UPDATE: Arbor Heights Safe Routes Project

Concrete makes schedule less concrete.

Crews work along 35th Ave SW on the Arbor Heights Safe Routes to School Project.

The Arbor Heights Safe Routes to School Project is making headway, though slowed a bit by the concrete shortage; there hasn’t been enough to go around to meet schedule needs due to the pull from so many public and private construction projects in Seattle. Today, crews are finishing up pouring concrete for the 35th Ave SW curbs, between SW 100th and SW 102nd streets. Concrete for driveways is scheduled for Monday.

 

What you can expect:

Today, August 3 | 7 AM to 5PM

Closure | 35th Ave SW is fully closed between SW 100th St and SW 104th St during work hours; 35th Ave SW will be open for the weekend.

 

Monday, August 6 | 7 AM to 5 PM

Plan is to pour concrete for all driveways Monday–so by Tuesday residents should be able to park on their driveways again! Crews will also install asphalt paving against the curb, where gravel used to be.

Closure | 35th Ave SW will be fully closed between SW 100th St and SW 104th St during work hours.

General | Water shut-off 9 AM – 6 PM – Seattle Public Utilities notified impacted residents on 35th Ave SW and 36th Ave SW between SW 100th and SW 104th St; and SW 102nd St  between 35th Ave SW and 36th Ave SW.

 

Ahead

We are scheduled to pour concrete for all sidewalks on Wednesday, August 15.

 

Contact Us!

To reach the project team, please email PedestrianImprovements2@seattle.gov or call 206-615-0786.

 

Thank you for your understanding!

Game on for the recently installed artwork The King and Queen of Rainier Beach

Located at the corner of Rainier Ave. S. at 51st Ave. S. and Barton Place S. artist Peter Reiquam’s The King and Queen of Rainier Beach is an iconic sculpture inspired by Seattle Police Detective, Denise “Cookie” Bouldin and the chess clubs she has organized throughout the Rainier Beach community for over a decade. The figures stand 120” high and are 96” wide and 48” deep.

The game of chess serves as a metaphor for life’s important decisions and Detective Cookie’s Chess Clubs create an opportunity for community members of all ages to interact through a spirit of friendly competition. Paying homage to the chess club, the sculptures also represent the proud nature of the residents of Rainier Beach. The artworks are on a light-sensitive solar powered LED system, so when it is dark the sculptures are illuminated. The community has been awarded a Department of Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Matching Fund grant to develop a concept for a chess park in the vicinity.

The King and Queen of Rainier Beach is part of SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program, created to ensure that kids can walk to school safely. One of the methods to make walking routes more visible is to install artwork along common routes students take.

About Peter Reiquam

Peter Reiquam earned his MFA in Sculpture from the Yale University School of Art and has been creating site-specific interactive public artworks for 30 years throughout the Puget Sound region as well as in Los Angeles, CA, Albuquerque, NM and Juneau, AK. His works range from sculptural seating to rocket ships and each is a response to the unique character and culture of its location. Using a variety of materials including metals, stone, glass and light, Reiquam strives to create durable, well-crafted and meaningful works that speak to the uniqueness of each one’s site and to do so with a balance of humor, elegance and sophistication.

Funded with Seattle Department of Transportation 1 % for Art funds.

Photo courtesy the Office of Arts & Culture

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation and Feet First collaborate on Safe Routes to School project

Representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, and the Beacon Hill community cut the ribbon on an improved sidewalk and route to school for Asa Mercer International Middle School on Dec. 1, 2015.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, and the Beacon Hill community cut the ribbon on an improved sidewalk and route to school for Asa Mercer International Middle School on Dec. 1, 2015. The project improved the sidewalk, drainage, and parking along 16th Ave. S between S Dakota St. and S Nevada St., just west of the Jefferson Playfield. The new improvements were in response to access and safety concerns to increase safety and walkability for the students as well as the community.

The walkway is one of the main routes to school for many Asa Mercer International Middle School students and prior to this project was often unusable due to puddling and mud from the adjacent hill. This improved sidewalk joins with the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway, improving the connection for residents to the school and Jefferson Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and LPD Engineering designed the new drainage swale to include green stormwater infrastructure, small native trees to the west of the sidewalk and a french drain to the east of the sidewalk. The new street trees contribute to the city’s goal of increasing the urban canopy 30% by 2037. Spring blooming bulbs will be planted in the tree pits embracing Asa Mercer’s school colors of blue and white. Improvements also include parking surfacing, wheel stops, and a rockery wall.

Feet First works to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. Since 2005, Feet First has successfully worked on comprehensive Safe Routes to School programs in Seattle and throughout the state.  For more information about Feet First contact Teresa Frizzell, Safe Routes to School Program Director at Teresa@feetfirst.org or 206-652-2310. For more information about the project please contact Katie Bang, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at Katie.Bang@seattle.gov or 206-684-9286.

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation and Feet First collaborate on Safe Routes to School project

Representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, and the Beacon Hill community cut the ribbon on an improved sidewalk and route to school for Asa Mercer International Middle School on Dec. 1, 2015.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Feet First, and the Beacon Hill community cut the ribbon on an improved sidewalk and route to school for Asa Mercer International Middle School on Dec. 1, 2015. The project improved the sidewalk, drainage, and parking along 16th Ave. S between S Dakota St. and S Nevada St., just west of the Jefferson Playfield. The new improvements were in response to access and safety concerns to increase safety and walkability for the students as well as the community.

The walkway is one of the main routes to school for many Asa Mercer International Middle School students and prior to this project was often unusable due to puddling and mud from the adjacent hill. This improved sidewalk joins with the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway, improving the connection for residents to the school and Jefferson Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and LPD Engineering designed the new drainage swale to include green stormwater infrastructure, small native trees to the west of the sidewalk and a french drain to the east of the sidewalk. The new street trees contribute to the city’s goal of increasing the urban canopy 30% by 2037. Spring blooming bulbs will be planted in the tree pits embracing Asa Mercer’s school colors of blue and white. Improvements also include parking surfacing, wheel stops, and a rockery wall.

Feet First works to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. Since 2005, Feet First has successfully worked on comprehensive Safe Routes to School programs in Seattle and throughout the state.  For more information about Feet First contact Teresa Frizzell, Safe Routes to School Program Director at Teresa@feetfirst.org or 206-652-2310. For more information about the project please contact Katie Bang, Project Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation at Katie.Bang@seattle.gov or 206-684-9286.