South Park – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:30:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 ‘Rowing on the Duwamish is alive and well!’ 3rd annual Dieter Hotz Regatta https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/rowing-on-the-duwamish-is-alive-and-well-3rd-annual-dieter-hotz-regatta/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/rowing-on-the-duwamish-is-alive-and-well-3rd-annual-dieter-hotz-regatta/#comments Sun, 29 Jul 2018 18:56:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923434 (Junior doubles’ race. Photo courtesy Duwamish Rowing Club)

The Duwamish Rowing Club reports it was a beautiful day for their 3rd annual Dieter Hotz Regatta. Sarah Blum sent the report and photos from the July 21st event:

Entries from Eastside Prep, Lake Union and Lake Washington clubs rounded out the field with singles, doubles, coxed and coxless quads, plus coxed fours took off about every ten – fifteen minutes to race up the 1000-meter course to cheering crowds in the park overlooking the finish line. There were both youth and master’s races throughout the morning. Rowing on the Duwamish is alive and well!

It was a youth rower from Eastside Prep that took the coveted Boeing trophy for her race in a single scull.

Lake Union Crew took the overall points win for the Dieter Hotz trophy and a good time was had by all.

One of the most exciting races was the coxless quad race between Lake Union and DRC (Duwamish Rowing Club).

As the boats neared the finish line Lake Union was in the lead, the crowd was cheering on the DRC boat and in the sprint they passed the LUC boat by about 8 inches at the finish.

Anyone can learn to row. DRC had learn-to-row classes through June and one of the new rowers, Matt White, raced in the master’s four like a pro. Matt’s daughter is in the youth program at DRC.

Winners of the ECOSS trophy for 2018 was the Lake Union Crew:

The DRC is our area’s only rowing club, based in South Park but also serving West Seattle and other communities along and near the Duwamish River.

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Head over heels for Lucha Libre Volcánica’s South Park visit https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/head-over-heels-for-lucha-libre-volcanicas-south-park-visit/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/head-over-heels-for-lucha-libre-volcanicas-south-park-visit/#comments Sun, 29 Jul 2018 05:41:25 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923868

It’s becoming a summertime tradition – a Duwamish Waterway Park exhibition by Lucha Libre Volcánica, the Renton-based troupe specializing in Mexican-style masked-wrestling – and the luchadores were there today during the Water Festival.

The performers are usually heroes or villains – during our ringside visit, we saw heroes …

And villains:

When all was said, done, thrown, and pinned …

… the heroes won. As did the Environmental Coalition of South Seattle, sponsor of the Water Festival, which continued into the evening.

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Duwamish Rowing Club’s annual Dieter Hotz Rowing Regatta: Spectators welcome Saturday! https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/duwamish-rowing-clubs-annual-dieter-hotz-rowing-regatta-spectators-welcome-saturday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/duwamish-rowing-clubs-annual-dieter-hotz-rowing-regatta-spectators-welcome-saturday/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:21:51 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922884 (WSB photo by Leda Costa, from 2017 regatta)

Our area’s only rowing club invites you to its biggest annual event on Saturday! The Duwamish Rowing Club is hosting its third Dieter Hotz Rowing Regatta at Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, 8 am-2 pm:

All are invited to this free event which features singles, doubles, fours, and quads from Duwamish Rowing and small clubs in the area, e.g. Eastside Prep. Renton Rowing, Lake Stevens and more.

Races will include youth from all the clubs and masters (adults of all ages). Boats will launch from Duwamish Waterway Park at 10th and Elmgrove in South Park, and spectators can view the finish line of the 1000 meter races at 12th and Elmgrove.

Here’s a map to the park.

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FOLLOWUP: $2.2 million bail for suspect in South Park teen murder https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/followup-2-2-million-bail-for-suspect-in-south-park-teen-murder/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/followup-2-2-million-bail-for-suspect-in-south-park-teen-murder/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 18:53:07 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921958 (WSB photo from February)

The suspect in February’s South Park murder of a 16-year-old boy was arrested in the area where it happened. That’s part of what we’ve learned from the probable-cause documents made public this morning in connection with 27-year-old Juan J. Macias‘s bail hearing. As we noted in the report on his arrest, he was already wanted on a $250,000 warrant after being charged in June with assaulting his girlfriend. The new documents say officers saw him Saturday evening at the Chevron station on 14th Avenue S. in South Park – same one in our photo, above, from the night of the shooting – and recognized him from a bulletin about that warrant. He was in the driver’s seat of a red Impala that they discovered had been stolen in Kent; the report says its engine was running and that officers found two “large fixed-blade knives” and two hatchets in the car. It does not say what led police to identify Macias as a suspect in the murder, but attributes that description to detectives. He is due back in court tomorrow afternoon, by which time there may be a charging decision in the case. Meantime, he’s being held in lieu of $2,250,000 bail.

