Green Lake Swimming (Pool and Lake) Dates Announced

February 21, 2018 7:21am

Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation

Green Lake’s Evans Pool Aquatic Coordinator recently sent us a list of save the date swimming events for Green Lake – both inside in the heated pool and in the lake. So swimmers, save these dates.

NEW Time for the Early Morning Lap Swim
Starting February 20th, the EMLS will be 6-7:30am Mon-Fri
Sauna will promptly close at 7:30am

Registration for …
Spring group classes will begin on March 6th
Spring Personal Lessons will begin on March 10th
Summer Swim League begins April 3rd
Summer group classes will begin on May 22nd

Registration starts at noon. To sign up come to the pool in person, go online or call (206) 684-4961.

The 14th Annual Green Lake Open Water Swim will be June 24th, 2018
More information will be added to the Parkways blog soon.

The swimming beaches and wading pool open dates will be announced later this spring. Stay tuned!

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New High School Boundary Lines Impact Green Lake

February 21, 2018 6:56am

During a January 31 meeting the School Board approved changes to boundary lines for high school students starting in the 2019- 2020 school year.

Take a look at the boundary lines. Notice anything? Green Lake is literally cut in half with some students going to the new Lincoln High School while the others will be sent north to Ingraham International High School.

But the new school assignments aren’t that straightforward. According to the Lincoln Grade Implementation Plan:

In 2019-20, Lincoln High School will serve students in grades 9 and 10 only. New students in grades 11 and 12 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the 2017-18 high school boundaries.
In 2020-21, Lincoln High School will serve students in grades 9, 10, and 11 only. New students in grade 12 will be assigned to their attendance area high school based on the 2017-18 high school boundaries.
In 2021-22, Lincoln High School will serve students in all grades.

The new boundary lines mean that some Green Lake families may have two kids in two different high schools, like reader Lori.

Lori writes:

New high school boundaries are being drawn with the opening of Lincoln High School and Greenlake students are paying the price. Families living on the north/northwest side of Greenlake are being forced north to Ingraham High School. I live on N 76th Street and Winona (2 blocks from the lake), less than 2 miles from Roosevelt High School (my son is currently enrolled there). So sad to see my Greenlake community broken apart like this. I appreciate that our schools are filled to capacity but the fact that SPS wouldn’t consider moving our neighborhood to Lincoln High School in Wallingford (less than 2 miles away) is doing our community a huge disservice. My daughter is heartbroken as her brother will be a junior at Roosevelt when she starts her freshman year at a different high school, not anywhere near our home.
We love living in Greenlake and are saddened to see our kids being moved out of their neighborhood.

For more information on these changes go to the Seattle Schools website.

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Green Lake Art & Music Walk February 23

February 19, 2018 6:58am

The Green Lake Art and Music Walk is Friday, February 23. The event brings live music and art to dozens of Green Lake businesses – mostly located along the east side of Green Lake – from Lucia and Gregg’s Green Lake Cycle to Om Culture and more. Grab dinner, check out some art and listen to live music. Family friendly and best of all, free.

Details:

Friday February 23 5-8 p.m.

Event is free, but registration is encouraged. For more information, a full list of sponsors and participating businesses, go to the events’ Facebook page.

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Green Lake Food Walk Is April 28

February 18, 2018 9:50pm

Photo via GLFW

This just in… The Green Lake Food Walk is scheduled for Saturday April 28 and tickets are now available online.

The Green Lake Food Walk is an edible tour of Green Lake. A wristband (purchased via the link above) grants entry to participating businesses that will be handing out samples of food and drinks. Participating businesses include: Rosita’s, Duke’s, The Woodlands Wood Fired Pizza, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, PCC and more.

Tickets are $10 for kids 10 and under and $15 for adults – note a small service fee applies.

In recent years the event has sold out, so get your tickets soon.

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Need Garden Inspiration? The NW Flower and Garden Show Starts Today

February 7, 2018 7:00am

Always an over-the-top inspiration for seasoned gardeners and plantaholics, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show  opens today for its 30th year with a twist – a special focus on delivering doable ideas for beginning gardeners, city dwellers, and edible gardeners.

The five-day festival runs WednesdaySunday at the Washington State Convention Center, offering 20 plant-packed display gardens, more than 100 free expert seminars, and world-class home and garden shopping. Oh, there will be plants, but also art, and hot tubs….

It wouldn’t be the flower show without some jaw-dropping ingenuity and theater, but there are practical ideas to find everywhere. In the display gardens, containers accent patios and nestle in the flower beds adding year-round focal points and pops of color. Great Plant Picks’ garden is all containers to showcase their latest survey of best plants for potted color.  Apple trees were espaliered (grown flat) to save space in a container or along a fence line.

Susan Browne’s sunny yellow, white, and black ‘Bee Simple’ garden (photo above) highlights bee-friendly plants and will host live demos about honeybees’ contribution to our food and environment.

West Seattle Nursery created an ethereal day spa at-home getaway– complete with massage table and outdoor shower.  The details are the star in this garden – a houseplant chandelier, an interior wall covered with air plants, an exterior one looks like fungus on bark (but is actually made of peat pots), and the lush plantings that look naturally interwoven – almost like they grew there.

Fancy Fronds Nursery’s garden is a celebration of geometry and nature with expert use of recycled materials in its zig-zag planted retaining walls and steel columns topped with mixing bowls.

 New this year, adding the real-time ‘Flower Wars’ to the popular ‘Container Wars’ event testifies to the success of the ‘slow flower’ movement and floral farms.  Designers will use American-grown flowers to whip up arrangements on the fly.

So, whether you are looking for inspiration, education, or some gorgeous plants, get there.

