Events In And Around Green Lake June 2019

May 16, 2019 10:55am
Photo from Phinney Farmers Market Facebook page

Phinney Neighborhood Farmers Market Opens June 7
Grab dinner, fresh produce, even a bottle of wine from the seasonal market. Open Fridays through Sep 27 3:30pm – 7:30pm. Located at N 67th St & Phinney Ave N, in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Center. Parking is free. For more information about the seasonal events happening at the market, check out their website.

PhinneyWood Garage Sale
June 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Shop: Peruse around 100 yard sales throughout the neighborhood, aided by an official printed or online interactive map.
Check out the flea market in the Phinney Center’s lower parking lot and visit the tool sale at the PNA Tool Library.
Sell: Register your garage sale to be included on the map or rent a space at the flea market by May 20.
Salvage: Donate to Goodwill and recycle electronics, household goods, textiles, and styrofoam at the Phinney Center.
Shred: Shred up to four boxes of paper with Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck from 9 am-1 pm.
Swap & adopt plants: Bring plants, pots, gardening books and tools to exchange, or pick up some new plants for free.
More information and a map (closer to the event) on the Phinney Neighborhood Association website.

Green Lake Open Water Swim
June 30, 9 a.m.
Swim either the 1/2 mile or 1 mile course with hundreds of other eager swimmers. All participants receive a t-shirt and cap. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group category. Registration is now open.


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Open And Shut: Here’s What’s New In Green Lake

May 15, 2019 10:33am

Nail Garden, the nail salon near the Ben and Jerry’s on the north part of the lake, has a new owner and will soon be changing the name to BFF Nail Salon. The salon now takes reservations online and has different hours open Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. The salon is located at 7900 E Green Lake Drive N. Suite 109.

Ming China Bistro, across the street from Green Lake Village, has closed, possibly temporarily. (Yelp labels the restaurant as temporarily closed.) According to a reader, Ming will reopen as a hot pot restaurant with the same owners. Stay tuned!

Little Big Burger has not yet opened but Eater Seattle says that it will open in May. The Green Lake location was originally slated to open nearly three years ago. A Wallingford and Capitol Hill location have opened in the meantime.


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Recycle Your Car Seats, It’s Easy

April 29, 2019 12:10pm
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I was at the Transfer Station recently (always a humbling experience) and was amazed at how many car seats I saw. Yes, car seats expire and you can’t throw them in the curbside recycling, but you can recycle them.

Target is doing a car seat trade in program where you return your used car seat and get a coupon for 20 percent off your next car seat or a load of other baby equipment. The event is going on now until May 4, 2019.

For more information on the program, go to Target.


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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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