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FOLLOWUP: Arrest in South Park teen murder https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/followup-arrest-in-south-park-teen-murder/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/followup-arrest-in-south-park-teen-murder/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2018 19:46:04 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921880 (WSB photo, February rally/march)

12:46 PM: Seattle Police have announced an arrest in the February murder of a 16-year-old boy in South Park. This was the deadly shooting that brought more than 100 people to a rally/march for peace days later. While the suspect is not yet charged in the murder, he is also jailed in connection with a $250,000 warrant in a case where charges have been filed, so we are publishing his name: 27-year-old Juan J. Macias. In the other case, he was charged in June with choking his girlfriend unconscious. We are checking with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to see if he is due for a bail hearing today; police say they arrested him in South Park on Saturday.

6:30 PM: Macias did have a bail hearing this afternoon. We don’t have documents yet but the jail register shows his bail now upped to $2,250,000.

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UPDATE: West Seattle High School student killed in crash at 99/509/Cloverdale https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/traffic-alert-deadly-crash-at-99-509-cloverdale/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/traffic-alert-deadly-crash-at-99-509-cloverdale/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2018 06:21:43 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921550

11:21 PM: The State Patrol and other agencies are dealing with a deadly one-vehicle crash at the Cloverdale overpass where 509/99 meet – avoid the area. The crash brought down a big sign – see the WSP-tweeted photo above – and Trooper Rick Johnson says that’ll mean a long closure on the NB side. More as we get it.

11:39 PM: Thanks to the reader who texted this wider view:

A nearby resident says the driver hit the pole at high speed. [map]

12:49 AM: Still closed.

7:30 AM: As noted elsewhere, NB is still closed as crews deal with the sign. SB reopened overnight. Meantime, WSP’s media update says the driver was a 17-year-old Seattle resident.

UPDATE: The 99/509 crash scene has reopened as of 8:33 am.

2:26 PM: Seattle Public Schools has confirmed what was first reported in comments below – that the victim was a West Seattle High School student. Here’s the letter WSHS principal Brian Vance has just sent to families:

Dear West Seattle High School families,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the tragic news that one of our students, Jonathan Teso-Rueda was killed in a car accident on Thursday night. Jonathan was a bright, talented and well-liked student at West Seattle High School. His sense of humor and big, caring heart will be missed. As a community, I know we will come together to not only support Jonathan’s family, but one another.

We will have counselors available at West Seattle High School on Monday, July 9 from 9 am-12 pm for students needing support or wanting to be with their friends on campus.

When someone dies, particularly suddenly, it’s normal for children and teens to have different kinds of feelings and reactions. Parents and guardians have important roles in helping students understand about death.

Here are some suggestions for how to help students

• Stick to facts. Answer questions factually.
• Remain calm and reassuring. Students take their cues from their parents and adults.
• Be a good listener and observer. Pay attention to changes in behavior.
• Be especially loving and supportive; children and teens need you even more at this time.

We recognize that even if your student may not have known or been close to Jonathan, or his family, he/she may still feel a strong reaction. We also realize this may be your student’s first experience with death or it may trigger feelings about other deaths your child may have experienced. This is an opportunity for students and families to acknowledge their grief and express their feelings about a sudden loss for which they have no control over.

Please take care and we will share information about any events to support students, staff and families if and/or when they become available.

Brian Vance
Principal
West Seattle High School

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Library to Business: Free help for local entrepreneurs https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/library-to-business-free-help-for-local-entrepreneurs/ Tue, 15 May 2018 18:34:15 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916764 Running a small business? And/or launching one? The Seattle Public Library has free consultation appointments open starting soon for its Library to Business program. Librarian Nancy Slote, who’s part of the L2B team, explains, “We help research business questions, particularly with market research. The library has great subscription databases, available in the branches and remotely, with a library card, which can provide consumer buying data and identify competitors and market trends. We meet with entrepreneurs in all stages of business development, from people with an idea, to those writing business plans, to those operating businesses.” They have appointments at the Delridge, High Point, and South Park branches – this flyer shows the day/time windows, and the number(s) to call to get yourself set up to go in for help (or, Nancy says, you can schedule via e-mail at L2B@spl.org).

