Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Highland Park Neighborhood of West Seattle

Misreading my own map, today, caused me to walk extra streets in an attempt to finish all the streets in West Seattle. (I'm assuming that South Park is separate from West Seattle.) The 10.9 mile walk was long but rewarding.

This area is dominated by Westcrest Park and the large Westcrest Off Leash Dog Park. The eastern edge, along Myers Way S is home to the City of Seattle's Joint Training Facility where I noted firefighting equipment, a Medic One Bike Medics sign and some emergency responders in a training situation.

Myers Way is not the most pleasant walking street but I did pass signs declaring it a Critical Area and part of the Hamm Creek Watershed.

It is also home to a Mormon Church facility (which appears to be home to the Beverly Park and Myers Way (Tongan) Wards),

a Park and Ride and the large Arrowhead Gardens Senior House complex (SHAG). All of the posters on the buildings featured healthy, athletic looking seniors with perfect teeth. One or two of the seniors I observed walking around fit that description, some others out sitting in the sun did not.

The western portion of my walk included mostly modest, single family homes (although I did note the White Center Neighborhood Pond and a large apartment complex south of Roxbury and therefore outside the city limits). A few streets closer to Roxbury housed properties where a large number of cars were parked but streets were more tailored further north.

This area is home to a few short staircases, the Highland Park United Methodist Church which appears to house Hispanic and Tongan communities. Highland Park Elementary School (pictured in a prior post), Morning Star Barbeque and Deli, Ages in Stages Childcare,

Sonrise Evangelical Free Church (which appears to be an Iglesia De Cristo Ministry)

and the SW Seattle Islamic Center (which, according to Yelp, is permanently closed).

Along the way, I spotted a horse and rider,

a brightly painted retaining wall,

a Little Free Library (on 13th just south of Henderson)

and religious statuary.

It was a long walk but it finished the streets in West Seattle. I know I will return to West Seattle and its many enjoyable areas.

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