West Seattle, Washington
(Northwest Seaport Alliance photo)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The Terminal 5 modernization project is on track to complete Phase 1 – the northern berth – by year’s end.
That’s what a Port of Seattle team told the West Seattle Transportation Coalition on Thursday night.
Their slide deck – mostly recent photos from the construction zone – is below; it’s similar, but not identical, to the one we published a week ago.
Among the highlights they mentioned:
Seattle-King County Public Health sent two media updates today on newly confirmed COVID-19 cases. Here’s our nightly roundup with those and other area developments:
KING COUNTY CASES: As of right now, 10 cases, including two deaths, are reported in King County. SKCPH’s morning update is here; the evening update is here. From the latter, the key excerpt:
The four new cases are in:
·A female in her 80s, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. The woman has underlying health conditions, and is in critical condition
·A female in her 90s, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. The woman has underlying health conditions, and is in critical condition
·A male in his 70s, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. The man has underlying health conditions, and is in critical condition
· A male in his 70s was hospitalized at EvergreenHealth. He had underlying health conditions and died on 2/29/20.
All of these newly identified cases are among residents of LifeCare, the skilled nursing facility in Kirkland that was previously identified to have two associated cases.
Six other cases, already reported earlier by Public Health, include:
·A man in his 60s, hospitalized at Valley Medical Center in Renton.
·A man in 60s, hospitalized at Virginia Mason Medical Center.
·A woman in her 50s, who had traveled to South Korea; recovering at home
·A woman in her 70s, who was a resident of LifeCare in Kirkland, hospitalized at EvergreenHealth
·A woman in her 40s, employed by LifeCare, who is hospitalized at Overlake Medical Center
·A man in his 50s, who was hospitalized and died at EvergreenHealth
No in-person briefing today, but county authorities say they plan one tomorrow (haven’t received an advisory with the time yet), as does Gov. Inslee (to be streamed on TVW at 3 pm).
METRO REITERATES: As noted in our Saturday night report, King County Executive Dow Constantine said Metro is cleaning and vacuuming buses daily. The transit service reiterates that in this post tonight.
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATEMENT: The district sent out this message saying it has NO cases so far.
PUBLIC HEALTH’S ADVICE FOR YOU: From today’s second media release:
1) Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
2) Stay home when sick
3) Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
4) Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
4) Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health’s website or blog.
ONGOING COVERAGE LINK: Everything we report will appear in this coverage archive: westseattleblog.com/category/coronavirus.
ADDED MONDAY MIDDAY: We’ll have a daily roundup again this evening. In the meantime, the latest King County update is here.
The six-year Seattle Park District levy
expires ends its first 6-year budget cycle this year, and Parks is getting ready to propose a new one. The first of three meetings around the city is tomorrow (Monday, March 2nd) in West Seattle – 6 pm at Delridge Community Center. The question is what the money should go toward in “the next cycle.” If you’re interested in preparing for the discussion by seeing information on what’s been spent and what’s being considered – here’s 107 pages worth, as first shown at an open house last month:
(Here’s the PDF version on Parks’ website.) Of interest, toward the end, are summaries of work that Parks advisory committees have done – including the Viewpoint Advisory Committee, which we mentioned in 2018. It issued recommendations, but nothing much has happened, and the documents above say those recommendations (see page 100 in the document above) – along with those of other task forces/committees including those looking at the Olmsted Legacy – could be considered for funding. Monday’s meeting is set for 6-8 pm; Delridge Community Center is at 4501 Delridge Way SW. If you can’t be there, here’s a survey.
MONDAY NIGHT NOTE: Corrected above – what this process is about is proposing the next 6-year plan for the Park District; as approved by voters in 2014, unlike the levies that preceded it, this does NOT expire.
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Neighbors gathered on Thursday at Hiawatha Community Center to share feedback on options for the upcoming redesign of Hiawatha Playfield (details here).
Want to share your input? Seattle Parks has posted a short online survey to gather feedback about the three proposed design options, which will be further refined in preparation for a final “open house” design presentation in late spring.
