Thursday, September 29, 2011

In search of coffee, found neighbors

The bad news? I've been out of coffee for two days. The good news? I live near Uptown Espresso and Bakery. Walking my dog down early on this brisk fall morning let me chat with a few people commuting down Andover to Delridge about the imminent construction on the Fauntleroy Expressway. None of the folks I chatted with knew about the construction although the West Seattle Blog has been covering it.

The construction means, inevitably, that morning commuter traffic, eastbound, down Genesee and Andover to Delridge will increase the traffic feeding on to the West Seattle Bridge eastbound.

I've emailed the SDOT project contact, Maribel Cruz, to ask what impact the construction will have on commute times along these routes, but so far haven't had word, though I'm still working on it.

The work is necessary since we all want the road to be made safer.  It would be helpful if commuters could plan for delays, and, even better, be encouraged to bus or carpool.

If you would like information or to be included on the project email list, email Ms. Cruz.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Seventy-five hours and counting...

 I've seen a man actually running, pushing a wheel barrow. They're working like mad to be finished by Saturday!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Delridge Skatepark is not quite open, but it will be SOON!

Kelly Anderson, Parks Dept. project manager for the Delridge Skate Park, gave me a run down of the final week's work to get the skate park ready for Saturday's opening. It will be a busy week, but there isn't much more to do. The pedestrian path on the west side will be completed, and curbing repaired along Genesee. The second bench will be tiled (more on that below), and sod will be put down around the park. Either grass or mulch will be put down around the base of the tree in the center of the park.

I asked Kelly about the drainage since that had been one of the biggest areas of concern before construction.Happily, there were no huge surprises there. Kelly said the drainage has been working really well during our wet summer. There was a minor glitch with the parking lot entrance to the park, but a small redesign solved that.

Most of us have noticed the new picnic areas and tiling on the bench on the east side of the park. The picnic areas are courtesy of some funds that were available for just such a project. Kelly Davidson put in a good word for us, and so we now have ADA accessible picnic areas. The tiling is a result of a King County Grant. Kelly encouraged Ashley Miller of the The Service board to propose a project, which she did, and the tiling is the result of that project.

Despite all the skating, the park is not yet open. If you're a skater, or you have anxious kids who are, please know that jumping the fence hurts Grindline who is responsible for security. They've worked like fiends on this project, and are going above and beyond to make it great for skaters and the community, so, for their sake, please hold off for just a few more days. Also know this: trespassing is an $85.00 fine. Ouch.That said, the skaters have been respectful of the park and the neighbors, so far as I know, so it's not that you're not welcome, it's just that the park is still under construction.

Don't forget the opening is this Saturday, the 17th, with dedication ceremonies starting at 1:00 pm. But come out early and enjoy all the Delridge Days activities.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Delridge Improvements Walk Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended this weekend's walk around the neighborhood.  We had such a great time and enjoyed having a positive discussion on the progress made in Delridge. 

For those who missed the walk, the following is a breakdown of the notes with pictures. 

Tim Burgess, Pete Spalding, Tom Rassmussen,
Mike Dady, Patrick Baer, Karrie Kohlhaas
and Sally Clark

Food Services of America Building

Services Group of America building: With the support of the City Council, neighbors organized to prevent a Heliport from being built atop the building. Signs were hung across the face of nearby houses stating; “Helicopters Don’t Make Good Neighbors.”

Note: Delridge Way lanes merge at this location. Seven-year-old Ryan Anderson died on July 17, 1987 trying to cross Delridge Way at Brandon Street due to the speeds and dangerous conditions. His mother, Donna Anderson, was awarded a financial settlement from the City.  But her loss fueled her efforts at instigating lane reduction and also having a sign installed in her son’s memory.

We're walking..walking..walking

Quick stop for Long Fellow Creek

And we're off to the Long Fellow Creek Trail

Dragonfly Pavilion

Dragonfly Pavilion and Longfellow Creek: The Adams Fish Bridge symbolizes ongoing efforts by citizens, Seattle Public Utilities, and other public agencies to restore Longfellow Creek, its salmon and wildlife habitat, and to reduce Combined Sewer Overflows.  There are many areas along Longfellow Creek where this habitat work can be witnessed: from its headwaters at Roxhill Park near Westwood Village, to the Dragon Fly Pavilion where the creek is last seen before it enters a pipe to reach the Duwamish River.

The Fishbone Bridge

We tried to find Salmon, but had
no luck.  Maybe next time...

