Thursday, May 27, 2010

Volunteers to enhance Westcrest dog park

Volunteers from Nutro Company and the local community will come together on June 15 to beautify Westcrest Dog Park.

Westcrest has been chosen as one of 30 dog parks in the US to receive a makeover as part of the Nutro Room to Run Dog Park Appreciation Project going on throughout the nation.

To volunteer call Mark Reed at (253) 951-7079 or email

Register your block for Night Out Against Crime

The 2010 National Night Out Against Crime will be on Tuesday, Aug. 3. A national crime prevention event, "Night Out" is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. It is a great chance to reconnect with neighbors and share information with each other while learning more about crime prevention.

Registration for Night Out in Seattle is now open and it is easier than ever to register online. Seattle Night Out is also on Facebook.

Nearly 1,200 blocks participated in Night Out events last year, and Seattle Police are hoping to see even more neighborhoods participate this year.

For more information contact Mark Solomon, Crime Prevention Coordinator, at (206) 386-9766.

Monday, May 24, 2010

35th & Avalon to get protected left-turn?

This isn't North Delridge, but many of us probably take Avalon west and turn south onto 35th. There seems to be a left-turn light going in there, which will be very welcome.

Speaking of Avalon and 35th, do any of you bicyclists go north (downhill) on Avalon around the corner from 35th past Genesee? If so, I'd be interested in hearing your experience about that stretch.

Friday, May 21, 2010

SDOT Aerial Rescue practices in Delridge Community Center Park

The Seattle Department of Transportation Aerial Rescue team was practicing in the Delridge Community Center Park today. (Sorry for the fuzzy picture!) One of the rescue team, Zeke (not pictured), told me that they have an agreement with the Parks & Recreation Department to practice in parks.

Zeke told me briefly about their process. When they are called out to a rescue, they first try to make contact with the person in the tree and find out if they are responsive and if so whether they need help. One person will be designated to call EMS who then reports back that they are on their way. Before beginning a climb they try to determine potential hazards such as bee hives!

These careful steps, along with the rule that no one climbs alone, is clearly part of a organization that leaves as little to chance as possible.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

West Seattle Block Watch Captains Network Meeting

From Deborah Greer

West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network Meeting #2

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: SW Precinct 2300 S.W. Webster (Delridge & Webster)

Description .West Seattle Blockwatch Captains Network Meeting #2

We are still in our outreach and growing phase. The facebook membership has grown to over 95 members but there are still lots of areas with no watch or at least unidentified watches.

How can we connect with more captains in West Seattle?
Do you know of captains that haven't joined and what their area is?

What do we want this group to do? How can we help each other? What do you want the meetings to accomplish? Bring your ideas.

Is there a relationship in your area between your blockwatch and a SNAP group?

There are only drinking fountains outside the room so bring whatever you'd like to drink with you. I'll try to bring a few snacks but feel free to bring something to eat or something to share if you like.

See you there!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Walk Bike Ride Community Meeting - June 14th

Walk Bike Ride is a multi-year initiative that will support projects and programs that make walking, biking, and riding transit the easiest ways to get around in Seattle. It will serve all people, regardless of age, income, ethnicity, or ability. It will use transportation investments to create quality places. And it will reclaim our streets for communities. Our long term goal is an interconnected network of walkways, bike paths, and transit routes that allow all residents to easily get around Seattle without a car.

These community meetings seek to answer the question, “what needs to change in your neighborhood to making walking, biking, and riding transit easy?”
Is it a closer bus stop? More sidewalks? More in-city rail transportation? More bike lanes? More pedestrian spaces? Attendees will learn more about Walk Bike Ride, get more information on what types of projects are possible, and fill out a “ballot” that will help us think about how we prioritize these types of transportation projects.

June 14th, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Delridge Community Center 4501 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106