West Seattle, Washington
Three biznotes tonight:
KAYAK DEMO: Mountain to Sound Outfitters (WSB sponsor) is having its first in-water kayak demo in three years on Saturday, and if you sign up now, you can. participate for free. It’s happening 11 am-3 pm at Alki Kayak Tours (1660 Harbor SW). As explained by M2SO:
Aquaglide Inflatable Kayaks will be our primary sponsor for our demo event, the world’s foremost manufacturer of cutting-edge inflatable technologies. Aquaglide specializes in inflatable kayaks and SUPs that perform nearly as well as rigid designs using drop-stitch technology. And this is going on in your backyard, West Seattle. No need to fight the West Marginal slog to head off our beautiful peninsula. Stick around and enjoy what we have to offer in West Seattle, and try out the best in paddlesports gear in the Northwest. Summer is just around the corner and now’s a great time to get your on-water gear dialed with your local paddlesports shop.
PAPA TONY’S HOT SAUCE: Tony Wilson is making Papa Tony’s Hot Sauce right here in West Seattle, and he’s about to debut at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. If you’re there when the market opens at 10 am Sunday (June 19th) you can even see his ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Buy a bottle and you’ll be entered in a raffle for a $50 gift card to Highland Park Corner Store. Find out more about this saucy New Orleans-founded business and its proprietor here.
PET SUPPLIES PLUS: We’ve reported previously on this locally owned franchise of a national chain coming to central Westwood Village. What we didn’t have previously was the target opening date. A spokesperson for the local franchise says they’re aiming for just before Thanksgiving. The franchisee is opening PSP’s first Washington store in Bellevue this summer, and also plans one in Federal Way.
One more honor for the West Seattle High School baseball team, which finished the year as #4 in the state and champions of the Metro League. One of WSHS’s highest-profile alums, King County Executive Dow Constantine, has declared tomorrow “West Seattle High School Baseball Day.”
See the full proclamation here.
For the second time in four weeks, SDOT will close the eastbound Spokane Street Viaduct – the West Seattle Bridge extension east of Highway 99 – this weekend. The reason is the same as the last closure – pothole work. The on-ramp from eastbound SW Spokane Street to the Spokane Street Viaduct, along with all eastbound lanes of the SSV, will close at 9 pm Friday (June 17th) and reopen by 5 am Monday (June 20th). SDOT says detour signs will be in place along lower Spokane Street.
11-to-15-year-olds not involved in other organized summer programs will have a place to go as part of the Seattle Parks “Summer of Safety” program, explained here. The 10 community-center locations where it will operate in July and August include Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW). The announcement explains:
Most sites will provide a free lunch through the City’s Summer Food Service Program. Regular SOS activities will include field trips, arts and crafts, as well as sports and athletics. The program will operate rain or shine and no sign-up is required; youth can drop in on any day and at any time during the program’s regular hours.
Dates and hours at Delridge CC are Mondays-Friday, noon-5 pm, July 5th through August 26th.
10:11 AM: As announced, the city is clearing the mostly-RVs encampment on SW Andover and 28th SW right now, for the first time in the six-plus years that people have been living in a line of vehicles there. Some of the RVs were already gone before tow trucks and other city crews started showing up:
SW Andover is closed west of 26th, and 28th is closed north of Yancy.
Police are there as well as cleanup crews.
So far our crew has seen two passenger cars towed, and noted that the agencies responding include the Seattle Animal Shelter, as there are pets there too. (added) This sign is up, listing the vehicles towed so far:
(added) Trucks were towed too:
12:10 PM: One
RV trailer remains. Heavy equipment is scooping up piles of debris.
That’s on Andover. 28th (below) is also clear of vehicles – to Yancy; several are in view south of Yancy, by Dragonfly Park.
Police, SDOT, SPU, and cleanup-contractor crews are all still there. We’ll be going back later for another update.
5:06 PM: Back at the scene. Roads have reopened. City crews are all gone. So are all the vehicles and all the junk.
Also gone: All but one RV to the south on 28th by Dragonfly Park.
