West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle parks http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 WEDNESDAY: City’s dogs-in-parks plan @ Delridge District Council http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/wednesday-citys-dogs-in-parks-plan-delridge-district-council/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/wednesday-citys-dogs-in-parks-plan-delridge-district-council/#comments Tue, 17 Nov 2015 04:48:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329376 If you’re interested in the city’s policies regarding off-leash dogs in parks – whether you think current policies are too lenient, too tough, or just right – you’ll be interested in this Wednesday’s Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting. The agenda includes a discussion of the People, Dogs, and Parks Strategic Plan (previously called the Off-Leash Area Strategic Plan) that’s under development, with a draft plan to go public in early January. Scheduled guests include reps from Seattle Parks and from the Seattle Nature Alliance. The under-development plan was a topic at last week’s Fauntleroy Community Association meeting, as reported here. The DNDC meets at 7 pm Wednesday (November 18th) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

P.S. If you can’t be there, the city is also taking comments via this form.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Friends of Lincoln Park get ‘green and grubby’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weekend-scene-friends-of-lincoln-park-get-green-and-grubby/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-weekend-scene-friends-of-lincoln-park-get-green-and-grubby/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 05:21:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328510

On this Green Seattle Day, the Friends of Lincoln Park led one of two West Seattle planting parties – and it was big. According to FLiP – whose Mark Ahlness shared the photo – before the day was done, 34 volunteers participated in planting 300 trees and shrubs, west and south of the north ball field, where the group’s been working much of the year. Read about how they got “green and grubby,” and see more photos, by going here.

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Renovation ahead for Lincoln Park’s north play area: What do you want to see there? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/renovation-ahead-for-lincoln-parks-north-play-area-what-do-you-want-to-see-there/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/renovation-ahead-for-lincoln-parks-north-play-area-what-do-you-want-to-see-there/#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2015 23:08:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328146 Seattle Parks is getting ready to fix up the north play area at Lincoln Park, and has two requests:

#1 – Answer this survey

#2 – Come to the open house on November 19th (two weeks from tomorrow), 5:30 pm-6:30 pm at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle), to see design options and offer your ideas

Parks explains:

This project will replace play equipment, provide access improvements, and improve other features at the park. The scope of these projects provides improvements to bring the play area into compliance with current play area safety standards and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access.

The estimated $600,000 cost of the project is coming from the Seattle Park District levy, and the work is expected to be done next year.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR: Many Seattle Parks facilities to close November 17th http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/for-your-calendar-many-seattle-parks-facilities-to-close-november-17th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/for-your-calendar-many-seattle-parks-facilities-to-close-november-17th/#comments Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328030 Seattle Parks wants you to have two weeks notice of this – many of its facilities will be closed November 17th for an “all-staff in-service day.” Read on for the citywide announcement of what WILL be in operation that day:

The following programs and facilities will be open on regular schedules:

· Amy Yee Tennis Center
· Jackson, Jefferson, Interbay, West Seattle golf courses

Ballard Pool will be open for the following programs. All other pools will be closed.

· Early Morning Lap Swim, 6:-7:30 a.m.
· Aqua Jog Fitness Class, 11:10-11:55 a.m.
· Adult and Senior Swim, Noon-1:15 p.m.
· Three lane lap swim/Public Swim, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
· Public Swim, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
· Shallow Water Exercise/Hydro-Fit/Two Lane Lap Swim, 8:30-9:15 p.m.

Enrichment programs will be operating on the schedule below. All other activities at community centers will not take place.


· Ballard Community Center, School-Age Care, 7a.m.-1 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
· Ballard Community Center, Preschool, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
· Bitter Lake Community Center, No programs*
· Green Lake Community Center, Preschool, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
· Loyal Heights Community Center, Preschool, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
· Magnolia Community Center, School-Age Care, 7a.m.-1 p.m., 3-6 p.m.
· Magnolia Community Center, Preschool, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

* Before- and After-School programs at Bitter Lake Annex will be open for the regular program hours.


