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INSIDE The 2015 Tukwila Residents’ Guide is full of information about Tukwila’s government, schools, businesses and community activities. Please keep the guide close by because it’s intended to provide useful information all year long. Dean A. Radford, editor HERE’S WHAT YOU’ll FIND INSIDE:

Mayor’s message/2 City of Tukwila/3 City Council/4 Police, fire/5 Schools/6, 7 Calendar/8 Recreation/9 Tukwila Pool/10 Museum/11 Chamber/11 Social services/12 Essentials/13 Historic places/14 Getting there/15 Tukwila fun/15 Regional publisher/ Polly Shepherd Publisher/ Ellen Morrison Editor/ Dean A. Radford 425-255-3484, ext. 5150 Sales/ Ellen Morrison, Lisa Yaskus, Marie Skoor

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Tukwila: We’re on the move Welcome to Tukwila! Our city is a great place to live, work and play. Tukwila’s success is due to creativity, focus on partnerships and a reputation in the region as a city that gets things done. Important work is under way that will fundamentally change Tukwila. The strong fiscal foundation of the city is exemplified by our AA rating from Standard & Poors. Our recent accomplishments include the Tukwila South project and the Safe Routes to School project. In the works are other game-changing efforts, including the pedestrian bridge across the Green River and the Washington Place hotel/apartments. We have worked hard to improve our neighborhoods with the update of the Comprehensive Plan, increased police patrols and neighborhood canvasses. We initiated the Parks Watch program and have seen amazing changes along Tukwila International Boulevard. Construction on Tukwila Village is well under way. All of these changes are aligned with Tukwila’s Strategic Plan. Many positive things Mayor Jim have come out of that effort, Haggerton including our award-winning Community Connectors program and the critical partnership with the Tukwila School District. We have a tremendous team here in Tukwila that exemplifies the values of the city: Caring, Professional and Responsive. Eight years ago I took the oath of office which reads, in part, “I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of this office as prescribed by law and to the best of my ability.” The word “faithfully” means something profound, and endows upon the office-taker significant responsibility. I have a lot of faith in the future of Tukwila. I have faith in the people who live, work and play here that they will be a part of bettering this community, taking ownership of our future, and investing in our young people. I have faith that we can tackle some of the great challenges we face, and faith that we will continue to be bold and creative in our work.

Tukwila: Important phone numbers City Hall, 206-433-1800 City Council • Joe H. Duffie, 206-478-0089 • Dennis Robertson, 206-242-6373 • Allan Ekberg, 206-241-6904 • Verna Seal, 206-293-3274 • Kathy Hougardy, 206-571-0007 • De’Sean Quinn, 206-331-5939 • Kate Kruller, 2015 president, 206-853-9330 City job line, 206-433-1828 Community development, 206-431-3670 Economic development, 206-433-1832 City Attorney’s Office, 206-433-1867 City prosecutor, 206-431-3666 City clerk, 206-433-1800 Crime prevention, 206-431-2197 Fire (non-emergency), 206-575-4404 Fort Dent Park, 206-431-3232 Human Services, 206-433-7181 King County Animal Control, 206-296-7387 Mayor’s Office, 206-433-1850 Municipal Court, 206-433-1840 Police (non-emergency), 206-433-1808 Public works, 206-433-0179 Tukwila Community Center, 206-768-2822 Tukwila Pantry, 206-431-8293 Tukwila Pool, 206-267-2350 Utilities billing, 206-433-1849 Volunteer coordinator, 206-768-2822 EMERGENCIES Call 911 Most of all, I have faith in Tukwila. We will continue to work in partnership to make it the city of opportunity and community of choice. Sincerely, Mayor Jim Haggerton

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Within Tukwila’s nearly 10 square miles live about 19,000 people, who within minutes can get to a freeway, shop at a world-class shopping mall, take a flight almost anywhere and meet neighbors from around the world. Tukwila has changed mightily since it incorporated nearly 107 years ago, in 1908. It was home to some of the Washington Territory’s pioneers and today is home to some of the nation’s newest immigrants. With five schools the Tukwila School District is considered the most diverse school district in the nation. There are 2,400 businesses in the city, from mom-and-pop stores to national retail chains and prominent industrial giants.


