• March 27, 2015

Weekend traffic reminder: Closures, closures, closures

Just a reminder if you haven’t heard or if you’ve forgotten: Road closures this weekend to the north and east of us. They’re all detailed here, but in short: Highway 99 is closed from the Battery Street Tunnel northward, both directions, all weekend, from late tonight (Friday) until early Monday. Highway 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct is closed between the West Seattle Bridge and the south end of the BSTunnel from 6 am to 6 pm Saturday and again 6 am to 6 pm Sunday, for the twice-yearly inspection. And if you’re eastside-bound, westbound I-90 will be detoured onto the express lanes because of work in the tunnel, and trust us, the last time that happened, it meant extremely slow going on I-5 just south of I-90, as well as for that first stretch of 90.

  • March 27, 2015

South Park Bridge overnight closures are … over

DeAnna Martin from King County sends word: “Nighttime closures of the South Park Bridge for painting and finishing work ended Thursday morning ahead of schedule. King County wishes to thank residents, businesses and travelers in the area for their patience while this work was completed.”

  • March 23, 2015

Free Tai Chi at South Park Neighborhood Center!

And that’s just the start of big Friday nights at the center. From Dagmar Cronn:

The Senior Center has a new Tai Chi teacher, Dan Van. He will be teaching Tai Chi every Friday from 4:45 to 5:15 pm at the Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Ave S. The classes are for adults age 50 or older. You can stay for an Asian cuisine dinner ($3 donation requested) followed by karaoke until 8:30 or so.

  • March 19, 2015

Parking: Do you have it? Do you need it? How do you use it? West Seattle Transportation Coalition launches quick survey, for South Park as well as WS

Got five minutes? How do you use it, if you do? Do we need more? Less? And why? Tell the West Seattle Transportation Coalition, which invites you and others in South Park and WS to take a quick survey – just launched; start here. It’ll be open for one week (until March 26th), and then WSTC expects to publish results within a few weeks.

  • March 12, 2015

South Park Bridge overnight closures next two weeks

As announced by King County:

The King County Road Services Division is advising South Park Bridge users that the bridge, located on 14/16th Avenue South, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 12:01 a.m. – 5 a.m. daily from Tuesday, March 17 – Saturday, March 28. The closure will be confined to the overnight hours and will allow the contractor to complete bridge painting and finishing work in areas accessible only when the bridge is partially open.

While work is underway, the waterway will remain open to recreational vessels that don’t require full openings to clear the bridge. Because the work will be performed overnight, traffic impacts should be minimal.

  • March 11, 2015

He’s now Assistant Chief Steve Wilske: Southwest Precinct commander promoted


Before Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole returns to West Seattle tonight, she’s formally introducing her new command staff downtown this morning, and a locally familiar face is in the lineup. One of the new Assistant Chiefs is Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske, as announced via SPD Blotter this morning. From that announcement:

Steve Wilske, currently the commander of the Southwest Precinct, has served for more than 28 years with the department in a variety of roles, including Homicide and Crime Scene and Use of Force investigation. At Southwest, Steve brought his CSI background to bear, as he pushed the importance of scouring every single crime scene for fingerprints.

I was looking for a commander who could plunge right into leading the patrol operations section, so it seems fitting that Steve has a degree in commercial diving.

Wilske has led the Southwest Precinct (which covers South Park and West Seattle) for 13 months, since January of last year, following the one-year encore by Capt. Joe Kessler. No mention yet of a successor. The chief’s “Continuing the Conversation” meeting in West Seattle is at 6:30 tonight at the precinct (Webster/Delridge); she will introduce her new team to the media downtown at 11 am. (File photo from June 2014)

  • March 7, 2015

West Duwamish Trail extension celebration: It’s open!

Thanks to Don Brubeck from West Seattle Bike Connections for sharing that photo of the ribbon-cutting this morning at the West Duwamish Trail extension. As explained by SDOT:

In addition to the bike trail, the project includes other much needed improvements in South Park-the installation of a storm drain system and the improvement of a previously unpaved section of South Portland Street. The work was a combined effort among SDOT, the Seattle Public Utilities and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. …

The north end of the Duwamish Trail connects with Alki Trail and the West Seattle Bridge trail. The new section extends the trail to the south, from South Holden Street and Second Avenue South to the paved roads in South Park that lead to the Green River Trail. It is a multipurpose pathway – dedicated to both bicycles and pedestrians – that creates a safer environment for all modes of travel including vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists.

“This project advances our goal of providing pedestrian and bicycling facilities that serve all ages and abilities,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “It also furthers our goal of improving connections around the city and the region”

The West Duwamish Trail Project began in 2008 when it was identified by the Park and Green Spaces Levy. The South Park Neighborhood Association applied for a grant from SDOT’s Neighborhood Street Fund program to extend the trail on Eighth Avenue South.

Construction for the most recent trail extension began in July 2014 and was substantially complete in mid-January. This work was largely funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, Seattle Public Utilities, SDOT’s Street Maintenance Division and the Bridging the Gap transportation levy.

An inaugural bike ride started on the new trail segment and continued into the South Park business district.


  • March 4, 2015

Student approached while headed to school bus stop

You might have read about this on the Yahoo! mailing list this morning – then this afternoon, Seattle Police published this on SPD Blotter:

Police are investigating a possible luring incident in the South Park neighborhood where a man followed around a 14-year-old girl, who was waiting for a school bus Wednesday morning.

The girl told police she was by herself at the bus stop around 8:30 AM when a man in an older, four-door car with dull silver paint pulled up and began asking questions like, “what are you doing,” and “where are you going.”

The man repeatedly followed the girl in his car after she became nervous and walked away from the bus stop a couple of times. The suspect eventually turned around and the girl got on the school bus and called police. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 911.

According to the Twitter log of police calls, it happened near 10th S. and S. Trenton.

  • March 4, 2015

Zumba-Thon at Concord School this afternoon/evening!

Fun(draiser) at Concord today, for your nearest YMCA – here’s the announcement:

West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA Annual Campaign ZUMBA-THON(r)
Wednesday, March 4th, 4:00 to 6:00pm

Get your heart pumping, feet stomping and hips shaking while you dance for a great cause. This fundraiser supports the youth in our community by providing scholarships for summer camps, teen learning centers, youth obesity programs, swim lessons, youth sports and much more. Suggested minimum donation amount of $15.00 but more encouraged! Brought to you by the Concord CLC, Concord School-Age Program and Concord Preschool.

Concord International School Gymnasium – 723 South Concord Street, Seattle

No registration necessary. This event is open to the community so invite your friends, family and neighbors.

Noreen Johnson-Latour, 206 768 1164

  • February 26, 2015

West Duwamish Trail celebration planned March 7th

Almost party time!