Green Lake Happenings Nov. 21-23

November 21, 2014 6:00pm


Jodee’s Raw Pizza Fridays
When: Friday, Nov. 21, 6:30-7 pm
Where: Jodee’s Desserts, Woodlawn Ave E
Price: Free
About: Pizza Fridays, dine in or take out. Please pre-order by calling 206-525-2900 by the Thursday before. For more information email or visit

Run Prepared: A Self Defense Class at Green Lake
When: Saturday, November 22 from 3-4pm
Where: Green Lake Park, between NE 71st St and Sunnyside Ave N
Price: Free, RSVP on the Facebook Event Page and arrive early to sign-up
About: Fighting Chance Seattle will offer a free one-hour version of their Self-Defense for Women class on Green Lake to help female residents feel empowered and aware when going for a run. The class will be specifically modified for runners. Open to women only (minors age 15 and above may participate with a parent present). For more information email or call 855-200-3656.

Wine, Beer & Cider Tasting at PCC
When: Saturday, November 22 from 4-6pm
Where: PCC Green Lake Village, 450 NE 71st St
Price: Free
About: Every Saturday enjoy new wine, beer or cider tastings in-store for those 21+.

Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off
When: Sunday, November 23, festivities begin at 8am
Where: Green Lake Park, 5900 W Greenlake Way N
Price: Free
About: A beloved Green Lake tradition, the Thanksgiving themed running and walking event brings droves to run. The event consists of a 10K run/walk, a 5K run/walk, a free kids dash and a post-race celebration that includes the crowd pleasing Mashed Potato Munch Off competitive eating contest and an onsite beer garden.

Green Lake Litter Patrol Work Party
When: Sunday, November 23, 9am-11am
Where: Green Lake Park, 7312 W Green Lake Dr. N
Price: Free
About: Join the work party to walk the lake and pick-up litter. The group will provide tools and disposal, come on out, meet neighbors and have some fun.


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New Brunch Menu at Boardroom Cafe

November 21, 2014 6:08am

Photo courtesy of Boardroom Cafe

North Green Lake is upping its brunch game. Recently Bauhaus Coffee added a breakfast and lunch menu and we just heard that Boardroom Cafe now has a new brunch menu that includes… wait for it – breakfast approved beer options!

The new menu includes mimosas, beer micheladas, hard cider and beer. Waffles and corned beef hash have also been added to the food menu.

Happy brunching Greenlakers.


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Seattle City Council Announces Accelerated Green Lake Algae Cleanup

November 20, 2014 8:36pm

Photo courtesy Jean Godden’s Twitter feed

Seattle City Councilmembers Jean Godden and Mike O’Brien announced today that the Council’s Budget Committee has recommended to fast-track funds for water treatment of Green Lake to reduce the growth of harmful algae, according to a city press release.

“The dedicated advocacy from Green Lake neighbors brought this issue front-and-center to Councilmembers’ minds. It’s thanks to them that we are stepping up the City’s treatment efforts to ensure a safe lake for summer swims and other recreation in 2016,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

If it passes a vote in the Full Council on Monday (November 24), the city will reallocate $300,000 for the new treatment schedule.  While good news for the neighborhood, park visitors may still be in for a wait before treatment will begin. The original schedule had water treatment to occur in 2017. It would be advanced one year so it will be complete by summer of 2016. This means that water quality testing and permitting would occur during 2015. The treatment itself would be scheduled to occur in April 2016. The press release notes that the Council and Parks Department are exploring other options to keep Green Lake’s waters open to swimmers in 2015.

The lake will be treated with a chemical called alum that reduces the phosphorus in the water on which the algae feeds. The phosphorus builds up from stormwater runoff and fertilizers, and when combined with warm weather, creates an environment for the blue-green algae normally present in the lake to reach harmful levels. The council reminds residents not to use fertilizers containing phosphorus, which are banned under a 2011 Washington State law.

“Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most precious gems and deserves our stewardship,” said Councilmember Jean Godden. “I am happy to have partnered with Green Lake neighbors and my colleagues to accelerate the cleanup.”

View the complete press release



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Councilmembers to Discuss Accelerated Green Lake Algae Cleanup

November 19, 2014 9:41pm

Green Lake water in October 2014

We just got word that tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 8:30 a.m. City Councilmembers Jean Godden and  Mike O’Brien will be at Green Lake to announce their proposal to accelerate the cleanup of the toxic algae in the lake. The algae is part of a series of blooms that have occurred over the past three summers and resulted in temporary lake closures. (No doubt you’ve seen the warnings and signs around the lake!)