Tukwila City Hall campus is where the business of the city is conducted and where the Tukwila City Council meets. There are two buildings on the campus that house the city’s departments. The 6200 building is where the council meets and it houses such key officials as the mayor and city clerk. The 6300 building next door houses such departments as the Police Department administration, Public Works and Department of Community Development 6200 Southcenter Blvd., Tukwila, WA, 98188 206-433-1800


Mayor Jim Haggerton E-mail: mayor@tukwilaWA.gov Phone: 206-433-1850 Office: Tukwila City Hall, 6200 Southcenter Parkway Jim Haggerton was elected to his second four-year term as mayor beginning on Jan. 1, 2012. Previously, he served for 13 years on the City Council. Haggerton is the city’s chief administrative officer, ensuring that the laws and ordinances of the city are enforced. He represents the city on numerous local, regional, state and national organizations. The city administrator is responsible for overseeing the city’s daily activities.

citywebsite The City of Tukwila’s website, www.TukwilaWA.gov, contains extensive information about the city, including City Council agendas and minutes, a city calendar and in-depth information about city services that will help residents get through their daily lives and better understand their government. The city is updating the site to make it faster and easier to get the information residents and businesses need. Les Schwab, home of the Best Tire Value PROMISE.

Besides its website, the City of Tukwila has a number of ways to keep residents, businesses and guests informed about the city. • TukTV: The city’s 24-hour programming is found on Comcast Channel 21 – TukTV. The programming includes live and rebroadcast council meetings, event information, emergency reports and other public service announcements. An originally produced show, “Tukwila: Your Community,”  features local individuals and organizations.  • The Hazelnut: The Hazelnut publication is mailed to every city resident and business twice a year in the spring and fall. The Hazelnut is also available online at  TukwilaWA.gov/hazelnut/current.pdf • The E-Hazelnut: The E-Hazelnut is emailed monthly, providing updates on key city issues and initiatives. To sign up, visit the city’s website at TukwilaWA.gov and click on the “Sign Up Now” button on the right below the E-Hazelnut header. • Community Calendar: The online calendar features city activities and events and allows the public to post an event, within guidelines. To access the calendar, visit TukwilaWA.gov/calendar.html. • Tukwila Activities Guide: The city publishes twice a year a seasonal guide to activities, classes and events available through the city and other organizations. It’s available online at the city’s website, TukwilaWA.gov. Come hungry. tukwila

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• Office: City Council members don’t have The Tukwila City Council is the city’s legislative body that acts on proposals submitted regular office hours. by Mayor Jim Haggerton and his staff. MemMEETINGS bers are elected to four-year terms. The City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at its City CONTACT • E-mail: citycouncil@tukwilawa.gov or Hall chambers. The council meets as the to reach an individual council member, fol- Committee of the Whole at 7 p.m. the seclow this protocol: firstname.lastname@tuk- ond and fourth Mondays of the month in its chambers. All council meetings are public, wilawa.gov • Phone: 206-433-8993, council analyst except for executive sessions at which legal, land or personnel issues are discussed. Laurel Humphrey

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GOVERNMENT/COMMUNITY MEETINGS • Arts Commission, first Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Tukwila Community Center, contact Stephanie Gardner at 206767-2342 • Civil Service Commission, first Monday, 5 p.m., Hazelnut Conference Room. • COPCAB (Community Oriented Policing Citizens Advisory Board), second and fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Duwamish Conference Room, contact Chris Partman, 206-431-2197 • Community Affairs Parks Committee, second and fourth Monday, 5:30 p.m. Hazelnut Conference Room. • Equity Diversity Commission, first Thursday, 5:15 p.m., Hazelnut Conference Room, contact Joyce Trantina at 206-433-1868.

pooldistrict The Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District is a separate government agency that owns and operates the Tukwila Pool and oversees its aquatics program. The Tukwila City Council serves as the district’s Board of Commissioners, which meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at the Val View Sewer District conference room, 3460 S. 148th St., Tukwila. The district’s Executive Director Committee meets at the pool. The Tukwila Pool Advisory Committee provides community feedback and support to the Board of Commissioners and the pool.Meetings are held at 8:10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. The district’s aquatics manager is Dave

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Perkins, who can be reached at 206-2672350 or via e-mail at dperkins@tukwilapool.org. The mission of the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District (TPMPD) is to provide the best-run municipal aquatics program in the state. The district’s vision is to provide a sustainable and efficient pool that exceeds the community’s needs. In 2011 the City of Tukwila held an election, asking the citizens of Tukwila to vote regarding the formation of a Metropolitan Park District, which would secure the future operation of the Tukwila Pool. The citizens approved the formation of the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District (TPMPD); until Jan. 1, 2015, the pool was operated under an contract with the City of Tukwila.

