A Foggy Green Lake Morning

October 19, 2018 11:25am

Photos courtesy of Parker Lamb

We received some great photos from Parker Lamb this morning of a very misty, foggy Green Lake. Be sure to zoom in on the photo above for a great action shot of a Green Lake critter. Thanks for the photos Parker!

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Volunteer Event This Weekend To Clean Up Invasive Weeds

October 4, 2018 7:51am

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Perhaps volunteering? Our friends over at Love Licton and Trees for Seattle are hosting an event this weekend. Here’s what they sent us:

Help neighbors clean up the gateway to the community! Meet at the intersection of N 85th St and Meridian Ave N on Saturday, October 6th from 9AM to noon. Volunteers will be removing the invasive weeds that threaten the area’s beautiful trees. This is a great opportunity to make your mark on a landscape that needs some love while connecting with friends and neighbors. No experience necessary. Tools, gloves, snacks, and instruction are provided. Please dress for the weather and wear close-toed shoes.
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/85thMeridianOct6

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Updated: Where To Fill Your Growler In Green Lake

October 4, 2018 4:31am

A few months ago we posted a story about where to fill your growlers in and around Green Lake. Turns out we left off a few great spots! So here’s the update in time for football season.

Parks Pharmacy 

Located at Woodlawn and Ravenna this pharmacy serves up more than medicinal needs. Turns out it also has a growler filling station right in the front of the store with half a dozen options for you to choose from.

401 NE Ravenna Blvd A (206) 527-3010

Elysian Tangletown

Who knew this Green Lake/Tangletown restaurant also offered growlers to go? (We didn’t until recently.) Choose from 20 ever-changing brews. Growler fills range from $14, $16, or $18 depending on the type of beer. But that price drops to $10 during happy hour 3 – 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and all day Sunday.

2106 N 55th St (206)547-5929

Uber Tavern

You may have passed this beer haven on Aurora Avenue and not even known it was there, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. And if a growler is just not enough, they can also easily accommodate kegs. For their full selection, check out their online tap list.

7517 Aurora Ave. (206)728-BEER.

Bartell Drugs Green Lake Village

Conveniently (ahem!) located at the ice cream counter, a handful of local beers on tap await at the new Green Lake Village Bartell Drugs. Prices range around $9 a growler fill, more if you want to buy a growler and fill it with them. Note that only the standard growlers will fit in the Bartell Drugs machines.

419 NE 71st Street (206) 524-0763

Bottleworks

16 taps ready to fill your growler, this tiny beer and cider shop is just south of Green Lake on 45th.

Prices vary. The tap list is regularly updated online.

1710 N 45th St #3, (206) 633-BIER.

Chuck’s Hop Shop 
Possibly one of the largest beer shops in town, Chuck’s has grab and go beers as well as a huge variety of taps ready to fill your growler. Their regularly updated online list helps avoid beer indecision when you get there. A new canopy will also help shelter you from the elements if you want to hang out longer and enjoy a pint with one of the many rotating food trucks.

656 NW 85th St (206) 297-6212

The Growler Guys 

Choose from 60 beers and ciders (all updated regularly online here) and order pizza, wings or breadsticks while you wait for your beer.
8500 Lake City Way (206) 522-2337

You can always head straight to the source to one of the 11 Ballard breweries to get beer or cider on tap.

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Green Seattle Day November 3

October 2, 2018 3:25pm

You may have seen the little signs around Green Lake Park for Green Seattle Day. The Green Seattle Partnership and Seattle Parks and Recreation are coordinating a team of hundreds of volunteers to plant thousands of plants throughout Seattle parks. While Green Lake Park isn’t one of the designated parks, there are several that are close to Green Lake, including:

  • Discovery Park
  • Golden Gardens Park
  • Magnuson Park
  • Meadowbrook Park
  • Woodland Park

Events begin at 9 a.m. at 15 park sites across Seattle. No experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks and instruction will be provided. Sign up to participate in a Green Seattle Day location here: https://www.greenseattle.org/get-involved/green-seattle-day/.

Other Green Seattle Day locations throughout the city include:

Central Seattle

  • Interlaken Park

South Seattle

  • Colman Park
  • Cheasty Greenspace
  • Kubota Gardens
  • Maple Wood Playfield
  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland
  • Seward Park

West Seattle

  • Camp Long
  • Lincoln Park
  • Westcrest Park
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Aurora Avenue Through Green Lake Closed After Fatal Crash

September 30, 2018 10:06am

Aurora Avenue’s north and southbound lanes remain closed this morning after an early morning fatal car crash. The crash occurred near the intersection of Winona Avenue and Aurora Avenue and involved three vehicles.

