Part Of Green Lake Drive Is Now Closed To Cars

April 25, 2020 7:00am

Part of Green Lake Drive is now closed to motorized vehicles and will be for the duration of the stay at home order or until otherwise notified by Seattle Department of Transportation. The section closed is part of the Stay Healthy Streets program, which includes several miles of streets designed to allow for walking, cycling and non-motorized activity during COVID-19. The Green Lake closure starts at East Green Lake Way N and ends at N 63rd St and West Green Lake Drive. Up the hill from Green Lake, another closure on 1st Ave (one block from Greenwood Ave) starts at 73rd St to 100th.

According to the SDOT website, the locations for Stay Healthy Streets “were selected to amplify outdoor exercise opportunities for areas with limited open space options, low car ownership and routes connecting people to essential services and food take out.”

For more information on these closures and the others around the Seattle area, go to SDOT.

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Greenlaker Earth Day 2020

April 15, 2020 9:16pm
Enjoy nature closer to home like this tree in Woodland Park. Photo by Erica Grivas

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and with the current climate conditions we need its spotlight more than ever. There are lots of ways to make the most of Earth Day – at home and around Green Lake. All of these are easily done while maintaining a safe distance from other people all the while helping our environment. Here are a few we rounded up that you can do on the actual Earth Day, April 22, or any day.

Join the Naturalist Challenge:
In addition to Earth Day festivities, the Woodland Park Zoo is sponsoring a Naturalist Challenge https://www.zoo.org/conservation/naturechallenge for the weekend of April 24-27. You download an app and record the species of flora and fauna you find. 

Get up close to nature:
Take a self-guided tour of Green Lake’s amazing trees, from birches to larches. Your choice to hug them or just smile politiely. Here’s a handy map: https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/Trees/GetInvovled/TreeWalks/GreenLakeTreeWalkMap.pdf 

Whether you join the challenge above or not, see how many animals you can spot – some of the species commonly seen are toads, turtles, ducks, herons, cormorants, loons, bats, rats, squirrels, hawks, eagles and osprey.

Try some forest-bathing, reported to lower blood pressure, stress, and boost immunity – pick a quiet spot, like the woods above Lower Woodland, turn off your devices, and turn on your senses. Be still or walk very slowly. 

Grab a sketch pad or a journal and practice mindful observation of the doodling or the writing kind while inhaling some immune-boosting bacteria. You can easily do this from your front yard or in quieter areas of the park.

Try these Earth-saving steps at home:
In the kitchen:  Look into reducing your waste output – save food scraps for compost or the yard waste bin, use reusable bins, towels, sponges, and wrappers instead of plastics and paper towels, buy in bulk where possible to decrease packaging. Grab reusable cups, straws, and containers for your to-go lattes/smoothies and muffins. 

In the yard: Start a compost pile, grow your own organic veggies, mulch every bed, plant pollinator-friendly plants, swap out lawn for other plantings or permeable paving, consider a rain garden, use organic additives rather than synthetic.

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Green Lake Park Closes Tonight at 11

April 10, 2020 9:21am
Photo via Seattle Parks and Recreation

The weather is warming and city officials worry that will bring people to unsafe gatherings in close proximity of each other this weekend. In response, Green Lake Park is one of 15 parks in the city that will close starting tonight at 11 p.m. and is expected to reopen early Monday morning. The others include Alki, Arboretum, Cal Anderson, Carkeek, Discovery, Gas Works, Golden Gardens, Kubota Garden, Lincoln, Magnuson, Seward, Volunteer, West Seattle Stadium and Woodland.

