After noise complaints, district plans to install gates at West Seattle High School parking lot

Neighbors say they often see drivers making “donuts” in the parking lot, which causes a lot of noise.

SEATTLE — Seattle Public Schools plans to install gates in West Seattle High School’s parking lot due to noise complaints.

Neighbors who live near the school said the noise comes from drivers making donuts in the parking lot, which has visible tire tracks printed on it.

“It’s getting annoying,” said resident Joe Cortes.

Cortes lives across from the high school parking lot and said his unit is within earshot of the noise that typically occurs at night.

“I’m a night owl, so luckily I’m always awake, but it gets annoying when you’re trying to watch TV and have to turn up the volume,” Cortes said.

Cortes said he has not filed a noise complaint with the city, but many others have.

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A review of shipping records on the Seattle Police Department’s website shows that so far this year, 180 people from West Seattle’s North Admiral neighborhood, where the high school is located, have filed complaints of disturbances. The disruption calls include fight and noise complaints, but it was not specified if the complaints were issues specific to the high school parking lot.

Seattle Public Schools plan to install two gates at the parking lot to address noise complaints. These include gates at the north and south ends. The gate at the north end is subject to review by the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board because that portion of the campus has landmark status, according to district spokeswoman Tina Christiansen.

The Preservation Board’s Architectural Review Committee held a discussion of the matter on Friday and expressed positive feedback on the plan, according to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods spokeswoman Susie Philipsen. The full board will review the gate plans in about a month.

Cortes meanwhile hopes for an early solution.

“What if the time comes when you hear about an accident?” said Cortes.

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