Another viewpoint on the Beach Drive Stay Healthy Street

Recently we received Councilmember Lisa Herbold’s newsletter addressing the potential permanent closure to the stretch of road along Alki Point. It has been roughly one year since the streets along Alki point have been closed.

From her newsletter:

“The vast majority of people contacting me are very interested in making the Alki Keep it Moving Street a permanent “Stay Healthy Street” which would result in roads being closed to through traffic. Neighbors have surveyed users of the Keep it Moving Street over the last few months. You can see some of their results in the graph below.

Honestly I find it hard to believe that there was zero opposition to the survey that was done by the neighbors who will benefit from the street being closed to traffic. Just check out the comments on West Seattle Blog’s post and you’ll read from people who are not in favor of the permanent closure. There is no viable place for parking should one need or want to drive to visit the park with parking already limited in surrounding neighborhoods. This seems to benefit those who live closest to the closed street along Alki point and is a disadvantage to those who rely on transportation to go to Constellation Park or Alki Light House.

We live on Beach Drive south of the proposed permanent stay healthy street. We’ve walked our dog along that stretch of park for the past 8 years nearly every day. Through the past year, it has been nice to be able to stay 6’ away from others while walking this stretch during the pandemic. But now, vaccinations have put people back onto the several sidewalks that line the stretch. The street appears to have served it’s purpose and is now reaching historical normalcy.

Over the years, we have spoken to several neighbors along that stretch of Constellation Park and sympathize with them over the car clubs that inhabit the parking strip along the park, crank their tunes, leave garbage behind & rev their engines. Being in close proximity to Alki point is a very well known risk to living there.

It’s our opinion that that this Summer phenomenon is not the 100% reason this neighborhood has rallied together in effort close the street off permanently to these street racing enthusiasts. Problem is, we’re starting to inherit these enthusiasts along Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook about a half mile south. The park has just received an overhaul with additional lower sidewalks that mirror the physical layout of the Alki Keep it moving site along Constellation Park. As soon as the temporary fencing is pulled out of the newly constructed seawall section of Emma Schmitz Memorial, the neighbors along this stretch fully expect to have the same issues our neighbors to the north have experienced for the last 5 or so years.

Moving a problem is not a good solution. The vaccination efforts are working to restore the stretch along Constellation Park to it’s prior status as a public thoroughfare near busy Alki Beach. Perhaps consistent traffic/parking enforcement is the answer.

New Crosswalk as fresh as a Spring Day

We finally have a crosswalk at Beach Drive and Jacobsen!


Isn’t it simply gorgeous?

NOW… we just need to have a crosswalk installed north of this one to connect Me Kwa Mooks and Emma Schmitz Parks. It  is so challenging for people to cross Beach Drive at that point where there is low visibility with the curvy road and heavy traffic of (often speeding vehicles) and bikes.

More Progress with the Seawall


Our intrepid reporter, Scupper, ventured into the thick smoke to photograph the seawall being replaced at Emma Schmitz Memorial Viewpoint this morning.

Photo credit: Scupper

Progress with the Emma Schmitz Viewpoint Seawall


The seawall will be done before we know it! 😉

Photo credit: Scupper

Hit and Run at Me Kwa Mooks

NOTE: This post has been updated as we receive additional information.

We’re being told that during the wee hours on Tuesday, a vehicle hit a parked car at Me Kwa Mooks before speeding off. A witness or someone with knowledge of the incident says it was a Toyota (not sure of the model) going about 60 mph before it lost control, striking the Suburu in the photo, then careening west towards the water before coming to a stop. The driver reportedly exited the car, pulling out guns and fleeing the scene. The Toyota has been removed. [UPDATE: We have been informed by neighbors that SPD had the Toyota towed.]


This is a popular spot for people living in their cars. Luckily the Suburu was just parked without anyone inside at the time of the accident. It’s this reporter’s opinion that the parked car may have saved people from possible severe injury or death.

UPDATE August 20, 2020: From a Beach Drive Neighbor.

A neighbor suggests that we should check security videos for information to help the SPD.

We first learned of the hit and run from a friend who lives on Aikins Ave SW.  She was awakened around 3AM Tuesday morning by the sound of screeching tires and then a loud crash.  Shortly after, she heard voices of what she believed to be two men speaking loudly and sounding impaired, one asking the other if he was ok.  She thought the voices were coming from somewhere on Chilberg. She surmised they probably fled on foot up Genessee to Chilberg so may have been between Genessee and Douglas Street.  As soon as she heard sirens the talking stopped.  She was wondering if anyone in that area has security cameras that may have captured a photo of the men.  That may help the SPD with identification if they don’t already know the suspects. Perhaps you could add a comment to the story asking neighbors in that area to check their security recordings.

Scupper for the BDB.

Photo credit: Scupper.

Warning for Parents and Dog Owners about Lincoln Park

We’re just learning from a neighbor that a dog passed after ingesting meth while on a walk at Lincoln Park.

We don’t have information about exactly where or how this happened. The events are very recent and we just wanted to warn neighbors to be careful of their two and four legged loved ones.  Honestly, this tragic event could happen at any park. 🙁

We are heartbroken for the family who lost their beloved puppy.

The Big Clam Dig

We’ve had seats in the wings watching the reconstruction of the seawall at Emma Schmitz Memorial Viewpoint. It’s been kind of fun watching the machinery roll down to the beach each morning and scurry back up when the tide rolls in.


I’m toying with the idea of getting my hubby his own Tonka trucks so he can play along as he watches the work take place. He has offered to use his clam gun to help the crew out!

We’ve been pretty lucky so far with the tides and the noise hasn’t been too bad (at least not for us) so far….and it’s been interesting to watch.

 

Tractors, Fencing and Porta-Potty’s…oh my!

It appears that it’s about to get serious with the overdue improvements to the seawall at Emma Schmitz Park.

Staging for the Seawall

And so it begins!
Staging for the seawall repair along Emma Schmitz Memorial Viewpoint has started this morning. Neighbors can look forward to the fencing to be covered with green tarps while repairs and improvements are underway. The project will coincide with the tides so anticipate construction during times of low tides.

On a positive note, there will be temporary crosswalks set at Snoqualmie and Jacobsen. I know many neighbors would love to see permanent crosswalks in these locations.

For more information on this project, click here.

Photo credit: Scupper

Father looking out for Daughter

Today while we were walking our dog along the closed section of Beach Drive, we met Will, his cute daughter and their friendly little dog. Will is trying to drum up support to have the section along Alki Point permanently closed.

As someone who lives on that stretch of Beach Drive and having to deal with racing cars an cruisers, he would like the neighborhood to be safer for all to enjoy.

You can learn more and/or sign the petition at https://bit.ly/StayHealthyAlkiPoint

Happy Father’s Day!