Harvest Fest 2020

 

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.

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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!

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:

Farmers Market
Hotwire Coffee
Flying Apron
Farmers Market
Starbucks
Cupcake Royale
Bakery Nouveau

Pumpkin Walk in the Junction

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 night! Saturday, October 31st.

Pic: Tami Littlejohn HF 2019

 

 


Junction Plaza Park Need

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.

  1. We must reduce crimes against people and property crimes.
  2. We must have a compassionate, but proactive response to unsanctioned tent encampments that take hold in high-traffic areas of our city.
  3. We also must be able to maintain and manage our parks and public spaces to ensure safety and usability for all.
  4. We must eliminate open-air drug-markets that prey on vulnerable people and concentrate on illegal activity.
  5. 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

Read the West Seattle Blog article here

Watch KOMO 4 coverage here

Watch KING 5 coverage here 

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:

Introductions

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.”
-AT

“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.”
-CP

“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.”
-KS

“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.”
-MB

“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.”
-BF

“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.”
-KB

“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.”
-NL

“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!”
-JB

“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.”
-TT

“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.”
-WL

“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.”
-NS

“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.”
-RS

“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.”
-KS

“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.”
-RK

“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.”
-AT

“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.”
-RW

“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.”
-MA

“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.”
-GM

“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.”
-DJ

“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?”
-AH

“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?”
-AT

“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.”
-MW

“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?”
-KC

“Please help us help you. Our community needs your support and services. Ignoring West Seattle and our cries for help is not an option.”
-MS

“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.”
-IM

“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.”
-ST

“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?”
-DQ

“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!”
-KH

“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.”
-KS

“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.”
-JA

“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?”
-MJ

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.

Best,

Jason Johnson
Interim Director
Human Services Department

Mami Hara
General Manager/CEO
Seattle Public Utilities

Jesús Aguirre
Superintendent
Seattle Parks and Recreation

Andrés J. Mantilla
Director
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?

The recent destruction of Junction QFC reported by the West Seattle Blog

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.

Join us. It’s time for action.


West Seattle – It’s Closer Than You Think

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.

Thank you for your support!

 

Shot & Directed by: Ryan Cory (ryancory.com)

Commissioned by: Lora Radford (Executive Director of WSJ)

Special Thanks to the following businesses for lending their voices:

Easy Street Records – (easystreetonline.com)

Thunder Road Guitars – (www.thunderroadguitars.com)

Fleurt Collective – (fleurtcollective.com)

Husky Deli – (www.huskydeli.com)

Elliot Bay Brewery – (www.elliottbaybrewing.com)

Lika Love Boutique – (likalove.com)

West 5 – (westfive.com)

Darby Winery – (darbywinery.com)

Pegasus Books – (www.pegasusbookexchange.com/p/store-info.html)

Menashe & Sons Jewelers – (www.menashejewelers.com)

Click! – (clickdesignthatfits.com)

 

RESONATE FILMS, LLC ©2020

 


Junction Reuse and Recycle with Shredding

Recycling and Reuse West Seattle Junction

Your West Seattle neighborhood reuse and recycle collection event – with SHREDDING.

Saturday, September 26th

9am to 1pm

FREE!

The Fourth Annual Reuse and Recycle event is happening in the West Seattle Junction Parking Lot located on the corner of SW Oregon and 42nd Ave SW.
 
Friendly Earth, Northwest Center Big Blue Truck, Seadrunar Recycling (shredding truck – hosted by Junction Windermere) and Styro Recycle will be on-site collecting items.

Please have masks on at all times – even while in your vehicle. 

Drive-Up:

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

Walk-Up:

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:

Styrofoam
Household batteries
Fluorescent tubes and bulbs
Small electronics
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
Construction waste
Latex paint
Large appliances
Garbage or yard waste
Hazardous waste
Car seats
Non-recyclable or non-reusable items
Commercial loads

 


 


Staff reserves the right to refuse items that are not listed, contaminated, or too large.
For more information on where to dispose of items not accepted visit: seattle.gov/Util/MyServices/WhereDoesItGo/

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 Saturday, August 29th

 

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. 