• Finance and Safety Committee, second and fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Hazelnut Conference Room. • Transportation Committee, second and fourth Monday, 5:15 p.m. Foster Conference Room • Utilities Committee, second and fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Foster Conference room • Library Advisory Board, first Tuesday, 7 p.m., Community Center, Contact Stephanie Gardner at 206767-2342. • Park Commission, third Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Community Center, contact Stephanie Gardner at 206767-2342. • Planning Commission, Board of Architectural Review, fourth Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers at City Hall, contact Wynetta at 206-431-3670. • Tukwila Historical Society, third Thursday, 7 p.m. Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S., Tukwila, contact president Louise Jones-Brown, 206-244-4478

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The City of Tukwila Fire Department serves a residential community of about 19,000 and a major retail and commercial district in Southcenter with a staff of 62 career-uniformed firefighters and five civilian personnel. The department provides fire suppression and medical aid, fire code inspections, sprinkler, fire alarm and building plan review, fire cause investigation, and fire prevention safety education programs. • Emergency: 911 • Non-emergency: 206-575-4404 • E-mail: tukwilafire@tukwilawa.gov • Acting Fire Chief: Chris Flores Tukwila staffs four fire stations: • Station 51, 444 Andover Park E. This is the headquarters station. All fire prevention activities, plan reviews and permits are done at this station. • Station 52, 5900 S. 147th St. • Station 53, 4202 S. 115th St. • Station 54, 4237 S. 144th St. When firefighters are at any of the four stations, they will check blood pressures. Someone is always available at Station 51 to provide this free service.


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Sgt. Rory Mettlin is one of the Tukwila Police Department’s DARE officers, here at the 2015 DARE graduation. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

The City of Tukwila Police Department, with 76 commissioned officers and 16 non-commissioned employees, provides a progressive, full-service and professional police force to the Tukwila community. The department sponsors and supports community activities and programs as part of its Community-Oriented Policing objectives. The department runs the DARE program. The potential demand for police services grows dramatically during the week because the Southcenter commercial area draws 140,000 workers and shoppers on a weekday.

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Schools celebrate past, plan future The Tukwila School District marked a milestone in 2015 – the 100th anniversary of its first graduating class with one senior. The district has completed a strategic plan to take it into the future and is looking at how to pay for classrooms for its ever -increasing student body. Today, more than 2,900 students are enrolled in five schools in the Tukwila School District, representing many cultures and ethnic groups and speaking more than 80 world languages. A certificated staff of 184, classified staff 179 and 26 administrators serve the district and its five schools, Foster High School, Showalter Middle School and Cascade View, Tukwila and Thorndyke elementary schools.

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REACHING OUT Tukwila schools want to connect with the community. If you have had a hard time finding the information you need on the district website, come back: This fall, the district will launch a new site designed on specific feedback from all users. It will include easy-to-navigate directories, calendars, and more. In the meantime, sign up for eNews

(there’s a subscribe button on the current homepage, www.tukwila.wednet.edu),. Already, the Tukwila School District’s website has a wealth of information there for students, parents, the community and district staff. Everyone can connect socially, too, at www.facebook.com/tukwilaschools, www.twitter.com/tukwilaschools, w w w.youtube.com/tukwilaschools and www.flickr.com/photos/tukwilaschools

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Tukwila School District • Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila, 206-901-7900. Principal Pat Larson • Showalter Middle School, 4628 S. 144th St., Tukwila, 206-901-7800. Principal Brett Christopher • Cascade View Elementary School, 13601 32nd Ave. S., Mary Fertakis Steve Mullet Alicia Waterton Mark Wahlstrom 206-901-7700. Principal Jeff Baker • Thorndyke Elementary School, 4415 S. 150th St., Principal Kathy Page • Tukwila Elementary School, 5939 S. 149th St., 206-901-7500. The Tukwila School District Board of Directors – the School Board – meets the second and fourth Principal Steve Salisbury Tuesdays of the month. Board members do not Private schools maintain offices. Board members can be reached via Academy Schools is a nationally accredited, non-sectarian school, email at tsdboard@tukwila.wednet.edu. serving grades pre-kindergarten through 12 that offers a personalized • Mary Fertakis, District 1 curriculum. The school is at 14601 Interurban S., Tukwila. The phone • Steve Mullet, District 2 Dave Larson number is 206-588-0860. Website: www.academyschools.org • Alicia Waterton, District 3 Seattle Christian School in SeaTac offers a Christian-centered • Mark Wahlstrom, District 4 education for students in grades kindergarten-12. The school is • Dave Larson, District 5 Students also serve as appointed members to the School Board to at 18301 Military Road S. The phone number is 206-246-8241. Website: www.seattlechristian.org provide the student perspective.