“These are the beautiful weather days we crave all winter, but we are living in unprecedented times and the Governor’s order isn’t stay out – it’s stay home,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan in a prepared statement. “Seattle’s frontline medical workers,  vulnerable residents, and displaced workers need you to stay home. While Seattle is expecting near perfect weather, friends and families should not have family or friend outings, picnics or gatherings in parks. Stay home unless you need to go to an essential job or business.  If you need to take a walk in your neighborhood, be smart and don’t help create a crowded place. Too many friends, residents and families are continuing to gathering for picnics, BBQs, basketball games, and group walks.  Because we still are in danger of a spike in infections, hospitalizations and deaths we have to keep doing out part. Easing up on social distancing too early will put more people at risk, could overwhelm our health care system, and could delay the reopening of businesses. Stay home, and if you must leave your home, be smart, follow social distancing guidelines by stay at lease six feet from everyone and wear a mask” said Mayor Jenny Durkan. “Our collective effort has made an impact flattening the curve, but we must continue or face even greater and longer term consequences.”

The statement went on to say that “closing these parks temporarily will help ensure more people are keeping the distancing they need to from other people. While our neighborhood parks will remain open, the city will consider closing them or making temporary closures longer term if visitors can’t follow safety guidelines. While the City of Seattle has closed parking lots at the largest regional parks, significant gatherings and disregard for social distancing have continued.”

Let’s hope people keep a distance from the park and that Green Lake Park won’t be closed for longer. Stay safe and be well Greenlakers!

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Home Cake Decorating Supply Sells Flour & All Your Baking Dream Accessories

April 7, 2020 10:41am

With flour hard to find right now, we were so happy to discover a local gem called Home Cake Decorating Supply that was fully stocked. The shop on 95th and Roosevelt Way sells flour yeast, sugar and just about anything you might need to make the cake or baking project of your dreams.

Home Cake Decorating has been in business since 1962 and was featured in The Seattle Times a few years ago.

To order, you email Dave, INFO@HOMECAKEDECORATING.COM with your order and specify if you’d like delivery or curbside pickup, which are available Monday through Saturday.

Like so many other small businesses, they are currently trying to get more of their inventory up online, but you can see some of their stock here. If you don’t find something on his inventory list that you need, ask him when you email. He calls you back (normally within 24 hours) to confirm a time for delivery or pick up and can answer any questions about availability then.

If ever there were a time for sprinkles in every color, and that fancy cake pan, it might be right about NOW.

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Restaurants Open In Green Lake: April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020 9:50pm
Photo from Shelter Lounge

Things continue to change daily with restaurants opening and closing. We are continuing to update our list of restaurants and cafes open for takeout and or delivery. And this week we were excited to hear of two restaurants that are reopening after temporary closures – Shelter Lounge and Mkt. You will find more information on those and the other restaurants open below.

Takeout (and some delivery) options:
Beth’s Cafe is open for takeaway: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with most of the menu available.
Blankspace Cafe is open 12-9 p.m. for bubble tea and dessert (206) 420-4348
Brunello Ristorante is offering dinner for takeaway with wine options. 206)-527-4778
Bongos is open for takeaway Wed – Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (206) 420-8548.
Chocolati sells handcrafted artisan chocolates and espresso drinks from their walk-up window. 206-527-5467
Cocina Oaxaca available for takeout, closed Mondays 206-729-0980.
Dalongyi Hot Pot (206) 854-7707
Eight Row is offering takeaway Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $15 lunch boxes ($5 for kids) or tacos wine and pie for dinner $80 (206)294-3178.
El Naranjo the neighborhood taco truck continues to operate business as usual from the Shell parking lot on Aurora. 7215 West Greenlake Drive (253) 880-6439.
Green Lake Grill offers takeout nightly starting at 4 p.m.
Himalayan Sherpa House
Hiroki Bakery but for shortened hours W-F 12-6, S, Sun 9-5 (206) 547-4128
Little Red Hen food and beer to go and delivered (206) 522-1168.
Mighty O Donuts takeaway donuts and coffee.
Mkt. Open daily from 5-9 for a variety of takeaway meals. (206) 812-1580
Mykonos Greek Grill has their full menu available and is open 11 a.m – 9 p.m. for all takeout orders. (206)523-8929.
Nell’s is now offering a range of small and large plates and wine for takeout. 206-524-4044.
Ole Cafe is currently closed but plans to offer online Spanish lessons, stay tuned.
Revolutions Coffee is doing to-go orders from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and serves coffee as well as pastries, breakfast and lunch.
Rositas Mexican Grill is open for takeout with delivery. Takeout hours (starting tomorrow) 11:30 – 8 p.m. 206-523-3031.
Shelter Lounge Green Lake has just reopened, offering takeout prix fixe meals Wed – Sat 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For current menus head over to their Instagram, Facebook or website. Orders are taken via phone or email (206)-420-7452greenlake@shelterlounge.com
TangleTown Public House 206-466-6340
Tapas Lab Available for takeout or delivery, closed Mondays. 206-775-1744
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers open daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (206)582-1885
Urban Bakery (206) 524-7591
Zeek’s Pizza takeout or delivery 206-285-8646
Zoka Cafe

