West Seattle parks – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 27 May 2018 03:31:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 West Seattle weekend scene: Colman Pool’s first day of 2018 http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-colman-pools-first-day-of-2018/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-colman-pools-first-day-of-2018/#respond Sun, 27 May 2018 01:17:48 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917830

Walking along the Lincoln Park shore this afternoon, we stopped for a few photos between the second and third swim sessions of Colman Pool‘s first 2018 day. The pool is open again tomorrow and Monday, starting at noon each day, the first of four “pre-season weekends” before its short 7-day-a-week season starts on June 18th. The full schedule brochure is here (PDF); the brochure includes the list of fees, including the extra-but-optional slide charge that this poolside sign notes:

You’ll want to remember that Colman Pool closes on five days in July for swim meets – this year those dates are July 12, 13, 14, 20, and 21. Never been? Easiest access is to walk/run/bike on the waterside trail, via the Lowman Beach end of Beach Drive, or the Lincoln Park south parking lot access.

P.S. The historic pool celebrated its 75th anniversary just two years ago.

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SPRAYPARK SEASON! Highland Park opens Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/spraypark-season-highland-park-opens-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/spraypark-season-highland-park-opens-saturday/#comments Tue, 22 May 2018 16:13:56 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917346

(WSB file photo, Highland Park Spraypark)

It’s sunny, it’s warm, and Memorial Day weekend is days away. That means spraypark season is almost here! West Seattle’s only spraypark, at Highland Park playground (1100 SW Cloverdale), opens Saturday, May 26th, and will be open daily, 11 am-8 pm. (That’s also the first day of the first pre-season weekend for Colman Pool, but wading pools don’t start until almost a month later – Lincoln Park wading pool will be the first to open, on June 23rd.)

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YOU CAN HELP! Start your weekend with an hour at Roxhill Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-start-your-weekend-with-an-hour-at-roxhill-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/you-can-help-start-your-weekend-with-an-hour-at-roxhill-park/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 21:52:32 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917059 Big spring weekend ahead … and if you can give one hour of your time at the start, you can make a difference: 10 am, meet at 29th and Barton to join your neighbors for Spring Clean at Roxhill Park. You don’t have to bring anything – gloves, bags, and safety gear will be provided. It’s a partnership of community members and city departments including Seattle Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation, Neighborhoods, and SDOT.

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WEST SEATTLE SUMMER CAMP: New Camp Long program for teens http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-summer-camp-new-camp-long-program-for-teens/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-summer-camp-new-camp-long-program-for-teens/#comments Sat, 28 Apr 2018 21:23:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915209 (Photo courtesy Seattle Parks)

This weekend we’ll be featuring some of your summer-camp options, since school’s out in just two months. First: Sheila Brown from Camp Long wants to make sure people know about the new Survivor Quest Summer Youth Camp, a day camp to introduce “youth ages 12-15 to wilderness survival, backpacking skills, first aid, environmental science, and more. As explained on Parkways:

In an effort to individualize education, campers are given the opportunity build some of the SurvivorQuest curriculum. On the first day of each five-day session, campers and counselors will plan the week’s activities together to incorporate campers’ goals into the planned survival and environmental learning objectives. Not only will they learn survival skills and environmental science, but they will get to choose outdoor skills to focus on for the week.

Another component of this camp is that six of the eight sessions of SurvivorQuest include Camp Long’s 4-H Challenge Course and the famous Schurman Rock for facilitated rock climbing. … Camp Long’s Challenge Course facilitators follow the principles of Experiential Education, with heavy focus on team-building, communication, decision-making, and accountability.

SurvivorQuest starts the week of July 2nd and runs for eight weeks. Each session lasts five days, Monday through Friday. The camp is held at Camp Long, except for the weeks of July 23rd and 30th, which will be at Schmitz Park, and will not include the 4-H Challenge Course. Sessions cost $325, with scholarships and sibling discounts available. … For more information or to register your teen, call Camp Long at 206-684-7434.

You can also use the Seattle Parks online system – go here and look for activity camps at Camp Long.

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FOLLOWUP: What else we’ve found out about Alki Beach’s new fire rings http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-what-else-weve-found-out-about-alki-beachs-new-fire-rings/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/followup-what-else-weve-found-out-about-alki-beachs-new-fire-rings/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:41:10 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914972 (Monday photo courtesy Vlad Oustimovitch)

The arrival this past Monday of new, lockable fire rings at Alki Beach Park – replacing all seven of the old ones – raised some questions, and now we’ve received answers from Seattle Parks spokesperson Christina Hirsch:

*Policies for when they’re unlocked and locked? “The exact hours/procedures for locking the lids is being determined with staff. Currently, the lids are unlocked. We will post hours and procedure information on our website in the next couple of weeks once the information has been finalized.”

*Why were the old ones replaced? The closable lid “helps to put out the fire,” Hirsch says, adding “we also ask that folks douse their fire with water.” They hope the lockability “will help prevent fires on off-hours and prevent bonfires during burn bans.” And the previous ones “were old, rusty and beginning to fall apart.”

