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FOLLOWUP: New plan for West Seattle’s most visible vacant house

(WSB photo)

3804 23rd SW is the most-visible vacant house in West Seattle – perched all by itself next to the Delridge on-ramp to the eastbound West Seattle Bridge. The first time we mentioned it on WSB was in 2009, when it was a stop on a community-organized tour of problem properties in North Delridge, with city councilmembers and department heads in attendance. It was speculated at the time that this house had already been vacant for at least 20 years. Over the ensuing 14 years, we’ve mentioned the house several times. It was auctioned in 2014 to cover unpaid taxes; it changed hands again in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, it had an early-stage proposal for eight townhouses, but in 2019, that plan stalled, and the site has remained relatively unchanged, aside from some retaining-wall work. Now a tip led us to discover there’s a new plan for the site – this time, a plan to remodel the long-vacant house and add a second story. Meantime, the site remains in the city’s vacant building monitoring program; city records show its most recent inspection at the end of March found violations such as the house not being secured against weather and trespassers. (You might recall that a person was found dead on the site last year.)

COUNTDOWN: Six weeks until first West Seattle 5K since 2019!

April 9, 2023 8:15 pm
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(WSB photo, 2019)

One of the biggest spring events we’re counting down to is the West Seattle 5K run/walk on Alki, returning for the first time since 2019. It’s happening Sunday, May 21st, presented by and benefiting the West Seattle High School PTSA, and it’s offering new features this year, as announced when registration opened last month:

New this year is a grade-level competition among West Seattle High School students. The goal is to create a friendly competition to see which grade gets the most classmates to register. The winning grade gets out of Homeroom early for a special treat and cash ($250) to their grade-level ASB.

Other new 5k features include a “Sleep In” and “sponsor a student runner” options. There are buttons on the registration page to donate to the 5K if you’d rather sleep in that morning or don’t wish to run/walk.

Registration is open at, and you get the lowest rates if you sign up by the end of the month. (WSB is a community sponsor of the WS5K.)

WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Low tide at Lincoln Park

Thanks to Brandy DeWeese for sharing photos of wildlife seen during low tide this afternoon at Lincoln Park. We’re not in a super-low-tide phase, but low enough to make shore exploration worthwhile.

The tide was out to -1.2 feet this afternoon and will be lower, -1.4 feet, at 2:39 pm tomorrow.

Brandy noted that the beach was relatively deserted on this drippy afternoon.

If you’re interested in guided exploration, Seattle Parks has a guided beach exploration for the April 22 low tide (register here), and Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists start their season in early June.


In West Seattle Crime Watch, Michael reports his truck was taken in Gatewood:

1996 Ford F-250. Stolen from driveway near SW Webster and 37th Av SW at 5:58 AM. Plate # C56184L.

The SPD incident # is 23-95772.

SPORTS: Fastpitch softball faceoff between West Seattle HS and Chief Sealth IHS

(WSB photos)

Both Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School are having strong seasons in fastpitch softball so far. Just as school was getting out for spring break, the two faced off Friday afternoon at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex.

(WSHS’s Carmen Cruz)

As one spectator who emailed us postgame described it, this was a “five-inning slugfest with five total home runs and two ground-rule doubles that were centimeters shy of home runs.”

(CSIHS pitcher Delaney Sipila)

West Seattle went ahead early and took the win, 17-7. According to the GameChanger summary, Lane Ryan was the hitting leader, with three hits – including one of those home runs – and five RBIs. Tangerine Zurek was the winning pitcher for WSHS. Starter Sadie Stroud and reliever Delaney Sipila – who also had two steals – pitched for CSIHS. The Wildcats are now 5-2 and next play at Eastside Catholic, 4 pm Wednesday, April 19th. The Seahawks are now 7-3 and next host Roosevelt at NCSWAC, 4 pm Tuesday, April 18th.

BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Next phase of Luna Park Café’s reopening

Three weeks after Luna Park Café reopened following six months of repairs and maintenance, it’s in Phase 2 – owner John Bennett reports, “We are now open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. 8 am -3 pm. When the weather gets better we will open our outdoor patio. We are working on a plan to be open for dinner soon. Stay tuned.” Shortly after reopening, the restaurant at 2918 SW Avalon Way celebrated its 34th anniversary.


(Lincoln Park bunny, photographed by Theresa Arbow-O’Connor)

It’s Easter Sunday and the fourth day of Passover. Here’s what’s happening:

EASTER SERVICES & EGG HUNTS: Two outdoor sunrise services are part of our list, compiled from local churches that sent us Easter/Holy Week listings. Some are offering egg hunts for kids, too.

FOREST WALK AT CAMP LONG: 9 am, ages 5 and up. Register here; $10. (5200 35th SW)

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Yes, it’s open, 10 am-2 pm; the market offers early-spring produce as well as flowers, cheese, fish, meat, baked goods, condiments, fresh-cooked food, beverages (from kombucha to beer/wine), nuts, more. Here’s today’s vendor list. (California SW between Oregon and Alaska)

EASTER AT LADY JAYE: Open 10 am-2 pm today, this Junction establishment says they’ll be “serving our Sunday Pastries and the bar will be open for cocktails!” (4523 California SW)

EASTER BRUNCH AT PIZZERIA CREDO: Noon-4:30 pm, special brunch menu at this Junction restaurant – see the featured dishes here. (4520 California SW)

LOW-TIDE BEACH EXPLORATION: 1-3 pm at Constellation Park (63rd/Beach), $10 – register here.

THEATER: Acts on Stage in White Center presents “Pipeline,” 3 pm – buy tickets here. (10806 12th SW)

TIM’S TAVERN, SECOND WEEKEND: 7 pm show at the new Tim’s Tavern in White Center (16th/98th), with Sage Hatfield and Brother John & The Surrogates.

SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Triangular Jazztet at The Alley (4509 California SW), 8 pm and 9 pm sets.

LATIN SUNDAYS: DJ at The Benbow Room (4210 SW Admiral Way), starting at 9 pm.

SUNDAY NIGHT KARAOKE: 9 pm to 1:30 am at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW).

Have an event to add to our calendar? Please email – thank you!