Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Video: Webelos Color Guard

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The Webelos of Pack 307 in Federal Way, WA presented the colors at the February 19th Federal Way City Council meeting. 1:36 / Feb. 19, 2008

Video: Jack Dovey (Mayor) Swearing In

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1:02 / Jan. 2, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Down on the Boardwalk

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The Boardwalk in the West Hybelos Wetland Park reopened recently. (Photos, Videos)

I visited back in back in June before it was closed for renovations. I recently had to get away and quickly headed over for a short break. It really looks nice. Too nice? Not sure that's possible. The old one did feature a more "home-made" look with planks of different widths and stuff. But the new boardwalk really looks good. It's a little higher off the ground in a few places, but it's supposed to feature a new system that's better for the underlying bog, as well as be constructed from materials that will last much longer than the old wooden structure did (and possibly fare better in a major storm?).

The new path looks really good and seems to follow the same track as the old one, about a mile in length. The new path also features more benches than the previous boardwalk.

New bridges look very sharp. (Well, not sharp since edges have been sanded.)
In one place, a really long and windy bridge survives. I really like this bridge.

The new Brook Lake vista is much superior to the old. Much closer to the lake, with places to sit
Near the entrance to the park there is what appears to be a second path, complete with foliage description plaques. However, the path quickly disappears and you're left in several clearings littered with lots and lots of large empties of a really cheap brand of beer. Either this area wasn't cleaned up when the park was cleaned before reopening, or lots of kids come here to drink lots of cheap beer.

There were construction photos on HyleBlog earlier this summer, but I can't find them. (Chris - why no search on HyleBlog or Blog from the Bog? Can you please post a link in the comments back to them?)

I really recommend the boardwalk. You can walk it quickly, and when you're out in it, you can barely hear the small murmur of traffic. There is lots of beauty and calm, a very peaceful place. And to give you an idea of just how big the storm was a few years ago that damaged the park, at one point, you come across a large section of the original boardwalk, connected to a large rootball from a big tree that had fallen over. (Find it on the map.)

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Fences (301)

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MP submits "There is graffiti on the fence at the corner of SW 336th and 36th Ave SW across the street from Bigadoon School. It's been the since summer and seems to be growing."

This appears to be on the fence of a home for-sale-by-owner. I'm guessing the home has been for sale since at least this summer. The owner might want to come and pressure wash or paint the fence as graffiti is really not a good selling point. (go to the map) Yep, Zillow says it's been on the market 132 days. (4/1.5, 1410, $292,950)

The graffiti seems to also be spreading to the neighbor's fence.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Letter: Graffiti'd by a Rogue Do-Gooder?

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FWG welcomes your thoughts and comments. Email us at or click on the "comments" link at the bottom of any posting. Of course, all postings are moderated to prevent online graffiti.

Graffiti'd by a Rogue Do-Gooder?

We had some very fading graffiti on our private fence in our yard. We had washed it and when the weather turns in a month we were going to pressure wash it and stain our fence. However someone has taken into their own hands without talking to the property owner (us) and painted it with latex paint. We will never be able to get off this paint off therefore if we want our fence to match we will have to replace the two sections costing us over 500.00 instead of just an easy pressure wash and stain. Are you responsible for this? Is the city really going around and painting private property fencing without consulting property owners??

FWG's Response (shorter version emailed directly back to SH):

Dear SH -

FWG in no way connected with the city of Federal Way. I know that about a year ago the city did paint over a bunch of fences (the ones I see regularly are on 336/348) with a beige/putty colored paint but I believe they had prior permission. (FWG, acting as a private citizen, actually has, based on past history of contacting various departments by email with questions - not complaints! - a less than 50% chance of hearing back from the city.)

From what I understand, the city is sending out letters threatening fines when they hear about graffiti, not painting people's fences.

Sorry to say it, but I wonder if it was a neighbor (or your HOA?) who didn't know you were going to eventually pressure wash your fence and thought the work you had done so far was all you were going to do. Sorry to hear of the unplanned expense, I know that would be outside of my budget if that happened to me.

Based on the address you provided (unless I got the wrong house) - would it be cheaper to just paint the rest of the fence to match? Whoever did the cover-up took the time to do a nice job with full-board strokes and good, even coverage. It would look different than the neighbor's fence (how come they haven't been tagged?) but would still look nice and match the house. Also, are there any steps you might take to further graffiti-proof your fence? Lighting, pokey shrubs, a less inviting landscape?


SH responded once more:


Thanks for your quick response on this. I have a call into the city to see if they are heading this up or not. I noticed up and down [nearby major] road the same color and newly painted fences. I want you to know that I really do appreciate what you are trying to accomplish for the city. I was just shocked that someone would paint private property without getting permission first. I know the law in the city is to get a letter first which we never received. I would have been happy to abide to the law and letter if I had received it.

Anyway…good luck with your efforts!

- SH

Maybe the city is not mailing out letters to private citizens, or they were not aware of this graffiti. It seems that spring has sprung, starting to get more reports of graffiti. Will investigate and return photos when I have time. As always, you can email photos. Or contact me for instructions on how to send directly from your phone to mine if you can't do email.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Rear of Building (300)

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This has been on my camera for awhile, but I'm still getting caught up on stuff. You'd think that considering it's number 300, I would have gotten to this sooner. This area seems to be the target of repeat tagging. (go to the map)


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