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Upcoming Events: Discovery Park Walking Tour Saturday and Cowen Park Picnic Tuesday August 30th

Upcoming Events: Discovery Park Walking Tour Saturday and Cowen Park Picnic Tuesday August 30th
The Discovery Park Loop Trail passes by a wide variety of plant life and trees. (Photo by The Urbanist)

The Urbanist is excited to announce two more events in our summer series. This Saturday (August 27) we’ll be meeting at Discovery Park at 11am and hiking the Loop Trail, starting the hike from the North parking lot around 11:35am. RSVP for the Discovery Park walking tour.

On Tuesday August 30, we will be picnicking at Cowen Park starting at 5:30pm and doing a stroll through Ravenna Park at 7pm. RSVP on our Cowen Park Eventbrite page.

Discovery Park Walking Tour

At 534 acres, Discovery Park is the largest city park in Seattle. The Loop Trail is a great way to take in the spectacular variety the park has to offer, from thick old growth forests to flowery meadows to the scenic Magnolia bluffs overlooking the Salish Sea. The hike is about three miles with some rolling hills, but no major elevation change. The trail is well-kept, but it is not fully accessible for people with disabilities.

The park used to be a military base (Fort Lawton) before it was decommissioned and converted to a park in the 1960s. The fledgling park was the site of one of the most dramatic nonviolent demonstrations in Seattle history when a 1970 Indigenous occupation of part of the fort led to the creation of the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center on a northern section of the property.

“Led by Bernie Whitebear (Sin Aikst), Bob Satiacum (Puyallup) and indigenous peoples of Western Washington, 100+ Native Americans and supporters occupied areas of Fort Lawton using a base camp just outside the fence line,” the City of Seattle website notes. “Famous supporters such as Jane Fonda and Black Panther chapter of Seattle helped increase national attention to the cause.”

We’ll meet at the picnic table next to the Route 33 bus stop at Discovery Park’s North Parking Lot. (Image by The Urbanist)

More recently, activism is leading to an affordable housing complex being added, as the last remaining Fort Lawton Army Reserve compound is being decommissioned and its 34 acres converted to housing and recreational space, including about five acres to be added to Discovery Park. In 2019, the Seattle City Council approved a redevelopment plan to create affordable housing on the site, with at least 235 homes in the works. Magnolia homeowner activists led by Elizabeth Campbell fought the affordable housing and mounted a legal challenge, but they have only succeeded in slowing down the project rather than stopping it. Urbanists and housing advocates rallied in support of the project and opponents have all but exhausted legal avenues.

Discovery Park’s South Beach includes lots of driftwood to sit on and a great view of Mount Rainier, the Magnolia Bluffs, and Elliott Bay. While not on the Loop Trail, it’s a half-mile side trip. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Urbanist staff will be on hand to answer questions about Discovery Park and related plans, but participants will also be free to mingle and take in the natural beauty during the hike.

Parking at Discovery Park’s North Lot. Take Texas Way for the less steep bike route to the North Parking Lot and find a post to lock to. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

Getting there: Metro’s Route 33 bus stops at the North parking lot. We’ll congregate at the picnic table near the bus stop (Illinois Avenue & Texas Way), which is the end of the line, and hit the trail shortly after the Route 33 run scheduled to arrive at 11:35am shows up. Thanks to the protected bike lanes on Gilman Avenue W, biking to Discovery Park is also a great option. If you’re coming from Ballard, it’s also possible to cross the Ballard Locks and take the secret forested path through Kiwanis Memorial Preserve Park, which is accessed from 33rd Avenue W. There isn’t specified bike parking area at the North parking lot, but there are lots of signposts to lock to. If you are taking an app-based bike, be aware more operators cut e-assist and do not their bikes to be parked within Discovery Park boundaries so you may want to park at the edge of the park and walk the rest of the way.

Cowen Park Potluck and Ravenna Park Walk

On Tuesday August 30th, The Urbanist is hosting a potluck picnic at Cowen Park starting at 5:30pm. We’ll have snacks to share, but we encourage folks to bring something to contribute or snack on/sip yourself. This social event is intended to take advantage of summer to get outdoors and enjoy Seattle’s beautiful park system.

