With density comes a modern way to address parking in the heart of West Seattle
For over 30 years the West Seattle Junction merchants have paid for the ‘free’ parking lots in the heart of West Seattle. A benefit that has been shared with the community, will be turning a new chapter in the parking lot book in 2021.
“We live in a world where the definition of transportation has changed since the 1970s. People have the power to get around West Seattle in different ways.” Says Lora Radford, West Seattle Junction Executive Director.
In partnership with Diamond Parking, who has been working with the Junction since 1997, the merchant-funded parking spaces will be upgraded to pay parking on January 15th, 2021. The change comes at a time where the Junction has been shouldering the full cost of rapidly increasing taxes that has become unsustainable. 100% of the Junction’s portion of the revenue from the paid parking will be applied to the tax burden, lessening the amount due but by no means paying for the entire obligation.
The idea of maintaining free parking in an urban village like the Junction (the last in the City of Seattle), is no surprise for the residents. In early 2019 the Junction conducted a community survey (through a grant), that underscored the sentiment free parking was an anomaly in a rapidly growing city.
Especially in this time, the Junction has asked the community to include the support of small businesses in their daily lives. The request for West Seattleites to pay a modest $2 to $3 per hour (the cost of a greeting card, cup of coffee, or craft beer) to preserve the economic vibrancy of their downtown should be a simple request.
“For many, experiencing the downtown of West Seattle will become easier”. Continues Radford. “The ability to find parking each time you visit the Junction will increase dramatically with the movement into paid parking. Gone will be the days of cars parked in the lots for hours at a time”.
The experiences of West Seattleites are a true reflection of who they are and what they care about, and visiting the Junction is one of the most vivid examples of normalcy in a far-from-normal world. For some, a trip to the West Seattle Junction is, in itself, the only and best destination. People can feel the heartbeat of some of the best small businesses through a perfectly scooped ice cream, to the bite of a tangy piece of pizza, or through quirky items found at local independent shops. They can reflect on collections of cultural significance through the murals or take a stroll under the flower baskets heavy with summer blooms.
Luckily for them, the Junction can continue to offer an avenue to attract those uniquely Northwest experiences in West Seattle.
The Junction strongly believes in the continued community benefit provided to the West Seattle residents. We believe the West Seattle Junction is the core of West Seattle where neighbors come together to meet which promotes community openness and a sense of place. The wellbeing of West Seattle will continue through the ease of parking close to the very heart of our community through a new and modern version of history.
West Seattle is represented as a whole by the West Seattle Junction Association (WSJA), a non-profit 501(c)(3). The mission of the WSJA is to develop, encourage, promote, and participate in activities that enhance a healthy economic, social, and physical environment for the West Seattle Junction community and those who visit. Junction businesses, from specialty shops to small retail chains, are supported broadly in their outreach efforts to attract shoppers for recreational, dining, and retail needs. Community members also benefit from WSJA programs that promote safety and maintenance of the area, beautification, engagement opportunities, and public events.
What is the cost to park in the former ‘free’ parking lots? The Junction understands that transitioning from 100% merchant funded parking to paid parking is a big change, so we’ve set the rates far below market value.
0 – 2 HRS $2.00
2 – 3 HRS $4.00
3 – 4 HRS $6.00
4 – 10 HRS $10.00
Plus taxes+CC fees
Will there be parking for under an hour? Because the 0-2 HR rate is so low, there isn’t an option to pay for less than 2 HRS.
On-site at the payment kiosks located in each parking lot
Will there be Early Bird Parking?Update: The Junction and Diamond parking will assess that in Q2 of 2021.
Can I add more time? Yes. Via the mobile payment app, you can add more time. You can call in to add more time. You can add time at the kiosks.
What is the cost of an overtime ticket? Consistent with other paid lots in the city, the cost is $49.00.
Will Diamond tow vehicles with multiple tickets? Yes.
Will there be free overnight parking? No. The Junction lots are reserved for customers who are dining and shopping or using other services in the Junction. Parking is charged year-round, 24 hrs a day, 7 days per week. Apartment residents should talk to their leasing managers regarding parking for their vehicles.
Is there monthly parking? Yes. Contact the Junction for more information.
Will there be a grace period? Yes. If you go over time, you will receive a warning from January 15th-22nd.
Are parking fees charged on ADA stalls? Constant with the paid lots in the city, you will need to pay on the ADA stalls.
How many parking spaces are available? There are 268 parking spaces in the Junction lots. Data from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) 2018 survey.
How many parking spaces are available throughout the Junction? There are 720 free and paid parking spaces within the Junction district. These include the Junction parking lots, free street parking, free parking under many of the apartment buildings with retail (QFC/Whole Foods), in Jefferson Square (free and paid), free parking behind some businesses, and paid Diamond parking lots.
We all know what makes West Seattle special. It’s the small-town feel. It’s your favorite deli that knows your favorite ice cream or a boutique that pings you when your favorite item has arrived.
Our businesses run on the passion and dedication of individuals like these owners. Without them, all of our lives would have changed – but most critically, those individuals who work to keep the entrepreneurial engines going. To make this relief fund count, West Seattle stepped up donating over $123,000 directly to small businesses throughout West Seattle.
The Small Business Relief Fund is still going strong, you can make a donation through the Junction (501c3) directly to your favorite business or to the Junction fund where the money is used for special programs and grants that support the small business engine. It’s kind of a perfect note to end the year.
Donations can be made via the Small Business Relief Fund form below. If you would like to donate to more than one business (many people have!), note the business name and amounts in the additional comments.
They say it’s better to give than to receive. But choose to give local this holiday season, and you’ll receive even more. The West Seattle Junction is the heart of the West Seattle community, known for bringing the joy of the season to you. Hometown Holidays is a month-long celebration everyone loves, and in 2020 the Junction will keep to the theme of Hometown Holidays, just shared in a different way.
Accidental Island Christmas 2020 Spotify Playlist
Join in the easily accessible music playlist you can use as a backdrop for all your winter holiday celebrations. The Junction would love to know what your favorite Holiday song is, and songs by local artists are definitely encouraged. Email your song/artist suggestions via email here, The Junction can’t wait to hear your suggestions! Four lucky winners will receive a Hometown Holidays box too!
Tangible treats through the Hometown Holiday boxes (pick from four different types) will bring all the sparkle of the season into your home.
Thank you to everyone who ordered a Hometown Holiday box.
The Junction will be confirming your order within the next couple of weeks.
Question about your order? Email or 206-935-0904 with questions.
Sales are closed!
Fresh Garland Pick-Up Sunday, December 6th at the Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM
Pre-order your garland to pick-up at the Farmers Market. The live natural cedar and fir garlands add a beautiful and festive touch to any home and are a great way to frame your doors and windows. The garlands are typically draped from the top of the window line or over a doorway. When measuring, be sure to take into account the drape. The price is a reasonable $3.75 per foot. The Junction elves (volunteers) will be cutting the garland to your order.
Deck your halls and tables with the sounds, sights, smells, and tastes of the holidays through a fun and interactive live Hometown Holiday Holiday shopping experience via Facebook. The Christmas tree will be decorated, festive wreaths will adorn the historic light poles, and every store will be filled with hand-curated gifts to make the season jolly and bright. You’ll find expanded gift wrapping, personal appointments, home delivery, and shipping options too.
Shopping local sparks the magic of a true hometown holiday spirit. What’s more, The Junction has so much in store for everyone. Experience the magic of the season with a full array of holiday-inspired events.
Virtual Tree Lighting, Sing-Along with Endolyne Children’s Choir and Facebook LIVE Stories with Santa – Saturday, December 5th, 7 PM
Join together online for a jolly good time, all from the comfort of your living room. Starting at 7 PM, tune into the Junction’s Facebook page as we light up the holidays with a West Seattle tradition – the lighting of the West Seattle Christmas tree! The program starts with an introduction from Santa himself (thanks Santa!), followed by the sweet voices of the Endolyne Children’s Choir. The children will bring you some holiday classics the entire family can sing along to, plus some new favorites from the archives. Listen in as Jack Menashe shares his thoughts, then watch the tree come to life! Settle in after the tree lighting as Santa reads children’s stories via Facebook Live and answers questions. Join the FB invite here.
Here’s the line-up for the tree lighting!
Santa Welcomes everyone
Joe McDermott holiday message
Endolyne Children’s Choir
Jack Menashe says a few words
Santa and Jack countdown
We light the tree!
Stay for the children’s stories live via Facebook and Instagram read by Santa himself from the North Pole! Santa’s elves will be reading your Christmas wishes and answering any questions from the comments.
Sunday, December 6th at the Farmers Market 10 AM – 2 PM
Share the warmth with those in need as we collect coats, hats, and gloves – all donated to the West Seattle Food Bank Clothesline.
