• April 13, 2014

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


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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:

THE CONCORD CENTENNIAL

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?

  • April 4, 2014

South Park Spring Clean set for May 3rd

Less than one month away!

Spring has arrived! Help give South Park a thorough spring cleaning to prepare for the warm weather. Activities include trash pick-up, storm drain stenciling, blackberry removal, and graffiti removal. Snacks will be provided!

Date: Saturday, May 3
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Meet at the South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave S), divide into teams, and embark!

Instructions: Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring work gloves if you have them. All ages welcome, all cleanup materials provided

Questions? Contact jimmy@pugetsoundkeeper.org or (206) 297-7002

  • April 3, 2014

Police investigate reported luring attempts in South Park

A South Park resident reports that a man driving a red Chevy Blazer tried to lure at least three middle-school-age girls into his vehicle on Wednesday afternoon, in and near the 500 block of South Cloverdale St., which isn’t far from Concord International Elementary School. The suspect was described only as “short, Mexican, about 30 years old.” Shortly after one attempt was reported, the resident got photos and video of the vehicle, while two parents ran out and confronted the man, telling him to stop. The man is reported to still be at large; the photo above was taken by the resident who reported the incidents.

  • March 30, 2014

South Transfer Station to change hours, stay open later

The new South Transfer Station will soon stay open later in the evening, in hopes that will help encourage people in the north end to use it until their new transfer station is open. That’s according to this message from Seattle Public Utilities, shared by SNPA president Dagmar Cronn via the South Park Yahoo! mail group:

As your neighbor, it’s important to us to keep you up to date with operational changes at our South Transfer Station on S. Kenyon St. As we informed you in January, Seattle Public Utilities’ North Transfer Station has closed for reconstruction. We expect it to reopen in the spring of 2016. In the meantime, SPU’s collection contractors and all of our self-haul customers have been directed to South Transfer Station. All yard waste/food waste collection trucks have been directed to our Old South Transfer Station, south of S. Kenyon St. All other customers are being handled at our New South Transfer Station north of S. Kenyon St.

The rerouting of customers to the South Transfer was anticipated to happen when we planned our North Transfer Station project. (In fact it was one of the factors which supported mitigation for the South Park community for the previous reconstruction of South Transfer.) Despite careful planning, SPU has found that not all of our self-haul customers who used North Transfer Station have made the shift to South Transfer.

To help our customers with the transition and to make access easier, SPU is going to make a schedule change at South Transfer Station and will shift the closing time from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. We expect this change to occur in late April and to last for about the two years until North Transfer is open again. We also will be doing some promotional outreach to remind north end customers how to get to the beautiful new South Transfer Station. As soon as we have an exact date for the hours expansion, we will let you know it.

We do not anticipate any significant impact on the South Park community from this change. SPU’s collection companies will be under the same constraints as before to avoid using neighborhood streets and the new South Park Bridge. However, we did want to make sure you knew what was going on in your neighborhood.

If you have questions about this plan or any of our solid waste operations, please contact Timothy Croll at timothy.croll@seattle.gov or 206-684-7934206-684-7934. You can learn more about the North Transfer Station re-build project at seattle.gov/util/Engineering/Projects/NorthTransferStation/index.htm

  • March 28, 2014

Last call: Be heard! Have a say in the future of South Park’s public spaces

You have one more week to offer your thoughts on the future of South Park’s public spaces. Here’s the message sent to TSPN to share with you:

The South Park Green Space Vision Planning effort is in the final stage of gathering public input. Click the link to see the designs suggesting improvements to open spaces and connectivity in the neighborhood.

Do the concept designs meet your needs — and the needs of all community members?

Please let us know!

Please share your thoughts on needed improvements to South Park’s public spaces by Friday, April 4th. Those who fill out the online survey fully will be entered to win the final raffle prize, a Sounders FC soccer ball that has been autographed by the 2014 team!

The South Park Green Space Vision Plan is a project of the Seattle Parks Foundation, in partnership with the South Park Area Redevelopment Committee, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, South Park Neighborhood Association, ECOSS, Barker Landscape Architects and other South Park community organizations. Please stay connected to this project by “liking” us on Facebook.

Thank you very much for your time and support!

If you are not a part of the South Park Community, please help us by spreading the word to those relevant people and businesses you know. Thank for your help!

  • March 24, 2014

Councilmember Rasmussen schedules ‘Little City Hall’ meeting in South Park

City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen has scheduled three “Little City Hall” meetings in local neighborhoods next month – and one is in South Park, 2:30-3:30 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, at South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave. S.) Here’s the flyer.