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Mayor visiting South Park tomorrow for community roundtable https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/mayor-visiting-south-park-tomorrow-for-community-roundtable/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/mayor-visiting-south-park-tomorrow-for-community-roundtable/#comments Thu, 03 May 2018 01:30:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=915542 (WSB photo, February)

Three months after she joined the peace vigil/march in South Park, the mayor returns to SP tomorrow afternoon.

As part of her ongoing effort to bring City Hall to all Seattle communities, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan will host a roundtable with South Park community leaders to discuss ongoing and new City initiatives in South Park. Mayor Durkan will be joined by representatives of the Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and Seattle Police Department, who will be able to answer questions and provide resources to the community.

“South Park is a diverse and vibrant home to many young people, families, and small businesses, but it also demonstrates our City’s need for equitable investment in economic empowerment, public safety, and better basic services,” said Mayor Durkan. “Through collaboration with community leaders, we are going to tackle the tough challenges facing South Park and create more opportunity for our young people.”

She’s scheduled to be at the South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave. S.) at 3 pm Thursday.

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If you’re hearing the sirens: 2 South Park house fires in 2 hours https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/if-youre-hearing-the-sirens-2-south-park-house-fires-in-2-hours/ Wed, 02 May 2018 10:50:16 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=915484 (Smoke from 2nd South Park fire, seen from West Seattle, tweeted by @WestSeaWX)

3:50 AM: You might be hearing the sirens, especially from southeast West Seattle: Seattle Fire is at the scene of a fully involved house fire in the 9300 block of 7th Avenue South, less than two hours after another South Park house fire, in the 1200 block of S. Cloverdale (less than a mile apart).

4:03 AM: Per monitored radio communication, SFD has just called the 7th Avenue S. fire “defensive” – too dangerous to be inside the structure.

ADDED: Here’s the SFD wrapup about both fires.

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Police search after crash between West Seattle and South Park https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/police-search-after-crash-between-west-seattle-and-south-park/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/police-search-after-crash-between-west-seattle-and-south-park/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:32:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=914465 If you notice police activity just southwest of the 1st Avenue South Bridge, in the area between West Seattle and South Park, here’s what it’s about, according to scanner traffic: Police are looking for a suspect who is reported to have run away after crashing a vehicle near Highland Park Way SW/2nd SW. (added) A K-9 team has joined the search in the brushy areas alongside the highway.

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READER REPORT: Duwamish Rowing Club’s winning evening https://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/reader-report-duwamish-rowing-club/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 02:16:44 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=913486 Thanks to Sarah Blum for the report and photos from one of the events spotlighted here on Saturday:

Saturday night, April 7th was the seventh annual Duwamish Rowing Club FUNdraiser and not only was it a fun event that drew in a crowd of supporters, but it offered many prizes.

From a day on the King Gustav yacht owned by head coach Mike Merta and his wife Sherry Toy, to an Island Escape on Bainbridge Island that included a two-hour sail and dinner + a basket of wine and other goodies, and many other prizes in the raffle and silent auction.

Thanks to Sherry for the amazing chili and cornbread, Flying Fish for the great beers, and the youth team for the scrumptious desserts.

One of the highlights of the night was the interview done by Marcie Sillman of KUOW with Bill Tytus, from his rowing and coaching days to designing rowing shells to his ownership of Pocock Racing Shells. One memorable moment was his focus on finding the magical “swing” while rowing.

As advertised, it was a fun event that raised much needed monies to support the club’s growing youth and learn-to-row programs. Contact the club through duwamishrowingclub.org
DRC is based on the Duwamish River in South Park; the Saturday night event was held just up the hill at Highland Park Improvement Club.

