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Is the Green Lake Wading Pool Open Today?

July 11, 2018 7:27am

via Parent Map

It’s sunny and beautiful and the next minute its fleece weather. That might have you asking “is the wading pool open today?” All of the city wading pools open when the temperature is forecast to be 70 degrees or above. But is it 70′ in Green Lake? Save yourself a trip. You can find out in 2 clicks. Seattle Wading Pools and Spray Parks have a Facebook page to announce opening and closings (due to weather etc) on all outdoor pools.  Or you can call the wading pool hotline, (206) 684-7796, which is updated every morning by 9:30 a.m.


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Injured Heron At Green Lake

May 6, 2018 4:41pm

We just received word from a concerned reader saying she spotted what appeared to be an injured heron at Green Lake earlier this afternoon. According to her, one of the wings looked like it had a hole in it.

Heres what she said:

“On Sunday 5/6, I saw a heron by the “turtle log” that appeared to have an injured wing see above photo.  I wasn’t able to determine how bad the injury was. There are multiple herons at Green Lake, however, they are territorial and usually hang out in the same places. So, someone will most likely see this bird at the same spot.

If anyone sees this bird, please observe if it is able to fly or if the injury has progressed to a point that it cannot manage as it normally would. If necessary, please call Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-7387. They will capture the bird and take it to PAWS Wildlife Shelter for treatment. Please do NOT attempt to capture the bird.”

The “stump” in the photo above is near the area where the bird was seen but along the water’s edge.
Thanks to reader Erica for the tip! And we do hope this bird is ok.

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Green Lake Wading Pool Opening Date Announced

April 15, 2018 10:05pm

via Parent Map

As a Green Lake parent, one of the first signs that summer is getting closer is when the Green Lake Wading Pool opening date is announced. Well hold onto your sun hats people, because the Parks Department just announced that date is June 23rd.

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.





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Woodland Park Off Leash Dog Area Closing For 2 Weeks Beginning February 12

January 29, 2018 11:17am

Image: Erica Grivas

Woodland Park Off Leash Dog area will be closed for two weeks beginning February 12. The closure is required during the installation of a small and shy dog area. The upgrades are part of the Seattle Park District’s Maintaining Parks and Facilities funding initiative that provides funding to improve Dog Off-Leash Areas throughout Seattle. This initiative provides $100,000 annually until 2020 and will improve existing off-leash areas through increased maintenance while providing updates to aging infrastructure.

For a list of nearby off leash areas, go to the Parks Department site.


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Autumn In Green Lake

November 7, 2017 10:15am

Photo by Karl Niece

Editor’s note: Greenlaker Karl sent us these photos from his frequent visits to Green Lake. We loved the colors – and those cairns on the north side of the lake. Thanks for the photos and cool description Karl! 

Autumn is falling more slowly than usual in Seattle (although it feels a bit like winter). The fir-like cypresses and other “tamaracks” around Green Lake turn rusty and shed their needles. Plus, lots of our seasonal resident ducks, coots and cormorants are returning; and the north-side cairn builder is back.


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Meet PJ: The Bunny Who Walks Green Lake On A Leash

October 25, 2017 6:48am

Years ago I heard stories of a rabbit that walked Green Lake on a leash. You better believe I have been hoping to run into this adorable creature ever since.

Recently, a friend – former Greenlaker contributor Chelsea who despite moving out of state still keeps a tab on Green Lake – sent me a photo of the bunny at Green Lake.

So here’s the story: PJ is a Lion head/Rex mix who has been walking Green Lake since he was a young bunny. The 4-year-old explores Gas Works Park, Golden Gardens and all over the NW by leash. After a recent move away from and back to the area, he spends his days befriending squirrels and going with his owner to work in a veterinary practice.

Want to follow him on Instagram (because of course he has his own Instagram account), check him out at @pj_bunnylove.

Special thanks to owner Deana for the info and the photos.


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Proposed Law Could Make Homeless Encampments Legal In Green Lake Park and Across Seattle

October 23, 2017 3:43pm


Last Fall we wrote about a proposed law that was endorsed by city council member, Mike O’Brien, that would allow homeless individuals to camp legally in areas of the city that are currently illegal including some parks, greenbelts, school grounds and sidewalks. According to Speak Out Seattle, more than 21,000 signatures were gathered in just six days rejecting that proposed law. Based on the emails, calls and signatures in opposition, the Seattle City Council decided not to even take a vote on the proposal.

Now, a similar proposal is being discussed.

That proposal would defund a program that provides Navigation Teams (a group of social workers and other service providers that work with law enforcement to provide encampment inhabitants with the resources they need to find housing). According to Speak Out Seattle, the proposal would also “ban the city from providing any services that would aid in removing unsafe encampments.” The proposal would also “prevent the city from taking any action to remove dangerous and illegal encampments in “inactive” parts of parks where plants, trees and shrubs grow or in areas where an activity is not currently taking place, as well as parking strips, trailside greenspaces, hillsides, ravines and bridge underpasses, to name but a few.”

Greenlakers, here’s what you can do:

Sign the petition before the City Council’s final budget meeting on November 1. The ipetition circulating has more than 2,000 signatures and helps send a strong message to City Council members that this is not the right approach.

Stay informed: The stats are mind boggling. And the problem is only getting worse.

Special thanks to the several citizens that emailed us over the weekend to tell us about this proposal! The only way a democracy works is through informed citizens like you.


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You Aren’t Imagining It… Green Lake’s Water Level Is Extremely Low

September 12, 2017 6:07am

Photo by Garet Munger

Does Green Lake’s water level seem low? You aren’t imagining it, it really is. We received a tip from Greenlaker Garet Munger who has been monitoring the water level for the past four years. He shared his data and insights with us. 

Green Lake Water Level August 30, 2013 to August 30, 2017

CharlieChester (our mixed cocker and poodle) and I have been making regular, nearly daily visits to Green Lake since moving closer to the lake in 2012.  Most days we make a complete circuit around the lake.  To satisfy my own curiosity, I have been measuring and keeping a record of the water level in Green Lake since August 2013. I measure the level of the water at a fixed point on the dock by the boat rental at the north end of the lake.

As anybody who has visited the lake will have observed, the water level in the lake is currently at a very low level.  By my records, the level today (September 7, 2017) is near the lowest level it has been over the five Septembers for which I have recorded.  The lowest level came on August 28, 2015.  That lowest level was about ½” below today’s level.  In 2015, the water level came up after the 28th with a storm event that produced about 1 ¾” of rain.

This summer has been an unusually almost record setting year for the lack of rain.  It has also been warmer than average.  The last significant storm event for Seattle was June 16.  Precipitation of almost ¾” fell on Green Lake during that storm.  Since then there was 0.03 inches recorded at Green Lake on July 28, and .11 inches of rain on August 31.

Rain fall is recorded at Green Lake by a weather station installed at the Small Craft Center at Green Lake.  Daily results are published and reported here.

The water level in Green Lake has gone down each day over the summer at a rate of about 1/8” per day.  We can expect the water level to continue receding until the first storm event of the fall.  With higher temperatures, the rate of decline has been closer to ¼” per day.

Over the five years for which I have measurements, the lowest level measured at the beginning of September has varied by almost three inches. To a large extent, these annual differences in summer water levels can be accounted for; by the variation in the amounts and pattern of precipitation over the summer, differences in temperatures, and differences in the water level at the beginning of the summer, and by slight differences in outflows from the lake during the summer months.

Thank you Garet for sharing your citizen scientist skills with us! 


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