Please drop off coats, hats, and gloves at the Kiwanis booth that is located at the south end of the market (California Ave SW & SW Alaska)
Many of the Junction stores offer free gift-wrapping or festive bags too! Some favorites are Curious Kidstuff, CAPERS, and Click! Design That Fits. Watch for the 2020 West Seattle mug and holiday ornament too.
Holiday Farmers Market
Sun, Dec 20th, 10 AM – 2 PM.
Pick up a locally made artisan gift. You know you’ll be spreading good cheer when you support a local farmer.
Holiday Virtual Shopping and Gift Guide
Thursday, December 10th (also holiday Art Walk!) and Thursday, December 17th, 5 PM to 8 PM
Gather your friends (online) for a fun shopping experience with your favorite merchants. The Junction video crew will be visiting local boutiques, shops, and some restaurants to showcase some of the best gift ideas brought to you by the owners of the stores. It can’t get more personal than that! You’ll be able to purchase the items that evening too. Your purchases will be wrapped and ready for either curbside-pick up or free delivery to your local West Seattle door.
On December 17th you’ll have a chance to win gift cards at each stop!
Thursday, December 10th:
Thursday, December 10th 5 PM to 5:30 PM Lika Love 5:30 PM to 6 PM Carms 6 PM to 6:30 PM CAPERS 6:30 PM to 7 PM Fleurt 7 PM to 7:30 PM Mystery Made 7:30 PM to 8 PM bin41
Thursday, December 17th
5 PM to 5:30 PM bin41
5:30 PM to 6 PM Wild Rose’s
Pop-in at Carmilia’s
6 PM to 6:30 PM Darby Winery
6:30 PM to 7 PM Fleurt
Pop-in at Carmilia’s
7 PM to 7:30 PM Mystery Made
7:30 PM to 8 PM CAPERS
New this year is “The Spirit of West Seattle” luminaries and candles, a special program that brings together neighbors, families, and friends as we all participate in the lighting at home on the same day, at the same time. “The Spirit of West Seattle” is a celebration and reminder that while we may not be together in-person, we are together as a community.
On Saturday, December 19th at 7 PM light a candle, get a flashlight or light a luminary as you take an opportunity for a moment to share your own holiday light. The Junction is offering free luminaries at select stores that Saturday.
Find your free luminary at:
You can share your picture of your light using our #spiritofwestseattle hashtag or tagging the Junction (@westseattlejunction).
“The Spirit of West Seattle” can grow into an annual event, evoking the spirit of our community.
As a surprise and delight, play the Accidental Island Christmas 2020 playlist too curated by West Seattle neighbors on Spotify.
One day we’ll be together again, until then shine a light upon December 19th (7 PM).
We’re busy preparing a special Hometown Holiday for you this year and are working hard on an easily accessible music playlist you can use as a backdrop for all your winter holiday celebrations. We’d love to know what your favorite Holiday song is, and songs by local artists are definitely encouraged. You can email your song choices to or watch for choices via the Junction social media requests. We can’t wait to hear your suggestions!
Beehive Salon West Seattle Collection
‘Tis the season of giving!
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that community is inherent to our wellbeing as individuals and as a whole. This holiday
Beehive Salon West Seattle
wants to continue that sentiment by donating goods to the organization – Powerful Voices.
Beehive Salon WS (located 4502 42nd) will be taking new or gently used hair, skin, body care products (e.g. shampoo, conditioner, lotions, body wash, toothpaste, etc.), as well as new or gently used winter wear items (e.g. hats, gloves, scarves, coats, etc.) now through the end of January.
Powerful Voices creates brave spaces for girls* of color to take charge as their own power as leaders, igniting their abilities to confidently express themselves, build community, and act against injustices affecting their lives.
*those who identify, or socialize as a girl
When you check off your list at The Junction, you are not only giving your friends and family unique local gifts you might not find anywhere else, but you are also receiving a special connection to your community and the satisfaction of supporting your neighbor.
The West Seattle Junction merchants who serve local customers is proud to support Small Business Saturday this Nov 28.
Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 to help strengthen local economies. Today, it’s a holiday shopping tradition celebrating a greater nationwide movement dedicated to uniting communities and supporting all kinds of small businesses, from the corner store to your favorite diner — because it’s unique small businesses, like the kind you find in the West Seattle Junction, that help local communities stay vibrant.
Shopping during Small Business Saturday is a great way to show the community you care about small businesses.
We all have favorite small businesses we love in the Junction! Show your support by shopping small and checking out the great deals, sales, discounts, and offers. Shop the specials!
Here’s what you can do to support the Junction businesses:
• Spread the word about shopping at the small businesses you love. Encourage your friends and family to #ShopSmall too.
• Make sure to visit the small businesses in the Junction on Nov 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Small Business Saturday Deals
So make it a date, invite your friends, and visit the Junction this Nov 28. #ShopSmall to make a big impact in your community.
Beehive Salon: Is offering a special from now through the end of December- buy 3 or more Aveda products and receive 20% off products purchased. They are also offering curbside pick up for safety.
bin 41: Sale on all non-wine merchandise. Spend $150 in-store, get a gift certificate for 10% off future purchase between 1/15/2021 through 02/15/2021
CAPERS Home: $20 gift card for every $100 spent. Clients can redeem 12/1-12/20
Carmilias: Will offer 15% off purchase of apparel and gift (excludes jewelry) Friday and Saturday.
Cherry Consignment: Black Friday, 20% off the entire store. Small Business Saturday, FREE reusable shopping bag with purchase – while supplies last.
City Mouse: Shop small and save BIG 11/24 – 12/1 with up to 50% off City Mouse and River Rock clothing! You will find everything under the Thanksgiving Sale section!
Click! Design that Fits: Gift with purchase – while they last! Free laser cut wood ornament with purchase of $25+. Free lip exfoliator with apothecary purchase of $20+. Offer automatically applied to web orders, no code necessary (while they last).
Darby Winery: 15% off 6+ bottles 25% off 12+ bottles! Discounts apply in-store and online starting Friday 11/27 through the weekend. Order online for pick-up can pop in for take-away, or for free local delivery! Order here.
Discovery Shop: Save 25% off the entire store Sat and Sun (Nov 28 & 29)
Fleurt: Fleurt will be open 10am to 6pm. Come shop at Fleurt for Holiday décor and Christmas gifts. Free gift with purchase and no tax. Lucky door prizes throughout the day. Stop by the Curbside Cookie Tent where you can purchase cookies from Treat Cookies, and sip on hot cocoa.
Funky Janes Consignment: 20% off the entire store, plus an additional 5% off if you’re wearing a Christmas sweater.
Flying Apron: Will be offering any size shot americano’s for $1.
Hotwire Coffeehouse: Load a $25 Gift Card and receive a FREE ceramic mug or Hotwire Beanie
Lika Love: Shop small Saturday. 20% off everything online and in-store. As our way of saying thank you for shopping small.
Mathnasium: 50% off Registration and 10% off Monthly Tuition Fee
Menashe Jewelers: 40% off select items
MODE Music: Give the gift of music and theatre this holiday season. ALL music lessons from Mode Music Studios are 30% OFF of your first two months: modemusicstudios.com
It’s the perfect time to support the small businesses in the Pacific Northwest that give our community the richness and culture that we enjoy, and there’s no better time than Small Business Saturday.
These offers expire at 9PM this Sunday, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to enrich your holiday season.
Mystery Made: West Seattle’s Only Men’s Shop – **Holiday / Hours: Wednesday 9-5, Black Friday 11-6, Small Business Saturday** 11-6, Sunday 11-4 Starting Friday: $5 off any Mystery Made Branded Tee – Online or In-Store. Check out their IG / stories for daily deals!
Phoenecia: Buy a $100 gift certificate get an additional $20 gift certificate.
Sound & Fog: Free 375ml bottle of wine with a purchase of 4 pack of wine
Snip It’s Hair Cuts for Kids: $5 off any purchase or haircut.
StarCycle: Currently offering 20% off of 10 class pack through the 30th which can be purchased online through the website
The Escape Artist: 15% off gift cards for Small Business Saturday! These gift cards are good for both in-person and virtual experiences! You can purchase the gift cards online and if you want a physical card email after purchasing, they can do a curbside pickup!
The Salon at the Junction: is helping launch this years WestSide Baby Give Joy campaign through December 16th. In these uncertain times they are committed to help the community’s children keep safe, warm and dry. This year WestSide Baby really need diapers of all sizes and hygiene items such as wipes, baby wash, diaper creams and children’s shampoo.