Delivery:
Champion Wine Cellars, the Greenwood wine shop, is doing free wine delivery to Seattle area residents. They are offering six packs at three different price points. Read their recent blog post to find out more about ordering.
Press Then Press the Green Lake based online cider company delivers handpicked ciders to your door and recently added a wider delivery range throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Read more about them here.
Frelard Tamales in Tangletown just launched a new delivery service – tamales to your door. Deliveries take place twice a week:
Mondays and Wednesdays between 5-9pm.
You pick your tamale flavors, pick the date and get them dropped off at your door. More info on their site here.

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Green Lake During the 1918 Influenza

March 31, 2020 9:31pm
Photo via National Archives

Recently my husband went down a weird online rabbit hole, looking up the history of the N-95 mask until he stumbled on a photo that caught his attention. That photo is above. The undated photo of the Green Lake electric trolley came with the caption: “Precautions taken in Seattle, Washington during the Spanish Influenza epidemic would not permit anyone to ride on the street cars without wearing a mask. The Red Cross made 260,000 masks. Local Identifier: 165-WW-269B-11”

It is one of many photos that were created through the American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, which have been digitized in full as part of the Wartime Films Project.

I can’t help but wonder what photos are being taken now that people will look at in 100 years. This photo and the collection of photos taken at that time are a good reminder that the world has been through this before and someday this day will pass.

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Updated: Restaurants Open In Green Lake

March 26, 2020 8:35pm

Photos by Erica Grivas

Here’s our updated list of restaurants open for either takeaway or delivery in Green Lake. Sadly this tends to change daily, so we encourage you to call first to make sure they are open and able to do to-go orders. Also, special thanks to Seattle Greenlaker contributor Erica Grivas and Julie Pond McAferty from Green Lake Guest House for contributing to this list.

Takeout (and some delivery) options:
Beth’s Cafe is open for takeaway: 9 a.m – 5 p.m. with most of the menu available.
Blankspace Cafe is open 12-9 p.m. for bubble tea and dessert (206) 420-4348
Brunello Ristorante is offering dinner for takeaway with wine options. 206)-527-4778
Bongos is open for takeaway Wed – Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (206) 420-8548.
Chocolati sells handcrafted artisan chocolates and espresso drinks from their walk-up window. 206-527-5467
Cocina Oaxaca available for takeout, closed Mondays 206-729-0980.
Dalongyi Hot Pot (206) 854-7707
Eight Row is offering takeaway Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and $15 lunch boxes ($5 for kids) or tacos wine and pie for dinner $80 (206)294-3178.
El Naranjo the neighborhood taco truck continues to operate business as usual from the Shell parking lot on Aurora. 7215 West Greenlake Drive (253) 880-6439.
Green Lake Grill offers takeout nightly starting at 4 p.m.
Himalayan Sherpa House
Hiroki Bakery but for shortened hours W-F 12-6, S, Sun 9-5 (206) 547-4128
Little Red Hen food and beer to go and delivered (206) 522-1168.
Mighty O Donuts
Mykonos Greek Grill has their full menu available and is open 11 a.m – 9 p.m. for all takeout orders. (206)523-8929.
Nell’s is now offering a range of small and large plates and wine for takeout. 206-524-4044.
Ole Cafe is currently closed but plans to offer online Spanish lessons, stay tuned.
Revolutions Coffee is doing to-go orders from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and serves coffee as well as pastries, breakfast and lunch.
Rositas Mexican Grill is open for takeout with delivery. Takeout hours (starting tomorrow) 11:30 – 8 p.m. 206-523-3031.
Shelter Lounge Green Lake has just reopened, offering takeout prix fixe meals Wed – Sat 4-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For current menus head over to their Instagram, Facebook or website. Orders are taken via phone or email (206)-420-7452greenlake@shelterlounge.comTangleTown Public House 206-466-6340
Tapas Lab Available for takeout or delivery, closed Mondays. 206-775-1744
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers open daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (206)582-1885
Zeek’s Pizza takeout or delivery 206-285-8646
Zoka Cafe

