West Seattle Blog... » South Park http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Holiday giving: Sun shines on Lunches With Love volunteers http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/holiday-giving-sun-shines-on-lunches-with-love-volunteers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/holiday-giving-sun-shines-on-lunches-with-love-volunteers/#comments Thu, 26 Nov 2015 01:02:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330221

Chalk signs pointed the way when we stopped by to see how the pre-Thanksgiving “Lunches With Love” volunteers were doing this afternoon in South Park. Steps from that sign, a garage was already filling with an estimated 400 sack lunches:

Upstairs, in organizer Lashanna Williams‘s sun-splashed kitchen, the all-ages volunteer crew continued making sandwiches and filling bags to deliver around the Sound tonight:

This is the third year for this day and night of pre-holiday giving:

You can still help – lunch-making was scheduled to continue until 6 pm, and then delivery starts around 9 – see our preview for location and other info.

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PHOTOS: Denny, Concord International in Fiestas Patrias parade http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/photos-denny-concord-international-in-fiestas-patrias-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/photos-denny-concord-international-in-fiestas-patrias-parade/#comments Sun, 20 Sep 2015 02:35:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323447

Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos from today’s Fiestas Patrias parade in South Park – during which the Denny contingent celebrated a special anniversary for the academic-support program Proyecto Saber:

I am proud to share that the Denny Dolphins had a great time celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Proyecto Saber as we marched in our favorite parade, Fiestas Patrias in South Park!

A special thank you to our superstar Proyecto staff, Liz Olsen, Herman Garcia, and Diana Burga! Our Dolphin Scholars did an excellent job representing their school as a part of the special neighborhood celebration.

A big shout out to our friends at Concord International Elementary School, Ms. Nestor, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Bautista from El Centro de la Raza, and Ms. Clausen, who danced in her Salvadorean attire.

Go Dolphins! Viva Proyecto!

The parade featured hundreds of participants – also including custom cars and horseback riders!

As explained online, the Fiestas Patrias parade and subsequent festival in South Park – along with a festival continuing downtown at Seattel Center tomorrow – celebrate “the Latin American countries that celebrate their independence throughout the month of September. Belizeans, Brazilians, Chileans, Costa Ricans, Salvadoreans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Mexicans, and Nicaraguans from all over the Pacific Northwest come to enjoy their beautiful cultures with great food, dance, music, and more.”

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Monday updates & alerts; 14th Ave. S. in South Park reopens after fire response http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/traffictransit-today-monday-updates-and-alerts-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/traffictransit-today-monday-updates-and-alerts-3/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:29:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320161

(Four WS-relevant views; more cams on the WSB Traffic page)
Good morning! No West Seattle incidents right now, but if you use 14th Avenue S. in the South Park area, note that a house-fire response TheSouthParkNews.com coverage here is blocking at least part of the road, just south of the SP Bridge, between Cloverdale and Director.

ROAD WORK ALERTS FOR TODAY: As announced last week, the Seattle Public Utilities project near Westwood has repaving work scheduled starting today, to “pave 22nd Avenue SW between SW Barton Place and SW Barton Street on August 17-18, from 7:30 am until as late as 6 pm. This work will require intermittent lane restrictions on SW Barton Place where it intersects 22nd Avenue SW, and on SW Barton Street between 21st Avenue SW and 23rd Avenue SW.” SPU’s paving work on Orchard east of Delridge also is scheduled to continue today, with “closure of the westbound lane on SW Orchard Street (east of Delridge Way SW) between 7:30 am and 4 pm.”

6:45 AM: The closure zone in South Park has extended south to Concord to give vehicles more room to turn around, per scanner traffic.

LOOKING AHEAD – TWO CLOSURES TO REMEMBER: Highway 99 will be closed both ways from the Battery Street Tunnel north to Valley St. in lower Queen Anne next weekend, Friday night (August 21) to early Monday (August 24) – details and maps here. Also, Alki/Harbor Avenues will be closed for a few hours next Sunday morning (August 23) for the Alki Beach 5K.

7:27 AM: 14th Avenue S. has reopened in South Park. SFD is still at the fire scene but has moved off the arterial.

8:32 AM: Quiet commute so far, otherwise. We continue to monitor via a variety of sources – your tips are much appreciated (if on the road, of course, wait until you get where you’re going, unless you’re a passenger) – that’s how we first heard about this morning’s South Park fire, for example: 206-293-6302 is our 24/7 hotline, text or voice, for whatever’s happening *now*. Thank you!

