West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle parks http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:45:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 After volunteer work today, Morgan Junction Park pronounced ‘in great shape, ready for summer’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/after-volunteer-work-today-morgan-junction-park-pronounced-in-great-shape-ready-for-summer/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/after-volunteer-work-today-morgan-junction-park-pronounced-in-great-shape-ready-for-summer/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:10:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308298

Thanks to Barry for the report and photo:

Friends of Morgan Junction Parks held their first event of the year on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Morgan Junction Park. A nice turnout of volunteers performed pruning and transplanting projects, and weeding and mulching of all the plant beds. The park’s in great shape and ready for summer. Thanks to everyone who lent a hand from the Morgan Community Association, The Bridge and Beveridge Place Pub, and to the volunteers who work in all seasons to keep the park clean and vibrant.

The biggest event of the year at the park is just under two months away – the 10th annual Morgan Junction Community Festival, set for Saturday, June 20th.

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Five years after last try, Seattle Parks smoking ban proposed again http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/five-years-after-last-try-seattle-parks-smoking-ban-proposed-again/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/five-years-after-last-try-seattle-parks-smoking-ban-proposed-again/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 18:57:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304401 Five years ago, Seattle Parks‘ then-Superintendent Tim Gallagher decided to ban smoking in all city parks. But instead, as recommended by the Parks Board, the system ended up with a rule banning tobacco use “within 25 feet of other park patrons and in play areas, beaches, or playgrounds.” Today, there’s a new proposal to ban smoking in parks – here’s the memo spelling it out. Mayor Murray has already issued a statement saying he’s for it. Next step: The Parks Board will have a public hearing at 6:30 pm April 16th at Parks HQ downtown. (WSB file photo: Container of cigarette butts found on beaches, shown at Alki last year)

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New Little Free Library now ‘open’ at Morgan Junction Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/new-little-free-library-open-at-morgan-junction-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/new-little-free-library-open-at-morgan-junction-park/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:04:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301886

(Photo courtesy Joe Paar)
The long-planned Little Free Library is now in place in Morgan Junction Park, reports Cindi Barker from the Morgan Community Association: “Thanks go to Joe Paar, Morgan resident; Tyler Jamison of Village Builders; Seattle Parks staff; and the Friends of Morgan Junction Park for getting this installed!” As shown in the photo, you can see it right next to the information kiosk at the park, which is at 6413 California SW. If you’re not familiar with the concept, as explained on the official LFL site, it’s “a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.”

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Who will lead Seattle Parks? Mayor announcing nominee tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/who-will-lead-seattle-parks-mayor-announcing-nominee-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/who-will-lead-seattle-parks-mayor-announcing-nominee-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 04:01:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300710 With so much Seattle Parks land in West Seattle, it’s a city department of extra interest here. Now, we’re about to find out who Mayor Murray wants to have in charge of that department. Almost six months after he announced that Christopher Williams would end almost five years as acting superintendent, moving to the role of deputy superintendent, the mayor says he’ll announce his nominee tomorrow morning at 11. Williams, a former West Seattleite (Chief Sealth alum), took over after Tim Gallagher resigned in spring 2010.

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You can help! Be on the Alki Community Center Advisory Council http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-be-on-the-alki-community-center-advisory-council/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/you-can-help-be-on-the-alki-community-center-advisory-council/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:09:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300292 What happens at your local community center(s) – a long list of activities, classes, and events, featured in the seasonal brochure – isn’t just the work of the city staffers who work there. A community-based advisory council is hard at work behind the scenes, too. The Alki Community Center Advisory Council is inviting new members, and center coordinator Marc Hoffman asked us to share the invitation for you to “support the community center staff’s efforts to meet our recreational needs – use your talents to better our community!” The council usually meets at the center on second Wednesdays. If you’re interested, contact Marc at 206-684-7430 or marc.hoffman@seattle.gov, and/or council president Roberta Fowler, r2fowler@yahoo.com.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Another Lincoln Park car prowl http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-lincoln-park-car-prowl/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-another-lincoln-park-car-prowl/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 21:12:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297642

Yet another car prowl at Lincoln Park. Today’s report is from Luna:

We had our car broken into between 8:15 and 8:50 this morning in the Lincoln Park south lot. There was nothing in the car for them to take. Everyone that stopped while we were cleaning up and getting someone to come and pick up our kiddo was so nice and surprised, it makes me glad to live in West Seattle even if this happens at our local park! We also chatted with a couple who were broken into in the same spot last week, so be careful, everyone! There really was almost nothing visible in our car and they didn’t take the kids Patagonia jacket that was on the floor, so it seems like they were definitely looking for a purse/wallet. Just wanted as many people as possible to be aware!

