West Seattle parks – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 02:42:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Why you’ll see a shipping container at Don Armeni Boat Ramp this Friday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/why-youll-see-a-shipping-container-at-don-armeni-boat-ramp-this-friday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/why-youll-see-a-shipping-container-at-don-armeni-boat-ramp-this-friday/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:00:18 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925476

That’s a rendering of what you’ll see on the lawn at Don Armeni Boat Ramp this Friday in honor of National Thrift Shop Day, according to an announcement we received today from a public-relations firm on behalf of Value Village. The announcement says the company has partnered “with three Seattle influencers to spark thrift-spiration and celebrate secondhand style. The influencers … have been tasked to style a distinct space in the same reused shipping container – using thrifted items, of course. … The event illustrates how thrift lets any shopper express their unique point of view, stand out from the crowd and celebrate their individuality — no matter their design aesthetic, life stage or price point.” The “influencers” are Joanna Hawley, Emma Cortes, and Charles Koh. No sales/shopping involved, but you’re welcome to visit, 8 am-8 pm Friday (August 17th).

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Last week for all but 1 West Seattle wading pool https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/last-week-for-all-but-1-west-seattle-wading-pool/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/last-week-for-all-but-1-west-seattle-wading-pool/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:33:51 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=925420

(WSB file photo, Delridge wading pool)

If you and your little one(s) have been enjoying the Seattle Parks wading pools this summer – here’s a reminder: Except for Lincoln Park wading pool, open daily (weather permitting) through Labor Day (September 3rd), this is the last week for the city’s wading pools. In our area:

SOUTH PARK’S LAST DAY: Thursday (August 16th)

EC HUGHES’S LAST DAY: Friday (August 17th)

HIAWATHA’S LAST DAY: Saturday (August 18th)

DELRIDGE’S LAST DAY: Sunday (August 19th)

P.S. West Seattle’s only spraypark, Highland Park, will – like the Lincoln Park wading pool – be open daily, 11 am-8 pm, through Labor Day.

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FOLLOWUP: Unanimous Council approval for Orchard Street Ravine expansion acquisition https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-unanimous-council-approval-for-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-acquisition/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-unanimous-council-approval-for-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-acquisition/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2018 23:37:23 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924668 Quick followup on the city’s planned purchase of a parcel expanding the Orchard Street Ravine “passive park” in Gatewood – the $235,000 purchase, to be funded by Park District levy money, just got unanimous final approval from the full Council. The 5600-square-foot parcel at 7137 38th SW, on a slope past a dead end (shown on this map), currently holds a dilapidated house that will be demolished, with an additional ~$125,000 to be spent on that and other costs. Full backstory is in our two previous reports – here and here.

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FOLLOWUP: Council committee unanimously OKs Orchard Street Ravine expansion purchase https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-council-committee-unanimously-oks-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-purchase/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/08/followup-council-committee-unanimously-oks-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-purchase/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2018 22:18:36 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924233 (Slide from presentation to committee)

The vote was 4-0 minutes ago as the City Council’s Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities Committee gave their approval to buying a 5,600-square-foot parcel for expansion of the Orchard Street Ravine. We previewed the proposal in this story; if the full Council gives final approval next Monday, the site at 7137 38th SW (shown on this map)will be bought with $235,000 in Park District levy money. The presentation at today’s meeting was relatively short; earlier, as expected, several neighbors and community advocates spoke in favor of the purchase. (4:59 PM UPDATE: Here’s the Seattle Channel video – this is the last item, 46 minutes in.) The councilmembers present and voting yes today were committee chair Debora Juarez, Lorena González, Sally Bagshaw, and Lisa Herbold, who said as the meeting wrapped up that she’d heard another OSR neighbor is interested in donating/selling land, and Seattle Parks reps confirmed they’re looking into that.

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FOLLOWUP: Puget Ridge Playground ‘preferred design’ unveiled https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/followup-puget-ridge-playground-preferred-design-unveiled/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/followup-puget-ridge-playground-preferred-design-unveiled/#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 04:36:23 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924188

Back in June, we covered Seattle Parks visiting Puget Ridge to show the draft plan for overhauling the neighborhood playground. Now, with the feedback gathered during that meeting and a gathering in April, there’s a “preferred design” – you can see it above (or here). The announcement explains that it is “based on the public input, accessible standards, other park design standards, and budget limitations. The intent of the preferred design is to maintain the bones of the existing park, include new play structures that are accessible to all abilities – focused on young kids, and improve seating and gathering.” Got feedback? Parks will take comments until August 13th – email project planner Libby Hubson at libby.hudson@seattle.gov. The project team told us in June they hope to start work this fall on the overhaul, budgeted at $300,000.

