South Park – West Seattle Blog… West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 04:04:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 VIDEO: March for Peace spotlights hope and love for ‘the new South Park’ Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:31:46 +0000

Tonight’s March for Peace in South Park was not a march to protest, complain, or oppose, organizers stressed as more than 100 people gathered outside the SP Library before it began. It was to envision what neighbors want South Park to be, to have.

The catalyzing event was what neighbors want South Park to NOT have … violence. Two nights ago, a 16-year-old boy was critically injured by a shooter who has yet to be caught. That was one week after a shooting that injured two men. The two incidents are unrelated, police told us, yet both left people in South Park determined not to go back to the way things were long ago. With that determination, hope, and love, “this is the new South Park,” organizers declared.

With bicycle officers riding alongside, and police at every cross-street, marchers walked on eastbound Cloverdale and southbound 14th.

They carried signs, some made outside the library minutes before the march began.

And when their silence was finally broken, as the march ended at the service station near the scene of Wednesday’s shooting at 14th/Trenton, first it was by music, some softly singing along to “Lean on Me”:

Then, there were words of support, urging the youth in the crowd to know everyone was there to support them – and there were many young participants there to hear the message:

Also there, dignitaries who took care not to hold the spotlight for long, if at all. Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best had a few words before the march began.

City Councilmember Lisa Herbold did not take the microphone

Nor did Councilmember Lorena González:

Both councilmembers have worked to advocate for increased safety resources for South Park; Herbold wrote about it again in her weekly online update hours before the march. But first – a young man remains in the hospital, and before the gathering ended, organizers requested prayers and thoughts for his recovery.

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NEIGHBORS FOR PEACE: You’re invited to march in South Park tomorrow night Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:11:54 +0000 No new official information tonight on last night’s shooting in South Park that left a 16-year-old boy in critical condition. No arrest reported in that case or the double shooting a week earlier. But we do know that neighbors in South Park are hoping that West Seattleites and others from around the city will join them in this quiet plea. The invitation, in English and Spanish:

In wake of the recent shootings in our neighborhood, please join your neighbors in a silent march for peace. We will meet at 7:30 pm Friday at the library [8604 8th Ave. S.] and proceed to the Chevron gas station on 14th. Bring flashlights or candles. Let’s bring the city’s attention to our neighborhood. We need additional resources. We need community engagement. We need Peace. ☮

A raíz de los recientes tiroteos en nuestro vecindario, únase a sus vecinos en una marcha silenciosa por la paz. Nos reuniremos a las 7:30 en la biblioteca y nos dirigiremos a la estación de servicio de Chevron en la 14 avenida. Trae linternas o velas. Es importante llamar la atención de la ciudad a nuestro vecindario. Necesitamos recursos adicionales. Necesitamos trabajar como comunidad. Necesitamos LA PAZ!

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UPDATE: Two men shot in South Park Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:40:51 +0000

12:40 PM: Big police search under way in an industrial area in the south end of South Park right now after two people were shot in the 9200 block of 10th Avenue S. [map] According to radio communications, a suspect is believed to have fled in what’s described as a dark-colored Toyota Camry. Traffic is being blocked on some roads around the scene. Updates when we get them.

12:47 PM: According to radio communications, both victims are men, one in his 40s, one in his 20s, and both are being rushed to Harborview Medical Center by SFD medic units.

2:01 PM: We just talked with police at the scene. They believe one person shot both men, whose injuries are described as non-life-threatening. They don’t yet have a good description of the shooter but do hope to at least have more of a description of the getaway vehicle soon. No word on a motive, either; this is an industrial area in southwest South Park.

ADDED: Above is video of the briefing we covered at the scene, with SPD spokesperson Det. Patrick Michaud.

