West Seattle, Washington
Less than 15 hours until the West Seattle Grand Parade! Some last-minute notes:
MAYOR AND POLICE CHIEF: The parade-presenting West Seattle Rotary got word this afternoon that Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will be in the parade, and shortly after we heard about that, the mayor’s office sent a “media advisory” saying they’ll precede the parade appearance with a “walking tour” in The Junction (eight months after their last one):
Mayor Durkan and Chief Best will first tour West Seattle, hear from the neighborhood’s small business owners, and discuss public safety and issues facing residents and employers in West Seattle.
They’re starting the tour at Husky Deli at 10 am.
PARADE PREPS: For parade participants, it’s the time for last-minute preparation:
SPEAKING OF FOOD: If you’re watching near the north end of the parade route, Kim at West Seattle Swinery wanted to mention his special: “We will be serving Danny’s famous pork belly rib sliders and a drink for $5.50 tax included until we run out.” (The Swinery is at 3207 California SW.)
PARADE BASICS: Official start time: 11 am (but the motorcycle drill teams may start sooner)
Route: California SW southbound from Lander to Edmunds
Announcers: Brian and Christa Callanan in The Junction, Ron Zuber at California/Charlestown
Closures: California SW from Admiral to Edmunds plus some side streets on both ends, for detours and reroutes, “no parking” starting at 7 am but roads close a bit later
Bus reroutes: See the links here
Float Dodger 5K: Starts near the north end of the parade route, on the field at Hiawatha, 9:30 am (more info here)
PAWrade: 11 am from California/Genesee to California/Edmunds (want to be part of it? here’s how)
Other previews: Scroll through our archive!
Katherine sent that photo with the explanation, “My view for the last 40 minutes … This is ridiculous. At least 3 days/week it’s taking +1.5hrs for me to go 8 miles!” Others on buses have been reporting an especially sluggish return to West Seattle tonight, too. This report via Twitter is one of several:
I was on C line and it took exactly 47mins to go one block(!) on 1st/Pioneer Square. Total 1.5 hr from Westlake/9th to Alaska Junction. It's been lovely for a couple of weeks lately.
— Hyeeun Kelly Park (@KellyPark06) July 20, 2019
Before 5 pm, via email, Katie reported a C Line bus being at a virtual standstill, and then: “The driver finally rebelled and drove down 1st Ave S and got on the overpass to WS. Passengers cheered.” Metro’s alert simply blames “congestion.” P.S. The Water Taxi is reportedly backed up too, with a longer wait because the smaller-capacity Spirit of Kingston is on the West Seattle run.
The summer sun returned just in time for those custom shades to be practical (as well as sporty) during tomorrow’s Float Dodger 5K before the West Seattle Grand Parade. The 5K along the parade route and back, to and from Hiawatha, returns after a year’s hiatus. Until 7 tonight, you can stop by West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor), where we took the photo, to pick up your packet and sunglasses, or to register if you haven’t already. (Very last-minute registration will be available tomorrow morning, too.) Here’s the Saturday plan:
8:00 am – Registration and Packet Pickup opens
8:45 am – Free Kids Dash around the track
9:00 am – Costume contest
9:30 am – Race starts
10:00 am – Awards ceremony
10:15 am – After party at West Seattle Runner
Shortly afterward, it’s time for the Grand Parade – one last preview later this evening!
Thanks to everybody who called our attention to a state alert about sewage spills that briefly led to a warning to stay out of the water at multiple beaches including Alki. That “closure” is no longer in effect, according to a state update. But just so you know what happened:
The Washington Department of Ecology is investigating sewage treatment failures at King County’s two largest sewage treatment plants. The following is the latest information Ecology has on the unauthorized discharges at the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant and Renton Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Early this morning, the West Point Wastewater Treatment Plant released an estimated 3 million gallons of untreated sewage for approximately 27 minutes, after backup pumping systems failed during power disruptions at the plant. The system diverted incoming wastewater to an emergency outfall near North Beach in Discovery Park.
On July 18, there was a different power failure at the county’s Renton Wastewater Treatment Plant, resulting in potentially limited disinfection of treated wastewater. This limited disinfection lasted approximately 50 minutes. The Renton plant discharges into Puget Sound, about two miles offshore, northwest of Duwamish Head in Seattle.
Ecology is investigating both incidents as unauthorized discharges that would violate the state’s water quality permits for the facilities. The county reported the incidents to Ecology. Ecology anticipates taking necessary enforcement actions after its full investigation.
The release of sewage into Puget Sound has prompted local health departments to issue several beach closures. Ecology keeps a list of current beach closures online. We advise the public to check with their local health departments for beach closure updates.
If you scroll down this page, you’ll see the list in King County has been revised to ONLY Discovery Park beaches. Alki is OK.