VAIN: Free gift with any purchase over $50 and $20 off coupon with any purchase good towards services over $50 with select stylists
Verity: Moose is Loose. Looking to add a moose to your family? You’re in luck! For this year’s holiday promo, when you open a youth membership for your child, they’ll get a plush moose and $25 to get their account started. Be sure to use promo code YOUTH25 if you open a savings account, and code YOUTH50 if you open a savings and checking account.
Verizon Wireless: Deals start 11/19! iPhone SE Buy One Get One free. $440 off iPhone 12 series upgrades with trade-in or up to $700 with a new line. $400 off Samsung S20+ 5G to $799 ( no trade-in required). $100 off smartwatches & tablets.
Virago Gallery: Gift with purchase while supplies last.
Wild Roses: 20% off all purses and bags and free gift wrapping for all your purchases.
Black Friday Deals:
Easy Street Records: Is SO READY to see your beautiful masked faces Friday, November 27th for #RSDBLackFriday!!! Click the link in their IG bio for more info & to peep on the releases. [Please note that ESR may not have all titles listed and quantities are subject to availability.]
Lika Love: Black Friday is almost here shop from 11-6. Save 50% off everything online and in-store. Use code REALDEAL
Menashe Jewelers: 30% to 33% off all diamonds.
Thunder Road Guitars: Stoked to announce the annual Thunder Road Guitars / @thunderroadguitarspdx / @thebassshop Black Friday Small Business Saturday Sale. Up to 15% off most guitars, basses, and amplifiers! 15% off all pedals! The sale goes LIVE Thursday evening at 6 pm www.thunderroadguitars.com. Showroom doors open Friday 10 am.
Mark your calendars for Harvest Fest! 10 Days of Howling Good Fun
Harvest Fest – October 21st – 31st
Quickly becoming a West Seattle beloved fall event, Harvest Fest will look different this year, but that won’t stop the community donning costumes (kids, adults, and pets welcome!) for 10 days of Harvest-y fun. The West Seattle Junction can’t close down California Ave for this fantastic fall festival, so your downtown is bringing Harvest Fest to you.
Check out the festival fun:
Harvest Fest Haunted Hunt Scavenger Map
Let the map be your guide! Little monsters and ghouls will be delighted to hunt around the Junction searching for the hidden treasures. Once you’ve found the item, cross it off the map then go to the shopkeeper for your special treat or prize. Double the fun by wearing costumes! This is great for families or adults (who are kids at heart). You can pick up your maps beginning on October 21st. Or, if you purchase the Harvest Fest box, the map is included!
Pick up your scavenger map at:
Curious Kids 4740 California Ave SW
Capers 4525 California Ave SW
Lika Love 4547 California Ave SW
Wild Roses 4529 California Ave SW
Mathnasium 4734 42nd Ave SW (in Jefferson Square)
Starbucks 4233 SW Alaska St
Row House 4203 SW Oregon St
Fleurt 4536 California Ave SW
Hotwire 4410 California Ave SW
Community Acupuncture 4545 44th Ave
Carmilia’s 4528 California Ave SW
Snip It’s 4506 California Ave SW
Farmers Market Sunday at the Market
Harvest Fest Boxes – Let the Junction bring the best of Harvest Fest to you.
Harvest Fest Box for Kids – The Junction is bringing the joy of Harvest and Halloween in one special box. Each box has a seasonally-themed or musically-themed craft, individually wrapped Halloween treats, and a special surprise from the Junction! 200 boxes available kids ages 5-8. $25 each.
Harvest Fest Box for Adults – The grown-up version of the Harvest Fest Box, this treat brings you all the local and cozy feelings of the season from the Junction to you. 100 boxes available $45 each ($60 value) 21+ ID required.
Thank you to everyone who ordered a Harvest Fest box – sales are closed! If you ordered a box, you’ll hear from the Junction. If you have questions, email the Junction
If you opted for pick-up, you can pick up your Harvest Fest box in the Junction beginning at 10 AM on Wednesday, October 21st. Adult boxes, please have ID.
The Junction office is located at 4210 SW Oregon St – above Shadowland – go through the red door up the stairs.
Watch for the Hometown Holidays box in November.
Happy Harvest Fest!
Haunted Hot Cocoa and Cider Trail
Take a sip of the season with haunted hot cocoa or warmed apple cider, these potions are made with care from your local wizards and witches at Junction coffee shops. You can find special cocoa and cider on the trail at:
Take a stroll around the Junction to experience the gourds and decorations dotted throughout the Junction and displayed in windows. Beware though of the giant spiders lurking in the Junction! Did you find all six?
Trivia Night hosted by Pegasus Book Exchange
Trivia Night the Monday before Halloween (October 26 from 7:30-9 pm). $25/team (up to 6 people, on Zoom). Prizes for every team that enters. Grand Prize is a choice of any rare book on our $300 (and under) wall or a Pegasus BOOk Flight for every team member, the winner chooses what they want. There will be extra prizes for Best Team Name, Best Costume(s), and Best Decorations. The 3 rounds will (most likely) be about books, movies, and candy (maybe Halloween history too!).
Haunted Concert (online) School of Rock
Join together online as the local bone rattlers shake and shimmy to some of the season’s best howling good times. Halloween! Saturday, October 31st. Join the Facebook invite here! The link will be published at 3 PM.
Seattle is at a critical juncture. As a city, we face our toughest challenges in nearly 100 years. From the continued health risk of the pandemic to the devastating impacts on our economy. To move forward and make progress, Seattle leaders and community members must work together. We must listen to each other. We must be thoughtful, inclusive, and deliberate in our response to the significant health, economic, and social challenges we face.
While we undertake this important work, we should be also committed to keeping our city safe for all. We cannot sacrifice community safety without a concrete plan tied to measurable results. We must maintain 911 response times for serious emergencies.
We must reduce crimes against people and property crimes.
We must have a compassionate, but proactive response to unsanctioned tent encampments that take hold in high-traffic areas of our city.
We also must be able to maintain and manage our parks and public spaces to ensure safety and usability for all.
We must eliminate open-air drug-markets that prey on vulnerable people and concentrate on illegal activity.
We must provide services to individuals dealing with mental illness.
Most importantly, we must build a broad consensus on public safety strategies and outcomes and restore the public’s confidence.
It’s important the city knows what activities are occurring at Junction Plaza Park, a park owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation, located in the Junction. Recently, the Junction director sent a statement in the Junction newsletter. The Junction is actively involved starting conversations with the Hygiene Station team around the escalating violence and drug use in the park. We are focused on advocating for a responsible approach to re-imagining mental health services and policing to keep every person safe in our city.
Can you help?
Send an email to Human Services. Together, we can work to elevate the need for more mental and drug counselors at the park. Let’s get people to the services they need, and support accountability:
Copy/paste into the send line of your email
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Or Call Human Services Tom Van Bronkhorst Office: 206.233.3954
Junction Plaza Park Public Safety Meeting Tuesday, October 13th, 2 PM
Lisa Herbold – D1 Councilmember (until 2:30 PM)
Tess Colby – Senior Advisor, Office of the Mayor
Tom Van Bronkhorst – Strategic Advisor, Department of Neighborhoods
Bill Benzer – Seattle Public Utilities
Aaron Burkhalter – Project Manager LEAD
Joe Everett – Precinct Liaison Attorney City Attorney’s Office
Sina Ebinger – Operations Lieutenant Seattle Police Department
The format was:
How the panel member intersects with public safety
Read questions posed via the WSB
Open to questions on the call
Closing and next steps
The Junction is capturing the most recent complaints from our neighborhood community members, we’ll add your voice:
“A couple of nights ago, one of the men from the park, according to witnesses, was extremely agitated and screaming for quite a while outside of the QFC across the street. That eventually led to this man using very large stones and empty bottles to completely destroy all of the windows on the SW side of the store. By the time police arrived, the man was completely naked, and still screaming. He was arrested. Then, last night, my partner and I were having dinner in my kitchen, which, unfortunately overlooks the park. What started as an all day long drinking party ( drugs were also likely involved, they tend to not try to hide it) eventually led to two of the men Getting into an extremely violence fist fight. Both men were wearing nothing but a pair of shorts by this time both took a really extreme beating to the head, among other injuries. My neighbors and i called 9-1-1 to report this, and before officers arrived the fight had made its way out into passing traffic. I saw one of the men throw the other into a car stopped at the intersection. Police came and went making no arrests, but the noise, screaming, and vandalism to the park continued all through the night, and is currently still underway. I have watched the Honey Buckets get pushed over again and again for the last week or so! 3 or 4 times just last night! Not only are the conditions of the park scary, they are unsanitary, and unsafe. Between the constant violence, the camp site full of food waste, garbage, and human waste ( even with porta- potties i see people back there relieving themselves!) We have complained several times about the rats too. There is so much constant filth that they run out in broad daylight to eat food scraps! My neighbors and i can no longer walk our dogs in the park either. Firstly, because we don’t feel safe in general, but on top of that the constant broken bottles and other glass containers has made it unsafe to really walk through. I also wanted to add that the Parks crews DO COME and clean this mess up periodically, but as soon as they leave the campers destroy it, seemingly on purpose. I also see a sanitation crew come for the honey buckets, but if their contents is being thrown all around inside throughout the day, how clean is it really? I realize these folks are homeless, but we need to figure something else out. The efforts by Seattle Police have been fruitless. I am very concerned that if changes aren’t made, someone is going to be hurt or even killed.”