Kirsten Smith, Karrie Kohlhaas, Tim Burgess,
Tonya Baer, and Pete Spalding

Skate Park Construction Site

Delridge Skate Park is under construction by Gridline. Neighbor representative Nancy Folsom served on the planning committee, voicing neighbor vision. (She made the case for more seating and keeping the trees.) As a bonus, the project includes a new wheel chair accessible BBQ circle. From proposal to ground breaking, the project took 3 years. Nancy volunteered 20 hours serving on the committee.

Delridge Community Center: Groundbreaking started in 1993 with huge community Support. It currently provides a workout gym, full-sized basketball court, hosts special events, teens program, after school care, a Preschool and Digital Lab.

Hidden history gem: Giant Scrap-book created for the Community Center Opening, can be found in the entry way.

New Delridge Playfields

Delridge Playfields (Parks and Green Space Levy $3.2 Million Project).

KaBoom playground

Delridge Playground: Built by 275 Volunteers in 6 hours in 2009. Facilitated by KaBoom! and funded by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation it fostered local donations and fundraisers.

We're walking...walking...walking...

Tom Rassmussen, Tim Burgess
and Sally Clark

Pedestrian Over Pass

Pedestrian Over Pass: Built in 1953 (Built to safely get kids to school), it is a monument to a different time. Pedestrian safety still a need as it is used less and people tend to take a short cut and jaywalk wherever they need to cross Delridge.

Alexandra Van Hoy and Sally Clark
leading the group across the bridge.

Holli Margell lets everyone know
about Youngstown and the Tool Library

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Youngstown Cultural Arts Center:  Restored by DNDA to use the historic landmark, now home to Artists, Non-profits, Youth Programs and now the Sustainable West Seattle Tool Library. Many neighbors consider Youngstown a symbol of the power neighbor involvement.

We love neighbors with a sense of humor

Oregon Street to 23rd Avenue: This Street demonstrates the ongoing housing development of North Delridge, both single family and townhomes.  Infrastructure needs such as, sidewalks and proper drainage, are crucial. The New Traffic Circle is an example of a neighbor-led project to help address traffic issues. (Project cost: less than $15,000, 4 years to complete, Neighborhood Street Fund)

Note: 23rd becomes Puget Boulevard SW, which was part of the Olmstead Brothers boulevard system for the entire city.

Sally Clark meeting Polly the cat

We're walking...walking...walking...

Down the goat trail we go...

23rd at Edmunds Street: Future Pedestrian path? This unopened SDOT Right-Of-Way was once laden with garbage, camper trailers, transients, buckets of excrement, etc.  Vacant houses on either side added to problems.  Neighbors cleared area of blackberry and garbage, in cooperation with Seattle Police, Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Public Utilities, King County Public Health and the Department of Corrections. One house was demolished last year, as were others in other areas of North Delridge.  This Right of Way could create an improved pedestrian pathway to transit and for residents to the east as well as connecting westward to residents of 26th. Neighbors envision a P-Patch, outdoor art garden or something similar here.

Pearl’s Coffee and Tea: The original building was boarded up for years.  The prior owner who lives in the neighborhood had always wanted to open a coffee shop yet lacked funds to do so.  Neighbors got involved and contacted the new owner/developer to request that he not saddle us with yet another cigarette & candy store.  Thankfully, the developer understood, the result being the well loved Pearl’s, owned by Hoan and Thi, coming to life! Now Delridge has 2 coffee shops, a pizza place, and a new pho restaurant. Neighbors have been very supportive of new businesses in Delridge.

Traffic Bulbs at Delridge & Hudson

Hudson Street Crossing Bulbs: Proposed by a frequent transit rider who lives on 26th, this neighbor was concerned about pedestrian safety while crossing Delridge at this location.  He witnessed children getting off from school buses as well as regular Transit riders.  He filed an application for crossing improvement and project was awarded funding and built. This took 3 years from application to completion (Bridging the Gap Fund).

25th Ave Traffic Calming: The Development of Cottage Grove, Puget Boulevard Commons and Greg Davis Parks added to the need for some kind of ‘chill’ effect being instituted.  Applications were filed with SDOT to come up with a solution, which resulted in speed cushions being installed on both 25th and 26th.  The project took 2-3 years.

Back side of Pea Patch getting some
TLC from local gardeners.

