Green Lake Elementary Playground Survey

November 14, 2018 10:45am

A group Green Lake Elementary School parents are trying to reimagine the play structures at the school and they’d like your input by the end of the month. Here’s more info on the 5 minute survey:

On behalf of the Green Lake Elementary Playground Project Committee I’d like to ask for your feedback. We are undertaking a project to re-imagine the playground at Green Lake Elementary. Our objective, in partnership with SPS and Department of Neighborhoods, is to develop a strategic master plan that offers an inclusive, diverse, and accessible space for all members of the community.
This is a multi-year project and your feedback is greatly appreciated. Please take 5 minutes to share your experience and provide input by completing our survey.
Thank you,
Tracy Henderson
Parent, PTA Member, and Community member

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Project Update: Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements

November 13, 2018 6:36am

This just in from SDOT:

Bike improvements on Green Lake Way N
As a part of our improvements on E Green Lake Way N we’re adding a 2-way protected bike lane along the eastern side of the lake. Our original design included a new signal on Green Lake Way N at N 52nd St in order to provide a transition from the 2-way bike lane to new 1-way protected bike lanes continuing south of 52nd. We heard community concerns that the new signal would cause back-ups for people who drive and be inconvenient for people who bike.
In response, we’ve partnered with Seattle Parks and Recreation to explore transforming the planting strip bordering the Lower Woodland Parks Playfield parking lot into a 1-way protected bike lane. Under this design, people biking would transition from the 2-way to the 1-way bike lanes at the intersection of W Green Lake Way N and E Green Lake Way N, where a new signal is already planned. This solution will do away with the need for a new signal at 52nd, provide a smoother transition for people biking, allow the new protected bike lanes on Green Lake Way N to extend to N 50th St, and reduce the number of on-street parking spaces removed in the area. We’re still working on the agreement with Parks and the design for the area. We’ll share more with you in the coming months.

Next steps for Green Lake and Wallingford improvements
We’ve heard feedback from many of you and have incorporated numerous other changes to the design based on your good ideas. In the coming weeks, we’ll share more information about what we’ve heard and what we’ve changed in the design. Thank you for your continued involvement.

For more information and to stay engaged in the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements project

Visit our project webpage:
Call (206) 693-4151 to reach our voicemail


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Little Big Burger Is Coming To Green Lake

November 12, 2018 2:20pm

via little big burger

Let’s just say the anticipation has been building, but the wait is just about over. Little Big Burger, the Portland-based burger chain IS coming to Green Lake and will be open in early 2019, according to a company spokesperson. Initially slated to open in early 2017, permitting and changing general contractors caused significant delays, the spokesperson said.

The location, inside Green Lake Village, across from Lucia Italian Kitchen + Bar, has been empty for nearly two years. (Thanks to reader David, who sent us a tip that paper is on the windows and work is being done inside the future restaurant!)

The Green Lake location will be similar to the recently opened Wallingford location but slightly smaller.

Originally slated to be the first location in Washington state, the Green Lake restaurant will be the third in the Puget Sound area and the 21st Big Burger location.

For more on Little Big Burger, check out our post announcing the opening (from back in 2016).


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Volunteer Opportunities Around Green Lake

November 8, 2018 6:08am

If you are looking for ways to volunteer, here’s a few that could really use your help in our area – outdoors and indoors.

Volunteer with the Green Lake Stewards

November 10 9 a.m. – noon.

Volunteer with the Green Lake Stewards. These folks help keep Green Lake invasive weed free and plant native plants to keep our area beautiful. They could use your help. The meet 10 times a year on the second Saturday of the month. To sign up, go here.

Sign up to be a reading tutor to help struggling young readers

Although this isn’t in Green Lake, its just north at Broadview Thomson, and volunteers are in high demand.
Here’s the info:
No experience is necessary — tutors work with Reading Partners’ structured and easy-to-follow literacy curriculum, with the training, support, and coaching of an on-site Reading Partners staff member. All new tutors must attend a one-time orientation and complete a free online background check through Verified Volunteers.
Hours are flexible — volunteers commit a minimum of one hour per week, between 8 AM – 3 PM, Monday through Thursday.
Volunteer training and support — volunteers will be trained and supported by the full-time On-Site Coordinator.
One-on-one tutoring — individualized attention makes a huge difference for our students. You will be matched with the same student to work with weekly for the school year, September-May.
For more information, go to or contact (206) 992-4484,


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Meet Daisy

November 7, 2018 6:09am

Photo via Hello Narwhal

It’s been a while since we have done a Dogs of Green Lake post. But this one, taken during the (dog days of) summer made us smile and wish for the warmer weather. Here, Daisy poses with her family at a photo shoot taken by photographer Sara Montour Lewis.  Thanks for the photo, Sarah! And if you have any Dogs of Green Lake you’d like to share, send them our way.