Merch on sale for the Pie Curious.

Bikram Yoga Will have yoga mats, towels, protein powders, yoga straps, yoga clothes and instructional manuals all at a 30% discount. 

30% off and free cloth mask with purchase.

Carmilia’s shop the sale racks for the best discounts! Carms is making room for all the cozy fall fashions. 

The famous pretty blue bag

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!

CAPERS giant homeware sales

City Mouse – always fun to shop the sales on the sidewalks by City Mouse. Watch for summer discounts and racks full of surprises. 

City Mouse sales (pic from 2019)

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.  

A Junction favorite Click! always has a great selection of goodies.

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.

Wine fills at the Darby tasting room

 

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.

RSD this Saturday.

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!

Welcome to Fleurt

 

Funky Janes storewide savings!

Storewide savings.

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.

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.

40% off See Kai Run Shoes!

Nurturing Expressions Located on 44th by Junction True Value, Nurturing Expressions will have soft and snugly sale items for moms and kids.  

The best place in the Junction for parent support and cozy sales.

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.

Pegasus Book Flights – Email to reserve your Book Flight in advance.

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. 

See the treasures and support seniors.

 

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!!

Swing on in!

Wild Rose’s – 50% off, all kimonos sale price of $29 and inside sales throughout the shop. Tons of new and consignment items too!

Kimonos at Wild Rose’s

VAIN  – Handbags! Sunglasses! Jewelry! So much will be on sale. 

Watch for sales indoors and outside

Join the Facebook invite here. 

 

 


WS Bridge T-Shirts Order Yours Here!

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 as – The new T-shirts are ready for pre-order! More than 6,800 friends and defenders of West Seattle voted on their favorite designs, from among 63 entries, and the top three designs are now ready to go into production.

2020

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 T-shirt, but need an exchange? Email the Junction here. You can bring back the T-shirt for a different size.

2021 TBA

You can purchase the T-Shirts at local West Seattle retailers too.

Printed locally in SODO!

Congratulations to the three winners!

Noah Bell-Cruz
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Greetings from Accidental Island – $29 Bella+Canvas 100% ringspun cotton/pre-shrunk – Mens (unisex sizing) and NEW as of September 14! Womens Hanes brand -roomier women’s cut.  

“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 mens and womens sizes. See more views and the size charts here. Ready to order? Click the green button.

Order here
Mike Shaughnessy / Bradi Jones
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Mind the Gap – $29 100% Bella+Canvas ringspun cotton/pre-shrunk – Mens (unisex sizing), Womens and Youth  NEW as of September 14! Womens Hanes brand -roomier women’s cut.  

“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 mens, womens and youth sizes. See more views and the size charts here. Ready to order? Click the green button.

Order here
Rebecca Dahlin
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So Close Yet So Far – $29 Next Level 100% ringspun cotton/pre-shrunk – Mens (unisex sizing), Womens and Youth  NEW as of September 14! Womens Hanes brand -roomier women’s cut.  

“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.

Order here

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 T-shirt?

You can pre-order a T-shirt now through this link or buy it in early September at select West Seattle retailers:

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 sizes (youth available for “Mind the Gap” and “So Close Yet So Far”). All pre-orders will be mailed, and prices include tax and shipping.

Questions? or 206-935-0904

FAQs

How much do they cost through the Junction?

The cost is $29 which includes tax and shipping.

How much do they cost at a retail store?

The cost is $26 at a retail store, plus tax.

How do I know what size I need?

See more views and the size charts here.

Please note: the Women’s style sizes tend to run small, so order a size up as needed.

Will there be additional print runs?

We expect to have additional runs through the end of the year to meet demand – but don’t wait! We are hoping to see as many of these shirts out and about as possible!

Who benefits from the T-shirt sales?

Pre-orders support the West Seattle Junction Association (a nonprofit 501c3), that organizes year-round community events, flower baskets, street safety and cleaning.

