• April 22, 2014

Update: House fire in South Park

(TSPN photos by Patrick Sand)
2:32 PM: Fire crews have responded to a house in the 500 block of South Henderson. Whatever it is, it’s already under control, according to radio communication. No word of injuries.

4:54 PM: Our crew was told at the scene that the fire was confined to the attic. One person was home when it started and got out OK. We’re checking back with SFD to see if the cause has been determined yet.

6:33 PM: SFD spokesperson Lt. Sue Stangl tells TSPN the fire was determined to have been accidental; damage estimated at $50,000 to the structure, $20,000 to the contents.

  • April 22, 2014

Reminder: Councilmember Rasmussen in South Park tomorrow

Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 23rd) you’re invited to meet City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen at South Park Community Center, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, as part of his “Little City Hall” tour.

  • April 21, 2014

Update: The house is on the move!

Update to our previous story – the house was moved onto the barge early today, and as of a few minutes ago, it’s now on its way to its new home – we took this photo from Duwamish Waterway Park:

  • April 20, 2014

House at 12th/Elmgrove about to be barged away

After 95 years, that 980-square-foot cottage is about to be moved from its spot on the South Park riverfront at 12th Avenue South and South Elmgrove. It’s up on blocks and wheels, preparing for a move that’s scheduled to start early tomorrow, to make room for a future pocket park. The house will be loaded onto a barge by the house-moving specialists at Nickel Bros. (which had listed it here), and taken to its new home on Orcas Island in the San Juans. While the house’s new owner is paying for that, Seattle Public Utilities is the agency clearing the site for future use as a park, in exchange for taking over the 7th Avenue S. street end to build a new pump station. County records show the city paid $180,000 six months ago for the house and its 2,000-square-foot riverside lot. The process of loading the house onto a barge is expected to take at least a few hours, so that area will be busier than usual, likely starting early in the morning.

  • April 19, 2014

Duwamish Alive! on the water and on shore

(TSPN photo by Tracy Record)
Hundreds of volunteers worked at 11 sites in South Park, West Seattle, Georgetown, and Tukwila today as part of Duwamish Alive! – a twice-yearly day of volunteer cleanup/restoration work to help the Duwamish River and its watershed/feeder waterways. One of the busiest sites this morning was Duwamish Waterway Park (above). With the help of Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Alki Kayak Tours, volunteers were launching kayaks to head out and pick up shoreline debris. Park habitat and raingarden work was being done at the park, too. Next Duwamish Alive! day will be in October – watch duwamishalive.org.

  • April 13, 2014

Duwamish Alive! Sign up to help in South Park (or elsewhere) next Saturday

View Duwamish Alive! 2014 in a larger map

The spring edition of Duwamish Alive! – one big 12-site work party to help the river and its watershed – is next Saturday, and it’s prime time for you to choose where you can and will help out 10 am-2 pm on April 19th. Each tree on the map (note that two overlap) marks a specific site from West Seattle to Tukwila; once you’ve chosen a site, sign up by going here, ASAP!

  • April 12, 2014

Gunfire in South Park

Police are in the 14th and Donovan vicinity investigating reports of gunfire. No one is reported to have been shot or otherwise injured, but an officer reported over the radio that she had found shell casings. Circumstances unknown, but just before this, officers had been investigating a reported fight in the 8800 block of 14th S.

  • April 10, 2014

West Duwamish Trail project going out to bid

The $3 million-plus West Duwamish Trail project – on South Portland Street between West Marginal Way South and 8th Ave South, and on 8th Ave South from South Portland Street to South Kenyon Street – is going out to bid. The notice is in today’s Daily Journal of Commerce (though most of the DJC is paywalled, Seattle city-related notices are not, so you should be able to see the entire notice via that link). It says bids will be opened April 30th.

  • April 10, 2014

Gala benefiting Concord International School on April 26th

Shared on the South Park Yahoo! list:


This adult-only event celebrates the 100th anniversary of our school and raises much needed funds to support programs that serve Concord students and families. The evening will feature dinner, drinks, a folkloric dance performance, and music by the West Seattle Community Orchestras, DJ Dave McGraw, and Afro-Cuban dance fusion with Si Limon!

· Date: Saturday, April 26, doors will open at 6:30 pm

· Location: The Gene J. Colin Education Hall, 6737 Corson Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98108.

· Tickets ($30 per person) can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/570425

All money raised through The Concord Centennial will stay in the Concord community to help students and families. Discounted tickets are available for volunteers willing to help at the event. Contact Angelica atangiemg2002@yahoo.com.mx or 206-923-0249 for more information.

  • April 5, 2014

South Park sightings at the city’s Neighborhood Summit

South Park was among the many communities represented at today’s Neighborhood Summit downtown. We spotted SP Neighborhood Association president Dagmar Cronn there – which reminds us that the next SPNA meeting is 7 pm Tuesday at the Neighborhood Center. Also seen, Cari Simson, who says roadside-raingarden construction starts next week:

P.S. Have you taken the South Park Green Space survey yet?