· Laurelhurst Community Center, No programs
· Magnuson Community Center, No programs
· Meadowbrook Community Center, School-Age Care, 3-6 p.m.*
· Meadowbrook Community Center, Preschool, 9 a.m. – noon
· Meadowbrook Community Center, Middle School Programs, 2:30-6 p.m.
· Northgate Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.
· Northgate Community Center, Preschool, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
· Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, No programs*

*Before- and After-School programs at John Rogers Elementary, Wedgwood Kids Time, and Thornton Creek will be open for their regular program hours.


· Belltown Community Center, No programs
· Garfield Community Center, No programs
· Montlake Community Center, No programs*
· Queen Anne Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.
· Queen Anne Community Center, Preschool, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
· Miller Community Center, No programs
· Yesler Community Center, Rec Tech, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
· Discovery Park, Preschool, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

* Before- and After-School programs at McGilvra Elementary will be open for their regular program hours.


· Alki Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.
· Alki Community Center, Preschool, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
· Delridge Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.
· Delridge Community Center, Preschool, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
· Delridge Community Center, Rec Tech, Noon – 8 p.m.
· Hiawatha Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.
· Hiawatha Community Center, Preschool, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
· Hiawatha Community Center, Teen Programs, 2-6 p.m.
· High Point Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.
· South Park Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.
· South Park Community Center, Rec Tech, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


· International District Chinatown Community Center, No programs
· Jefferson Community Center, School-Age Care, 3-6 p.m.
· Jefferson Community Center, Preschool, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
· Rainier Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.**
· Rainier Beach Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.
· Southwest Community Center, No programs
· Van Asselt Community Center, School-Age Care, 7-9 a.m., 3-6 p.m.

**Rainier Community Center will be closed for building maintenance, but its Before- and After- School program will operate the regular hours at their off-site location, Southside Commons.

All enrichment programs taking place outside of community centers and at schools will operate as usual.

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YOU CAN HELP! Two West Seattle locations for Green Seattle Day next Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-two-west-seattle-locations-for-green-seattle-day-next-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/you-can-help-two-west-seattle-locations-for-green-seattle-day-next-saturday/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2015 01:20:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327854 Looking ahead to next weekend – Saturday (November 7th) is the 10th annual Green Seattle Day, your next chance to spend a little time doing something big in local greenspaces. Two West Seattle locations are looking for volunteers – Lincoln Park (with Friends of Lincoln Park) and the West Duwamish Greenbelt (with Nature Consortium). Trees will be planted and fun will be had. No experience needed – all ages welcome – plants, tools, gloves, coffee, snacks provided. Sign up ASAP and get more info on times and locations by going here.

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TOMORROW: Something to say about West Seattle parks? Tell the supe http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/tomorrow-something-to-say-about-west-seattle-parks-tell-the-supe/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/tomorrow-something-to-say-about-west-seattle-parks-tell-the-supe/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:01:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327289 Quick advance mention in case you haven’t seen this on the calendar: One last West Seattle stop on Seattle Parks Superintendent Jesús Aguirre‘s listening tour – which otherwise made the rounds in this area 2+ months ago – is happening tomorrow (Wednesday) @ High Point Community Center (6920 34th SW), 6:30 pm. Bring comments/questions about what’s working for you re: Parks, and what’s not. (Here’s our report on one of his local stops in August.)

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Playground plea for Westcrest Park: Please don’t take the toys! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/playground-plea-for-westcrest-park-please-dont-take-the-toys/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/playground-plea-for-westcrest-park-please-dont-take-the-toys/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:44:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324773 This reader report is from Vanessa, whose daughter plays at Westcrest Park:

Recently kids in Highland Park have started donating riding toys to the playground at Westcrest. Everyone here loves Ercolini with all the riding toys, and the new playground and trails are a perfect place to ride.

