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INSIDE The 2016 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. HERE’S WHAT YOU’ll FIND INSIDE:

Mayor’s message/2 City of Tukwila/3 City Council/4 Pool district/4 Police, Fire/5 Schools/6-7 Calendar/8 Museum/9 Chamber/9 Recreation/10 Social services/11 Historic places/12 Essentials/13 Tukwila map/14 Getting there/15 Regional Publisher/ Polly Shepherd Publisher/Ellen Morrison Editor/Dennis Box Assistant Editor/Heidi Sanders 253-656-5652 Sales/Ellen Morrison, Lisa Yaskus, Marie Skoor

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In Tukwila, city, school district work together to benefit all I am proud and humbled to serve as Tukwila’s 20th mayor; this is truly the job of a lifetime. Many great things are going on in Tukwila these days, and many of them are happening in our Tukwila School District. In 2009, the Tukwila School District was cited by the New York Times as the most diverse school district in the United States. Indeed, today more than 80 languages are spoken in its hallways with students from across the globe. Over the years, the school district has made significant and amazing strides to support our young people, and in 2016 it was placed on the College Board 2015 Opportunity Honor Roll for increasing the number of underrepresented students in five different critical areas crucial to college success. In January, the Seattle Times featured a front page Sunday article on the academic turnaround at Foster High School Mayor Allan and followed up a few days Ekberg later with an editorial urging other school to emulate Foster’s success. The City of Tukwila is proud to partner with the Tukwila School District in a variety of ways. City staff sit on various committees to provide advice on major issues. I am fortunate to meet with Superintendent Dr. Nancy Coogan on a regular basis so that we can ensure ongoing coordination between the two organizations. The city also provides the district with after-school enrichment activities through our Parks Department, where we also tailor our programming schedule to dovetail with the district’s. If there is an early dismissal day or a week for spring break, Parks and Recreation ensures that we provide a safe place for Tukwila students when school is out. These are just some examples of the strong partnership between the city and district, and my goal over the coming years is to grow it even further. In the meantime, I hope you will join Dr. Coogan and myself at one of our quarterly

Tukwila: Important phone numbers City Hall, 206-433-1800 City Council • Joe H. Duffie, 2016 president, 206-478-0089 • Dennis Robertson, 206-242-6373 • Thomas McLeod, 206-492-4821 • Verna Seal, 206-293-3274 • Kathy Hougardy, 206-571-0007 • De’Sean Quinn, 206-331-5939 • Kate Kruller, 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 joint meetings where we meet with Tukwila residents to talk about city and school-related issues. Thank you again for supporting our schools! Mayor Allan Ekberg

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Within Tukwila’s nearly 10 square miles live about 20,000 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 108 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, 98188 206-433-1800



The City of Tukwila’s website,, 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 recently updated the site to make it faster and easier to get the information residents and businesses need.

Besides its website, the City of Tukwila keeps residents, businesses and guests informed about the city in a number of ways. • TukTV: The city’s 24-hour programming, found on Comcast Channel 21 – TukTV, includes live and rebroadcast council meetings, event information, emergency reports and other public service announcements. An original 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 • 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 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 • 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,

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Mayor Allan Ekberg E-mail: Phone: 206-433-1850 Office: Tukwila City Hall, 6200 Southcenter Parkway Allan Ekberg began his first four-year term as mayor on Jan. 1, 2016. Previously, he served for 15 years on the City Council and was a member of the Planning Commission. Ekberg 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 oversees the city’s daily activities.


