West Seattle, Washington
Lindsey sent the photo, hoping you might know who hit her car early today and took off:
My car was hit last night at around 2 am on 63rd and Marguerite. [map] I believe I heard the sound, as I woke up to a loud bang. Unfortunately I heard no further sounds and did not go out to the street to investigate. Police salvaged parts of the other vehicle at the scene. A black Ford, very likely 2004 Mustang, was involved. Please look out for a black vehicle with significant front-end damage in the area. Would probably be more so on the passenger side. Police stated they believe the driver to have been traveling at a very high rate of speed. Possibly 60 MPH or so.
We will add the police report # when we get it.
Multiple quick updates at the Morgan Community Association‘s quarterly meeting this past week.
MORGAN JUNCTION PARK EXPANSION: It’s now been more than four years since the city bought and “landbanked” the site north of Morgan Junction Park to expand that park. Planning of the expansion is expected to continue into next year; soil testing is under way too, to see what remediation might be needed considering its past, including the years a dry cleaner was on the site. About 200 people commented on the park’s future when feedback was collected at the Morgan Junction Community Festival in June.
LOWMAN BEACH PARK SEAWALL: The next step in this project determining the future of the park’s failing seawall is to get to the 60 percent design phase; a county grant for $150,000 is helping fund the work. Seattle Parks expects to hold a public meeting in January about what happens next.
LITTER LEAGUE: Speaking of grants, Jill Boone, who’s been organizing volunteer community cleanups in Morgan Junction, is applying for a Seattle Public Utilities grant. She told MoCA that cigarette butts comprise a large part of the litter that volunteers have picked up in the past year.
AFTER THE VIADUCT: Chris Arkills from King County briefed MoCA about bus-route changes, both right after the Alaskan Way Viaduct is permanently closed January 11th and beyond. (We published the information here.) He also reiterated plans for the Water Taxi to add boat and shuttle service as well as Pier 2 parking during the three-or-so-week Highway 99 closure post-viaduct/pre-shuttle.
ABANDONED BUILDINGS: MoCA president Deb Barker talked with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold about beefing up the city’s monitoring and enforcement of rules regarding vacant buildings. (Herbold focused on the program in this online update.) MoCA’s Tamsen Spengler pointed out that there’s an e-mail campaign now to let the council know about support for funding that increased monitoring and enforcement.
2:55 PM: The sun has arrived! And the Fauntleroy Fall Festival is on, until 5 pm, at the church/schoolhouse/Y in the 9100 block of California SW. Here again is what’s happening and who’s here:
3:35 PM: This is an outdoor-indoor festival – something going on at every turn. Music, too! Inside The Hall at Fauntleroy on the west side of the street:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 21, 2018
Elvis is in The Hall, too!
Meantime, outside the church/Y on the east side of the street, here’s who was playing when we arrived:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) October 21, 2018
To get between them, you’ll be assisted by volunteer crossing guards!
This is all free (except for food/drink) – this year funded in part by a city Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Grant.
5 PM: Festival’s over! Big turnout, all ages. Adding more photos/video in the next hour-plus. Starting with pumpkin-painting:
ADDED: More video – first Elvis:
The West Seattle Big Band:
Festival vendors included Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) with a multigenerational team:
And Wildwood Market with proprietor Lonjina:
Climbing was easier with a little help:
And it’s not the Fall Festival without salmon-hat-making (supervising off-camera, Judy Pickens):
By the way, Fauntleroy welcomes you back next Sunday (October 28th) – drum to welcome the salmon home (and bring fish jokes!) at 5 pm at the fish ladder across and upslope from the ferry dock.
Got your ballot(s) yet? King County Elections mailed them Wednesday. Ours arrived on Friday. (If you don’t get yours by tomorrow, call KCE at 206-296-VOTE.) Meantime, we have one more look at the marquee race on ballots in this area – the 34th District State Senate race to fill the seat from which Sen. Sharon Nelson is retiring.
The Chamber billed this as a “modified Lincoln-Douglas format.” No audience questions. We did take topline notes (not full transcriptions nor direct quotes outside of anything in quotation marks), if you don’t have time to watch:
While in The Junction covering the installation of parking-donation boxes on Saturday afternoon, we noticed Bob Henry back at work restoring the “Mosquito Fleet” mural on the east side of the landmark Campbell Building.
He told us he is hoping to finish this project – his second in West Seattle after the Morgan Street Market mural restoration – next week. (Here’s the backstory on the mural-restoration campaign and how to be part of it.)
First, a traffic alert:
SB HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE CONTINUES: Northbound Highway 99 reopened Saturday afternoon, but southbound 99 remains closed until early Monday. We’ll publish an update if it reopens early.
REFRESH & RESTORE DAKOTA PLACE PARK: 9 am-noon, come spend a little time helping spruce up Dakota Place Park just north of The Junction! (California SW/SW Dakota)
FOREST RESTORATION AT LINCOLN PARK: 9 am-noon, all ages welcome to help Friends of Lincoln Park work in West Seattle’s biggest park. Meet at the north parking-lot kiosk. (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the heart of The Junction, lots of fall freshness! (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
FAUNTLEROY FALL FESTIVAL: Donating a cake for the Cake Walk or bringing one for the decorating contest? Drop it off at the Fauntleroy Church Fellowship Hall by 1 pm. That’s one of the venues, along with the schoolhouse/Hall across the street, for the festival, which is happening 2-5 pm, with tons of fun – see the schedule/lineup in our preview. (9100 block California SW)
SQUARE DANCE: All levels welcome! Live music. 5-8 pm, $5, at South Park Hall. (1253 S. Cloverdale)
SKYLARK ART MART: 7:30 pm, live music accompanying an art sale at The Skylark. No cover. All ages. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … and preview the week ahead, via our complete calendar!