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City Council committee to consider Orchard Street Ravine expansion purchase Wednesday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/city-council-committee-to-consider-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-purchase-wednesday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/city-council-committee-to-consider-orchard-street-ravine-expansion-purchase-wednesday/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:23:16 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=924153

The Gatewood park known as Orchard Street Ravine might soon be a little bigger. Tomorrow, a City Council committee will consider the proposed purchase of a parcel adjacent to OSR, 7137 38th SW, a 5,600-square-foot parcel north of park boundaries (as shown on this map), currently holding the dilapidated century-plus-old house shown in the King County Assessor’s Office photo above. The purchase price would be $235,000, and it would come from Park District levy funds. Documents for tomorrow’s meeting of the Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities Committee show the city expects to spend an additional $25,000 on “staff time, title insurance, and closing cost,” plus “up to $100,000 for demolition of the house.” We’re told that local residents plan to speak in favor of the purchase at tomorrow’s committee meeting, which includes a public-comment period. They will include members of the Friends of Orchard Street Ravine and Morgan Community Association, says MoCA president Deb Barker, who shared a letter that park steward Carol Schultz sent to the committee, saying in part:

We’re excited to hear that the proposal is coming before the committee for review tomorrow. I wanted to contact you and let you know that there are many supporters and users of Orchard Street Ravine. After many years of volunteer work it is now a beautiful green space with a stairway and trails connecting neighborhoods and nature.

With the increasing density of West Seattle the proposed park expansion will be a real benefit to the community and natural habitat. Orchard Street Ravine is an important green spaces connector as well as a beautiful natural area. A stairway built as part of the 2006 bond connects upper and lower parts of the neighborhood. It is a link in the Green Crescent or Morgan Junction Loop trail. The trail connects Morgan Junction, Orchard Street Ravine, Solstice Park, Lincoln Park, and Lowman Beach Park helping to create a total of a 2.5 mile walk. It is listed in the King County West Seattle Trails map.

The 2006 bond also set up a Vegetation Management Plan for reforestation with native plantings that we’ve been following since then. We’ve gradually reforesting what used to be a jungle of blackberries, ivy and clematis vine. We plant hundreds of new native plants every year and it’s now filled with NW native plants and wildlife and birds have returned. … Approving the proposed expansion would be a real benefit to the community and environment.

You can see the slide deck prepared for tomorrow’s meeting (2 pm Wednesday) here. If the committee approves the purchase, it would move on to a final vote by the full City Council.

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VIDEO: Don Armeni Boat Ramp mystery event is indeed Diner en Blanc – Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/happening-now-don-armeni-boat-ramp-mystery-event-is-indeed-diner-en-blanc-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/happening-now-don-armeni-boat-ramp-mystery-event-is-indeed-diner-en-blanc-seattle/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2018 02:54:46 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=923626

7:54 PM: As guessed by WSB commenters last month when we published word of a somewhat mysterious private event set for Don Armeni Boat Ramp tonight, it’s indeed Diner en Blanc – Seattle, the latest local event in which hundreds of people pay for the privilege of dressing in white and bringing a picnic to a location that’s kept secret until they’re bused there.

Thanks for the texted video and photo! We expect to add more later. The event is scheduled to continue until about 11 pm.

ADDED 8:24 PM: Another photo we’ve received:

(Thanks to Craig Baerwaldt for that photo and this next one:)

Participants had to bring their own tables and chairs as well as providing their own picnic!

9:52 PM: Another photo from Craig, after sunset:

Side note: We checked yesterday and this morning and noticed there were no “No Parking” signs for this event at or near Don Armeni, just the NP signage for a film shoot tomorrow. Then a reader e-mailed us this afternoon to say they encountered someone amending the signs to kick in at 4 pm today instead, with just hours’ advance. Let us know if you got a ticket as a result.

