More Cal Anderson sports on Block Party weekend: Battle on the Block skate contest

Saturday will be a very sporty day in Cal Anderson Park. The Seattle Cascades of the American Ultimate Disc League are making the park’s Bobby Morris turf their home field Saturday night with hopes of catching some of the buzz of this weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party.

Through the day, the park’s busy sports courts will also be put to use for some X-Games-worthy action as Pike/Pine skateshop 35th North presents a “Battle on the Block” mini-ramp contest:

Battle on the Block Mini-ramp contest

The day of ramp riding gets started at 11 AM. You’ll need to sign up in advance at E Pike’s 35th North.

While Capitol Hill lacks a proper public skate park, the Cal Anderson courts have provided a smooth space for riders over the years. 35th North, meanwhile, has helped support the local scene in Seattle since 2003.

 

Cascades bring American Ultimate Disc League battle — and Portland rivalry — to Capitol Hill

Shane Worthington, 24, joined the Seattle Cascades last year having played ultimate frisbee since he was 11. He and the Cascades will bring their game to Bobby Morris Saturday. (Image: CHS)

Lots of interesting things happen at Cal Anderson but Capitol Hill’s central park may have found a new symbol of its eccentric charm by means of a professional frisbee team—the city’s very first—called the Seattle Cascades.

“The Cascades are trying to do something more than just be a team,” Xtehn Titcomb tells CHS. “We have a fan base. We have a social media following. If we play our cards right, we can continue to grow and have what I think is a really big impact on sports culture beyond just ultimate frisbee.” Continue reading

Here’s how to keep track of two years of construction coming around Capitol Hill Station

Capitol Hill Housing’s Station House is slated to open in 2019

The ribbon has been cut on the project to surround Capitol Hill Station with housing, retail, and community development. Come 2020, commercial activity will return to the block for the first time since 2006 and a whole bunch of new Capitol Hill neighbors will call this stretch of Broadway home. But, first, current neighbors need to deal with two years of construction and the rise of two new tower cranes in the heart of Broadway. Here’s how to keep up to date.

This Capitol Hill Station Project Page from the development’s lead contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis will be used to keep the neighborhood alerted to coming construction, the latest milestones, and when big new elements of the construction process will be moving into place, a project representative tells CHS.

The first update for July deals with a key element of the earliest stages of the project — digging up a lot of dirt: Continue reading

CHS Pics | From gray to rainbows with Capitol Hill 2018 Pride celebrations

Gray skies gave way to a sunny Broadway celebration of Pride this year. Appropriately themed Rain to Rainbows, PrideFest drew a large crowd of glitter and rainbows-adorned LGBTQ+ Seattleites and their allies to Broadway and Cal Anderson.

PrideFest Capitol Hill again turned Broadway from John to Roy into a party street. Hosted by local teen drag queen Rainbow Gore Cake, its main stage featured a variety of DJs, live performances, and special drag guests. An all-day karaoke stage drew performers across a variety of genres, drumlines and street performers wowed crowds, and the cast of Julia’s on Broadway put on a spectacular drag show. Continue reading

Trans Pride Seattle shares its stage with immigrant rights to start off 2018 Pride weekend on Capitol Hill

With reporting and photography by Alex Garland

Trans Pride, the feistiest of Seattle’s annual Pride celebrations, also proved to be the most inclusive Friday night, making space for the fight for rights for trans and gender non-conforming people and the cause of ending the separation of immigrant families at the southern border.

Graciela Nunez Pargas of the Washington State Immigrant Solidarity Network was invited by Trans Pride organizer the Gender Justice League to speak about the effort to reunify families.

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‘Hope in Seattle’ — Community Care Day brings a little extra help to Cal Anderson

Jimmy Berry, an attendee at Community Care Day in Cal Anderson

The 2018 Community Care Day, held at the Cal Anderson Shelter House across from Central Lutheran Church, brought community members from across Seattle to a central location Friday providing medical services, hot food, hygiene kits and vital information for anyone who needs a little extra help.

Devin Silvernail, the executive director of Be Seattle, told CHS midway through Friday’s event they had already spoken with more than 50 community members and given out all the donated blankets and sleeping bags they had on hand.

“It’s not about solving, it’s about making life easier,” Silvernail said. Continue reading

Organizers face down challenges to raise money for 2018 Seattle Trans Pride

Just after Seattle’s new symbol of trans-inclusion, the Pride flag re-design, launched, the future of the annual Trans Pride on Capitol Hill looks strong.

Organizers Trans Pride Seattle and Gender Justice League have been fundraising against the clock to meet the costs required to host this year’s event and have smashed through the $20,000 goal. The fiercely independent group has, again, done it by depending on mostly small, individual donations. Continue reading

CHS Pics | New friendships forged at Cal Anderson with Pets in the Park

While a life and death situation played out below Broadway Wednesday, above Broadway in Cal Anderson Park was a much more chill atmosphere. Anybody stressed out by the 13-hour standoff could find some comfort in a fuzzy buddy or three as the Seattle Humane Society came to Capitol Hill’s central park with adoptable pals.

Sponsored by the soon to open development at Broadway and Madison The Danforth, Pets in the Park matched the Seattle Humane MaxMobile Adoption Van with Capitol Hill residents looking for a feline companion. Continue reading

Taking on ‘Bezos’ bullying,’ Sawant’s March on Amazon will start on Capitol Hill — UPDATE

Sawant below the Amazon Spheres at a rally last week

The next major free speech event at Cal Anderson Park? It will target Seattle’s largest publicly traded company and one of the largest employers of Capitol Hill residents in the city. UPDATE: A representative tells CHS the rally is now slated to take place at Seattle Central.

District 3 representative Kshama Sawant — go ahead and get your cut and paste CHS anti-Socialist Alternative comments ready, haters — and the Affordable Housing Alliance are organizing a Saturday, May 12th March on Amazon:

March on Amazon

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Happy 70th birthday, Cal Anderson

(Image: Courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives)

Cal Anderson, the man Capitol Hill’s central park is named for, would have turned 70 today.

Anderson died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 47 in 1995. Anderson lives on in Washington history as the state’s first openly gay legislator:

Anderson was a Democratic activist and an aide to Seattle City Council Member George Benson and to Mayor Charles Royer. He was a decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army in Vietnam and called himself, “a Democrat who happens to be gay” (The Seattle Times). In the legislature Anderson backed gay rights legislation and battled initiatives that would discriminate against gays. He also worked for campaign finance reform, easier voter registration, and open access to government documents.

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