AURORA: After the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) joined forces to reduce the number of suicidal jumpers on the Aurora Bridge—putting up signs and installing phones that connect to a suicide-prevention line—WSDOT spokesman Stan Suchan says that the state is considering installing a fence along the bridge. Last year, there were nine suicides on the bridge; as of May this year, there have already been seven. Suchan says that WSDOT's "first goal is to figure out what will work, and then to make it as affordable as we can." He admits that no one has yet come up with a cheap, elegant solution, yet. "I think we can do both," he says. A plan to close the bridge to pedestrians was scrapped due to its heavy use by bicyclists.
SOUTH PARK: This week, after construction of the Lower Woodland Skatepark cleared its final legal hurdle, Seattle skaters got more good news: The River City Skate Park (RCSP)—located in Seattle's South Park neighborhood—is also ready to roll. Mark Johnson, the park's project manager, says RCSP will have both "bowl" and street-skating elements. "It's got a little bit of everything. It's a cornerstone for the [city's] skatepark master plan. It's one of many that need to be built," Johnson says.
LAURELHURST: The North Seattle Herald Outlook had a scoop that KING 5 news reporter Susannah Frame's neighborhood was peppered with fliers stating she was a "high-level sex offender who had just been released from treatment." According to the report, the fliers claimed Frame "has a drinking problem and smokes crack." Frame told police she believed a man she was investigating for fraud placed the fliers in her neighborhood. Seattle police are investigating the incident. Frame did not return The Stranger's call about the incident.
MORE LAURELHURST: Children's Hospital, located on Sand Point Way and Northeast 45th Street, wants to double the size of its 880,000 square foot facility, and Laurelhurst neighbors are concerned that the size and scope of the expansion won't fit into the neighborhood. This is not the first dispute to arise between the neighborhood and the hospital. In a letter to the Children's Hospital CEO Thomas Hansen, the Laurelhurst Community Club notes its "extremely rocky" relationship with Children's, referencing the neighborhood battle that erupted over the hospital's plans to install an emergency helicopter pad.