Local church greeted us with much
appreciated cold beverages

Cottage Grove and Greg Davis Park: Greg Davis and Mike Little were two of many neighborhood people who brought these parks to fruition via the Pro Parks Levy and other means.  The Parks Department did outreach to the community seeking input for park amenities and design.  The original tight-lined drainage system had a very high cost so the project manager came up with a creative solution whereby the topography was changed to allow water from the sites to flow to the bio-swales/rain-gardens along 26th.

Delridge Library: Mike Dady recalls Vivian Mclean saying that when she was requesting a Delridge library branch, the response she got was something like, “People over there don’t read.”  Well, you can imagine how that went over with her.  Vivian was a person who did not give in, or give up.  The Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association in collaboration with the Seattle Public Library built the Delridge Library and connected housing above and in her honor named the building Vivian Mclean Place. The library is well used by adults and children.

Karrie Kohlhaas pointing out the progress
made on the Library Alley

Library Alley:  Former dumping ground for garbage and overgrown with blackberry bushes alley was an unsafe place to walk. Neighbors tried solo efforts to clean up the alley but in Summer 2010, neighbors combined efforts and had 6 work parties to clear alley and begin to plant non-invasive plants. Worked with DON, Sustainable West Seattle, Dept of Corrections to support the effort. Patrick Baer currently submitting a Small Sparks grant for landscaping materials and to host a neighborhood event in the alley. Neighbors donated plants and time. Tools were borrowed from the WS Tool Library. Featured in Seattle Channel documentary.

Karrie Kohlhaas explaining the upcoming
projects, challenges and successes.

Future site of curbs and drainage project

25th Avenue and Brandon: complementary projects, city and non-profit contributions
  1. After Delridge District Council prioritized projects, the city funded curb/drainage for 25th Ave (Bridging the Gap Fund). Later, drainage portion removed. Neighbors sent photos of drainage problems, called and emailed SDOT, and now have grant from King County Conservation District Grant for drainage solutions. (Example of how neighbors can be persistent and not allow already allocated funds to be cut from approved projects.) Project in early stages with neighborhood meeting on June 20th to move toward ground breaking.
  2. Stewardship Partners email stated they wanted to install rain gardens along LongFellow Creek on residential property to filter rainwater and keep creek clean and safe for salmon and other creatures. Neighbor Karrie Kohlhaas responded and rallied 10 households, enabling Stewardship Partners to soil test and submit a winning grant in a record 4 days); funding provided by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The rain gardens will be installed this summer, and 25th will be a demonstration block for Stewardship Partners.

Brandon Natural Area

Brandon Natural Area Restoration: Jay Mirro has led the ongoing restoration project since 2005. He started the 3rd Saturday Work Parties, hosting over 80 volunteer events in nearly 6 years. The work has restored 9 of the 11 acres the Brandon Natural Area encompasses. Green Seattle has been pivotal in managing the collaboration with the Seattle Parks Department, King County Conservation and Department of Neighborhoods to supply plants, material and find grants for further restoration needs. The project has also helped create the Camp Long trail addition through a Matching Fund and King County Fund.

For a map of Longfellow Creek and Work Parties, visit

For more information about the North Delridge Neighborhood Council and a list of resources to help you get involved, please visit - or join our group page on Facebook.

NDNC meetings: 6:30 -7:45pm at the Delridge Library, 2nd Monday of each month

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Delridge Improvements Walk June 11th: Details!

Can you join us for the Delridge Improvements Walk and Talk on June 11th at 11am?

If so, please join us at Uptown Espresso, 3845 Delridge Way S.W. by 11:15am.

We’ll be meeting and greeting for about 15 min before we head out for the walk.

If you are arriving late, please feel free to meet up with us along the way or at our half-way point at Pearls, 4800 Delridge Way S.W. between 11:45am-12pm.

The walk route including most stopping points:

Start at Uptown Espresso, 3845 Delridge Way S.W.

1. Dragonfly Pavilion and Longfellow Creek

2. Delridge Park – look at future Skate Park and stop into the Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way S.W.

3. Cross Pedestrian Over Pass and walk up Oregon Street to 23rd Avenue toward Edmunds Street, cross down to Delridge Way through Pedestrian path (future project site).

4. Pearl’s Coffee and Tea, 4800 Delridge Way S.W.

5. Cross Delridge at Edmunds Street and stop at Hudson Street, heading West to walk 25th Ave. toward the Delridge Pea Patch and Cottage Grove Park.

6. Stop at the Cottage Grove and Greg Davis park intersection along Brandon Street.

7. Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way S.W. – walk through Alley (neighbor clean up project), stop at Brandon and 25th to talk about an Improvements project starting there.

