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Divers Chris Van Damme, left, and Matt Wilson haul out debris collected from Puget Sound waters off Redondo Beach on April 23 as part of a large volunteer effort during Earth Day Pier Clear. Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center, seen in the background, has held the annual cleanup event for the past three years.

More than 75 volunteers collected 571.1 pounds of trash and recycling from the roadways and water near Redondo Beach for Earth Day Pier Clear, held on April 23, 2016.

Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Center has held the cleanup event for the past three years.

Approximately 20 divers scoured the Redondo dive sites, including areas beneath the public fishing pier and public boat ramp, at depths between 30 and 100 feet, while two safety kayakers patrolled the waters for lift bags full of debris. Underwater conditions were suboptimal for divers.

“Plankton blooms and larvae this time of year made visibility horrible underwater. Luckily, most of us were able to dive below the cloudy layer. You would see piles of trash everywhere,” said Matt Wilson, Highline student and aquarium biologist for the MaST Center.

Meanwhile, more than 50 land-based volunteers cleared the three primary roadways leading to Redondo Beach: Marine View Drive to 16th Avenue, Redondo Way South of 16th Avenue, and Redondo Beach Drive South to 1st Avenue. Walkers worked around construction sites on the Redondo Beach boardwalk with permission from the City of Des Moines.

Other land-based volunteers sorted, counted and weighed debris from the land and water. All debris removed from the Puget Sound was carefully documented. This data will be given to Project AWARE, an international organization that collects data on ocean trash worldwide.

The MaST Center seeks to foster a sense of marine stewardship in students and visitors to the center. While Pier Clear removes several hundred pounds of marine debris, its real value lies in what it teaches volunteers.

“When people become aware of what harm humans cause to our natural environment, they become more vocal about protecting those resources. More than just collecting trash, Pier Clear aims to educate and empower our community to take care of our slice of the Puget Sound,” said Jillian Mayer, AmeriCorps Service Member at the MaST Center and lead organizer of this year’s Pier Clear.

AmeriCorps Service Members at the MaST Center have planned Earth Day Pier Clear three years in a row. In 2014, volunteers collected approximately 600 pounds, and in 2015, around 400 pounds. This year saw a spike in the debris weight, likely owing to the larger number of volunteers this year than in previous years.

This year’s Pier Clear ran from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Afterward, volunteers enjoyed a potluck-style meal on the MaST Center pier. Information on the MaST Center’s aquarium, programs and volunteer opportunities can be found at mast.highline.edu. It is located at 28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S., Des Moines.

by Dave Markwell

A few weeks ago my son was in the kitchen pilfering through the cabinets searching for the largest container he could find. It happened to be “Bring Your Own Cup” day at 7-11 for slurpees and he was gearing up. He found an obscenely over-sized pitcher and smiled. I shook my head and told him that his selection was a stupid choice, because: he couldn’t drink that much slurpee; it was wasteful; and I was trying to help him “not be THAT guy.” He responded with, “Well, Dad, I appreciate your efforts, but I AM that guy…” And he was out the door with his slurpee trough.

Several hours later, walking past the kitchen, I spied the slurpee urn half-filled with melted colored sugar water and felt validated. But, so what? I was right, but I knew I would be right from the start. My son probably knew I was right, too. He didn’t care. It didn’t matter and doesn’t matter. Sometimes, a kid’s gotta do what a kid’s gotta do. No lecture from me, no matter how valid, can override the simple need to be a jackass sometimes. I understand this well, probably too well.

We possess, as human animals, a certain need for self-destruction. We know the right things to do, but sometimes need to do the wrong things. I’m not sure where this need comes from. I suspect it’s just a minor form of rebellion. We spend much of our lives doing what we should do. We punch the clock and drive kids and make snacks and pay bills. Our schedules are full of responsibilities, obligations and chores.

“On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.”

– George Orwell

Once in a while, we need to raise a figurative (usually) middle finger to the world and claim a day for bad choices. We stay up too late, drink too much, eat too much, sing too loud, cuss, dance and laugh. We take instead of give. We are selfish and feel no guilt about this. We earned this selfishness.

