West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to the Fauntleroy ferry dock neighbor who shared a notice that’s just been circulated in the area: “Noisy overnight work” is planned four nights next week, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 pm to 5:30 am, to fix pavement problems on the dock. (If you live nearby, you are probably aware of some work this past week – we don’t know yet if that was related.) See the notice here; it says in part, “Existing asphalt pavement around deck drains is failing, exposing underlying timber deck to rain water and potential rotting.” No WSF website alert about this yet.
Update from Nikki: The Seattle United B98 Copa team with three players from West Seattle – Akili Kasim (goalkeeper from West Seattle High School) and Abel Kidane & Miguel Macias Garibay (field players from Chief Sealth International High School) – won today and made it into tomorrow’s U.S. Youth Soccer Championships final in Tulsa!
The boys won today in the semi-finals against Pennsylvania. Winning 3-0 – giving Seattle United a shutout.
The boys are very thankful for all the support Washington is giving them.
Championship game is tomorrow at 8:30 am [6:30 am Seattle time] and will be livestreamed.
Thank you again, West Seattle, for all the support.
Here’s our Wednesday report – also courtesy of Nikki – about the team reaching the semifinals. As she pointed out, Seattle United club director Jimmy McAlister also is a West Seattleite. Their opponents tomorrow morning are from Baltimore.
More than six years ago, work began to “bury” West Seattle Reservoir in Highland Park, creating land for a Westcrest Park expansion. And now, the park work is finally done. A ribboncutting ceremony this morning kicked off the official celebration, two weeks after the fences came down to open the expansion to the public. See the man with the white beard helping cut the ribbon? That’s Marshall Dunston, who named the park Westcrest decades ago:
We’re told that was the result of a contest (update: see a 1976 photo on the Parks website). At the podium in the photo above is Brian Hawksford, who represented Mayor Murray’s office today; Michael Shiosaki from Seattle Parks represented Parks Superintendent Jesús Aguirre. Also represented in abundance: West Seattleites having fun at the 20-acre park expansion!
In addition to the newly built features including ziplines and play equipment, Parks brought in a bouncy house for today’s celebration:
Also invited, local food vendors, including White Center-headquartered Full Tilt Ice Cream, whose founder Justin Cline was staffing the truck:
If you haven’t checked out the park, the expansion end is near 8th/Cloverdale.
Our tipster in Sunrise Heights took this photo from a distance – which is good, as getting too close to a coyote isn’t good for them or you, not because of danger, but because you don’t want them to get acclimated to close human contact – so it’s a bit blurry, but they wanted you to know about the sighting earlier this afternoon, near 29th and Othello (map). To make sure you know what to do if you see a coyote, check out the coexistence advice from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Meantime, browse our coyote-report coverage over the years, newest to oldest, on these archive pages.
(SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: New arrival information – go here)
(2009 photo by David DeSiga)
With the biggest events of Seafair set for next weekend – the airshow and hydro races – you might be wondering when the U.S. Navy Blue Angels are arriving. We just received word from Seafair that they’re due in around 7:30 pm tomorrow (Sunday) night. According to the Seafair media alert, “The Blue Angels will fly over the west side of the Seattle coastline, passing the Space Needle, before landing at Boeing Field.” As usual, their practices are set for Thursday and Friday, with the official performances next Saturday and Sunday (August 1-2). More to come.
ADDED: The practice/performance/I-90 closure schedule for Thursday-Sunday, and other info, ahead:
(The view from inside the West Seattle Hi-Yu float during the Saturday move)
Around 9 am, someone texted us wondering about backups on Admiral and Avalon, trying to get to the bridge. We checked – no crashes, no stalls, and by the time we headed out for a firsthand look, all looked normal.
(Added: Photo courtesy Joy, as floats including Hi-Yu passed through downtown)
The mystery was solved, indirectly, shortly thereafter, when we saw local broadcaster Brian Westbrook‘s tweet about floats for tonight’s Seafair Torchlight Parade arriving downtown. That jolted our memory about a comment in discussion of last Wednesday’s daily traffic report: “Ex-Westwood Resident” mentioned that floats were stored at Terminal 5 this year and would be moving out Saturday morning, headed for the pre-parade Fan Fest at Seattle Center (noon-6 pm) and then, tonight, the parade. We failed to calendarize it for a later heads-up, or else we would have published an advisory (and photographed the floats! if you got a photo of them heading out, we’d love to see it – firstname.lastname@example.org). Meantime, as mentioned in our daily preview, the parade is tonight – lots of downtown road closures – followed by the Seafair Pirate Run, which will close the northbound Viaduct approximately 5:30-7:45 pm.