8. Brandon Natural Area Stewardship project at 29th Ave. and Brandon Street – Jay’s work party.

Hope to see you there!


Holli Margell

North Delridge Neighborhood Council Outreach

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Help finish the murals at the Louisa Boren School

For those of you that drive down Delridge you are aware that the Seattle School District boarded up the Boren School building earlier this year. This has led to several incidents of tagging of the building. In an effort to cut down on this acitivity 40 murals have been painted to attach to the windows of the building.

We need some volunteers to come out this Saturday morning from 9 – 11 am to help finish the project. We need to paint the backs and the sides of the murals to help increase their longevity. If you have two hours to spare on Saturday your help with this community project would be appreciated.

If you want to participate or would like more informaiton please contact me or just show up at the Boren School site at 9 am on Saturday, June 4th.

Please feel free to pass this along to anyone that you think might be interested in helping with this commmunity project.


Pete Spalding
Delridge District Council []

Be the change that you want to see in the world

Monday, May 23, 2011

Delridge Improvements Walk June 11th

Have you ever wondered how a street gets speed bumps, or thought about the need for a cross walk around your neighborhood?

Then, you should join us for a Delridge Improvements Walk! We'll talk about how and see some projects completed thanks to the efforts of residents.

When: Saturday, June 11th @ 11am

Where: Meet up @Uptown Espresso
3845 Delridge Way SW, bring a water
bottle and wear comfy shoes, we’ll be walking
for a couple hours.

Why: Learn about what neighbors have done to
improve the neighborhood, and see how you can make a difference.

We'll have City Council Members Sally Clark, Tom Rassmusen and Tim Burgess will be joining us.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

City Council is coming to the area

I came across this posting on the City of Seattle Council page.

It appears that the City Council members will be having a community conversation on public safety at the Delridge Community Center on May 23rd.  This will be a good opportunity to voice concerns over crosswalks, graffiti and drug activity.

If you are concerned about safety on your block, I encourage you to come and voice your concerns.


I was contacted by Tim Burgess' office regarding some detail on the meeting.  See his message below:

On Monday, May 23, the City Council will hold the second of three community conversations about the city budget. The meeting will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Delridge Community Center (4501 Delridge Way SW). The topic of this meeting is public safety budget issues.

We invite you to join the Council in testing a new format for these meetings. As you may know, City Council holds large budget hearings each year. While these meetings provide an opportunity for feedback, they tend to be quite long and often people are just talking at one another rather than with one another. This pilot format consists of smaller groups of residents who can actively interact with each other and with City staff.

Participants will discuss five questions at five tables throughout the evening. Each discussion table will have a note taker and a facilitator leading the discussion around a separate question. Participants will be grouped with different people and different Councilmembers at each round. After the five rounds of conversation, the facilitators will identify recurring themes and present them to conclude the meeting.

I will unfortunately be out of town for a week starting Wednesday the 18th. If you have questions after Tuesday please contact Megan Coppersmith on the Council Communications team (206-615-0061, An RSVP to Megan is also requested so we can have a general head count, but not required.

Nate Van Duzer
Legislative Aide
Councilmember Tim Burgess

This should be an interesting event with intimate contact with city council members. We'll be interested in the results of the meeting.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New energy for East-West transit serving Delridge?

Martin H. Duke has a new post over at Seattle Transit Blog taking another look at the advisability of the previously shelved route 50, an east-west transit route connecting North Delridge to the Junction and connecting West Seattle to Southeast.

This would be a significant step in increasing Delridge residents' access to jobs, goods, and services; reducing the historic separation between Delridge and the rest of West Seattle; and knitting together the set of South Seattle communities that share so much in common.  I would personally advocate strongly for it. 

Head on over to Sound Transit Blog for the whole story. Leave comments!


"One early component of Metro’s Southeast Seattle service reorganization proposal was replacing Route 39, running from Seward Park to downtown, with a Route 50 that would run from Seward Park to the Junction in West Seattle. The 50 would have had a sizeable diversion through Sodo to improve connections from both neighborhoods to jobs there... Crosstown connections between West Seattle and Southeast Seattle are atrocious, often requiring a trip all the way downtown; connecting West Seattle’s transit hub with a route that crossing all the key corridors in the Rainier Valley would solve this problem."

Monday, April 25, 2011

NDNC Selects Project Prioritization

This year's proposed projects for the Delridge District were all contributed by residents of the North Delridge.  Way to go, everyone!  The hard part is now prioritizing those projects for review by the city. 

