Save the West Seattle Grand Parade!

The Committee that organizes the West Seattle American Legion Grand Parade every year, (that huge parade down California Ave SW in July that thousands watch with the array of floats and costumes) said that they won’t be able to put it on this year, unless they receive $3,500 in funding to cover parade costs. This will be the 2nd year that the city has required groups to pay the cost of street closures and barricades.

Photo Courtesy of the West Seattle Blog

Parade co-coordinator Dave Vague said “we are now responsible for the cost of the street barricade signs and the bid has come in at $7,000, and so far we have only been able to raise half that amount. If we are unable to raise the additional money needed by June 1 we need to cancel the parade this year.” This will be the 79th year of the parade, and this year for an added bonus, they are planning to do a 5k run before the start. The parade will not run without the support from donors and time is running out for funding to come in. If you’re interested in donating, or becoming a parade sponsor, you can donate online on the Parade Website. If the parade is not canceled this year, it will be held on July 21st.

Rapid Ride Construction Continues

Construction on the Rapid Ride Route 120 in West Seattle continues this week, steadying the process for the bus service that is scheduled to start this upcoming fall. While construction crews have eased away from the east side of SW Alaska st, they have migrated to the other side of the street, and are tearing up the concrete on the west side near Key Bank. The North entrance to that alleyway into the back parking lot is blocked, which many locals use frequently while shopping or eating out, but the lot is still open during construction.

Today is also the scheduled Metro meeting for route 120, open to the public from 5:30-7:30pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Get all of your questions and concerns addressed tonight.