*How much did the new ones cost? “The new pits were designed and created in-house and are like the pits we installed at Golden Gardens Park. Each pit costs approximately $1,500 (not including delivery and installation).”

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NEW AT ALKI: Fire rings replaced http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/new-at-alki-fire-rings-replaced/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/new-at-alki-fire-rings-replaced/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:39:08 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914800

Thanks to everybody who e-mailed to let us know that new fire rings have arrived at Alki Beach. These photos were taken this morning by Vlad Oustimovitch – here’s a closer look at one of the new rings, notably lockable:

One last look at the old ones:

Alki is one of two city-owned beach parks where fires are allowed, as long as they’re in the rings and following the rules, which you can read here. The other park, Golden Gardens, already has these types of rings, which Parks staff unlocks at 4 pm; we’ll be checking with Parks tomorrow about the official procedures planned for these.

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EARTH DAY: Potluck celebration at Dragonfly Park on Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/earth-day-potluck-celebration-at-dragonfly-park-on-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/earth-day-potluck-celebration-at-dragonfly-park-on-sunday/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:28:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914420

(May 2013 aerial of Dragonfly Garden/Pavilion, by Long Bach Nguyen)

We’ve been spotlighting some Earth Day-related events (with more to come!) and here’s a heads-up for Sunday: You’re invited to join Friends of Dragonfly Park and Gardens for a potluck brunch in the park on Sunday, 11 am-2 pm. Laura Bruco says, “Kids and dogs (on leashes) are welcome. Bring a dish of some sort, a camping chair or blanket, and hopefully your sunglasses. We’ll give an update on the mission of our group this year, and folks who want to can pitch in with some basic weeding in the park.” It’s on 28th SW in North Delridge, between Yancy and Adams (map); here’s some backstory about the park and the group in this item from last October.

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READER REPORT: Herbicide application at Alki http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/reader-report-herbicide-application-at-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/reader-report-herbicide-application-at-alki/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:40:46 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914358

Judy thought you might want to know, if you are heading to Alki any time soon, that the sign above was up for a while this morning after Seattle Parks sprayed herbicides in the 2800 block:

This morning the parks department sprayed roundup and another chemical on the new landscaping by the obelisk. Picture attached. The worker pulled up the signs after 30 minutes for the inexplicable reason that people panic if they forget and leave them too long. Talked to Brad, the parks employee, listed on the sign. He said he was spot hitting the weeds that popped up. Noticed on the sign afterwards that he also sprayed the sidewalk.

The city has said it is working to use less herbicides and pesticides.

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Why students from Edmonds visited West Seattle’s Schmitz Preserve Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/why-students-from-edmonds-visited-west-seattles-schmitz-preserve-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/why-students-from-edmonds-visited-west-seattles-schmitz-preserve-park/#comments Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914326 (WSB photos by Leda Costa)

It’s a special spot in West Seattle, unlike any place in the entire city … Schmitz Preserve Park, a 53-acre forested oasis with old-growth trees, streams, and more. So special that it draws visitors from many miles around … including this high-school group from Scriber Lake High School in Edmonds:

Their visit to the park on Tuesday with teacher Chris Brown included work to assess the value of a tree – from a variety of viewpoints. And studying their value leads to appreciation for preserving them. Brown has a special link to this forest – he’s a member of the Schmitz Family, whose donated land created the park more than a century ago. And so another Schmitz Family member dropped by the park to say hi while Brown’s students were doing their work in the woods:

Standing in front of Brown are, from left, Vicki Schmitz Block, Jack Block, and Bruce Stotler – the Schmitz Park neighbor who made news recently for selling his home to the city, far below market price, so it will become part of the park when he’s gone. Its enduring importance was exemplified by the students’ project; Brown explained that the students spent 10 weeks “combining environmental science with art, PE, and (other disciplines).” After we talked with them briefly, they continued northbound on the main park trail to Alki:

If you’ve never visited Schmitz Preserve Park – its main entrances are on the east side of Alki Community Center and from Admiral Way east of the historic bridge. (Here’s a map.)

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Explorer West Middle School students present water-saving proposals to Seattle Parks http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/explorer-west-middle-school-students-present-water-saving-proposals-to-seattle-parks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/explorer-west-middle-school-students-present-water-saving-proposals-to-seattle-parks/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:49:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914229 As Earth Day approaches, the spotlight on environmental consciousness brightens, and today we have a report on how students at Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) are working with Seattle Parks to make a difference by saving water – and money. The report and photo are from the school:

The Seattle Parks and Recreation Department is making an effort to examine park water usage and implement ways to conserve and reclaim water. Seattle has the highest water and sewer rates in the country.

Students at Seattle’s Explorer West Middle School were invited to share their ideas on water conservation and reclamation to the Seattle Parks Department. Four teams of eighth graders researched solutions and brainstormed ways to be more conscious with Seattle park water usage.

