West Seattle, Washington
More than two weeks after the state ferry M/V Cathlamet crashed into the pilings-centered structure known as a “dolphin” off the Fauntleroy dock, repairs have yet to begin on the damaged boat and dolphin. That’s according to Washington State Ferries, with whom we checked at week’s end regarding the status of repairs. Spokesperson Dana Warr told us, “Work with contractors to determine timelines are happening and fully understanding the total cost of repairs on both the vessel and terminal is still too early. The vessel remains in Eagle Harbor and logistics to repair the terminal are not finalized; however, work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.” Eagle Harbor is the WSF maintenance facility just south of its Bainbridge Island terminal. The Cathlamet was arriving from Fauntleroy shortly after 8 am on Thursday, July 28th, when it crashed into the dolphin. No one was seriously hurt. The to-date-unidentified captain who was on duty at the time, a 36-year WSF employee, resigned days later. The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the investigation into the incident.
One month ago, we told you the
West Best Seattle T-shirts had arrived.
Alair Gift Shop (3270 California SW) and Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) are selling them as a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association, in honor of Click! co-founder Frances Smersh. Separate from that – but with the same logo – Alair proprietor Shandon Armstrong sends word that more of the
West Best Seattle-branded merch has arrived at her store – a tote bag, keychains, and a baseball-style T-shirt. If you feel like shopping tomorrow, Click! will be open 10 am-4 pm, Alair 11 am-4 pm.
4:02 PM: The map now shows the outage affecting more than 200 customers.
6:12 PM: Map says the power’s back on; commenter JL says it was restored at 5:32 pm.
Music with performers and DJs continues there until 7 pm. There’s also a mini-street fair on 57th, which is closed to cars on the block south of Alki Avenue:
The rainbow arch is a perfect setting for photos:
Tomorrow the music heads east to Seacrest, outside Marination Ma Kai, noon-5 pm Sunday. Other Sunday events include 11 am-3 pm drag brunch at Arthur’s in The Admiral District, 1 pm roll-out parade – rollerskates, bicycles, etc. – from Alki Statue of Liberty Plaza (61st/Alki) and outdoor movie “The Birdcage” at Alki Playground at 7 pm Sunday. This is the ninth year for Alki Beach Pride, which was reduced in scope a bit during the pandemic.
Just got word of this, so it wasn’t in the daily list. Laurel Trujillo at Ounces in North Delridge sent the invitation – between now and 6 pm, kids 10 and under are invited to come jump for free in the “bounce house” they’ve set up. Parents must be there to watch, of course. Ounces is at 3809 Delridge Way SW.
Two reader reports in West Seattle Crime Watch:
STOLEN 4RUNNER: From Erica:
Our car was stolen sometime last night. The car is a dark blue 2016 Toyota 4Runner with a sticker of a whale in the rear driver-side window. License plate is BPA4310. Stolen from off the street in front of our home last night on the 4100 block of 44th Ave SW.
PACKAGE TAKEN:From Hilary:
This happened today in the 3800 block of 45th Ave SW, between Andover and Charlestown. The video is pretty clear, and although the woman is obviously trying to hide her face with the hat, someone might see her.
(WSB file photo, E.C. Hughes wading pool)
The short season for most city-run wading pools is close to ending. The Delridge (4501 Delridge Way SW), E.C. Hughes (2805 SW Holden), and South Park wading pools have three more days to go – or put another way, one week, as each of those pools operates three days a week.
South Park – open Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday, last day August 17th
Delridge – open noon-5:30 pm Wednesday/Thursday/Friday, last day August 19th
E.C. Hughes – open noon-7 pm Monday/Tuesday/Sunday, last day August 21st
The Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) wading pool will continue daily operations through Labor Day (noon-7 pm), as will the Highland Park (1100 SW Cloverdale) spraypark (11 am-8 pm). If you’re new in the area and wondering why the wading-pool schedule is so constrained, it dates back to city budget cuts more than a decade ago (they even solicited sponsors for adding days at one point, and got some for a while).
Mostly from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, here’s what’s happening on this mid-August Saturday:
TRAFFIC ALERTS: Here’s what SDOT has announced for today:
We will be working in South Delridge at 16th Ave SW and SW Cambridge St to update curb bulbs and curb ramps. Work will begin as early as 8 am and conclude by 5 pm. We’ll maintain one lane of traffic in each direction.
Between 7 am and 5 pm, we’re paving 8th Ave S from S Kenyon St to S Portland St in South Park. We will restrict parking and maintain one lane of traffic in each direction. People driving should expect delays while the lanes are closed.
SOUTH DELRIDGE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm, local vendors sell fresh-grown and prepared food at this (corrected) twice-monthly market; details in our calendar listing, (9421 18th SW)
WEST DUWAMISH GREENBELT HIKE: Explore tribal use of native plants during this hike starting at 10 am at The Heron’s Nest (4818 15th SW).
ZEN 101: 10 am at Fauntleroy Church (9140 California SW), explore what happens if you start a meditation practice. Info’s in our calendar listing.
FREE WRITERS’ GROUP: Held in West Seattle, 10:30 am. Our calendar listing has details, including how to register.
ALKI BEACH PRIDE, DAY 1: 11 am Sip ‘n’ Paint starts the day, which is centered on a noon-7 pm celebration headquartered at Blue Moon Burgers (2504 Alki SW), with DJs, live music, more. That’s also where to get your wristband for discounts at participating businesses.
LOW-LOW TIDE: 11 am-1:30 pm, Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists are at Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and Constellation Park (60th/Beach) beaches for the last time this season; low tide is at 12:27 pm, out to -2.3 feet.
WADING POOL/SPRAYPARK: With sunny, warm weather expected, the city will open the wading pools, so the pool in central upper Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) will be open noon-7 pm. Also, Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) will be open 11 am-8 pm.
COLMAN POOL: You can swim at the outdoor pool on the Lincoln Park shore today, noon-7 pm.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The Southwest Seattle Historical Society museum is open on Alki, and you can visit noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)
WINE TIME: The Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) tasting room – selling wine by the glass or bottle – is open 1-6 pm. (5910 California SW)
WHITE CENTER COMMUNITY MARKET: 3-6 pm, the White Center Community Development Association presents an array of local vendors in the parking lot on the east side of 16th SW just south of SW 98th.
FIELD DAY & FOOD DRIVE: Highline Premier FC invites both youth and adults to participate in Field Day events 4-6 pm at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th and Myrtle), with a “Fill the Goal” food drive – spectators can bring food to contribute to that, too. Details in our calendar listing.
MUSIC AT C & P: The trio Citizens of Earth will play 7 pm-9 pm at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.
MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: Catch Rabbit, Sprig, David Plell perform tonight, doors at 7 pm, music at 8. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
‘LET THERE BE DRAGONS’: Final weekend for this one-person musical, written and performed by Felicia Loud, at ArtsWest (4711 California SW; WSB sponsor), 7:30 pm curtain – info and ticket link in our calendar listing.
DRAG SHOW AT ADMIRAL PUB: 9 pm, with with Queen Andrew and VJ Lacefront at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).
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