West Seattle, Washington
(WSB file photo of Colman Pool)
The Labor Day holiday weekend marks the end of outdoor Colman Pool‘s seven-day-a-week summer season – but remember that extra postseason weekends will extend operations into late September. This year, after local swimmers pushed for a longer season, and City Councilmember Lisa Herbold got extra funding for it, the pool opened for two preseason weekends before Memorial Day, and it will be open for three postseason weekends after Labor Day: September 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22. Here’s the full schedule.
9:55 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” headed to the 8800 block of 13th SW.
10:03 PM: The incident log shows all but one unit has been canceled.
The Southwest Design Review Board considers two mixed-use projects on Thursday (September 5th) at the Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon). The design packets for both are available to preview.
(Rendering from packet by Sazei Design Group)
8854 DELRIDGE WAY SW: The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with what could be the last review for this proposal on the NE corner of Delridge and Henderson. Here’s our report on the previous review two years ago. See the packet here (PDF) or below:
This proposal is described as “a new 4-story building over a below-grade parking garage level with 32 apartment units, retail (cafe) space, and 14 enclosed parking stalls.” The site previously held an auto shop that has already been torn down. Thursday’s review will include a public-comment period, as will the next one:
(Rendering from packet by Cone Architecture)
4401 42ND SW: At 8 pm, the board will take its first look at this proposal for West Seattle Christian Church-owned property on the SW corner of 42nd and Genesee. See the packet here (PDF) or below:
This is an Early Design Guidance review, which means it centers on size/shape and placement on the lot, not design details. The project team’s “preferred option” would include 72 Small Efficiency Dwelling Units (microapartments), 6 live-work units, and 36 offstreet parking spaces, replacing a building that has in the past held classrooms and artist studios.
But not in that order:
OPENING: Last month, we reported on the plans for Larry’s Tavern at 3405 California SW. The proprietors have announced they plan to open on Saturday, September 14th.
VACATION: A few blocks north, proprietor Kim at The Swinery wants you to know, “We will be closed for vacation from Sunday, September 1st, and will reopen on Tuesday September 10th, whereupon we will be ready to take Thanksgiving orders for hams and turkeys.”
CLOSURE: Not West Seattle, but of note: Alki Bakery‘s SODO location is closing. Marlo sent this photo of the sign:
It’s been almost 9 years since Alki Bakery closed its 61st/Alki location, also with a sign thanking patrons for “25 great years.”
We’ll admit we were getting a little worried after a stretch without a West Seattle Turkey sighting report. And then Lauren Bissett sent this photo, explaining: “If anyone’s been missing the West Seattle Turkey, he/she’s been spending a few days off and on in my backyard, hanging out with my chickens and ducks! We’re near 40th and Hanford.” It’s been four months now since The Turkey turned up in West Seattle.
If you missed the mentions in Monday’s tunnel-toll-date announcement and Thursday’s bus-reroute announcement … here’s another full-on reminder from WSDOT: The section of Alaskan Way Viaduct still straddling Dearborn – right where downtown-bound vehicles now exit 99 – is two weeks away from demolition:
As crews removed the viaduct along Alaskan Way this spring and summer, two small sections were left standing at South Dearborn Street. WSDOT and our contractor Kiewit left these two sections in place in order to coordinate the timing of their removal with our partner agencies.
With demolition in its home stretch, we are ready to remove the viaduct over South Dearborn Street. On Thursday, Sept. 12, crews will close South Dearborn Street and narrow First Avenue South to two lanes on either side of the intersection to create a safe work zone. South Dearborn Street will be closed for up to ten days while crews remove the viaduct overhead.
We and our partner agencies are very aware of how critical First Avenue South and South Dearborn Street are for bus riders and drivers heading to and from SR 99 and points south and west of downtown. Some King County Metro buses will reroute while South Dearborn Street is closed and our contractor Kiewit will pull their work zone back from Alaskan Way so the street has its full four lanes open during this closure.
This closure will cause unavoidable disruptions to traffic and we ask drivers to make a plan for their trips: consider alternate routes or ways of getting around, including exiting SR 99 at Spokane Street, using transit or taking the King County Water Taxi. Next month will also bring demolition to the section of viaduct around Marion Street and changes for passengers arriving at Colman Dock. This construction is just one component of the #SeattleSqueeze as Seattle updates its transportation infrastructure to match the city’s mobility needs.
The temporary bus-reroute plan for this phase of demolition was included in Thursday’s announcement.
This year’s next 5K in West Seattle is just one week away (Friday, September 6th), and we’re reminding you because it’s a first – the first-ever Alki Beach Sunset Run. Organizers say more than 1,000 people are registered already. The race course is mapped here; they won’t be closing the full road, organizers say, but do be aware that between the race start at 6:20 pm and the course closure at 7:30 pm, things will be more congested than usual for a late-summer Friday night on Alki. There’s still room to register right now – you can do it online here.
(Pacific Slope Flycatcher, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WADING POOL & SPRAYPARK: Through Labor Day, 11 am-8 pm daily operating hours continue for the Lincoln Park wading pool (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Highland Park spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale).
LEARN ABOUT BUTTERFLIES: Youth science program at Southwest Library, 11 am-noon. Free. (9010 35th SW)
LOW-LOW TIDE: Out to -2.1 feet again today, at 11:22 am.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON MOVIE: 1 pm, this week’s “Greatest Movie You’ve Never Heard Of” at the Senior Center of West Seattle is “Along Came Jones.” $1 members, $2 nonmembers. (4217 SW Oregon)
HIGH-SCHOOL FOOTBALL: The season starts with Chief Sealth International High School hosting a jamboree at 4:30 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex. (2801 SW Thistle)
COSMO’S DREAM: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW).
FRIDAY NIGHT ROCK: The Tripwires, The Yes Maybes, Head at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
As schools reopen for a new year, other educational programs launch their new seasons too. Among them, historic Kenyon Hall‘s longrunning Kindermusik program:
For the past 25 years Kenyon Hall has offered Kindermusik, for families with children birth to seven, to the Seattle community.
Led by Lou Magor, hundreds of families have taken advantage of this revered curriculum, and both parents and former students tell us that Kindermusik sparked an interest in music that led to an appreciation of—and in some cases a profession in—the field.
The Kindermusik curricula draw on the latest research in brain development, and provide a weekly dose of musical fun. Kids learn to sing, dance, listen, and play instruments, and lessons are fast paced and age appropriate.
Classes begin the first week of September. To enroll, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Haven’t been to Kenyon Hall? It’s at 7904 35th SW.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Remember the Seattle Parks survey asking what you’d like to see in city parks?
Wednesday night, when Parks Superintendent Jesús Aguirre met with HPAC, it was a sort of in-person roadshow version of that survey.
One attendee, in fact, offered the observation that the experience was a bit like a “marketing pitch.”
But Parks facilities play a big role in the area – including sprawling Westcrest Park and youth-sports hub Riverview Playfield – so the ~20 at the meeting participated wholeheartedly, including small-group breakouts.
The meeting opened with HPAC chair Gunner Scott reminding everyone that HPAC now represents the South Delridge and Riverview communities too; the meeting was held at “historic Highland Park Improvement Club,” celebrating its centennial. (It was pointed out later to Aguirre that HPIC is a privately owned community hub – the area does not have a city-operated community center.)
After introductions, Aguirre explained Parks’ pursuit of a new strategic plan meant to span 12 years. We recorded his overview:
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