Delridge – West Seattle Blog… West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:42:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 West Seattle scene: Hate-Free Delridge’s show of support for immigrants and refugees Tue, 14 Aug 2018 01:54:40 +0000

Almost exactly a year after “standing for peace” on the Delridge/Oregon overpass, Hate-Free Delridge members and friends returned there this evening. This time, the goal was to show support for immigrants and refugees.

It’s now been two years since the group formed in response to a racist, threatening note left at the home of a local family.

Here are some fast facts about Seattle’s immigrant/refugee population.

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FOLLOWUP: Record turnout for Delridge Triangle cleanup Mon, 13 Aug 2018 05:03:25 +0000 From Friends of the Delridge Triangle and the South Delridge Community Group:

Saturday, 8/11 marked another successful cleanup at the Delridge Triangle! We hit an all-time record of volunteers coming as far as Admiral to show their community spirit by pitching in at Delridge Way SW/18th Ave SW/SW Barton St, as well as surrounding blocks.

The cleanup was a joint effort between the South Delridge Community Group (SDCG) and Friends Of The Delridge Triangle (FDT). Burger Boss Drive In kindly sponsored the event with free meal vouchers for all participants.

This is one step of a greater project in the works to redevelop the Triangle into a safe and usable community space where the neighborhood can socialize and play. The Friends of the Delridge Triangle was recently awarded $41k through the Neighborhood Matching Fund to start a community engagement process for a Phase 1 redesign of the space. The redesign phase will run start September and run through Spring 2019. The community is invited to have their voices heard and participate in the project.

To learn more about the ongoing community work and receive notifications for upcoming clean ups in South Delridge, contact the South Delridge Community Group @: or visit our website.

To receive project updates and information how get involved with the Delridge Triangle redesign project contact Friends Of The Delridge Triangle @: or visit our website.

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HAPPENING NOW: Join your neighbors at Delridge Day 2018 Sat, 11 Aug 2018 19:13:16 +0000

Rain or shine, Delridge Day 2018 is on! Until 3 pm, lots of fun – and free food:

The hot dogs are courtesy of the Seattle Police Foundation, which sponsors the citywide Precinct Picnics, including the one that’s part of Delridge Day. You can also get a look at SPD specialty units’ gear, including the Dive Team:

Find out about community groups, too, including the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club:

Other groups, organizations, and agencies include Sound Transit, which is there to answer your questions about West Seattle light-rail planning. And you can enjoy music, dance, and other performances – see the schedule in our calendar. It’s all happening in the park at Delridge/Genesee/26th (with co-sponsors including WSB).

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Also tomorrow: Go play at Delridge Day! Sat, 11 Aug 2018 04:13:29 +0000

(WSB file photo)

One more reminder that tomorrow also brings this year’s Delridge Day – with kids’ field games planned along with music, cultural performances, vendors, community organizations, SPD’s Southwest Precinct Picnic (with free treats!), and skateboarding demos/competitions. It’s all happening at Delridge Community Center Park and the adjacent Delridge Skatepark, 11 am-3 pm Saturday, free! From our calendar listing, here are some of the scheduling specifics:

Main Music Stage

11 am Mode Music Studios students
12 Quarter Past 8 (rock)
1 pm Burley Mountain (country)
2 pm Moon Girl (ballads)

Cultural Stage

12 Dance Brazil (will be an adult and a youth performance)
1:15 Arabaka Trio
2:15 Otoqui Reyes e Hijos de Agüeybaná

The park is along SW Genesee between Delridge Way SW and 26th Avenue SW.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Seen this stolen blue/black Cannondale bicycle? Thu, 09 Aug 2018 04:02:52 +0000 Earlier today, we showed two “found” bicycles … tonight, a stolen bike:

Scott sent the photo and explains:

I made the foolish mistake of leaving my dear wife’s venerable, 28-year-old Cannondale everythingbike locked on our car’s roof rack last night. It walked away from our parking lot at Youngstown/Cooper sometime after midnight … It’s a 1991ish Cannondale FS700, frame size 16”, with distinctive silver alloy up handlebars, Shimano 8spd thumb shifters, a sturdy black rack on the back, and blue/black paint with white Cannondale lettering. Brass colored bell, cork grips, and it likely will have a mismatched front wheel as the old one was left in our car.

