Nightime Work Starts On Aurora Ave Through Green Lake
courtesy of WSDOT
Did you get a letter in the mail about the nighttime construction work planned on SR99? We recently did and we had a lot of questions.
But first, some background: If you haven’t heard, SR 99- Aurora Avenue – hasn’t been paved since 1999, so this year it is getting repaved and updated to be ADA compliant -ie with safer crossings. Earlier this month, contractors began work to grind and replace 7.5 miles in both directions starting from south Queen Anne at Roy Street to Shoreline – North 145th Street. Contractor crews are working between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on curb ramps and installing temporary signal detection systems, but some work has to be done at night to avoid major traffic delays. The work is expected to be completed in 2019.
So how does this affect Green Lake? We asked WSDOT’s Tom Pearce for more info.
What times will the work be done every night?
“Night work will occur between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.”
Any estimate on when the Green Lake work will be finished?
“We don’t have an estimate when work will be complete in the Green Lake area. However, I can tell you we have nighttime work scheduled between 50th and 67th this week and next week. Our contractors are working in segments and it takes a couple/few weeks to do each segment.
We’re approaching the end of the construction season, because once the cooler temperatures and rain return we can’t pave asphalt. If work is not completed in the Green Lake area this fall, crews will return next year to finish.”
Anything else you’d like to add for Green Lake residents?
“We need to work at night on this section of SR 99 because about 35,000 cars use this section each day, most of those during daytime hours. Paving during the day would force these cars to find alternative routes, creating a lot of disruption on surrounding roads and neighborhoods. We can keep a lane or two open during night work, which is enough to handle nighttime traffic.
During this project we will leave at least one lane open in each direction at all times.”
So hold on Greenlakers, it may get a bit noisy for a few weeks. The construction will involve heavy equipment, jack hammers, paving machines, generators and asphalt grinders. If you have concerns, or want a set of free earplugs (we are serious!) contact the noise hotline 1-888-808-4DOT.
For more information on this project, go to WSDOT’s website.
September Events In And Around Green Lake
via Fremont Arts Council
It’s that time of year where many of the events at Green Lake celebrate the final days of summer. But that doesn’t mean that things slow down around the lake. Check out a few of the events happening this month.
September 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Green Lake Annual Community Fun and Wellness Fair
An event that promotes the health and wellness of Greenlakers (and its visitors) from yoga, Zumba, face painting and more. For more information, go to the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce’s website.
Green Lake Community Center 7201 East Green Lake Dr N
September 21 -22
The Great Wurst Fest
This two day celebration is an annual event includes live music, food, rides, games and more. Proceeds goes to St. Benedict’s Catholic School.
For more information, go to their Facebook page.
4811 Wallingford Ave N
September 22, 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Bid a farewell to summer with the annual Fremont Arts Council celebration of lights, music and fun at Green Lake.
The celebration begins with a ceremony at the Aqua Theater at the south shores of Green Lake. Everyone is invited to bring lanterns, glowing umbrellas, luminous costumes, or other beaming creations to parade around the lake. Hand-decorated lanterns created at workshops by your friends and neighbors will be available for sale at the Luminata Lantern Shoppe to complement your ensemble and keep you glowing through the long nights to come. Throughout the park you will encounter magical art installations, music, performances, and more.
For more information, go to Luminata’s website.
Call For Auditions For Greater Seattle Student Dancers
Does your child want to take part in a ballet? Here’s more info about an opportunity coming up this Fall.
The Moscow Ballet returns to Seattle this November and is inviting greater Seattle student dancers to audition for a role in their Great Russian Nutcracker.
If cast, students will dance on stage with the Moscow Ballet at Seattle’s Paramount Theater, Thursday, November 8th, and Friday, November 9th at 7 pm.
Students will audition for The Great Russian Nutcracker’s ancillary roles, including little snowflakes, mice, party children, snow sprites, snow maidens, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabian, and Chinese dancers.
Student dancers must be between 6 and 18 years of age, currently enrolled in any dance school, and have had a minimum of one year of ballet training. Auditions are free of charge.
American Dance Institute of Greenwood, Magnolia & Shoreline WA. serves as host for the Moscow Ballet’s auditions and rehearses the dancers for the Seattle performances. Auditions will be held at American Dance Institute’s Shoreline studio on Monday, September 10, 2018.
The Moscow Ballet hopes to cast between 65-100 local dancers for the 2018 production. Last year, dance students from Eli McCracken, of Federal Way to Mario Manansala, of Everett were cast, along with 63 Seattle area dancers. This year Moscow Ballet hopes to cast between 65 and 100.
This year the Moscow Ballet will give 140 performances in November and December across the US and Canada. They will give two Seattle performances in 2018.
Learn more about the official auditions go to American Dance Institue’s website.