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From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Another ‘Duwamish Revealed’ installation http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/from-the-in-case-you-wondered-too-file-another-duwamish-revealed-installation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/from-the-in-case-you-wondered-too-file-another-duwamish-revealed-installation/#comments Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:55:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=312714

(WSB photos)
A midday call today sent us over for a look at the South Park Bridge, where someone wondered what was being hung off its west side. The photos show what we found – another installation for the Duwamish Revealed art project we’ve been covering recently. This is “Cultivate: A River Tapestry,” described as follows on the DR website: “A colorful installation made of recycled materials, Cultivate represents the river’s rebirth and has been created with assistance by community volunteers.”

The artist is Catherine Grisez; the installation even has its own Facebook page. We published an overview of Duwamish Revealed last weekend, after checking out one installation at West Seattle’s Jack Block Park, and also stopped by the Friday night opening at and around its biggest creation, the “Estuary” arrangement of cargo containers. You can explore the locations and creations all summer; they stretch from West Seattle to Tukwila, as shown on this clickable map with pop-up descriptions.

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Election 2015: Your next 2 chances to see/hear City Council District 1 candidates http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/election-2015-your-next-2-chances-to-seehear-city-council-district-1-candidates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/election-2015-your-next-2-chances-to-seehear-city-council-district-1-candidates/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 04:19:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311409 Made a decision yet on who you’re voting for in the first-ever City Council District 1 race? Still lots of time to decide, with primary ballots due August 4th, and your next two chances to see and hear the candidates are coming up within the next two weeks:

MAY 27 (THIS WEDNESDAY): “South Park Shows Up!” is not your standard candidate forum, South Park community members promise. They are planning a pop quiz on South Park facts, in fact. But West Seattleites are invited too – and kids’ activities are promised as well as food. 7 pm Wednesday at the SP Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Avenue S.

JUNE 8 (2 WEEKS FROM TONIGHT): Most local neighborhood councils have had visits from several City Council candidates. The Pigeon Point Neighborhood Council is planning a full-fledged forum, 7 pm June 8th at Pathfinder K-8 (1901 SW Genesee), all welcome.

Any other D-1 forum dates locked in? Please let us know – editor@ westseattleblog.com – thanks!

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City Council District 1 race: Next candidates’ forum announced for May 27, first one to be held in South Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/city-council-district-1-race-next-candidates-forum-announced-for-may-27-first-one-to-be-held-in-south-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/city-council-district-1-race-next-candidates-forum-announced-for-may-27-first-one-to-be-held-in-south-park/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:32:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308696 checkbox.jpgThe next candidates’ forum for City Council District 1 will be the first one in South Park. Just announced on the SP community mailing list, a 7 pm forum on Wednesday, May 27th, at the South Park Neighborhood Center (8201 10th Ave. S.). Organizers promise an “exciting and interactive event” with unique features including Spanish-language interpretation, voter registration, on-site child care, pizza, and a visit from a fire engine. It’s being organized by a committee of South Park community volunteers. This will be a week and a half after the filing deadline, so the final slate of candidates for the August 4th primary will be set.

P.S. Anyone else have a forum coming up in West Seattle/South Park? This is the only one we’ve heard of, but if others are set/planned, we want to get them into the calendar ASAP! editor@westseattleblog.com – thanks.

P.P.S. WSB coverage links from the three forums held so far, all in West Seattle (all of which we recorded on video):

–April 8th, presented by the 34th District Democrats @ The Hall at Fauntleroy
–March 14th, presented by VIEWS @ Senior Center of West Seattle
–February 5th, presented by WSB @ Highland Park Improvement Club

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Plan ahead! South Park Bridge overnight closures ahead; plus, details of upcoming Alaskan Way Viaduct inspection closure http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/plan-ahead-south-park-bridge-overnight-closures-ahead-plus-details-of-upcoming-alaskan-way-viaduct-inspection-closure/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/plan-ahead-south-park-bridge-overnight-closures-ahead-plus-details-of-upcoming-alaskan-way-viaduct-inspection-closure/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:47:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=303685 From SDOT‘s weekly “lookahead,” just out:

SOUTH PARK BRIDGE OVERNIGHT SURFACE-TRAFFIC CLOSURES: Thanks to the tipster who let us know this morning that a mobile sign had gone up on the South Park Bridge with news of upcoming overnight closures. That put us on the lookout for the details that are in the “lookahead” – Monday through Friday nights (technically Tuesday-Saturday mornings, March 17-21) next week, the bridge will be closed to surface traffic 12:01 am-5 am. The closures are scheduled to repeat a week later, same times, March 24-28. (added) As explained by the county: “The closure will be confined to the overnight hours and will allow the contractor to complete bridge painting and finishing work in areas accessible only when the bridge is partially open. While work is underway, the waterway will remain open to recreational vessels that don’t require full openings to clear the bridge. Because the work will be performed overnight, traffic impacts should be minimal.”

