• January 27, 2015

First candidates’ forum for District 1 City Council race: Next week!

One week from Thursday, our partner site West Seattle Blog is presenting the first candidates’ forum in the District 1 City Council race to represent West Seattle/South Park. Three candidates are in the race right now – all WS residents, George Capestany, Amanda Kay Helmick, and Chas Redmond – after last week’s announcement by Councilmember Tom Rasmussen that he will not run after all. They’ll all be at the forum just up the hill from South Park, 7 pm Thursday, February 5th, at Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden), featuring an open-microphone audience question period as well as Q/A via hosts. Doors open 6:30 pm; hope to see you there.

  • January 21, 2015

Find out more about the Duwamish River cleanup plan, in 3 languages, tonight

From the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition:

Tonight at Concord International School (723 S Concord St) is your opportunity to learn about EPA’s “Record of Decision”, their final cleanup plan for the Duwamish River. It is a step in the right direction – but there is still more to do!

To keep working for an even healthier cleanup, we need YOU! Join DRCC/TAG and your neighbors tonight as EPA and South Park community members provide some highlights from the plan and talk about what is next. Presentations will be available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

South Park Multilingual Community Meeting
January 21, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Concord International School, 723 S Concord St

Light dinner and child care will be available!

  • January 20, 2015

‘King tides’ later this week: Watch, talk, learn in South Park

“King tides” are on the way. You have two chances in South Park to watch the water and talk about the future. Announced by King County:

Curious what sea level rise might look like in the future? Early risers can get a sneak peek at two family-friendly “King Tides” events hosted by the environmental non-profit group Sustainable Seattle:

Friday, January 23

7 to 7:30 a.m.
McNeil’s Landing/8th Avenue South Park
7797 8th Ave. S., Seattle

Saturday, January 24

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Duwamish Waterway Park
7900 10th Avenue South, Seattle

King Tides are a natural occurrence caused by increased gravitational pull on the Earth’s oceans when the sun and the moon align.

Though they’re not caused by climate change, these higher-than-normal tides may offer a glimpse of how sea level rise may impact local shorelines in decades to come.

Last summer, Sustainable Seattle earned funding through King County’s Green Grants program to educate the South Park community about potential impacts of climate change, and to spark discussion between community members and local leaders about future planning to protect vulnerable areas.

Events will offer information about the King Tides program and how people can get involved in climate change resiliency planning efforts.

There also will be snacks and hot beverages, as well as children’s activities, photography tips and lots of opportunities to take and share photos with other King Tide viewers throughout the region.

King County’s Green Grants Program is administered by King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division. The Green Grants work, which supports grassroots environmental projects in the Duwamish Valley, is a key part of Executive Dow Constantine’s Green/Duwamish Watershed Strategy.

Though partnerships with City of Seattle, University of Washington Green Futures Lab and the Bullitt Foundation, Executive Constantine’s goal is to better coordinate environmental investments among governments, nonprofits, communities and businesses across the 500-square-miles of region’s critical watershed, which stretches 93 miles from the Cascades to Elliott Bay.

For additional information about the King Tides event, please contact Cari Simson at Urban Systems Design at 206-234-5102.

  • January 20, 2015

Free enrollment event Saturday for Affordable Care Act Health Insurance

Need help enrolling for health insurance? This free event on Saturday may be exactly what you need – or somebody you know, especially if they need assistance in a language other than English. Here’s the announcement:

FREE Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Enrollment Event

When: Saturday, January 24th, 2:00 to 6:00 PM

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

What: Information about and assistance to enroll in health insurance programs, free health screenings, diabetes education,
free tax information, information about nursing as a career

**Safe environment for all** **Assistance offered in Spanish/Vietnamese/Amharic/Tagalog/Russian/English/Somali**

What to bring: questions, social security numbers, job employment information, proof of citizenship

Partners: Public Health Seattle & King County, SPIARC, Consulate of Mexico, Consulate of Peru, Consulate of El Salvador, SeaMar, WithinReach, Denise Louie, Western WA National Hispanic Nurses Association, & UW School of Nursing

  • January 18, 2015

You can help! IAM Local 751 diaper drive under way

Got diapers? IAM Local 751 is collecting them, and pull-ups, for families in two shelters in Seattle and Tukwila. You can donate at their union halls – South Park and elsewhere – as well as at their lodge meetings. More info on the IAM Local 751 website.

  • January 13, 2015

South Park Neighborhood Association ‘no business’ meeting tonight – all welcome!

From South Park Neighborhood Association co-president Lora Suggs – this is happening tonight!

All are welcome and we would be so thrilled to have you at the next SPNA meeting!

Twice a year we do a “no Business” potluck meeting.The potlucks are every January and June, all SPNA meetings are every second Tuesday. The regular meetings are informative, interactive, interesting and a great way to get to know your community. You are always welcome, these meetings are for you., we talk about important and cool happenings and projects at the regular meetings. But this one is all about just hanging out and have fun and the unsung hero awards.

This Tuesday we start early for the potluck, 6 pm. Please come whether or not you have time to get a dish together. It’s going to be fun, here is some of what we have planned:

Unsung Hero Awards!
Good food!
Music by Local DJ! (Randy on Rose)
Games and prizes!
Free raffle!
~ Prizes include:
South Park T-shirts!
South Park bumper stickers!
South Park beer koozies!
~ Prizes designed by South Park Arts!

This Year’s Unsung Hero Awards are being presented to:

► Luis Amado…Always professional and community minded, Luis is a leader who finds ways to involve community in the arts in culturally inclusive ways. Luis Leads the Organization “Amigos de Seattle” and has been successful in promoting great partnerships that benefit South Parks community.

