Checking In On Duck Island After The Illegal Skate Park

April 8, 2019 11:03am
Courtesy of Green Seattle Partnership

It has been nearly two years since Green Lake’s Duck Island received an unwanted addition – a skate park. The park was created illegally and torn down shortly after. (For more on that story, see our previous posts.) Since then, thousand of dollars have been poured into restoration of Green Lake’s tiny island that is home to a variety of animals. We chatted with Michael Yadrick, Plant Ecologist with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Natural Resources Unit and Green Seattle Partnership to find out more about what is happening on Duck Island now.

SG: What actions have been taken to restore Duck Island after the damages caused by the illegal skate park?
MY: Seattle Parks and Recreation crews have been accessing the island via Whaler and docks provided by Green Lake Small Craft Center. They broke the skate park into pieces using a portable jack hammer that was plugged into a generator. They removed all the debris by hand, and then they transported the debris to a floating dock. After getting the debris off the island, crews disposed of the debris at an approved dumpsite. This demolition took four days, crews were challenged by the weight load and ferrying material across the water.
In the summer of 2018, the Seattle Parks Natural Area Crew spent a week at the island removing non-native invasive plants like Himalayan blackberry, English ivy and English holly. The crew returned last month to plant native trees and shrubs.

Native plants were recently planted on Duck Island.
Photo courtesy of Green Seattle Partnership

SG: Are wildlife returning to the island?
MY: Yes, wildlife use the island extensively for the isolated shoreline habitat.

SG: How long until the island returns to the way it was before the skate park was constructed?
MY:The island is better than before the skate park was constructed. With the removal of the skate park debris and control of non-native invasive weeds, the Seattle Parks Natural Area Crew then installed more than 600 native forest plants on the island to help build more diverse wildlife habitat. This phase of the project was completed in early March. We will return this summer for a few days of aftercare and litter removal.

SG: Are people returning to the island?
MY: Yes, but we have put up signs asking people to stay off the island. 

SG: What has the cost been from the Green Seattle Partnership to help restore the island?
MY: Cost for removal – $6,296
Restoration efforts – $26,969.56

Editor’s Note: The city sued a Seattle-based skateboarding shop for damages of $30,000, which, according to a Curbed Seattle article the shop paid but denied any involvement of construction of the park.

SG: Anything else you would like to add?
MY:This was a team effort and not a traditional project due to limited access across the water. We could not have done it without the support from Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Green Lake Small Craft Center. Our crew lead got his boater’s license in the process, and we took safety very seriously while transporting tools, debris, plants and materials across the lake. We are grateful to be the ones to protect and steward this special place into the future.


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Fremont Troll’s Knoll Community Garden Event This Sunday

March 29, 2019 10:19am

Although not in Green Lake, an event to help beautify one of Seattle’s quirky landmarks could use our help!

Here’s more from the group organizing this Sunday’s event:

“Hello Neighbors, As you’ve seen and heard, the massive encampments around the Aurora Bridge have been swept of tents and campers. While this was not something we were involved in directly, we are acting quickly to turn that space into a safe, beautiful, public park which the city said they would take over maintenance if we were able to, as a community, turn it into an ADA-compliant space. Yay!! We bought six large raised garden beds and will be installing them on Sunday morning at 10am. We will also be continuing to clean up the small garbage that’s left in the area as there are still a lot of orange caps (and some sharps) along the east facing hillside.”

What to bring: Work Gloves, thick boots, shovels, rakes, waterbottle, sunblock and smiles. You can also donate to our efforts by going to the link below. Make sure you indicate you are donating the Troll’s Knoll Park Project.

Questions? Comments? Check out these links for more info:


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Seattle Public Theater Robbed, Needs Support

March 6, 2019 8:00pm

We just received sad news from Seattle Public Theatre:

“On Monday, March 4th, Seattle Public Theater was robbed – the thieves thwarted locked doors and an active alarm system. They stole two digital projectors and over $1,500 worth of tools and set-building supplies. Those supplies were actively being used to create the set of the play DRY LAND, which opens on March 22.

Please help us replace the stolen supplies so that we can tell this topical and important story – time is of the essence. Insurance will likely cover the costs of the stolen materials, but the process of getting those funds will take several weeks – DRY LAND needs a set, and it needs to be built right now. As a small non-profit organization, Seattle Public Theater doesn’t have the cash reserves to cover these sudden purchases. Your donations will help get us through these vital few weeks and get this production up and running, and will help us improve our theater’s security so that this doesn’t happen again.
Thank you for your support.” 