All proceeds of the T-shirt sales will go toward the merchants who will be selling the t-shirts at their stores.


Summer Update from the Junction

The Junction may not have been able to bring everyone together for Summer Fest in 2020, but that doesn’t mean it’s been quiet. Five months after the start of COVID, see what’s been happening in your downtown West Seattle. Learn more about the West Seattle Small Business Relief Fund.

Special thanks to Mark at Jaroslaw Media for filming the update!

Stories have been the cornerstone of my life for 30+ years … as a news reporter for the Los Angeles Times and United Press International, as a field producer and scriptwriter for KCBS-TV, as a public relations manager, and as a successful book publisher. In my professional capacity, I have reported on, written about, and worked with people at their best and also at their most vulnerable. I live and work in West Seattle, and I bring a journalist’s skill-set to all of my video work. I’d like to apply these skills to your story.

Mark Jaroslaw

(206) 229-9754


We Have That Junction Bingo

Let’s play BINGO! Ready to have some fun? There are TWO ways to play! Play for the fun of it.

 

1. Pick up your Junction BINGO card (see below). Bring your BINGO card with you when you visit the participating locations. The location will initial the square once you complete your purchase. Once you have completed one line across, one line down or a diagonal line (including the free space), drop off any participating businesses by Wednesday, October 21st for a chance to win gift cards to some of your favorite stores. FIVE LUCKY WINNERS will each receive $250 in gift cards and you’ll be receiving discounts along the way. One entry per person.     

2. When you shop in-store or dine at the restaurant, or use pick-up, you’ll receive this blue paper bingo card (not eligible on shipping or delivery). Hold on to it! Join the Junction for five separate bingo games online via Facebook and Instagram. Fab gifts and prizes will be yours ranging from $10 to $50!   

The Junction will have FIVE live drawings on Facebook and Instagram every other Wednesday at 7 PM:

Wednesday, August 26th, 7 PM Congratulations to the winners! $200 in gift cards called LIVE from Matador. 

Wednesday, September 9th, 7 PM Congratulations to the winners! $200 in gift cards called LIVE outdoors!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 7 PM Join us LIVE at Talaricos! $25 gift card to Hotwire Coffee, $25 gift card to The Beer Junction, $50 gift card to Talaricos!

Wednesday, October 7th, 7 PM

Wednesday, October 21st, 7 PM

BAKERY NOUVEAU – FREE 8oz drip coffee with a purchase!

(The) BEER JUNCTION – $1.00 off ANY crowler fill!

BIN 41 – Receive 10% off entire purchase of $30 or more.

CAPERS – Buy a Barr-Co. 8oz hand sanitizer for home and receive a 2 oz. purse sanitizer for “on the go” for FREE  Reg 19.95 Special 12.95. Capers offers in-store shopping, curbside pick-up, free West Seattle delivery, personal in-store shopping appointments,  and virtual shopping appointments.

CARMILIA’S – Spend $75 or more and receive a FREE mask! Carmilia’s offers in-store shopping, curbside pick-up, virtual shopping, and free local West Seattle delivery.

CITY MOUSE – Spend $50 and get $10 off your next purchase! City Mouse offers in-store shopping, curbside pick up, free local West Seattle delivery and free shipping.

CUPCAKE ROYALE – Purchase one full-sized cupcake, receive another of equal or lesser value for FREE! Cupcake Royale offers pickup to-go, and shipping.

CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS – FREE Swedish Dishcloth with a purchase of $30 or more. In-store and online (use code BINGO for online orders). Click! offers in-store shopping, curbside pickup, free local West Seattle delivery, shipping.

DUMPLINGS OF FURYSpend $25 and receive a FREE  BBQ Hum Bao. Dumplings of Fury offers delivery and pickup, limited outdoor seating. 

ELLIOTT BAY BREWERY – Receive $1.00 off ANY growler fill. Elliott Bay offers in-restaurant dining, curb-side delivery, and delivery.