Unfortunately most of the toys have been stolen from the playground. Everything has been clearly marked “donated to Westcrest playground.” There are a few toys that are still there but the thieves have taken a big wheel, a tricycle, and a push car. The kids that are donating these toys are also frequent visitors to the park and one mother shared how her girls were upset to go back and see that the toys they put there to share with their neighbors had been stolen.

Maybe you could share this story in Crime Watch or somewhere. I know that there isn’t actually a crime here but it’s still a bummer to see this happening.

That’s Vanessa’s daughter in the photo, taken last weekend, featuring a donated toy that’s since disappeared.

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West Seattle scenes: PARKing Day 2015, official and unofficial http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-scenes-parking-day-2015-official-and-unofficial/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-scenes-parking-day-2015-official-and-unofficial/#comments Sat, 19 Sep 2015 06:56:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323389 On Thursday night, we pointed out that West Seattle had just one pop-up mini-park planned for PARKing Day this year:

… and that was it, the third consecutive year for a mini-park outside Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) at Westwood Village. That’s co-proprietor Kirk Keppler. They offered visitors a chance to play “ladder ball,” among other things.

Though no one else was registered for the SDOT map, we found out tonight that there was at least one unofficial pop-up park:

Thanks to Amy for the photo from their unofficial mini-park on Admiral Way near 63rd. PARKing Day is a global celebration of urban open space held every year.

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West Seattle projects included in mayor’s first Parks District budget proposal http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-projects-included-in-mayors-first-parks-district-budget-proposal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-projects-included-in-mayors-first-parks-district-budget-proposal/#comments Sat, 19 Sep 2015 02:15:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323321

One year after voters approved creating the Seattle Park District to provide more money for the city’s park system, Mayor Murray has gone public with his first full-year budget proposal for the district. He was in South Park this morning for the announcement; above, you can watch Seattle Channel‘s archived video of the event. The news release is here – and probably of most interest locally is the list of what will be funded if his proposal goes through. See it here; we’ve excerpted specific West Seattle mentions below (but note that some items on the list are very general, so these are not necessarily ALL the ways in which WS facilities/locations would get funding):


Renovate play areas with new play equipment and make any necessary safety and ADA improvements. Complete Lincoln Park (North), Webster Park and Gilman Park play areas in 2016. Begin the following 7 renovations: Prentis Frazier, Georgetown, High Point, Dearborn, Discovery, Hiawatha and South Park play areas.


Condition assessments under way for the following community centers: Green Lake, Hiawatha, Jefferson, Loyal Heights, Magnolia, Queen Anne, South Park, Lake City. This information and the Community Center Strategic Plan will inform priority projects


New Third Shift Crew of journey-level trade positions (electricians, painters, carpenters and plumbers) maintains recreation facilities at night to avoid disruption to the public during operating hours and to work more efficiently. In 2016, the Third Shift Crew will work at 14 sites Camp Long, Rainier Beach CC, Van Asselt CC, International District/Chinatown CC, Alki CC, Miller CC, Yesler CC, Montlake CC, Laurelhurst CC, Ravenna-Eckstein CC, Magnolia CC, Green Lake CC, Loyal Heights CC, South Park CC. These are in addition to 10 sites already funded for preventive maintenance in the department’s base budget: Colman Pool, Mounger Pool, Mount Baker Bathhouse, SW Crew Quarters and the following facilities which will require closures: Evans Pool, Southwest Pool, Amy Yee Tennis Center, Madison Pool, Queen Anne Pool. This means improved maintenance at 24 facilities in 2016, and moving from a 5-7 year cycle of visits to a 2-year cycle. Because much of the work is done at night, there will be fewer 2-3 week closures and fewer interruptions of child care programs, before- and after-school care, sports and many other activities.


