South Park is about to get a Sounders visit! Just announced today – a Family Fitness event with Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Mario Martinez and forward David Estrada, co-sponsored by local Subway restaurants, who will provide sandwiches and prizes, while families are “led through a series of interactive exercises including soccer drills, basketball, jump rope, and Zumba.” It’s happening 6-8 pm Thursday, May 16th, at South Park Community Center (8319 8th Avenue S.).
Right across the river, the eight people running for Seattle Mayor shared a stage – a long table, really – tonight at South Seattle Community College‘s Georgetown campus, facing a standing-room-only audience for what organizers dubbed the Super South Seattle Mayor’s Forum. Three local Democratic organizations – the 11th District Democrats (whose jurisdiction includes South Park), the 34th District Democrats, and the 37th District Democrats. Our video includes the entire hour-and-a-half event. Candidates in attendance were, left to right across the screen, Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Bruce Harrell, Kate Martin, Mary Martin, Mayor Mike McGinn, State Sen. Ed Murray, Charlie Staadecker, and Peter Steinbrueck. Not all questions were posed to all candidates; about 46 minutes in, you can see how several answered a question about the homeless encampment that calls itself “Nickelsville.”
Just in from the state Ecology Department:
The current owners of part of the former South Park Landfill site in Seattle plan an interim environmental cleanup under a proposed amendment to a legal agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology).
The city of Seattle – which once operated the landfill – and South Park Property Development LLC (SPPD) – the current owner of part of the site – plan the interim cleanup on 19 acres of the 40-acre contaminated site. The rest of the site is under separate ownership.
Ecology seeks public comment on the amendment, which would modify a 2009 “agreed order” that defines the process for studying the site’s contamination and proposing cleanup options. The planned partial cleanup under the proposed amendment would be an “interim action” under the state’s toxic site cleanup law. The overall investigation and planning for a final cleanup would continue.
As part of an environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Ecology determined the proposed actions would not have a significant negative impact to the environment. The SEPA Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) and checklist are both available for public comment.
The agreed order amendment, SEPA documents, and other information about the South Park Landfill site are available at:
Seattle Public Library, South Park Branch, 8604 Eighth Avenue South, Seattle
Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Avenue Southeast, Bellevue, by appointment: 425-649-7190
Ecology will accept comments through May 30, 2013. People with comments or questions should send them to Jerome Cruz, Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue WA 98008 or email@example.com. For questions by phone, please call 425-649-7094.
The proposed interim cleanup project has four parts:
Construct a landfill cap to protect public safety and health and to direct stormwater away from landfill materials.
Install systems to control landfill gas releases and stormwater drainage from the cap.
Restrict future use of the property to protect people against potential exposure to landfill materials and to avoid damaging the cap and the gas and stormwater control systems.
Monitor groundwater and landfill gases to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the cleanup actions.
The property – in the 8100-8200 blocks of Second Avenue South – is the site of a municipal waste landfill, which was operated by the city of Seattle on King County-owned property. The landfill stopped accepting waste in 1966 when Seattle opened its South Transfer and Recycling Station. The landfill site, as currently known, includes the city’s station, property owned by SPPD and part of the Kenyon Business Park.
An auto-wrecking yard and truck storage facilities have also used parts of the property.
Environmental studies performed at the site have detected groundwater contamination from arsenic, iron, manganese, vinyl chloride and possibly dichloroethene and benzene. Contaminants of potential concern for soil include arsenic, lead, diesel and oil. Landfill gas – methane and carbon dioxide – also is present at the site.
Cleanup of the South Park Landfill site, located about 1,500 feet from the Lower Duwamish Waterway, contributes to a larger effort to control sources of contamination to sediments in the waterway. Ecology and EPA jointly oversee the Lower Duwamish Waterway cleanup site, approximately five miles of waterway upstream from Harbor Island. For more information about the overall Lower Duwamish cleanup, please see:
We received a question about this crash, so in case others are wondering too – here’s what the State Patrol says in its media memo: A 51-year-old woman was killed and three other people went to the hospital because of a head-on crash on Northbound 99 just south of 14th Avenue South. The State Patrol narrative:
Vehicle 1 was southbound on West Marginal Place South.