FLEURT – Buy one item and receive 50% off the second item for anything in the store. 50% off will be the lesser value item. Fleurt offers in-store shopping, curbside pick-up, virtual shopping, free West Seattle delivery, shipping.

FLYING APRON – Receive $2.00 any savory item! Flying Apron offers in-restaurant dining, delivery.

GREAT AMERICAN DINER – Purchase a dinner entree and receive your choice of a FREE cocktail or FREE dessert. Great American offers in-restaurant dining, curbside pick-up, delivery.

HOTWIRE COFFEE – Receive a 12oz latte (hot or iced) for $2.00 (upgrades extra). Hotwire offers orders to-go, text-in ordering, limited outdoor seating.

HUSKY DELI – Receive a regular cone to waffle cone UPGRADE. Husky offers orders to-go, free West Seattle delivery, limited outdoor seating.

LIKA LOVE – Spend $50 and receive $10 off your next purchase. Lika Love offers, in-store shopping, virtual shopping, curbside pick-up,

MATADOR WEST SEATTLE – Receive $5 OFF any six-pack of margaritas to go! Matador offers in-restaurant dining, curbside pick-up and delivery.

MENASHE JEWELERS – When you spend over $250, you’ll receive a 30% DISCOUNT on one item! Menashe offers in-store shopping and curbside pick-up.

NEXT-TO-NATURE WEST SEATTLE – Receive a FREE dog treat in-store. In-store shopping, free West Seattle delivery.

PHOENECIA  – Purchase one pizza and receive another for 50% off (equal or lesser value). In-restaurant dining, curbside pick-up, delivery.

ROW HOUSE WEST SEATTLE –  FREE Signature Class at Row House West Seattle. No expiration. Call 206-397-8828 or stop by 4203 SW Oregon St. to sign up

SHADOWLAND – Receive $1.00 OFF any glass of wine. In-restaurant dining, pick-up, delivery.

WEST 5 – Offering 10% off Small or Large Cabin Fever Meal, use code MacNCheese. Online ordering only through Toast Tab – bring the bingo card when picking up to get stamped!

WILD ROSES – Offering 20% OFF all candles. In-store shopping, curbside pick-up.

You can save the date for all five bingo events by joining the Junction Facebook invite.

You can pick up a bingo card at any participating businesses.

 

We’re all connected in some way, united (even more so now) on the West Seattle peninsula.

Your downtown wants to make sure everyone in West Seattle knows all about the great gems that make our neighborhood an amazing place to call home. You don’t have to cross the bridge (well…) to experience the best that Seattle has to offer – we have it right here. We’re reaching out to the community to spread the word in many ways:

We’ll be TALKING about the importance of local businesses and the role they play in our community.

We’ll be PLAYING in our community through the Junction BINGO games (more details below).

And we’ll be APPEALING to the neighborhood to shop at local businesses to help West Seattle thrive.

Our local business flavor is a big part of what we love about the neighborhood. West Seattle is awesome because whether you’re talking about cool shops, the best ice cream, stellar restaurants, people who care, the walk-all-ways intersection, or the best sunsets in Seattle, we can all say, West Seattle – WE HAVE THAT!

Show your neighborhood pride the next time you visit a local Junction business (masks on please!) by finding and writing on a We Have That card what you purchased. The business will be proudly displaying your message. You can also share photos by posting on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and using the hashtag #wswehavethat #westseattlejunction. We’d love to see what you see, experience, and purchase in West Seattle because West Seattle – WE HAVE THAT! In the spirit of WE HAVE THAT, we’re also rolling out a BINGO game to not only show you we really do have that but also to spin in some fun.

 


West Seattle Bridge T-Shirt Voting Form

Vote for your top five designs! Powered by your votes, three designs will be produced into West Seattle Bridge T-Shirts available for pre-sale, and at local West Seattle retailers. BE the voice of West Seattle, and show your community pride. You’ll be voting alongside your 80,000 West Seattle island neighbors. We’re on island time now, so take your time – the voting ends July 31st.