Improve parks grounds maintenance, landscaping, and tree work by adding a third tree crew to protect the long-term health of park trees (decreasing tree maintenance cycle from once every 50 years to once every 14 years); increasing support for the Seattle Conservation Corps; and increasing park maintenance including doubling weekly cleanings of comfort stations during peak season at 41 locations: Cal Anderson, Powell Barnett, Volunteer, Madison Beach, Madrona Beach, Washington, Pratt, Garfield, Seward, Atlantic City, Genesee, Othello, Jefferson, Judkins, Alki, Rainier, Van Asselt, EC Hughes, Seacrest, Highland Park, Lincoln Beach, Riverview, Roxhill, Lincoln Wading Pool, John C. Little, Gas Works, Upper Woodland, Lower Woodland, Central Woodland, Green Lake, North Acres Spray Park, Carkeek, Golden Gardens Upper, Golden Gardens Beach, Soundview, Maple Leaf, Matthews Beach, Magnuson, Viewridge, Dahl, Meadowbrook.


Working with the Office of Arts and Culture, recruit and select artists to “activate” parks through approximately 40 performances and temporary installations. While not limited to these sites, the following parks have high priority for activation: Cal Anderson, Dr. Blanche Lavizzo, First Hill, Judkins, Flo Ware, Powell Barnett, Denny, Ballard Commons, Lake City Mini Park, Mineral Springs, Salmon Bay, University Playfield, Hutchinson, John C. Little, Othello, Pritchard Beach, Delridge, Duwamish Waterway, Roxhill.


Start planning and design from 2016 to 2018 for 14 new parks all over the city on land acquired with 2008 Parks and Greenspaces Levy including: Lake City Hub Urban Village, Baker Park Addition, Greenwood Park Addition, Greenwood/ Phinney Residential Urban Village, Wedgwood, U District UCV, Fremont HUV, Denny Triangle, International District UCV, 48th and Charlestown, North Rainier HUV, West Seattle Junction, Morgan Junction RUV, South Park Plaza (bold indicates the sites planned to start in 2016).

The local “land-banked sites” mentioned for West Seattle are, in the Junction, the one on 40th SW south of SW Alaska, current interim home to Fire Station 32, and in Morgan Junction, just north of MJ Park, the site currently housing a commercial building. Those two and 48th/Charlestown are all now city-owned but there’s no money to develop them as parks, pending this proposal (or something else in the future). Again, LOTS more in the full list linked above, but these are the items that include specific, called-out-by-name West Seattle locations. Next year is the first year that property taxes will be collected to fund the Park District and its projects.

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What’s happening behind closed doors at Colman Pool post-season: Cleaning and restoration of its 75-year-old mural http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/whats-happening-behind-closed-doors-at-colman-pool-post-season-cleaning-and-restoration-of-its-75-year-old-mural/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/whats-happening-behind-closed-doors-at-colman-pool-post-season-cleaning-and-restoration-of-its-75-year-old-mural/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:11:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323283

(WSB photos)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

When the doors open at Colman Pool for its 75th-anniversary season next summer, be sure to look up as you walk in.

The 6′ x 13′ mural over the reception window in the lobby is getting some TLC right now, following the end of the 2015 season for the city-owned outdoor, saltwater pool on the shore of Point Williams at Lincoln Park.

We stopped in earlier this week to talk with Peter Malarkey, the conservator who is cleaning and repairing the mural for what might be the first time in its three-quarters of a century:

The mural was painted by Ernest Norling for the pool’s completion and dedication on July 4th, 1941.

Malarkey, who cleans and restores privately owned paintings as well as public artwork like this, says he’s seen worse – but still, here’s proof of what he’d removed in the first few days:

Since the pool is only open to the public a few months a year, and there are no other sources of “emissions” to contribute to the grime, that’s likely why it’s in what Malarkey terms “surprisingly good shape.” You have to look hard to see the spots he’s repairing – a few nicks and scratches, one long line of “graphite” that he suspects might have been caused by someone with a pencil. A few spatters, too.

And then, a protective coat of varnish will go over the entire mural – not too glossy, so it doesn’t detract from the art itself, “as invisible as possible,” says Malarkey. “It’s meant to be panels of color, not a lush oil painting.”