“I’d like to include an additional account of my experiences at the Junction Plaza Park. Since the beggining of the year that my partner and I have been at the Campbell Building, the park campers have been active though not entirely out of control. There has always been overt drug use and drinking, needles and trash, etc., however, recently, the climate has become incredibly agitated. The homeless population of the park has increased along with occasional bonfires, fist fights, screaming day and night, folks wandering into traffic, threatening pedestrians and more. Even more recently, while I was sitting on a bench in the park trying to comb my dog, a young man approached me and accused me of staring at his girlfriend, then promptly flashed a large knife at me and told me to leave the park. I didn’t even bother calling the police because they rarely if ever do anything apart from show up and leave. I know this is not your problem specifically but it is apart of a larger problem that you are connected to. More than anything I want to emphasize that park is unsafe to the point of violence. That it is a huge public health risk, littered with constant trash and broken bottles, human waste and dirty needles scattered about. Did you know that the hazmat receptacle made to contain dirty needles is merely zip tied to the side of the port-a-potties? It is routinely ripped off and/or busted open laying somewhere in the park. I understand the delicacy and interconnectedness of this issue, not only in the park but city wide. However this is our neighborhood and it is unsafe to live in, something must be done. Looking forward to your thoughts and more importantly your actions on these pressing issues.”
“The junction plaza park that has become overrun with homeless and drug addicts/belligerent folks. I no longer feel safe even walking on that side of the street next to the park anymore, much less walking through it. I witnessed assaults and property destruction there last week while sitting Eating with my kids in a la mode pies last week. I reported same to police.there was a police response as a belligerent and violent man was accosting his fellow transients but also two innocent men who were literally just walking by on the sidewalk.
An employee of the pie shop said that as soon as the port a potty, hand wash station and shower went in, the park has been overrun with transients who basically get in fights and are wasted every single day. He said people from the park stole their tip jar as well. I have to think the QFC rampage Sunday was related to someone who frequents the park.”
“I am reaching out to see if there has been any outreach to the city yet regarding what has been happening at Junction Plaza. There seems to be no upkeep of the park in recent months, with bushes overgrown and trash in the garden areas. Moreover, the congregating in the park has become a nuisance. We have had instances of our tenants being verbally accosted while trying to cross the street at that location and an instance where a colleague was chased by one of person s congregating in the park. I am all for providing sanitization stations for those who do not have readily access but I question whether the middle of a business district is the best place location. At the very least if the city is going to insist this is the best location then additional attention is needed to make sure the park is kept up to its previous standard or higher.”
“I am a West Seattle resident and am writing to express my concern and frustration towards what is occurring in and around Junction Plaza Park. The park has seemingly turned into a camp/drug site and now local businesses are experiencing vandalism. I don’t feel safe at the park or even walking past and am concerned for everyone’s safety. Some are attributing these issues to the hygiene station that was recently added to the park. Whatever has contributed to this situation at the park and surrounding area, it should be the city’s responsibility to provide safe and enjoyable public spaces. There is obviously a need to have drug and/or mental counselors dispatched to the park and services offered to these people who are in need. West Seattle residents expect accountability and a clean and safe environment in our neighborhoods.”
“Junction Park has always been a hangout for people with nowhere else to go but in the past few months the situation there has worsened considerably.
I walk by that park most days on my way to QFC and am alarmed by the site of people milling about, camping in the park, people selling and using drugs, and people in the midst of mental health issues. I do not think that adding the port-a-potties was an improvement to this park. These are some of the same people who used to hang out at the bus stop in the Junction before the extra bench was removed. I know that area very well and believe me, it was dangerous at times. The lax attitude on the part of city government is unacceptable. This park and the people who spend their days at the park need help. The public needs to be reassured that the city actually cares about citizens walking by the park minding their own business. The recent events at QFC where the glass in the main doors were shattered, and the story of a man being held at knifepoint tell me this situation has deteriorated to a dangerous degree. Please tell me that you will do something to improve this situation. I’m assuming you are not recommending citizens arm themselves before passing by this park. Give us another alternative.”
“I am a concerned resident of Junction area of West Seattle and frequently walk past this park to QFC and the YMCA. Please prioritize your efforts to have mental health and drug addiction resources available to the many park occupants who seem to be in a state of distress. This is not new. I have been verbally accosted as I was simply walking on Alki Beach last year by someone who was high on drugs. I am not interested in a repeat experience near the Junction Plaza Park.”
“Please remove the portapotty and sink at Junction Plaza Park. Ever since these were plopped down in the center of our very small park they have created nuisance problems which have been exponentially rippling out in criminal ways that negatively affect businesses and citizens. Park squatters have intimidated others from entering the park and harass unsuspecting pedestrians (the fore-mentioned structures are close to a well traveled sidewalk). Thank you in advance for helping us with our situation!”
“The Junction Plaza park has become an eye sore, unsafe to walk by and unusable by children or any other citizen that do not want to have profanities yelled at them. In the past few months a group of addicts and mentally ill people have been occupying the park day and night. As a homeowner within 5 blocks of this park, I have witnessed people being verbally harassed, I, myself have been verbally harassed, my husband has witnessed a man peeing in public near the park, my neighbors have reported to me that they have seen drug use at that park, and our beloved local small and large business have been vandalized. I pay taxes for the city to take care of these type of problems when they arise. Placing a “hygiene station” at this park has only brought in more people with the same issues. The problem needs to be solved.
“In the past few years I could name several incidents that I have witnessed around the city that would rarely be seen in Seattle, but every year it gets worse and worse. It makes me wonder if we have become the dumping ground for other cities’ addict and mentally ill issues since we tolerate the problems. STOP tolerating these types of problems.
Please clean up our parks, force the addicts to get help in a facility that will help them and keep them until they are sober. What our city has been doing this past 5 years is not working. Come up with a better plan. Citizens are counting on you so our communities are SAFE, small businesses are not run-out of our neighborhoods, and tax-paying citizen’s home and our neighborhoods are not devalued.”
“What can be done about the lawlessness and drug use that has infested out beautiful community park in West Seattle? My kids and I are forced to use the other side of Alaska St. when we pass by the park. Recent violence across the street at QFC by the loiterers that in inhabit Junction Plaza Park is unacceptable.”
“I am writing you in hopes of trying to bring attention to the growing problems in Junction Plaza Park and the Alaska Junction in West Seattle. As a resident of West Seattle for almost 10 years, I have seen that park be a place where residents could take their dogs, sit with their cup of coffee or eat something they just bought from the Farmer’s Market. The park has changed. It is no longer safe for residents of near by apartments to take their dogs, for residents to sit and enjoy the park or to even walk by. I have watched while drug deals are taking place right next to the line to get into the Sunday Farmer’s Market. Also, In the last few months, I have witnessed these events in the Alaska Junction: 1-A violent shirtless man walking down California smashing trash cans and yelling at others 2-A violent homeless woman camped out on a bench in front of one of the storefronts who got violent with one of the Junction Business Owners 3-Needles left in the Free lot behind businesses 4-Mentally ill people walking into Junction businesses and having to be forced out This area has already been hit so hard with the Pandemic and now I fear that the violence in the Park and in the Junction will drive more people away. We need more services for these people. Putting them in jail doesn’t work. This city has a big problem and it will only be solved when help is given to all those affected by drug abuse and mental illness. The Junction Association, Business Owners and Police can only do so much. This problem needs your attention.”
“We live and own a business in West Seattle. We often walk near this park and shop at the stores directly adjacent to the park. It used to be rare to see a homeless person sleeping on a bench, but it has become an ongoing occurrence to see groups of vagrants and people in obvious mental distress drinking, shouting, intimidating passers by, sometimes fighting or just passed out on all the benches, in the grass, on the sidewalk. It’s become filthy as a regular state- there is always litter and debris, clothes, bottles, broken glass, the stink or urine and I’m sure worse within the inner areas and brush landscaping. Sadly, we just stopped going near there at all, out of fear for our own safety. We still try to shop in the area- QFC is a major grocery store near us- but we make sure to park on the opposite block to the park and enter the building at the farthest entrance. With the recent incident there, however, I don’t know that we’ll even continue to do that. It’s just not worth it.