Vehicle Two was northbound on State Route 99.
Vehicle One left the roadway to the right, driving through a chain-link fence and southbound into the northbound lanes of 99, and struck vehicle two head-on. Both vehicles came to rest in lanes one and two.
Vehicle One was a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, driven by a 44-year-old Tukwila woman who survived the crash. The other three victims were in Vehicle Two, a 2000 Dodge Caravan; the 51-year-old woman who was driving, identified as Vickey Tilson, died, and two passengers survived – a 58-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy.
Tonight’s your chance to show support for the proposed South Park Plaza, at a citywide public hearing on how the next round of Opportunity Fund dollars from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy should be spent. The draft list of projects to be funded includes $669,000 for acquiring the site, but it’s not final and words of support at tonight’s hearing could matter a lot.
The levy’s Oversight Committee – is having the hearing 6-9 pm at Miller Community Center (330 19th Ave. E.; map) on Capitol Hill (here’s the Parks announcement); here’s a Parks FAQ about how the hearing’s supposed to work; here’s the draft list of projects proposed for funding. Those interested to speak can sign up starting around 5:30 pm.
From Dan Bentler:
Electro Motive Innovation and Training is scheduling classes for May.
May 4 is Basic Electricity. What makes it work and theory of electricity, series and parallel circuits and magnetism will be covered. Working demonstrations using light bulbs will be used. Common applications and vehicle applications will be discussed
Cost of class is $40. Payment must be received by April 24 to reserve a seat in the May 4 class. If the class must be canceled we will announce that on April 27 and refund money.
May 25: Basic Electricity AC will cover capacitance inductance, theory of AC and 3 phase. Demo of 3 phase circuits and hookup will be used. Cost of class is $40
Payment must be received by May 15 to reserve a seat in the May 25 class.
If the class must be canceled we will announce that on May 18 and refund money.
We will send you class notes by e-mail 5 days before class.
These classes will be held at the South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Looking forward to seeing you
Electro Motive Innovation and Training
206 768 9363
POLICIES REGARDING CLASSES
Classes will be on Saturdays; however, we can do evening classes if there is enough demand. We are a mobile outfit and can do sessions at your location.
We will give couples a $5 each discount.
We have done all we can to get your cost minimized. We are therefore a no frills operation· We do not provide lunch. Pizza can be ordered by students or they can bring own lunch.
Payment by mailed check is our only option. Please mail check to
EMIT c/o Dan Bentler
8522 Dallas South, Box C
Please give us a firm commitment you will attend. If we get no commitments, we will cancel the class.
We understand last-minute decisions and will allow last-minute show-up with no reservation. Last-minute show up will have an added $5 fee and cash money only. The added $5.00 is to cover cost of Xeroxing class notes for you, black and white only. If you pay in advance, we will e-mail class notes and you can print them in color and study in advance.
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That’s the map of where work is planned along the Duwamish River and in its watershed today, during the spring edition of the twice-yearly Duwamish Alive! mega-work party. At one site – Terminal 107/Herring’s House Park in West Seattle – there’ll be speeches at noon, including EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran and Duwamish Tribe chair Cecile Hansen. The work parties, meantime, are all scheduled 10 am-2 pm, and at least some are already maxed out – though if you show up at one, we doubt you’d be turned away. At Duwamish Waterway Park in South Park, it’ll be the usual cleanup-on-the-water plan – bring your kayak!
This growing club invites you to a fun(draiser) tomorrow night:
The Duwamish River’s one and only rowing club has successfully completed it’s first year! A small, growing club of rowers. Come join us as we row the mighty Duwamish River!
Our spring fundraiser is at the Georgetown Stables, Thursday night, 11 April.
Thanks to the SOUTH PARK AREA REDEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (SPARC) and our friends at the Plumb Level and Square Fund, your donations are tax deductible and will be matched – this is an incredible opportunity and will make even a small donation into twice as big a deal. This week only, your donation to the Duwamish Rowing Club will be doubled and help the club build our fleet, have the proper insurance, and double the size of our youth rowing summer program! If you can’t make it and still would like to donate this week, visit duwamishrowingclub.org and click on the donate link at the bottom of the page. Even a small donation will help. Thanks a ton to the friends and neighbors who have already given!
