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LIGHT RAIL: New developments as planning process gets halfway to ‘preferred alternative’ for West Seattle/Ballard

July 22, 2018 10:28 pm
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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

No midsummer slowdown for the West Seattle (and Ballard) light-rail planning process.

We have several things to report. First – the date is set for the next West Seattle “neighborhood forum” – Saturday, September 8th, 9-11:30 am, Seattle Lutheran High School gym (4100 SW Genesee). That’s open to everyone.

ST has been conducting some by-invitation events in the meantime, all-day design charrettes for the future station areas, including one last Friday in Delridge and another coming up this Tuesday in The Junction.

And soil sampling continues in Pigeon Point.

We reported last week on that site at 19th/Genesee; ST tells WSB that the crew will continue work there through Tuesday, and then move to a site described by ST as “20th Ave SW and the end of the cul-de-sac north of SW Charlestown Street” for work on Wednesday and Thursday.

Also this past week, both working groups for the project met. We covered the Elected Leadership Group meeting at the ST board room downtown on Thursday. Here’s how that went:

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CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle 10-year-old’s achievement at Seafair Kids’ Triathlon

Thanks to proud mom Maija Wade for the photo and report on her son’s achievement:

Today at the BRI Seafair Triathlon Kids Long Course, 10 year old Marshall Wade of Gatewood Elementary School won 1st place in his age group, 1st among all male youth participants, and 3rd place overall.

The Kids Long Course includes a 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride, and 1-mile run.

This is Marshall’s second Seafair Triathlon and his first podium finish. After the event, Marshall said, “It was very fun and my goal is to have fun! … We as kids can do this!”

The event was held at Seward Park.

UPDATE: Water-rescue response brings SFD crews to Seacrest

8:03 PM: A water-rescue response is headed to Seacrest/Don Armeni, though apparently it’s related to a call involving a kiteboarder seen from a spot across the bay in Discovery Park – the dock here is being used as a rendezvous point. Updates as we hear them.

8:10 PM: The kiteboarder who was the subject of the original call is apparently OK and getting assistance to get to shore on the other side of the bay. Fireboat Leschi is still at Seacrest loading up assistance just in case.

8:15 PM: And now they’re keeping the rescue operation going as they’ve determined other kiteboarders in the water may still need help.

8:21 PM: Our crew talked to SFD personnel at Seacrest who explained that they brought divers to the dock to get on board Leschi, which is now headed across the bay. Added a photo of the SFD land unit that’ll be leaving Seacrest soon. Meantime, the actual rescue, south of West Point, sounds to be going OK, with one person still in the water but rescuers nearby.

SPORTS: Another West Seattle Little League victory at state tournament

(Photos added 9:22 pm – by Barry J. White)

7:18 PM: Thanks again to Cami MacNamara for another report from Sedro-Woolley, where the West Seattle Little League All-Star 12s scored another big state-tournament win today, this time against Walla Walla, with the game called at 14-0 in the fifth inning. As shown on the official bracket, their next game is Tuesday, 4 pm vs. Sammamish.

9:22 PM: Thanks to Barry J. White for sending photos and a summary:

Miles Gosztola pitched three dominant innings, allowing no hits while striking out seven.

Robbie Foisy relieved him and pitched two hitless innings and striking out three.

Matthew Henning smacked a three-run homer as part of a six-run third inning that broke the game open. As they have throughout this run, the team helped itself with aggressive baserunning and sharp defense.

COUNTDOWN: Alki Art Fair next weekend!

July 22, 2018 4:31 pm
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(WSB file photo)

Here in the heart of summer, waves of big events just keep rolling on … and another one is up next weekend: The 2018 Alki Art Fair! This will be the 21st annual AAF – if you’ve never been, here’s how it’s described by organizers: “Alki Beach will come alive with art booths, children’s art activities, food carts, live music and performances, and the very popular silent auction held in the historic Alki Bathhouse. The Fair features juried art on display and for sale by local Puget Sound artists, while a line-up of talented musicians and performers entertain from four stages, morning till night.” Official Alki Art Fair hours (on the boardwalk by and west of Alki Bathhouse) will be 10 am-6 pm next Saturday and Sunday (July 28-29), with music until 9 pm on Saturday. Bonus for getting there: A free shuttle from the park-and-ride under the bridge, as explained here. We’re proud to be an Alki Art Fair co-sponsor again this year; we’ll have another update with artist and music info as next weekend gets closer!

UPDATE: WestSide Baby spotlights diaper need @ Stuff the Bus Bash

1:35 PM: Bubbles! Kids’ activities! Ice cream! Live music! Until 3 pm, you are welcome to enjoy the Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive Bash at WestSide Baby‘s expansive HQ at 10002 14th SW. Or … just drive/ride/walk up on 14th to drop off diapers!