And this is a park that’s directly adjacent to the middle of the West Seattle business and commercial district. The farmers market happens a half block from there. Shoppers, residents, visitors all frequent the area, increasingly at their own personal risk.
This situation is sad, concerning, alarming. Residents and visitors just can’t be in the area and certainly can’t use the park- even walking through the park is a risk.
We support the Junction Associations effort to bring attention and help to this issue. To leave these people on their own is inhumane. Drug and mental health professionals would be a start- getting these people who are in obvious need of help into an environment where they can get that help and not be a risk to their own and others safety is a must. I implore you to please take needed action and not just turn a blind eye to this eroding situation.”
“Hopefully you are paying attention to the safety and sanitary complaints regarding Junction Plaza Park. We have lived in the neighborhood going on 14 years and I have never been afraid to walk around my neighborhood. I am afraid now. Get the junkies out and clean up the park. Don’t it because it’s your job or because I don’t feel safe walking anymore, do it because it is TOTAL BS that I can no longer walk with my children through the area.”
“I would like to echo the WSJA call for attention to the plight of the situation at the West Seattle Junction Park. The park has attracted a dangerous element. I personally have been harassed as I left the adjacent QFC. You need to do something to restore safety in the area, and allow the park to be used for a short rest as was originally intended.”
“I just called the police again after another violent fight between two men from the park broke out around 2:15pm. The fight started in the park, out into traffic, and all the way over to Jefferson Square. I called to report the fight, but also reported several open containers of alcohol, which likely added to the level of violence. The handful of men in the park had been drinking at least since i woke up around 9:30am. The dispatcher told me that assuming the fight ended by the time officers arrived that they would at least go talk to them about the open containers. Around 3:30pm i saw SPD handcuffing and arresting one of the men involved in the fight, but as of 5:30 or so, he has returned to the park with beer in hand. I assume they drove him elsewhere and let him go, and he just came right back. During the arrest, i was out walking my dog, and ran into a couple of neighbors just outside the building. While we talked a man in the park ( in front of SPD) started behaving aggressively towards us over the fence, and then proceeded to come around the fence toward us. We retreated into the building to avoid dealing with the clearly drunk, and unmasked man. Also, as of last night we have tents going up. There is currently only one. I also wanted to let you guys know, that in the last week or so, I have seen one of the homeless guys with a stun gun, and a knife. Just for the knowledge of anyone who makes an attempt to contact them face to face. They MIGHT have weapons in the park.”
“We are writing to add our voices to that of Lora Radford, Executive Director, West Seattle Junction Association, the West Seattle Blog, as well as countless other West Seattle residents. We and our children are frustrated and frightened by the escalating violence and drug use in Junction Plaza Park, and the lack of response from Human Services. We are concerned about the safety of both the vulnerable people in the park, as well as neighbors, visitors and shoppers in the Junction area. This has been going on for too long, ever since the hygiene station was installed. Our community needs more support from the City in the way of a response and action for the significant health, economic, and social challenges everyone is experiencing. Please heed our call the for more mental and drug counselors at the park. Let’s get people to the services they need, and support accountability.”
“I am reaching out via the West Seattle Blog story on the Junction Plaza Park. I am a West Seattle resident, and supporter of many non-profits around the area, including Transitional Resources. It seems that the non-profits can only do so much to help the tremendous problems affiliated with homelessness, mental illness and drug addiction in this area. It is increasingly unlikely that I will allow my middle school daughter to walk around the junction with friends. I think this is a pretty huge statement. We all deserve a safe place to walk around in our neighborhoods. Not only the Junction, but everywhere. Can the city utilize the service of mental health and drug counselors to alleviate some of these problems? Are there any suggestions for what the residents and in particular the parents living in the area can do to help? There are a lot of us that are willing to help out if we have some direction! We hope the city can intervene and help us with some of these overwhelming problems.”
“As I am sure you are all aware, or at least should be if you are listening to the many West Seattleites that have raised this issue, the deterioration of the West Seattle Junction Park has reached crisis levels. The West Seattle Junction is one of the truly vibrant neighborhood business areas in the entire city, and is really a Seattle jewel, yet the City’s action, or rather its’ inaction, is seriously jeopardizing the future of this community asset. The City must immediately and proactively address the recent explosion of problems, criminal behavior, and dangerous situations which are the direct result of turning the park into a center for homeless services, and an apparent haven for drug users. Your response to the WS Junction representative was ludicrous, and made very clear the fact that the City could not really care less about the folks in this community that follow the laws, pay their taxes, and in general support social services designed to help folks dealing with drugs or homelessness, or both, to find a better way of life. But to simply dump these folks into the middle of a community with minimal efforts to control the negative behavior which we are seeing on a regular basis at the park, at all hours of the day, is to essentially tell us you just don’t give a damn about our opinions or needs. Instead of “de-funding” the police, we need to see them more visibly in the Junction. And instead of spending City funds to defend Council member Sawant in the recall effort under way, as recently was reported in the news, those funds should be spent to relocate the folks causing this situation in the Junction to better, more supportive locations, where they can not only be safe, but also have the services to address their obvious needs. And frankly, if they don’t want to relocate, or if they feel that somehow the City needs to let them live their lives in the lawless manner they are living them, the City needs to not give them that option.
Civilized society demands that those who follow society’s norms be safeguarded from those that don’t. If you fail to do that, don’t be shocked if West Seattleites begin to take matters into their own hands.”
“I am writing this as a concerned citizen, community leader, and someone who has personally invested significantly in the establishment of and continued improvements to Junction Plaza Park over the years. I was involved early on in the establishment of and fundraising for the park when it was simply a vacant lot on the corner of 42nd and Alaska. When it came time to physically do the work of planting and landscaping, myself and a group of people from my church community were there to give hours to the project and then for the next several years we invested in its upkeep. As a board member on the West Seattle Junction Association I was involved in annual usage and programming including speaking at the tree lighting for several holiday seasons. In addition, I also have 20 years of paid and unpaid experience working with and advocating for the unhoused, addicted, and mentally ill in our city. I am also an advocate for creating inclusive community spaces that all are capable of enjoying.
I am greatly disappointed in the environment that the city has created since this past Spring and your lack of response as the escalating issues have continually been brought to your attention. While I understand the initial thoughts behind this of bringing bathroom and sanitation stations to those on the streets, it troubles me that there is little to no realization that these efforts do not work as they might for people who are able to make better life choices for themselves. This is not merely a “homeless” issue, it is undoubtedly a mental health and addiction issue and it is only exacerbated by your providing an incentive to occupy what had been an otherwise safe for all public space. Despite your repeated claims of desiring the “humane” response, this is anything but. The mentally ill and addicted have little or no ability to self-govern or coexist with others in this type of environment. Do not mistake this as another NIMBY response … it is anything but. Any type of “humane” solution needs to be serviced by trained people who will walk alongside those who are struggling and help them succeed. You can’t simply drop Honey Buckets and call it good. Due to your unresponsiveness to this it has become a very hostile and volatile environment that is going to continue until a fatal or near fatal incident. When that happens it (not if) this city will absolutely be complicit. This is not going to go away. My sentiments are reflected by thousands more with the same concerns. This neighborhood deserves more and these people that you have attempted to help with a bandaid deserve more. I want you to know ahead of time that you will hear from me and others like me repeatedly each and every day until you have resolved this and returned the park to the safe community space it was intended to be.”
“It frustrates me to have to write this email, but enough is enough. I am a business owner in the junction in west Seattle and the park has become littered with people who really need help and you’re refusing to do so. They are homeless, violent, and harassing members of our community. They are destroying business’ and scaring away customers.
Do you have ANY idea how hard we’ve had to come during this entire pandemic to STILL be open?!? It’s time that you start taking this seriously and start doing the job you are payed to do. Scoffing in the face of your constituents is hardly that and you should be ashamed that you’ve continually done that very same thing each time this issue is brought to your attention.
Human Services: “Human services is an interdisciplinary field of study with the objective of meeting human needs through an applied knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations.”
Isn’t this what you are, am I missing something?”
“I was just having coffee as i get ready for work watching the folks in line for the farms market squirm while several unmasked homeless men in the park kick garbage around, weave throw the line for no apparent reason, scream at each other/ threaten each other, and then lastly, one of the men walked back into the bushes in the encampment and as if no one could see him began to urinate! Also, Last night when i got home from work, my partner and i went out together to walk our dog. Out of one of the dark corners of the park someone threw a full Big Gulp size beverage container at us, but thankfully missed! Which brings me to: If we can’t manage to get the park under control, can we at least get the park better lit? So we can see the threats coming out of the darkness at us?”