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• Office: City Council members don’t have The Tukwila City Council is the legislative branch of city government and is respon- regular office hours. sible for enacting laws, adopting the budMEETINGS get, and establishing policy. Members are The City Council meets at 7 p.m. the first elected to four-year terms. and third Mondays of the month at its City Hall chambers. The council meets as the CONTACT • E-mail: or Committee of the Whole at 7 p.m. the secto reach an individual council member, fol- ond and fourth Mondays of the month in its low this protocol: firstname.lastname@tuk- chambers. All council meetings are public, except for executive sessions at which legal, • Phone: 206-433-8993, council analyst land or personnel issues are discussed. Laurel Humphrey

• Arts Commission, first Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Tukwila Community Center, contact Stephanie Gardner at 206-767-2342 • Civil Service Commission, first Monday, 5 p.m., Hazelnut Conference Room • COPCAB (Community Oriented Policing Citizens Advisory Board), second 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 is the only pool in the region open to the public seven days a week, 363 days a year. Check for the two closure dates and programming schedules. 2016 marks the first year in which a fivemember elected Board of Commissioners is responsible for the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District after it was governed by the Tukwila City Council from 2011 to 2015. The public is invited to attend the commission’s meetings held at 6 p.m. the second Monday of the month at the Valley View Sewer District conference room, 3460 S. 148th St., Tukwila. Jennafer Price Cargill, who has returned as the district’s executive director, and Dave Perkins, the aquatics manager, can be reached at 206-267-2350 or via e-mail at


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 third Saturday of the month at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S. Public participation is encouraged. In 2011, the City of Tukwila considered closing the Tukwila Pool. Local citizen groups put a measure on the ballot asking voters to save the pool by forming the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District. The voters approved the formation of the district and initially the pool continued to be operated by the City of Tukwila. Beginning in 2015, the district took over operations of the pool and now it stands as a completely independent entity.

• 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 206-767-2342 • Parks Commission, second Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Community Center, contact Stephanie Gardner at 206-767-2342 • 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 20,000 and a major retail and commercial district in Southcenter with a staff of 65 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: • Interim 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 pressure. Someone is always available at Station 51 to provide this free service.

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

Graduates touch the Foster Rock as they walk to Foster’s 101st graduation. Dean A. Radford/Tukwila Reporter

The Tukwila School District will use the proceeds from a voter-approved bond measure to renovate district schools and turn Foster High School in a school that educates students for the 21st Century.

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 languages.


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Nancy Coogan Phone: 206-901-8006 Email: coogann@tukwila. Office: Administration Building, 4640 S. 144th St., Tukwila District website: tukwila.

REACHING OUT The Tukwila School District has launched a new website based on specific feedback from all users. It includes easy-to-navigate directories, calendars, and more. The community can also connect to their schools at,,

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. and FROM THE WEBSITE: The Tukwila School District tops the nation in diversity—students here receive a truly global education. We believe in the infinite possibilities in each student, and we prepare our graduates to achieve their biggest life and career dreams.

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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 Ricardo Frazier 206-901-7700, Principal Jeff Baker • Thorndyke Elementary School, 4415 S. 150th St., 206-901-7600, 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 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: • Alicia Waterton, District 3 Seattle Christian School in SeaTac offers a Christian-centered • Ricardo Frazer, District 4 education for students in grades kindergarten through 12. The school • Dave Larson, District 5 Students also serve as appointed members to the School Board to is at 18301 Military Road S. The phone number is 206-246-8241. Website: provide the student perspective.

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tukwilacalendar JULY Touch-A-Truck July 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages will sit in the driver’s seat of Tukwila’s big rigs, including fire trucks, and learn about safety and emergency preparedness, courtesy of the City of Tukwila and exhibitors at the Westfield Southcenter south parking lot .