The next day, we wake with foggy heads and a clear heart. The itch was scratched. We remind ourselves that we are not simply meal-makers and check-writers. We still have the capacity for irreverence and self-expression and fun. We are whole human beings.

These little revolutions take different shapes, but yield the same spiritual outcome. We return to center. We find our balance. A late night spent laughing with friends is therapy and is as necessary to our well-being as proper sleep and water.
So, I’ll forgive my little slurpee glutton and understand that being “THAT guy” once in a while is right guy to be. In fact, I probably wouldn’t like him as much if he was never “THAT guy.” I’m a sucker for the untidy, imperfect, yet beautiful people which give the world its color. I get it, buddy. I get it…

[EDITOR’S NOTE:”Feel Good Friday” is a regular column written by Des Moines resident Dave Markwell, whose first book is called “A Feel Good Life” (buy it on Amazon here). Dave also extols to all neighbors: “Enjoy where we live. Put your feet on the pavement and truly feel how great it is to live here!” Also, you can “friend” Dave on Facebook here.

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Looking for your next great adventure – how about Scuba Diving?

Come on out to TL Sea Diving’s ¡Sale-o de Mayo! – a One-Day Sale on Saturday, May 7 – Open Water Course Fee for only $95!! Join them for great discounts on dive equipment, scuba courses, and even a chance to WIN a computer or regulator!

Local gem TL Sea diving is your launch pad for exploring the Puget Sound or tropical waters in far flung locales. It all starts at TL Sea where friendly staff LOVE to welcome those new to the sport or seasoned divers of all kinds. Working from their own passion for diving adventures, they offer courses and all the equipment to turn you into a diving enthusiast too!

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Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace a new adventure and save big!

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BHHSOpenHouse927685_thumbWLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this SUNDAY, May 1 – is a rare, 4-bedroom home in Burien’s Hurstwood neighborhood, just steps above Seahurst Park.

Walk to the beach in moments from your new home, which has lots of privacy in a special park setting.

The home boasts an open floor plan, large master suite, private decks on both floors, and a beautiful yard with amazing raised bed gardens and fruit trees.

Come see this tranquil home this Sunday from 1-4 p.m., in one of the most sought-after locations in the South Sound.

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: SUNDAY, May 1, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 13915 15th Place SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $449,959
  • MLS Number: 925065
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1966
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,560
  • Lot Square Footage: 11,700

Site Features:

  • Cable TV
  • Deck
  • Outbuildings
  • Patio
  • RV Parking
  • Wet Bar
  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Vaulted Ceilings
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Marketing Remarks:

Extremely Rare Opportunity!

Own one of the few homes in the Hurstwood neighborhood just steps above Seahurst Park in the Seahurst community. Walk to the beach in moments from your new home!

You will love the privacy in this special park setting.

The home boasts an open floor plan, large master suite, private decks on both floors, and beautiful yard with amazing raised bed gardens and fruit trees.

Come see this tranquil home in one of the most sought after locations in the South Sound.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Early Thursday afternoon, two area residents let their 4 Olde English Bulldog puppies outside to do their potty business at their home in the North Hill area in DesMoines.

Unfortunately, two strange men happened along, saw the pups, asked to hold them – then took off with two of them!

Dog owner Madi Stumpf said that the two men – one African American, around 30 years old, along with a Hispanic man about the same age – were first seen “throwing something into our yard at our dogs so my boyfriend went out to check on the situation and the two men acted interested in buying one of the puppies.”

“So, my boyfriend spoke with them for about 5 minutes, maybe longer,” Madi added. “That is when they asked to hold a pup, which obviously was a mistake because once they had the 2 puppies in their hands they immediately took off, running down the street.”

Madi called the Des Moines Police (case #16-1063), then searched the neighborhood for hours, talking to people on the street to see if anyone saw them.

“All our looking led to nothing, and we lost two of our beloved puppies,” she said.

This one with the all white face is a boy called Achilles:

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This one with the half white, half fawn face is a girl called Clio:

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If anyone sees these dogs, please contact Madi at [email protected] or call 206-653-5686

The first-ever ‘Tinship’ – a $6,000 scholarship funded by Burien’s Tin Room Bar & Theater – was recently awarded to Osmat Shamdeen, a senior at Mount Rainier High School:

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The award was presented at the Highline Schools Foundation’s recent ‘Gold Star Awards’ breakfast.