The project, which has an $800,000 budget funded by the 2013 King County Parks Levy, involves removing the play area at the north end of the park and building a new play area near the community center in the grassy area just south of the wading pool. After designs are finalized, bidding will occur in the summer and construction will begin later this year, to be completed in 2021.
On Thursday, the latest plans were shown by Ed Pottharst from Seattle Parks and landscape architects Karen Kiest and Clara Pang.
That’s the King County Elections ballot dropbox in The Junction – one of your options for getting your ballot in before the deadline for our state’s presidential primary. It’s just west of the bus stop on the south side of SW Alaska, west of California SW. West Seattle’s other dropbox is on the southeast side of the High Point Library, south side of SW Raymond east of 35th SW. Other not-too-distant dropboxes are at the White Center and South Park libraries; their locations and the others around the county are on this list. If you use a dropbox, you have until 8 pm Tuesday, March 10th, to drop off your ballot. You of course can send it by postal mail, too. no stamp needed, but you want to be sure it’s postmarked by March 10th, so mailing it by March 9th is a good idea.
Not registered? It’s not too late – tomorrow is the deadline for online registration, but you can register in person until 8 pm on Election Day – more info here.
Remember that as first discussed here, you have to make a party declaration (“my party preference is the Democratic Party” or “I am a Republican” ) on the envelope, along with signing.
Need a ballot or envelope? Here’s what to oo.
Just launched, the West Seattle Reign indoor-volleyball club for teens and tweens. Organizer Jennifer emailed to say:
We will host a Spring Break Clinic as well as summer clinics and practices. Information will be posted to our website as soon as details are set.
We have a 2020-2021 club season that starts in late fall.
The best way to stay connected is via our email list. Subscription options can be found at westseattlereign.com.
Any coaches out there? We’d love to hear from them too!!!!!
Thanks to David Hutchinson of Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network for that (long-lens) photo of a harbor seal they’ve been watching over this weekend. And now: Welcome to a brand-new month – one week to Daylight Saving Time, and 18 days until spring! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, today’s highlights:
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES CONTINUE: First weekend continues. Find your nearest cookie sellers here.
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, see what’s fresh at the year-round market in the street in the heart of The Junction. CCalifornia SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
IT’S HISTORIC: See what’s old and new at the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s Log House Museum, open noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)
RUN CLUB: Meet up with fellow runners at Ounces in North Delridge and head on out! Noon. (3809 Delridge Way SW)
SIGNMAKING FOR THE MARCH: 1-3 pm, you’re invited to Admiral Congregational Church to make signs for next Sunday’s Womxn’s March. (4320 SW Hill)
SPEND THE AFTERNOON AT PUGET RIDGE EDIBLE PARK: 2-6 pm, come see and help:
As usual the first Sundays of the month, March-October, we invite the greater community and PREP family to join us in a celebration of nature and our methods of permaculture techniques and learning opportunities. March is the time to really get going on the cold-loving plants before it is too warm to enjoy them. Planting beds are being prepared for direct sowing and seedling plantings. Come see how to turn “overwhelming” invasive growth into a fertile and abundant food oasis.
CLASSIC NOVELS/MOVIES BOOK CLUB: Talk about “Emma”! 2 pm at Paper Boat Booksellers with Dr. Julia Douthwaite Viglione – more info here. (6040 California SW)
CAMP SECOND CHANCE UPDATES/CONCERNS: That’s what the tiny-house encampment‘s Community Advisory Committee meeting is all about, and everyone’s welcome. In the community room on the east side of Arrowhead Gardens. (9220 2nd SW()
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS IN 30 MINUTES: Alice Kuder‘s quick workshop might be the most valuable half-hour you’ve spent all week – month – year. At West Seattle Coworking. (6040 California SW)
‘THE BOOK CLUB PLAY’: Third performance for Twelfth Night Productions‘ play. The summary: “Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them.” 3 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Tickets here or at the box office. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
COFFEEHOUSE MUSIC: Mr. Primitive, Benny Lee, Joy Taeko and Alexis at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 3-5 pm. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)
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