Seattle City Council to pursue annexation vote for unincorporated areas of South Park; resolution briefly mentions North Highline

January 31st, 2014 Tracy Posted in Annexation, south park, White Center news 4 Comments »

11:09 AM: Of note for those continuing to wonder if Seattle will pursue White Center (and vicinity) annexation in the wake of the Burien rejection – we have just learned that a Seattle City Council committee is going to pursue an annexation vote for the two unincorporated sections of South Park, the “Sliver by the River” and “Duwamish Triangle.” Details are on our partner site The South Park News.

ADDED 11:18 AM: We didn’t catch it on first readthrough but the resolution DOES include a brief mention of North Highline’s “Area Y” – seventh paragraph:

WHEREAS, the City Council and Mayor intend to continue discussions with King County regarding the City’s potential future annexation by election of the North Highline Potential Annexation Area, known as Area Y…

That is mostly mentioned in support of why Seattle believes it should annex the Duwamish areas. But stay tuned!

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Seattle City Council schedules ‘Annexations’ briefing next Tuesday

February 14th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Annexation, North Highline Fire District, south park, White Center news Comments Off

4:44 PM: Does Seattle have renewed interest in the bulk of North Highline, now that voters have said no to Burien? We might get a hint next Tuesday, when the Seattle City Council’s morning briefing – usually scheduled for Mondays, but delayed because of Presidents Day – includes an agenda item titled “Annexations.” The only supporting documents accompanying the agenda right now are two maps of the unincorporated area – this one (which appears oriented toward discussing fire services) and this one – which don’t give a hint as to the prospective discussion’s direction. One of the presenters is Council President Sally Clark, with whom we checked when the Boundary Review Board rejected Tukwila’s proposed annexation of the so-called “Duwamish Triangle” area in southern South Park. Seattle had been interested in pursuing both that area and South Park’s “Sliver by the River,” but when we had checked with Clark, she said there wasn’t yet a plan for what the city planned to do next. Once we get a response to our questions, we’ll add it; in the meantime, the briefing is toward the end of the 9 am Seattle City Council briefing meeting next Tuesday at City Hall.

9 PM: We have heard from Council President Clark, who tells WCN/WSB:

… we scheduled this briefing to bring councilmembers up to speed on both:

1. Area Y (North Highline) after the rejection of Burien by voters in November.
2. Sliver Q – the catchy new name for the Duwamish Triangle and the Sliver by the River together.

We’ll cover what may happen now after the Area Y vote and after the Boundary Review Board’s rejection of Tukwila’s petition.

If you can’t make it to downtown Seattle for the briefing, it’ll be live on the Seattle Channel’s website – – as are all the City Council’s proceedings. No votes are taken during “briefing” meetings, but we’ll keep an eye on the agenda to see if any additional documents turn up by Tuesday.

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Another annexation rejected: Tukwila’s Duwamish Triangle bid

January 10th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Annexation, south park, White Center news 4 Comments »

The most recent round of bids to take unincorporated areas off King County’s hands have now gone 0-3: In last November’s election, White Center and vicinity said no to Burien and the West Hill area said no to Renton; tonight, King County’s Boundary Review Board said no to Tukwila’s proposed annexation of the Duwamish Triangle – aka North Highline Area Q – on the south side of South Park. More details on our partner site The South Park News.

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White Center ties for South Park crash victims; fundraiser set to help 2 families

November 17th, 2012 Tracy Posted in People, south park, White Center news Comments Off

(Also posted on our partner sites West Seattle Blog and White Center Now, as this tragedy touches all three communities)

Last weekend, a one-car crash in South Park took two young lives and changed three others. We are gradually learning more about those involved – including some with White Center ties.

One of the teenagers killed in the crash has been laid to rest: After her viewing in White Center and funeral Mass at Holy Family, 13-year-old Lucie Hernandez, a Denny International Middle School student, was to be buried at a cemetery in Tukwila Friday afternoon.

Viewing is Sunday and a funeral Mass on Monday at St. Mary’s in the Central District for 16-year-old Luis Martinez, who was a student at TEC High School on the Evergreen campus in White Center.

The two boys who survived the crash are also Evergreen campus students, according to Highline Public Schools, at TEC and at the Arts and Academics Academy, while the third survivor has been identified as Lucie’s sister Karla, a ninth-grader at Chief Sealth International High School.