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“A Very Die Hard Christmas” Comes To Green Lake

November 5, 2018 6:08am

A new holiday musical parody, a Very Die Hard Christmas, is coming to Green Lake this holiday season.

The show runs December 1st – 23rd.

It’s a Christmas miracle, Yippie Ki Yay! From the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, comes A Very Die Hard Christmas, a new musical parody that is sure to blow the roof off the joint. Sketch writers from The Habit team up with Seattle Public Theater to create a new holiday comedy perfect for those who like their Christmas entertainment with lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists.

Running in tandem with Seattle Public Theater’s production of the popular noir style Christmastown, this new musical comedy from The Habit and Marxiano Productions runs December 1-23 at the Bathhouse Theatre on the shores of Green Lake.

Preview: Thursday, Nov. 29th – 7:30pm
Opening: Saturday, Dec. 1st – 9:00pm
Sunday: Dec. 2nd – 7:00pm
Saturday: Dec. 8th – 7:00pm
Saturday: Dec. 8th – 9:00pm
Sunday: Dec. 9th – 7:00pm
Friday: Dec. 14th – 7:00pm
Friday: Dec. 14th – 9:00pm
Saturday: Dec. 15th – 9:00pm
Sunday: Dec. 16th – 7:00pm
Tuesday: Dec. 18th – 7:30pm (Industry night)
Friday: Dec. 21st – 7:00pm
Friday: Dec. 21st – 9:00pm
Saturday: Dec. 22nd – 9:00pm
Sunday: Dec. 23rd – 5:00pm
Sunday: Dec. 23rd – 7:00pm

Seattle Public Theater (Bathhouse Theatre on Greenlake) 7312 West Green Lake Dr N, Seattle WA 98103

Tickets: $23-$29 (206) 524-1300


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November 3, 2018 10:15am

You have until November 6th to cast your ballot. And guess what Greenlakers? It is SO easy. You can drop it off at the Green Lake Community Center. And don’t worry about parking. The ballot box is in the front of the Center so you can park in the 15 minute parking area in the front and be back to your car before you can say “rock the vote!” OR you can mail it. Postage is free. So there’s no excuse.

Just don’t forget to vote!


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Meet The Green Lake Stewards

November 2, 2018 7:11am

If you walk Green Lake regularly chances are you’ve seen them. Often wearing vests, and up to their elbows in weeds, the Green Lake Stewards are a volunteer group that has been helping to keep Green Lake Park free of invasive weeds since 2015.

We chatted with Robin Hutcheson, a coordinator for the group, to find out more about the Green Lake Stewards.

Seattle Greenlaker: How often do you meet?
Hutcheson: We tend to organize at least 8 to 10 work parties a year. We try to aim for the second Saturday of the month, 9AM to 12pm, though occasionally we deviate if there is crew regatta or other large event at the lake on the 2nd Saturday.

Seattle Greenlaker:Who started the group?
Hutcheson Andrea Watts and Garet Munger.
Andrea Watts lives in McCleary Washington, 2 hours from Green Lake. When she is not volunteering at Green Lake she is an associate editor of The Forestry Source, a freelance science writer, cider enthusiast, small businessperson and manages the family tree farm. Garet Munger is a retired Wetland-Wildlife Consultant, who until recently could be seen daily walking around Green Lake wearing one of his extensive collection of distinctive hats, with his black spaniel by his side and a Nikon cradled in his arm.

Seattle Greenlaker: Do you raise money or is it all elbow grease and volunteer time?
Hutcheson: We do rely on the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) for tools, training and native plants, other than that relationship we do not raise money. Local businesses such as PCC and Mighty-O Donuts supply snacks.

Seattle Greenlaker: How does the Green Seattle Partnership come in?
Hutcheson: The Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) was created in 2004 and is now the largest urban forest restoration project in the country. It is public-private venture between the City of Seattle, Forterra and community organizations. The goal of GSP is a citywide restoration of 2,500 acres of forested parkland. GSP fosters the formation of local community volunteer organizations and supplies training, tools and native plants. The Green Lake Stewards is one of a dozen volunteer groups formed to support the plan by adopting a park.

Seattle Greenlaker: Are the projects always the same? Get rid of weeds and plant native plants?
Hutcheson: Yes. We organize work parties to remove invasive species, which at Green Lake Park are primarily English ivy and Himalayan blackberry, and replant cleared areas with native trees, shrubs and plants. Once that is done we maintain planted area through weeding and watering until the new plants are well established.

