RSVP Now for FREE “West Seattle Walks” coming this October

As a part of the launch of West Seattle In Motion, individuals are invited to attend fun and engaging walks focused on the intersection between the built and natural environments in their community. The West Seattle Walks Series steps out with the first walk beginning on Saturday, October 6.

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RSVP Now for FREE “West Seattle Walks” coming this October 

As a part of the launch of West Seattle In Motion, individuals are invited to attend fun and engaging walks focused on the intersection between the built and natural environments in their community. The West Seattle Walks Series steps out with the first walk beginning on Saturday, October 6.

Join Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors Chas Redmond, Bryan Fiedorczyk, and Cathy and Jake Jaramillo on guided walks that will inspire, connect, and inform participants about unique features in West Seattle. Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors help promote safer, more walkable communities by leading neighborhood walks inviting groups to connect with their surroundings and share knowledge while improving personal and environmental health. The first two walks in the series will educate walk participants about the natural ecology of the Fauntleroy and Longfellow Creek Watersheds while taking time to enjoy the beautiful natural environment and wildlife that inhabits it. The third walk in this series gives participants a bird’s eye view of West Seattle’s beautiful landscapes from the tops of Alki’s outdoor stairways. 

Duck Pond Longfellow Creek

Feet First Executive Director Lisa Quinn said, “The Neighborhood Walks provide an enjoyable opportunity for people to learn about the relationship between their actions and a healthy environment and vibrant neighborhood. Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors share their knowledge and experiences of the natural and built environments with their neighbors in a different, more intimate way.”

Fauntleroy Creek Watershed Walk

When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 1pm to 3pm 

Where: Meet at Original Bakery, 9253 45th Avenue SW

What: Join Chas Redmond, Board Member of Feet First and Sustainable West Seattle, on an adventure through Fauntleroy Park, a 28-acre wooded ravine on the western slope of the West Seattle peninsula. Travel through time to experience a remnant of the coastal forest environment that once stretched across the Puget Sound region, and learn about the native plants, fish, and birds that still make their home here.

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This is a family friendly walk. Space is limited, reserve your spot today! 

Longfellow Creek Watershed Walk

When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 1pm to 3pm 

Where: Meet outside the Delridge Library, 5423 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

What: Join Feet First Watershed Walks Ambassador Bryan Fiedorczyk on an urban hike through one of Seattle’s most beautiful watershed environments. The Longfellow Creek Watershed drains almost 3000 acres of West Seattle, and is one of only four waterways left in Seattle which flows freely year-round. While walking the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail with Bryan, you will see wetlands, native meadows, conifer forests, a beaver dam, and large-scale public art installations. This walk will also demonstrate how Seattle residents’ everyday activities can impact the natural environment in their own backyards, and what you can do to help preserve the health of our urban watersheds. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for salmon!

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All walking participants will receive a free Feet First Watershed Walks Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail Walking Map. This is a family friendly walk. Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

Stairway Walk Cathy & Jake Jaramillo 

“Alki from Above” Stairway Walk

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 1pm to 3pm 

Where: Meet at the Metro 57 Bus Stop, near 49th Ave. SW and SW Spokane St., Seattle, WA 98116

What: Join Cathy and Jake Jaramillo, Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors and authors of “Seattle Stairway Walks,” coming to bookstores early next year, on this panoramic survey of Alki and Schmitz Park which will open your eyes while exercising your mind and body! On this walk, you’ll wind down the narrow, tree-lined lanes of North Admiral before reaching our first flights of stairs above Alki Beach. You’ll pause to take in views of Alki, the Sound and the Olympics before heading down a final stairway to the waterfront. Eventually, you’ll turn back from the beach and back up the bluff, to find a set of tucked-away stairs that lead past a tiny pocket of charming homes and back toward Admiral Way. On the other side of Admiral, you can look down from a 1920s-vintage bridge into Schmitz Park Preserve before switch-backing down timber stairs into the Preserve itself. Schmitz Park Preserve is one of only two places in Seattle with remaining old-growth forest, and you will use its winding trails to get up-close views of its towering trees and lovely creek.

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This is a family friendly walk. Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

West Seattle High Point Walk 2012

High Point Neighborhood Walk – Urban Design, Green Building, Transportation Mobility and Low Impact Development

When: Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 1pm – 3 pm

Where: Meet outside the High Point Library, 3411 SW Raymond St., Seattle, WA 98126

What: Join Feet First Watershed Walks Ambassador Timothy Lowry, PE, LEED AP, transportation and watershed planner on an urban field tour of the High Point neighborhood. High Point is ten percent of the Longfellow Creek watershed and, this tour follows up on Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador Bryan Fiedorczyk’s Watershed Walk of Longfellow Creek. Experience High Point’s innovative community planning and sustainable design. We will walk the venerable and diverse Smart Growth neighborhood and see examples of green buildings, mobility connections to transit, parks and Longfellow Creek. We will also see Low Impact Development/natural Green Stormwater Infrastructure installations. Approaching a decade in the ground, the Natural Drainage Systems, tree retention, landscape amenities and permeable pavements have matured into a very pleasing, walkable and desirable urban neighborhood. 

Participants will enjoy one of Seattle’s key sustainable developments from the site to watershed scale, transportation shed, and see how innovative achievements can be accomplished through hard work and collaborative efforts by the Seattle Housing Authority, Department of Planning and Development, Department of Transportation, Public Utilities, Parks, Public Libraries and Public Schools.

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All walking participants will receive a free Feet First Watershed Walks Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail Walking Map. Also, a one page High Point “leave-behind” with links to more in-depth information and technical details. 

For more information, contact Darcy Edmunds by emailing darcy@feetfirst.org or calling 206-652-2310, ext. 5. These West Seattle Walks are a collaborative effort by Feet First and InMotion.

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