ALASKAN WAY VIADUCT INSPECTION CLOSURE: When first word of the March 28-29 closure emerged last Monday, WSDOT wasn’t able to tell us whether it would be a full weekend closure or “all day Saturday plus all day Sunday.” Looks like it’s the latter; the “lookahead” lists the closure as 6 am-6 pm each day, Saturday 3/28 and Sunday 3/29, at least for the stretch between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel. However, it also mentions that both directions of 99 will be closed between the north end of the tunnel and Valley Street from 10 pm Friday 3/27 to 5 am Monday 3/30 for utility work.

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Crime Watch: Safety alert after student approached; car prowl http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/crime-watch-safety-alert-after-student-approached-car-prowl/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/crime-watch-safety-alert-after-student-approached-car-prowl/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:39:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302804 Two Crime Watch notes this afternoon:

STUDENT APPROACHED: This happened in South Park, but the student attends Pathfinder K-8 in West Seattle, and the alert is being circulated among parents in both communities, so we were asked to share it:

My 14 year old daughter was approached by a man on Trenton Street while she walked to her school bus stop this morning. This guy obviously had no good intentions! My daughter describes him as Hispanic, thin with dark hair. His car was a gray 4-door sedan of an older (1990s) model. She believes that he was using or on some sort of substance.

His intent was to get her into his car!!! She avoided his questions, got to her bus stop and called the police. She has since given a statement to police (at her school) and her school has been made aware of what happened this morning.

I want to be clear: My daughter felt threatened by this man and that he was very intent on getting her alone. Please help keep an eye out for this person and help keep our kids safe!!!

Via Twitter, the police log indicates this was near 10th Avenue S./S. Trenton (here’s a map).

CAR PROWL: Two car prowls are on the police log so far this morning. One was reported in the 7300 block of Delridge Way, and we learned of the other one in this reader report from David:

My car was broken into in the Gatewood area just west of 35th sometime between 1100 PM and 0700 AM. A window was broken and some items removed. It has been reported to the police.

SPD shared car-prowl-prevention/deterrence advice a month ago; we published it then but it bears sharing again:

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South Park Bridge update: Back in service as of very early Sunday – for now http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffic-alert-south-park-bridge-breakdown-stuck-open/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/traffic-alert-south-park-bridge-breakdown-stuck-open/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:57:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301677

(What’s shown above is the newest image from the SDOT camera in South Park – refresh this page for an update)
10:57 AM: The South Park Bridge remains “stuck in the open position,” according to both SDOT via Twitter and a check of the 14th Ave. S/Cloverdale traffic cameras (including the one above). No ETA for repairs so far. So if you have to get across the Duwamish River, use the West Seattle bridges or 1st Avenue South Bridge. We’ll update when it’s fixed.

(P.S. Refresh this story/page for the newest image – what you see above is pulled directly from what’s on the SDOT site.)

1:52 PM UPDATE: SDOT now says the bridge might be closed “until Tuesday.” As you can see in the image above, there are now barricades to keep surface traffic entirely off the bridge.

3:47 PM UPDATE: From King County Roads, which operates the bridge:

6:23 PM: Another update from KC Roads:

King County has determined that the cause of this morning’s South Park Bridge mechanical malfunction was a faulty transmission pump that will need to be rebuilt or replaced under warranty. Replacement parts are expected to arrive Tuesday. In the meantime, the county is evaluating whether the bridge spans can be safely lowered to allow for vehicle traffic.

Until the bridge reopens, motorists should use the 1st Avenue South Bridge as a detour. The county understands how important the bridge is to the community and motorists – every effort is being made to get the bridge reopened to both vehicle and marine traffic as quickly as possible.

The new bridge has been in use for eight months.

2:38 AM SUNDAY: Now King County reports the bridge is back in service, and KING 5 confirms it, though the repairs haven’t made yet, so we’ll keep close watch on this.

