Cal Anderson’s all-gender restrooms part of park’s summer 2017 construction plans

In the summer of 2016, Bobby Morris got a new playfield surface. In 2017, Cal Anderson Park’s notoriously gross restrooms are getting an all-gender, all-ability makeover. Both projects could become models for parks across Seattle.

Plans to redo the park’s bathrooms as an all-gender and mobility-friendly facility have been filed with the city’s Department of Construction and Inspections and are awaiting approval. The project will be paired with infrastructure upgrades for Cal Anderson’s much-loved mountain fountain for another busy summer of construction inside the popular Central Seattle park.

“It’s one of the first ones that we’re doing in the city transforming men’s and women’s restrooms into individual stalls,” Kathleen Conner, planning manager with Seattle Parks and Recreation, told CHS about the bathroom overhaul. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Festival of Lights 5777 from E Pike party to Cal Anderson menorah lighting

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The reason we say “happy holidays,” of course, and not only “Merry Christmas,” is because this is a time of many celebrations on Capitol Hill. CHS was lucky enough to attend one of our favorites of the season again Tuesday night as community groups gathered at E Pike’s Gay City for the annual Light the Night party.

In addition to the “kosher latkes, drinks, colorful dreidels” and, yup, accordion music, we like the way PAVE, Jconnect Seattle, and Kolenu, Seattle’s Jewish LGBTQ group, celebrate the season with a candle lighting “symbolizing both the miracle of Hanukkah and our affirmation that justice and equality will prevail against oppression.”

Meanwhile, Thursday night brings another celebration from Chabad on Capitol Hill — we wrote about the group’s growth in Central Seattle here — at Cal Anderson Park:

Chanuka Celebration and Public Menorah Lighting

 

Cal Anderson’s season of Trump discontent continues with ‘final stand’ Seattle Hamilton Electors rally

screen-shot-2016-12-18-at-1-48-39-pmA last stand, of sorts, for United States democracy will take part in Cal Anderson Park Sunday night. Local proponents of the so-called Hamilton Electors, a movement formed around blocking the election of President-elect Donald Trump, are gathering in the icy park with candles and a message on the eve of the Electoral College’s December 19th vote.

“We are coming together one final time, urging them to vote with their conscience, do their duty to select somebody with the proper qualifications,” organizer John Vogan said.

“This is the final stand, as we hope and pray that these 538 citizens will carry out their duty as the last fail-safe in our electoral process and save this country from the current President-elect,” organizers said in a statement on the planned rally. Continue reading

Thousands take to streets of Capitol Hill as ‘Seattle Women March Against Hate’

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

Thousands of women — and those who love them — gathered in Volunteer Park Saturday afternoon for a march against hate organized to counter a tide of misogyny and stand up against efforts to roll back women’s rights under the incoming Trump administration. Here are a few glimpses from the crowd and images from CHS for the day’s rally and procession from Volunteer Park to Cal Anderson via 12th Ave and Broadway.

Police estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 marchers participated.

“When we see bigotry and when we see discrimination, we need to have the courage, the strength, and the passion to denounce it,” organizer Kelsey Coleman said as she addressed the crowd waiting in Volunteer Park before the start of the march. “And to show people of all ethnicities, all orientations, all genders, and all religions that we stand beside them.”

An idea first hatched by a group of friends with a start a little more than a Facebook invite, organizers said Saturday’s event grew under its own power as women sought a local opportunity to speak out against the outcome of the election. Demi Wetzel told CHS she and the other organizers were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, offers of help, and media interest in the event.

Chants during the march rattled off buildings on the chilly afternoon. My body, my choice. Black lives matter. Not my president.

More images and coverage of the march are here.

‘Seattle Women March Against Hate’ Saturday across Capitol Hill — UPDATE

Abort the patriarchy #seattlewomensmarchagainsthate

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UPDATE 12/3/2016 4:20 PM: Thousands of women — and those who love them — gathered in Volunteer Park Saturday afternoon for a march against hate organized to counter a tide of misogyny and stand up against efforts to roll back women’s rights under the incoming Trump administration. Here are a few glimpses from the crowd and images from CHS for the day’s rally and procession from Volunteer Park to Cal Anderson via 12th Ave and Broadway.

Police estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 marchers participated.

