Tool Library Offers Kayak Paddle Building Workshop

Greenland-Style Kayak Paddle Workshop

Two Part Series
1st Session: Monday, April 2nd, 6-9pm
2nd Session: Monday, April 9th, 6-9pm
Skill Level: Novice to Advanced

Come and make your own custom made Greenland style kayak paddle with Inupiat kayak builder Sean Gallagher.  This is a project is for even the novice of carpenters and encourage people to take on the class and make one of these light weight and reliable paddles before summer kayaking season starts.  We will be making these paddles with clear red cedar and with white oak tips.  This class will only take 6 hours and you will have a reliable paddle for the summer kayaking season.  This Class will be all-inclusive and all you have to do is show up and start making your own paddle.

Instructor: Sean Gallagher
Two Session Course is all inclusive
Cost w/ Materials: $200.00

Construction Underway on Colman Pool Repairs, Path May Be Busy

Seattle Parks and Recreation is currently working on improvements to Colman Pool in Lincoln Park.

Construction fencing is in place and the contractor, Orca Pacific, will use the pathway along the shoreline of Lincoln Park to move all materials and equipment associated with the project. The path to the pool will be busy with construction related traffic each weekday from 6:00 am. to 5:00 pm, with possible work on weekends, through June 30, 2012. The contractor will be in control of this traffic and will maintain a high degree of awareness and customer service at all times.

The current phase of work addresses a variety of much needed large scale repairs, including replacement of part of the pool deck, pool gutters, and upper section of the pool shell. The contractor will also install a new plaster lining to increase the life expectancy of this gem.

After opening in 1941, Colman Pool has seen various improvements over the years; the last major renovation took place 20 years ago. It is Seattle’s only outdoor saltwater pool and a truly unique asset Seattle’s park system, and these investments will ensure it is available for the next generation of Seattle youth and adults.

For more information, please visit or contact Garrett Farrell, Project Manager, at 206-233-7921 or For after hours issues or emergencies, please contact the Parks Duty Officer at pager number 206- 982-4583.


Wallingford Spokespeople Bike Ride to Woodland Park, Fremont

Join Spokespeople Wallingford this coming weekend for a ride.

This Saturday, February 4, we’ll have great weather for a bike ride. We will leave Wallingford at 2 p.m. and ride to the Rose Garden in Woodland Park and Theo Chocolate in Fremont. Hope you can join us!

More information about this ride is on Facebook and at Cascade Bike Club Free Daily Rides.

As we do on the first Saturday of every month, the Wallingford Spokespeople begin at the south end of Wallingford Playfield at 42nd and Densmore at 2 p.m. Come a little before 2 so we can leave on time. We’ll take you back to our start point no later than 4 p.m. You can see photos from our January 2012 ride to UW Self-Service Bike Stations on Facebook.

The West Seattle Spokespeople rides are on the first Sunday.

Barton Combined Sewer Overflow Project Public Meeting

King County invites the West Seattle community to attend a public meeting on the Barton CSO Control Project on February 8, 2012 at the Westside School, 7740 34th Avenue SW, from 6:30-8:30 pm. At this meeting, the project team will provide information on the results of field investigations and how the field work results are informing design and siting of the bioretention swales. For more information view the attached meeting postcard.

In late March 2012 the community will be invited to a public meeting that will identify which neighborhood blocks will receive bioretention swales. Watch for an invitation and updates on this important opportunity to learn more about the Barton CSO Control project.

For more information contact Kristine Cramer, Community Services and Environmental Planning,Wastewater Treatment Division, 201 South Jackson Street, or by phone at 206-263-3184.  There is also information on the King County website at

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Metro Listened: Bus Service Revisions Revised Again; Attend Newly Scheduled Open Houses

Last November, Metro asked for public comment on suggested service changes related to the September 2012 start of the RapidRide C and D lines. Metro is incorporating that feedback into a revised service change proposal that will be ready for public review next week. Like the changes originally suggested last fall, this proposal will include changes to routing, frequency, and the times of day when routes will operate.

Metro will be hosting a number of public meetings, community partner conversations, and information tables in many communities, including Burien, West Seattle, White Center, South Park, Beacon Hill, Madrona, the Central District, Southeast Seattle, the University District, South Lake Union, Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, and Green Lake.

Details about the proposed routing changes and a survey will be available online after Feb. 1 at

Public meetings

Please join Metro for one of these open houses.

  • February 13 – Ballard (Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St, Seattle, 6-8 pm)
  • February  15 – West Seattle (Madison Middle School, 3429 45th Ave SW, Seattle, 6-8 pm)
  • February 16 – Delridge/White Center (Chief Sealth High School, 2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, 6-8 pm)
  • February 21 – Downtown Seattle (Union Station, 401 S Jackson St, Seattle, 12-2 pm)
  • February 23 – Queen Anne (Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Seattle, 6-8 pm)
  • February 27 – Central Area/Mt Baker (Washington Middle School, 2101 S Jackson St, Seattle, 6-8 pm)

Washington DOT Issues “Safe Routes To School” Project Call

WSDOT has issued a “call for projects” for our Safe Routes to School program. The goals of the Safe Routes to School grants are to increase the number of children walking and biking to school where it is safe, and if it’s not safe, work to make it safer. The program supports pedestrian and bicycle safety projects such as walking to school buses, sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian safety education, bicycle safety skills classes, crossing guards, speed feedback signs and traffic safety cameras. The program itself was created to provide children a safe, healthy alternative to riding the bus or being driven to school.

Eligible Safe Routes projects are those within two-miles of primary and middle schools (grades K-8), and that address engineering solutions, educational and encouragement programs, and law enforcement efforts. Review criteria for the applications are also based on project readiness and need or potential impact.

More detailed information about the grant program and the application process is available on WSDOT’s website at Applications for Safe Routes to School project grants are due to WSDOT on May 4, 2012.

To learn more about the program, a Safe Routes to School Overview Webinar has been scheduled for March 1st from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. To register go to For more information, or if you do not have the capacity to participate on a webinar, please contact Charlotte Claybrooke at 360-705-7302.