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‘King tides’ later this week: Times, heights, viewing events http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/king-tides-later-this-week-times-heights-viewing-events/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/king-tides-later-this-week-times-heights-viewing-events/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:12:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298725

(WSB photo, taken Saturday)
We noticed those sandbags at Alki Bathhouse over the weekend, apparently awaiting the next round of “king tides,” the very-high high tides that happen a few times in winter. They’re coming up later this week; according to our favorite tide chart (aside from the short-range one on the WSB Weather page, that is), they are:

* 12.8 feet, 5:54 am Wednesday, January 21
* 13.0 feet, 6:31 am Thursday, January 22
* 13.2 feet, 7:10 am Friday, January 23
* 13.2 feet, 7:50 am Saturday, January 24
* 13.0 feet, 8:32 am Sunday, January 25

The Alki/Beach Drive/Harbor Avenue shores are classic places to go see the high water in West Seattle; you can also see the tides’ effects on the Duwamish River by joining either or both of two events, Friday and Saturday mornings – details are on our partner site The South Park News. Right now, the forecast is rainy, but not windy, so you’re not likely to see anything too dramatic, certainly not like last November!

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Sunshine returns tomorrow; get out on the Duwamish River! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/sunshine-returns-tomorrow-get-out-on-the-duwamish-river/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/sunshine-returns-tomorrow-get-out-on-the-duwamish-river/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:12:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285135

Forecast promises sunshine returning tomorrow (and continuing through the weekend). We’ve just found out from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition that there’s room for more to join tomorrow night’s Community Kayak Tour of our city’s only river – what a way to enjoy the evening. This time, the tour leaves from Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park (7900 10th Avenue South), just minutes east of West Seattle, 6 pm Thursday (bring your picnic dinner!). You don’t have to have your own kayak, or even experience; everything is provided, through DRCC’s tour partner, West Seattle’s own Alki Kayak Tours, $45/person. But you do need to RSVP ASAP – tours@kayakalki.com is the best way. If you DO have your own kayak, you’re welcome to join the tour too, by donation. Find out what all the buzz is about, with ongoing campaigns like riverforall.org and the newly announced city/county coordination

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Happening now: 9th annual Duwamish River Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-9th-annual-duwamish-river-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/happening-now-9th-annual-duwamish-river-festival/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:34:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283405

Big turnout for the Duwamish River Festival, on until 4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park! It’s a chance to learn about what’s happening on, in, and near the river …

… and to experience the river!

(Kayaks courtesy of West Seattle’s own Alki Kayak Tours/Mountain to Sound Outfitters.) There’s live entertainment too (see the schedule here) – during our visit, the Sounders FC band Sound Wave was performing:

The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition organizes the festival; many organizations and businesses sponsor it (including WSB and partner site The South Park News). Check it out until 4 pm at 7900 10th Avenue South.

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Duwamish River Festival: Who you’ll see onstage and when http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/duwamish-river-festival-who-youll-see-onstage-and-when/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/duwamish-river-festival-who-youll-see-onstage-and-when/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:59:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283276 The entertainment schedule is out for tomorrow afternoon’s 9th annual Duwamish River Festival in nearby South Park (with co-sponsors including WSB). For all four hours of the festival, 12-4 pm at Duwamish Waterway Park, you can check out kayaking/boating on the river as well as booths featuring community groups/organizations. If you want to time your visit depending on who’s onstage, here’s the info:

12:20 pm – 12:40 pm Âu Lạc Vovinam Lion Dance Team performance

12:45 pm – 1:05 pm Trio Dulces- Afro Latin Band

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm Seattle Sounders FC Band: Sound Wave

1:55 pm – 2:10 pm Tlaloktekuhtli – Aztec Dance

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm Zumba – Fitness class

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Orquesta Cambalache

The park is alongside the river at 7900 10th Avenue South (map).

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Your chance to explore the Duwamish River: Kayak tour series set http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/your-chance-to-explore-the-duwamish-river-kayak-tour-series-set/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/your-chance-to-explore-the-duwamish-river-kayak-tour-series-set/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:37:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280687

(WSB file photo)
The Duwamish River, along West Seattle’s eastern border (and beyond), is in the spotlight more than ever this year. Some cleanup is under way and plans for more are in the works. A high-profile awareness campaign by the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition has even brought a high-profile supporter, Seattle-based hip-hop superstar Macklemore (who wrote about it here).

But you don’t have to be a star to help the river. You can do something as simple as taking a tour. And DRCC has just announced this year’s series – every other Thursday night, 6-8:30 pm, starting this week (July 31st), through the end of September. Three tours leave from T-107 Park on the West Seattle side of the river – July 31st, August 14th, September 11th – while the other two leave from Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park – August 28th and September 25th. And they’re all in partnership with West Seattle-headquartered Alki Kayak Tours (with whom you need to RSVP – tours@kayakalki.com – $45/person unless you’re bringing your own kayak, in which case, it’s by donation). Here’s the flyer with full details (PDF).

