Keep Cool Green Lake

June 29, 2015 7:19am


The hot weather continues this week and with little relief in sight, here’s a few things to do, or places to visit to keep cool.

Greenwood Public Library – Use the heat as a great excuse to curl up with a book or start meandering the shelves to add more to you list.

Greenwood Branch
8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Mon: 10 am – 8 pm
Tue: 10 am – 8 pm
Wed: 10 am – 8 pm
Thu: 10 am – 8 pm
Fri: 10 am – 6 pm
Sat: 10 am – 6 pm
Sun: 1 pm – 5 pm
(*Note, previously we had mislabeled the library as Green Lake, not Greenwood. Green Lake does not have air-conditioning.)

Grab some ice cream or fro yo:
Ben and Jerry’s: 7900 E. Green Lake Drive, N., Suite 104
Menchies Green Lake Village: 424 NE 71st St
Zoe Yogurt: 6900 E Green Lake Way N, Suite E
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers: 6900 East Green Lake Way N

The Green Lake Wading Pool is now open! The Green Lake Wading Pool
7201 E Greenlake Dr N
Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. until September 7

As tempting as it is to swim (and the city says it is safe) make sure you watch out for the toxic algae! Go here for more on the warning signs.


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Green Lake Happenings June 27 – 28

June 26, 2015 7:57am

via Zoom Room

This weekend is going to be hot. Like 90s hot. So we’ve included a few things to do in the sun, in the shade and in the air conditioning. Happy weekend Greenlakers!

Saturday June 27
Zoom Room, a dog training and agility gym is having an anniversary party  with treats and drinks for the two and four-legged folks. A tricks contest at 4 p.m. and bobbing for hot dogs will occur throughout the party.
All proceeds from the event go to Ginger’s Pet Rescue .
Where: Oak Tree Village 10004 Aurora Ave N Suite #12
When: 3- 6 p.m., other festivities continue on Sunday, go to their site to find out more about the weekend events.

Greenwood Car Show
One of the first Safari events of the summer, Greenwood Car Show will bring hundreds of vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, classic fire trucks and hydroplanes, music food and more.
Where: Greenwood Avenue North,
from North 67th Street to North 90th Street.
When: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday June 28
The Green Lake Open Swim Watch as swimmers cross the lake in a 1/2 mile or 1 mile course. Swimmers depart from the Green Lake Community Center side of the lake.
When: The half mile race begins at 9:00 a.m.


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Children’s Author Claudia McGehee to Give Special Story time at Mockingbird Books

June 25, 2015 7:24am


Next Tuesday, June 30th at 11 am, author and illustrator Claudia McGehee will present a special story time at Mockingbird Books to share her new picture book, My Wilderness: An Alaskan Adventure. The book tells the true story of nine-year-old Rocky, the son of painter Rockwell Kent. In 1918 the father and son trekked to remote Fox Island, Alaska to spend the winter in the wilderness. McGehee’s scratchboard illustrations depict the fun Rocky has in this majestic land. McGehee will share a reading, show-and-tell, and craft with attendees.

Mockingbird Books 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE


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Hiroshima to Hope Needs Volunteers

June 24, 2015 7:34am

From Hiroshima to Hope

One of the most popular Green Lake summer events is the annual From Hiroshima to Hope, a night when lanterns are illuminated and set onto the Lake in remembrance of the Hiroshima bombing victims. But the event takes a lot of volunteers and the group needs help from the community for the August 6th event – from setting up and assembling the 1,000 lanterns that will float on Green Lake to helping to collect them at the end of the night. The program is also looking for a videographer to record the program which will include singers, poetry, dance, taiko drumming and more.
If you’d like to volunteer, contact coordinators via email, or call 206-453-4471.


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Free Algebra for Kids Class at Greenwood Library

June 23, 2015 7:46am

Know of a kiddo that needs some help with algebra this summer?
Local instructor Alina Misra is hosting a series of free algebra classes for kids grades 7-9 throughout the summer. Ideal for first timers to algebra or for those who need to review concepts.
To sign up go to:

Or to connect directly with the instructor email Alina Misra, at

6/23 2pm – 4pm Greenwood Public Library
7/21 2pm – 4pm Greenwood Public Library
8/11 2pm – 4pm Greenwood Public Library


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Green Lake’s Latest Catch

June 22, 2015 8:06am

I’ve always wondered what it looks like when the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife stock the lake with fish.Thanks to reader Garet, for snapping these photos and sending them our way!

Last Thursday Green Lake was one of 20 lakes that received one and a half pound large rainbow trout from the WDFW. Statewide, 20,000 fish were stocked in lakes in anticipation of Father’s Day weekend.

Here’s more from Garet:

“WDFW put 3,500 hatchery raised fish into Green Lake yesterday. 1,500 of the fish were large catchable size fish 15″ to 17″. Remaining were smaller 10″ or so. At least one of the smaller fish was immediately caught at the dock. It was released by fisherman saying it was too small to take home. All of the fish are Rainbow trout.

Clark at the Green Lake Boat rentals reported that he had just received a new shipment of worms for bait, and of course he has boats to rent if anyone wants to get out to the middle of the lake for fishing.

