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Meet your Neighbors

Who are the people
in your neighborhood?

South Park is a unique community that has a small town feel with big city ideas.

South Parkians do not sit back and watch the world go by. We get things done! The best way to get to know your neighbors is to go out and have some fun. River City Skate Park began when a few middle school students from West Seattle kept skateboarding at Concord Elementary School. After several warnings, the principal challenged the young boys to create a business plan to build their own skate park. They did just that, and presented it at a community meeting where the idea blossomed and ultimately led to the construction of a new Skate Park for the estimated 4,000 skateboarders who live in West Seattle and South Park.

So don’t be shy. Speak up and tell us your grand vision for the neighborhood. Together we can make it happen.

To contact organizations listed on this site, see the Resource section


Celebrate with your neighbors at a variety of annual events

  • SP Putts Out  – mini golf tournament created by local artists
  • Duwamish River Festival  – learn about green practices
  • Luche Libre – Mexican wrestling
  • Fiestas Patrias  – celebrate Mexican culture
  • Marra Farms Fall Festival
  • Art Under $100 Sale  – support our local artists

Join our List serve with over 600 members

  • Post events
  • Contractor referrals
  • Find or report lost pets
  • Block watch
  • Plant too many veggies? Your neighbors can help!
  • Participate in lively discussions about local issues

Take pride in the ownership of your neighborhood

  • Participate in painting a mural
  • Advocate for improving our parks
  • Attend a neighborhood meeting and let us know what’s on your mind
  • Encourage your kids to walk to school
  • Plant free trees on your block
  • Join the traffic committee to help replace street lights, repair sidewalks, slow traffic
  • Clean up trash via kayak or paint out graffiti

Encourage our youth to enjoy healthy activities

  • River City Skate Park
  • Basketball at the Community Center
  • Friday and Saturday late night Teen Programs
  • Sea Mar Youth Boxing Club

Rappin’ with the residents

Love Thy Neighborhood

A series in Seattle Magazine: Meet five volunteers who are bringing meaningful change to their beloved corners of Seattle. Meet Dagmar Cronn, who has the corner market on volunteering in South Park.

By Karen Johnson, Seattle Magazine,  December 2011

Dagmar Cronn of South Park enjoys her view
Dagmar Cronn, president of the South Park Neighborhood Association
Photo by Hayley Young

“Million-dollar view” doesn’t begin to describe what Dagmar Cronn sees from the backyard of her South Park home. Across the blue-brown waters of the Duwamish River, she has a picture-perfect view of the South Park Bridge, an aging, double-leaf bascule bridge deemed so unsafe that it has been closed to traffic since June 2010.

That’s about to change, thanks in part to Cronn’s quiet efforts. President of the South Park Neighborhood Association since 2008, Cronn played an integral role in finding funding to repair the span as part of the New South Park Bridge Coalition. “She did the sort of research and homework you’d expect of a former university professor,” says Larry Brown, legislative and political director for the aerospace machinists union who cochaired the coalition. “She was also a voice for the community and advocated for South Park and social justice at every opportunity she had.”

In fact, Cronn is a former university professor, having taught in Rochester, Michigan, after earning a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Washington. Upon moving to South Park in 2007, Cronn hit the ground running as a community advocate eager to “shrink her sphere of influence” to the community around her. She started showing up at City Council meetings and signing up for work parties. She was tapped by King County Executive Dow Constantine to serve on a coalition to find ways to fill a $130 million shortfall in funds needed to replace the bridge.

Now, with the new bridge on track to be completed by mid-2013, Cronn has her plate full with a new set of projects, all aimed at helping her adopted neighborhood. “I probably get what I do through prudent persistence,” says Cronn. “None of the good ideas are mine. I just connect people, and the community sets things in motion.”


 

No matter where life takes me I will always sketch, absorb, observe, and find ways to record life’s adventure through art. My goal is to remain diligent, focused and always moving forward while never losing sight of life’s simple joys like luxurious daydreaming and aimless wandering. I can’t predict what will inspire me, but I know that I will be inspired.

– Elizabeth Knopf, local artist

For more interviews with local artists, go to the South Park Arts website


An interview with John & Robin Guevarra, long time South Park residents

Interviewed by Meredith Hall, South Park resident

Q. What are some of the most noticeable changes you have witnessed, in terms of population and interactions within the community?

A. John: The older generation were Japanese and Italian Truck Farmers, Boeing workers, Manufacturing suppliers and small businesses, a ten cent store, pharmacy, Chinese gambling facility, Safeway store, Cherie Days Restaurant, County Line Bar and Grill with live bands and dancing. Night Cap, La Cantina, and Kelly’s tavern, the Zippo Ice Cream Stand, Crows Storage and Parking lot, Boat yard and Marina, Rendering Plant and Basin Oil, Dentist office and barbershop, bakery, Mr. K’s Dime Store, and Red’s Car Repair Shop were some of the businesses that have disappeared to be replaced with other restaurants, Sea Mar Health Care Clinic and Nursing Home, and car repair shops. The Catholic Church relocated to Boulevard Park and the famous grotto disappeared.

Robin: The low Income Housing Development project built during World War 2 was sold and replaced with a Business Park, a gated Marina, The Boeing Science and Research and Development Center, McDonalds, Dominic’s grocery store (first started as a produce stand) has a Casino, Hooter’s Restaurant and other strip mall businesses on the property. The population has grown, new housing has been built. Because of these changes in local support businesses, the residents must leave the neighborhood to partake of shopping, going to church, Dental, barbering, etc. Residents must rely on automobile or transit services for basic necessities.