I’d you’d like to contribute here’s the link.


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March Events In And Around Green Lake

March 1, 2019 12:40pm
Photo via PNA

March 10 at 10 a.m.
This fun run walk encourages you to grab your favorite pair of pajamas and make your way around Green Lake.
Run/walk $25 (includes race, bib, photos, medal)
Kids (under 10) $20 (includes race, bib, photos, medal)
Virtual 5k $25 (will mail medal in U.S.) 
Meet at 7210 East Green Lake Dr N
More info available here.

Holi Festival of Colors
March 23 1-3 p.m.
Celebrate spring with this traditional Indian festival that celebrates food, entertainment and a color fight. Interesting side note: A Phinney neighbor spearheaded this festival because they wanted to share their culture with the community. Food will be available for (cash) purchase. Enjoy a dance and singing lesson with Shruti Balakrishnan and a color fight with color powders. All religions, cultures, background and ages are welcome.
For more information on pricing and what to wear, go to the Phinney Center’s website.

Emerald City Women’s Chorus Spring Concert
Sunday March 24 at 2 p.m
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th Street, Seattle 
The Emerald City Women’s Chorus has a special afternoon of music to share with you, including guest musician Aura Ruddell. Some of their music will be familiar, others you may not have heard before. A few pieces may even surprise you. This is the chorus’s annual fund-raising concert and will be about an hour long.  Afterwards, guests are welcome to mingle and enjoy some complimentary goodies.   
The Emerald City Women’s chorus is a non-audition chorus in North Seattle.   They are affiliated with Music Center of the Northwest, directed by Stacia Cumberland, accompanied by Tom Hecker, and currently have almost 60 members.  Looking to join a chorus?  The chorus welcome new members.  Come to this concert to hear them.  If you like what you see, join the chorus for their short 7-week spring session.  It starts on April 15 and culminates with their final concert of the year on June 2.  They rehearse on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Wedgwood Community Church. For more information, email or check out their web page  


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Green Lake’s Arabian Theater Featured On Curbed Seattle

February 28, 2019 2:43pm
The Arabian Theater building in 1956.
 MOHAI, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Collection, 1986.5.12626.1

Earlier this week Curbed Seattle posted a fascinating read on a building that you have probably passed dozens, if not hundreds of times. Without giving any spoilers, we think you should head over and read it. You will never look at that section of Aurora Ave the same.


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Get Your Dose Of Spring At The Northwest Flower And Garden Festival

February 20, 2019 9:53am
Photo courtesy of Grace Hensley

When you and winter have stopped talking, the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival swoops in just in time to transport you to a world of ever-blooming color and endless possibility.  

The five-day festival, running today through Sunday, is a gardener’s dream day. Equal parts spectacle, shopping, education and entertainment, a day’s ticket includes round-the-clock lectures by horticultural superstars, hunting in the marketplace for everything your garden didn’t know it needed, and dreaming among the 23 show gardens.  

The show gardens – full-scale landscapes created by the area’s top designers – are the heart of the show. 

Photo courtesy of Grace Hensley

This year’s theme is “Gardens of the World,” so you’ll see visions of Ireland, Italy, England, Pakistan, Ghana, China, and Japan represented. “Great Plant Picks” and The Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association spotlight plants that thrive here.  

While the gardens may be somewhat fantastical (there is more than one dragon), they are packed with inspirational takeaways to borrow for your home garden – with ideas for patios, rain gardens, and more.

As to the 300-vendor marketplace, you may find robot lawnmowers, hot tubs, grow-your-own mushroom logs, rare plants, or a succulent planter shaped like Sasquatch (no judgment). We’re hoping to find a coral Itoh peony. 

Photo courtesy of Grace Hensley

How to go: 

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 20-23), 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday (Feb. 24), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Avoid lines and save money by buying adult tickets online for $22 (  At the door, adult admission is $24; Student (13 to 23 years) – $10; and Children (12 and under) are FREE. Admission is half-price after 3 p.m. Wednesday through Feb. 23 and after 2 p.m. Feb. 24.


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Green Lake Elementary Playground Review Meeting Feb 26

February 19, 2019 11:24am
One of the designs that will be up for review at the meeting.

Would you like to help shape the future of Green Lake Elementary’s playground? Join the upcoming meeting where the group will be reviewing multiple design ideas that have been gathered by the community. This will be an opportunity to provide input for a final design. Snacks and beverages as well as childcare will be provided.

Green Lake Elementary Cafeteria
2400 N 65th St Seattle, WA 98103
Feb 26 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information please email:


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