With the annual charity game’s home field closed for installation of its new cork-filled turf surface earlier this summer, Bat’n Rouge took the field at Bobby Morris a little later than usual with a late August game pitting rivals Lez-broz vs. Drag Queens in a match of good times and, occasionally, some pretty good play. Sunday, Mayor Ed Murray was there to throw out the first pitch, lucky folks in the crowd walked away with raffle prizes from John Criscitello, and karaoke entertainer David Marshall sang the national anthem. After plenty of shenanigans and good-natured, money-for-a-good-cause cheating, the Lez-Bros came out on top to take the title at the 18th annual event. The charity game benefits the Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Center. CHS reported on the nonprofit’s mission and its move into a new home above 15th Ave E earlier this year. Continue reading
Your Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day moment of zen II pic.twitter.com/DMDqDBoL8U
— jseattle (@jseattle) August 14, 2016
Here are a few scenes from this weekend’s Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day, the 9th edition of the annual summer event brought to you by CHS and the Cal Anderson Park Alliance. It was hot! Continue reading
The fences were coming down and the feet were stepping onto the new cork-filled turf on Cal Anderson’s Bobby Morris field Wednesday.
Seattle Parks had predicted an August 12th completion date for the $1 million project to replace the playfield’s crumb rubber surface with a new experimental cork alternative. Installation began mid-June. Seattle Parks also looked at alternatives involving material like coconut husks, a mineral-like sand, and a synthetic material but ultimately went with the new cork product after visits from several manufacturers who came to Seattle to pitch their creations. Continue reading
Early next summer people of all genders and all abilities will find a restroom made just for, well, everybody in Cal Anderson Park as part of a much needed overhaul of the notoriously filthy public facilities. While many will celebrate the clean-up, many more will celebrate the growing awareness around all-gender access.
Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Department finished a study in March about remodeling the restrooms for the transgender and gender nonconforming community, following a mayoral executive order based on a recommendation from the city’s LGBTQ Task Force.
“It’s a wide variety of people that use the restroom, and we want them all to feel safe and welcome,” said Cheryl Eastberg, project coordinator with the parks department. Continue reading
In 2008, CHS pulled together the first Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day. Things were simpler then. And about as well organized. We haven’t changed the format much over the years but we have a lot more help. The 2016 CHGSD is Sunday, August 14th and thanks to the Cal Anderson Park Alliance, it should — once again — be a fun day for finding and getting rid of a few treasures. Cal Anderson returns as the host for the community sale where a few dozen garage sales will take place. You can also check out the map to find more sales across the Hill. We’re betting you might find a few more around the streets, too. Not everybody is a joiner. Please share pictures of the sweet deals and sweet dealers you meet and definitely get involved with making the day even more fun. We’ve had shopping cart DJs and other random surprises show up from CHGSD to CHGSD. Oh, and please note, early birds, most sales start at 9 AM.
This event is produced by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance and is part of the group’s efforts to activate Cal Anderson Park year-round. Thanks to sponsors Capitol Hill Housing, AHF Pharmacy, and Kendall’s DJ & Event.
Cal Anderson’s outdoor movie season got off to an even weirder and wackier start than normal Friday night with a screening of Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same. The sci-fi Fierce Awakens-themed series from Three Dollar Bill Cinema continues this Friday with Spaceballs. I see your Schwartz is as big as mine…
The best way to watch a space fantasy movie has to be under a night sky filled with stars, or at least beneath the glowing orbs of Cal Anderson Park’s lamp posts.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema is holding its annual outdoor film run in the park each Friday night in August. This year’s mini-festival is dubbed The Fierce Awakens! All the screenings are free and start around 8:30 PM in the southeast corner of the park. A DJ will start warming up the crowd around 7 PM and concessions are available.
First up is Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, which screens this Friday. The film tells the story of lesbian space aliens that have on earth with a mission to rid themselves of romantic emotions through inevitable heartbreak. The rest of the month looks equally spacey and fun.
Friday, August 5
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2011)
Friday, August 12
Friday, August 19
Friday, August 26th
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
Capitol Hill’s parks were busy this weekend. Saturday, the inaugural Lusio light art festival added its glow to Volunteer Park’s nighttime shadows. Sunday, Cal Anderson also hosted a first time ever event.
206 Zulu brought its Park Jams series to Capitol Hill for the first time and filled Cal Anderson Park’s meadow bowl with local DJs, musicians, and visual artists.
— Alex Garland (@AGarlandPhoto) August 1, 2016
With Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 passed, this weekend brings free music to Cal Anderson Park. Attendees will be able to enjoy the “the four elements” — DJing, breakdancing, emceeing, and graffiti art not filtered through the Pike/Pine scene.
Sunday evening, Cal Anderson will play host to local DJs, musicians, and visual artists as part of its turn to host a 206 Zulu Park Jam. The jam is organized by nonprofit volunteer organization 206 Zulu, the Seattle branch of a group started in the 70s to bring live music, particularly hip hop, to parks as a way to create a safe place for young people in the Bronx. Zulu has since extended its mission to providing family-friendly music and arts programming in cities throughout the United States. Continue reading
Some idiot vigilante tried to take the “wildlife“ of Cal Anderson park into their own hands and now I’m at the vet pic.twitter.com/c4sYuH4NhP
— thot leader (@EvaGiselle) July 19, 2016
A Capitol Hill dog was sickened Tuesday after eating what appears to be rat poison left near the playground in Cal Anderson Park.
Eva Gisellse tells CHS she was walking her dog Data in the park around 6 PM on Monday when the blue heeler ate an unknown substance. After Data became sick Tuesday morning, Gisellse retrieved the green substance and took her dog to Urban Animal at Broadway and E Thomas.
An Urban Animal spokesperson told CHS the substance was almost certainly rat poison, but veterinarians are awaiting final test results for confirmation. Thankfully, Data is recovering in her Capitol Hill apartment.
“We recommend that anyone walking a dog in the area makes sure it does not eat anything off the ground,” said Jen Pohlman, operations manager at Urban Animal. Of course, the same goes for humans.
UPDATE (7/20): After being notified of the incident, Seattle Parks had its pest control contractor check the roughly 20 rat poison traps that were set around Cal Anderson Park earlier this year. According to Parks spokesperson Christina Hirsch, there was no evidence of tampering on the traps, which are designed to keep poison away from dogs and children. “All of the traps were locked and all of the traps have been regularly serviced,” she said.
You can try to police your way through the mess of drugs in Seattle. You can also try to address some of the health and social issues around addiction head on. One solution advocates are hoping to bring to Seattle are safe consumption sites for drug users. VOCAL Washington’s tour of a mock safe consumption site around Seattle is making stops on Capitol Hill this week. Continue reading