Those Drop In Fees at The Community Centers are (Mostly!) a Thing of the Past

January 19, 2017 6:40am
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via Wikipedia

Do you use the community centers for drop in activities? Good news, thanks to funding from the Seattle Park District most drop-in activities at the community centers are free.

That includes:

Tot Gyms and Tot Rooms
Fitness Rooms
Basketball, Pickleball, Dodgeball, Volleyball
Pool Tables
Table games like Bridge or Mahjong
And most other activities that previously had $1, $2, or $3 drop-in fees.

The following kinds of activities will continue to charge a fee:
Program drop-in (paying for a class one session at a time)
Special events
Drop-in activities held outside normal operating hours

For more information, or if you have questions about a previously purchased punch card for drop-in activities, please contact the Green Lake Community Center (206) 684-0780.


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Introducing Weather Wednesdays With Dustin Guy

January 18, 2017 6:06am

Photos by Dustin Guy

Editor’s Note: Please welcome our newest contributor, Dustin Guy. You will be hearing from Dustin in a new section called Weather Wednesday, where he will share photos of Green Lake and a bit about the weather, something he has nearly 20 years of experience with at National Weather Service.

The name of the first month of the year has its origins from the Roman god Janus, who had two faces looking forward and backward. January in Seattle is shaping up to truely be a month of two faces. The first half of January 2017 was the 5th coldest beginning to January in Seattle of the past 70 years. And nowhere in Seattle was that more evident than Green Lake where ice covered the water from shore to shore. Seattle’s average temperature for the first two weeks of the month was 32.4 degrees. That’s only a tenth of a degree away from making the top 3, but far away from Seattle’s coldest month on record… January 1950. The first two weeks of that year managed an average temperature of just 26 degrees. The second half of this month is likely to be a return to a more typical Seattle winter. Wet, windy at times, and more seasonable temperatures.


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Here’s Our Top Stories of 2016

January 16, 2017 6:37am
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Sheesh what a year (especially when you are sick for the first two weeks of 2017 and can hardly believe it is over!) Green Lake had a lot of news in 2016. From store and restaurant openings to arctic visitors, anticipated changes for the Green Lake Community Center and our city’s homelessness crisis. These are the most read articles of 2016:

1. More Bus Changes in Green Lake |

2. Kids Science Labs Opens in Green Lake This Month|

3. About That Empty Lot on 80th and Aurora… |

4. Green Lake’s Arctic Visitor |

5. Possible Purse Thief Spotted at Green Lake |

6. This Week in Weird Green Lake News |

7. Green Lake Food Walk April 30 |

8. More Answers About the New Proposed Green Lake Community Center |

9. Little Big Burger is Coming to Green Lake |

10. An Open Letter to Mike O’brien From a Greenlaker |

And if you want a trip on the way back machine, check out 2015 and 2014 too.

Oh and news from Seattle Greenlaker: If you didn’t already, sign up for our weekly news digest of Seattle Greenlaker stories delivered straight to your inbox every Friday morning.


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The Future of the Green Lake Community Center Still Uncertain

January 12, 2017 8:33pm


Earlier this week the Green Lake Advisory Council hosted a meeting to discuss the future of the Green Lake Community Center. In case you missed it, last year the Seattle Parks Department announced that it will be investigating an operating partnership for a new Green Lake Community Center because of a capital shortfall. What does that mean? In basic terms: The Green Lake Community Center is old,(89 years old) and the oldest community center operated by the Parks Department and needs to be replaced, but the Parks Department does not have the funds for the anticipated $25 million project.

The Parks District set aside money to renovate the building but, according to the Parks Department “A consultant study commissioned in 2015 determined that it would be cost effective to consider demolishing and replacing the entire building rather than continue to make needed repairs. Moreover, the existing building requires significant American with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, which would add additional cost to an already large restoration cost.”

Check out our previous stories for more background.

Christopher Williams, Deputy Superintendent, Seattle Parks attended the meeting and shared his notes with us:

During the meeting the Advisory Council raised the following questions:

The council requested to see the 2015 structural assessment report done on Green Lake Community Center.

Members expressed interest particularly because the 2015 recommendations are in contrast to a building assessment that was done in 2009 that determined the building would require $12 million in renovation costs to stabilize the building. The projected cost for a new community center is roughly $25 million.