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JUNE Summer Kickoff Festival June 17, noon-5 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can kick off summer with the annual block party. A DJ will play and there will be food, games, vendors, henna tattoos, video games, etc. Werner Neudorf Stadium, Foster High School, 4242 S. 144th St.

JULY Family Fourth at the Fort July 4, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Fort Dent Park opens to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 4, with July 4 activities beginning at 4 p.m. The fireworks display is at 10 p.m. The day includes inflatable bouncers and slides and an entertainment stage. Vendors will have food and barbecues are allowed in designated areas.

The popular Touch-A-Truck is moving to Westfield Southcenter, but it will still feature all the big trucks and equipment that kids of all ages like to touch. File photo

Tukwila Community Garage Sale Aug. 22, 23, throughout city The 22nd annual garage sale gives Tukwila Touch-A-Truck residents a chance to clean out garages and July 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. closets and to find some bargains. Signups are Kids of all ages will sit in the driver’s seat of Tukwila’s big rigs, including fire trucks, and June 15-July 15. More information is available learn about safety and emergency prepared- at www.tukwilawa.gov/yardsale.html or by ness offered by the City of Tukwila and exhibi- phone at 206-433-7178. tors at the Westfield Southcenter south parkFamily Summer Outdoor ing lot (new location). Cinema Series Fridays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 Seating for the free family movies under the stars at the Tukwila Community Center opens Peanut Butter and Jam at 8 p.m. and the movies start at dusk. Bring Family Concert and Show Series chairs and blankets. The schedule: Aug. 7, “Big Wednesdays, July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. Hero 6;” Aug. 14, “Little Rascals,” and Aug. 21, 19, noon-1 p.m. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, The series is held outside the Tukwila Com- Very Bad Day.” A donation of two cans of food munity Center next to the spray park. Bring to support the Tukwila Pantry is suggested. picnic baskets and blankets; kids dance and sing to the music of favorite performers. The Tukwila Kid’s Festival schedule: July 29, Recess Monkey; Aug. 5, Eric Aug. 21, noon-4 p.m. Ode; Aug. 12, The Not-Its!, and Aug. 27, Caspar The annual festival for kids at Cascade View Babypants Park, 14211 37th Ave. S., has exhibits and in


interactive booths, live entertainment, providing an educational experience for the whole family. Free. National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 4 Each year, hundreds of Tukwila residents join their neighbors in celebrating an evening of fun while sending the message to criminals that they are not welcome in Tukwila. Neighborhoods can register online by Aug. 1 at the City of Tukwila website, www.tukwilawa.gov/ police/pdcrimep.html

THIS FALL Tukwila Heritage and Culture Festival Date not set as of early June The festival at Foster High School celebrates Tukwila’s diversity and the Taste of Tukwila lets visitors taste food from around the world. There will be music and dance performances, arts displays and hands-on activities for the community.

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tukwilarecreation sportsallpro Seahawks Renton is the official home of the Super Bowl XXVIII Champion Seattle Seahawks! Fans and Seahawks players interact regularly at the training camp in the summer at the Seahawks’ headquarters and practice facility, the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in north Renton. Each practice session has a limited number of seats that fans register for online. Visit Seahawks.com for practice schedules and more information.

Mariners The Seattle Mariners play home baseball games at Safeco Field April through October. The Mariners have a number of flexible ticket options for groups and individuals. Go to SeattleMariners.com for more information.


The Splash Park at the Tukwila Community Center offers a places for kids to cool off and have fun on a hot summer day. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter file photo

communitycenter The Tukwila Community Center is the tion and registration information. • Website: www.tukwilawa.gov/recrehub of the city’s recreation and sports activities for participants of all ages. There is ation/rectcc.html • Phone: 206-768-2822 a comprehensive Recreation Brochure on • E-mail: parksrec@tukwilawa.gov the city’s website, www.tukwilawa.gov, • Location: 12424 42nd Ave. S. that provides class and program informa-

golflinks The city-owned Foster Golf Links offers and banquet rooms and an outdoor panine-hole and 18-hole courses that have tio. Food and drinks are available at Billy drawn golfers to the course along the Baroo’s. • Golf shop: 206-242-4221 Duwamish River for about 90 years. The • Billy Baroo’s: 206-588-2763 15,000-square-foot clubhouse includes a • Location: 13500 Interurban South pro shop, an instruction studio, meeting

The Seattle Sounders, who also have the same ownership as the Seahawks, play home soccer games at Qwest Field February through June. The Sounders are Seattle’s Major League Soccer team and have the most season-ticket holders in the league. Go to SoundersFC.com for more information. They practice at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Starfire Sports is also the home base for Seattle Sounders FC2.