We had previously reported an account to help Luis’s family with expenses, accessible via any BECU branch, in the name of Victor Herrera, account number 3579847581. Donations were accepted at this past Wednesday’s Denny/Sealth concert in West Seattle (coverage here from WSB). And now, there’s a benefit planned Monday night (November 19th) to help both Luis and Lucie’s families:

The event will be at Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant in Renton from 5 pm-9 pm. There will be a $10 buffet fee and a chance to drop off additional donations. Radio Variedades radio host Mercedes Garcia will be hosting the event live on the radio and encouraging the community to come and support. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to spread the word.

The restaurant is at 540 Rainier Avenue South (here’s a map).

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South Park Bridge delay: Community meeting tonight

November 15th, 2012 Tracy Posted in south park, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off

(Recent aerial view of bridge construction, by Long Bach Nguyen)
If you are among those waiting eagerly for the new South Park Bridge to reopen, you have probably heard that it’s months behind the original schedule, and now not expected to open before early 2014. (The news first came to light during this month’s meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, when president Barbara Dobkin asked a county roads rep about the bridge timeline during a briefing on other topics; we subsequently highlighted it on partner site The South Park News, and the county made a formal announcement the next day.) Tonight, you can find out more directly from King County reps during a community meeting at the South Park Neighborhood Center, 8201 10th Avenue South, 7 pm.

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The other annexation: Seattle opposing Tukwila push for part of South Park

October 10th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Annexation, south park, White Center news 1 Comment »

“Burien or not Burien?” is not the only annexation decision that’s pending involving part of North Highline. The City of Seattle and the South Park Neighborhood Association are both on record opposing Tukwila’s proposed annexation of the “Duwamish Triangle” area. The Boundary Review Board plans a public hearing on October 22nd. We’ve got the new developments on partner site The South Park News.

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Another annexation: Sudden twist for Seattle’s South Park annexation hopes

June 4th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Politics, south park, White Center news Comments Off

For those following all matters annexation – Seattle’s discussion of pursuing annexation of both the “sliver by the river” and the Duwamish Triangle has suddenly hit a snag: Property owners in the Duwamish Triangle are seeking annexation by Tukwila, which also claims that part of the area as a “potential annexation area.” The Seattle City Council discussed this a short time ago, and our report is on our partner site The South Park News.

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Tonight in nearby South Park: Christmas party

December 17th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Holidays, south park, White Center news Comments Off

The flyer says it all, in two languages: South Park invites you to a Christmas party on 14th tonight, 4-10 pm, sponsored by its business community!

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Video: South Park Bridge construction-start celebration

May 5th, 2011 Tracy Posted in south park, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off

Quite the crowd down the hill in South Park this afternoon as a Cinco de Mayo festival was combined with the celebration for the start of South Park Bridge construction. The bridge that for a long time was no sure thing is now exactly that and is scheduled to be open in about two years. Our video captures the entire 40-minute ceremony with political speeches and at the end, the trap-door opening on the giant piñata!

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What that big construction site is all about

April 5th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Environment, south park, White Center news 4 Comments »

We get questions every so often about the big project between Highway 509, Highway 99/West Marginal Way, and South Kenyon, downhill from the northeastern edge of White Center and environs. Not everybody realizes it’s … the new transfer station, 140,000 square feet, under construction and scheduled to open next year. WCN contributor Deanie Schwarz photographed the model at Second Use. (More project info here.)

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‘Keep Seattle Beautiful’ – and ‘Keep North Highline Beautiful’ on Saturday

March 17th, 2011 Tracy Posted in Environment, How to Help, south park, White Center news 3 Comments »

From King County Councilmember Joe McDermott‘s office:

King County Councilmember Joe McDermott was listening when North Highline resident Mike Merta expressed concern about increasing amounts of graffiti and litter in West Seattle and South Seattle.

What Merta and others are seeing, McDermott said, is the result of declining county revenues and budget cuts. King County cut back its litter control program in an effort to balance the County budget.

And that’s the impetus behind a community clean up event scheduled from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, March19. McDermott is spearheading the event with support from Merta and Waste Management.

