Monday, June 3, 2013

Fairmount Park West Seattle

I saw a little bit of everything on today's 7.2 mile walk through the Fairmount Park neighborhood of West Seattle.

Near Fauntleroy Way SW, there were auto-related businesses, dry cleaners and a lumber yard (Alki Lumber).

Closer to the junction of California and Alaska, there were supermarkets, large apartment complexes, restaurants and shops.

Along 35th Avenue SW, were West Seattle Stadium, West Seattle Golf Course (pictured above)

and retirement homes, including Merrill Gardens and Providence Mount Saint Vincent.

The western portion of my walk had single family homes and quiet streets.

In between were buildings for day care centers, fraternal organizations including the Alki Masonic Hall,

the Veterans of Foreign Wars,

and the American Legion Post Number 160 with its cannon

and the West Seattle Family Y.

I climbed my share of hills and staircases.

It seemed as if every vacant lot had a proposed land use action sign to build a large apartment complex.

Along the way, I passed Fairmount Playground (and I could see the closed but planned-to-be-reopened Fairmount Park Elementary School in the distance),
Fire Station Number 32,

a mural on the side of a building on Fauntleroy Way,

West Seattle Produce Company (next to a furniture consignment shop),

Capitol Loans pawn shop,

views of downtown Seattle,

a totem pole at the Rotary Viewpoint on 35th

and a scarecrow protecting some plants outside a cleaners near Fauntleroy.

West Seattle has a lot to offer.

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