This is the fourth straight year that WDFW has planting local lakes with the catchable size trout just before the Father’s Day week end.

Ospreys have been fishing at Green Lake for the past week or so and will be around to partake of the replenished supply of fish in the lake. Perhaps the cormorants will learn of the fish and return to fish for the smaller trout that were planted in the lake.”



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Proposed Parking Changes to Green Lake’s Business District

June 19, 2015 7:43am

via SDOT

PARKing is really more of a four letter word in several parts of Green Lake, especially this summer as traffic increases with visitors to the park. So before we tell you that parking changes may be coming to Green Lake, know that you may have a say in those changes.

The Seattle Department of Transportation has a proposal out to make small modifications to on-street parking in the Green Lake business district (on the North east side of the lake).

So… let’s break this down:

Here’s the proposed changes: 

SDOT is proposing a small expansion to the existing paid parking area in Green Lake to add paid parking on six additional blockfaces. Part of the proposal includes  adding unpaid time limits on one additional blockface. (See the graphic above.)

Here’s why they are doing it: 

According to SDOT, “these changes would update the parking regulations to keep pace with new development and ensure reliable access for customers and visitors to the neighborhood.  Blocks proposed for changes are over 90% full for most of the day which leads to drivers circulating on local streets seeking parking.”

And here’s where you can go to give your opinion: 

Feedback is due by July 12 and can be provided by filling out this questionnaire or by sending an email to



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Shelter Lounge Opens in Green Lake

June 18, 2015 5:25pm

The bar at Shelter Lounge. Photos by Mike Lemmon

Green Lake’s much anticipated (and much delayed) Shelter Lounge opened for business today at 5:00pm to a line of customers already waiting outside. The restaurant occupies the site of the former Baskin-Robbins on East Green Lake Drive and Northeast 72nd Street.

“The most challenging part of the project was the permitting from the city” said Shelter Lounge partner Kevin Carlson. The project was delayed for weeks because of permits: for new permitting and for changes that needed to be made. Now open, the restaurant and bar will serve a mix of appetizers and pub fare, as well as “Green Lake-inspired cocktails” such as the Olmsted Margarita. And yes, there is happy hour from 4-6pm and after 10pm. Shelter reports that the restaurant now employs 60 staff.

Shelter Lounge says they aim to be a family-friendly destination a bit different from their existing Ballard location. “We want to create place that is relaxed and open to everyone,” Carlson said. Family amenities include covered parking for strollers outside. And to “honor” the Baskin-Robbins that once stood on the site, Shelter plans to open an ice cream shop—that will also serve growlers to go—in their adjacent glass-fronted garage space, slated to open later this summer.



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Green Lake’s Float Party

June 18, 2015 7:57am

photo via Facebook

Last weekend the west side of Green Lake looked more like an island of plastic floaties. According to a Facebook group created  for the event, called Green Lake Float Party, nearly 10,000 people were invited and 8,000 people attended (or planned to attend).

For many it was the perfect day to float the lake – the weather was in the 80s and many stayed to BBQ. However, one thing was evident both via the Facebook page and if you went to the event – drinking was everywhere.

According to one post on Facebook:

“Im glad all the float buddies are ok today. Remember, if you party, please choose to do it responsibly! Todays incident (whether alcohol related or not) should serve as a reminder that any alcohol related accidents could be trouble for this event. Keep the attending youth in mind as well and set a good example! PS – had a GREAT TIME.”

We also got a tip from a reader who said that someone nearly drown and the police and fire unit had to be called in. While we didn’t see that on the Twitter feed, we did hear it from multiple sources.

While the event seems to be just a big social gathering without any kind of corporate backing there were a lot of commercial connections tied to the event, such as an after party at a nearby nightclub with greenlake float discount codes and discounted rides via Uber for people who drank too much to safely get home.

The next is scheduled for July 25 and, according to Facebook, more than 1,000 people have already been invited.

Just a word of advice: if you attend, remember to keep it safe and follow the rules of the Lake.


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City Fruit Event this Saturday

June 17, 2015 3:10pm

via City Fruit

The folks at City Fruit are hosting a Harvest Kickoff and Celebration this Saturday, June 20 at Meridian Playground from 10 am – 2pm. City Fruit is an organization that (among many other things) pairs urban gardeners who can’t use all of their homegrown crops with harvesters who will donate the food to local charities and food banks. 

The event will feature free food and cider, informational sessions on summer fruit tree care, kid-friendly lawn games and crafts, and opportunities to meet the City Fruit staff. And if you are a fruit tree owner you will get a chance to meet the harvester who you can collect any of the unused fruit you’d like to donate this season. 

The event will also include information, demonstrations, and prizes from Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Tree Fruit Society, King Conservation District, Missy Anderson, who specializes in mason bees, and Greater Good Granola.

During 2014, City Fruit harvested nearly 28,000 pounds of fresh, edible fruit and donated the majority to Seattle’s emergency food system. After launching its first ever city wide pest prevention campaign this Spring called “Save Seattle’s Apples,” the organization hopes to cut down on food waste and increase the number of pounds and quality of the fruit it donates to food banks during the 2015 harvest season.

Meridian Playground: 4649 Sunnyside Ave N


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