ADDED 5:04 PM: Thanks to Joy for sharing photos as the floats continued their journey northbound on 4th Avenue downtown after leaving West Seattle. The parade starts at 7:30 pm.
ADDED SUNDAY: Thanks to Thomas for sharing the view of the Saturday morning “parade” under the bridge from inside the Hi-Yu float!
Good morning! Saturday highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – so far we haven’t heard of any changes in outdoor events because of the weather (“chance of showers”), but we’ll update here if we do:
(Added: Alki Art Fair setup, 9:25 am)
WESTCREST PARK EXPANSION DEDICATION: 11 am-1 pm, with ribboncutting at 11:15 am. Music (Correo Aereo), family activities, food vendors (What Up Dog and Full Tilt Ice Cream) – details here. (Northwest end of park, 9000 8th SW)
RECESS MONKEY: 11:30 am-12:30 pm “Tambourine Submarine” concert by Recess Monkey at Southwest Library – free! (35th/Henderson)
VALOR RUN: As previewed here earlier this week, retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Bridget Guerrero is on a four-day, 160-mile Valor Run around Puget Sound to honor the 160 military women killed in the Middle East since 9/11. An “honor station” is planned at Westwood Village (near Carter’s) 12:30 pm-3 pm, the window during which Maj. Guerrero is expected to pass through the area. (2600 SW Barton)
‘SINGLES’ AT WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES: Gates open at 6:30 pm, movie at dusk in the courtyard by Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor) – 1992’s Seattle-set “Singles,” co-sponsored by WSB. Tonight’s raffle beneficiary is Northwest Center; see our preview from last night for info on some of what we’re raffling. Concessions by and benefiting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (4410 California SW)
KOTO JAZZ BY CHRIS KENJI: At C & P Coffee Company, 7 pm tonight. (5612 California SW)
SEAFAIR PIRATE RUN & TORCHLIGHT PARADE DOWNTOWN, WITH VIADUCT CLOSURE: The northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed approximately 5:30-7:45 pm for the Seafair Pirate Run, southbound NOT affected, and multiple road closures are planned downtown for the big parade following the race. Here’s the parade lineup – West Seattleites/WS entries to watch for include the West Seattle Hi-Yu float, WestSide Baby “Stuff the Bus,” and King County Executive Dow Constantine.
GREGG CURRY & THE RAGGED GLORY: 9 pm tonight, live at the Feedback Lounge. (6451 California SW)
MORE ON THE CALENDAR … which you can browse any time, here.
The Seattle Pride Basketball 16U boys’ team is in Las Vegas for two national tournaments, and doing well, according to Coach Jason Vann:
The team has 10 West Seattle kids: 2 go to Seattle Lutheran (Josh Meyer and Roberto Duenaz), 2 go to West Seattle (Nate Pryor and Tyler Lenzie), 2 go to Shorewood Christian (JJ Young & Jovi Fevealaki), and then we finish out the roster with Jaxon Woodward (Seattle Prep), Matthew Sassanoff (Kennedy), Emilio Mancol (Kennedy), Evan Moe (Chief Sealth), Shea Carstens (O’Dea).
(On Thursday) they won the AAU championships in Las Vegas and they went 4-0, winning all 4 games by double digits. They beat teams from Texas, Hawaii, Canada, and California en route to the championship. This is coming off a loss in the finals in Bellevue last week (NW summer showcase) versus a very tough Maeko team (Oregon) who was ranked #23 in the nation and #5 in the west coast. However, we were the last Washington team standing.
Right after that, the boys started pool play in the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic, which Vann describes as “the top 160 16U teams in the nation. They finished 3-0 and are now “the last Washington team standing to play in the top 32 platinum elite division for 16U. Loser out from here on out… Last 32 out of 160 teams! West Seattle kids hanging with national powerhouse programs!” The bracket shows their next game is 2:30 pm today against a team from Ohio.