ADDED EARLY FRIDAY: Thanks to West Seattle videographer Mark Jaroslaw for putting together and sharing this look at the evening’s festivities – including music, dancing, and candlelight:

Mark says 1,200 people were there.

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Ural Thomas and The Pain open 2018 Summer Concerts at Hiawatha https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/video-photos-ural-thomas-and-the-pain-open-2018-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/video-photos-ural-thomas-and-the-pain-open-2018-summer-concerts-at-hiawatha/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2018 05:12:46 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922929 Photos and video by Leda Costa for West Seattle Blog

This year’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha have begun! That’s Ural Thomas and The Pain, up from Portland, shaking the stage tonight for the first of six free Thursday night shows.

The Admiral Neighborhood Association has presented the concert series since 2009, and we’ve been co-sponsoring it since the start. Lots of other community businesses support the series, too, keeping it free.

As usual, the littlest concertgoers were the most prone to getting up and moving to the music. If you missed it, here’s a snippet of sound:

OK, some grownups did dance too:

Next Thursday (July 26th), 6:30 pm on the east lawn at Hiawatha, the concerts continue with Good Quiver – see you there!

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VIDEO: West Seattle Big Band Concert in the Park https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/happening-now-west-seattle-big-band-concert-in-the-park/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/happening-now-west-seattle-big-band-concert-in-the-park/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2018 02:21:10 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922709

7:21 PM: Not on the Hiawatha east lawn yet? You have time to get here and enjoy the West Seattle Big Band‘s only local outdoor concert this summer – the annual Concert in the Park, on until about 8:30 pm, with a special West Seattle Grand Parade-related presentation at intermission around 7:45. The band’s second number was “Warm Breeze,” perfect for this night, as WSBB director Jim Edwards noted.

Bring a chair/blanket and come join the 100+ people already enjoying the music – free!

7:35 PM: Ever seen the legendary CC at Chelan Café on Monday nights (6-9 pm)? She’s a special guest tonight:

And she’ll be back before the show’s over!

8:43 PM: The concert’s wrapping up with “New York, New York.” More to add when we’re back at HQ!

ADDED: More photos! Vocalists Jenaige Lane and Jeff Carter:

The band:

Yes, some people danced!

The program was mostly classics – plus an old rock song, Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” CC was back for songs including “All of Me“:

Jenaige sang “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing“:

Watch for the West Seattle Big Band’s performances at a variety of venues around the area – especially school benefits, a special focus of this group that has its roots at West Seattle High School.

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TUESDAY: Cool off with West Seattle Big Band’s Concert in the Park https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/tuesday-cool-off-with-west-seattle-big-bands-concert-in-the-park/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/tuesday-cool-off-with-west-seattle-big-bands-concert-in-the-park/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2018 01:48:14 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922561

(Video courtesy West Seattle Big Band)

Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center is the place to be – you can stay cool(er) in the shade while enjoying a free concert by the West Seattle Big Band! 7 pm Tuesday will be the start time for this year’s WSBB Concert in the Park. It’s co-sponsored by WSB and the West Seattle Grand Parade, with a special tie between the parade and the concert – again this year, the Orville Rummel Trophy for Outstanding Service to the Community will be presented during the concert. As noted here last week, this year’s trophy recipient will be recently retired West Seattle High School baseball and golf coach Velko Vitalich – that means he’ll be riding toward the start of the parade (which begins at 11 am Saturday, southbound on California SW from SW Lander in The Admiral District to SW Edmunds in The Junction). But first, be on the Hiawatha lawn tomorrow night to enjoy great music – with special guest vocalist CC! – and community spirit; bring a chair/blanket to sit on, and look for the stage along Walnut south of Lander.

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Young Shakespeare Workshop returning to Roxhill Park next Sunday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/young-shakespeare-workshop-returning-to-roxhill-park-next-sunday/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:00:55 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922532 (July 2017 WSB reader photo from Judy)

Last July, the nationally acclaimed Young Shakespeare Workshop performed twice at Roxhill Park – and they’ll be back this Sunday, so we wanted to provide an early alert in case you hadn’t already seen it in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar. This year, the play is “Hamlet,” and the performance is at 2 pm Sunday (July 22nd) – free! It’s this year’s only West Seattle performance for YSW, which has local ties via its director, Darren Lay of Vashon Island, working with students at local schools including Chief Sealth International High School over the years. Free performance – just bring your own chair/blanket and get ready to be impressed by some hard-working young actors next Sunday.