The picnic tables are located near the playground at Cowen Park. (Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks and TIA International Photography)

Ravenna Park and the neighboring Ravenna Boulevard were designed by the Olmsted brothers as part of a plan to given Seattle a world-class park system. Cowen Park is the adjoining park to the west also integrated into the Olmsted-designed system, with the ravine trail starting at the northern edge of Cowen Park. Stand in the middle of Ravenna ravine and you hardly know you’re in the middle of a bustling city, with a new trove of skyscrapers rising just to the south in the U District, as giant trees provide thick canopy overhead.

After snacking and chatting at Cowen Park, we’ll wander into Ravenna Park to enjoy the Olmsted-designed trail system and get lost in the trees. The Ravenna walk will start at 7pm. The ravine trail is well-maintained gravel and has a steep hill at the start but is accessible to people with disabilities.

Urbanist writer Ryan Packer rides their bike over the 20th Avenue pedestrianized bridge, with tree canopy on either side.
20th Avenue NE offers a bike and pedestrian-only bridge over Ravenna Park. (Photo by The Urbanist)

Getting there: Cowen Park is well served by transit, including Route 45, 67, and 73. It’s 0.4 miles southeast of Roosevelt Station, making light rail an easy way to get there. There are also good biking options. From the west, protected bike lanes connect to the park via Ravenna Boulevard. The Burke-Gilman trails gets within a few blocks of Ravenna Park, with the ravine trail connecting through to Cowen Park.

RSVP for the Ravenna-Cowen Park event on our Eventbrite page.

Doug Trumm is the executive director of The Urbanist. An Urbanist writer since 2015, he dreams of pedestrianizing streets, blanketing the city in bus lanes, and unleashing a mass timber building spree to end the affordable housing shortage and avert our coming climate catastrophe. He graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. He lives in East Fremont and loves to explore the city on his bike.

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Penticton Speedway packs stands on Saturday night with return of destruction events, King of the Hill competition – Penticton News

Penticton Speedway packs stands on Saturday night with return of destruction events, King of the Hill competition - Penticton News

Casey Richardson

The Penticton Speedway had crowds pilled into the stands for their return of some smashing events on Saturday, with the Eve of Destruction and Hit-2-Pass show.

“Our night of destruction, what a great show those guys put on. I mean, we got trailers and garbage laying all over the racetrack. The fans are going nuts. It was awesome,” Speedway co-owner Trevor Seibert said.

“The kids, you could just see them up against the fence cheering the whole time screaming their little heads off. So it’s fantastic. That’s what we want. And it’s good family entertainment.”

Thanks to Penticton Kia, I got to take to the track and try out my racing chops in King of the Hill, which opens up the racetrack to give everyone a chance to race.

“That’s for people that come out to the grandstand that have always wanted to be a race car driver or just think they have a hotter car than their buddy. Come on here and put a lap in and see if you can beat him,” Seiber added.

In the 2008 Ford Escape I was equipped with, I was able to take the lead and win my first race against a Volkswagen Beetle. That changed when I faced off against a Corvette.

Seibert said the key to competing in King of the Hill is to have a positive attitude and have fun.

“We had a Corvette win tonight, we had people out there with a Chevy Chevette from the 80s, we have everything and anything under the sun….There’s a good chance you might not win because you don’t have the same car the other person has, but you can put on a great show.”

Future plans for the open races are to continue building them, hopefully growing to 35 or 40 competitors.

“Don’t be shy to be part of it and bring whatever you go. ‘Run what you brung’ we call it. Enter the thing and see how you do,” Seibert added.

The contest includes a cash prize, which the winning driver this weekend generously split with all the other drivers as a sign of sportsmanship.

Seibert said the action-packed weekend overall was the sign of a great return to racing.

“Last year, we, of course, had to deal with restrictions still. We were down to 50 people in the grandstand and it was just ridiculous, pretty hard to survive like that. A lot of business out there in the same boat, we just managed to make our way through it and kept the races going. Had to keep everybody enthused, you know, the drivers and the teams.”

The new owners also used the time to work on the track, which has been around since 1969.

“We’re trying to show ourselves to the community that we want to create new fans, we want to show the older fans that maybe haven’t been in a while there’s something new here for them to come on out to. We’re getting a lot of great compliments.

