WEEKEND SCENE: Duwamish River Festival at brand-new park

(WSB photos unless otherwise credited)

1:17 PM: Until 5 pm, you can visit newly dedicated Duwamish River People’s Park and enjoy the Duwamish River Festival. The park is at 8700 Dallas Ave. S. in South Park [map] – we reported on the site when construction began two years ago.

Today’s event includes entertainment, games, educational booths, and food, as shown here. We’ll add more photos when we’re back at HQ.

P.S. If you drive there and can’t find a close parking spot, there is a shuttle from 8438 Dallas.

ADDED 2:59 PM: The festival has more than 55 booths, most from agencies and groups addressing environmental issues in the Duwamish Valley and ways you can help – native plants, for example:

Knowing and respecting the Duwamish River’s fish and wildlife is another topic:

You can find out more about the West Dumamish Wet Weather Storage Facility project featured here earlier this week, to be built in southeast West Seattle in about three years:

Community resilience is a topic too – Cindi Barker from West Seattle is at the booth where you can find out about Neighborhood Emergency Communication Hubs:

And of course the EPA is there to talk about the ongoing Duwamish River cleanup. New regional administrator Casey Sixkiller (last mentioned here when he was running for mayor last year) spoke briefly to festivalgoers – he’s at right in our photo below next to Paulina López, executive director of the Duwamish River Community Coalition – which is presenting today’s festival:

With them from left are Calvin Teraba, Christian Poulsen, and Fatima Hernandez. Sixkiller promised to “continue to work in partnership with this community” toward “a river that’s clean, healthy, open to everyone.”

ADDED: Thanks to Don Brubeck for this photo of some of the festival performers:

3 Replies to "WEEKEND SCENE: Duwamish River Festival at brand-new park"

  • Yma August 6, 2022 (5:17 pm)

    I happen to know that there’s been a good deal of work done in that park recently- high school summer interns (one hailing from West Seattle) with the Port of Seattle have been painstakingly planting trees and marsh grasses. Hot, hard work. It’s a really nice little park still in progress & will be more accessible to differently abled folks in the future.

  • BlairJ August 6, 2022 (7:21 pm)

    It is a beautiful new park.  It was a great location for the festival, and a great location to watch the Blue Angels!I will be interested to watch the plantings mature, and to see what it looks like at different tide levels.

  • Curtis August 7, 2022 (10:54 am)

    Went to check out the park today… it looks incomplete and semi abandoned at same time. No loop trail.  The boat launch needs gravel and they have a lot of the stairs still roped off including the big view stairs.  Also the park is lined by two derelict lots?   The other South Park riverfront park is still fenced in, not sure why.Ah, be patient I guess it’s South Park. 

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