As we previously reported, the ‘Tinship’ is a new, annual scholarship given to a Highline Public Schools graduating senior.

“We want this scholarship to be a way to celebrate what the Hi-Line Tin Shop was, a place where skilled craftsmen worked with their hands and brains, using the kind of skills that built our country,” said Tin Room Owner Danny House. “We want to honor mechanics, builders, machinist and craftsmen. In a time when our technological society is filled with fast-moving advancement, learning and adaptation, we want to recognize and celebrate the importance of skills still as valuable to our community and country as they were 100 years ago—skills that enable a carpenter to build a home, a mechanic to fix a car, a welder to create a fence, or a sheet metal fabricator to make a roof.”

The scholarship is awarded to a public school student from our community, and will be applied toward tuition and fees at a Trade School of their choosing.

“In creating this scholarship, we hope we are honoring these important jobs in our community. We envision this ‘Tinship’ growing with the support and involvement of our community, our schools and our scholarship recipients,” House added. “We will ask our recipients to “pay it forward” by mentoring future recipients, and sharing what they’ve learning with our community schools.”

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HELP FUND FUTURE ‘TINSHIPS’!
House adds that if any of our Readers would like to be part of as a Tin Room guest, they welcome you – and that the Tin Room will be matching all donations up to $3,000!

To contact Danny or anyone at the Tin Room, email [email protected], call (206) 242-8040, or drop by B-Town’s hippest joint, located at 923 SW 152nd Street in Olde Burien.

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) and the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership on Tuesday (April 26) with the intent “to better promote the regional destination, bolster tourism and drive economic vitality” of the region.

What was known as the Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce will become the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce.

The partnership is made effective through a memorandum of understanding, in which both organizations will leverage the Seattle Southside name.

“There is an increasing understanding of the value of a singular place brand,” said Katherine Kertzman, president and CEO of the Seattle Southside RTA. “The more we can all rally around the Seattle Southside region, the more we will all benefit.”

Both organizations will remain independent of the other, while realizing the benefits of co-branding the Seattle Southside area. This will create a uniform voice in the destination brand of Seattle Southside, while also increasing efficiencies through joint marketing efforts and maximizing available funds, including shared collateral materials.

“There is strength in numbers and we’re all working toward the same goals,” said Dena Guttridge, CEO of the Chamber. “Increasing our collaboration is a big win for the entire community. Our Chamber mission remains the same but this allows us to reduce costs for our members while greatly increasing our exposure with amplified marketing efforts.”

About Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for South Seattle. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and an idyllic place for meeting and event planners to hold their events. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund and supported by a lodging tax from the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. For more information, please visit www.seattlesouthside.com or call 877-885-9452.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
We are committed to growing and supporting the business community. Through educational programs, networking opportunities, business resources and strategic partnerships, we empower businesses to succeed. For more information, call 206-575-1633.

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Sunday May 1, 2016 is acrobatic group The Cabiri’s 17-year anniversary, and they’ll be celebrating with a FREE performance at 2 p.m. at Des Moines Beach Park.

Here’s a taste of what this amazing group does:

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The Cabiri is a Seattle-based nonprofit that preserves the mythologies of extinct and endangered cultures through theatrical performance, lectures, and publications. Their acrobats, dancers, stilt walkers, aerialists, and puppets have been seen worldwide.

Come celebrate at Des Moines Beach Park on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. for a free performance on the group’s stunning outdoor aerial dance stage Daedalus.

Des Moines Beach Park is located at 22030 Cliff Ave South.

More info at http://cabiri.org.

Here’s episode #48 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation:

Weekly Recap for April 22-24, 2016: Burien PD busts bad guy on bike with stolen, loaded gun; gang shooting near Des Moines Marina injures woman; jewelry deal goes bad in Burien; motorcycle vs car accident; ex-Mayor re-joins Normandy Park Council; Jack Mayne Commentary on water purity, ‘The Final Take’ (or ‘Toke’?) on local pot store density & more…

To share this Podcast, press the Menu button above and elect ‘Share’; you can also subscribe, hear previous episodes and rate us on iTunes here!