Delivery:
Champion Wine Cellars, the Greenwood wine shop, is doing free wine delivery to Seattle area residents. They are offering six packs at three different price points. Read their recent blog post to find out more about ordering.
Press Then Press the Green Lake based online cider company delivers handpicked ciders to your door and recently added a wider delivery range throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Read more about them here.
Frelard Tamales in Tangletown just launched a new delivery service – tamales to your door. Deliveries take place twice a week:
Mondays and Wednesdays between 5-9pm.
You pick your tamale flavors, pick the date and get them dropped off at your door. More info on their site here.

While not from Green Lake, Collins Family Orchard is often in the neighborhood dropping off for their seasonal CSA boxes. With all of the Seattle Farmer’s Markets closed they could really use our help. They are selling 20 pound boxes of apples with free delivery. These apples have a long shelf life. Orders must be placed by Wednesday evening for their weekly Thursday or Friday delivery. They anticipate this service to exist as long as the Farmers Markets are closed. Use this form to make your order.

Rumors of Shelter Lounge opening for some takeout options next week.

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Social Distancing In Green Lake Park?

March 25, 2020 10:11pm
Photo by Erica Grivas

In an effort to encourage some social distancing, the City of Seattle has closed off 8 of the city’s most frequented parks’ parking lots, which includes Green Lake. But driving by the park today you wouldn’t know it. The park was packed. The parking lots to the south of the park near Woodland Park and the dog park were full with people waiting for spots.

While the parks are open for public use, Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Police Department will continue to deploy staff to encourage social distancing. Understanding the Governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Healthy order, residents are encouraged to visit the 479 local neighborhood parks or to bike or walk to these destination parks, which will remain open for public use.

“We still want people to be able to enjoy our parks during this stressful time. But we have seen many of our parks have become too busy to allow folks to properly create social distance. Our hope is that closing parking lots will reduce crowds. If folks are not able to maintain six feet of space, we will need to close parks,” said Jesús Aguirre

As always, Seattle Parks and Recreation asks residents to:

  • Use social distancing: the most effective tool we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing. We are asking people to abide by social distancing guidelines in Seattle Parks.
  • Do not access off limits equipment or areas: as of last week, Seattle and King County have closed all play areas and other high touch areas, such as picnic shelters, tables, and outdoor exercise equipment.
  • Do not congregate in parks: the means no pick-up games, no picnics, BBQs, parties, or bonfires.
  • Six feet for activities: Hiking, biking, walking are all great ways to enjoy parks right now, just remember to give a wide berth to your fellow residents.
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UW Cherry Blossom Viewing Canceled Available Via Web Cam

March 21, 2020 10:17pm
Photo by Erica Grivas

Visitors should avoid coming to UW campus to see cherry blossoms amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Thousands of people usually visit campus each spring to see the cherry blossoms. The university’s order is in compliance with state and local public health proclamations that prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, parking on campus to view the blossoms is discouraged.

webcam overlooking the Quad is available for viewers to enjoy the trees remotely. Over the coming weeks, the university will share progress photos and videos on the cherry blossoms’ Twitter account,@uwcherryblossom and on UW News.

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