North Delridge Neighborhood Council met this Saturday morning to review the proposed projects and have selected the following three projects to proposed to SDOT.

Traffic Light at Genesee & Avalon

Traffic light with pedestrian crossing signals for the intersection of SW Genesee St and Avalon Way Sw. Intersection has extremely poor sight lines for pedestrians and drivers. Major Metro and school bus stops as well as pedestrian crossings from adjacent multifamily apartment and condominium buildings. Very steep incline of SW Genesee makes it difficult.

Reasoning:  Delridge residents are currently cut off from the rest of West Seattle by bus. By car, bike and foot, this intersection is the way many Delridge residents access West Seattle's commercial district and Alki. In our discussion we see a traffic light here relevant for safety, to reduce neighborhood "cut-throughs" which have become problematic for residents and to encourage an eventual and much needed bus stop at this site.

A well traveled intersection, this is a high priority for our neighborhood who is dependent on accessing the rest of West Seattle to get to our banks, grocery stores and other necessities. We see supporting traffic at this intersection as a key step to supporting existing needs as well as growth and accessibility of Delridge as Delridge itself grows and becomes more of a commercial center.
Crosswalk at Delridge & Edmonds 

Crossing Delridge Way is dangerous with no crosswalks except at signals in North Delridge. At the intersection of Edmunds St and Delridge Way SW there are two bus stops located at opposite corners of the street, plus a local coffee shop, Pearls. This intersection sees a lot of foot traffic as a result. On the north end of Delridge Way, there is a slight turn, which creates poor visibility for pedestrians wishing to cross the street. We want to have a cross walk light on SW Edmunds to help make crossing Delridge safer.

Reasoning:  This is a dangerous place for pedestrians to cross Delridge. Many do walk across with traffic flying by while others walk several blocks to try to locate a safer crossing. We see this as an important project to support the growth of a commercial district on Delridge, to encourage walkability, a shared aim of many Delridge organizations, and to support one of the few businesses in our neighborhood.

We feel strongly that this must be a pedestrian light, not just white stripes on the road; during much of the year visibility is poor and cars drive fast on Delridge Way.
Crosswalk at Delridge and Findley

Project proposes a crosswalk that crosses the intersection of Delridge and Findley.

Reasoning:  This is another dangerous and well traveled intersection. The recent Pho Aroma restaurant is popular and drawing a crowd from both Delridge and beyond. Next door, Olympia Pizza, and hair salon, the Super 24 across Findlay and a new business going in soon make this an up and coming hub for commercial activity on Delridge. We want to encourage this growth.

Again, we see this as an important project to support the development of a commercial district on Delridge, to encourage walkability, a shared aim of many Delridge organizations, and to support one of the few existing businesses in our neighborhood so they can succeed and encourage others to set up shop here in our neighborhood where so few services are offered currently.
We will keep you apprised of the developments, but this is a lengthy process.  As soon as the top three projects are selected, they will be submitted to SDOT for review.  SDOT makes thier recommendations and then the City will have to make a selection based on the recommendations and input from residents.

If you feel passionately about any of the above projects, then please come to our next meeting on Monday May 9th at 6:30pm at the Delridge Branch Library.  It may take all of voicing our opinion to get these projects approved by the City

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Delridge Skatepark Construction Begins!

Construction site fencing was delivered and installed Monday morning, April 18th. It's been a long haul, but the park is on it's way to a reality.

Clean-up Follow-up: "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers"

The morning of last Saturday's North Delridge Adopt-a-street, held in conjunction with other clean and green activities, had me watching the St. Crispin Day speech from Henry V with Kenneth Branagh.

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" so well describes our modest efforts cleaning along Delridge. Six of us cleaned from Spokane St. to Graham.

The more people who join us, the better we can tidy and care for our neighborhood. More than 20,000 people commute thru each work day. Do we want them to know we care or think us uncaring?

I'd dearly love to see more people join us at our next clean up, which will be in June. Won't you join us?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Update: Delridge Green Up April 16th!

There are three projects we want to tackle, and one is ready to roll with a donation of paint and two dedicated volunteers!

We also got word from longtime volunteer, Sharon Peck, that the entrance to Greg Davis park by the park bench is loaded with litter. Anyone willing to lead that side project as part of the Adopt-A-Street clean up?

So, what were those three projects you ask?

1. Refresh the Welcome to Delridge Sign - Ready to roll.

2. Adopt-a-Street - Our quarterly adopt a street trash pick up on Delridge from Andover to Brandon Street. We need 8 people to break the road up in to small portions that can be completed in 1-2 hours. Grabbers and trash bags are provided.