Rainmakers The Seattle Rainmakers of the Major League Ultimate Frisbee league play their home games at Renton Memorial Stadium in North Renton. The home season gets under way in April and runs through mid-June. For more information visit seattle.rainmakers. mlultimate.com.


The Seattle Thunderbirds play in Kent’s ShoWare Center. The hockey team’s season runs from September through March and tickets are reasonably priced. Visit tickets.SeattleThunderbirds.com for more information.

Storm The Seattle Storm play home basketball games at KeyArena, May through September. The Storm offer a family friendly and affordable atmosphere at games. Go to wnba.com/storm for ticket and schedule information.


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The Tukwila Pool between Foster High School and Showalter Middle School offers swimming activities and lessons for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter file photo

Website: tukwilapool.org Pool guide: On the website homepage Phone: 206-267-2350

Location: 4414 S. 144th St., between Foster High School and Showalter Middle School

CALENDAR JULY First Cardboard Boat Race at the Pool July 18, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. This is an “Every 3rd Saturday” event at the Tukwila Pool. There is an open swim for all, combined with this cardboard boat race. Contestants will have one hour to build their boats (all supplies provided), followed by one hour of fun-filled races. $3 special-event pricing. Pre-registration recommended. 206-267-2350. 4414 S. 144th St.

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AUGUST Circus at the Pool Aug. 15, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. A circus atmosphere will be created at the Tukwila Pool at this “Every 3rd Saturday” open swim event. There will be games, snacks, music and decorations. $3 special-event pricing. 206-267-2350. 4414 S. 144th St.

SEPTEMBER September Safari at the Pool Sept. 19, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Have fun with inflatable animals in the Tukwila Pool at this “Every 3rd Saturday” open swim event. There will be games, snacks, music and decorations. $3 special-event pricing. 206-267-2350. 4414 S. 144th St.

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The Tukwila Pool is committed to make swimming accessible, safe and fun for all. Its friendly, knowledgeable pool staff provides a warm, welcoming environment with a variety of diverse programming, including the Learn to Swim program. The extensive swim lessons for all ages are taught by qualified instructors who focus on skill progression. Other offerings include lap swimming, open swims, family swims, single gender swims, special fun-themed events every third Saturday. The pool is also available for private parties and other rentals The indoor pool is open year round and features a diving board, slide and basketball hoop.

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The Tukwila Historical Society was founded by local residents in 1975 with the purpose of preserving the area’s heritage. In 1991 with funding support from the City of Tukwila, the society assisted in the writing of a comprehensive history of Tukwila titled, “Tukwila – Community at the Crossroads.” The historical society will mark its 40th anniversary with the dedication June 29 of the renovated washroom. The Tukwila Historical Society became a member of the Association of King County Historical Organizations (AKCHO). The society’s headquarters is at the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center, 14475 59th Ave. S., Tukwila. The phone number is 206-244-4478; the email is tukwilahistsociety@tukwilahistory. org. Call or email for information about museum hours. The 2015 Executive Committee consists of Louise JonesBrown as president, Richard McLeland-Wieser as vice-president, Gina Tucci as secretary and Pat Brodin as treasurer. The society is always looking for artifacts that will help tell the story of the Tukwila community. This historic building was a two-room school house built in 1922. Between 1980 and 2010 the building also served as a branch library of the King County Library System.

Tukwila is home to about 2,000 businesses. Helping them to prosper, along with businesses in Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac, is the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Tukwila. The chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment. The chamber hosts a number of events for its members, including membership luncheons, networking events, ribbon cuttings, a recognition and awards luncheon and a Vegas Night. The chamber is also a wealth of information about community events, places to visit and, of course, local businesses. The Chamber of Commerce is located at 14220 Interurban Ave. S., No. 134, Tukwila. The phone number is 206-575-1633 and an email is staff@swkcc.org. Website: www.swkcc.org. The office is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For those seeking information about travel and things to do, there’s also the Seattle Southside Visitor Center in Westfield Southcenter Mall. It’s open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday.

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Numerous social services are available to help Tukwila residents in need. Extensive information is available on the City of Tukwila’s website, www. tukwilawa.gov, under Human Services. Here are a few.