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4 years ago, South Park chanted ‘We need a bridge’; now, the community and its neighbors have one again http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/4-years-ago-south-park-chanted-we-need-a-bridge-now-they-have-one-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/4-years-ago-south-park-chanted-we-need-a-bridge-now-they-have-one-again/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:14:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277884

(WSB video, 6 am today)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The new South Park Bridge is now officially in service, opened to regular traffic minutes ago.

(Motorcyclist Charles, center, was first in line; that’s bridge project manager Tim Lane at right)
This comes on the morning after an all-day-and-into-the-night celebration. And it comes exactly four years to the day following the closure of the bridge’s 80-year-old predecessor with a wake both boisterous and bitter.

On June 30, 2010, the crowd chanted, “We need a bridge”:

That night, June 30, 2010, it was by no means certain they would get another one. The bridge’s drawspan was raised one last time, and there it stood.

Sunday, there was no chanting. But there were fireworks:

As our clip shows, they were ceremonially “lit” by bridge-project manager Tim Lane and a group of political and community leaders jubilant over a promise kept – a promise that King County Executive Dow Constantine had put in writing, as commemorated by this framed photo:

“They said it couldn’t be done,” Constantine recalled. But it was. The big banner on the bridge deck gave credit to the various agencies that had contributed to and participated in construction of the new bridge, shown here in an aerial photo by Long Bach Nguyen just before the party started:

And they were celebrated in a round of speeches that preceded the first opportunity for citizens to walk all the way across the bridge, more than four hours into the daylong party. Here’s our video showing most of the speakers (up until Muckleshoot tribal members requested that cameras stop rolling for the blessing and prayers they offered):

After taking the podium from King County Transportation Director Harold Taniguchi, who emceed …

… Constantine recalled the difficult history that is now, so to speak water under the bridge – the decision to close the old bridge without the certainty of a new one, and the anguish that caused South Park residents and business owners. And he hailed the “partnership” of all who helped make the new one happen, not just the agencies that had contributed funding. That included South Park community leaders, especially SP Neighborhood Association past president Dagmar Cronn, photographed with City Councilmember Sally Clark (who proclaimed the bridge “un puente magnifico”):

Clark was one of the councilmembers who came to the old bridge for its 2010 wake. On Sunday, dedication invitees also included many others who had been there that day – we spotted now-former councilmember Jan Drago, wearing a pink-feather boa as she had on shutdown day.

So much of what happened on Sunday evoked memories of 2010, providing a sense of closure, even as the celebration hailed a new start, and a reconnection. U.S. Senator Patty Murray spoke of her South Park tour after the bridge closure in 2010, and how the concerns she heard spurred her to push harder for what became a $34 million federal contribution, close to a quarter of the bridge’s cost.

“And now,” she said, “we’re here.” The federal contribution was also a point of pride for U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, who recalled joining in the groundbreaking for the now-open bridge.

Some speeches looked ahead in addition to looking back – Councilmember Clark noted that the city needs to “move on” with annexing the remaining unincorporated parts of South Park; Port Commissioner Bill Bryant reiterated the need for the state Legislature to make a transportation package happen, since there are so many more needs remaining unaddressed:

Transportation is vital to industry, as underscored by the Boeing representation at the event – including a spirited speech by Larry Brown of the South Park-headquartered IAM Local 751, who declared, “Is this a great day or what?”

But the greatest part of it was yet to come. Four years ago, people didn’t want to leave the old bridge’s deck as the announced moment of closure arrived, and on Sunday, they couldn’t wait to get onto the new one, so after that celebratory banner was gathered up …

… hundreds strolled on:

And then they took a break for the parade we mentioned earlier:

A parade that even celebrated those who built it:

(Full parade coverage on our partner site The South Park News)
And as one more bookend to the four bridgeless years, the classic Metro Employees Historical Vehicle Association buses that traveled the bridge on June 30th, 2010, closed out the grand-opening parade:

Starting today, you can travel the new South Park Bridge on a regular-service Metro bus again – when the bridge went into service, Route 60 went back to using it.

Whether you travel it by bus, bike, car, truck, or on foot, one thing is for certain – today the new bridge reconnects South Park to the other side of the river, after four years that in one way seemed to last forever, and in another, seemed to be gone in an instant, with Sunday’s crackle of fireworks and ring of blessing bells.

P.S. Our crew at the bridge this morning was told that only two of its four vehicle lanes will be open for the next week or so, as crews continue with finishing touches – note the cones:

New in the area and haven’t yet been to South Park? It’s just minutes east of West Seattle; its restaurants and other businesses are featured here. Meantime, for more views of Sunday’s bridge celebration – including art, music, and Lucha Libre wrestling – here’s our report on TheSouthParkNews.com; get a behind-the-scenes look at the bridge here.

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