3. Gardening at the Community Center - With spring flowers comes spring weeds. If you love to work in the dirt, we would love to help out the community center and pull some weeds.

Don't want to pick up trash, or want to spend time in the woods? Join Jay Mirro in the Brandon Street Natural Area from 10am-2pm as he continues the stewardship project to clear invasive plants. Meet up at the corner of 29th ave SW and SW Brandon Street.

If you are interested in any of these projects, please contact Amanda Leonard at, or join us on Facebook - look for the group: North Delridge Neighborhoods - or click the button on our website:

Hope to see you on April 16th!
Where: Delridge Community Center, 4501 Delridge Way S.W.
When: Meet up at 10am and work until you can or when we wrap up at 2pm.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Duwamish Alive April 16

Click here to download our full color PDF

Hundreds of volunteers are needed at multiple sites in the Duwamish River watershed!
Work sites include a river cleanup by kayak and canoe, shoreline salmon habitat restoration, 
and native forest revitalization.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

At These Nearby Locations
South Park:
Duwamish Waterway Park
River trash cleanup by kayak and canoe
Gateway Park/8th Avenue South
White Center:
Roxhill Bog
Delridge / Pigeon Point::
Brandon Street Natural Area
Puget Creek Natural Area
West Duwamish Greenbelt/ Pigeon Point
Herring House Park/T-107
Cecil Moses/NorthWind's Wier
Duwamish Hill Preserve
Codiga Farm

The event is hosted by the Duwamish Alive Coalition, which is a partnership of non-profit organizations, government agencies, community groups and local businesses. Restoration is on-going throughout the year, but it’s only during Duwamish Alive that our organizations come together to host hundreds of volunteers at multiple 
sites to make a huge impact on the same day!

You are invited to celebrate the restoration of the 
Duwamish River by volunteering at one of 12 
restoration sites within the Duwamish watershed
More Details
• No experience necessary -- we will discuss safety and give an overview of the project.
•The event will take place rain or shine.
• Dress for the weather (rain gear in case of bad weather or sunglasses and a hat if it's sunny).
•Wear sturdy foot gear (boots, sneakers, etc. but no sandals).
• Long trousers and long sleeves are helpful where there are blackberries
•Bring work gloves and weeding tools if you have them. Bring a refillable water bottle.
•We will provide work gloves, tools, snacks, and beverages.
•Children 10 and under must have one-to-one adult supervision.

WSB - Another new park coming to West Seattle: Puget Ridge Edible Park

By Keri DeTore

Reporting for West Seattle Blog

Thanks to a group of Puget Ridge neighbors, the historically agricultural parcel of land at 5265 18th Ave SW [map] will retain its agricultural status and become urban farmland in West Seattle....
More of this great article over at West Seattle Blog, including photos by neighbor Stu Hennessy, video of a presentation on the project, and terrific background and quotes. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Delridge Green Up April 16th!

Join your neighbors on April 16th at the Delridge Community Center for a little spring clean-up. We have three projects going on...

1. Refresh the Welcome to Delridge Sign
- We will be painting part of the sign and need 2 volunteers and a can of white paint to do this job. We have received a donation of primer. If you want to completely repaint the entire sign, that would be cool too.
2. Adopt-a-Street - Our quarterly adopt a street trash pick up on Delridge from Andover to Brandon Street. We are looking for 7-8 people to break the road up in to small portions
that can be completed in 1-2 hours. Grabbers and trash bags are provided.
3. Gardening at the Community Center - With spring flowers comes spring weeds. If you
love to work in the dirt, we would love to help out the community center and pull some
weeds. Just got word from the Parks Gardener - there are annuals and shrubs waiting to be planted. With all the other projects going on park staff are already booked. So, if you love planting, this is another way to spruce up the park! Or you could clean up the trash around the new play-field or playground. There are many ways to show your love for our Delridge Park.

Other ideas?
We also know that neighbors on the 22nd and 23rd will be cleaning up their block and
cleaning out a traffic circle. If you have any projects you would like to lead on your block, let us know and we will do our best to spread the word with you.

If you are interested in any of these projects, please contact Amanda Leonard at

The Details

Where: Meet up at the Delridge Community Center, 4501 DELRIDGE WAY SW

When: April 16th - we've chosen 10am-2pm as the event time, but really this is something where any time you can find to lend a hand will help. The more volunteers we have the faster the work will go.

