West Seattle places to play: 1 done, 1 proposed


(photo courtesy Friends of Ercolini Park)
Two updates – first, Friends of Ercolini Park confirms that the official city-involved event to celebrate the park’s opening is now set for 10 am July 12 (but as we’ve reported before, the park and its playground are open now; the city’s working to fix the one last loose end, getting play sand for the pit). Second update — One agenda item for tomorrow night’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting involves “a potential new playground on a Parks-owned piece of land at California & Hill immediately adjacent to the UCC Church.” (That church is where the ANA meets tomorrow, 7 pm.)

14 Replies to "West Seattle places to play: 1 done, 1 proposed"

  • MargL June 9, 2008 (6:53 pm)

    So who do we comment to if there’s a problem with the playground equipment – the Park’s dept or the Friend’s of Ercolini?
    We were there yesterday and it seems like there’s a bearing going or gone out in the merry-go-round and it’s really hard to push.

  • Jen June 9, 2008 (7:01 pm)

    Also, does anyone know if there are any plans in the future for restrooms? Any info is appreciated – thanks!!

  • Jan June 9, 2008 (7:34 pm)

    curious….does anyone have any information about the supposed “park” that is supposedly going to be installed on SW Alaska St and 42nd Ave. SW – the northwest corner…? Seems like that’s been ignored entirely too long…

  • seaviewlocal June 9, 2008 (7:44 pm)

    PLEASE DON’T TELL ME THERE WILL BE A SANDPIT…it will become a giant litter box for the neighborhood cats!!! PLEASE RETHINK IT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! Suggestion…Teeter-Totter???

  • WSB June 9, 2008 (7:45 pm)

    42nd/Alaska has a funding shortfall that the Junction Association is working on figuring out how to address.

  • ann June 9, 2008 (8:28 pm)

    The sand was there today.

  • Robert June 9, 2008 (8:47 pm)


    I’ve spent plenty of time at sand boxes over the past year with my toddlers and never noticed this “kitty litter” issue. Urban legend?

  • Robert June 9, 2008 (8:49 pm)

    Here’s the link to contact the parks department and tell them about something broken:


  • miws June 9, 2008 (8:55 pm)

    I would like to see one or more of the developers, of nearby properties, pony up the money to create the long awaited park at 42nd/Alaska.


    It could be kind of a “thank you” to the community, for having to deal with the street and sidewalk closures, and other inconveniences during construction.



  • WSB June 9, 2008 (9:08 pm)

    No restrooms. This is considered a neighborhood park, not a regional draw.

  • ann June 9, 2008 (9:41 pm)

    Regarding bathrooms…

    I’ve always wondered if it’s possible to have a group go in on a porta potty for places like this. How much are porta potties per month anyway.

  • Jan June 10, 2008 (12:06 am)

    WSB….mebbe us “fundraisers” should show them a thing or two – lol…it’s getting time for our third one, me thinks :)

    thanks for the info…and yes, Mike, it would be nice if some of the businesses would pony up a little…it’s a prime spot in a prime business district, and it’s a blight..and a shame that it can’t just be done. You’d think that maybe the businesses would care a little more aobut this little plot of land and the beautification of the area in general. Not that I don’t appreciate the businesses in the junction…they’re great, really. This just seems like such a small thing…MO, of course :)

  • WSB June 10, 2008 (12:19 am)

    Some of it also had to do, according to various meetings in which this has come up, with a communications disconnect between the Parks Department and the business group/s regarding exactly how much $ would need to be raised and for what. There’s obviously some new players in the picture now, with this park spot right across the street from the proposed Conner development at Alaska/42nd/California, so we’ll see what unfolds in the months to come …

  • ericak June 10, 2008 (8:19 am)

    Blue Star (Whole Foods/Hancock Fabrics/Fauntleroy Place developer) reported at our last JuNO meeting that they are contributing $25,000 to Junction Park Plaza. Conner Homes has not contributed to my knowledge, but considering the proximity of the proposed project I would hope they give this consideration. Given the minimal response to community feedback on the proposed design of this project I would not count on it.

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