West Seattle, Washington
After a campaign launched by community advocates one year ago, the city promised to make SW Roxbury safer. Wondering how? SDOT is almost ready to unveil options. It’s announced two meetings at which it plans to show “several different engineering options to improve safety for all modes.” The first one is on the West Seattle side, Thursday, July 31st, 6 pm at Southwest Branch Library. Second one is on the White Center side, Monday, August 4th, 6 pm at the Greenbridge YWCA. These meetings were promised during a round of community meetings last winter (WSB coverage here). The project’s official page is here; check out the maps linked from the left side, including this one showing speeds, volumes, and intersections with the most crashes.
(SPD motorcycles in The Junction)
Before this very busy weekend concludes, one last round of photos from the 2014 West Seattle Grand Parade – hundreds of community members, on foot and on wheels …
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7:05 PM: Thanks to the texter who just called our attention to an emergency callout on the eastbound West Seattle Bridge at the exit to northbound Highway 99 – they say it’s a flipped car. Can’t tell from the cameras in the area at this point, but we’re checking.
7:13 PM UPDATE: Seattle Police just tweeted that it’s a single-car crash and no injuries are reported, but the ramp is blocked.
7:21 PM UPDATE: Police are calling for an SDOT crew to clean up the scene, saying over emergency radio that since it’s upside down, its fluids are running out.
8:46 PM UPDATE: In comments, Morgan Junction Mom says this isn’t clear yet but progress is being made.
8:52 PM UPDATE: And now SPD has tweeted that the ramp is open again.
Next big event in your West Seattle summer: The Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha series (with WSB among the co-sponsors) gets going this Thursday night, July 24th. Above, the video for “Cool” by Eclectic Approach, the first band in this year’s series. Bring friends, family, a blanket and/or chair(s), picnic dinner, and enjoy free live music at 6:30 pm this Thursday and each of the five that follow.
Thanks to Bob Venezia for sharing the photo – he reports seeing that crow near Lincoln Park before noon today. Is it albino, or “just” white? Experts explain there is a difference. We learned a bit about non-black crows back in 2008, when “Leucy” the leucistic crow appeared in this WSB story (that bird died the next year on our record 103-degree day). Has anyone seen this bird before?
The “Share the Shore” T-shirt is on sale in the Seal Sitters‘ booth at the Alki Art Fair, lining the promenade on the west end of Alki Beach Park until this evening. Today artists and musicians are sharing the shore as the festival continues – the Tri-Cities Steel Band Association played during our visit:
While you’re there – at the east end of the promenade, admire the piano that just arrived as part of Pianos in the Parks (reported here Thursday):
Transportation to the fair includes a shuttle bus from West Seattle High School (3000 California SW) again this year.
A peaceful, beautiful landscape including stone and water features is one of the nine residential stops on this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour, under way until 5 pm. This is where you’ll find renowned photographer Art Wolfe, who is there talking with visitors (below, in sunglasses) as well as selling and signing his books.
Also open for Garden Tour visitors, the 35th/Barton P-Patch.
Its masonry oven was in action this morning, baking fresh bagels:
Other stops on the tour – listed and mapped in the ticket book but not online – range from Admiral to Gatewood. It’s self-guided, so you don’t have to go in any particular order, as long as you complete your tour by 5 pm – ticket-book locations are on the right side of the WSGT home page.
ORIGINAL 11:50 AM “HAPPENING NOW” REPORT: Since 10 am this morning, WestSide Baby volunteers have been greeting community members donating diapers at Stuff the Bus headquarters in the HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) parking lot (northeast corner of 41st/Alaska) – and lots of other satellite locations. As the sign in the lower-right corner of the photo points out, food stamps don’t buy diapers. And babies/toddlers without diapers cannot be taken to day care so that their parent(s) can go to work. Your donations help families get on their feet and get to a point where they don’t need help any more. Here’s the list of donation locations – one might be near you even if you’re not in WS today! P.S. WS Baby reports that as of about 11:35 am, today’s donations have totaled about 28,000 diapers.