Talking about the mural restoration led to a discussion of the mural itself, which reflects many aspects of the time, and the interests of Laurence Colman, for whom the pool is named. You can read about the mural, titled “American Youth and Freedom,” on interpretive signage in the lobby (which has other items of interest, even an old-fashioned phone booth):

We discussed the mural’s style – which Malarkey sees as a reflection of American Regionalism, and the so-called “American Scene” painters. He has another term for it – “late ‘Public Deco’.” The mural, he observes, “clearly responds to the building,” including its curves

Back to Peter Malarkey’s work as a conservator. “All the materials I will use are reversible,” he said. His work is “to influence the painting as little as possible” – everything is soluble in case at some point it needs to be removed. “Reversibility” is important in the kind of work he does. When you see the mural again next year, “the fresher colors will give you a chance to look at (Norling’s) work again, the way he intended it to look.”

Malarkey expects to be done by the middle of next week. Of the project (publicly and privately funded, for an estimated total of $15,000), he says, “It’s good of Parks and the city to be taking care of this – it shows a lot of dedication to the building (and its history). It’s an example of a wise investment in the city’s culture.”

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TOMORROW: One PARKing Day pop-up park in West Seattle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/tomorrow-one-parking-day-pop-up-park-in-west-seattle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/tomorrow-one-parking-day-pop-up-park-in-west-seattle/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:24:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323231 If you go to Westwood Village tomorrow, stop by the PARKing Day park outside Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor), any time after 10 am. Once again this year, they’re participating in the worldwide festival of creating temporary mini-parks … and this year, according to the SDOT map, theirs is the ONLY pop-up park in West Seattle.

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Left a love lock at Duwamish Head? Go get it before it’s gone http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/left-a-love-lock-at-duwamish-head-go-get-it-before-its-gone/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/left-a-love-lock-at-duwamish-head-go-get-it-before-its-gone/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:49:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323136

Thanks to Lynda B for texting the photo this evening – first we’ve heard that Seattle Parks is planning to remove the “love locks” that have turned up on the fence at Duwamish Head. They’re a tradition in some spots around the world – even other spots in the city – but we’ve only noticed them here relatively recently. The sign says they’ll be removed on Friday, so if you have one you’d like to retrieve (and you didn’t throw away the key!), better go get it. We’ll check with Parks tomorrow to find out why they’ve decided to remove the love locks.

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What city-run community centers will offer IF there’s a Seattle Public Schools strike http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/what-city-run-community-centers-will-offer-if-theres-a-seattle-public-schools-strike/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/what-city-run-community-centers-will-offer-if-theres-a-seattle-public-schools-strike/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 23:39:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321872 In our area, Alki, Delridge, Hiawatha, High Point and South Park community centers will offer all-day camps as an expansion of current before-/after-school care IF there is a Seattle Public Schools strike. That news and other related info from the city is just in via this announcement:

Today Mayor Ed Murray announced that Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), will expand currently scheduled before- and after-school care into all-day camps on September 9, 10 and 11 in the event of a strike by Seattle Public Schools teachers.

“While we still hope that an agreement will be reached to allow school to start on time, the City is making arrangements to provide some relief to impacted families juggling childcare arrangements,” said Murray. “That’s why, for families with children already participating in Seattle Parks and Recreation before- and after-school programs, we will be expanding those program hours for them.”

“The heart of our work here at Parks and Recreation is to support kids and families,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. “If the strike takes place, we will do just that.”


The day camps, which will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will take place at 16 designated community centers around the city with capacity for approximately 850 children. They are for youth aged 5 to 12 who are enrolled in regular Parks and Recreation/ARC 2015-2016 school year before- and after-school programs. These day camps will operate only if school is not in session and will operate at no additional cost to families.

Parents or guardians can still register children by phone or at their home community centers.

Registration is first-come, first-served. Before- and after-school program registration paperwork must be completed to be eligible.

