Free Thanksgiving meal at South Park Senior Center

Just in case you need a place to go – we received word of this:

The South Park Senior Center is hosting a free Thanksgiving meal for anyone who would like to attend.

Location: South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S.

Date: Thursday, November 26th

Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Any other South Park holiday notes, please let us know via our parent site’s mailbox – – thank you and happy holidays!

TRAFFIC ALERT: Road work near South Transfer Station on Sunday

Just in from SDOT:

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation plan to pave part of South Kenyon Street this Sunday, Nov. 15. They will work along the south side of the South Transfer Station, between Second Avenue South and Occidental Avenue South.

Starting as early as 5 a.m., the eastbound lane on South Kenyon Street will be closed. Northbound traffic on Occidental Avenue South will merge briefly on the SR509 northbound on-ramp but will exit to Second Avenue South prior to entering SR509. From Second, drivers will go to West Marginal Way South and back to South Kenyon Street.

Another award for South Park Bridge construction project

(June 2014 TSPN photo)
Just announced by King County:

The South Park Bridge construction project continues to receive national awards for design, preservation, and engineering a year after King County Executive Dow Constantine led the opening celebration. The latest recognition comes from Roads & Bridges magazine, which named it the best bridge project in the United States for 2015.

Many of the awards King County and its contractors have received for the South Park Bridge praise the drawbridge’s energy-efficient design that can raise both 3.5-million-pound drawspans with the same amount of energy it takes to drive a Toyota Prius.

Getting the job done locally

Executive Constantine created a public-private partnership to fund construction of the new drawbridge, which is a key industrial corridor connecting communities along the Duwamish River.

“Award-winning construction projects like South Park Bridge demonstrate our ability to deliver results,” said Executive Constantine. “National recognition for our infrastructure projects is important because it shows that, even in an era of federal gridlock and budget shortfalls, we can get the job done.”

The latest award from Roads & Bridges honors projects that excel at meeting project challenges and positively impacts its region. In describing why they selected it as the nation’s No. 1 bridge project, editors said:

“Erecting a new structure in the face of a treasured progenitor is a daunting task in the best of circumstances. Those surrounding the construction of the South Park Bascule Bridge were beyond extreme—this project towed narrow lines of strict operational quality, and did so amidst input from residents. In this sense, the new South Park Bascule Bridge is more than a bridge; it is a connector of communities on both shores of the Duwamish.”

Other awards the South Park Bridge has received include:

American Council of Engineering Companies Washington, 2015 Gold Award, Structural Systems
American Council of Engineering Companies, Engineering Excellence Awards Competition, National Recognition Award
American Public Works Association, 2015 Project of the Year Award, Transportation More than $75 Million
American Society of Civil Engineers, 2014 Local Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for Structural Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers Region 8, 2014 Project of the Year, Honorable Mention
National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, 2015 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Award – Outstanding Project
King County Historic Preservation Program, 2015 John D. Spellman Award for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation
With two piers capped by brick-surfaced control towers and a sweeping bascule design, the new bridge recreates the look of its predecessor, which was torn down in 2010 due to safety concerns. King County Department of Transportation managed the project.

The new bridge carries 20,000 vehicles and nearly 3,000 heavy-duty trucks each day as well as an estimated 10 million tons of freight each year, including aerospace parts to local Boeing facilities.

More than a year after South Park double murder, suspect arraigned

(TSPN photo by Patrick Sand)
We’re in King County Superior Court this morning, where Richard L. Parenteau, Jr., has just pleaded not guilty to murdering his mother and stepfather in South Park more than a year ago. We covered the case in July 2014. Courtroom security is heavy; Parenteau has pleaded not guilty and is insisting on representing himself. The delay in the arraignment was described as having happened while issues of the defendant’s mental competency were sorted out. He says he believes that representing himself is the only way he will get justice done; he claims he’s “had a corrupt attorney for the past 15 months.” The judge is asking him many questions to be sure he understands what he’s doing, and he continues to answer that he does. Asked if he has any legal training, he told the judge “I watch ‘Judge Judy’.” He’ll return to court tomorrow so they can be sure he really wants to represent himself. “Cool, awesome,” he declared to the news of that.

Duwamish Alive! coming up October 17th – signed up yet?