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BIZNOTE: West Seattle couple opens Uncle Eddie’s in South Park Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:15:13 +0000 A year ago, we reported on the South Park commercial buildings bought and being renovated by West Seattleite John Bennett and business partners. One of the renovated spaces – South Park Hall – was leased and opened by West Seattle entrepreneurs. And today is opening day for another new business with West Seattle proprietors. It’s Uncle Eddie’s, and Michael Goldsmith tells us about it:

Uncle Eddie’s is an all-ages public house located in South Park at the corner of 14th Ave South and Cloverdale. It’s an independent, local family-owned business. My partner Keasa and I live in Highland Park. Keasa is a full-time architect here in Seattle (she did the plans and design) and I have worked for Elliott Bay Brewing Company for the past 17 years, most recently as their Operations Manager.

Uncle Eddie’s isn’t just about beverages – its website notes, “We have partnered up with the uber-talented Chef Jed Lutge to create an excellent menu of drool-worthy appetizers, hearty grilled sandwiches, house-made soups, and salads available for lunch and dinner.” Hours at 8601 14th Ave. S. are 11 am-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-1 am Friday/Saturday, kitchen open until 10 pm.

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Free afterschool Kids’ Café meals continuing at High Point, South Park libraries Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:53:58 +0000 If you have, or know, kids/youth at risk of hunger, Seattle Public Library wants to remind you about Kids’ Café – free afterschool meals at High Point (3411 SW Raymond) and South Park (8604 8th Ave. S.) branches every weekday during the school year:

The Seattle Public Library has partnered with Food Lifeline, Boeing and the USDA to bring healthy and kid-friendly foods to three Library locations. Free after school meals will be available for all youth ages 18 and under for the remainder of the school year, through June 22, 2018.

All kids are welcome — no proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required. Kids Café meals are specifically selected to appeal to kids’ notoriously picky palates and to meet their special nutritional guidelines.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Free parking is available at all three locations. No meals during the Library’s holiday closures.

Visit the High Point branch 2:45-3:30 pm weekdays, the South Park branch 3:45-4:15 pm weekdays.

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COMMUNITY GIVING: South Park Senior Center donates pies at Camp Second Chance Sun, 24 Dec 2017 06:46:26 +0000

If you went to Camp Second Chance‘s community party on Saturday afternoon (one of the events on our daily-highlights list), and had a slice of pie – here’s who to thank: The South Park Senior Center. Diane Radischat, a member of the center’s board of directors, shared the photo and explained:

South Park Senior Center donated and delivered 36 pies for (the camp’s) holiday party today, enough pie for 300 people. We wanted to give back to a community we knew was deserving of a treat at this special time of the year.

Diane is second from right in the photo, with, from left, a camp resident, SPSC executive director Patricia Barker, and, also from the center’s board, Sharon Schaffer. CSC is the city-sanctioned encampment on Myers Way, home to more than 45 people as of the report given to its community advisory committee earlier this month.

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YOU CAN HELP: Tango benefit for education Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:04:20 +0000 Dance for education! A tango charity gala is in the works for programs including the Concord International Elementary PTA and the Heritage Spanish program at Kennedy CHS, “A Milonga for a Cause,” with live music featuring the Chicharra Tango Orchestra, a pre-milonga lesson, dance performances, a DJ, and more. It’s set for 8:30 pm Friday, December 15th, at Eden Seattle Event Place and Nightclub (1950 1st Ave. S.) Tickets are $40 in advance – buy yours now – and after advance sales cut off (or at the door), $50. Tickets include two drinks and a bite.

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Councilmembers Gonzalez, Herbold issue reminder of rights after South Park situation Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:50:32 +0000 Just in from Councilmembers Lorena González and Lisa Herbold, after word of an incident at 14th/Cloverdale in South Park today:

As residents of West Seattle, we are heartened by the power of the South Park community in action reported to us earlier today. This morning, U.S. I.C.E. agents were said to have requested access to a residential building to serve a warrant. The owner of this building rightly turned to a trusted advocate in the neighborhood for assistance about responding first. As luck would have it, this advocate was meeting with a City of Seattle employee, and Seattle as a welcoming city took swift action.