“When we see bigotry and when we see discrimination, we need to have the courage, the strength, and the passion to denounce it,” organizer Kelsey Coleman said as she addressed the crowd waiting in Volunteer Park before the start of the march. “And to show people of all ethnicities, all orientations, all genders, and all religions that we stand beside them.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Cal Anderson at center of Seattle anti-Trump protests

Chanting “Not my president!” and “Black lives matter,” hundreds of students from 23rd Ave’s Garfield High School marched to Cal Anderson where they joined hundreds more Monday afternoon in a citywide student walkout in protest of the election of Donald Trump. The rally marked the second day in a row the Capitol Hill park has been a central gathering place as Seattle’s citizens protest the election results and plot solutions to counter Trump’s expected policies and push ahead to fix whatever broken political processes resulted in his victory.

Sunday, hundreds attended a “Love Over Hate” gathering organized by a group of SPU marriage and family therapy students as an opportunity for Seattleites to come together for a non-political show of “love, support, and togetherness.” Sunday afternoon included singing, sign making, and, yup, even some protest. A portion of the gathered crowd opted to march from the park and made its way downtown.

Images and video from both days of protest are below. For more on local efforts to do more than march to push back on the Trump victory, check out our coverage of Sunday night’s Post Election Community Forum held at 11th Ave’s V2. Continue reading

Police search for vehicle after 13th Ave shooting

Police gather evidence after a shooting on the southwest corner of 13th and E Olive St early Sunday morning (Image: CHS)

A male victim was hit and a vehicle was reported speeding away in an overnight shooting near 13th and E Olive St early Sunday.

Police reported hearing gunfire from the area around 1:30 AM and arrived to find a male down with a gunshot wound to the neck, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

UPDATE: A sergeant at the scene said the shooting appears to have involved a close “exchange” of gunfire and that a handgun was recovered from the victim. The officer said around five or six shots were fired. Continue reading

CHS Pics | In Cal Anderson, ‘the owls are not what they seem’

The owls are not what they seem. #capitolhill #seattle #mytown

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Neighborhood shutterbug Roy Powell captured a beautiful visitor to Cal Anderson Park Thursday night. This snowy barred owl seems to have sat on this park bench before. Powell said he spotted the bird around 10:30 PM.

In November of 2012, a female yearling snowy owl showed up on 11th Ave making a meal of an ill-fated gull. That young owl required rescue and, after rehabilitation, was released back to the wild in a well-attended celebration at Volunteer Park.

While barred owls make areas around the Hill their permanent homes, the snowy owl is a seasonal visitor to an area as far south as Seattle. Young snowy owls — like many others — regularly return to Washington and points south to winter during the harshest months of life in the Arctic. They are daytime hunters so keep your eyes open and head swiveling. At night, they apparently like to hang out and watch the world go by from a park bench.

UPDATE: Never trust a journalist to ID birds. What about barred owls, you ask? The barred birds are of a mammal-like bulk (21″ tall) “and relatively unfazed by human presence–they will stretch, emit wisdom, yawn, gambol, sleep, be serene, faire la toilette, hunt, etc. within 10-15 feet of a person.”

Capitol Hill Pets | Gentle giant Momo in Cal Anderson Park

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Momo the Old English Shepherd was found hanging out with Brenda in Cal Anderson Park. This was Momo’s first time to Cal Anderson but he will probably be seen more often as he lives just a few blocks away. Brenda, originally from Mexico, now lives on Capitol Hill and adopted her neighbor’s dog because he was too big for a new apartment. Despite Momo’s size, he’s a little timid, so be super sweet when you say hello.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill. Are you a Capitol Hill Pet we should know about? Drop us a line.

Moms Demand Action on state gun control initiative at Cal Anderson Park

Moms Demand Action campaigning in Bellingham for I-1491. (Image: Moms Demand Action)

Moms Demand Action campaigning in Bellingham for I-1491. (Image: Moms Demand Action)

One of the leading anti-gun violence groups in the nation will be holding a rally at Cal Anderson Park September 24th in support of a statewide gun control initiative appearing on the ballot in November.

Moms Demand Action will be supporting Initiative 1491 — a measure to create “extreme risk protection orders” which would allow families and law enforcement officials to petition courts to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if the they are deemed to be threat to themselves or others. Continue reading

Mayor Murray grilled about SPD’s North Precinct project at Capitol Hill event

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Mayor Ed Murray may have faced his toughest challenge yet to his controversial $149 million plan to build a new police precinct in north Seattle.

In a heated exchange caught on video with a Block the Bunker activist Tuesday night, Murray said it was a mistake that the city did not use its “racial equity toolkit” to evaluate the project.

“I inherited the proposal and I made mistake about not stopping that proposal,” Murray said of the decision to not analyze the racial implications of building the new precinct. He said the city would conduct the analysis going forward, but nevertheless made a passionate case for why the city needed upgraded police facilities. Continue reading