5:49 PM: Just received from the city:
Prior to the start of today’s RV Remediation and encampment removal on SW Andover Street between 26th Ave SW and 28th Ave SW, six RVs, three trailers, one box truck, three vehicles, two tents and 13 people were on site.
Four RVs and two trailers with a total of 9 people self-relocated from the area. The owners of the remaining two RVs and a box truck accepted referrals to hotels through King County’s Health Through Housing program and their inoperable RVs and truck were towed.
The occupant of the third trailer received a referral to a tiny house yesterday (6/15) and abandoned the trailer. That individual also relocated one of the vehicles from the site.
Two vehicles were abandoned and towed by the City.
One person residing in a tent was referred to 24/7 enhanced shelter.
In total, there were 12 referrals into enhanced shelter or tiny house village options from this location since outreach began on May 19.
During today’s RV Remediation, crews removed and disposed of an estimated 50,000 pounds of trash and debris.
Highlights for the rest of today/tonight, mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar (bee/lavender photo by Rosalie Miller):
SECOND-LOWEST TIDE OF THE YEAR Today’s tide is out to a mega-low -4.1 feet at 12:58 pm, second-lowest low tide of the year. Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are at Constellation and Lincoln Parks from 11 am to 3 pm.
WEST SEATTLE PUBLIC EQUITY FUND: Learn about this new collaboration between PTAs to “fundshift” – bring the family to Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) to learn and celebrate, as explained in our calendar listing.
WEST SEATTLE TIMEBANK GATHERING: Potluck in the park! 6 pm at Puget Ridge Edible Park (18th/Brandon) – details in our calendar listing.
AT THE SKYLARK: Doors at 6 pm for Madam Monarch, King Sheim, Sprig, Miranda Kitchpanich. $10 advance, $15 at the door. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
BOARD GAME NIGHT: Come try something new at Meeples Games (3727 California SW), 6:30-10 pm.
Have something to add to our calendar? Email info to firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Not that she’s just dropping in to check it out. She’s been here for a month, collaborating face-to-face with director Alyza DelPan-Monley and the cast/crew as they brought her play – billed as an “epic adventure” – to life. “For a play, unlike novels, the final form is not the written form – I can’t possibly know what it’s supposed to look or sound or feel like until I see it embodied.” She appreciates the actors “rolling with the punches and taking the edits as they come, even if they memorized the script!”
Now it’s time to bring in the audiences.
We talked with Izumi earlier this week on a sunny morning in The Junction, about her career as well as about her play.
9:18 AM: Two traffic notes – a crash at Barton/Henderson, and the closure of SW Andover west of 26th SW and 28th SW north of Yancy for the mentioned-below RV-encampment sweep.
6:02 AM: Good morning; welcome to Thursday, June 16th.
Partly sunny, high in the 60s (Wednesday’s high was 62, nine degrees below normal).
ROAD WORK/TRAFFIC NOTES
–Seattle Public Utilities‘ pavement-restoration work at California/Myrtle continues – flaggers are there to alternate traffic through one lane at times.
-SW Andover between 26th and 28th is expected to have a variety of city vehicles working on the “remediation” after 9 am.
LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL
BUSES, WATER TAXI, FERRIES
Metro is on its regular weekday schedule; watch @kcmetroalerts for word of reroutes/trip cancellations.
Ferries: WSF continues on the two-boat schedule for Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth. Check here for alerts/updates.
BRIDGES AND DETOUR ROUTES
816th morning without the West Seattle Bridge.
Low Bridge: Automated enforcement cameras remain in use; restrictions are in effect 5 am-9 pm daily – except weekends; the bridge is open to all until 8 am Saturday and Sunday mornings. (Access applications are available here for some categories of drivers.)
1st Avenue South Bridge:
South Park Bridge:
West Marginal Way at Highland Park Way (one of four new cameras!):
Highland Park Way/Holden:
The 5-way intersection (Spokane/West Marginal/Delridge/Chelan):
Trouble on the roads/paths/water? Text or call us (when you can do so safely) – 206-293-6302.