7:35 PM UPDATE: As of the 2 pm end of the major part of today’s drive, 41,450 diapers had been collected at the West Seattle location alone, with a drive-wide total of 260,713 diapers, per WS Baby. Fourth from left below is Krista, the donor who put them past today’s local goal:
While today’s drive was vital for myriad reasons including matching donations, you can donate to WS Baby throughout the year – check this page any time for current needs and where/how to donate.
WEST SEATTLE GARDEN TOUR: Buy a ticket book and you can tour nine fab local residential gardens 9 am-5 pm today, including – as noted here Saturday – that of world-famous photographer Art Wolfe, who will be there to meet visitors and sign books. Noon lecture with Susie Egan at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Ticket-book locations on the right side of the WSGT home page – the tour sites are listed and mapped in the ticket book. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits (including the raffle held during the tour!).
Speaking of local nonprofits – today is a HUGE donation drive for one:
WESTSIDE BABY ‘STUFF THE BUS’ DAY: Every year, the day after WestSide Baby‘s bus rolls down the West Seattle Grand Parade route, the family-assisting agency collects tens of thousands of diapers for babies/toddlers in need. The main dropoff spot is HomeStreet Bank (WSB sponsor) at 41st/Alaska, but there are lots of other spots you can drop off diapers too – see them here. Safeway stores also are offering deals on diapers, with on-site dropoffs. The HomeStreet site is open 10-2 – bring the kids and they can honk the bus horn.
ALKI ART FAIR, DAY 2: Second day for local artists to set up along the boardwalk at the west end of Alki Beach Park and show/sell their wares. Music and food, too. Today’s hours 10 am-6 pm, with music and food running later (check the schedule on site); free shuttle from West Seattle High School. And look for Seal Sitters at the art fair – read about their activities here, including a chance to raise money for them by dining nearby while you’re on Alki.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm as always, in The Junction, with summer produce reaching its peak. (44th/Alaska)
MEDITERRANEAN FANTASY FESTIVAL, DAY 2: 11 am-5 pm, “MedFest” features belly dancers on two stages (no admission charge) at Hiawatha Community Center. Performance schedule here; vendor map/list here. (2700 California SW)
AUTHOR SIGNING: 1-3 pm at Barnes & Noble Westwood Village, Barbara Jean Hicks, author of “Frozen: A Sister More Like Me,” will be signing. (2600 SW Barton)
WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Live music 11 am-6 pm as part of the WCJD street fair on 17th between Roxbury and 100th – info here.
JAMTIME: Live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) 1-3 pm. (5612 California SW)
AND THAT’S NOT ALL … see everything by going to our calendar.
This year’s contingent included the first male Hi-Yu royalty to appear in a West Seattle parade, Senior Court Prince Hang:
Last year’s Senior Court queen, April Davis, is on the left below, riding with other participants in the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women – that coronation at next Saturday’s Torchlight Parade downtown:
After their time on the parade route was done, this year’s royalty gathered to watch the rest of the parade:
They’re scheduled to be in the Torchlight Parade too. And if you know a young lady or gentleman who might want to be part of Hi-Yu next year … watch westseattlehiyu.com for information on how to apply.
PARADE COVERAGE: One more photo gallery ahead, later Sunday – with the people and sights not already shown here or in these previous reports:
(Also, a separate report on the Float Dodger 5K)
All our Grand Parade coverage over the years is archived here.
First coyote report in a while. It’s from Chris:
At 11:45 PM I saw a coyote in the middle of the California-Southern intersection [map]. I was 1/4 block away from it, on the east side of California at Elmgrove. I got a pretty good look at it. I was with my dog and it stopped and looked at us and turned around and went west on Southern towards Northrup. I crossed the street and looked down Southern and it turned around and looked at us again from mid block then continued west on Southern past Northrup. It looked like a healthy young one. I was glad it was wary of us.
Making sure we and coyotes stay wary of each other is a major recommendation of experts – here’s what else the state has to say.