Please note: In the event of a strike, preschool programs will be canceled at all community centers for the duration of the strike. Families will receive a pro-rated credit for days missed. Displaced families can call the City of Seattle’s Childcare Hotline at 206-386-1050 for assistance in finding alternative child-care.

· Children will be asked to bring a sack lunch. ARC will provide breakfast snacks and afternoon snacks, and will provide lunches for any children who do not bring one.

· Parents or guardians must drop children off by 9 a.m. or Parks and Recreation will activate the waiting list.

· At day’s end, Parks and Recreation/ARC will release children only to the authorized person, with identification, listed on the registration form.

· Parks and Recreation and ARC will make every effort to accommodate a child’s special needs; however, the 1:15 ratio of child to staff does not allow for the extra attention provided in regular before and after school programs.

The day camps will take place at these centers:

· Northwest Seattle: Ballard, Bitter Lake and Magnolia community centers
· Northeast Seattle: Meadowbrook, Northgate and Ravenna-Eckstein community centers
· Central Seattle: Miller and Queen Anne community centers
· Southwest Seattle: Alki, Delridge, Hiawatha, High Point and South Park community centers
· Southeast Seattle: Rainier, Rainier Beach and Van Asselt (with Jefferson) community centers

In addition, Parks and Recreation’s Teen Life Centers (TLC) at Meadowbrook, Garfield and Southwest community centers will be open two hours earlier than normal from 11 a.m. each day until their regular closing times, available here.

Late Night Recreation programs will operate on their regular schedules at Bitter Lake, Delridge, High Point, Rainier, Rainier Beach, South Park and Van Asselt community centers and at the Garfield, Meadowbrook and Southwest TLCs.

Information about community centers is available here.

Additionally, all locations of The Seattle Public Library are open regular hours and Library staff members are ready to support students and families with resources and programs. Visit spl.org or call 206-386-4636 to find out the nearest library, the hours of operation and scheduled programs.

The *possibility* of a strike was raised by a vote taken last night by educators in the Seattle Education Association, to strike Wednesday if there is no deal with the district. The union and district were scheduled to resume talks today, with a mediator present.

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FOLLOWUP: Artist Troy Pillow chosen for Junction Plaza Park project http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-artist-troy-pillow-chosen-for-junction-plaza-park-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/followup-artist-troy-pillow-chosen-for-junction-plaza-park-project/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:21:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321705 Another quick note from tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting: An artist has been chosen for the Junction Plaza Park project (42nd SW & SW Alaska). Susan Melrose from the West Seattle Junction Association told the SWDC that the decision had been made at a meeting earlier in the evening: The artist will be West Seattle resident Troy Pillow, whose public art you can see here. He also is the artist commissioned for The Whittaker (there’s some information on that plan in our report from last December’s city Design Commission meeting). The $25,000 budget for this project was part of the “public benefit” from what became the Spruce project (3922 SW Alaska). No specific design yet, Melrose said, but she says Pillow is “very collaborative.” Watch for updates.

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What all the digging’s about at Southwest Pool and Seacrest Pier http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/what-all-the-diggings-about-at-southwest-pool-and-seacrest-pier/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/what-all-the-diggings-about-at-southwest-pool-and-seacrest-pier/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:37:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321632 We’ve just dug up details on two Seattle Parks projects you might have noticed:

(Seattle Parks photo)
SOUTHWEST POOL/TEEN LIFE CENTER/NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICE CENTER: You’re being asked to enter via the south side while this work is happening on the north side of the building at 2801 SW Thistle. A leaky water pipe was detected, and has to be replaced; once that’s done, the cement that’s being removed to get to the faulty pipe will have to be replaced, and this is all expected to continue for another week and a half.

SEACREST PIER: Remember last year’s controversy after the city temporarily shut off the Seacrest shower used by divers, because it drains into Puget Sound? Parks mentioned a “permanent solution” was being sought, and this project is apparently it.

When the work is done, the shower will drain into the sewer system instead. The $71,500 project is expected to be complete by the end of next month. (Thanks to Paul for the tip.)

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