COUNTDOWN: What you need to know about Seattle Summer Parkways on Alki this Sunday

September 20, 2016 9:06 pm
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More details tonight as we look ahead to Sunday’s Seattle Summer Parkways – the latest incarnation of “car-free day,” though it’s not really “car-free” – on Alki . Official event time is 11 am-4 pm, but things get started earlier with hundreds of Orca Half (Marathon) runners leaving Don Armeni Boat Ramp, heading westbound, at 9:30 am.

First, here are the specific times and locations for parking and other vehicle restrictions on Sunday. As the map shows, the heart of Alki will be entirely closed to motorized-vehicle traffic, while from 56th to Don Armeni, one lane will be closed, one open:

-There will be no waterside parking along Alki Ave SW from 63rd Ave SW to Don Armeni Boat Ramp from 8 am to 5 pm on 09/25

-Parking will be allowed on the residential side of the street from 55th Ave SW to Don Armeni boat ramp

-Local access to vehicles will be maintained from 56th Ave SW to Don Armeni boat ramp via one lane

(ADDED WEDNESDAY) The Metro Route 50 reroute will be:

L 60 Av SW
R SW Hinds
R 63 Av SW
R SW Admiral Wy
S SW Admiral and 61 Av SW (temp terminal)

We’re still awaiting word on the Water Taxi shuttle route(s).

(BACK TO ORIGINAL REPORT) In addition to the long list of “partners” that’ll be providing activities/information/etc., mentioned on the SSP West Seattle page, the time-specific event schedules are now available, too:


9:30 AM – Orca Half Marathon begins at Don Armeni Boat Ramp.
11 AM – Kick off Summer Parkways with bike decorating & Kids’ Bike Parade from FamilyBike Seattle
11 AM-4 PM – Disaster Relief Trials begin at the Alki Bathhouse
12-3 PM – West Seattle Summer Walking Tour with Feet First. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp. RSVP on Meetup.
1-2 PM – Behind the scenes bicycle tour of Summer Parkways with the event organizers. Meet at Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where free Pronto bike rentals will be available.
1-3 PM – Free ice cream at CityScoop near 61st SW & Alki Ave SW.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE (61st Ave SW and Alki Ave SW)

11:00 AM – Disaster Relief Bike Trials launch
11:15 AM – Mayor Murray, Scott Kubly, and others open the event
12:00 PM – Zumba Kids with Jeannette
1:00 PM – Ephrata takes the stage to play Dreamy Shoegaze
2:00 PM – Groove Powers provides music to dance for all

The Disaster Relief Bike Trials are still open for participation, and the folks at West Seattle Be Prepared tell us that four local “hubs” will be activated so this really serves as a preparedness exercise as well as a fun activity – read about it on their website here. And if you have any questions/points of confusion about Seattle Summer Parkways, please comment or otherwise let us know, as we’ll be publishing more updates before Sunday and will be happy to ask organizers more questions.

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