Today we welcome one of our newest WSB sponsors, Spa Phoebe. Here’s what proprietor Phoebe Lind (below with therapy dog Franklin) wants you to know about what she offers:
Phoebe says, “We are a client-based establishment, meaning we gear all our services to fit the client’s needs. We believe that every person is unique and their body responds differently to different modalities.” She also says that the reviews and emails Spa Phoebe has received since opening last September talk about how clients find that she and her staff truly care about their needs and comfort and about how she and her staff are happy to accommodate clients’ specific goals in a safe, inviting, and professional space.
Spa Phoebe offers reiki, Swedish, prenatal, hot-stone, oncology, and deep-tissue massage. You can also book facials, waxing, and lash- or brow-tinting appointments, and you can book a session for a body treatment like a scrub, wrap, or an infrared sauna blanket or bio mat.
She adds that one of her clients calls Spa Phoebe her “happy place,” while others look forward to seeing her and her dog Franklin. Others say they keep coming back because Phoebe has created a place where you can appreciate the calm environment the spa offers.
Spa Phoebe is involved with the community, including membership in the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and West Seattle Junction Association. Phoebe has also donated to many West Seattle schools and organizations in the few months since she opened. You might have seen her last weekend at West Seattle Summer Fest – and tomorrow you will see Phoebe and Franklin in the West Seattle Grand Parade!
Spa Phoebe is at 4801 Fauntleroy Way SW. You can book appointments online by going here.
We thank Spa Phoebe for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
11:50 AM: One by one, the canoe families are leaving Alki Beach, carrying their wooden canoes to the water and paddling off to the next stop, hosted by the Suquamish Tribe on the Kitsap Peninsula, ultimately headed for the Lummi Nation, this year’s hosts at journey’s end. (And yes, this is what the helicopter is circling Alki for; it’s a TV chopper.) More photos to come.
1:04 PM: The Duwamish Tribe has joined the Paddle to Lummi – after we left Alki, we found the Duwamish canoe launching from Don Armeni:
Back at the beach, Alki photographer David Hutchinson says all have left, just one canoe (flying the Chehalis flag) left on the beach. He sent this photo:
ADDED FRIDAY NIGHT: Carrying a canoe back to the water posed some challenges:
It was something to watch with admiration:
The departures continued:
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Hugs and handshakes last night from friends and family of Husky Deli proprietor Jack Miller, after the Southwest Design Review Board gave unanimous approval to the project that will be his business’s new home.
It’s not the final step, though, in the permit process for the project, which Miller says could start construction in about a year (depending on how it fares in the city’s infamous backlog).
But it’s an important step. The board had no major critiques in its second and final look at the project, one year after its first. Here’s how it went:
(Sailing off Constellation Park, photographed by Robin Sinner, shared via the WSB Flickr page)
Highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC: Another swim-meet closure today.
CANOE JOURNEY DEPARTURES: The Paddle to Lummi resumes around 11 am, we’re told, with canoe families leaving Alki after spending the night with the stop-hosting Muckleshoot Tribe. Time approximate, though. (2701 Alki SW)
FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES: 1 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle, this week’s movie is the original “Planet of the Apes.” $1 members, $2 nonmembers, includes popcorn. (4217 SW Oregon)
WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS: Carnival 1-11 pm at White Center Heights Elementary as the festival continues. (10015 6th SW)
FLOAT DODGER 5K PACKET PICKUP/REGISTRATION: 4-7 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), pick up your packet for tomorrow’s pre-parade 5K if you’re registered, sign up if you’re not. (2743 California SW)
AT C & P COFFEE: Singer/songwriter Michael Prysock, 7-9 pm, no cover, all ages. (5612 California SW)
AT KENYON HALL: 7:30 pm, “unique and engaging evening of songs and stories” with Bobby Bridger. Full details here. (7904 35th SW)
OUTWEST BAR FAREWELL PARTY: Sunday’s the last day of operation for Outwest Bar but tonight’s the big bash with Dolly and The DJ one more time. 9 pm-2 am. (5401 California SW)
AT THE SKYLARK: Water Felon and The Thursday Collective, 8 pm, $8 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Shady Bottom, 9 pm, $8 cover, 21+, party funk. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
7:27 AM: Good morning! No alerts or incidents reported right now in our area.
STADIUM ZONE: Mariners are back home starting tonight, 7:10 pm vs. the Angels.
TUNNEL CLOSURE TONIGHT: The NB 99 tunnel is scheduled to be closed 11 pm tonight through 9 am Saturday.
SATURDAY STREET CLOSURES – WEST SEATTLE: The West Seattle Grand Parade will close California SW south of Admiral Way, to Edmunds, by 8 am tomorrow, until early afternoon. Some side streets near the start and end of the route are used for staging and breakdown. The NO PARKING signs are up for 7 am-3 pm on affected streets. Bus reroutes are linked here.
WEEKEND STREET CLOSURES – WHITE CENTER: On Saturday, the White Center Jubilee Days street fair will close 16th SW all day and into the night between Roxbury and 100th. On Sunday, the Jubilee Days parade will close 16th in the morning between 100th and 112th.