West Seattle Volunteers - STRUT YOUR STUFF!
Calling all volunteers who live or work in West Seattle – you deserve some recognition and fun!
If you're not already in the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 19th during the Hi-Yu Festival, you are hereby invited to frolic/march with us. Why the parade? Just because! (Haven’t you always wanted to be in a parade?)
We’re not organized, scheduled or in any way coherent for this event, just like your average volunteer activity. The one thing that is firm:
If you show up decorated in anything that remotely resembles your volunteer activity, we will buy you a beer or soda at West 5 after the parade. Silliness and giant leaps of imagination are encouraged, have fun with your topic. Afterwards, you’ll be trying to explain yourself - networking at its finest, eh?
No need to RSVP or pre-register, though we'd like to hear from you, so if you think you might be interested drop us a line at
If you decide at the last minute you can come along, just show up and join the Volunteers in West Seattle Grand Parade Marching Unit for the recognition you so greatly deserve. No meetings will be held along the parade route, in case you were wondering.
Questions? Cindi Barker is making up the rules, so contact her at
Meeting place and details to come; watch morganjunction.org, and we'll e-mail you updates if you RSVP to us at the email above. Just save the morning of Saturday, July 19th and get that outfit ready now!
Your kids are welcome to be in the parade with you, consider a wagon or stroller for the wee ones.
No motorized things; we will have a Mini-Cooper already in the parade to carry our sign and play snappy music.
Don’t bring candy to toss, parade rules say no to that.
Cool costume = West 5 ticket
Let us know about your interest at
Info will also be posted at www.morganjuction.org
SEATTLE PARKS AND RECREATION ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR MORGAN JUNCTION
Seattle Parks and Recreation has identified $90,000 from the Pro Parks Levy Neighborhood Development Projects contingency fund to complete development of Morgan Junction Park.
This project develops the property on California Avenue SW, north of SW Eddy St., into a park. The design incorporates ideas and suggestions made by community members at meetings held in the planning process for this space. The new park provides for community gathering space and family activities. The design features a blend of hardscape, compacted crushed stone, grass, low landscaped edges, trees, and seating.
Approved by Seattle voters in 2000, the $198.2 million Pro Parks Levy funds more than 100 projects throughout the City over eight years. Projects include improvements to athletic fields, playgrounds, trails and community centers and parks. Funding also increases green spaces, supports Zoo programs and enhances park maintenance.
For more information, please call Virginia Hassinger, Project Planner, at 206 233-7936; e-mail her at Virgina.hassinger.seattle.gov, or visit the website at http://www.cityofseattle.net/parks/proparks/Projects/morgan.htm.
Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle: 2008 Fruit Tree Harvest
Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle is a new organization that increases availability of urban fruits and vegetables for all neighbors in West Seattle and White Center. We believe that everyone deserves access to the foods that promote a healthy life.
We are gearing up for the 2008 Fruit Tree Harvest. We harvest residential fruit trees and donate the fruit to the local food banks, senior center and schools.
We are always looking for more volunteers to pick fruit & more trees to harvest!
- The harvest season begins in mid July and ends in late September.
- There will be 2 regularly scheduled picking times each week - one on a weekday evening and one on a weekend day (with additional times as needed.)
- Volunteers can come for 2 hours or stay for up to 4 hours.
- Volunteers are needed for picking (ladder or ground), delivering fruit, and scouting trees.
- Harvesting is typically done by a group of 2-5 people working together.
- Currently we focus on pesticide free apple, pear, and plum trees. Most of the trees we pick are plums.
- We offer two orientation sessions for all harvest volunteers prior to picking: Tuesday, July 15 or Monday and August 4 7:00-8:00pm at the Delridge Library.
If you are interested in being a volunteer harvester or you have a tree that you would like harvested, please go to our website www.gleanit.org and fill out the online form.
You can also contact Aviva by email at
or by phone at 206-762-0604.
Southwest Precinct Public Safety Newsletter
Pasted below is the bi-weekly Southwest Precinct Public Safety Newsletter
May 16, 2008
Dear Community Friends,
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2008!
"Night Out" is a national Crime Prevention event. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite our communities. It is a great chance to learn about crime prevention, while also celebrating your community and getting to know your neighbors.
How to Register for Southwest Precinct
Take a few minutes to register now, go to https://www.seattle.gov/police/nightout/swregister.htm. Registered blocks will be granted free street closure for Tuesday, August 5, 2008. Information on registered blocks is shared with the Fire Department so they are aware of streets that will be closed. Registration must be completed before July 28, 2008.
Washington State Boater Education Card
Effective January 1, 2008 the Washington State Mandatory Boating Safety Education law went into effect. This law requires boaters ages 12 years and older pass a boating safety course or an equivalency exam in order to obtain a Boater Education Card. The card is required to operate a motorized vessel of 15 horsepower or greater in Washington waters.
The Seattle Police Harbor Patrol Unit will present Adventures in Boating. This eight-hour course fulfills the requirements necessary to obtain the Boater Education Card. This training is offered free of charge. The classes will be held on May 31, and June 7, 2008 from 0900 to 1700 at the Harbor Station.
Please call the Harbor Station at 684-4071 to reserve a seat.
Customer Service Bureau
The City of Seattle Customer Service Bureau (CSB) (formerly Citizen Service Bureau before 2007) exists to help people get information, request services, solve problems, and resolve complaints about any City department. Below is an overview of the highlights since January 2007 that have impacted Southwest Seattle.