We will provide the report to the Green Lake Advisory Council. The short answer is the obsolescence of the building operating systems and the need to bring the building up to current building standards made the renovation the least cost effective option when compared to building a new community center.

What steps will the department take to keep Green Lake Community Center operational until the center can be fully renovated or rebuilt?

The advisory council mentioned maintenance issues like the leaky roof, bad plumbing, etc. The department is committed to making minor repairs to the building to keep the center safely operating until a design and funding are in place to build a new community center.

Will the community have input in the community center design process?

While a schematic design was completed in 2011 for a renovated Green Lake Community Center, the advisory council requested that the Green Lake community be given opportunity to participate in a community design process to update the existing (2011) schematic design. Our goal is to schedule another meeting with the council to address this issue.

What steps are required to secure funding for a new community center?

Currently SPR does not have funding to build a new community center. The source of funding would likely come from the Park District, however the soonest a decision could be made isn’t until 2021, when the department, through a community driven process will establish new spending priorities. Spending priorities for the Park District are established on a 6 year cycle, the current 6 year spending plan obligates funding to previously approved priorities.

Related to prioritizing funding for a new center, the department will undertake a recreation facilities development plan to look comprehensively across the system to determine our overall facility needs based on program delivery. It is assumed Green Lake Community Center would be prioritized in this plan.


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Please, Please, Don’t Walk on (Semi) Frozen Green Lake

January 7, 2017 9:38pm


As reported earlier this week Green Lake is an icy wonderland, but we need to reiterate that it is NOT safe to walk out on the lake. Greenlaker reader Erin sent us this photo of people ice skating (!) towards the middle of Green Lake. Seattle Police were also spotted telling people not to walk on the icy lake.

Earlier this week two teens were rescued after falling through the ice on a lake in Lynnwood. Please don’t let the next story be about that happening in Green Lake.



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Green Lake is an Icy Wonderland

January 5, 2017 8:48pm
Photo via Sinead Pollom

Photos via Sinead Pollom

Have you seen the ice on Green Lake? The brittle layer of ice confirms that it really IS that cold outside. With the temperature hovering below freezing most of this week Green Lake has become a bit of an ice wonderland. Nothing like 1916 when Green Lakers descended on the lake to go ice skating but its looking pretty darn picturesque. Thanks Sinead for sending us these photos.



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Green Lake Elementary School Tours for 2017 – 2018 School Year Happening January and February

January 4, 2017 7:00am
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Interested in having your child attend Green Lake Elementary? Then mark your calendar for one of two guided school tour events for new families who have a kindergartener for the school year 2017-2018. The guided tours, held on January 24th and February 9th, are opportunities to learn more about Green Lake Elementary, meet the school principal and teachers, and visit classrooms. School enrollment begins February 13th.

The two events include:
Meet teachers and see classrooms, Tuesday, January 24th, from 8:30am to 10am, starting in Cafetorium (no childcare, babies in arms okay, no kids)

Meet teachers and see classrooms, Thursday, February 9th, from 5:30pm to 7pm (no childcare, kindergarteners and babies in arms are welcome)

Registration is required for the tour by contacting Trung Hua at In the email please provide full name, email, phone, number of adults/children attending, and reason (1=relocation; 2=assigned to school; 3=curious). The registered information will GES to better respond to your needs and place you with an appropriate tour guide.

For more information about the school, after school enrichment programs and more, go to the Green Lake Elementary PTA website.


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New Crowdfunding Campaign to Open First Coworking Space with Onsite Green Lake Preschool

January 3, 2017 8:25pm


Owning a business and finding childcare can seem like an insurmountable task, but one local women’s non profit is attempting to make the process a lot easier right here in Green Lake.  The Women’s Business Incubator, a Seattle 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women succeed in business, is off to a strong start with their crowdfunding campaign to support the opening of the first Seattle coworking space with an onsite preschool in February 2017.  They have partnered with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Green Lake to establish the unique space.

“Women in business face significant challenges balancing work and family,” says Board President Eva Monsen. “We are so excited to take the first step with space for coworking parents and onsite, flexible, drop-in preschool. We hope to grow quickly and serve as many women in business, freelancers, and entrepreneurs as we can.”

Currently, the campaign is just over the $2,000 mark with the goal being $10,000 in order to hire staff and cover other startup costs. The campaign page can be found at But hurry, you only have until January 15.


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