• April 9, 2015

Spoken up about the draft Transportation Levy yet? South Park coffee chat coming up; online meeting; survey…

The city is hoping to hear from you before tweaks are made to the draft Transportation Levy to Move Seattle announced last month. This update includes three major ways you can do that, including one happening right here in South Park:

In March 2015, Mayor Ed Murray introduced a proposal for a nine-year, $900 million levy to replace the existing $365 million Bridging the Gap levy that will expire at the end of 2015. The Transportation Levy to Move Seattle proposal focuses on taking care of the basics, maintaining our streets, bridges, and sidewalks, while also investing in the future with improvements that will provide more transportation choices to move more people and goods around our growing city.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has held three open houses since introducing the levy proposal across the city, and presented it to numerous community and business organizations, in addition to city advisory boards and commissions.

Over the next three weeks, SDOT will host an additional round of opportunities for the public to learn about the proposal and provide feedback. “It’s our goal to include community priorities in this importation transportation proposal that Mayor Murray will submit to the City Council in May,” said Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly.

Here are ways to participate:

1. Take the survey (it is available in multiple languages) to share your transportation priorities at: moveseattlesurvey.com

2. Participate in an online meeting where you’ll hear from SDOT Director Scott Kubly and have the opportunity to ask questions on Monday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Please click here to sign up.

3. Join SDOT Director Scott Kubly for coffee and informal conversation:

• South Park: Via Vadi Caffèe 8600 14th Avenue S on Monday, April 20, 8 to 9 a.m.

City staff will also be providing information and seeking feedback around the city at various locations including farmers markets, community centers, and other public places. For the full list of engagement opportunities and more information on the levy proposal, visit: www.seattle.gov/levytomoveseattle

After Mayor Murray transmits his proposal to the City Council, the Council will deliberate and engage the public throughout the spring. For a levy to be considered for inclusion on the November ballot, the City Council will need to send a final proposal to King County by early August.

  • April 5, 2015

South Park Senior Center’s next Rainbow Bingo: May 2nd

From the online announcement:

Sylvia’s Rainbow Bingo
Saturday, May 2, 2015
7pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
South Park Neighborhood Center
8201 10th Ave S

Now in South Park! Join us for a fun-filled evening of bingo. This event will support programs for seniors within the South Park area. And join us for Dinner.

Sylvia O’Stayformore will be our caller! Enjoy an evening of great food, snacks, and bingo fun.

Theme: MAY DAY
Dress to match the theme!

  • April 3, 2015

Fire response in industrial South Park – but no sign of fire

If you’re wondering about the big Seattle Fire response to 7700 2nd Avenue South – so far, while they’re finding a “water flow” inside the building, they’re not finding any sign of smoke or fire, so most of the units are being dismissed.

  • April 1, 2015

See where you can help during Duwamish Alive! on April 18th

The next Duwamish Alive! mega-work/restoration-party day is coming up fast, on April 18th. Here’s where you can help:

Go here to find out more and to sign up for a site.

  • 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)