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Delridge Triangle’s future: What’s next, now that a matching-fund grant is on the way Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:20:56 +0000 (File photo)

From Kim Barnes on behalf of Friends of the Delridge Triangle:

I’m pleased to announce The Delridge Triangle has been awarded the Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant!

We now have the opportunity to have a voice on how we want to best use this much needed and cherished space for the South Delridge community.

A big thank you to everyone that has participated to date to get us to this next stage in redeveloping the space.

Next steps on the project timeline:

– Friends of the Delridge Triangle (FDT) committee leaders will attend the City’s grant recipient workshop.
– Fiscal Sponsor to be selected.

– FDT committee to draft and publish scope with call for RFQs from interested Landscape Architects.
– FDT committee starts process of review of RFQs and selection of the vendor.

Want to join the FDT steering committee?
The steering committee is always open to community members that are interested and dedicated to supporting this project through to completion. Get in touch – email to set up a short conversation about the role and see if it might work for you.

The grant, to cover the redesign process, is for $41,000; fundraising and volunteer time is required for the “match.” The rendered design is expected to be ready next spring, in late April/early May.

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Another new stairway on the way for West Seattle, plus an update on others Tue, 07 Aug 2018 23:49:26 +0000

Thanks to Scott Amick for spotting the posted notice that work is about to start on a new stairway at SW Myrtle between Sylvan and 25th. This wasn’t on the list of scheduled West Seattle stairway projects that we published earlier this year, nor could we find it on the city website, so we checked in with SDOT‘s Greg Funk. He explained that funding found to replace a 50-foot-long dirt path here is coming from the Safe Routes to School program. Grading work is scheduled to start “as soon as” this week; then the stairway itself will be built in October. He also provided an update on other projects, following up on our March check-in:

*SW Director (between upper and lower Fauntleroy Way across from the ferry terminal) is complete

*SW Willow and pathway (at California) are complete

*SW Hill (between 42nd and California) is under construction, 1 more month or sooner

(SDOT photo)

*SW Hill (another one across from that one), added because of savings on “a couple projects”

*SW Holly (at Beveridge) is under construction, closed for 2 months. Funk adds: “This will be a stairway we are going to reset and will be one of our historic streetcar slab stairways – one of 5 we will be doing in the future.”

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READER REPORT: From the ‘found, likely stolen/dumped’ file Sun, 05 Aug 2018 17:38:54 +0000 The photo and report are from Melinda:

An interesting find at my back gate this morning. It appears to be fishing gear and an unopened bottle of beer. The larger bag says Starbucks on the side. We live in Youngstown, south of the steel mill. I’ll keep for a few days and then give to Goodwill if no one claims it. Bottle of beer was unopened!

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COUNTDOWN: One week to Delridge Day! Sun, 05 Aug 2018 01:37:57 +0000

Just a week until eastern West Seattle’s biggest event of the summer – Delridge Day! The festival is set for 11 am-3 pm Saturday, August 11th, in the park outside Delridge Community Center (Delridge/26th/Genesee), and Pete Spalding shared info today on what you can expect to see – two stages of music and cultural performances, ~40 vendors, lessons and competitions at adjacent Delridge Skatepark with Skate Like A Girl, Seattle Police‘s Southwest Precinct Picnic with specialty-unit demonstrations plus free hot dogs, chips, and drinks … Pete says a classic rig from the Last Resort Fire Department will be there too. (Among those with booths, as mentioned here earlier this week, Sound Transit – so bring your questions about West Seattle’s future light rail!) Schedule details are in our calendar listing. Co-sponsors include WSB – see you there!

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FOLLOWUP: City cleans up debris from weekend wreck in North Delridge Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:31:28 +0000 Seattle Public Utilities has cleaned up the debris left behind after an RV crashed into the greenbelt east of West Seattle Health Club‘s parking lot early Saturday. As we reported from the scene, a man and woman were taken to the hospital and a dog went to a clinic. We doh’t know the status of any of those three, but we do know what happened at the scene. We went back at midday today to see if the debris had been cleaned up, and while we were there, two people from SPU arrived.

In our photo is environmental compliance inspector Angelique Hockett, who said they had just found out about the situation; they hadn’t received notification from SPD or SFD but the co-worker with her had happened onto our report. She also said they found no sign of Longfellow Creek pollution or fuel leakage; that had been a concern of responders at the time of the crash, as it happened on the slope over the creek, which then goes into an underground culvert and on to the Duwamish River. She and her co-worker had planned to move the debris up away from the creek, and that an SPU crew that deals with illegal dumping would then come to pick up the items. We went back for a look about an hour ago and the scene was indeed clear; Hockett confirmed by phone that the cleanup was complete. We still have a few big-picture questions for SPU but our usual contacts are out of the office until later this week.