“We have all been impacted by the cuts made to balance state and county coffers. Communities must work together to fill the void that has been left,” Councilmember McDermott, who represents North Highline, said. “Residents of North Highline love their community, and I’m thrilled to help them keep it clean.”

Volunteers are invited to a free kick-off breakfast at 10am. Breakfast will be hosted by Waste Management at the company’s site at 8111 First Avenue South.

“Waste Management is all about helping make communities cleaner and greener,” said Katie Salinas, public sector manager for Waste Management. “We are inspired by the community spirit that’s driving this event and pleased to provide breakfast to fuel this important volunteer effort.”

Volunteers are urged to bring gloves and to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

For more information, “like” Keep Seattle Beautiful on Facebook.

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Writer’s idea: South Park Bridge connecting White Center to points east

October 27th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, Traffic, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off

View Proposed S. Cloverdale Way in a larger map

Writer Chad Newton makes the proposal on his website: What about a new South Park Bridge that’s aligned along South Cloverdale rather than 14th Avenue South? He made the Google Map above to illustrate his idea. You can read about it here. (Of course, as he notes, this would cost a few hundred million dollars more, but his main point is the west-east disconnect in the south sections of Seattle.)

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In case you haven’t heard – South Park Bridge now has full replacement funding pledged

October 15th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, Transportation, White Center news 2 Comments »

We’ve been covering it at partner site West Seattle Blog but it’s big news for White Center and environs too: It was announced this afternoon that the South Park Bridge has full replacement funding – since the federal government has given a $34 million TIGER II grant. (The first TIGER was the round of funding in which King County had sought $99 million and been rejected; this time around, funding pledges were sought from a variety of regional sources, and that means the $35 million is only about 1/4 of the tab, instead of 3/4.) Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn were among the many dignitaries on hand for the midafternoon announcement by the south end of the old bridge, closed 3 1/2 months ago for safety concerns. The county says that if all goes as expected, construction will start next year and the new bridge is projected to open around May 2013 (we confirmed that date with the county, though the official news release says “late” 2013).

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Dia de Los Muertos: Sugar-skull-making ahead at South Park Library

October 9th, 2010 Tracy Posted in Holidays, south park, White Center news Comments Off

From the South Park Library, via the SP Yahoo! group:

South Park artist Amaranata Sandys shows us how to make sugar skulls, a traditional Day of the Dead craft, using sequins, color paint and paper flowers. A Day of the Dead altar will also be on display. For ages 5 and up.

Saturday, October 23, 12-2 p.m.
@ South Park Library

Amaranta Sandys de South Park enseñará como hacer las calaveras de azúcar, una tradición del Día de los Muertos; ultiizando lentejuelas, pintura de colores y flores de papel. Un altar de los Días de los Muertos estará en exhibición. Para niños de 5 años y más.

Sábado, 23 de octubre de 12-2 de la tarde
@ la biblioteca de South Park

8604 8th Ave. S. & S. Cloverdale St.

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“South Park” (but not really) Hooters shuts down, blaming bridge closure

September 10th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, White Center news Comments Off

Just reported on partner site West Seattle Blog: The Hooters that opened almost exactly a year ago, claiming to be in South Park but really more in Boulevard Park, has closed – blaming the South Park Bridge closure. Full story here.

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South Park on Sale! Big day to our east

August 28th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park Comments Off

Did you make it over to South Park for the big day of sales – and more? We’ve got coverage on partner site West Seattle Blogcheck out the photos, video and story here.

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South Park: 1 big sale down, 1,000 (or so) coming up

August 22nd, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, White Center news 2 Comments »

South Park was already known as a creative community before the loss of its main bridge access – and now its residents and community organizations are coming up with even more-memorable ways to entice visitors. For one, there was Saturday’s community garage sale and barbecue at Duwamish Waterway Park – thanks to Gill for sharing photos, including kids creating crafts while musicians serenaded the park:

Kayaks beckoned visitors to explore the river:

And now an even-bigger event is on tap for next weekend:


Since the closure of the South Park Bridge 20,000 cars a day no longer drive through the culturally rich neighborhood South of the Duwamish river alongside Boeing and sandwiched between I-5, 509 & 99. Overall, business is way down for its main street establishments.

