Tuesday, July 16, 2013

South Delridge and Roxhill Neighborhoods of West Seattle

Today's 6.2 mile walk in the South Delridge and Roxhill neighborhoods was nowhere near as hilly as yesterday's Gatewood walk and the views were not as spectacular as I walked streets north of SW Thistle Street and west of Delridge Way SW.

Chief Sealth International High School,

Denny International Middle School

and the Southwest Pool / Teen Life Center / Neighborhood Services Center dominate this area.

On the south side of Thistle, I spotted all kinds of sports fields and even got a glimpse of Mount Rainier.

Longfellow Creek Greenspace is on the north side of Thistle and this appears to be very close to the location of the P-patch mentioned by a friendly dog-walker I met on a prior walk. The city's website says it is on the south side of Thistle at 25th.

Walking north on Delridge Way, I spotted lots apartment complexes, some on treed lots.

On the west side of Delridge, I noted newer homes and that the street had recently been repaved with cement. I wondered why the current repaving along Sand Point Way and NE 125th Street is blacktop.

Further north, Delridge is in the process of being repaved and as helpful worker directed me to the sidewalk which has remained open.

Along the way, I passed a Southwest Precinct Seattle Police Station,

a Vietnamese Cultural Center,

the Greater Seattle Filipino American Church, Navos Mental Health Solutions

and signs welcoming me to the Westwood Neighborhood and the Longfellow Creek Watershed.

Looking for information about the Westwood neighborhood and discovered that the Seattle Housing Authority has worked to revitalize the area. I also learned that Longfellow Creek Watershed drains almost 3,000 acres in west Seattle.

The neighborhood is not just schools, apartments and recreation fields. There are quiet streets with modest bungalows

as well as homes on generously sized lots with lovely gardens

and some amazing trees (one supporting three swings).

It was hard to tell how many young people live in this neighborhood but many come here for school and recreation.

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