“I am writing as a concerned citizen to any parties who have any control or solution to the recent “Hygiene Stations” that have been placed in Junction Plaza Park. I ask that you reconsider this strategy. These toilets are not hygienic and have made the park a zone of litter, trash, and drug activity that is creating a larger a health concern for residents who are living near there. This unsanitary station is not a solution, in fact it’s making this area more dangerous for the law abiding citizens who pay a premium to live here. I actually live across the street from this park at Junction 47 apts. I’ve lived in the West Seattle Junction for 5 years. Recently, I have been accosted on the street by people gathering at this park while simply trying to walk and get groceries at the QFC. If there is not a change in strategy on real and effective efforts to actually assist these people gathering in the park and creating a safe environment, I will be moving and I know I won’t be the only one. Everyone deserves to feel safe in this neighborhood and right now the residents‘ safety is not the priority.”
“I am writing to you about the condition of the Junction Plaza Park in West Seattle. I was not surprised to see articles start coming out about how dangerous the park is now. When I google searched the park, the images that I see are from years when the park was beautiful. Unfortunately it is now very gross, dangerous, and forgotten about. Conditions have changed a lot since it first opened and it appears that there has been no effort by the city/ parks dept. or the Junction Association to fix this. There is trash littered around the park, broken glass all over the ground, the tables and chairs and ground have graffiti and huge spills that have stained the ground. Gardens are overgrown and dead, the trash and recycle are overflowed. There are homeless people sleeping in the bushes. People who are dealing with mental health problems drinking liquor straight out of the bottle. These people also approach civilians and have approached me. AND the “sanitation station” has brought all this upon the park and really done the opposite of what it should be doing as there are reports of people going to the bathroom outside of the port a potties in the park. Why is this park full of port a potties? I get the effort to help homeless people but it is not working and it has degraded the park beyond recognition. The city shared a statement about the station which reads, “Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Seattle Public Utility contractors clean and service the Junction Plaza Park Hygiene Station three times a day, addressing any trash or litter and ensuring the facilities are in working order.” This is hilarious to me because it’s a blatant lie because those stations and the park itself are NEVER cleaned. No one cares! Just the other week there were drunk homeless men gathered together in the park with loud music and open liquor and they were ramming their heads into the port a potties. Also fist fighting. Doesn’t the city hear our complaints?! First the bridge cutting us off from the rest of Seattle and now this!? People should be able to walk their dogs in this park and not be met with true dangers to their safety and even their dogs safety as there is broken glass all over the ground! I am shocked and disappointed to see how much the park has been let go. I attached pictures of the park. Google it to see what it used to look like. Where are our tax dollars even going if not to things like this?”
“Please help us help you. Our community needs your support and services. Ignoring West Seattle and our cries for help is not an option.”
“I walked past the park yesterday on my way to the market. In the park, immediately adjacent to the market line, four transients sat at a table drinking beer. One of them was using a switchblade knife to finely chop something on the table in front of him. It was not food. There are needles strewn along the Alaska side of QFC. There were other groups of unmasked, mentally ill transients harassing people and deliberately getting in their faces. Another issue is accessibility. Husky Deli has been allowed to take over the sidewalk. The sidewalk is already narrow and cluttered in that stretch. The HD outside tables leave only about two feet of passable sidewalk, forcing pedestrians to creep by single file in very close proximity to unmasked diners. Many people are squeezing between parked cars and walking in traffic to avoid the bottleneck. This is an illegal blockage of a right-of-way in the best of times, but a dangerous violation in the time of Covid-19. There is a similar situation at Grand Central (?) a few doors down, where the sidewalk tables obstruct the sidewalk. Add to that the Bakery Nouveau line, and that block has become virtually impassable, especially to mobility challenged seniors like myself. Even with many restaurants either closed, or open for pick-up only, I would love to be able to get some take-out lunch or do some grocery shopping. While Covid-19 is a contributing factor to some of the obstacles to doing business in the Junction right now, it is far from the primary one. The Junction has become a sh!thole. Once a pleasant place to have lunch and spend a few hours, it has instead become a place to avoid at all costs – if one can even get there in the first place.”
“We are writing to express our dismay at the condition or Junction Plaza Park and the increase of the crime rate in West Seattle.There are syringes, trash and tents in our public parks, Our children are not safe and our stores are being vandalized. As citizens of West Seattle I would like to see aproactive policing and a responsible approach to keeping every person safe in our neighborhood.”
“The families and businesses in the West Seattle Junction need your help. While there isn’t an easy answer to the mental health and homelessness issues, at the end of the day, my 8yo daughter shouldn’t be terrified to walk past Junction Plaza Park on the way to Petco. Just yesterday, we walked by to hear profanity, witness blatant littering, but more concerning, my daughter screamed in fear as someone continued to stare at her as we walked to the store.
Obviously the hygiene station has attracted people who lack facilities but how can you support this without compromising the safety and well-being of other citizens? Why was this station added if there’s a portable restroom one block away? Why is the behavior at the park different from that facility?
My walking around the block to protect my daughter’s emotional or physical well-being is a small sacrifice. But what will be the true impact if this issue is not addressed soon? Will more families avoid the area altogether and impact the local businesses that make the Junction what it is today? Will the situation escalate beyond damaging storefronts? Actually, it’s a matter of When and not Will it happen. So the real question is: what will it take for the City to take action?”
“Our business is a block from the park, and I have to walk right past the park to the parking garage twice a day. Last night about 6:00 when I walked by there was a man stripped to the waist yelling loudly. The portable sink was knocked over as was the trash can and there were soda cans and other debris all over the park. Is there any chance of removing the porta potties and sink from the park? In my opinion having them there only encourages these men to congregate there. The park should be a place of enjoyment for the whole community, and it is not a place that any family would go for any reason. Even before all the violence, the park was not cared for. There was still trash everywhere, weeds and leaves throughout and the grass was unkept and dried up and yellow. The park is not only an eyesore, but it is now dangerous! There have been men camping in the back corner of the park for over two weeks now. Sending counselors is not helping. The enabling must stop before someone is hurt or worse!”
“Once again, on Tuesday evening 9/29 I was walking from the junction parking lot on 42nd Avenue to Cross Alaska street to go to dinner. I had my two young children with me.
A belligerent white male, in his 40s’ (I am guessing), was throwing debris, kicking Porta potties and slamming in to them trying to over turn them. I grabbed my childrens’ hands and ran them across Alaska street against the light–which in itself is not safe, and not what I want to teach my children–to avoid the wrath of this man and potential assault on me and my family. According to my husband, who walked the same path a minute before and witnessed the same man, his name is Mark, and his fellow transients were trying to get him to calm down. While sitting with my family in a restaurant across the street minutes later we saw another man pick up a glass bottle and throw it into the middle of Alaska street, shattering it right in front of a car. ALL of the trash and recycle cans had been flipped over and dumped into the park. I should have taken a photo of the park for all of you to see, perhaps that would assist in explaining the level of destruction, detritus and garbage marring this once quaint park.
Yesterday (Wednesday 9/30) at approximately 6:30 p.m. I was driving from the Morgan junction, northbound on California ave. when two SPD Units went flying by northbound. My first guess as to their destination was Junction Plaza Park. As I continued north, and looked down Alaska Street, I was exactly right. Police were called to the Plaza Park. For what I don’t know. And I have been made aware, that as of Yesterday, the SW Precinct has been greatly reduced in manpower. The decisions of those of you involved above to keep this sanitation station at the Junction Plaza Park, are taking the sparse police resources away from the rest of the West Seattle residents who are paying taxes to be protected by public safety officers.
The bottom line for us, West Seattle residents and busines owners, is that we would like the use of our park. We would like to be able to walk through there, or sit peacefully on a bench, or walk the dog without fear for our safety.
Your foremost job as City officials and leaders is public safety. This is the opposite of public safety. As I said, I know that these people need help and services. But this decision is the wrong one, this geographical location the wrong one.”
“We have had a huge influx of sketchy homeless people coming into the store and trying to shoplift in the last few weeks. I usually try and report them too you, but there have been many when I’m not present at the store as well. They’re getting more and more confrontational and make a huge scene once their identified or asked to leave. Our employees are getting to the point where their feeling unsafe and I’m not sure what other options there are. When I call 911, they rarely come out and if they do, it’s hours later and are no use. I have a feeling it’s going to get worse and worse as we get closer to the holidays. Also, there has been a big increase in drug use/exchange in the Chase bank drive thru covered area across from Junction True Value.”
“I am a West Seattle resident and am writing to express my extreme concern and frustration towards what is occurring in and around Junction Plaza Park.