Three executive staff members of Seattle Parks attended the presentations at the school. As a result of this meeting, the teams have been invited to present their findings and ideas to the Seattle Parks Department Board of Commissioners on May 10th at 6:30 pm. Interim Parks Department Superintendent, Christopher Williams, will also be in attendance.

One student noted, “The average Seattle citizen uses fifty gallons of water daily. Water is a limited resource that we need to preserve. There are simple ways to preserve water, but these plans need to start somewhere.”

The students wrote comprehensive research essays and collaborated on their live presentations. Their innovative ideas ranged from water irrigation management; low flush and composting toilets; rainwater cisterns; sustainable wading ponds and spray parks instead of pools; and creative ways to reinvent golf course water usage.

“Students volunteered for the opportunity to pass along inventive approaches to water consumption and conservation,” said Explorer West Social Studies Teacher Tim Owens. “It was a stimulating conversation.”

By using these suggestions, the Seattle Parks system could preserve our precious water. Hopefully in the future, these propositions will benefit our park system and move towards ending our ongoing worldwide water crisis.

“I was impressed by how passionate the students were about the subject matter,” said Joelle Hammerstad, Seattle Parks sustainable operations manager. “The presentations were well-researched and engaging. They even introduced us to new products that we didn’t know about, which inspired us to do some of our own follow-up research.”

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ROXHILL PARK: Think spring! Think summer! Talk … Wednesday! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/roxhill-park-think-spring-think-summer-talk-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/roxhill-park-think-spring-think-summer-talk-wednesday/#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:54:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914029 Next move in the community-powered plan for Roxhill Park is yours! Here’s the announcement from one of your West Seattle neighbors, Kim Barnes:

Bring your ideas for Spring and Summer activities in Roxhill Park this Wednesday, April 18th.

The hint of warmer weather, longer days, birds singing, and those dependable tulips waking up from the winter makes it easier to get up and emerge out of the house, as if we have been hibernating since November.

Roxhill Park is starting to wake up as well!

The Roxhill Park Development Program has partnered with the Seattle Parks Commons Program to plan activities and promote use of the park, including the wetlands, play/picnic area and sports fields.

Those who have ideas and passion for our local park to make it a vibrant recreational and meeting place are invited to help build our events calendar for Spring/Summer 2018. We need YOU!

We are looking for volunteers with all sorts of skills and experience to bring their ideas.

Anyone interested in learning more is welcome to join us April 18th at 6:00 pm-7:30 pm at Daystar Retirement Village. For the meeting location details or to contact the group, go here.

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That’s what part of the field at Myrtle Reservoir Park looked like last Sunday, damaged by a driver. The photo is from Karen Berge of the West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network, who shared it along with followup photos taken today after she noticed Seattle Parks has taken repair and prevention measures since then:

I went through Myrtle Reservoir Park this afternoon and was happy to see a solution in the SW corner of the park that should keep people from driving vehicles in – strategically placed boulders.

A day or two ago I noticed that they had graded and reseeded the lawn. They’ve positioned a big sign there asking that folks stay on the paths.

The park was built in 2010, after the city covered what had been an open-air reservoir.

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SUNDAY: Join the planting party at Puget Ridge Edible Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/sunday-join-the-planting-party-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:31:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913264

Another idea for your weekend, if you’re not out of town for spring break – one of West Seattle’s newest parks could use some help this Sunday. From Stu Hennessey:

Get an early start on Earth Week by attending the Puget Ridge Edible Park garden party this Sunday from 4-6 pm. We will be ready to plant a few beds of lettuces and other greens. We also will need some muscle to erect a grape trellis and move a table.

Peas, parsnips, and radishes are already up and doing well. This year we have over 40 planting beds so come help us bring local and nutritious food to Puget Ridge.

The park is at 5265 18th SW and has been years in the making.

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THINK SUMMER! Colman Pool opens May 26th http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/think-summer-colman-pool-opens-may-26th/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:45:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913076

(WSB file photo)

On a chilly, gray, early-spring night, here’s a reason to think summer: Seattle Parks‘ reminder today that Colman Pool, on the shore in Lincoln Park, will open on May 26th. That’s the start of pre-season weekend operations, and then it goes 7 days a week on June 18th. Registration for swim lessons is open as of today. The year’s full schedule is here.

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VIDEO: Seattle Police Traffic Enforcement Unit motorcycles in Lincoln Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/video-seattle-police-traffic-enforcement-unit-motorcycles-in-lincoln-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/video-seattle-police-traffic-enforcement-unit-motorcycles-in-lincoln-park/#comments Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:02:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913058

Thanks to Jeff Hogan for the video of Seattle Police motorcycle officers riding in Lincoln Park this morning. We checked with SPD media relations to see if there was a particular occasion or operation; just a training ride for the Traffic Enforcement Unit (which is based downtown), they tell us. Not the first time they’ve been seen in the park – WSB archives include these reader photos from 2012.

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