Seattle Greenlaker: How many volunteers do you have? And how many do you need?
Hutcheson: We average around 10 volunteers for each work party.
There is a regular set of local volunteers of 7 who work at many of the work parties we conduct. We are looking to conduct one or two larger events a year of 20 to 30 volunteers so that we can continue to open up new areas around the lake.
We have a mailing list of around 50 people who volunteered in the past and like to drop in to work when they can.
We also get volunteers from schools, organizations and citizens looking for volunteer opportunities that find their way to the Green Seattle Partnership.
We conduct around 8 to 10 events a year.

Seattle Greenlaker: Why doesn’t the Parks Department do the weeding and replanting work?
Hutcheson: Over 15 years ago the City and citizens recognized the growing threat to native trees and plants within Seattle parks that were being overwhelmed by invasive plants. The Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) was formed as a response, it focuses on restoration work of the naturally forested areas of parks versus the regular park maintenance of groomed park areas and recreational facilities. The Parks department is involved by training volunteer stewards and supplying tools, materials and plants. And Parks also directly works on restoration in areas too dangerous for volunteers, such as steep slopes. Using volunteers is a strategy that focuses on naturally forested areas of parks, builds and strengthens community commitments to the parks, leverages budge dollars by using volunteers and supports that effort through training, organization, tools, plants.

Seattle Greenlaker: Anything else you’d like Greenlakers to know?
Hutcheson: Many of our regular volunteers joined us after walking by a work party, stopping to talk and asking how they can volunteer. This is such an easy way to be civically engaged, to meet neighbors and community members, to get sore muscles and blackberry thorn scratches, to leave the world in a little better condition. And you can help open up views of the lake blocked by super walls of dense Himalayan blackberry canes.

You can see results taking shape. We have two areas of native plantings, one on the west side of lake north of the Small Craft Center and the other on the southeast side just east of the Small Craft Center. Easy to spot because new plants tagged with ribbons.

To connect with the Green Lake Stewards for volunteer opportunities email them at

To sign up for November’s work party go here.

Or for future events, here.


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Nutty Squirrel Gelato Expands Menu To Include European Bakery Items

November 1, 2018 1:57pm

Photo via Justin Oba

Nutty Squirrel Gelato recently invited us to preview their new menu.

You may know Nutty Squirrel for their expansive gelato menu. But starting today that menu includes a full line of traditional European bakery items. This expansion makes Nutty Squirrel Gelato the closest European pasticceria (the Italian version of a French patisserie) to Green Lake. In addition to their vault of more than 350 family recipes, they now serve items such as lava cake, panna cotta, croissants, macarons, chocolate mousse and more.

The launch of the new menu was designed to capture the attention of adults who, the owners say, aren’t often looking for gelato or frozen desserts during the winter. Kids, however are a different story, and could eat gelato year round – perhaps there’s something to be learned there!

Because I tend to fall in to the camp of gelato being a year-round treat, I asked a bit more about Nutty Squirrel’s gelato making. I found out that their gelato is the real deal. Made from scratch using milk from freshly milked cows. The 5% milk fat lends to the creamiest gelato. And the flavors are always rotating for seasonality.

And the gelato has won International acclaim. In 2016, Nutty Squirrel’s Gelato master Tolga Seymen was a 2016 finalist in the international competition, Gelato World Tour.

Tolga Seymen is Nutty Squirrel’s gelato master and co-owner. Photo via Justin Oba

We also learned that Tolga holds classes at the Magnolia Nutty Squirrel kitchen for adults and children who want to learn more about artisan gelato making. Classes are offered, by special request, for parties, team building events etc.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato, which has three locations (Phinney Ridge, Magnolia and Maple Valley) is part of the Fainting Goat family with locations in Wallingford and Fremont.

Go for the gelato. Stay for any and all of the bakery items. But a warning, this is dangerously close to Green Lake. If you are on the south end of Green Lake, check out Fainting Goat – it has the same flavors as Nutty Squirrel. Or if you are in the north end of Green Lake maybe walking up the Phinney Ridge hill will make you feel better about all the sweet delights at the store? That’s what I’ll tell myself when I go.

Here’s Green Lake’s two closest locations:

Nutty Squirrel Gelato: 7212 Greenwood Ave N
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Fainting Goat Wallingford: 1903 N 45th St.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 12-10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 12-11 p.m.


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Free Healthy Home Visit From American Lung Association

October 24, 2018 6:05am

With fall here, many of us are spending less time outdoors and more time inside. But for some homes the indoor air quality is not ideal. AmeriCorps and the American Lung Association are offering free healthy home checkups for Seattle residents. While they don’t do testing or cleaning, the group will give recommendations on how residents can create a healthier home environment. This can be especially important for households with children with asthma.

If you are interested click here to sign up.


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