The band Whole Bolivian Army – which you might remember from Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor)’s West Seattle grand opening a week ago – is here too (as is Verity):

3:05 PM: The party is officially over but not the diaper drive! WS Baby needs them year-round as do the clients of their community partners – such as the White Center Food Bank, which also serves part of White Center:

In that photo, at left and right, WS Baby executive director Nancy Woodland and public-affairs manager Toni Sarge, and at left and right center respectively, WCFB’s development director Carmen Smith and new executive director Marélle Habenicht. Also at the party, WS Baby supporters including Kirk Keppler of Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village:

With Kirk is son Evan. Meantime, the party fun included tricycle races:

That’s Zoe on the trike. Visitors also got to tour the WS Baby facility:

WS Baby serves thousands of local kids in need, with more than diapers. Here’s how to help.

TRANSIT ALERT: Smaller vessel on West Seattle Water Taxi run Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Just in case you hadn’t heard – this starts tomorrow, as announced by the King County Water Taxi:

The King County Water Taxi will operate the West Seattle route next Monday through Wednesday, July 23 – 25, using its smaller backup vessel, the Spirit of Kingston. The Doc Maynard will undergo preventative maintenance during this time. Riders are advised to arrive early for their evening commute as some sailings may sell out.

Hop Around West Seattle, Stuff the Bus Bash, Christmas in July, ‘Hamlet,’ and what else is up for your Sunday

(Barred Owl in hemlock, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

Highlights of what’s up today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Back in its usual spot in the street, 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Parade at 11 am on 16th SW between SW 100th and SW 112th and carnival at White Center Heights Elementary continues, 11 am-11 pm. Full details at

WADING POOLS: Expected to be open today. Your West Seattle wading pools will be Lincoln Park (11 am-8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Delridge (noon-6:30 pm; Delridge/Genesee)

COLMAN POOL CLOSURES OVER: The outdoor saltwater pool at Lincoln Park reopens to the public noon-7 pm after two days of swim-meet closures. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

WESTSIDE BABY ‘STUFF THE BUS’ BASH: Noon-3 pm, you and your family are invited to bring diapers to WestSide Baby‘s White Center HQ not just to “stuff the bus” but also to enjoy a fun party – details here! (10002 14th SW)

HOP AROUND WEST SEATTLE: Noon-5 pm shuttle tour of three West Seattle beer spots – Ounces (3809 Delridge Way SW), The Beer Junction (4511 California SW), Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California SW). Details in our calendar listing; tickets available online.

ALKI POINT LIGHTHOUSE TOURS: The US Coast Guard Auxiliary welcomes you to their weekly 1 pm-4 pm tours (get there by 3:45 pm) at historic Alki Point Lighthouse. (3201 Alki SW)

‘HAMLET’ IN THE PARK: This year’s only scheduled West Seattle performance by Young Shakespeare Workshop, 2 pm at Roxhill Park. Free! Here’s our preview. (29th/Barton)

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: Fun benefit dinner and auction at the Masonic Center to help The Christmas People meet their goal of helping people in need next winter-holiday season. Doors open at 4 pm. Tickets only $15. Details here. (4736 40th SW)

West Seattle Grand Parade 2018: The youth

These photos from Saturday’s West Seattle Grand Parade are a shoutout to some of the younger participants who we haven’t shown so far. Above, West Seattle Bengals football players were a crowd favorite. Below, another group of young athletes, the Southside Revolution roller-derby skaters, rolled down the route:

The Mexican-Folklorico youth group Joyas Mestizas joined the parade again this year:

Many scouts, too, including this group from the Baden-Powell Service Association:

And as mentioned earlier in our coverage, Boy Scout Troop 284 provided the honor guard to lead this year’s Grand Parade:

The parade is produced by the West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation. Still more to show! And if you enjoy parades in general – the Jubilee Days Parade is happening today in White Center, 11 am start from 16th SW/SW 112th, heading north on 16th SW to SW 100th.

Seattle’s only parade with an international police presence

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

It wasn’t all about the wheels for the Vancouver B.C. Police Motorcycle Drill Team‘s annual visit to ride in the West Seattle Grand Parade. In The Junction, where the riding ended for Vancouver and their Seattle Police counterparts, there was time to get up close and personal. Not just with the fans.

There were a lot of special things about Saturday.

VPD is celebrating its centennial. SPD, we’re told, has someone retiring.

Also seen on the route, though not with a motorcycle, Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis.

And the “other” two-wheeled SPD officers:

P.S. West Seattle’s parade is the only one outside Canada in which the Vancouver team participates.