Everyday Business: For Southwest Seattle residents, CSB has processed over 450 workflows (things that cannot be resolved immediately on the telephone). These involved far-ranging issues from development, the environment, neighborhood projects, parks, events, and public safety.
Quadrupled Translated Telephone Calls; Immigrant and Refugee Action Agenda: Southwest Seattle is home to many immigrants and refugees. This population needs a single point of telephone contact where they can speak to people in their native languages. CSB is committed to excellent customer service and now provides translation services in 160 languages. In just one year CSB quadrupled the number of translated telephone calls, and the number continues to grow.
1,974 Abandoned Vehicles: Abandoned Vehicles can quickly create neighborhood problems and attract crime and garbage. CSB teamed up with the Seattle Police Department. CSB now answers the telephone with a live person and keeps track of the service requests electronically. In six months CSB processed 15,000 abandoned vehicle requests citywide and 1,974 in Southwest Seattle alone.
Request services, learn about CSB history, and get connected to City services by telephone at 206-684-2489 (CITY) or on the web at http://www.seattle.gov/customerservice/
Safety reporting and information links:
Police Blotter, Megan Sheppard, West Seattle Herald
This web page is update every week on Wednesday.
West Seattle Blog, Tracy Record, Editor
This web page is update multi-times a week.
Seattle Police Department main web page
Southwest Precinct Web-page
Seattle Police Crime Statistics
For More Information Call: Benjamin Kinlow,
Crime Prevention Coordinator, (206) 684-7724 or email
. Check out www.seattle.gov/police/precincts/southwest/prevention.htm
Seattle Walks Day
Well, we're a little late with the word on this one, but what Steve Sindiong says is that if the below idea interests you, he's willing to bring a group together, even if it wouldn't be on May 10th. The possibilities of what can be done range from just learning about the Morgan Junction neighborhood, to identify potential improvements to existing green spaces or city owned spaces, looking at possible improvements for in front of the new Morgan Park, or just test driving some of the proposed WS Trails in the Morgan area. Read below for more details and contact Steve at
if you are interested.
(City press release)
May 10th, is Seattle Walks Day! As a part of the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan, hundreds of Seattle residents will meet at 10 a.m. with neighbors, friends and families to walk their favorite routes in their communities! Participants will complete surveys that will be used to make Seattle the MOST WALKABLE CITY in the NATION!
Because you have applied for Neighborhood Street Fund, we know that you care about the safety and health of your community. We also know that you could be excited about the opportunity to encourage your neighbors to increase walking by organizing a neighborhood walk as a part of Seattle Walks Day!
Organizing a walk is EASY! Select a meeting location, invite your neighbors, determine a route, WALK and then complete the survey. Completed surveys can be mailed to the Seattle Department of Transportation or can be dropped off at any Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Center, Neighborhood Service Center or Library.
For more information about Seattle Walks Day! and the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan, please visit www.seattle.gov/mostwalkablecity. On the site you will find useful information and tools to help you plan your walk including, a link to Google Maps and a flyer that you can modify and distribute to your neighbors. You can also order the surveys that you will need for your walk.
NEWS from the Orchard Street Ravine
Carol Schultz writes "As I mentioned last time - We have our own tools on site now, thanks to grant from Parks and Cascade Conservancy, Kay Thode also donated her garden tools when she and Bob moved to The Kenny Home. In addition Paul & Sharron/Prentice Design have purchased 9 additional hand mattocks (our favorite tool) to add to our collection! Thanks Paul & Sharron!
If you missed the last work party we got a Huge amount done. Tony Martin brought down his trailer and we took loads of bark up to the steep upper slopes where Tony has been eradicating the clematis and ivy that were smothering the madronas, other trees and creating huge future seed sources! Izzy, Henry and Ce Hossner let us park it in their yard and pitched in to help us with the barking. It was fun to have some new faces and neighbors joining us.
Paul gets big kudos for getting Parks to deliver some new crushed rock to help revitalize our trails!
Speaking of Trail news - Joseph Neiford, Senior Landscape Architect, Project Manager is the new manager for the trail to 38th Ave SW. He's planning to come out this week and look at a snag covered with clematis near the trail site.
"I will be taking over the project from Jon and will try to get up to speed ASAP. I am in the final stages of designing the new stairs so we should be doing that work very soon. I will meet our tree people out there soon to look at the tree. We definitely want those invasives out of there.? Thanks for your patience." Joseph
Barbara Banks has been great about forwarding us info on native plant sources and nurseries. Going native or even mixing them into your yard helps provide more habitat and cuts your water consumption. They're hardy, beautiful and easier to care for than many plants!
If you have time look around the ravine and you'll see dogwood, buttercups, ribes, wild cherry and probably other natives in bloom.
We Need Your Help To Get the Weeds Out -- so they don't smoother our new plants and take their precious water.
Think Sun ;>) See you Saturday the 10th!
Email Paul Prentice
West Seattle Community Garage Sale
Last Updated on Sunday, 03 August 2008 13:16
4th Annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is Saturday, May 10, 9 am-3 pm.
140+ sales, large and small, are registered all over West Seattle!
Maps will be available May 8-9-10, online at westseattlegaragesale.com, or at Admiral (West Seattle Branch) Library, Delridge Library, Southwest Library, Alki Community Center, Senior Center of West Seattle, Fauntleroy YMCA, West Seattle Family YMCA, Hotwire Coffee, Capers, Cafe Rozella.