Public Comment Needed For Green Lake & Wallingford Paving Project
As soon as Spring 2019 Green Lake and Wallingford streets, bike lanes and crosswalks will be redone or created. The Seattle Department of Transporation has a long list of the planned improvements but is currently looking for input as these projects will affect just about everyone who walks, bikes, rides transit or drives through the area.
A full overview of the project is here, but you may also be interested in looking at a neighborhood group called Green Lake & Wallingford Safe Streets that has outlined several suggestions for improvements.
You have until August 8 to comment on the SDOT site.
Disclosure: SDOT is an advertiser for Seattle Greenlaker but did not have editorial review of this post.
August Primary: Ballots Due Aug. 7
The August Primary is the 7th. If you haven’t already, you should be getting your ballot in the mail shortly. Remember to mail it in by no later than the 7th. Conveniently, there is also a drop off location at the Green Lake Community Center as well.
We received this note from Tom, a Greenlaker, and thought it was a good reminder on the importance of voting. Thanks for sharing, Tom!
I just got my voter’s pamphlet and ballot for the August Primary. I am registered to vote and will be voting. Are you registered and will you vote? If not, why not?
I guess I am old fashioned as I feel it is a citizen’s duty not just a right to vote. The dismal turn out during the 2016 national elections brought to light how many of my fellow citizens failed to vote.
I see the streets filled with demonstrators for and against various policies and/or laws. My first thought is “where were these people on voting day?”. For a democratic Republic to function properly the citizens who are being “represented” MUST make their voices heard at the ballot box.
To young citizens I would say, if you don’t vote you are going to have to live with the decisions we old folks make. The youth vote should be powerful but as a rule is not exercised. I particularly like this piece by Rick Mercer from CBC. He may be Canadian but he makes a great point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=225Mx6ya7SQ
My case to young voters is that Federal judges appointed today will make decisions on your and your children’s health, education, rights, and environment until you are middle age. The people you send to Washington D.C. will influence who fills these positions.
The State elections will influence among other things your costs of education, transportation, environment, as well as health care.
If you don’t vote, you are just a passenger on the ship of state and must live with the direction selected by others.
Cucina Oaxaca Opens This Thursday
This just in… Cucina Oaxaca plans to open its doors to the public this Thursday, July 26. The Mexican restaurant (with a sister outpost on Capitol Hill) was slated to open in June in the former Mio Sushi location in North Green Lake but has been delayed for more than a month. Owner, Misuel tells us that the menu will be similar to the La Cocina Oaxaqueña.
The restaurant is also pursuing a liquor license that Misuel says will include a twice daily happy hour.
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 9pm. Friday and Saturday 11am to 10:30pm. Sunday 11am to 3pm. Happy hour from 3pm to 6pm, and 8:30pm to close, every day.
Address: 7900 East Green Lake Dr N
Cucina Oaxaca owners tell us more info will be available on their website, coming soon.
Summer Shave Ice Stand Open In Green Lake
During this heat wave you may want to know that a new shave ice stand has opened in Green Lake. Hei Hei Shave Ice, is a family-run stand and a summer venture operated primarily by two brothers – Parker and Rowan Rathbun. The stand is located between Spud Fish and Chips and Peet’s Coffee on Green Lake Way.
Flavors include coconut, mango, root beer float, orangesicle, P.O.G. (Pineapple, orange guava), grape, blue raspberry and more.
But this is not just ice and flavoring. The shave ice sounds pretty deluxe – coconut, for example, consists of a a coconut syrup, coconut cream and float with toasted coconut.
Hours: (Around) 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. most weekends and, as their mother reports, “some weekdays usually Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Price: $3-$5 depending on flavors and size. And they accept credit cards.
You can also follow the stand on Facebook and Instagram @heiheishaveice.
Body Recovered In Green Lake
Via Komo News
Sad news to report. The body of a young man was recovered from Green Lake Sunday morning, according to the Seattle Times. At 9:39 a.m. Sunday, more than a dozen first responders were called to Meridian Ave N/East Green Lake Drive for a water rescue response. If you were in the area, you likely heard the slew of sirens. According to the Seattle Times article, the Seattle Police have not identified the young man but will release the identity after an investigation.
However, this comes at the same time that a 20-year-old man went missing. Taiga B. Hinckley was last seen taking a kayak into Green Lake the evening of July 4th to see the fireworks and was reported missing later that night. His capsized kayak was recovered near The Cove. According to Reddit and other comments on Facebook, Taiga spent a lot of time at Green Lake and worked at the Green Lake Boat House.
The Green Lake Wading Pool Opens This Weekend
via Parent Map
The Green Lake Wading Pool opens this weekend.
The wading pool will be open from 6/23 through 9/3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, go to the Sprayparks and Wading Pools website.
Green Lake Reflections
Photos by Dustin Guy