JULY, AUGUST See You in the Park The city is bringing back the successful See you in the Park, a chance to meet city staff, eat free food, play lawn games and enjoy entertainment. • July 13, Bicentennial Park, 12-1:30 p.m. Performance: The Islanders • July 27, Riverton Park, 5:30-7 p.m. Perfor- Bubbleman will perform as part of See You in the Park, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. July 27 at Riverton Park. File photo mance: Bubbleman • Aug. 10, Tukwila Park, 5:30-7 p.m. Perfor- at 206.768.2822. Ask about other camps or mance: Gary Stroutsos go to and look at the Summer Family Summer Outdoor Activities Calendar for more ideas. Cinema Series Backpack and School Supply Drive Aug. 5, 12, 19, July 15-Aug. 15 Peanut Butter and Jam Seating for the free family movies under Help children in the community by sending the stars on Fridays at the Tukwila Community Family Concert and Show Series kids in need to school with a backpack full of Center opens at 8 p.m. and the movies start at Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17 noon-1 p.m. supplies. What’s needed: backpacks, folders, The Wednesday series takes place outside dusk. Bring chairs and blankets. The schedule: binders, markers, pencils, loose-leaf paper and the Tukwila Community Center next to the Aug. 5, Inside Out; Aug. 12, Hotel Transylvania; spiral notebooks. Bring supplies to the Tukwila Community Center. For more information con- spray park. Bring picnic baskets and blankets; Aug. 19, The Good Dinosaur. A donation of two tact Shannon at shannon.fisher@tukwilawa. kids dance and sing to the music of favorite cans of food to support the Tukwila Pantry is performers. The schedule: Aug. 3, Recess Mon- suggested. gov. key; Aug. 10, Brian Vogan and his Good BudTukwila Kid’s Festival dies; Aug. 17, The Not-Its! Aug. 19, noon-3 p.m. The annual festival for kids at Cascade View Tukwila Community Garage Sale Park, 14211 37th Ave. S., has exhibits, interacAug. 20-21, throughout city Basketball Camp The 23rd annual garage sale gives Tukwila tive booths and live entertainment, providing Aug. 8-12, 9 a.m.-noon For grades 1-5. The purpose of the camp residents a chance to clean out garages and an educational experience for the whole famis to teach the fundamentals of basketball closets and to find some bargains. More in- ily. Free. to every camper. The camp is at the Tukwila formation is available at Center. Call the community center sale.html or by phone at 206-433-7178.


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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 Tukwila Historical Society is 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. The phone number is 206-244-4478; the email is Website: Call or email for museum hours. The 2016 Executive Committee consists of Louise JonesBrown as president, Richard 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. The Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center is in the fomer Tukwila School/City Hall . This historic building was a tworoom school house built in 1922. Between 1980 and 2010, the building also served as a branch of the King County Library System.

Tukwila is home to more than 2,000 businesses. Helping them prosper, along with businesses in Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park and SeaTac, is the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce (formerly 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 and ribbon cuttings. It is also a wealth of information about community events, places to visit and, of course, local businesses. The Chamber of Commerce is at 14220 Interurban Ave. S., No. 134, Tukwila. The phone number is 206-575-1633 and an email is Website: 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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tukwilarecreation sportsallpro Seahawks Renton is the official home of the Super Bowl XLVIII 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 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 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. Tukwila Reporter file photo

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

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

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 for more information. They practice at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. Starfire Sports is also the home base for Seattle Sounders FC2 (S2).

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.

Thunderbirds 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 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 for ticket and schedule information.

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

• Tukwila Pantry, 3118 S. 140th St., open 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Tukwila residents are welcome. Bring photo ID and a current utility bill showing address. 206431-8293. • 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 . • Pregnancy Aid, 730 S. 225th St. Des Moines. Provides clothing,

• Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), provides bi-cultural/ bi-lingual case management, advocacy, employment and family services to refugees and immigrants. 206-957-2029. Kathy Finau is the director of the Tukwila Pantry, the food bank that serves the greater Tukwila area. Tukwila Reporter file photo

cribs, car seats and other furniture to new moms. Items are “borrowed” and then returned when no longer needed. 206-878-3770. • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, provides crisis intervention counseling support, legal, medical information and advocacy to victims of sexual assault. 425-226-7273. • Crisis clinic, offers 24-hour, telephone-based crisis intervention and information and referrals to community services for youth and adults. 866-427-4747. crisisclinic. org.