In an effort to keep South Park connected to the rest of Seattle and help local residents economically, South Park resident Deborah Semer, owner of Atmosphere Artist Management and Co-founder of the national non-profit Operation Ward 57, is organizing a community wide-garage, yard & alley sale where outside vendors are welcome. “Every other home in South Park has a business, musician or artist creating wonderful things on top of collectors of various treasures.” Resident, Alyssa Stevens, who owns an antique store in Georgetown Collectible Fruit, “has tons of stuff to sell!”

Semer says, “The challenge is to get people into South Park. We hope they stay here all day, exploring the nooks and crannies like our vibrant marina, creative micro-home businesses, brand new skateboard park, authentic Mexican food, fresh produce at our Market on Wheels and then enjoy a salsa dance party from Seattle’s premier dance studio Salsa Con Todo and then, watch a free outdoor movie presented by South Park Outdoor Cinema. It’s going to be a wild day!”

Other potential surprises could include a Zumba flash mob, the Dead Babies Bicycle Club, chair massage by Karina, Pirates, One Man Online band Tukso Okey from NY and well-known mural artist Kenji Fullmer.

Providence Regina House, which feeds & clothes residents will be open after the sale to accept donations. If you would like to purchase a table for only $10 to sell your items as an outside vendor call Juanita Rivera at (206) 235-5864.

The giant sale also includes the weekly Market on Wheels from 10am – 4pm at 14th & Cloverdale and the SP Outdoor Cinema presenting the movie “UP.” Gates open at 8:30pm, movie at 9:30pm.

A map will be available around the neighborhood and at homes to help shoppers find their treasures.

Again, that’s next Saturday.

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RIP, South Park Bridge: White Center represented at ‘wake’

June 30th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off

That’s one angle we had on the final three minutes of the South Park Bridge‘s life – as the gates went down, the warning bells and siren sounded, and then, the drawbridge went up forever, as the crowd howled. Then – an impromptu round of “Amazing Grace,” and a toast – all in that clip. White Center was certainly represented at the wake – we saw WC Food Bank executive director Rick Jump atop the bridge in its final hour, and community activists including Liz Giba. King County Councilmember Jan Drago was there in a pink hat and pink tulle – same kind that decorated the bridge’s leaves as they rose. State House Position 2 candidate and White Center business owner Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy was there too. More coverage to come – this event was really all about the moments captured in video and photos. We had some photos in as-it-happened coverage on partner site West Seattle Blog.

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Reminder: South Park Bridge closes tonight; buses already rerouted

June 30th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, Transportation, White Center news Comments Off

(Photo courtesy King County Department of Transportation)
The bus reroutes kicked in this morning; the bridge closes tonight. Here is a preview from partner site West Seattle Blog. Note that the South Park community is hoping to have a strong show of support from all over the area as they say goodbye to the bridge tonight – and say hello to an interim time, before a new bridge is built, that they know will be challenging, but survivable with support from neighbors. P.S. A traffic alert from Jim, in WSB comments:

Watch your driving through the area. SDOT has already changed lane assignments as of Noon. You are going to be down one right turn lane off of E Marginal Way southbound.

Also the right lane on Cloverdale is no longer a left turn lane, it is right turn only.

This seems a little premature, and is bound to screw up the afternoon commute.

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South Park Bridge reminder: Shutdown night is almost here

June 28th, 2010 Tracy Posted in south park, Transportation, White Center news 3 Comments »

Thanks to Gill for the photo – apparently if you catch that sign at just the right instant, half the illuminated words and numbers disappear. The handwritten sign below, however, speaks more loudly. We’re taking the occasion to point you to a news release the county sent around today - for anyone who didn’t already have this burned into their awareness, 7 pm this Wednesday is the moment that the South Park Bridge is scheduled to close for good – more like “open” permanently, as the leaves will be raised so vessel traffic can make it through. The community is planning a 6-10 pm wake with art, music and more, and inviting you to be part of what they hope truly will be just a temporary end to their link across the Duwamish … the push for a new bridge now has $80 million of the $130 million funding commitment that’s neded. P.S. An important part of the reminder is that the bus routes that are changing because of the bridge shutdown will start their new routes at 5 am Wednesday – so tomorrow is the final full day of those routes (explained here) the way they are.

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