Where: The Stables (Behind Full Throttle Bottles at 980 South Nebraska Street)
When: This Thursday, April 11th, from 6:30 to 11pm.
What?: A hilariously corny rowing movie (Oxford Blues, 1984, starring Rob Lowe), FREE BEER (Thanks Machine House Brewery), Free fresh popped popcorn (Thanks Carleton Grocery), English Snacks (Pasties, Toffee, Tea, etc…), And a swell raffle with fantastic prizes from local businesses!
How much?: Suggested donation is $20 at the door.
If for some reason you can’t make it to the movie and want to donate by check … great … here’s where …
Checks can be made out to SPARC (South Park Area Redevelopment Committee, they are a 501c 3 non-profit organization) and sent to: Sherry Toy 10644 22nd Ave SW, Seattle, 98146.
Find out more about the club and our events on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/150727919400/ and at duwamishrowingclub.org/
Can’t make it Thursday and would like more information on joining, sponsorship contact Mike at
Just a brief recap … What a great first year for Duwamish Rowing Club! The year kicked off with the acquisition of 7 brand new rowing machines (concept 2 ergometers) for the South Park Community Center.
We were able to acquire the ergometers through a Department of Neighborhoods grant, and they are now property of the Community Center and available for anyone to use. Next we began offering an “Indoor Rowing Fitness Class” based around the machines. We were able to run several successful (and full) classes
In February we established a “boathouse” in South Park near Duwamish Waterway Park. Its a shipping container for now, but we have big plans for something more permanent in the future.
In late August we had our first ever KIDS CAMP!! We brought coach Tara Morgan aboard to coach the camp. It was small, just 5 kids this year. 3 were from South Park and 2 were from White Center. The kids had a great time and learned a lot about teamwork. 2013 we hope to have 10 kids and we will offer it for the entire summer, with a goal of racing in the fall.
In November we raced as a club for the first time. We entered a men’s double at the Green Lake Frostbite Regatta,. We rowed a four the next day at Head of the Lake Regatta on Lake Washington. This Regatta is one of the largest on the West Coast!
DRC, a small, growing club of rowers. Come join us as we row the mighty Duwamish River!
The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition sends a reminder that tomorrow night is a chance to get technical advice on making sense of, and commenting on, the EPA’s proposed cleanup plan. From the South Park Yahoo! list (among other places):
This is just a quick reminder that DRCC/TAG will be hosting a Technical Advice Workshop in South Park TOMORROW, Tuesday, April 9th, 5:30-7:00 p.m. (at the South Park Neighborhood Center – 8210 10th Ave. S; prior to the SPNA meeting). These workshops will give you direct access to DRCC/TAG’s technical advisers (one of which will be flying all the way from Virginia!). These workshops are exclusively for residents and community stakeholders (not agency or responsible party representatives). Our technical advisers will be going through the three documents that are currently out for public comment regarding the cleanup of our river: Proposed Cleanup Plan, Source Control Strategy and Environmental Justice Analysis. Your participation and input is much needed; we have only 66 days left to save our river!
RSVPs required; light dinner will be served.
If you are interested, call Alberto Rodriguez at DRCC, ASAP, to RSVP. Their contact info is at duwamishcleanup.org.
1:29 AM: If you’re up and wondering what all the police activity on 14th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South is about – there was a report of someone with a gun, maybe shots fired, in the vicinity of Juan Colorado’s. So far no word of anyone being shot, nor confirmation of any shots fired, but police have been tracking a truck possibly linked to the incident and are, as we continue monitoring radio traffic, taking someone into custody at 8th/Sullivan from a pickup truck in which they’ve reportedly found a gun. Not sure if we’ll have details till later this morning but we’ll add whatever else we hear.
1:37 AM: Now police report shell casings were found at or near Juan Colorado’s. They also have mentioned multiple arrests. We’ll be following up.