As we reported earlier today the cleanup is slated to occur sometime in the next few years but without a definite timeline for completion. The current budget that is set aside for cleanup would involve alum, a method used several years ago that temporarily helped eliminate the algae for several years. Tomorrow’s meeting will aim to explain the problem and recommended cleanup method as well as provide a timeline and proposed long-term cleanup solution.

The council members will be presenting their plan at 8:30 a.m. outside of Green Lake Boat Rentals on the northeast side of the lake (7351 East Green Lake Dr. N).



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The Seattle Parks District and What It Means for Green Lake

November 19, 2014 6:11am


So the Seattle Parks District proposition passed earlier this summer. Now what? What does that mean for Green Lake?

We asked Seattle Park’s Department rep David Takami what we could expect in 2015 and beyond.

There are a lot of projects that are slated for Green Lake as part of the Parks District. What takes priority?

Priorities for projects funded through the Major Maintenance fund within the District and will follow the priorities established in Parks Asset Management Plan. Simply put these priorities are based on criteria such as safety, code requirements, preserving building usability and long-term building life.

So what does that include in Green Lake Park? 

Several projects are slated through 2018, including but not limited to:

  • Roof replacement projects including a solar component to reduce heating and pool heating costs at Evans Pool/Green Lake Community Center
    Electrical and mechanical renovations to the Green Lake Community Center
  • A Green Lake community center space renovation
  • Green Lake Allum treatment
  • Green Lake Park Bathhouse Theater Comfort Station renovation
  • For the full list, see the asset management plan.

Will the Parks District change the way Green Lake is managed?

No management change, but you should see improved maintenance, especially with the added peak season maintenance provided by Park District funds.

If I understand correctly, 2015 will be when the District gets itself organized with hiring a staff, etc. What about projects that may need funding earlier. Who decides on those?

The Park District will have a $10 million budget in 2015. This budget was approved by the City Council when it adopted the Interlocal Agreement last spring, and also more recently by the Park District Board (also the City Council). Right now the Council/District Board are reviewing the 2015 budget and formal adoption scheduled for Nov. 24. We do not anticipate any significant changes from the budget approved in the Interlocal Agreement.

Anything else we should know about the new District?

Applications for people wanting to serve on the Park District Community Oversight Committee have been received and are being reviewed by a committee of community members. We expect to have the committee in place by the first of the year.


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An Update on Shelter Lounge Green Lake

November 18, 2014 6:15am

Photos courtesy of Shelter Lounge

A quick update on Shelter Lounge Green Lake, the former site of the Baskin Robbins on Green Lake Drive.

Originally slated for completion by the end of 2014, the project is still an active construction site and is going to be pushed back to a 2015 opening. We recently chatted with the folks at Shelter and they anticipate opening their doors in late February or early March. According to Shelter reps, permits and weather issues caused a few of the delays.


The restaurant and bar will be similar in look and feel to its Ballard sister restaurant of the same name. The exterior has extensive wooden framing and unique architectural high beams.  Because of it’s proximity to the lake it will also have an outdoor area to enjoy the warm sunny days (when those return!).  Shelter Lounge plans on having a rotating list of local beers and extensive food menu. Stay tuned for more details.



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Green Lake’s Changing of the Guard: The American Coot

November 17, 2014 6:53am

unnamed-3If you’ve walked the lake recently you’ve probably noticed a changing of the guard. Several new birds are busily floating, bobbing and diving into the lake that weren’t there several weeks ago. So what gives? Who are these stout black birds with white beaks? We asked our go-to nature expert Martin Muller for some insight about these waterfowl that emit the unusual little sounds.

This is the American Coot (Fulica americana), not a duck at all, but rather a relative of rails (Sora, Virginia Rail) and cranes (such as Sandhill Cranes, for example). These vegetarians are quite good divers (as opposed to dabbling ducks that only tip and stretch their necks to reach as deep as they can without actually diving; Mallard, American Wigeon, Gadwall, for instance). Coots can reach depths of 60 feet, which means they can reach the bottom of Green Lake, even where the deepest point is 28 feet.

