Tuesday, July 9, 2013

High Point Neighborhood of West Seattle

Today's 10 mile walk covered most of the High Point neighborhood in West Seattle. I walked streets south of Camp Long and West Seattle Golf Course

and around Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The majority of the walk was along the streets of the newly redeveloped High Point neighborhood. The Seattle Housing Authority's website says that money was used to "... replace all of the original 716 worn-out public housing units built in the 1940s with mixed-income housing for renters and home owners".

Amenities include Neighborhood House,

Bridge Park retirement housing,

Elizabeth House,

Market Garden pea patch,

multiple playgrounds,

open space including a pond (pictured above) and a hill that lots of children were enjoying today.

Near the hill, I spotted the West Seattle Bee Garden with hives enclosed in a good-sized see-through cubic shed and a sign welcoming me to enjoy the beehive enclosure, mason bee house, butterfly house and a variety of plants.

Developers did a nice job of landscaping and even left some large trees throughout the development.

Some houses have very well-maintained gardens. The High Point Open Space Association has posted a list of 25 park and open space rules. There are upcoming event billboards throughout the community. Adjacent to Forest Lawn Cemetery, I noticed a proposed land use action sign which indicated that 53 more residential units were being built - I also noticed a great view of Mount Rainier. A library and medical/dental clinic are nearby. The only thing that was missing was a corner store.

Outside this redevelopment, my walk took me to the intersection of Sylvan Way and Delridge Way SW. The area around this intersection is commercial with a Home Depot, a Sherwin-Williams Paints, Tug Inn Cocktail Lounge and an El Ray Del Taco truck. On the northern edge of the walk, I spotted the golf course,

Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail,

Greg Davis Park,
a blue canoe

and some well-loved homes and gardens.

Walking south along the eastern edge, I came across the Delridge Electrical Substation, a natural habitat,

a Little Free Library,

a creek

and some footpaths at the end of dead-end streets.

Across Sylvan Way, I noticed the Sylvan Townhomes (I don't think they are part of the Seattle Housing Authority development.)

Another rewarding walk.

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