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UPDATE: Benefit barbecue and car wash for family of South Delridge murder victim Michael Abay Sat, 28 Jul 2018 18:29:07 +0000 11:29 AM: Two WSB commenters mentioned that family and friends of Michael Abay, stabbed to death in South Delridge a little over a week ago, planned a car-wash fundraiser near the scene at 16th SW and SW Cambridge. And now a texter has sent word that it’s under way and that Mr. Abay’s family was setting up a benefit barbecue there too. “I happened to stumble on them as they were setting up. I gave the day’s first donation and they gave me a big hug. Don’t know why it brought me to tears!” said the texter. No arrest reported in the case yet. (Photo from Abay family’s GoFundMe page)

2:04 PM: Another texter says the car wash will continue until 4 pm and sent this photo:

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UPDATE: RV crashes by Longfellow Creek Sat, 28 Jul 2018 07:41:00 +0000

12:41 AM: The big Seattle Fire response is headed for a report that a truck has crashed into Longfellow Creek near 28th/Yancy. It’s a “rescue extrication” response in case someone has to be freed from the truck. More to come.

12:43 AM: The first units to arrive are saying it appears to be an RV that has crashed.

12:46 AM: SFD says two people have minor injuries but should be able to get themselves out of the vehicle.

12:52 AM: The two are reported to be out of the vehicle, which is reported to be leaking fuel.

1:09 AM: Both are being taken to the hospital. The wrecked RV is partly visible, in the wooded area on the east side of the health club parking lot.

1:33 AM: Just talked to an officer at the scene. He said a tow truck’s been ordered. The man and woman who were in the RV were headed eastbound on Yancy when their brakes went out. They had a dog in the RV too; it’s been taken to a vet to be checked out.

8:57 AM: Just went back to check. The RV was indeed removed.

Debris remain and a couple parking spots are blocked off.

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UPDATE: Shooting victim found at Delridge apartment complex Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:54:46 +0000 2:54 AM: Police are investigating a shooting, complicated by the fact the victim wasn’t shot at the location where he was found. That location is the Longfellow Creek Apartments (5915 Delridge Way SW), where both SPD and SFD are converging right now. The 28-year-old victim is reported to have (update) two gunshot wounds, back and shoulder, and is reported – according to police-radio communication – to not be telling police where the shooting happened. He’s been taken to Harborview.

12:13 PM: SPD has just published an item about this on its blog-format blotter, and we’ve also obtained the report narrative. Still no arrest; police believe the victim, whose injuries are described as “non-life-threatening,” was dropped off at the apartment complex, where he apparently used to live.

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West Seattle scene: Engine 36 visits Delridge Library for Firefighter Story Time Wed, 25 Jul 2018 19:11:07 +0000

The crew from Seattle Fire Engine 36, based at North Delridge’s Station 36 by the bridge, had an education call this morning – Firefighter Story Time at the Delridge Library.

They of course read the classic “No Dragons for Tea” (written by Jean E. Pendziwol and illustrated by Martine Gourbalt), which teaches kids about fire safety. They also brought along gear so that if kids ever find themselves face to face with suited-up firefighters in an emergency, they will remember not to be scared.

SFD sends crews around the city to visit libraries periodically for Firefighter Story Times. This was the only West Seattle stop in the current round, but one month from today, you have another chance to bring the family to meet firefighters and learn about fire safety – “Fired Up Family Day” at the Homestead parking lot on Alki (2717 61st SW), 11 am-1 pm August 25th – explained in our calendar listing.

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FOLLOWUP: South Delridge stabbing victim likely ‘targeted,’ police say Wed, 25 Jul 2018 02:44:09 +0000 (WSB photo: Part of memorial at stabbing scene)

Across Delridge from the scene of Friday night’s deadly stabbing of 34-year-old Michael Abay, the Southwest Precinct’s second-in-command has just provided a short update on the case. Asked to speak to those gathered for a 34th District State Senate candidates’ forum (separate forum story later), Lt. Steve Strand said police believe Abay was “targeted.” He did not comment on why. He also said that while they haven’t identified a suspect yet, he believes they will. Mr. Abay’s death was the third homicide case of the year in West Seattle and police have described all three as “targeted.”

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