West Seattle, Washington
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
“This is just the start.”
Regarding the hot topic of light rail in West Seattle, that was a common theme and assurance from Sound Transit experts and longtime community leaders alike at the monthly meeting of the Southwest District Council, held at the Senior Center of West Seattle on Wednesday night.
Following the previous Friday’s meeting of the Elected Leadership Group and this past Tuesday’s deadline to submit “scoping comments,” the project has definitely taken the next step, but leaders stressed that the end of the 3rd and final level of filtering routing/statio options for environmental review certainly isn’t the end of public input.
Several staff members from Sound Transit talked about the latest plans at the meeting (with a special focus on potential housing displacement), including West Seattle project lead Stephen Mak (pictured above), outreach supervisor Leda Chahim and property director Joe Gray, to summarize the project proposals and report on current status. Later in the meeting, representatives from the new East Alaska Junction Neighborhood Coalition organization (initially formed in response to ST plans, as we reported here) also introduced themselves to the SW District Council, and talked about ways to collaborate in the future on transit and on broader issues.
Aside from the core agenda, attendees went around the room for quick announcements, including:
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
For the first time since the city announced Camp Second Chance would be able to stay at 9701 Myers Way S. for at least six more months, its Community Advisory Committee met today.
The meeting included updates on camp operations and on moving campers into housing as well as questions about the camp’s future.
CAMP UPDATE: Resident manager Eric Davis distributed the monthly update: 50 campers right now, 18 women and 32 men. Campers are now in 41 “tiny houses” and 7 tents, with “2 spaces earmarked for two more houses,” thanks to donors working with “volunteers and residents.” He expressed gratitude for the city extension.
UPDATES FROM COMMITTEE MEMBERS: The meeting started, as usual, with a chance for CAC members in attendance to share comments and observations.
Special Meeting With Parks Dept. on Options for Riverview Park: New Barrier/Fence
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Meet at Riverview Park – 12th Ave. SW & SW Webster at 5:30 pm.
Come discuss possible options
During the May 2017 Find-It-Fix-It walk, neighbors and community members raised concerns about the existing logs that served as barriers to the park. Neighbors expressed that the logs were unsightly and not good for the environment.
Parks staff responded that we would look at alternatives. The logs serve an important purpose of keeping folks from driving on to the field and damaging the park.
This Wednesday, we’d love to discuss possible alternative to the existing logs and solicit feedback from the community.
Please come to the Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) special meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 12th Ave. SW and SW Webster at 5:30 pm. This is the south lot. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will be there to talk through this upgrade to the park.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, you may email your comments or questions to email@example.com.
3:27 PM SUNDAY: If you have something to put in the mail, you won’t be able to use the drive-up/ride-up box outside the West Seattle Junction Post Office for a few days. We don’t know the backstory, nor do we know when it went out of service, but the sign on the side says “lock replacement Monday or Tuesday.” So we’ll check back. (Thanks to Lora for the photo/tip.)
10:08 AM MONDAY: We just went over to check – back in service already.
Early this morning, the Olympic Mountains peeked out from beneath the clouds to show what was happening up there while overnight rain was soaking us down here. The top photo – featuring Mount Constance – is from Jim Borrow; the wider view below is from JayDee:
Side note: We wondered about the state of the snowpack, given that March was light on precipitation. Here’s a variety of ways to gauge it.
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Here are some video clips from the show:
Highlights for the hours ahead, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
PUGET PARK TRAILS NEED YOU: 9 am, meet at the Puget Park trailhead:
Community support is needed for this month’s work party; we will construct a log and gravel ramp to smooth a steep muddy transition on the trail that leads to the bench near the ramp constructed last season. Several neighbors have come together to lead this Puget Ridge family friendly community event. Please stop by and give whatever time you have, every little bits helps, even just swing by to say “thank you”. Our presence and participation at this event demonstrates to Seattle Parks that we care and appreciate improvements they are making to the parks in our neighborhood.
(19th SW/SW Dawson)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: See what’s new as we get further into spring. 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
WEST SEATTLE RUNNER TURNS 9: 11 am saunter/sprint starts the third and final day of the West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) birthday party – plus discounts, raffles, treats – details here. (2743 California SW)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Questions, comments, concerns about West Seattle’s city-sanctioned encampment? 2 pm, all are welcome at the monthly meeting of its all-volunteer Community Advisory Committee. Representatives from the city and from camp operator LIHI are usually there too. The meeting’s in the community room on the east side of the Arrowhead Gardens complex, which is a few blocks north of C2C. (9200 2nd SW)
DENNIS JAMES AT THE MIGHTY WURLITZER: 7:30 pm at Kenyon Hall, pipe-organ accompaniment for three classic silent comedies. Check ASAP to make sure there’s still room! (7904 35th SW)
MAURICE & HIS THING: Maurice Caldwell‘s many-faceted performance, live at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … via our full calendar. See it here!
About two hours into Saturday morning’s 27th annual Fairmount Ravine cleanup, we stopped by the main site beneath the bridge to see how things were going. Down by the roadside, a pile of filled bags; up under the bridge, neighbors and friends still hard at work.
Joining the volunteers this year, our photographer discovered with that zoom view (we’re admittedly not much for climbing), City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. The SPD Community Police Team was represented too. But the heart of the cleanup crew is comprised of the nearby residents who have over the past quarter-century-plus pulled tons of debris and trash out of the area along the road used by drivers, runners, and riders to get between Admiral and east Alki.
P.S. If you’re thinking about a neighborhood cleanup, the city’s Spring Clean program offers support – info’s here.