West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle parks http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:21:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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West Seattle weekend scene: Orchard Street Ravine got its TLC http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weekend-scene-orchard-street-ravine-got-its-tlc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weekend-scene-orchard-street-ravine-got-its-tlc/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:19:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291503

During today’s Green Seattle Day, Orchard Street Ravine got the TLC it was looking for. Cindi Barker shared photos and reports, “Over 30 people came, including 3 full families. All the plants got in the ground and are now well protected for the winter ahead.”

Cindi says that’s the youngest worker who showed up today, 6-year-old Evan, with his mom Jane. Here are the pots that held the plants now in the ground:

Thanks to everyone who volunteered somewhere today!

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1st meeting in the books for next round of Highland Park levy-funded improvements http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/1st-meeting-in-the-books-for-highland-park-levy-funded-improvements/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/1st-meeting-in-the-books-for-highland-park-levy-funded-improvements/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:18:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290524

If you missed this week’s first meeting about the next round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund improvements in Highland Park – don’t worry, two more chances are ahead. The first round was the spraypark completed and opened last year; now, the nearby park space is the focus of a community-initiated project to address park access and play-equipment suitability, as outlined in the original proposal.

Seattle Parks landscape architect Pamela Alspaugh and planner Jeron Gates were at Highland Park Elementary School for the project’s first community meeting this past Wednesday night. Two major issues for the park are the age of its playground equipment – which dates back to the ’90s – and its noncompliance with the accessibility laws. Also a concern: Safety and crime prevention, with suggestions for more lighting and CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) features. Synergy with the school’s upgrade plans also was discussed; Highland Park Elementary parents are looking into grants, and it was suggested that play equipment for that project and this one be complementary rather than redundant. The Opportunity Fund project budget is $374,000 for design and construction, and it’s expected to be done in two years. A meeting early next year (no date yet) will bring a “schematic design” back to the community for review and discussion; then a “preferred design” will be presented in the spring.

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Speaking of play areas: Tonight’s the night to be in Highland Park http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/speaking-of-play-areas-tonights-the-night-to-be-in-highland-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/speaking-of-play-areas-tonights-the-night-to-be-in-highland-park/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:23:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290317 Too busy a day for a calendar preview (please go directly to our calendar to browse everything that’s up) but there’s one spotlight event, as the Highland Park Action Committee reminds us:

*Highland Park Playground Public Meeting #1* will be held tonight, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.at Highland Park Elementary School, 1012 SW Trenton St. An Opportunity Fund Grant was awarded to the park with the goals of improving access into the park, and making better connections to SW Thistle, 10th Ave SW, and SW Cloverdale so that it can evolve into an easily accessible node between Riverview and Westcrest. Participants can learn about this community-initiated project that will improve the access, usability, and safety of Highland Park. More information on their website.

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Roxhill Castle followup: Turret lifted off, play area reopens http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/roxhill-castle-followup-turret-lifted-off-play-area-to-reopen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/roxhill-castle-followup-turret-lifted-off-play-area-to-reopen/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:06:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290311

(Photo courtesy Amanda Kay Helmick)
Thanks to Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council chair Amanda Kay Helmick for sharing the photo of liftoff for the community-created turret at Roxhill Park‘s “castle” play structure. She observed its removal this morning and said the Parks staffers worked very carefully and respectfully.

(This photo and next by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
As first reported last Thursday, safety concerns regarding the turret led to the closure of the castle until it could be removed. We got there this morning after the turret, created during the play structure’s construction a year and a half ago, was bundled onto a Seattle Parks truck:

Helmick says she’s been told that Parks hopes to replace it on the structure by reinforcing the area beneath, and the structure itself, so it can bear the weight. No timeline yet; we’ll be checking in with Parks. Meantime, the play area is expected to reopen today (if it hasn’t already reopened since we were over there about an hour ago).

12:59 PM UPDATE: Just went back over – fence is gone, play structure is reopened:

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Roxhill Castle still closed: Strategizing turret removal http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/roxhill-castle-still-closed-strategizing-turret-removal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/roxhill-castle-still-closed-strategizing-turret-removal/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:07:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290080

(WSB photo from last Thursday afternoon)
The community-built play area at Roxhill Park is closed for a fifth day, according to Seattle Parks, because removing its distinctive turret isn’t going to be as easy as hoped. That’s according to Parks spokesperson Joelle Hammerstad, who says an onsite meeting is planned with its artist tomorrow, to strategize. As first reported here last Thursday, the metal turret was noticed early this month as leaning significantly; after checking that out, a Parks structural engineer voiced concern that the turret’s tiles might be too heavy for the play structure to bear. They subsequently closed and fenced off the play area as a precaution. They had hoped removing the turret to take it away for reinforcement might be an easy job, but now have found its not. Other parts of the play area are closed; the fencing is just around the “castle” at the heart of the play structure put up in a community collaboration a year and a half ago.

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