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]]> YOU CAN HELP! Concord fundraiser – ‘a really good deal’ – 2 weeks away https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/you-can-help-concord-fundraiser-a-really-good-deal-2-weeks-away/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/you-can-help-concord-fundraiser-a-really-good-deal-2-weeks-away/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:46:58 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=911101 Concord International (Elementary) School is in South Park, but is part of Seattle Public Schools‘ southwest cluster, and has West Seattle kids in attendance. It’s also a school where three in four kids qualify for free- or reduced-price lunch. The Concord PTA is hoping people all around our area will support their upcoming fundraising auction, now less than two weeks away – Saturday, March 24th:

We have some very cool auction items to bid on – a week in Mexico, 3 month gym membership, a signed Sounders jersey, a private dinner by famous chef Young Cho. Your ticket purchase of $25 includes dinner as well as 2 drink tickets, which is a really good deal.

The event is set for 6-9 pm March 24th at South Park Community Center (8201 10th Ave. S.) and you can buy tickets right here, right now.

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CLOSURE ALERT: Seattle Public Library locations closed March 7th https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/closure-alert-seattle-public-library-locations-closed-march-7th/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/closure-alert-seattle-public-library-locations-closed-march-7th/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:30:26 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=910242 Now that this is less than a week away – in case you haven’t already heard, the city library system has a one-day closure coming up next Wednesday:

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at Central Library will be closed Wednesday, March 7 for a staff in-service day. Regular operating hours will resume Thursday, March 8.

West Seattle has four library branches, and South Park’s library is just a bit to the east. The map and list of all SPL locations citywide is here.

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VIDEO: March for Peace spotlights hope and love for ‘the new South Park’ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/video-march-for-peace-spotlights-hope-and-love-for-the-new-south-park/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/video-march-for-peace-spotlights-hope-and-love-for-the-new-south-park/#comments Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:31:46 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=908526

Tonight’s March for Peace in South Park was not a march to protest, complain, or oppose, organizers stressed as more than 100 people gathered outside the SP Library before it began. It was to envision what neighbors want South Park to be, to have.

The catalyzing event was what neighbors want South Park to NOT have … violence. Two nights ago, a 16-year-old boy was critically injured by a shooter who has yet to be caught. That was one week after a shooting that injured two men. The two incidents are unrelated, police told us, yet both left people in South Park determined not to go back to the way things were long ago. With that determination, hope, and love, “this is the new South Park,” organizers declared.

With bicycle officers riding alongside, and police at every cross-street, marchers walked on eastbound Cloverdale and southbound 14th.

They carried signs, some made outside the library minutes before the march began.

And when their silence was finally broken, as the march ended at the service station near the scene of Wednesday’s shooting at 14th/Trenton, first it was by music, some softly singing along to “Lean on Me”:


Then, there were words of support, urging the youth in the crowd to know everyone was there to support them – and there were many young participants there to hear the message:

Also there, dignitaries who took care not to hold the spotlight for long, if at all. Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best had a few words before the march began.

City Councilmember Lisa Herbold did not take the microphone

Nor did Councilmember Lorena González:

Both councilmembers have worked to advocate for increased safety resources for South Park; Herbold wrote about it again in her weekly online update hours before the march. But first – a young man remains in the hospital, and before the gathering ended, organizers requested prayers and thoughts for his recovery.

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NEIGHBORS FOR PEACE: You’re invited to march in South Park tomorrow night https://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/neighbors-for-peace-youre-invited-to-march-in-south-park-tomorrow-night/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:11:54 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=908424 No new official information tonight on last night’s shooting in South Park that left a 16-year-old boy in critical condition. No arrest reported in that case or the double shooting a week earlier. But we do know that neighbors in South Park are hoping that West Seattleites and others from around the city will join them in this quiet plea. The invitation, in English and Spanish:

In wake of the recent shootings in our neighborhood, please join your neighbors in a silent march for peace. We will meet at 7:30 pm Friday at the library [8604 8th Ave. S.] and proceed to the Chevron gas station on 14th. Bring flashlights or candles. Let’s bring the city’s attention to our neighborhood. We need additional resources. We need community engagement. We need Peace. ☮

A raíz de los recientes tiroteos en nuestro vecindario, únase a sus vecinos en una marcha silenciosa por la paz. Nos reuniremos a las 7:30 en la biblioteca y nos dirigiremos a la estación de servicio de Chevron en la 14 avenida. Trae linternas o velas. Es importante llamar la atención de la ciudad a nuestro vecindario. Necesitamos recursos adicionales. Necesitamos trabajar como comunidad. Necesitamos LA PAZ!

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