You will often see American Wigeons and Gadwals accompanying the coots out in the lake. As temperatures drop and aquatic plants die back, the wigeons and Gadwalls have more and more trouble reaching the plants. They then hang around the coots and try and pilfer some as the coots come up with a beak-full. As winter progresses the coots come up with smaller and smaller bits of plant material, to the point where the wigeons and gadwalls prefer to start grazing on land.

Coots will also graze on land, which provides a great opportunity to study their feet that have partial webbing (lobed toes). The lobes help propel the birds both at the surface and below the surface. They also help distribute their weight as they walk through marshy areas, such as where they nest in dense marsh vegetation.

So now we know! Thanks Martin!

You can check out more about the winter birds of Green Lake on Martin’s blog.


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Thanksgiving Table: A Green Laker’s Guide to At Home Feasts

November 15, 2014 8:32am
Photo courtesy of A la mode pies.

Photo courtesy of A la mode pies.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Lucky for us Greenlakers, we don’t have to go too far for our turkeys, pumpkin pies, cranberry sauce and all the special fixings. Whether you want to ditch the apron and impress guests with chef-prepared pies or find a unique turkey to roast at home, we have a guide for you. Consider the following:

Pumpkin Treats at Jodee’s Desserts
Green Lake’s favorite “un-bakery” is in the Pumpkin Spirit this month! Pop by Jodee’s Desserts for raw, fresh-blended organic pumpkin spice smoothies, pie cups, slices, whole pies, truffles and macaroons. In fact, stop by now between Nov. 21 and enter to win a free, delicious Pumpkin Cream’ Pie. For more info, visit

Spiced Fruit Pies at The Butcher & Baker
Green Lake’s Butcher & Baker café and artisan bakery will offer seasonal treats including spiced apple, pumpkin, pecan, peach and blueberry pies. If pie doesn’t suit your sweet tooth, try a cheesecake or B&B’s classic Ooey Gooey cookies or orange cranberry scones. For more info, visit

Holiday Meats at PCC
Both Green Lake locations are going all out for the holidays, with everything but the kitchen sink for your holiday meal.  We highly recommend the meat department, where you can reserve your roast-at-home meats including turkey, rib roast, ham, lamb and duck. Orders can be made in-store or by phone and reservations are required. For more info, visit

Mexican Chocolate Mousse at A la Mode Pies
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without pie. Phinney Ridge’s A La Mode Pies is serving up seasonal favorites in the form of their 9-inch, made-to-order organic pies. Explore fun flavors like Mexican Chocolate Mousse, Apple & Ginger Pear or Chocolate-Caramel Pecan. Pre-orders for Thanksgiving must be received by Monday, Nov. 24 at noon.  For more info, visit

Turkeys, Rolls & Fancy Sides at Ken’s Market
Greenwood’s Ken’s Market has Thanksgiving down to a T. Pre-order a non-GMO, free-range turkey or pick up a fancy holiday side dish like orange-cranberry sauce, honey-lime sweet potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts or freshly baked rolls. For more info, visit

Disclosure: PCC Natural Markets is a sponsor of Seattle Greenlaker. 


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Introducing the Seattle Greenlaker Store

November 13, 2014 7:01am


In the “shameless self-promotion department”, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Seattle Greenlaker Store, an online shop where you can find high quality goods featuring artwork about Green Lake. Our first work is an original map of the neighborhood, painstakingly detailing the roads and paths radiating out from the park, created by Seattle Greenlaker co-founder Mike Lemmon. It’s available in an art print (it’s original form), and also can be found in versions on clocks, tote bags, pillows, mugs and more.

Our store is powered by, makers of a great line of products that they customize with high quality prints.

Thanks so much for supporting Seattle Greenlaker!

Visit the Seattle Greenlaker Store


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Green Lake Branch Library Program Offers Bikes for Books

November 13, 2014 6:48am

The Green Lake Branch Library is hosting a “Bikes for Books” reading program that runs through December 13.
Here’s how it works: First, second and third graders are invited to read books for a chance to win a bike. Participants can enter their names (at the Green Lake Branch) once for every ten books read between October 1 and December 13.
On Saturday, December 13 at 11:30 a.m., the Green Lake Branch will hold a drawing where one girl and one boy will each win a bike, helmet and bike lock.
Library fine print: Winners must be present to collect their prizes. All participants will receive certificates of accomplishment. The Bikes for Books reading program is sponsored by Masonic Lodge #149 in Green Lake.


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