This is the third reader report we’ve received this week about Lincoln Park car prowls; we tried checking the police-reports map again for the latest tally, but it’s not working so well at the moment. We also have a message out to local police leadership to ask how they’re tackling this problem, and will add whatever we hear back.

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Followup: Crash-damaged Longfellow Creek footbridge reopens http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-crash-damaged-longfellow-creek-footbridge-reopens/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-crash-damaged-longfellow-creek-footbridge-reopens/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:49:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297624 Since the crash that damaged a Longfellow Creek footbridge three weeks ago, we’ve been checking with Seattle Parks about the status of repairs. This morning, Parks spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad tells WSB the footbridge has reopened:

While working to make repairs to this bridge … we determined that the main structure is sound. We have re-opened the bridge and re-installed temporary fencing where the railing was damaged. The repairs/upgrades will take longer than expected but patrons, will be able to use the bridge while our carpentry staff order supplies and fabricate needed parts.

As reported here last week, the driver who crashed the pickup eastbound on SW Yancy, through the railing, and into the creek, 40-year-old Rossindo Ramos, is charged with DUI and reckless endangerment. He and his passenger escaped serious injury. We’re following up with Parks on what the repairs will cost and whether they’ll pursue restitution.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: More Lincoln Park car prowls http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-more-lincoln-park-car-prowls/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-more-lincoln-park-car-prowls/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 22:47:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297254 Lynne texted this photo taken in the south parking lot at Lincoln Park this afternoon:

She was parked next to that vehicle and reports that she returned to her car around noon, same time as the prowled vehicle’s owner. Police were called. As signs in the parking lot warn – and as is the case with many parks – Lincoln Park continues to be a hot spot for vehicle break-ins; Colleen has also e-mailed with a Crime Watch report, saying her car had been broken into twice in two weeks in the north parking lot, first on December 23rd, then again on yesterday. She said she had noticed “a large green truck with tinted windows pull up very close next to my car” yesterday before discovering her window had been smashed again. Both incidents, Colleen said, have been reported to police (who offer prevention advice here).

P.S. The police-reports map (which you can configure for date/type of crime) shows at least six car break-ins reported in Lincoln Park lots in the past month; that number could be low, as we know from e-mail exchanges that people don’t always report the prowls, especially if nothing was taken. (In another one-month check in mid-December, the map showed 11.) Do report it if it happens to you; you can even do so online.

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Followup: Crash-damaged footbridge to be closed for weeks http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/followup-crash-damaged-footbridge-to-be-closed-for-weeks/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/followup-crash-damaged-footbridge-to-be-closed-for-weeks/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:50:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296597 The SW Yancy footbridge over Longfellow Creek in North Delridge is expected to remain closed for weeks. That’s the latest from Seattle Parks, ten days after an allegedly drunk driver crashed through the bridge’s wooden railing and into the creek. As we reported the night of the crash, neither the driver nor his passenger were seriously hurt. But the bridge was left with major damage. Parks spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad tells WSB that there’s no firm date for repairs yet, but it’ll likely be a matter of weeks – well into January. “Until then we will keep an eye on this to make sure the barricades stay up, and would appreciate the cooperation from the public to stay off the bridge.” Meantime, we’re trying to find out the status of the case against the 40-year-old man arrested at the scene.

ADDED 3:24 PM: We’ve finally obtained the aforementioned information. According to Seattle Municipal Court online records, 40-year-old Rossindo Ramos of Highland Park is charged with DUI and reckless endangerment, and also was cited for a license violation and driving without insurance. He is not shown as having been jailed after this incident, but he is out on bail with stipulations including electronic home monitoring. He did spend four days in jail less than three weeks earlier, after an incident that resulted in a charge of property destruction, related to alleged domestic violence.

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Followup: Longfellow footbridge closed TFN post-crash http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/followup-longfellow-footbridge-closed-tfn-post-crash/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/followup-longfellow-footbridge-closed-tfn-post-crash/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295863

As promised, we went back to check on the footbridge over Longfellow Creek at SW Yancy in North Delridge (map), damaged when a driver went through the dead end, onto the bridge, through its railing, and into the creek early this morning (WSB coverage here). The “closed” sign was posted by Seattle Parks, which has responsibility for the area; we talked with regional manager Carol Baker, who tells us that Parks carpenters went out for a look at it earlier today but won’t be able to thoroughly assess the damage and plan for repairs until next week.