• YWCA of Seattle King County – Emergency Housing Program. Provides shelter and case management to families with children for up to 90 days. 425-2261266, ext. 1002. www.ywcaworks. org

• Tukwila Office of Human Services, 6300 Southcenter Boulevard, next to Tukwila City Hall. Provides help connecting Tukwila residents with services and programs to meet their needs. 206-433-7180 or 206-433-7181. Call first to ensure someone is in the office.

• Senior Services of Seattle King County - Meals on Wheels. Provides home- delivered meals to home-bound senior citizens. 206-448-5767. www. seniorservices.org.

• Tukwila Pantry, 3118 S. 140th St., Tukwila, open 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Tukwila residents are welcome. Bring photo ID and a current utility bill showing address. www.tukwilapantry.org. 206-431-8293

• Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA). Provides bi-cultural/ bi-lingual case management, advocacy, employment and family services to refugees and immigrants. 206-957-2029. www.rewa The Tukwila Pantry serves residents in Tukwila with the help of community and corporate donations of food and money. Dean A. Radford/ Tukwila Reporter file photo

• Tukwila Children’s Foundation, early education preparation classes for parents to learn how to help their children in school, emergency supplies and assistance, references and resource help. 206769-2270

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legal, medical information and advocacy to victims of sexual assault. 425-226-7273. www.kcsarc.org.

• Pregnancy Aid, 730 S. 225th St. Des Moines. Provides clothing, cribs, car seats and other furniture

• King County Sexual Assault Resource Center. Provides crisis intervention counseling support,

• Crisis clinic, offers 24-hour, telephone-based crisis intervention and information and referrals to community services for youth and adults. 866-427-4747. • Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN), offers a 24-hour crisis line to victims of domestic violence. 425-656-7867. www.dawnonline.org.

Tuesday - Friday 10:30am - 6pm • Sat 10am - 4pm 22221 7th Ave South, Des Moines, WA kimberleysexquisitejewelry.com • 206.824.4946


• Jewelry appraisal • Custom jewelry • Diamonds & colored stones • Jewelry repairs

• YWCA of Seattle King County – Domestic Violence Community Advocate. Provides community advocacy for victims of

• REACH Center of Hope. A day shelter in Renton for homeless women and children. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Showers, meals, laundry, case management. 425-277-7595. www.reachrenton. org • Literacy Source. English as a Second Language classes (ESL). Adult ESL classes held at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. For newly resettled immigrants and refugees. 206-782-2050, www.literacysource.org • Minor Home Repair. Provides free health- and safety-focused, minor home repairs to low- and moderate-income Tukwila residents living in owner-occupied Tukwila residences. 206-433-7180

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tukwilaessentials Getting around Finding a particular location isn’t hard – if you know how to address the problem. Avenues run north and south. Streets and roads run east and west. Roads labeled “Place,” “Drive” and “Court” are generally offshoots. For avenues, the numbers get higher as you go east from the City of Tukwila (or lower if you go west). For streets, the numbers get higher in a north-to-south direction. And, of course, there’s the problem of different names for the same road. The county has its naming protocols, usually numbers, and the City of Tukwila has its protocols. The road names change depending on whether the road is in a city or the county. South 180th Street/Carr Road/Petrovitsky Road is a good example. It’s the main street that runs past Valley Medical Center. On the Valley floor, it’s South 180th Street through Southcenter, then South 43rd Street. Going up the hill past Valley Medical, it turns into Southeast Carr Road, then Southeast Petrovitsky Road. Southcenter Boulevard is also South 154th Street.

Driver licenses You’ll need to leave town to get or renew a driver license, although that’s also possible online. The Washington state Department of Licensing Driver Licensing Office in Renton is at 1314 Union Ave. N.E., Suite 4; the Kent office is at 25410 74th Ave. S. Renton and Kent hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday; 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday. General information about licenses for drivers, including online renewal, is available at www.dol.wa.gov.

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discounts for qualifying seniors. The website is www.kingcounty. gov/safety/regionalAnimalServices.aspx.

Vehicle emissions The closest station to Tukwila for vehicle emissions testing is in Renton, 805 S.W. 10th St. The phone number is 425-228-6453. More information on the state-required tests is available online at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/cars/automotive_pages.htm.

Voting information Information about voting and voter registration is available online at http://kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx. For general information, call 206-296-VOTE. The King County Elections Division is located at 919 S.W. Grady Way in Renton. All voter-related services are available there.

Child Care Resources Child Care Resources will help parents find licensed child-care facilities for their children. The phone number is 206-329-5544; the website is www.childcare.org.



