290 ppm; residential limit is 250 ppm, industrial 1,000 ppm

*PCBs, at a concentration of up to 2.7 ppm; residential limit is 1 ppm, industrial 10 ppm

PCBs were used for insulating transformers, and while Thomsen says City Light “didn’t specifically buy it,” manufacturers of some equipment would have used it. DDT, you might recall, was a pesticide used widely until catastrophic effects were noticed in the ’70s, and its use at this site, according to Thomsen, dates back to the ’50s.

The tree removal is related to this, he explained, because their rootballs would hold contaminated soil; overall soil removal is planned for the site as part of the “remediation,” he added, which he said is precautionary even though “none of this (involves) dramatically high concentrations” of contaminants.

He didn’t have specific information handy on soil testing/cleanup needs for any of the other sites, but we’ll be checking back. And as for decisionmaking on the sites’ fate, he says there’s no specific timeline right now, but “discussions are ongoing.”

Community groups including the West Seattle Green Space Coalition have been advocating for a delay in decisionmaking so that there will be more options for the sites’ future. Sale for residential development would likely be quickly accomplished, but making it available for parkland or other open-space use would take more time, especially if community groups had to go through grant applications and/or fundraising to get money for purchasing it. If this 8,000-square-foot site were developed for residential use, since it is zoned L-1 (the L is for “lowrise”), five housing units would be allowed – cottages, townhouses, or rowhouses.

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West Seattle schools: Special lunch guests at Pathfinder K-8 http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-schools-special-lunch-guests-at-pathfinder-k-8/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-schools-special-lunch-guests-at-pathfinder-k-8/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:11:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=256913

Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point had about 300 special visitors for lunch today – it’s the annual day that grandparents/elders are invited to join Pathfinder students. Two of the grandparents we recognized in the crowd were busy community volunteers Sandy Adams and Jim Guenther, with grandson Chase, a Pathfinder second-grader:

The visiting elders/grandparents didn’t all arrive at once – lunchtime is in shifts, as it is in most schools.

Thanks to principal David Dockendorf for the invitation to stop by; he tells WSB it’s “one of our best school events.”

PATHFINDER SIDE NOTE: Today’s the last day to order pies in the school fundraiser, for pickup next week – go to the WSB Holiday Guide and scroll to the “Holiday Fundraisers, Donation Drives, Other Giving Opportunities” list.

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West Seattle schools: Pathfinder K-8 dedicates new mosaic sign http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/west-seattle-schools-pathfinder-k-8-dedicates-new-mosaic-sign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/08/west-seattle-schools-pathfinder-k-8-dedicates-new-mosaic-sign/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 04:31:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=162332

After an early evening full of lightning, thunder, and pouring rain, the weather cleared just in time for Pathfinder K-8 students, families, and staff to conclude their pre-school year barbecue with a special ceremony: The dedication of a newly created mosaic sign at the school’s entry off SW Genesee. Students all collaborated with artist-in-residence Julie Maher, in the next photo, helping cut the ribbon with Pathfinder PTSA co-president Martin McGurl:

“The kids were my inspiration,” Maher said. “She took our idea for a design and really ran with it .. This could be in a museum,” mused principal David Dockendorf (at left in the photo above with McGurl and Maher), just before the ceremony concluded with a chance for everyone to come see the mosaic up close.

The principal also gave shoutouts to Pathfinder’s art teachers Marci Golden and Suzanne Wakefield. There’s so much detail in the mosaic, no photo could do it justice – you’ll have to go to Pigeon Point and take a look!

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Happening now: Pathfinder K-8 teacher Lou Cutler’s 10th annual birthday run for Make-A-Wish http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/happening-now-pathfinder-k-8-teacher-lou-cutlers-10th-annual-birthday-run-for-make-a-wish/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/happening-now-pathfinder-k-8-teacher-lou-cutlers-10th-annual-birthday-run-for-make-a-wish/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 18:42:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=152103

One of the most joyful annual fundraisers in West Seattle is happening right now on the playfield at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point. Today marks the 10th time Pathfinder PE teacher Lou Cutler has, in honor of his upcoming birthday, run one lap for each year of his age.

Today, that means 62 laps with Lou, who does not run alone – Pathfinder students and staff join him on the field too, and track the laps (above); students track their own laps too:

This is a fundraiser for the regional branch of Make-A-Wish, for which Lou has volunteered more than a decade (we talked to him about it in-depth before his birthday run in 2011), helping make dreams come true for children living with life-threatening medical conditions. Lou started around 8:45 this morning and hit the halfway point while we were there an hour ago, so he likely has less than an hour to go. You can cheer him on, wherever you are, with an online pledge via his Make-A-Wish page.

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Followup: Work crews digging into Pigeon Point sinkhole http://westseattleblog.com/2012/11/followup-work-crews-digging-into-pigeon-point-sinkhole/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/11/followup-work-crews-digging-into-pigeon-point-sinkhole/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:25:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=129851

A followup today from Jeanne Turner, who along with husband Mark shared first word of the Pigeon Point sinkhole last weekend:

SDOT arrived at 19th SW and Charleston on Pigeon Point this morning with a crew and equipment to fix a sinkhole that opened up Sunday afternoon. Dan Doyle of SDOT (a fellow West Seattleite) said the hole appears to be 18 inches to 2 feet deep. Today they will knock out the concrete and fill the hole with rock and gravel to stabilize the area. This will be covered with asphalt for a temporary fix until they can pour concrete. Because the area is relatively large, affecting four concrete slabs, SDOT will probably wait until spring to make the permanent fix.

Thanks for the update and photo!

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West Seattle scene: Taco Time NW contest = Pigeon Point party http://westseattleblog.com/2012/09/west-seattle-scene-taco-time-contest-pigeon-point-party/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/09/west-seattle-scene-taco-time-contest-pigeon-point-party/#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2012 03:53:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=122734

The neighbors of Pigeon Point are known for their block parties – like one of West Seattle’s biggest Night Out block parties, and regular community cleanups. But tonight was one of a kind – thanks to a contest won by neighbor Thomas Prowell:

That’s Thomas, with wife Wendy Prowell and their dogs Ginger and Baxter – and the Taco Time NW Traveler food truck. Thomas won a TTNW contest for the Traveler to come cater a private block party with free food and drink for up to 75 neighbors, and tonight was the night. (Taco Time NW, by the way, was founded in White Center half a century ago and now operates more than 70 TT restaurants.)

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West Seattle scene: ‘He’s 60, for Pete’s sake’ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/07/west-seattle-scene-hes-60-for-petes-sake/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/07/west-seattle-scene-hes-60-for-petes-sake/#comments Sat, 28 Jul 2012 09:30:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=116877 That’s what it said on longtime community activist/volunteer Pete Spalding‘s birthday cake last night at the Feedback Lounge (WSB sponsor), where wife Kerry Hughes organized a surprise party:

Back in their home neighborhood of Pigeon Point, one of the trademark signposts held a tribute:

Pete has led the Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council multiple times, as well as chairing the citywide Parks and Green Spaces Levy OVersight Committee, serving on the board of the West Seattle Food Bank, and countless other councils/groups/projects. His awards include being honored as this year’s “Westsider of the Year” by the WS Chamber of Commerce.

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