West Seattle, Washington
Heads up if you use the Highway 99 tunnel late night/early morning: SDOT’s advance list of upcoming closures around the city says the tunnel will be closed in both directions from 10 pm next Friday (June 7th) to 8 am Saturday (June 8th).
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Neighbors gathered on Thursday night to hear from the design team working on the Fairmount Playground‘s south play area renovation project, and to provide input on new play equipment that will be part of the construction happening this summer.
As we reported in mid-May, Seattle Parks opened an online survey to collect feedback – take it here – that the team will keep open until Sunday June 9th. Read more about the project here (the renovation is specifically for the Fairmount south play area, situated closest to the school and constructed in the late 1990s. The Fairmount north play area was renovated in 2010 and included the distinctive “Washington State Ferry” play structure.)
If you use the rest of the park but not the play area, some of Thursday night’s discussion might be of interest. But first:
Tuesday night, whoever shows up at the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition meeting will help decide how it will change. Coordinator Kim Barnes is stepping down. Will anyone step up?
Please join us on Tuesday, June 4th, 6:15 pm upstairs at the Southwest Library, 9010 35th Ave SW.
After two years of coordinating and hosting meetings for WWRHAH, it’s time to relinquish the role to new faces with a fresh vision. At the June 4th meeting, I will be happy to answer questions about the routine tasks and outline the support tools and documentation. The community will then decide how if it wishes to proceed with the appointment of a new coordinator, or if it will adjourn until a new coordinator is identified. This meeting is open to anyone interested in the future direction of WWRHAH.
It has been an honor to serve our community.
A reader report, from the dumped-and-likely-stolen file:
My neighbor watched a woman ride this bike onto our street, then leave it, approximately (three) days ago. We have moved the bike to a safe storage place and hope to return it to its owner.
We’d like to make sure it does not go to some random person claiming to own the bike so are hoping the owner will have the key to the U lock which is on the bike (but was not used to lock up the bike).
I can be reached via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we don’t hear from anyone by the middle of next week, we’ll turn the bike in to the police.
Congratulations to West Seattle High School senior Emma Foulk, coming off a historic season for the girls’ soccer team, for signing with Whitworth University. WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson shared the update and photos:
Emma is a two-time First Team All-Sound Division award-winner and was a key contributor to two Sound Division Team Titles. As a senior captain, she helped lead West Seattle to their first-ever WIAA 3A Girls State Soccer Appearance.
She is the 13th Student Athlete from the 2019 West Seattle HS class to commit to a College or University.
Emma plans to major in math.
Thanks to Judy Bentley for sending the photos and report on another of Saturday’s remarkable West Seattle events:
More than 90 people of all ages walked native land yesterday from ridge to river on National Trails Day in the West Duwamish Greenbelt.
Ken Workman, a descendant of Chief Seattle, described his personal experience growing up on Puget Ridge and the Duwamish experience of the land on the ridge and along the Duwamish River.
The hike left South Seattle College and followed an unimproved trail down to the Duwamish Longhouse on West Marginal Way and back up. In the last few blocks, hikers had to walk the parking strip along the busy truck-way because sidewalks are intermittent.
The hike, sponsored by the West Duwamish Greenbelt Trails group, highlighted the vision of a ridge to river trail, connecting landscapes nurturing human life for thousands of years.
For more information about the Duwamish Greenbelt Trails group, consult our website at www.wdgtrails.com
EXPLORE THE SHORE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: 10 am-noon, first time this season that you can explore low tide at Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW) or Lincoln Park (by Colman Pool) with volunteer Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists! (Low tide: -1.5 at 11 am)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, produce, meat, fish, cheese, beverages, soups, flowers, plants, and more – something new every week. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)
BENEFIT BURGERS – LUNCH AND/OR DINNER: Second day of the West Seattle Habit Burger‘s soft open. Again today, two windows, but this time as explained here. proceeds will be donated to two beneficiaries: 11:30 am-1:30 pm, the West Seattle High School volleyball program; 5-7 pm, West Seattle Food Bank. (3501 SW Avalon Way)
BIKES ‘N’ BREW RIDE: West Seattle Bike Connections invites you on a ride this afternoon:
Join West Seattle Bike Connections for a 13-mile ride through some of Seattle’s coolest neighborhoods with stops for tastings at two family-friendly breweries. We’ll be meeting next to the playground at the Delridge Community Center at 12:30 on Sunday, June 2. Safety talk and sign-in will be at 12:45. Rolling at 1:00 pm.
Full details here. (4501 Delridge Way SW)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: 2 pm at the Arrowhead Gardens community room, monthly meeting with updates on and Q&A about West Seattle’s only city-sanctioned encampment. (9200 2nd SW)
CHORANDO NA CHUVA: Brazilian music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
LOOK AHEAD … via our complete calendar, here.