Maureen A. Wickert

M A U R E EAttorney N Aat. Law WICKERT

Elder A tLaw t o r n• eEstate y a t Planning Law There are contract offices that sell vehicle and vessel licenses Guardianships • Trust Administration in Burien, Kent and Renton, among other offices. They are Siler E l d e r L aw  Estate Planning  Probate Licensing, 628 S.W. 151st St., Burien, 206-243-8222; Kent Licens- M e d i c a i d Probate Planning P l a n n •i nMedicaid g for L ong Term Care ing Agency, 331 Washington Ave. S., Kent, 253-852-3110; and Straightforward forInformed Informed Decisions StraightforwardDiscussions Discussions for Decisions Renton Licensing Agency, 329 Williams Ave. S., Renton, 425228-5640. General information about licenses for vehicles and Complimentary Initial Consultation 206.859.5502 • wickertlaw@comcast.net vessels, including online renewal, is available at www.dol.wa.gov. 206.931.6307  wickertlaw@comcast.net www.wickertlawoffi ce.com www.wickertlawoffice.com 14900 Interurban Ave. S., Suite 255 14900 Interurban Avenue Suite 271, PMB 66 Tukwila, WASo., 98168

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Tukwila contracts for services with Regional Animal Services of King County and City Hall (6200 Southcenter Blvd.) is one of many places that customers can purchase King County pet licenses. License tags are issued over the counter at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Fees are $30 for an altered dog or cat and $60 for an unaltered dog or cat. There are

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historicalplaces Want to learn first-hand about Tukwila’s history? Then visit some of the city’s many historical places that are remembered with a monument, plaque or something that makes Tukwila unique.

at the Nelsen family farm, 200 yards north. Strander Boulevard over Green River Historical Plaque - Strander Boulevard and Green River; Lois T. Newton Bridge, served as city clerk for many years, bridge named in her honor. Duwamish Park Historical Plaque - 42nd Avenue South and South 116th Street; Duwamish School - Former site of first school for School District No. 175, operated 1911 to 1974.

Joseph Foster Park Historical Monument - South 138th Street and 53rd Avenue South; land donated to build Foster school west of the monument. Foster Golf Links Historical Monument - North end of Foster Golf Links, 56th Avenue South and Interurban Avenue South; identifies location where flat-bottom boats landed at a point called Foster A sculpture of a cougar by artist Richard Breyer adorns a rock at Landing near the Foster Homestead. Hazelnut Park behind the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center at South Fort Dent Park Historical Monument - Within Fort Dent Park, Fort Dent Way; found along the Green River Trail just outside the outfield fences of fields 1 and 2 commemorating the Black River Junction Landing for flat-bottomed boats that carried passengers and goods to and from the Duwamish and Green Rivers between 1854 and 1886. Fort Dent was named after U.S. Army Capt. Frederick T. Dent, who was said to have supervised construction of the building. Dent eventually became a colonel in the Civil War and was a member of Gen.

Tukwila Community Center Petroglyph Rock - 42nd Avenue South and 124th Street; Native American site, grassy area was once a campsite on the river for Native Americans as a food-gathering location.

Hazelnut Park Plaque west of play area, South 144th Street and 59th Avenue South, behind the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center; Marcelle and Rudolf Regel Civic volunteers - Plaque to rec144th Street and 59th Avenue South. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter ognize years of civic service, October Ulysses S. Grant’s staff (Gen. Grant footbridge; Byron Sneva - Tukwila 1983. married Dent’s sister, Julia). Public Works director, dedicated in Frank W. Zepp Bridge 1988. South 180th Street over DuTukwila Heritage and Culwamish/Green River; Frank W. Zepp tural Center Crystal Springs Park Historical Plaque - Tukwila Library, Historical Water Tank - South Bridge - long-time city supervisor, 59th Avenue South and South 144th 160th Street and 51st Avenue South; dedicated 1970. St.; former elementary school (1920- Concrete Open Tank - Crystal Springs Duwamish Hill Preserve 1938) and City Hall (1947-1978). Water Company piped spring water 3800 S. 115th St.; This 8.6-acre Turn-of-the-century school burned to valley farms. property was acquired in 2004, in down and replaced in the late 1940s, then served as City Hall. Duwamish/Green River Trail partnership with Cascade Land ConHistorical Centennial Monument servancy. Facilities at the site include Duwamish/Green River Trail - Christensen Road north of Baker trails, viewpoints and an outdoor Pedestrian Bridge Boulevard at the entrance to the classroom gathering area which Dedicated plaque - South 180th Green River trail; Nelsen Landing - accommodates approximately 50 and Andover Park East on wooden Riverboat landing from 1853 to 1886 people.