The park has turned into a camp with rampant, out-in-the-open drug use, frequent fighting, and harassment of other members of the community, even those just walking by on the sidewalk. I don’t feel safe at this park or walking past this park anymore, and I am concerned for everyone’s safety.
This trouble absolutely started a soon as the hygiene station that was recently added to the park was installed. Until this point the park had some trouble occasionally, but what has transpired since the hygiene station was installed has ramped things to another level. It is only a matter of time before the violence escalates to tragedy.
It is the city’s responsibility to provide safe and enjoyable public spaces for EVERYONE. Currently this is not a safe or enjoyable space for anyone, including the folks that have taken up residence there.
Positioning hygiene stations in neighborhood parks but not also engaging drug and/or mental counselors and others to offer services to these people who are in need is a recipe for disaster. Certainly this outcome was foreseeable. Now what will you do to help mitigate the situation?”
“I have lived in West Seattle for 2 decades now. I rarely write in about these things but felt it was time after watching Junction Park Plaza deteriorate lately. Yesterday late afternoon I walked up to the QFC and in the span of 5 minutes walking by I witnessed:
1) two guys smashing glass bottles against one of the metal posts
2) another guy selling what appeared to be drugs to a separate person (I’m originally from Los Angeles so I do know what it looks like)
3) trash and sleeping bags everywhere
This park has gone from a lovely place that was once the center of the junction to a dangerous eyesore. it is only as matter of time before something really bad happens there. I’d like to understand how your team justifies keeping these hygiene stations there. It is obvious that they are doing far more harm than good. I am also curious if any of you live in West Seattle?”
On 09/21/20 the community members received this letter:
Thank you for your recent email raising concerns about public safety and hygiene services being provided at Junction Plaza Park.
This past May a hygiene station, including a handwashing station and two sanicans, one of which is ADA accessible, was placed in Junction Plaza Park to provide unsheltered neighbors access to hygiene services to help prevent spread of COVID-19. This is one of 15 hygiene stations located throughout the City and over 100 park restrooms with enhanced cleaning that have remained open in continuation of ongoing work by the City and County to bring critically needed resources to those most in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on these citywide hygiene efforts can be found on Seattle Public Utilities’s blog: atyourservice.seattle.gov/2020/09/08/hygiene-resources-for-citys-most-vulnerable-during-covid-19/
This particular location was selected because it’s City property and is in an area with recognized need, and, at the time it was selected, lacked clean, publicly accessible hygiene services. Hygiene stations are continually monitored to ensure that they are meeting the intended need of the surrounding area.
Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Seattle Public Utilities contractors inspect, clean and service the Junction Plaza Park Hygiene Station three times a day, addressing any trash or litter and ensuring the facilities are in working order.
People experiencing homelessness have varied needs, which can include treatment for behavioral health disorders and drug-dependency. Homeless outreach providers build relationships with people living unsheltered to help connect them with resources and shelter. This process can take some time. On Friday, a System Navigator from the City’s Navigation Team was able to connect with some folks in Junction Park Plaza, resulting in a referral to shelter, and a REACH homelessness outreach worker was also in the area. The Navigation Team will continue to work in the area and partner with City-contracted outreach providers to engage people living unsheltered.
Since March 16, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Navigation Team has made over 600 site visits for outreach, conducted over 1,000 litter and debris mitigation operations, and made over 520 referrals to shelter. This work is ongoing.
We are committed to serving the needs of the unhoused, housed and business communities as we work to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
Human Services Department
Seattle Public Utilities
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Andrés J. Mantilla
Department of Neighborhoods
The Junction Responds:
To install toilets in the middle of a neighborhood district with zero oversight is both dangerous and tone deaf. It’s why we’ve been imploring Human Services to remove the facilities since mid-May and/or send drug and mental health counselors to Junction Plaza Park on a consistent basis.
Unfortunately, the letter doesn’t address specific action steps, nor do we have any measureable results directly related to Junction Plaza Park. The Junction implores the community to keep writing to the people who CAN send the support needed. We must help the people in crisis who cannot help themselves.
Seattle should be a place where everyone thrives. Unfortunately we are seeing hundreds of small businesses shutter this year—and many more struggling—because of the COVID-19 recession and the impacts of repeat criminal activity. Small businesses create the fabric of our neighborhoods and we need them to come back stronger than ever. Seattle should be a place where people are proud to operate businesses, work and live. The City Council should listen to our neighborhood community members and small businesses.
The hygiene stations are another version of the ill-fated toilets that were installed in downtown Seattle a few years ago. See the Seattle Times article here, the removal of toilets made national news here. Those were eventually pulled due to being overrun with drug issues.
Why should 15 individual neighborhoods now suffer the same consequences?
Most recently, the City directors of neighborhood groups submitted a pledge asking the Mayor and City Council to support public safety. See the KOMO story here. See the Seattle Times story here.
Make your own way to the West Seattle Junction. It’s hometown in a big city, with the magic of a place apart. It’s people who care about their community, and show it off in the great food, drink, style, and gear they share with those who visit. West Seattle’s soulful, original vibe grows from a community uniquely set apart from Seattle’s big city.
West Seattle has its own vibe. We are set apart from the rest of Seattle in a very unique way – and it shows through our community, people, and businesses. Set in the heart of West Seattle is the West Seattle Junction: the center of art and commerce for the incredible people that encompass our neighborhood. Whether you’re looking to visit, or for a more permanent change of scenery – look no further than the soulful, vibrant community of West Seattle.
Explore the Junction, beaches and forested parks only minutes from downtown by water taxi. Experience just why merchants and residents hold West Seattle close to their heart. In fact, listen to the very heartbeat of West Seattle through the words of the local business owners who make the Junction so special.
A trip to West Seattle is a remarkable experience, making any visit to Seattle more meaningful. This large neighborhood is surrounded by water, graced by forested parks, and easily accessible from the many Port of Seattle points of entry, by water, road, your wheels, or someone else’s. West Seattle is full of Seattle heritage character but energized by our businesses’ vision of what West Seattle means to Seattle’s future. This urban enclave is a cozy place to recharge and refresh, and see the natural world in all its glory – especially en route by ferry, accompanied by seals, dolphins, salmon, or Orca whales.
Grab a friend and start your adventure by Water Taxi, the most beautiful commute in the Northwest. Stroll, shop, and linger, surrounded by the soulful Westside vibe. Hike forested parks and relax at the beach. It’s all here and it’s all for the experience.
West Seattle – the magic of a place apart – and it’s yours to experience on your next trip! Great strolling, nibbles, and sips. A community that holds each other up.
Thank you to the Port of Seattle for the generous Grant.
Please have masks on at all times – even while in your vehicle.
1. Drive-up to parking lot entrance on 42nd Ave (closest to SW Oregon)
2. You will be directed to drive forward – watch for the volunteers in the orange vests
3. Survey-takers will ask a few questions
4. You will be directed to the correct drop-off points (if you have multiple items you’ll drive to each point)
5. Please wear a mask at all times
6. You will be unloading your own vehicle
7. You will exit back onto 42nd Ave (closest to QFC)
8. Please maintain 6ft distance at all times
1. Walk-up to the middle entrance on 42nd Ave
2. There will be a volunteer at a table taking donations
3. Please wear a mask at all times
4. Please maintain 6ft distance at all times
ACCEPTED ITEMS INCLUDE:
Fluorescent tubes and bulbs
Paper for shredding (limit 4 boxes) – you CAN bring confidential documents – thanks Junction Windermere
Clothing & linens
Household goods (for reuse – in good condition)
Small appliances (non-freon)
NOT ACCEPTED ITEMS INCLUDE:
Automotive waste Furniture
Broken household goods
Garbage or yard waste
Non-recyclable or non-reusable items
Would you like to volunteer for the event? We are looking for traffic control volunteers who can assist in keeping the lines of cars going and helping our neighbors get to the right recycling station. Sign up here on the volunteer web page.
Sidewalk Sale and Record Store Day in the Junction – Saturday, August 29th 7 AM (Record Store Day starts) and Noon (Sidewalk Sales begin)
Shopping at Summer Fest is one of the many reasons people from all around the region visit West Seattle over the 3-day festival. We were not able to present the festival this year, but that’s not going to stop the Junction from celebrating the origin of Summer Fest – the West Seattle Sidewalk sale!
Summer Fest started as a merchant sidewalk sale 37 years ago with many of the West Seattle businesses still holding that tradition true by offering sidewalk sales throughout Summer Fest.
Join the Junction businesses (outside w/masks on), on Saturday, August 29th for a sidewalk sale Noon to 4 PM. The merchants have been saving their best deals since February for you.