Seattle Fire Department reported that one adult male is in stable condition and was transported from the scene to Harborview by Seattle Fire Department Medics. The second patient was a fatality.

Speed is believed to be a factor. Investigators are on the scene.

Aurora Avenue is closed in both directions from Keen Way N to 75th St. Currently SDOT says that the closure could be until 11:59 p.m. tonight.

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Input Needed On Preliminary Design Of Green Lake Small Craft Center

September 27, 2018 6:16am

via Green Lake Crew

We just received this press release from the Seattle Parks and Recreation announcing a call for input on the preliminary design for the Green Lake Small Craft Center on October 3.

SPR invites the community to provide input on the preliminary design for potential future improvements to the Green Lake Small Craft Center on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please join us at Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 West Green Lake Way N to meet the design team, Schacht | Aslani Architects, learn about the site opportunities and constrains, and offer input on what a new small craft center might look like at Green Lake.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund Program is funding the current planning project through the first phase of design. A 2017 study of the existing building and programming needs was funded by the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund.  The Green Lake Rowing Advisory Council is actively seeking additional funding from the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund, State grants, and private fundraising for the subsequent design phases and construction.

The Major Projects Challenge Fund is a Seattle Park District funding initiative that provides a funding match to a community-initiated “major project” that is not otherwise covered by an identified SPR funding source. Approved by Seattle voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to SPR for maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in June 2018 to learn about the project. At the June meeting Schacht | Aslani Architects presented background information, including a study of the existing building and programming needs.

For more information please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/green-lake-small-craft-center-redevelopment.

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Green Lake’s Subway Restaurant Closes

September 26, 2018 8:47pm

via Terry Aman

Thanks to a reader tip, we just learned that the Subway restaurant on 6850 E Green Lake Way N has closed.

A real estate listing dated January 2018 showed that the business was for sale for $80,000. According to that same listing, the business opened in 1994. The store had been under new ownership according to banners that hung in the windows before the restaurant closed.

Craft paper now lines the windows. No ‘For Lease’ or ‘For Sale’ sign yet, so perhaps something is already in the works? We will keep you posted.

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Mayor Durkan’s Budget Proposal & Green Lake

September 26, 2018 11:08am

via Seattle Times

Earlier this week, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan released her proposed $5.9 billion budget for 2019-2020. While many items in it will affect Green Lake there are two that caught our eye.

The Green Lake Community Center, the oldest community center in the city, and Evans Pool received a line item for $500,000 in 2019 and 2020 for schematic design work.

Another item in the budget includes repairs to the Green Lake Library.  According to the budget proposal:

“As the Library’s buildings have all surpassed the ten-year mark since the completion of the capital improvements associated with the 1998 “Library’s for All” bond measure that upgraded The Seattle Public Library’s system with new facilities, technology, and books, they require attention to flooring, casework, finishes and restroom fixtures. Some examples of asset preservation items funded through the Library’s CIP budget include: major repairs and replacement to roofs, building envelopes, HVAC and other critical building systems, doors, windows, flooring and casework. A varying combination of roof, building envelope and window planning and/or restoration is scheduled at Queen Anne, Columbia, West Seattle and Green Lake, contingent upon which projects begin in late 2018. The Library Levy provides funding of approximately $2.7 million in 2019, which is the current levy’s final year.”

We have reached out to Seattle Public Library for information on projects scheduled for this year and what potential improvements could be slated for next year and 2020 that would fall under this proposal. Our hunch is that the proposed work would include the cooling system in the library. (Again, we are confirming that now.) We do know that during the summer months, Green Lake Library has been forced to close several times due to extreme heat in the unairconditioned building.

UPDATE: Seattle Library’s Andra Addison says no, heating is not part of this budget. “The Green Lake Branch project was the reroofing project that started in late 2017 and was completed in the first quarter of 2018. Air conditioning is not part of the upgrade. The cost to incorporate air conditioning in a Carnegie building is extremely high for the number of days we require air conditioning.

The proposed 2019 budget for The Seattle Public Library, (which includes funds from the 2012 Library levy), provides for the current level of services at the Green Lake Branch (such as the existing operating hours) for 2019.”

For more on the proposed budget (all 676+ pages of it!) go here.

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