Scroll down to see all the images, once you’ve cast your FIVE votes, hit the SUBMIT button on the bottom of the form. You can also vote here directly on the Google form

Voting begins on Thursday, July 9th through midnight Monday, July 31st. To see larger images, visit the Junction Facebook Album here.

 

Looking for the SUBMIT BUTTON and all the entries? If you’re on desktop, use the grey scroll bar on the right. You’ll see more images and the SUBMIT BUTTON IN BROWN


Artist+Graphic Design Call Out: West Seattle Bridge T-Shirt(s) Design

This is a historically remarkable time for West Seattle. The stay-home order is dramatically affecting our merchants and the bridge closure is intensifying our sense of isolation. We love living here, but we are getting hit harder than most neighborhoods. It’s been tough on everyone.

Art as an Expression of Solidarity

At the initiative of neighbor and volunteer Scott Ulrich, the West Seattle Art Walk is bringing artists and the community together to create a visual, emotional statement about our reality – as a benefit for our local businesses and local artists. 

We are launching a West Seattle Bridge T-Shirt Design Contest to generate three different shirt designs for sale this summer. The artists of the three chosen designs will each receive $500 for their work.

All proceeds of the T-shirt sales will go toward the merchants who will be selling the t-shirts at their stores and to the West Seattle Junction who organizes the  West Seattle Small Business Relief fund which, as of June 16, has already provided $104,000 to our local merchants and service providers to help cover essential monthly expenses like utility bills and payroll taxes. 

Inspiration for the T-Shirt Artwork

The Art Walk’s goal is to create T-shirts with visual and/or verbal messages that inspire West Seattleites during this heavy time in our history. We would like all artists to consider the following as they create their designs: 

  • Capture the essence of the situation
  • Raise awareness about the importance of the bridge closure to our community
  • Convey the love we have for West Seattle

We recognize that art is a very personal expression and you may have mixed emotions about the Bridge closure. While we do not want to inhibit creativity, we do aim to find a balance among sentiments conveyed in the designs that will appeal to our community, with a suggestion of:

  • Humorous
  • Proud
  • Encouraging 

Designs can be all illustration, all text, or a mix of both. One submission per artist.

Please note: While we welcome all submissions, artwork needs to be family-friendly to qualify for voting and selection.

West Seattle Chooses Winners!

All submissions are due on Friday, July 3, by noon (see below for more info about art preparation). The Art Walk will compile all qualifying submissions in a Facebook album and provide an online voting form – then it’s up to the community to vote for their favorites! Timeline specifics will be released shortly.

Artwork Specifics

  • T-shirt designs will be silk screened and can have up to four (4) solid/spot/flat colors (PMS colors preferred)
  • Artwork needs to work on either a white, black or gray T-shirt, and will print approximately 8”x10”
  • All artwork submissions need to be final, production-ready files: 300 dpi at print size (vector graphics and/or Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop formats preferred). The printer will do separations.

>>>How do I submit my artwork? Fill out this short form online, where you can also upload your work. We need both the final file and a JPG for use in voting.

Here is the 2019 Summer Fest T-shirt for reference. The four colors are black, pink, red and yellow.

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How Can You Buy Your Shirt?

The Art Walk will have a form to pre-order all shirts prior to production, and some merchants, if already open, will have them for sale. Shirts will be $29 (tax and shipping included) if pre-ordered, and $25 at local merchants. Pre-orders begin in late June, and availability will be two to three weeks later.

You can expect this timeline:

 

Action Date Notes
Call for Artists June 1
Deadline for Submissions July 3 Full four weeks+
Gather Submissions into Voting  July 6-July 9
Voting Begins July 10 Full four weeks
Voting Closes August 7
Announce Winners August 10
Pre-sales Open August 14 Full six weeks
Pre-sale Closes September 11
Release files September 14 5-10 business days
Delivery September 28
Mailing/Fulfillment Week of September 28 Mail or drop to merchants

Thank you in advance for your love for West Seattle, and we are excited to see your ideas! As for every day, we will get through this together – and having a cool T-shirt will make things even better.

Please contact us at  or with any questions.