Kicking off the Sidewalk Sale at 7 AM is the equally famous Record Store Day at Easy Street Records sale – there’s always plenty of deals for everyone!
Make sure you check out all the Sidewalk Sale merchants for deep discounts:
A La Mode Pies will be offering a 10% discount on all A la Mode merchandise – t-shirts, aprons, pie servers, mugs, and candles. While you’re there, be sure to choose from the assortment of petite pies and whole pies.
Bikram Yoga Will have yoga mats, towels, protein powders, yoga straps, yoga clothes and instructional manuals all at a 30% discount.
Carmilia’s shop the sale racks for the best discounts! Carms is making room for all the cozy fall fashions.
CAPERS You’ll save 50% to 75% off end-of-season goods like summer handbags, linens, hats, French dinnerware, and plenty of home decor! Go early-open at 10 am!
City Mouse – always fun to shop the sales on the sidewalks by City Mouse. Watch for summer discounts and racks full of surprises.
Click Design That Fits Stop by Click! to see what the design mavens have on sale. They will have tables set up outside with a whole lotta discounted goods including pieces from Hobo, select apparel, bar, and kitchen faves and even some puzzles! Don’t miss the samples and seconds area with items starting at $1. Masks are required and we’ll have a sanitizing station ready for use. It’s a perfect time to start on some early holiday shopping too.
Darby Winery (pop-up on California Ave) will have some of their new growlers which can be filled inside the tasting room right around the corner!! Watch for their merch too.
Easy Street Records – Record Store Day 2020 is this Saturday! RSD will be doing everything to make this a safe shopping experience for everyone! To see the full list of rules & precautions that will be in effect (and the list of RSD drops) please visit this page.
Fleurt will have tables filled with deals during the Sidewalk Sale. Discontinued product up to 75% off. Testers of candles and lotions for sale for $2.00. Select clothing up to 50% off. Shoes 50% off. Look for a table with everything on it for just a $1.00!
Lika Love will have up to 75% off sale items! For every $100 you spend Lika Love will give you a golden coin that is good for your first drink on them at in The Heart.
Menashe and Sons will be outside with tables laden with sales items! Usually reserved for Summer Fest, these goods will go fast. Friday and Saturday.
My Three Little Birds is excited about the sidewalk sale! They will have a ton of great items ready to go. Too many to list, but be sure to shop the NEW See Kai Run Fall Kid’s Shoes – all on sale at 40%Off!!! Plus other great deals for Saturday.
Nurturing Expressions Located on 44th by Junction True Value, Nurturing Expressions will have soft and snugly sale items for moms and kids.
Pegasus Book Exchange “Book Flights” (like a beer flight!). A flat $20 for a bag full of excellent, pre-selected books. These have been super popular since Pegasus introduced them two weeks ago! Bags that are a true mix of genres, as well as literature bags, mystery/thriller bags, romance/women’s fiction, and kids’ picture books. Pegasus will be offering buy 4 raffle tickets, get the 5th free this weekend only. It’s also Indie Bookstore Day Saturday! Dealer’s choice book to anybody who makes a purchase on Sat or Sun. Based on what the customer buys, Pegasus will pick another book that will be a surprise delight! No minimum purchase.
Stop ‘N Shop is digging deep for treasures to put on sale. Watch for tables and racks on the sidewalks full of items. Plus, you’re supporting the Senior Center of West Seattle with every purchase.
West 5 Will have some fun things to share with you this Saturday! Including the FAMOUS Mai Tai kits. See the pop-up window at West 5 for all the deals! Treats, t-shirts, stickers, tote bags! Swing on by on Saturday and say hello!!
Wild Rose’s – 50% off, all kimonos sale price of $29 and inside sales throughout the shop. Tons of new and consignment items too!
VAIN – Handbags! Sunglasses! Jewelry! So much will be on sale.
Do you know how someone might wear their heart on their sleeve? Well, now you can wear your Attitude/Wistfulness/Annoyance/Dark-sense-of-humor about the West Seattle Bridge situation proudly. More than 6,800 friends and defenders of West Seattle voted on their favorite designs, from among 63 entries, and the top three designs have been a huge hit.
First mailing September 3rd deadline August 12th Second mailing October 13th deadline September 21st Third mailing December 8th deadline November 16th – just in time for the holidays! Fourth mailing December 17th deadline December 7th – still in time for the holidays!
Did you receive your West Seattle Bridge shirt, but need an exchange? Email the Junction here. You can bring back the shirt for a different size or a full refund if the shirt is unworn.
PLEASE NOTE: If you place an online order after December 7th, there is no guarantee the shirt will be in stock as our final order date has passed. We will be in contact if the order cannot be filled and will issue a refund.
You can purchase the T-Shirts at local West Seattle retailers too.
Printed locally in SODO!
Congratulations to the three winners!
Greetings from Accidental Island
T-Shirt Canvas Brand 100% ringspun cotton/pre-shrunk – Men’s (unisex sizing) and Hanes Brand 100% cotton/pre-shrunk Women’s $29 – shipping included
Long Sleeve District Brand 100% ringspun cotton super soft in unisex sizing $32 – shipping included
“Great Neighbors, Terrible Bridges: For those of us on the westside, Accidental Island is the mandatory staycation destination of 2020. Pull up your beach chair and dust off your Castaway VHS, baby, ’cuz we’re all in this together… and this is one marooning we’ll never forget!” Available in men’s and women’s sizes.See more views and the size charts here. Ready to order? Click the green button.
Mike Shaughnessy / Bradi Jones
T-Shirt Canvas Brand 100% ringspun cotton/pre-shrunk – Men’s (unisex sizing) and Hanes Brand 100% cotton/pre-shrunk Women’s & Youth $29 – shipping included
Long Sleeve District Brand 100 ringspun cotton super soft in unisex sizing $32 – shipping included
“With a nod to the Brit catchphrase, this design was originally conceived as a limited-run sticker design of 100, just for personal fun. Friends convinced me to enter it into the T-shirt design contest.” Available in men, women and youth sizes.See more views and the size charts here. Ready to order? Click the green button.
So Close Yet So Far – $29 Next Level 100% ringspun cotton/pre-shrunk – Men’s (unisex sizing), Hanes Brand 100% cotton/pre-shrunk Women’s & Youth $29 – shipping included
Long Sleeve District Brand 90% cotton/10% Polyester super soft in unisex sizing $32 – shipping included
“My brother lives downtown and by crow, we’re only 2.5 miles apart and what was usually only a 10-minute drive is now 25 without traffic. So close yet so far. But it’s okay – the peninsula has plenty to do here so we don’t really notice so much. My husband and I moved here three years ago this spring. I designed this reflecting on the luck we’ve had to live and find community in West Seattle just by random chance. I’m originally from rural Minnesota and my husband is from East Dallas and we met while living in Chicago. We knew we wanted to move west and West Seattle is the place we share together, home for both of us (and our two pups). We can find tacos as good as he grew up on in Texas, and the water and nature all around fills me with a sense of home (but even better). I could go on and on but I actually prefer keeping how great it is a secret so no one else comes here. Even though I know we are people who came here. Thank you to everyone who has made West Seattle feel like home.” Available in men, women, and youth sizes. See more views and the size charts here. Ready to order? Click the green button.
So Close Yet So Far $12 Tote Bag – shipping included
Limited edition So Close, Yet so Far tote bag. This two-tone heather grey and natural lightweight 100% recycled cotton tote bag is pretty perfect to pop in a pocket. Designed with a large main compartment and dual 24″ carry handles. Add this tote bag to your order on the order form.
What we at the Junction love about these designs is how they reflect the broad range of emotions we are all feeling about the Bridge, each with its own graphic twist. Order the one that best matches where you are! See more views and the size charts here.
How can I get my own West Seattle Bridge shirt?
You can pre-order a West Seattle Bridge T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt now through this link. T-shirts are for sale at select West Seattle retailers now, long-sleeved shirts in late November:
Check back for more retailers that are signing up daily!
Please note: if you are looking for specific sizes or styles, or specific quantities, pre-order is your best bet to ensure availability. Not every retailer will have every size, but with pre-order, you will get exactly what you request.
How much do they cost for pre-order?
$29 for all T-shirt sizes (youth available for “Mind the Gap” and “So Close Yet So Far”). $32 for all long-sleeved shirts adult unisex. All pre-orders will be mailed, and prices include tax and shipping.
Questions? or 206-935-0904
How much do they cost through the Junction?
The cost for the T-shirts is $29 which includes tax and shipping. The cost for the long-sleeved is $32 which includes tax and shipping.
How much do they cost at a retail store?
The cost of the T-shirt is $26 and $29 for the long-sleeved at a retail store, plus tax.