“We’re just having a lot of fun taking it over from the Aantjes family and they’ve helped us a lot, given us a lot of advice on what to do.”

Next weekend the track will be hosting the Avion RS1 Superseal Cup Featuring Avion RS1’s and Avion Sprints.

Rising stars in racing will be taking on seasoned veterans, looking to gain points and put themselves in a position to ultimately win the Avion Motorsports RS1 Challenge Cup Championship. Seibert himself will be back on the track for the event.

“We’ve got a big, deep field of very talented drivers showing up for that.”

For more information or to grab tickets, click here.

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WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event From Bossier (7/9): Street Fight Match – Wrestling Inc.

WWE Saturday Night's Main Event From Bossier (7/9): Street Fight Match - Wrestling Inc.

WWE held a Saturday Night’s Main Event with the “Raw” roster. In the main event, Riddle defeated Seth Rollins in a Street Fight match.

Also during the show, Asuka defeated Becky Lynch, Omos defeated Cedric Alexander, and Ezekiel defeated Ciampa.

Below is the full results courtesy of WrestleZone: 

* Dolph Ziggler defeated Theory. Theory originally thought he won but the ref caught his foot on the ropes during the pin.

* Veer Mahaan defeated R-Truth

* Ezekiel defeated Tommaso Ciampa

* Dana Brooke defeated Doudrop. Carmella came out afterward and cut a heel promo to the crowd.

* Asuka defeated Becky Lynch

* Omos defeated Cedric Alexander

* Finn Balor defeated Dominik Mysterio

* Street Fight: Riddle defeated Seth Rollins


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Beau’s Brewery 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada back as a live event this Saturday, June 25

Beau’s Brewery 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada back as a live event this Saturday, June 25

The roads around Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill will be busy this Saturday (June 25), with the 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada back as an in-person event for the first time since 2019.

Held in 2020 and 2021 as a virtual run, the 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada still raised  a total of $53,000 in 2021, bringing the total to more than $250,000 raised since the first run was held in 2015. The 2022 event is combining what worked well virtually, with a return to in-person participation.

The Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada is inspired by Vankleek Hill’s Ashley Courtois (Cowan), whose friends and family started this race when Ashley was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. The event started small but grew each year during Ashley’s three-year battle with ovarian cancer. Ashley lost her battle with cancer in 2018, but the race continues to be held in honour of her wonderful strength and spirit, and her love of running.

The Beau’s 5K is a walk or run event, with distances of 3K, 5K or 10K. Entry fee is a $40 tax-deductible donation to Ovarian Cancer Canada.

The 3K and 5K course is an out-and back on Newton Road, starting from and returning to the brewery. The road is a scenic rural route, a gravel road past farms and homes in Vankleek Hill.  The course is basically flat, save a small hill at the finish line. The 10K course is simply a double out-and-back, for those who want the extra challenge.

More information on this year’s Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada can be found here.

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Platinum Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth to miss Saturday events

Platinum Jubilee: Queen Elizabeth to miss Saturday events

Queen Elizabeth II opted not to attend the Epsom Derby Saturday as part of her Platinum Jubilee celebration, the second time in as many days that her mobility issues have robbed crowds of a chance to see her. 

The 96-year-old monarch also isn’t expected to attend the evening Platinum Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace, where Sirs Elton John and Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys and Queen + Adam Lambert will perform. Prince Charles and Prince William, the queen’s son and grandson, are scheduled to address the crowd of 22,000 people.

The queen has had problems moving around lately, which the palace describes as “episodic mobility issues,” limiting her public appearances in recent months.

RELATED: Platinum Jubilee: UK celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign

On Saturday, the queen was represented at the prestigious Epsom Derby race by her daughter, Princess Anne, who appeared in the royal box to crowds cheering and waving Union flags.


EPSOM, ENGLAND – JUNE 04: Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Timothy Laurence on day two of the Epsom Derby, on June 04, 2022 in Epsom, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

On Friday, the queen skipped a special service of Thanksgiving in her honor at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Palace officials said she had experienced “some discomfort” at events the day before.

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, were among nearly 50 members of the royal family who gathered to honor the absent head of state. It was the couple’s first public appearance in the U.K. since they stepped back from royal duties and moved to California two years ago.