► Raina Anderson is the current President of South Park Arts, an organization dedicated to supporting, representing, and promoting art and artists in South Park! SPArts brings us “South Park Putts Out” every August as well as the “Art Under $100” event every December. They contribute every year to events like the Duwamish River Festival, bridge closings and openings and so much more. Raina is well known as a very good communicator and a great organizer. This volunteer position is no easy task and Raina makes it look easy.

► Officer TJ Berg, TJ has been on the South Park beat watching over us through the night for 24years now! He attends every SPNA meeting to keep us updated on what is happening crime wise! TJ is a dependable, reliable, and approachable through thick and thin. He is a walking illustration of the best of community policing. He is a beloved part of the South Park family.

► Candy Berg, Candy is TJ’s wife. Some of you may remember the Christmas decorations that magically appeared on Cloverdale and 14th every holiday season for 12 years…those were created by Candy and hung every year by Candy, TJ and the Berg family. Around 1995 South Park was experiencing a lot of violent crime; Candy took notice that South Park was very void of holiday decorations, not even private homes. Her first decorations for South Park were big red bows on the poles and large ornaments at the entrance points reading Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas and Ho Ho Ho – these were stolen in two days. The following year she created large wreaths that couldn’t so easily be stolen – they were hung every year by the Berg family until the decorations finally wore out about 12 years later. Candy’s Christmas decorations were pioneer, likely the first public art in South Park.

► Dagmar Cronn, What can we say…tireless champion for South Park in so many ways! President of the Neighborhood Association from 2008 – June 2014, she expanded the board, won numerous grants to support the neighborhood center and its activities, represented South Park at all levels of local government, and co-chaired the coalition that finally succeeded in funding the new South Park Bridge. She continues to focus her talents on building the South Park Senior programs, as well as finding time to be a homework helper at our library every week.

► BJ Cummings…was the founding director of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition. She has been beyond amazing and an extremely effective advocate for a healthier Duwamish River. She helped the communities with ties to the river advocate for the kind of cleanup actions that we can be very proud of. BJ has become part of the South Park family.

► Paul Landin A volunteer at Marra Farm who graciously and tirelessly works to keep the farm loved and in good shape. He cheerfully and enthusiastically puts in many hours of labor into clearing overgrown areas and fallen branches, picking up trash, cleaning the ‘facilities’ and growing and sharing food in the community. We are blessed to have such a supportive community member helping us keep connected with the farm land of South Park.

► Denise Sebastian, Denise lives in South Park and has been a great neighbor! She serves as the Building Manager here at the Neighborhood Center and has done a great job of keeping the place together and clean. Friendly, approachable and always willing to help, Denise has been a real blessing to the building’s users in her capacity here.

► Wendy Woldenberg. Though she now lives in West Seattle, Wendy lived in South Park for 14 years and continues to work for her favorite neighborhood. Wendy facilitated a letter writing campaign that lead our public library being built after 100 years of waiting and was instrumental in having the new transfer station named the South Transfer Station not the South Park Transfer Station. Wendy was one of the founders of South Park Arts, a group that helped put South Park on the map in a positive way. She has headed its Annual Art Under $100 event for a full decade and each year the event has grown more successful. Wendy is also a high school teacher and a jewelry artist who has made many wedding rings over the years for South Park Lovers and many others.

  • January 5, 2015

South Park traffic alert: 5th Avenue South closure

Just announced today by SDOT, and starting tomorrow:

West Duwamish Trail
5th Avenue South Closed at South Portland Street, January 6-9

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and its contractor will close 5th Avenue South at South Portland Street to pave the intersection on Tuesday, Jan.6 through Friday, Jan. 9, from 6 am to 3:30 pm. Traffic will be detoured from 5th Avenue South to 7th Avenue South at South Holden and South Portland streets. Local access will be allowed on 5th Avenue South in the work area.

SDOT is constructing an extension to the West Duwamish Trail which currently ends at South Holden Street and 2nd Avenue South. This trail extension will connect an existing bicycle route continues south on 8th Avenue South through South Park. The trail extension is being built on the south side of South Portland Street from West Marginal Way South to 8th Avenue South. Other work includes roadway paving and storm drainage improvements. Work on this project began in July and is expected to be completed by the end of the month, weather permitting.

  • January 3, 2015

Update: Burn ban’s over

Announced at midday Saturday by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency:

Effective immediately, all burn bans are being lifted in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, as well as Darrington. With the help of rain and wind, air pollution levels everywhere dropped to GOOD or lower Moderate last night.

While agency forecasters do expect only light winds during the day today and into tonight, an approaching weather system should increase winds and rain late tonight and into Sunday. This will again help disperse our air pollution and keep levels low for the next 2-3 days.

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency would like to thank everyone who switched to alternative sources of heat instead of burning wood during these bans. Children, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory health problems especially appreciate your efforts.

  • January 1, 2015

Stage 1 burn ban: No fireplaces, etc., unless it’s your only heat source

All of King County is now under a Stage 1 burn ban, announced by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency because of “stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution,” expected to continue at least until tomorrow. Here’s what a Stage 1 burn ban means:

* No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

* The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

* No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

* Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

* It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

We’ll publish an update whenever the burn ban is lifted.

  • December 29, 2014

South Park crash turns deadly

Seattle Police say a woman died after a Sunday afternoon crash that brought a major fire/police response. Here’s what they have just published via SPD Blotter:

A woman died Sunday afternoon after she lost control of her car while going around a curve and crashed into some large concrete pipes.

The woman was driving north in the 8200 block of 5th Avenue South when the accident happened. No one else was in the car and there were no other injuries.

Medics treated her at the scene. She was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she died from her injuries. Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives collected evidence at the crash site. Officers aren’t sure yet why the accident occurred. It remains under investigation.

According to the SFD online log, the crash was reported just before 1 pm Sunday.