Letter to the editor: Drive with caution on 7th near Civic Playfield


Edmonds has a new and exciting new playground at Civic Field.  It’s so great to see all sorts of people, young and old, enjoying the new facilities.

However, it is even more important that drivers use caution when driving on 7th; the police station on 6th seems to slow that traffic. More police surveillance at the right location and time is needed. The current location near 7th and Main doesn’t seem to work.

Gerry Tays
  1. I absolutely agree! Kids can run out between the parked cars and in a blink of an eye, a terrible life changing incident can happen. Some sort of grooved rumble strips would help alert drivers, through noise and vibration, to slow down. At the very least some signage of “kids at play”, although I fear that they would not be seen due to the amount of cars parked along 7th. adjacent to the playground area.

  2. Upright stanchions in the middle of the cross street are effective and affordable. Many designs are available for stop, slow down, peds, etc. There is a stanchion on Firdale heading toward Costo … doesn’t interfere with any traffic.

  3. I’m glad you mentioned this, Gerry. Just the other day I was saying at home that there is a blind spot sometimes at the crosswalk from the park across 7th. If cars are parked close to the crosswalk, you can’t see if there is someone starting out in that crosswalk.

    I agree with installing something there to alert drivers to slow down and look carefully.

    1. All good ideas. Maybe also take out parking spaces that obscure view? I suspect when the new Boys and Girls club is built it will mean even more kids a risk? I hope not. Just a suggestion.

  4. Also quite a hazard are visiting cars on 7th parked so close to the Daley intersection ( both north and south ) that vision is totally obscured entering intersection to take a left onto 7th.

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