1:17 p.m.: Until 5 p.m., you can visit the new People’s Duwamish River Park and enjoy the Duwamish River Festival. The park is at 8700 Dallas Ave. S. at South Park [map] – we reported on the site when construction started two years ago.
Today’s event includes entertainment, games, educational booths and food, as pictured here. We’ll add more photos when we get back to HQ.
PS If you drive there and can’t find a parking space nearby, there is a shuttle from 8438 Dallas.
ADDED AT 2:59 PM: The festival has over 55 booths, mostly from agencies and groups dealing with environmental issues in the Duwamish Valley and ways you can help – native plants, for example:
Knowing and respecting the fish and wildlife of the Duwamish River is another topic:
You can find out more about the West Dumamish Wet Weather Storage Facility project featured here earlier this week, which will be built in the southeast of West Seattle in about three years:
Community resilience is also a topic – Cindi Barker from West Seattle is on the stand where you can experience Neighborhood Emergency Communication Centers:
And of course, the EPA is here to talk about the ongoing cleanup of the Duwamish River. New regional administrator Casey Sixkiller (last mentioned here when he was running for mayor last year) spoke briefly to festival-goers – he is on the right in our picture below next to Paulina Lopezgeneral manager of the Duwamish River Community Coalition – which presents today’s festival:
With them left are Calvin Teraba, Christian Poulsenand Fatima Hernández. Sixkiller promised to “continue to work in partnership with this community” towards “a clean, healthy river that is open to all.”