The three individuals – armed with knowledge from a Know Your Rights training – checked for key things that make a warrant legal and actionable. The administrative warrant held by the I.C.E. agents did not meet the legal threshold that would allow them to legally enter the building. Denied entry, the I.C.E. agents stated they would wait in their cars. The three were soon joined by members of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network’s Rapid Response Team, who helped monitor the situation and photographed the agents’ unmarked cars. The agents soon dispersed. To the knowledge of those on the scene, no one was detained by agents at or near the apartment building today.

What happened this morning is a terrifying reminder that knowing your rights also means knowing what to do if I.C.E. shows up. Knowing what to look for or whom to turn to in the moment is vital to ensuring that legal processes are followed and, thus, preventing a catastrophic outcome.

Unequivocally verifying that an enforcement action is taking place before posting it on social media, is crucial to preventing the unnecessary spreading of fear or panic within our immigrant neighbors and communities. If you believe you are seeing an enforcement action taking place, report it to the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network hotline at 844-RAID-REP (844-724-3737). Resources, in multiple languages, to Know Your Rights can be found at: OneAmerica, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, or with civil-rights organizations like ACLU.

The instinct and care to look out for one another and your neighbors is what makes Seattle a welcoming city. We applaud the bravery and quick thinking of our three community members and Rapid Responders from Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network to help at least one family stay together today.

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FOLLOWUP: Concord Elementary PTA seeking support for solutions to dual-language program, kindergarten-crowding concerns Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:50:26 +0000 “We ARE the opportunity gap,” Robin Schwartz from the Concord International Elementary School PTA told the Seattle School Board at its meeting this past week. (When you click “play” on the video clip below, it should advance to her remarks.)

We first reported three weeks ago on the concerns of Schwartz and other parents at Concord, which is in South Park but also draws some West Seattle families, especially because of its dual-language program, the subject of some of the changes they’re worried about.

They organized a forum to bring some of those concerns to school and district officials (WSB coverage here), and have another one planned.

And now they’re gathering signatures of support after circulating this letter:

In her remarks to the school board last Wednesday, a comment period that has strict time limits, Schwartz focused on the kindergarten class size, adding that besides being a non-optimal experience for students, “Our teachers are overwhelmed and overburdened.”

At the forum earlier this month, the district promised a committee would look at the parents’ concerns. A November 9th followup meeting is planned to see what progress has been made. But the PTA doesn’t want to just wait for that, so is seeking signatures of support – if you would like to add yours, here’s where to sign on (scroll to the end of the document after the summary of concerns and requests).

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FOLLOWUP: West Seattle coffee entrepreneurs take over, fix up South Park Hall as new event venue Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:52:42 +0000 (Before and after photos of South Park Hall, courtesy of its new proprietors)

Back in January, we told you about West Seattleite John Bennett‘s purchase, with business partners, of neglected commercial spaces in the heart of South Park. Perhaps the crown jewel of those spaces was the 1920s-era South Park Hall, a large second-floor space including a stage, a kitchen, and lots of room. Bennett told us at the time that they hoped to keep it an event venue – and that’s exactly what transpired. We heard this week from the two other West Seattle entrepreneurs who have made that happen, Heidi Herr and Corina Luckenbach, who you might know from Admiral Bird – and now, as proprietors of South Park Hall. They are offering a $100/hour introductory rental rate through November; the space holds 175 people and has A/V capability as well as the aforementioned kitchen and small stage, plus a bar and renovated restrooms. Luckenbach says, “We are super proud of what we were able to do and to keep it looking as original as possible.” The newly renovated venue (1253 S. Cloverdale) has a website with lots of info at

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FOLLOWUP: Committee to be created to handle concerns about Concord International’s dual-language program Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:45:33 +0000 (Concord International School PTA members at meeting they organized regarding dual-language-program concerns)

Story and photos by Marika Lee
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

One parent said he didn’t learn of changes at his son’s school, Concord International Elementary, from the school or the district, but by asking his son what he did at school in Spanish that day. His son’s reply: “Nothing.”

That was just one of the experiences shared at Tuesday night’s community meeting in South Park to voice concerns about the changes to the Spanish/English dual-language program at Concord.