BHHSOpenHouse927685_thumbWLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY, is a delightfully charming, surprisingly spacious 5-bedroom, 2.75 bath Seahurst home!

This home sits perched upon a 13,000 square foot lot in the desirable Seahurst neighborhood.

Step into your fenced backyard paradise lined with fruit trees, play structures, garden space, and a sport court for all of your outdoor activities.

So private and peaceful…yet just a quick commute to downtown Seattle, the airport, shopping, beaches, parks and all that Burien has to offer.

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, April 23: Noon–3 p.m., and SUNDAY, April 24, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 14603 11th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $399,950
  • MLS Number: 927685
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 1939
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,120
  • Lot Square Footage: 13,000

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing Remarks:

Delightfully charming on the outside and surprisingly spacious inside!

This 5 bedroom 2.75 bath home sits perched upon a 13,000 sq foot lot in the desirable Seahurst neighborhood.

Step into your fenced backyard paradise lined with fruit trees, play structures, garden space, and a sport court for all of your outdoor activities.

So private and peaceful yet just a quick commute to downtown Seattle, airport, shopping, beaches, parks and all that Burien has to offer.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

Earth Day Volunteer Activities - 4-23-2016

Volunteers are needed for three Earth Day events this Saturday, April 23 in Des Moines:

EARTH DAY – 3 Volunteer Events

Saturday, April - 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Beach Park/Des Moines Creek Trail Ivy Removal
Meet at the Beach Park turn-around inside the park at 9 a.m. Remove ivy and other invasives within the creek buffer to en-
hance wildlife habitat. Led by Ecologist Laura Hartema and Friends of Des Moines Creek. More information: Janet Best at 206-870-6547 or [email protected]. Dress for the weather, wear stable shoes and bring work gloves and your favorite hand tools.

Sonju Community Garden
Meet at Sonju Garden – 24728 16th Avenue South at 9 a.m.
 Rescue overgrown apple and pear trees, spiff up the gardens for the new growing season, and improve the walking trail. Sponsored by the Friends of Sonju Park, led by Kim Richmond. For more information, contact [email protected]. Dress for the weather and bring work gloves.

Marina District & S. 216th Ave Cleanup
Meet at Big Catch Plaza – South 216th Avenue and Marine View Drive South at 9 a.m. Litter removal along planting strips and roadways to beautify the City’s walkable environment. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park. For more information, contact Dan Johnson at the Print Place 206-878-1380 or email [email protected],net. Dress for the weather and bring gloves. Collection bags will be provided and safety vests for volunteers on 216th.

Volunteers ages 14 years and older are encouraged to participate. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Des Moines Police Department is reporting that early Saturday morning (April 16), a 26-year old woman was hit in what they believe to be a gang-related shooting in the north parking lot of the marina.

Police say that at about 5:50 a.m. they received numerous 911 calls reporting several gunshots being fired and a woman screaming in the parking lot.

When officers arrived, they located a group of individuals who said that someone shot at them.

Other officers stopped a vehicle as it was leaving the marina that was alleged to have the shooter inside.

“There was an exchange of words between two groups and there were claims of gang affiliation,” Sgt. Doug Jenkins told The Waterland Blog. “This escalated into an argument and one of the groups responded by throwing bottles at the other group. The other group responded to the bottle throwing with gunfire.”

A 26-year old female was struck in the lower leg by a bullet. She was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening wounds.

Police say that suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions are extremely limited. The vehicle the officers stopped as it was leaving the marina contained people that were involved in the incident but not the alleged shooter.

People involved in the incident are not cooperating with the investigation.

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A ‘Garden Gala’ Plant & Garden Art Sale will be held at the North Hill Community Center on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Expect:

  • Indoor/Outdoor Plants
  • Handcrafted Garden Art
  • Refurbished Garden Tools
  • Meet Master Gardeners
  • Learn About Mason Bees & Worm Culture

North Hill Community Center is located at 20827 3rd Ave South in Des Moines.

WLB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for both this SATURDAY and SUNDAY, is an impressive, newly constructed, two-story, 5-bedroom home with nine-foot ceilings, along with plenty of natural light.