In another sign of thawing relations, royal accounts on Twitter wished Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, a happy first birthday. Lilibet turned one on Saturday. She and her older brother, Archie, haven’t yet made an appearance during this trip.


LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

“Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!” the Royal Family account tweeted.

Sunday marks the culmination of Platinum Jubilee celebrations with the Platinum Jubilee Pageant. As part of the jubilee pageant, dancers from London’s African-Caribbean community will don costumes of giant flamingos, zebras and giraffes to re-imagine the moment in 1952 when Princess Elizabeth learned she had become queen while visiting a game park in Kenya. 

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 2022 - Trooping The Colour

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 02: (L-R) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Louis of Cambridge look out on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 02, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Another group will recall the queen’s 1947 marriage to Prince Philip and celebrate weddings around the Commonwealth with Bollywood-style dancing.

The acts also include a 20-foot-tall puppet of a young woman, surrounded by a pack of mischievous corgi puppets.

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T&F Concludes NCAA East Preliminaries With Four Saturday Events – University of Pennsylvania Athletics

T&F Concludes NCAA East Preliminaries With Four Saturday Events - University of Pennsylvania Athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The University of Pennsylvania track and field team concluded the four-day 2022 NCAA Outdoor East Region Preliminaries on Saturday, as the women competed in four events.
The day started out in the high jump, as Claire Moreau and Addie Renner both competed in the first flight. The duo each cleared their first two heights including their best of 1.71m (5-7.25). Moreau finished 19th in the flight, while Renner finished 21st.
Victoria Agyin wrapped up the events for the Quakers on the infield, competing in the triple jump. In the fourth flight, her best attempt came on her third jump, landing at 12.32m (40-5) to take 35th overall.
Skyla Wilson qualified for the quarterfinals in the 100m hurdles on Thursday, competing again on Saturday night. Competing in the second heat, she finished fourth with a time of 13.51, narrowly missing a top three finish to qualify for Eugene.
The week wrapped up in the 4x400m relay, as the Quakers earned a sixth-place finish in the third heat with a time of 3:39.57. The squad took 16th overall, coming up under two seconds short of qualifying for national championships.
The Quakers will have two student-athletes continuing their seasons at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon on Wednesday, June 8. Marc Minichello will compete in the javelin, while Mayyi Mahama will throw in the hammer.



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Repair cafe event Saturday in Maple Ridge – Maple Ridge News

Repair cafe event Saturday in Maple Ridge - Maple Ridge News

Willow Cale works her sewing machine at the Repair Cafe at Earth Day. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Willow Cale works her sewing machine at the Repair Cafe at Earth Day. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Repair cafe event Saturday in Maple Ridge

‘Brings us your broken stuff’ says Ridge Meadows Recycling Society

Another Repair Cafe is coming up this Saturday, May 21, in Maple Ridge.

A Repair Cafe is billed by the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society as a chance for residents to learn how to fix broken items – like bicycles, socks, kettles and alarm clocks.

The organizers provide the tools, glue, yarn, and spare parts. They also have experienced, handy volunteers who can offer advice or lend a hand in how to fix your item.

The Repair Cafe will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maple Ridge Seniors Activity centre, at 12150-224th St.

There are two more upcoming repair events on June 18 and July 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Peace Park.

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Holyoke kicks off green infrastructure events Saturday

Holyoke kicks off green infrastructure events Saturday

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -On Saturday, the city of Holyoke kicked off a series of events on “green infrastructure” storm water management. The event, part of a three-part series offered by the City of Holyoke, celebrated facilities that manage rainfall using plants.

Western Mass News attended Saturday’s event at the Holyoke Library, where we caught up with the Director of Conservation and Sustainability, Yoni Glogower, who explained the project.

“These are facilities designed to intersect rainwater and let them absorb into the water instead of just cart them directly into our sewer system,” Glogower explained.

Glogower said the rain garden at the Holyoke Library was installed back in 2012. The goal of the green infrastructure project is to bring improvements and maintenance to the rain gardens while also helping to educate the city.

Rain gardens help to prevent pollution by keeping chemicals and other debris from our roads out of our water systems, like the Connecticut River.