Another Concord parent, Paulina Lopez, said at the meeting organized by the Concord PTA, “I have always been very strong on bilingualism. That is why I chose Concord. It came to my surprise that there were changes. One reason was because I wasn’t aware of the changes when the year started.”

As reported here last Friday, with the changes, reading and writing are being taught primarily in English.

The school has adopted a STEAM curriculum, and some teachers say this year’s changes have affected the time for dual-language instruction as well as nutrition-based field trips to nearby Marra Farm.

“My biggest desire is for my children to learn to read and write in my mother tongue in a competent
way. The new literacy change took me by surprise. How can the district decide this without talking to the
parents?” Concord parent Gladis Clemente said through an interpreter.

After more than two hours of discussion, Concord principal Dr. Norma Zavala – who had sent this letter to families earlier in the week – said a committee would be created to decide on how to move forward.

“I would like to publicly apologize for not including you and really practicing community engagement. It
takes time. One of the things that I am hearing here is let’s take time and make sure it is done right,”
Zavala said.

The committee would be made up of district officials, Concord parents, Concord teachers, and teachers
from Denny International Middle School, which Concord feeds into.

Dr. Zavala said at an earlier meeting that there is one dual language and one “traditional” kindergarten class this year because there wasn’t enough enrollment for two dual-language classes. Concord kindergarten teachers said there are 26 students in the dual-language class and 25 in the traditional. Eleven students are on a wait list for the dual-language class.

Multiple people accused the district of not wanting to hire another kindergarten teacher for Concord,
citing another school that they said received an additional kindergarten teacher after fundraising the necessar amount.

Parents, teachers and community members criticized the district for changing the program and accused it
of using a “one size fits all” approach with the new curriculum.

“The success of our school cannot be measured by standardized tests. These tests are always in English.
Learning a second language is a process that takes time,” Clemente said through an interpreter.

Denny teacher Tracy Gill said having literacy in both languages is more important than test scores and goes with the district’s promise to include ethnic studies at all schools.

“While Spanish is an important part of Hispanic culture, it is not the only part. Literacy is an excellent place for ethnic studies to be taught in a dual language program. Math and science are wonderful in Spanish. There is no real way to teach culture heritage or knowledge in those subject areas,” Gill said.

District officials said they are fully in supposed of the dual language program and ethnic studies. Leslie Harris, the elected school board director for South Park and West Seattle, said the situation has been painful.

“We promise people the moon but we are making promises that our wallets can’t keep. We cannot continue to sustain programs, like dual immersion learning, because of the way we lose folks later on if we do not prop them up at the beginning,” Harris said.

The meeting was described just the start of a long conversation about the changes at Concord. Another meeting will be scheduled for next month.

Get information about the Concord PTA by texting @98888 to 81010 or on Facebook at ConcordElementaryPTA.

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VIDEO: From ‘Burning Man’ to South Park, see kinetic sculpture ‘Interspecies Communication’ Sat, 30 Sep 2017 23:40:32 +0000

The rain stopped in time for the welcoming ceremony and performances at Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Ave. S.) in South Park, where you have until 9 tonight to see the Seattle debut of Lelavision‘s kinetic/musical sculpture Interspecies Communication, also seen at Black Rock City (aka the annual “Burning Man” festival in Nevada – video here).

The welcoming featured Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen

Then those gathered at the park saw Vashon-based Lelavision‘s duo ascend the sculpture, and then descend to continue the event.

Participatory “human murmuration” was to follow, and then what Leah Mann promised would be a big dance party. We’re not sure what’ll be happening if you head over when you see this, but the sculpture itself is a sight to see. According to the Kickstarter page with which money was raised for the project, Lelavision hopes it will eventually find a permanent public home.

P.S. Thanks to Tom, who tipped us off to this!

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CRIME WATCH: What led to 2 arrests at 17th/Roxbury Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:55:56 +0000

We took that photo in the parking lot on the southwest corner of 17th and Roxbury at midday today after tips about a big law-enforcement presence – primarily Seattle PD, though the lot is south of the city/county line. Police at the scene told us they were arresting at least one suspect for whom they had a warrant. Now, the details are in via SPD Blotter:

Seattle Police and King County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men at a gang member’s funeral in White Center on Wednesday as part of an ongoing anti-violence emphasis effort in the Southwest Precinct.