ADDED MONDAY: We finally have police confirmation of an arrest in connection with this – a 40-year-old man suspected of DUI. (The footbridge is still closed off – we’ll be checking on Tuesday to see if there’s a repair plan yet.)

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Use the off-leash area at Westcrest Park? This is for you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/use-the-off-leash-area-at-westcrest-park-this-is-for-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/use-the-off-leash-area-at-westcrest-park-this-is-for-you/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 18:47:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294690 If you use the off-leash area at Westcrest Park – West Seattle’s only official public off-leash area – can you spare a few minutes for a survey? It’s part of a project that’s just getting going with a $7,500 grant from King County Wastewater Treatment meant to help manage the off-leash area’s runoff problem, with water coming down the slope from the covered-reservoir area. A much-larger amount is being sought via grants, sponsorships, and private donations to pay for general improvements to the park, in partnership with Seattle Parks, King County, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Animal Shelter and COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas). The survey is collecting opinions on what improvements you’d like to see at Westcrest. Answer ASAP; they’re planning to report results next month.

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Second meeting set for Highland Park Opportunity Fund project http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/second-meeting-set-for-highland-park-opportunity-fund-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/second-meeting-set-for-highland-park-opportunity-fund-project/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:28:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293277

Mark your calendar before checking out for the holiday – if you’re interested in the Highland Park Opportunity Fund project, improving the play area at, and access into, the park at 1100 SW Cloverdale – next community meeting is set for January 13, 2015, at Highland Park Elementary School from 6:30 – 7:45 pm. Above is the presentation from the first meeting (last month); notes from that meeting are online too.

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Reader report: ‘Construction project’ in Lincoln Park treetop http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/reader-report-construction-project-in-lincoln-park-treetop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/reader-report-construction-project-in-lincoln-park-treetop/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:19:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292643

Thanks to West Seattleite Art Cazares for the quick clip and this report:

It has been one or two years since I last witnessed the birth of a new clutch “eaglets” at Lincoln Park, in West Seattle. I watched meticulously last time the Bald Eagles produced their clutch resulting in two chicks; one which died or fell out of the nest. Even more exciting, was to witness the successful raising on the one chick who grew into young adulthood and eventually flew away. Many at the park marveled each day and set up cameras and lawn chairs to witness the daily feedings and events.

Well, I’m pleased to report that the eagles have returned and once again; the warbled communication of their cries can be heard as they rebuild the nest that was partially destroyed by wind storms just a couple of months ago. I’ve included footage that i took just yesterday as the female returned to her nest with twigs and branches. It’s exciting to see that this mated pair might be planning for a new family next year. I’ve been to Lincoln Park 3 days in a row in the early morning to witness this rebuilding.

If you stand below the nest (which is about 100 feet up), you can see many branches sitting at the base of the trunk of the evergreen tree…auspiciously, the eagles have done some remodeling! :)

Cheers and best of luck to the “love birds!”

Just might be the same eagle photographed by Trileigh Tucker and shown here two weeks ago (or that eagle’s mate)! (She also documented, 2 years ago, the eaglet that Art mentions.) Read more about bald eagles here.

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Speaking of West Seattle art: Spotted in Lincoln Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/speaking-of-west-seattle-art-spotted-in-lincoln-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/speaking-of-west-seattle-art-spotted-in-lincoln-park/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:40:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292070

This wasn’t a stop on tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk but perhaps should have been – temporary art spotted in the south end of Lincoln Park.

Patti McCall sent the photos, and tonight Karen sent a tip about it too, saying one side showed up yesterday, the other today. (Thank you both!) Backstory, anyone?

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Next step toward Watton family’s pocket-park gift: Teardown http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/next-step-toward-watton-familys-pocket-park-gift-teardown/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/next-step-toward-watton-familys-pocket-park-gift-teardown/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 17:47:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291632

This isn’t the only house being demolished in West Seattle today, but we’re pretty sure it’s the only one with a backstory like this: It’s the house at 3823 SW Willow in Gatewood that was mentioned here three months ago, as Seattle Parks notified neighbors about the plans to turn it into a pocket park, thanks to a “reserved life estate donation” from George Watton, who lived there with wife DeLayne Watton for more than half a century. He built the house after returning home from World War II and had arranged the donation of the site, plus money to cover demolition, long before his death last year at age 95 (his wife died in 2007). Parks has said that after the site is cleared – today’s teardown follows a long period of more-gentle “deconstruction” – they will embark on site restoration and turf establishment, to be complete by next spring.

P.S. Thanks to Joseph for sharing the photo!

ADDED: And thanks to Ron for this view hours later, as the final wall of the house was brought down:

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