Those are the sites where you can help Seattle’s Only River by joining in this fall’s edition of Duwamish Alive! – 10 am-2 pm on October 17th. But organizers would love to hear from you ASAP, so use this list to choose one of the sites and sign up ASAP.

‘Incubator’ in South Park gets $100,000 boost

Announced today by the mayor’s office:

Mayor Ed Murray today celebrates National Manufacturing Day with an announcement that Industry Space Seattle, LLC will receive a $100,000 award to create an incubator to benefit multiple emerging manufacturing businesses.

Industry Space Seattle owns 47,500 square feet of industrial space to be used as an incubator to develop startups and emerging industrial businesses within Seattle’s industrial core. They plan to use the funds to rehabilitate industrial property into shared space where emerging manufacturers will have access to heavy equipment and common office space. The Industry Space building is located in South Park at 8009 7th Ave. S.

“Seattle has a proven history of making things that change the world,” said Murray. “I’m proud to support Industry Space Seattle, a project that shows Seattle’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Maritime and manufacturing businesses are vital to our economy, and this repurposed industrial facility will help the next generation of businesses thrive.”

The city of Seattle sought a proposal to promote networking, information sharing, and mentoring among co-located, early-stage manufacturers.

Johnny Bianchi, owner of Industry Space Seattle, LLC called the project “a win for Seattle’s manufacturing community,” saying that “the funds will help spur innovation and allow companies to emerge that may not have been able to manage the initial costs of space and equipment on their own.”

Business owners are already benefitting. Hans Hofstee, owner of HGH Metalworks, a small metal fabricator, moved his business into the Industry Space building in April 2015. “Thanks to the building’s heavy lifting capacity, compressed air, and access to heavy power, I was able to spend money on the machines I need, rather than improving a new space,” he said. “I look forward to a long future at Industry Space where I can be part of building a community and building Seattle.”

The award is funded by fees generated by the city’s New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) program, a federal tax credit financing tool. NMTCs attract private investment to important development and business projects benefitting low-income neighborhoods.

“It’s smart for Seattle to invest in emerging local businesses that grow our economy,” said Seattle City Councilmember John Okamoto, Investment Committee member of Seattle Investment Fund LLC, the city’s NMTC entity. “The fees collected from NMTCs are an innovative way to support these businesses.”

Seattle’s manufacturing sector represents a wide range of subsectors, including maritime, industrial machinery and fabricated metal, aerospace, printing and publishing, stone, clay, glass and concrete products, home and office furnishings, food and beverage production, construction, transportation, and wholesale distribution.

Spooktacular Bingo set for October 17th in South Park

Mark your calendar for Spooktacular Bingo! Announcement just received:

When: Saturday, October 17th. Doors open at 6 pm, Bingo starts at 7 pm.

Where: South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S

Rainbow Bingo – not your Grandma’s Bingo! This is a super fun FUNdraiser for those 21 or older. A night of laughter, food, adult beverages, and cash prizes. Halloween
costumes are encouraged! Cash Only.

Reserve online: $15 ticket and $5 Cash at door for game cards.

Ticket price at the door, day-of: $20 ticket and $5 case for game cards.

All Proceeds support the South Park Senior Center.

Here’s the weblink with information and link to reserve tickets.

Mayor at South Park Community Center on Friday

You might see a bit of extra activity around the city-run Community Center on Friday – Mayor Ed Murray is headed back to South Park for a budget announcement:

Ahead of his 2016 City Budget proposal, Mayor Ed Murray will unveil the first full year of funding for the Seattle Parks District, which was approved by voters in August 2014. The Seattle Parks District budget will include preventative maintenance projects, expanded programming for youth, adults, and seniors, and acquisition and development of new park space.

WHO: Mayor Ed Murray

Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre

South Park community members

WHAT: 2016 Seattle Parks District budget announcement

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 18 – 11:45 a.m.

WHERE: South Park Community Center

Fiestas Patrias parade and festival this Saturday!

One of South Park’s liveliest annual events is coming up on Saturday – the Fiestas Patrias parade, starting at 11 am, followed by the afternoon-long festival. Info’s here. Our video/photo coverage from last year is here.

Seattle Public Schools closed today because of strike

In case you hadn’t heard yet – the Seattle Education Association is on strike, which means Seattle Public Schools are NOT opening today as scheduled. That includes the one public-school campus in South Park, Concord International School. Instead, as with all the other schools around the city, SEA members will be picketing, 8:30 am-3 pm.