To go: Tickets are $24 per day, or  $34 for a 3-day pass.  Youth tickets are $7. Children under 12 are free. Available online https://www.gardenshow.com/tickets/order/, (800) 343-6973, or at the door.

Thanks to Bainbridge-based photographer Grace Hensley  for her fantastic photography.

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A New Restaurant Is Coming To Green Lake Bar and Grill

February 6, 2018 8:57pm

This just in…

The Seattle PI reports that Lunchbox Laboratory will be taking the space of the soon-to-be shuttered Green Lake Bar and Grill (2200 East Green Lake Drive). According to the P.I., Lunchbox Laboratory, owned by the same parent company as the Grill, could open as soon as March 12. The article mentions that the Green Lake Bar and Grill has been losing money so the company decided to launch Lunchbox Laboratory instead because it has been a “wildly popular” model in South Lake Union, Gig Harbor, Redmond and Bellevue. Green Lake Bar and Grill has been in Green Lake for 17 years.

Hope you like burgers Green Lake! It’s looking like the east side of Green Lake will be getting its fair share of burger spots over the next several months. Besides already established Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Little Big Burger is slated to open in Green Lake Village in the coming months, just 2 blocks from the new Lunchbox Laboratory.

While each Lunchbox Laboratory restaurant menu differs slightly, it’s safe to say we can expect a large menu of burgers, shakes, beer, wine, cocktails and a fairly robust happy hour menu.

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Green Lake Restaurant News

February 6, 2018 7:00am

Green Lake’s food scene has had a few shakeups this month.

The Butcher & Baker, the tiny breakfast and lunch spot near Latona Pub has closed. According to their website:

“After making some very difficult decisions, The Butcher & The Baker has ended it’s retail sandwich and brunch service at our current location.  Since we opened this shop, our passion has always been for food with flavor and service with genuine hospitality.  We will be available this year for on or off-site catering.  Our restaurant space and kitchen are available for special events, private rental, corporate meetings, and other chefs who are looking to do a kitchen pop up. If interested please email: BUTCHERBAKERSEATTLE@GMAIL.COM”

After 17 years in business, Green Lake Bar and Grill will be closing its doors on February 11. The restaurant is owned by Neighborhood Grills, who also manages 5 other restaurants around the Seattle and Greater Seattle area including Lunchbox Laboratories, and Bar & Grills in Eastlake, Bremerton, Lake Forest and Maple Valley. So what’s going in the space? It sounds like potentially another restaurant, possibly operated by the same owners. We’ve emailed them for more info and will share if/when we get a response.

As we reported earlier last month, Green Lake Ale House has now been rebranded to a JaK’s Ale House. The menus were recently posted online.

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Caring For Your Trees In Winter

January 31, 2018 4:56pm

Credit: Davey Tree

Why does my evergreen look so weird? To prune or not to prune?  Mulch? Which trees are the best for Seattle? When can I plant? We asked certified arborist Rick Castro of Davey Tree, who has been caring for trees for over 40 years,  to help us out on these questions and more. Read on.

Trees are the stars of the winter landscape, but winter holds special challenges for them – they have to endure everything from bouncing between spring-like afternoons to freezing nights, to rounds of floods and windstorms.  So how can we keep them thriving?

Lack of water, even in our infamous rainy season, is a critical concern, says Rick.  So although you may be soaking wet, your trees could be literally dying of thirst.

Many Seattle gardens are built on a layer of glacial till, that hardpan layer of “soil” that makes your shovel clang when you hit it. The till is so hard, it sheds water away like granite. Freezing, when it happens, makes the topsoil do the same.

So, the optimal plan would be to water your trees heavily in late summer and fall before the rains hit, and then mulch them to hold in that moisture in reserve.  Don’t worry if you missed that memo – there’s still time to mulch.

Rick recommends laying an organic mulch no more than two inches deep, as wide as your budget allows. “Many people will do a two-foot circle, which is OK, but if you can go all the way to the drip line of the tree, all the better.”  The drip line on the ground mirrors the reach of the tree’s outer branches.  Make sure to keep the flare of the root crown (at the base of the trunk) open.

People often wonder about their evergreens at this time of year. Some take on bruised purple tones, some turn brown from the inside out, some from the outside in.

Those first two are likely natural, says Rick.  Frosty temps can bring out unusual coloration in many evergreens, from Rhododendrons to False Cypress (Chamaecyparis). Browning on the inside is perfectly normal for Cedar species; it’s just an annual shedding of older needles. However, if your evergreen is turning brown from the outer needle tips in large sections, as here, call an arborist to check it out.

Credit: Davey Tree

As to pruning, for evergreens, especially firs, Rick thinks less is more.  Keep to pruning crossed or weak branches, or those extending beyond the root zone. Winter is, however, a great time to prune dormant deciduous trees, including fruit trees  – you can see what you’re doing, and there is less biomass to haul. Dead branches on any tree, such as after a wind-storm, should be removed promptly.

If you’ve had a wind-storm, and you’re concerned your tree may be ready to fall, here are some warning signs to look for:
– the tip of the tree (not the trunk) is suddenly leaning
– there is loose ground at the base of the tree where the trunk meets the ground – as if it’s been shaken loose.

And if the ground isn’t frozen, you can plant new containerized or bare-root trees now.

Some of Rick’s favorites for Seattle are classics and natives: Douglas Firs (who he says love our wet winter/dry summer combo – but don’t plant them in an irrigated lawn), Bigleaf Maples, Red Oaks, and Western Red Cedars. For smaller trees, he recommends Styrax, Stewartia, Paperleaf Birch and Japanese Maples.

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