RSVP: We need a number of volunteers in order to plan what projects can get done. If you have not already RSVP'd on our Facebook Group Page (North Delridge Neighborhoods), then please do join our group and RSVP there.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Scheduling Routes 120 and 125 - from Seattle Transit Blog

Great post and discussion over at Seattle Transit Blog prompted by local leader Michael Taylor-Judd

The upshot is that Metro is looking at making scheduling changes routes 120 and 125 to help shorten wait times.  Metro also notes that they'll be making other investments to "make some reliability investments in Route 120 to benefit our customers and drivers and help assure that what is scheduled can actually occur."

See the full post and contribute to the discussion over at Seattle Transit Blog. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Community Harvest Plant Sale

Sunday, September 19, 2010 1:00-3:30pm
South Side of South Seattle Community College

Come get your spinach, lettuce, kale, onions, swiss chard, garlic and more!

Fall starts only $3!

All Proceeds benefit Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle, a 501(c)3, whose mission is to reduce hunger by increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for our neighbors in West Seattle and White Center. Along with harvesting and distributing the abundance growing in our backyards, we encourage and inspire edible gardens through our educational programs and events.

For more information visit

Do You Heart Delridge?

At the retirement dinner for Ron Angeles, Ron proudly showed off his shirt, SuperMan Style:

I designed these T-Shirts to raise some money for the Delridge Playground build in 2009. We sold out, so I had more made last summer to benefit the NDNC. About 70 folks are sporting their "Heart Delridge" shirts around the neighborhood and beyond. Plus a handful more who came out to our booth at the Delridge Night Market where we hosted a "Screen Print Your Own" shirt activity.

Do you have one? Where do you Heart Delridge? Let us know, and share!

You can easily add your picture to our Flickr Group by visiting, and follow the steps to add photos to the group on the right side of the page.

Your Neighbor,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March NDNC Meeting Agenda

Do you know what to do in the event of an emergency?  When 'The Big One' hits, do you know where to get answers or help?  This month's North Delridge Neighborhood Council is all about disaster preparedness.  We have guests from the City of Seattle and West Seattle Emergency Hubs system ready to answer all of your questions. 

The Agenda

Call to Order/Introductions

City of Seattle Disaster Planning
Debbie Goetz

West Seattle Hubs Coordinator
Cindy Barker
Where we live, yo!

Delridge Hub Coordinator
Ben Canfield

Delridge District Council Report

Committee Reports

Join us on March 14th at 6:30pm at the Delridge Branch Library.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Movie Nights at Highland Park Improvement Club

Movie Night Series starts this month!

Friday, February 18. Doors open at 6:30pm, movie at 7pm

Free admission

We tested the system last month and discovered that the Hall was made for movies! The sound and picture are great and now we’re on to our next big adventure. We are rolling out the Movie Nights series this Friday and continuing every third Friday of each month.

This series is family friendly and admission is free. We will be selling
snacks (including freshly popped popcorn!) and non-alcoholic drinks, and adults can bring their beverages of choice. There will be folding chairs for seating. Feel free to bring blankets and pillows or nonfloor-scratching chairs.

Our movie copyright license does not allow us to advertise the movie title so here’s a hint:
Classic 1982 kid and adult friendly sci-fi blockbuster starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore.

Please tell your friends and family. We hope to see you all there!

HPIC Address: 1116 SW Holden - on the corner of SW Holden and 12th Ave. SW

Neighborhood Projects Fund 2011

Is there an improvement you think the city should make in your neighborhood? Now is the time to ask! There is about $1.2 Million for 2012 that is set aside for neighborhood improvements to streets and parks. These funds are unique because Neighborhood Project Fund (NPF) projects are proposed by the community.

This money can be used for small-scale (up to $90K per project) street or parks improvements, such as sidewalk repair, traffic circles and traffic calming, sidewalks, school zone speed limit signs, playground improvements, etc. NPF projects are required to meet the following criteria:

- Projects funded by the Cumulative Reserve Subfund (approx. $1 Million total) can only be used for maintenance or repairs, projects which address safety issues, or upgrades related to the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) like wheelchair access improvements; and must relate to the implementation of an existing Neighborhood Plan. View Neighborhood Plans online.
- Projects funded by the Neighborhood Street Fund (approx. $200K total) must be transportation-related. These projects may include new construction and do not have to relate to Neighborhood Plans, but there is less money to go around in this fund.

