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2 Wednesday, July 30, 1997 West Seattle Herald/White Center News BRIEFS sign poking fun at the at Water taxi might continue to August The water taxi that's been running between the downtown waterfront and Seacrest Boat House might continue through August. Funding is available, said Cheryl Cronander, project manager. It's a matter of rescheduling boats. "It's a tentative go for August," she said. With 1,200 people riding the vessel on a weekend day, plus 500 per weekday, city and county officials are convinced the idea will float. "Clearly there is a market there," said Irene Stewart, aide to King County Coun- cilmember Greg Nickels. ,4k V Salmon Barbecue Saturday at beach The Alki Community Center is sponsoring a salmon barbecue on the beach near the Bathhouse Art Studio. The barbecue will begin around 4 p.m. and contin- ue until 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $7.50 for salmon, rolls, salad, dessert and a drink. Tick- ets may be purchased at the Alki Community Center. All proceeds will support youth programs. 4L Y Hope Lutheran gets grant Lutheran School received matching of $25-100. has donated $500 to Hope Lutheran since the pro- grams inception in 1987, and $10.8 million to partici- pating schools around the country. Admiral Way bridges finally open Seismic work on the bridges that carry Southwest Admiral Way traf- fic over Fairmount Ravine is com- plete and all four lanes are open. The year-long, $400,000 project was wrapped up Friday. "This was one of our more com- plex seismic projects," said Frank Yanagimachi, project manager. "There are actually two Admiral Way bridges, although they look like one. One bridge is concrete and one is steel, so work on each one was done separately." Part of the project included con- necting the two bridges, "so during an earthquake it would be less like- may see Just the presence of a ferry dock in the neighborhood is enough to stir passions in Fauntleroy. Some residents love the big boats, while others hate them. And no one likes the extra traffic. Phil Olwetl knows that all too well. He's co-supervisor of the Fauntlcroy f)rry terminal. Olwell and Brad Wells, the other supervisor, have been working on small design changes they hope will make the ferry dock operate more smoothly. Olwell is quick to point out these are merely ideas for improvement, not part of any expansion plan. Hc's fully aware many Fauntleroy residents lobbied strenuously for years against making the dock big- ger. "We thought it was high time to work with the community," Olwell said. "Rather than approach this from a 20-year plan, we want to facilitate existing traffic." One of their ideas is to rearrange the tollbooths. Currently, one small building houses two back-to-back tollbooths. Some drivers pull up to the toll- booth with it on their left, next to the driver. But the others must drive up with the tollbooth on their right. They have to stretch across the front seat to buy ferry tickets through their passenger windows. Olwell wants to reconfigure the existing approach to build two new tollbooths side by side. One of the booths also would have a public restroom. The portable toilet that's on the dock now could then be removed. Olwell also wants to take out the triangular traffic island alongside ly for one bridge to fall and take out the other," Yanagimachi said. The project was part of the city's $21.5 million seismic retrofit pro- gram, which began in 1993. New park created There's a new pocket park in the Ocean View area. Purchased with funds from the 1989 Open Space bond measure, the new public park is located where 35th Avenue Southwest meets Marine View Drive South- west. A house was removed at 11617 Marine View Dr. S.W. and the property has been hydroseeded with grass. The new parcel is attached to another 5.2 acres along Seola Beach Fauntleroy Way Southwest. That would make it easier for trucks and large motor homes to get on and off the dock. He also wants a smaller sign on Fauntleroy Way to mark the ferry terminal. That would put the north-south crosswalk at the mouth of the ferry terminal at the same elevation as the street. The crosswalk might even be lit. Olwell got informal support for the proposed changes from the Fauntleroy Community Associa- tion. Engineers from Washington State Ferries are finalizing the design, but the changes have not been included in the budget. Olwell said maybe the work could be done next summer. I want to save Ballard High! Name: Address: Phone: ~Please dip this coupon and mail to: ommittee to Save Ballard H.S., P.O. Box 84063, Seattle WA 98124) pLEASE JOIN US! We number over a thousand. The SchoolDistrictplans to destroy & replace Baflard this summer. We voted in 1984 to restore Ballard. The Ballard buildings are sound; restoration will save $10.5 million. Call usl 521-3288 (24-hrmeseage) NEWS FLASH/July 9: Bids to destroy & replace Ballard just came in an extra $1.2 million over btxlget. Call School District and urge sound fiscal management, and r 'ection of bids: 29~7040. (Supt. John Stanford; School Board Members: Ellen Roe, Scott Bamhart, Linda Harris, Pres., Don Nielsen, Michael Preston, Barbara Schaad- Lamphere, AI Sug~yama) Charlie Chong: "All arguments to tear down Ballard High will - in fifty years or loss - be recognized as shortsighted and expedient foolishness." Peter Steinbrueck, architect: in 19 2 ~ noted school architect Edgar Blair, /lard High School is an ~portant part of Seattle's cultural and architectural berit~e... Ballard High Schoot can and should be saved." Drive Southwest, purchased since 1990 with Open Space bond funds. The Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation has only enough money to install a picnic table and a bench, said Catherine Anstett, spokeswoman for the Open Space Program. However the department will maintain the property. Ideas for what to do with the new park, as well as what to name it, will be discussed at a public meet- ing at the park on Aug. 18. A time has not been set, but it will probably be in the evening, Anstett said. Junction pocket park the Believe it or not, there's a flag- pole in the Junction on the comer of Southwest Alaska Street and 44th tainS Avenue Southwest. The flagpole is overwhelmed by a large tree, but it's there. And Eagle Scout candidate Jonathan Bingham wants to see the colors flying from the, it again. He's taken on the project and as part of his quest to become an Eagle Scout. MICHELIN " BF G The more regular maintenance time it will be in the : Lube, oil : and oil filter i ! ! ! | Most Amen~.an cars and | i light trucks, plus Datsun, Toyota, VW and Honda. i I Rus s=dspo otS2.so. 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