Police and deputies were on hand at the funeral Wednesday following a shooting one night earlier outside a home on 12th Avenue and Donovan Street in South Park.

On Tuesday, associates of the deceased gang member had gathered at a home near 12th Avenue and Donovan Street for a viewing.

During the event, several attendees were targeted in a shooting outside the home, leaving a 20-year-old man with serious gunshot injuries.

In an effort to prevent any further violence, SPD officers and King County Sheriff’s Deputies maintained a presence outside the funeral in White Center on Wednesday. Following the services, officers recognized one man, who had a warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm and a department of corrections violation.

Deputies also arrested a second man, a convicted felon, who was found in possession of a pistol.

Detectives continue to investigate Tuesday’s shooting, and patrol officers are conducting emphasis patrols in the area.

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Wondering about the sirens? Shooting in South Park Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:50:32 +0000 9:50 PM: We’ve received a few questions about all the sirens audible to the east a short time ago (we heard them from here, too). Per scanner, a man has been shot in South Park (in the 1000 block of S. Donovan), which as you probably know, is part of the Southwest Precinct too, so many officers rushed to SP from West Seattle. We don’t know anything more about the circumstances or the victim – who’s being taken to Harborview – but police are looking for suspects, possibly in a black car.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: SPD reports that the 20-year-old victim is recovering, and has a few details in this post just published on SPD Blotter.

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: 2017 Fiestas Patrias parade in South Park Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:37:23 +0000 Photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited

The annual Fiestas Patrias parade in South Park celebrates not only Latin American cultures but their importance in the U.S., and that was more poignant and urgent than ever this year.

Underscoring the issue of justice, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galván was this year’s Grand Marshal:

More than 60 entries, with hundreds of participants, paraded and performed down the route.

Horses and riders from Charros of Washington concluded the parade, and we have some video too:

Earlier in the parade, different kinds of horsepower were on display:

These are members of the Latino Riders motorcycle club:

Cars too – four groups were on the lineup, Lowrider Style Car Club, 206 Riders Car Club, Low Motion & Friends, and Good Times Car Club.

Passing our viewing spot at 14th Ave. S. and S. Henderson, this driver had the boldest display:

Participating schools included Concord International Elementary from South Park and Denny International Middle School from West Seattle, who marched together:

Right behind them, the Chief Sealth International High School Marching Band from West Seattle:

On behalf of the three schools, Denny Principal Jeff Clark shared with us:

A highlight of every September is marching in the South Park Fiestas Patrias Parade! It is a beautiful celebration of our culture and community pride!

A big thank you to all of the scholars, families, and staff who marched from our schools; including: Dr. Zavala and Ms. Martinez from Concord; Mr. MacIntyre, Sealth and Denny Band Director; and Ms. Olsen, Mr. Garcia, and Mr. Albanes (pictured below) for leading the Denny Dolphin team!

We greatly appreciate all the support from our families and community! Go Cougars, Dolphins, and Seahawks!

One other Seattle public school was in the parade – Franklin High School‘s Cheer Team participated. Speaking of cheering – Seahawks fans on the sidelines would have seen this kindred soul:

More parade sights:

Flags were proudly waved throughout the parade – from throughout the hemisphere:

(Photo by Don Brubeck)

Both business and government were represented, too. Toward the start of the parade, after the Seattle Police Honor Guard, SPD Lieutenant Adrian Diaz walked the route:

The Seafair Pirates – who walked, and also rode on cannon-firing Moby Duck – drew a few more quizzical looks:

Sea Mar Community Health Centers sponsors the parade, and many of its clinics around the region were represented, as they are each year.

At the end of the parade route, the South Park Community Center was the site of an afternoon-long celebration including music, performances, food, and a health fair. If you’re interested in being part of next year’s parade, be sure to reach out to Sea Mar, which extended a community-wide invitation this year.

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