Sunday, June 27, 2010

Duwamish River Cruise

The South Park Bridge is scheduled to close in just 3 days, on the evening of June 30th. Even with the recent flurry of fundraising, it will be at least 2 years until South Park residents have a convenient route across the Duwamish River and into the city of Seattle. The local architecture journal Arcade and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition have chosen the bridge's last night on earth to lead a guided cruise of the Duwamish Superfund Site. The Duwamish is a corpus of contradictions - a key salmon migration route, and the State's most toxic waterway; the natural habitat of ospreys, seals and sea lions, and home to the largest factory environment in the Northwest; the home of international power-player Boeing, and the border of one of Seattle's poorest neighborhoods with the lowest life expectancy.

A guided tour aboard the Admiral Pete is a great way to learn about a forgotten corner of Seattle, support a snakebit community and raise awareness of the inconvenience caused by losing a key part of city infrastructure. The ride includes a cash bar with beverages and snacks, is appropriate for people of all ages and is ADA accessible. Tickets are $30 and available here.

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