West Seattle, Washington
— Kevin Freitas (@kevinfreitas) January 17, 2016
The skyline’s best-known “12” is blazing bright tonight on the Russell Investments Center – with the big Seahawks-Panthers playoff game less than 12 hours from kickoff. Kevin Freitas tweeted that photo by request. The Seahawks themselves published this behind-the-scenes video about it on YouTube today:
If you’re looking for someplace to watch … consider the all-ages tailgate (and beyond) party at Highland Park Improvement Club (12th SW and SW Holden). Doors open at 9 am.
The Junction is where it’s all been happening today. We also received this from a texter – it’s up at Be’s Restaurant (4509 California SW). So if you’re looking for your waffle and/or pho fix (two faves that we’ve heard mentioned), get there before Tuesday.
As reported here earlier this week, the play structure at Roxhill Park is now fenced off as Seattle Parks gets going on work to enable to return of the custom-crafted turret originally installed with the rebuilt playground in 2013 and removed for safety concerns in 2014. We checked with Parks to find out how long it was likely to take and a few other details. From spokesperson David Takami:
Our crews, specifically, the Concrete Crew, is indeed starting the work to reinforce the section of the Roxhilll Park play area that supports the turret. The unexpected heaviness of the turret had caused it to lean and the underlying structure to slightly sink. The work involves lifting the underlying structure, pouring a new concrete foundation at that location, and reinforcing the recycled plastic structure supporting the turret. Once that is done, the crew will reinstall the turret. Staff will monitor the turret in the weeks and months after the repair work. I’m not sure of the cost but it will be absorbed as part of our annual maintenance budget. The work is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks.
Thanks for the tips (text/call us any time at 206-293-6302) – the California/Oregon signal is broken again for at least the second time this week, flashing red in all directions, and when we were in The Junction a little while ago, that was leading to backups in all four directions, as well as precarious conditions for pedestrians trying to cross while vehicles were trying to figure out whose turn it was to go next. While the best way to report urgent problems like this is by phone – 206-684-ROAD, for example – SDOT acknowledged our “tag” of them via Twitter, and at least one other user had done the same, so a crew should be on the way.
If you’ve noticed the police, fire, and ambulance activity on SW Alaska west of California – police are looking for a suspect in an assault reported on a Metro bus. The victim has been taken to the hospital. No other details yet.
While on an errand in The Junction this afternoon, we happened onto Port of Seattle firefighters fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on behalf of a big event that’s coming up: The Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, March 6th at Columbia Center downtown. They’re done for today but told us they planned to be back 9 am-1 pm next Saturday (January 23rd).
Thanks to Don Brubeck for the photos from Jack Block Park this morning, where the high tide at 9:39 this morning was 12.7 feet, close to the peak of this week’s “king tides,” the highest this winter (they peaked at 12.9 feet Wednesday-Friday mornings).
The state Ecology Department is continuing to study king tides and welcomes photos – either hashtagged via social media, or via the upload tool on this page.
Thanks to Mark Wangerin for yet another beautiful West Seattle bird photo – this one’s a yellow-rumped warbler. Try clicking it to see a full-size photo in a “lightbox” frame – then click back outside the window to get to the page; that’s a new viewing feature enabled by our technical overhaul. Meantime, it’s a quiet Saturday, since it’s a holiday weekend, but we have a few notes and events, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
HIGHWAY 99 TRAFFIC ALERT: Just north of downtown, southbound 99 is down to one lane on Aurora until noon.
OPEN HOUSE: The Community School of West Seattle preschool has an open house today – adults only – 10 am-2 pm. (9450 22nd SW)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Perfect time to go see the new Ivar Haglund display and what else is new at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum on Alki, open noon-4 pm. (61st SW & SW Stevens)
TALK WITH YOUR SCHOOL BOARD REP: The first “community conversation” meeting for West Seattle and South Park’s newly elected School Board rep Leslie Harris is 3-4:30 pm – you can drop in at any time – at Southwest Library. (35th SW & SW Henderson)
LIVE MUSIC: Enjoy live hard rock music at The Skylark, 9 pm, featuring The Big Bad, The Flying Tortugas, and White Horse. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
Local high schools’ varsity-basketball teams all won on Friday night:
CHIEF SEALTH: Two victories at home over Nathan Hale – girls 52-23, boys 78-46. (Thanks to Mel for that score and the photo.)