• 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.

  • March 19, 2014

Followup: Preview of next week’s South Park Bridge slideshow

(Click to see full-size invitation as a PDF)
From King County DOT:

We’ve seen it grow and take shape – now we can watch as the South Park Bridge project enters the final phase of construction. The bridge is expected to be substantially complete and reopened to traffic this summer.

Most of the heavy construction is now winding down. This next phase will involve the installation of electrical wiring that will power the bridge. This will be the final highly complex construction milestone prior to opening.

So what does it take to wire a bascule bridge of this size that will be raised and lowered thousands of times during its lifetime?

More than 750,000 feet of electrical wire will be installed – that’s 142 miles of wire, the distance from Seattle to Yakima! Once the installation is complete, a final testing period involving 180 lifts will confirm that the bridge is operationally ready to open. We’ll let you know a specific date when we’re further into the critical testing period.

Look for the community planning to begin soon for a grand opening celebration marking the end of the journey to replace the retired structure.

In the meantime, join us next week, Thursday, March 27, from 6-8 pm at Napoli’s for our 6th slideshow. John Stamets, project photographer, and Tim Lane, Deputy Engineer for the South Park Bridge Tim Lane will be sharing stories and photos of how construction is progressing. Food and drinks will be provided.

The closure was marked with a huge public event the evening of June 30th, 2010 – here’s just some of our coverage from partner site West Seattle Blog (we didn’t start this site until later).

  • March 17, 2014

T-117 update: Night work ahead

Shared by Katie Atkins via the Yahoo! mail group:

Upland construction continues at Terminal 117, but not for much longer! Later this week, crews will work at night to complete construction along the south bank (closest to South Park Boeing) and to take advantage of low tides.

Night work will run from Wednesday, 3/19 through Saturday, 3/22. Construction will begin between noon and 3pm daily, and conclude 12 hours later (ending between midnight and 3am). Please contact the T-117 Hotline with any questions or comments: T117Hotline@portseattle.org or 1-877-999-T117 (8117).

Don’t forget to check out www.T117.com! The construction page has some great aerial photos of the Duwamish projects (thanks to Boeing). Also, see how the upland work is shaping up – and smoothing out – via the webcam, and view the excavation map for the latest in monitoring and cleanup progress (http://www.t117.com/update2.aspx).

  • March 12, 2014

Police: Burglary suspect arrested after biting resident

From SPD Blotter:

Seattle police arrested a 34-year-old woman Tuesday morning after she bit a man who had discovered her breaking into his South Park home.

Just after 10:30 AM, police received a 911 call from one of the roommates, who said he and his roommate had a burglar pinned to the ground outside their home.
The man told officers he had been sitting in the home—in the 800 block of S. Southern St.—when he heard the front door open. Several dogs in the home went running for the door, so the man followed them and found a woman standing just inside his front entryway.

When the man shouted for the woman to leave and began pushing her out the door, the woman bit the man on his arm—hard enough to leave a mark. The man grabbed ahold of her and yelled for his roommate to “get the stun gun,” which they used on the woman. However, even after being stunned, the woman continued to struggle with the men in an apparent effort to flee the scene.

Officers arrived and arrested the woman—who, it turns out, had unlocked a complicated gate in order to get to the home—and booked her into the King County Jail for burglary and assault.

  • March 10, 2014

Doubleheader Tuesday night in South Park: T-117, SPNA

Step up to the plate for a doubleheader community meeting Tuesday night at the South Park Neighborhood Center (8201 10th Ave. S). First:

6 PM, T-117: See the city’s design plans for the “Adjacent Streets and Stormwater” stage of the Terminal 117 cleanup project. Work is expected to start in the middle of next year. Much more at T117.com.

7 PM, SPNA: The monthly South Park Neighborhood Association meeting follows, with a variety of topics, including police/crime reports, the Tree Ambassador program, air quality, and a vote on the new SPNA mission statement: “SPNA is a community membership organization that gives voice to residents of South Park. We bring neighbors together, foster a sense of community, and provide a forum for residents to make South Park better.”

  • March 7, 2014

South Park Bridge: Getting closer to completion

Just in from the King County Department of Transportation – an update on the new South Park Bridge:

The control towers, where the bridge will be operated, are taking shape more and more each day. The roof was just completed on the north tower and it won’t be long before the windows and brick work are added. Steel studs, sheet rock, plumbing, venting, and electrical systems are being installed in three levels of the tower. It’s very busy inside the towers! The south tower is coming along nicely, too. All the same work activities on that tower follow those of the north buy just a couple weeks.

North control tower comes together

This week, crews began their next major activity – pulling miles of wire through the electrical conduits in the main piers and connecting it to the equipment and control panels. It will be crunch time as two dozen electricians work around-the-clock six days a week to hook everything up.

Check out the latest construction photos documenting work in February. And, save the date for our next photo slideshow, Thursday, March 27, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. More details are forthcoming.

We asked a followup question – no projected opening date has been set, yet.

  • March 6, 2014

And another power outage – this time in the afternoon

(Crossposted from partner site West Seattle Blog)

(Looks like the early-morning outage map, but this is the NEW one)
If you were up for the two-hour power outage in the middle of the night – because the footprint is just about the same. About 2,000 homes and businesses are without power right now, according to the City Light map, in South Park as well as parts of West Seattle and White Center. City Light explains:

A large tree fell into wires near Highland Park Way SW and SW Othello Street. It broke several of the tie wires that keep the power lines attached to the insulators on the poles.

Crews are working to reroute power around the damage. This will bring about 75 percent of the affected customers back into service in the next 60-90 minutes.

Crews will then remove the tree and re-hang the wires in order to restore service to the remaining customers. We estimate being able to get that done about 5 p.m.

  • March 6, 2014

Update: Overnight power outage over after affecting more than 2,000 customers, many in South Park

3:10 AM: More than 2,000 homes and businesses are without power in South Park, eastern West Seattle, and White Center. City Light‘s map shows the extent but does not mention a specific cause yet – simply, “investigating.”

6:06 AM UPDATE: The map now shows everyone’s back on (please let us know if you’re not!).

  • February 28, 2014

Tuesday! Another chance to get involved with South Park Green Space

How best to improve South Park’s public spaces? The South Park Green Space project is offering another chance to get involved and have a say – next Tuesday:

Through several months of community and business outreach, interviews, and working directly with groups in the community, Seattle Parks Foundation’s design team has created concept drawings for improvements at the priority parks and open spaces in South Park. These including the beloved Duwamish Waterway Park, South Park Community Center, 14th Avenue bridge area, shoreline streetends and overall connectivity throughout the neighborhood.

Your voice will help review and prioritize improvements for play areas, parks, stair climbs, street ends, access to the river, viewpoints, walking paths, bike trails, greenways, and more!

The plan will be complete by April 2014, and will be used by South Park community groups, civic leaders, and public agencies to guide and collaborate on investments in the coming years.

We need your opinion!

Attend a public forum: March 4th, 5-8pm, South Park Neighborhood Center
8201 10th Avenue South

5-6 pm: Open house of displays, opportunities to talk with our team
6-8 pm: Presentations and opportunities to give your input

Food and kids’ activities provided!

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.

  • February 24, 2014

Have you seen Ashley’s car?

Ashley e-mailed to report that her 1996 Silver/Beige Honda 4-door Accord was stolen Satuday night in front of her house in the 1000 block of South Thistle Street in South Park – plate # AFM9707. Call 911 if you see it.