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• Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN), offers a 24-hour crisis line to victims of domestic violence. 425-656-7867.

• REACH Center of Hope , provides a day shelter in Renton for homeless women and children. Open 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., MondayFriday. Showers, meals, laundry, case management. 425-277-7595.

• YWCA of Seattle King County – Domestic Violence Community Advocate, provides community advocacy for victims of domestic violence. 206-280-9961.

• Literacy Source, offers English as a Second Language classes (ESL). Adult ESL classes at the Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila. For newly resettled immigrants and refugees. 206-7822050,

• YWCA of Seattle King County – Emergency Housing Program, provides shelter and case management to families with children for up to 45 days. 206-4614882.

• Minor Home Repair, provides free health- and safety-focused, minor home repairs to low- and moderate-income Tukwila residents living in owner-occupied residences. 206-433-7180.

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• Tukwila Office of Human Services, 6300 Southcenter Blvd., next to Tukwila City Hall. Provides help connecting Tukwila residents with services and programs to meet their needs. 206-433-7180 or 206-4337181. Call first to ensure someone is in the office.

• Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services of Seattle King County) – Meals on Wheels, provides home - delivered meals to home-bound senior citizens. 206448-5767.

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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. 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.

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 A sculpture of a cougar by artist Richard Breyer adorns a rock at boats landed at a point called Foster Hazelnut Park behind the Tukwila Heritage and Cultural Center at South Landing near the Foster Homestead. 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.

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. Tukwila Reporter file photo ognize years of civic service, October Ulysses S. Grant’s staff (Gen. Grant footbridge; Dedicated in 1988 in 1983. honor of Byron Sneva, former Tukmarried Dent’s sister, Julia). wila Public Works director. Frank W. Zepp Bridge Tukwila Heritage and Cultural South 180th Street over DuCrystal Springs Park Center wamish/Green River; Frank W. Zepp Historical Water Tank - South Bridge - long-time city supervisor, Historical Plaque - Tukwila Library, 59th Avenue South and South 144th 160th Street and 51st Avenue South; dedicated 1970. St.; former elementary school (1920- Concrete Open Tank - Crystal Springs 1938) and City Hall (1947-1978). Water Company piped spring water Duwamish Hill Preserve Turn-of-the-century school burned to valley farms. 3800 S. 115th St.; This 8.6-acre down and replaced in the late 1940s, property was acquired in 2004, in Duwamish/Green River Trail partnership with Cascade Land Conthen served as City Hall. Historical Centennial Monument servancy. Facilities at the site include Duwamish/Green River Trail - Christensen Road north of Baker trails, viewpoints and an outdoor Boulevard at the entrance to the classroom gathering area which Pedestrian Bridge 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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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. NE, Ste. 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

Vehicle licenses There are contract offices that sell vehicle and vessel licenses in Burien, Kent and Renton, among other offices. They are Siler Licensing, 628 SW 151st St., Burien, 206-243-8222; Kent Licensing Agency, 331 Washington Ave. S., Kent, 253-852-3110; and

Renton Licensing Agency, 329 Williams Ave. S., Renton, 425228-5640. General information about licenses for vehicles and vessels, including online renewal, is available at

Pet licenses Tukwila contracts for services with Regional Animal Services of King County, and Tukwila 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 discounts for qualifying seniors. The website is 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

Voting information Information about voting and voter registration is available online at For general information, call 206-296-VOTE (8683). The King County Elections Division is located at 919 SW 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

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Tukwila Residents’ Guilde

July 2016

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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.


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Tukwila’s Parks, Trails, and Recreational Facilities Providing safe, inviting and healthy spaces for our residents, businesses and visitors.

PARTICIPATING IN RECREATION PROGRAMS, 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 well-being. 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.

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Residents Guide - 2016  
Residents Guide - 2016