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CLOSURE ALERT: Hiawatha wading pool done for the day https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/closure-alert-hiawatha-wading-pool-done-for-the-day/ Thu, 12 Jul 2018 23:03:08 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922172

Thanks to Sean for the photo and tip: The Hiawatha wading pool has closed early for the day. Someone got sick and draining, then refilling, would have taken longer than it was worth, so they just drained it for the day. It should reopen tomorrow at noon as scheduled. EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden) is open until 6:30 pm and Lincoln ParK (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open until 8 pm. (By the way, we’re listing wading pools and open/closed status in our daily highlights all summer long.)

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VIDEO: Music Under The Stars at Delridge CC Park, rain or shine! https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/happening-now-music-under-the-stars-at-delridge-cc-park-rain-or-shine/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/happening-now-music-under-the-stars-at-delridge-cc-park-rain-or-shine/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2018 02:36:03 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921916

7:36 PM: A raindrop here and there isn’t getting in the way of the second of four Music Under The Stars events, presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society at Delridge Community Center Park (Genesee/26th) – live music by a student ensemble until 8, then live audio streamed in from the SCMS Summer Festival concert at Benaroya Hall. (Added – two longer clips from the live-at-Delridge mini-concert:)

Free – and North Delridge’s own Mode Music Studios (WSB sponsor) is here too with a kids’ activity booth.

7:59 PM: The live concert has ended – but the UW student musicians (who are awesome – we’ll add a clip or two when back at HQ) will be back during intermission, the SCMS rep has announced. Also: A prize drawing for everybody here – concert tickets. We’re headed in but the live audio from downtown is just about to start and there’s a lot of fun to be had at the park. (The drizzle, by the way, has long since stopped.)

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West Seattle post-4th of July scene: Solstice Park fireworks debris https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-post-4th-of-july-scene-solstice-park-fireworks-debris/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-seattle-post-4th-of-july-scene-solstice-park-fireworks-debris/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2018 20:35:14 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921493

As the annual “fireworks are illegal but the law’s not enforced” discussion rages on, the fact of the matter is that fireworks don’t just make noise, they often result in toxic trash left behind by users, especially in public parks. We’ve received photos from one, Solstice Park, same place across from north Lincoln Park where we cover the annual change-of-season gatherings (decidedly non-trash-generating events), and just upslope from a P-Patch.

Lori sent these photos along with an expression of her dismay: “Just walked up to see the mess from last night. UGH. They walked past our house and I’m sure they were all teens. Lots of empty beer cans and bottles and an OJ container that I bet has vodka in it. Illegal fireworks and drinking, with no punishment, so it will certainly happen again next year. Unless we put up lights, have neighbors occupy the park from 8-midnight, or hire a security guard for the night!” (We’re checking with >Seattle Parks about their general citywide postmortem.)

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VIDEO: This summer’s first ‘Music Under the Stars’ concert in Delridge https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/happening-now-this-summers-first-music-under-the-stars-concert-in-delridge/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 02:41:04 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921198

7:41 PM: The evening sunshine is gracing the park outside Delridge Community Center as the Seattle Chamber Music Society‘s first of four “Music Under the Stars concerts gets under way.

As previewed this morning, University of Washington graduate students are playing until 8 pm, when the event switches to live audio from the society’s Summer Festival concert at Benaroya Hall.

This is free, and kids are welcome – the West Seattle Art Nest is in fact here with activities for any young attendees who are interested. Just bring your own blanket or chair. If you can’t make it to this one – the series continues for each of the next three Monday nights, 7:30 pm at Delridge/26th. More video, plus photos, when we’re back at HQ.

8:07 PM: The broadcast from Benaroya has begun, and we’ve moved on, but a beautiful night full of music continues at the park. And before leaving, we heard something we hadn’t heard before – the live musicians return when the Benaroya broadcast concert goes to intermission, so it’s not too late to head to the park for in-person music as well as the live audio feed.

9:23 PM: Photos added; another clip to come added:

Tonight’s musicians were Caitlin Beare and Brian Schappals on clarinet, Abbey Blackwell on bass, and Emerson Wahl on drums. Their program had a big helping of jazz.

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