West Seattle YMCA
The remodeled West Seattle YMCA will feature a new family wing, 9500 sq. ft. of exercise space, Community Room, and Healthy Eating Kitchen as well as a new entrance on Snoqualmie Street SW when completed. The groundbreaking for the remodeling is set for June 2.

West Seattle YMCA to celebrate groundbreaking of expanded facility
 June 2

information from West Seattle YMCA

The Board and Staff of your West Seattle & Fauntleroy YMCA invite you to attend a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration on Thursday, June 2, kicking off construction of an expanded West Seattle facility. 

Your expanded and renovated West Seattle YMCA will include:

A dedicated Family Wing with age-appropriate spaces where infants to young teens, can play, connect with peers, explore new activities and develop skills on their way to reaching their full potential.

More than 9,500 square feet for fitness classes, strength/weight training and cardio equipment – nearly doubling the current space for Y members to be active and stay healthy.

A new Community Meeting Room where youth, neighbors, service organizations and other groups can gather together to work on local issues, learn new skills and explore shared interests.

A Healthy Eating Kitchen in the Community Meeting Room, supporting Y members and participants, especially youth, to develop healthier eating habits through nutrition and cooking classes and free monthly cooking demonstrations.

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Sound Transit seeks input for light rail plan

By Lindsay Peyton

Area residents gathered at West Seattle High School tonight to weigh in on the Sound Transit’s plan to extend light rail throughout the city.

The Sound Transit 3 Draft Plan, or ST3, would take an estimated 25 years to execute – and would build 58 miles of light rail, connecting urban centers from Everett to Tacoma and from Ballard and West Seattle to Redmond and Issaquah.

The vision, which also includes establishing rapid bus transit services, extending the Sounder South line and adding more bike lanes and pedestrian trails, is being firmed up prior to going to the ballot in November.

Sound Transit is seeking public input first, CEO Peter Rogoff said.

“We’re going to be putting together – through your input – a better plan in June,” he said. “The feedback you give us about this plan is very important.”

Discussions have been ongoing since 2012, and a long-range plan was established in 2014. The following year, Sound Transit received permission from state legislature for additional taxing authority to pay for this project.

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Patrick Robinson
The Viaduct will close for two weeks or more. Here is what you need to know to cope with the closure.

Alaskan Way Viaduct closes April 29 -- here is what you need to know

By Gwen Davis

The Alaskan Way Viaduct will close at 12:01 Friday. It will remain closed for two weeks. Around 90,000 drivers and 30,000 transit riders will need to make other plans. Congestion is expected to spread for dozens of miles. This article includes information West Seattleites can use to cope with the closure.
WSDOT officials said the closure could in fact last longer since the safety of the viaduct was a primary concern. Any shifting, cracks, settling or obviously issues with the tunneling could cause the closure to be extended.

Driving

Driving will be difficult — avoid it if you can. If you have no choice, and are going southbound via Aurora Avenue, the city will let drivers migrate through one lane inside Battery Street Tunnel and then exit to Belltown or Wall Street.

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