Visit the Neighborhood Projects Fund website for more information, or download the 2011 Fact Sheet and the 2011 Application

The Delridge District Council will be vetting proposals from this district over the next few months.  Drop in to a meeting or contact a councilmember to be sure your idea is heard. 

Delridge District Council meeting Feb 16

General Public is Encouraged to Attend and Participate

Delridge Neighborhoods District Council
Strategic Delridge Community Conversations
DNDC Monthly Meeting
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Wednesday, February 16th 2011
6pm to 9pm
(not the DC Retreat this Saturday)

6pm  Introductions

6:05  Delridge Neighborhoods District Council Retreat – Creating a Vision For Delridge: Overview/Report/Follow ups

6:30  Building A Stronger Relationships with Local Government:
Engage Seattle Initiative – Sol Villarreal, Mayor’s Office
Community Organizing Training, Commissions, and other Volunteer Opportunities

7pm  Neighborhood Reports/Community Announcements
Emerging Issues


7:15 Sustainable Seattle

7:30 West Seattle Be Prepared Network – Cindy Barker

7:45 Camp Long Update

8pm City Neighborhood Council Updates – Mat McBride

8:15 Department of Neighborhoods Updates - Ron Angeles
- Neighborhood Matching Fund – Reminder: City Review Team Representative and District Council Review Team identified by March 11th , Small and Simple Deadline by May 9th
- Neighborhood Projects Fund – Taking applications NOW for street and parks improvement projects!
- South Region Neighborhood District Coordinators - Steve Louie, Yun Pitre, Ed Pottharst
- Mayor’s Neighborhood Visit – Westwood: March 6th

8:30 Other Business

Monday, February 14, 2011

Funds for Small Scale Parks and Street Improvements

The Neighborhood Projects Fund is often used to fund traffic circles, sidewalks, and small scale parks improvements like benches, trails.  Approximately $90,000 is used to fund projects in the Delridge District.  Get your project ideas in now.




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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Challenge Course Needs You

Hi all Camp Long Supporters,

In January we sent an announcement about the public meeting to review our challenge course plans. The meeting went really well and the course was well supported. Check out the article in the West Seattle Blog:

Now we are soliciting help with clearing the areas where the elements will be located. The first work party is February 19 from 10 am to 1 pm. We’ll be working primarily on removing logs and an old fire circle near cabin 2. The element to be installed is called: Stumpus to Islands.

If you are interested in coming to help out, please call Jason at 206-423-0762 to let him know you are coming.

We’ll be sending out more opportunities at a later date. If your group is interested in helping clear pads, please contact Sheila at 206-684-7415.

Sheila Brown
Camp Long Supervisor
ELC Partnership Development
5200 35th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

City Hall Open House 2011: NDNC Report

Did you know that 1% of City Utility Bills fund the City’s Art Collection? The collection furnishes the offices, hallways and lobbies of City Hall. The Collection will show at the Seattle Art Museum for free from May 10 – October 23, 2011.

That was just one of the many things we learned during the City Hall Open House on Jan. 29th. We (Amanda Leonard and Holli Margell) represented the NDNC during the City Hall Open House. Prior to the Mayor’s speech, we visited the City partner’s tables where various offices and organizations both within the city and community provided information. We made some key contacts for future projects. Amanda also made contact regarding old trees in disrepair, those ones that impede street parking along Delridge Way. She has one to deal with outside her front door.

During Mayor McGinn’s speech he outlined some goals for the city. His speech focused on the goal of transparency in the running of City Hall. He also shared how important it is for everyone to help make this city great. As he encouraged folks to get engaged and volunteer, he said, "Let me be very clear about this, we need you to help us meet our vision for the city."

After the speech, we went on the Mayor’s Office Tour, which provided a brief opportunity to preview a new online Pothole Reporting System that will go live on Friday. Their goal is a 95% response time within 3 days of receipt of a report. We also visited the Mayor’s office, and he spent a few minutes listening to specific problems, offered some solutions and promised to follow up. He also encouraged folks to leave him a message on his white board. Amanda posed next to it for me.
We didn’t have a chance to get a word or photo with the Mayor, but found the City Council Office Tour to be very productive. We visited the office of Tom Rasmussen, Mike O’Brian and Sally Bagshaw. Tom Rasmussen listened as Amanda described the need for traffic calming in Delridge, and more specifically the fact that we need cross walks.

If you have further questions, or want to get involved with the North Delridge Neighborhood Council, please join us during our monthly meetings: Second Monday of the Month (yes, this Feb. 14th) at the Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way Southwest, from 6:30-7:45pm in the Conference Room.