Located in Westwood Highlands, this home has 5 bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, a 3-car garage, mud room and den (or 5th bedroom).

The main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room, great room, media room, along with an outdoor living space perfect for accessing the large yard.

Upstairs master suite has a five-piece bathroom and walk-in closet.

Upstairs laundry.

Ideal location!

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Both SATURDAY, April 16, and SUNDAY, April 17, from Noon – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 20006 6th Ave S., Des Moines, 98198 (MAP)

INFO:

  • List Price: $649,950
  • MLS Number: 893590
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 2.75
  • Year Built: 2016
  • Approximate House SqFt: 3,391
  • Lot Square Footage: 8,304

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dbl Pane/Storm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • High Tech Cabling
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Walk-In Pantry
  • Walk-in Closet

Marketing Remarks:

Westwood Highlands!

Impressive new construction two story home offers nine-foot ceilings with eight foot doors on main floor & plenty of natural light.

5 bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, 3 car garage,mud room and den (or 5th bedroom).

Main floor living space is an expansive open area that encompasses a designer kitchen, dining room, great room, media room, outdoor living space perfect for accessing large yard.

Upstairs master suite has five piece bathroom and walk-in closet.

Upstairs laundry.

Ideal location.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Berkshire Hathaway’s Open Houses, and click here to “Like” them on Facebook.

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The Des Moines Legacy Foundation – a local non-profit that raises funds for Youth and Senior Services in and around the Des Moines Area – will be holding ‘Legacy Nights,’ a two-night fundraiser, on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

FRIDAY MAY 13,  from 5 – 9 p.m.: 
Bring the Entire Family for a Kids Themed Evening to Raise Funds for Local Youth Recreation and Scholarships!

The evening will include:

The event will be held at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center Dining Hall.

For Tickets go to: https://spireportal.net/DesMoinesTkts

Space is limited.

For more information please call 206-870-6527.

SATURDAY MAY 15 from 6 – 10 p.m.:
Leave the kids at home while you enjoy a Night Out with Local Acapella Group The Coats and Fine Cuisine by Lavish Roots Catering along with a Silent Auction and Cocktails to Raise Funds for Local Youth Recreation and Scholarships!

The event will be held at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center Auditorium.

Space is limited.

For Tickets go to: https://spireportal.net/DesMoinesTkts

For more information please call 206-870-6527.

Highline Public Schools is considering some school schedule changes that could affect local families and students, and they are asking for public input on:

  • Changing Friday early release to a different day and/or a late start.
  • Starting high school at a later time each day.
  • Altering the high school class schedule to allow students to earn more credits over the course of a year.

Please read more information about these schedule changes and share your input.

The survey is easy to access and is a convenient way to share input and ideas.

The survey is open until Wednesday, April 27.

All parents and guardians of Highline students are invited to take the survey.

Results will be shared with the community and will help district and school leadership develop a plan for meeting the needs of students and staff.

Individual input will remain anonymous.

Take the survey here.

If you are interested in serving on a study team regarding the high school schedule, please contact Cheryl Schindel by April 25 at [email protected].

From our sister site The Normandy Park Blog:

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Normandy Park Police Chief Chris Gaddis announced on the department’s blog Wednesday (April 13) that he is resigning, effective April 30.

Sergeant Brian Sommer will serve as Acting Chief of Police starting April 15.

Gaddis said in his resignation letter that he has “accepted a job outside of Law Enforcement that I will begin on May 2nd. This is an amazing opportunity to begin a new career and I could not pass at this chance.”

Gaddis served as Police Chief since September, 2012.

Read the full story here.

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Photo released on Wednesday (April 13) shows the strut pinned into place.

Washington State Department of Transportation bridge crews were out on Wednesday (April 13), and they moved the strut cap back into place and pinned the cap to the strut on the bridge over the Des Moines Creek Trail.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the trail under the bridge was officially re-opened, after nearly three months of being closed.

As we previously reported, the City of Des Moines closed the trail below the bridge in late January due to movement detected in the concrete caps that sit atop struts on the bridge.

City staff told The Waterland Blog that the closure was prompted by a citizen concern regarding the movement.