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tukwilafun Who best knows where to have fun the town? The locals, of course. So we asked a few folks to share their favorite thing (or things) to do in Tukwila.

Walking, history, an Odin beer

The Tukwila Sounder Station is a major hub for all the transportation systems serving the Puget Sound region. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

Gettingthere Living in Tukwila, it’s easy to get around. Here’s how: • Sounder commuter rail • Link light rail • RapidRide F Line • Amtrak • Metro buses The Tukwila Sounder Station is already one of the busiest stations in the Sound Transit system and a major destination for commuters between Seattle and Lakewood. Amtrak has a stop at the station, which is an alternative to driving to Seattle or Tacoma to catch a train going north or south. Metro Transit and its buses are the workhorse of the region’s transportation system. The RapidRide F Line connects Renton, the Tukwila Sounder Station, Southcenter, SeaTac and Burien. The F Line stops at the new Metro Transit Center that straddles Andover Park West in Southcenter. Metro Transit’s Route 150 stops there, one of the major routes for bus passengers in South King County to Seattle. Up the west hill on Southcenter Boulevard/South 154th Street is the Tukwila International Boulevard Link light-rail station, where riders can catch light rail to Sea-Tac Airport or north to Seattle. Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit offer special trains and buses to sporting events in Seattle.

SOUND TRANSIT ONLINE • Here’s where to learn about fares and how to purchase tickets: http://www. soundtransit.org/Fares-and-Passes/ Sounder-fares • All about the Tukwila Station: http:// www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Guide/ Tukwila-Station. • By phone: 888-889-6368 METRO TRANSIT ONLINE • Here’s everything about buses: metro. kingcounty.gov • By phone: 206- 296-0100 THE BIG NUMBERS Tukwila is served by two major public transportation providers in the region, Sound Transit – Sounder and Link light rail – and Metro Transit. • 8,010: number of Metro Transit bus boardings in Tukwila on an average weekday • 1,800: number of Sound Transit Sounder riders who come and go at the Tukwila Station on an average weekday

Born and raised here, I enjoy just walking around (especially along the river), grocery shopping at Saar’s, lunch with friends at Billy Baroo’s, researching local history, working on community issues (especially education and social justice), and attending Sounders S2 and Open Cup soccer games at Starfire, stopping for a pre-game beverage at Odin Brewing. Ron Lamb Tukwila native and activist

Sipping tea with neighbors There are so many things in Tukwila that I love to do, but I think my absolute most favorite thing to do is sit in my neighbors’ backyards and sip iced tea in the summertime. We have some amazing backyards in Tukwila. To mention a few of my favorites, Richard and Heather McLeland-Wieser’s backyard boasts a wonderful grape arbor that provides shade from the hot summer heat (when we have it), Mark and Sheila Hembree with their gorgeous view of the sunset and fun yard art, to Jim and Becky Heckt’s with their fabulous old growth trees combined with the sound of kids playing at Joseph Foster Park. Verna Seal Tukwila City Council

Sounders S2 game Our favorite fun family event in Tukwila is walking to Starfire Sports Complex to watch our local Sounders S2 games. The atmosphere is electric with 2,000-3,000 singing, cheering soccer fans. Our son loves the autograph opportunities after the games and seeing how appreciative the team is of the fans. Vanessa Zaputil Sustain Tukwila Pool


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Tukwila’s Parks, Trails, and Recreational Facilities

Providing safe, inviting and healthy spaces for our residents, businesses and visitors.



enjoying a park or using a trail positively impacts the community on a daily basis. Tukwila Parks and Recreation provides the community with positive activities for Youth and Teens, safe spaces to play in, and creates community connections. We are also an important link to restoring and revitalizing important green spaces, improving access to physical activity and contributing to your social wellbeing. The Tukwila Parks and Recreation staff have shown tremendous commitment to the City’s recreational opportunities by striving to provide the best services possible— all in an effort to make Tukwila a better place to live, work and play.



12424 42nd Avenue South Tukwila, WA 98168 www.tukwilawa.gov/recreation

13500 Interurban Avenue South Tukwila, WA 98168

PHONE 206.768.2822

RESTAURANT 206.588.2763 www.fostergolflinks.com www.billybaroos.com

FAX 206.768.0524


PRO SHOP 206.242.4221

FACILITY RENTAL OFFICE PHONE 206.767.2377 FAX 206.767.2346 rentals@tukwilawa.gov


Rick Still, Parks and Recreation Director

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