Stay Healthy Streets Survey Input Needed By July 15

July 9, 2020 3:54pm
Photo via SDOT

Several streets around Seattle have been closed to vehicle traffic in an attempt to open areas for people to safely walk/bike in the time of social distancing. It is called Stay Healthy Streets and Green Lake’s starts at East Green Lake Way N and ends at N 63rd St and West Green Lake Drive.

There were murmurs from the city that some of these streets would stay closed to traffic forever. I received several emails from Greenlakers wondering what that would mean for Green Lake. Some expressed concerns this would create circuitous routes to get to Phinney and Aurora Ave with that street closed.

Well, now is your time to speak up. SDOT has created a survey asking people if they would like the Healthy Streets to be permanent. The survey closes July 15th.

Click here to take the survey.

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The Future of The Green Lake Community Center

June 20, 2020 9:53pm
Green Lake Community Center via Wikipedia

Seattle Parks and Recreation just announced the results of the recent survey asking the community about the future of the Green Lake Community Center. Spoiler alert: the future Community Center will likely go near where the current structure is now. Read on to find out the full story:

“Seattle Parks and Recreation thanks community for input on Green Lake Community Center & Pool location and announces dates for next input opportunity

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) would like to thank the nearly 6700 people who participated in learning about the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool replacement project and the 3200 people who provided input on the future location of the facility. Seventy-five percent (75%) of survey participants selected the current location as their preferred option. When evaluating reasons to select a site, survey respondents identified the following as their top priorities:

  • Access to parking and drop-off (61%)
  • Pedestrian access/walkability (59%)
  • Access to transit (46%)

Given the overwhelming support for the current location and the site’s connections to transit and the greater community, SPR has made the decision to locate the new facility in the area where the existing center sits today. SPR will be conducting the next Online Open House (July 22-August 20) and the live Online Public Meeting (July 29 at 12 p.m.) to gather community input on three possible locations for the new building within the vicinity of the current facility and gather community input on current and future programs at the community center and pool.

The community center (built in 1928) and pool (built in 1955) structures are at the end of their usable life and SPR is working with the Green Lake Advisory Council and the greater north Seattle community on the replacement of the facility located at 7301 E. Green Lake Dr. N. 

For additional questions about project please contact David Graves, Strategic Advisor, at 206-684-7048 or David.Graves@seattle.gov.

As SPR plans for the new center and pool, we will continue with the facility stabilization work in 2020 to ensure the building is functional and usable for the public until the new center can be constructed. Stabilization work involves replacing the boilers and the air handling system at the facility. For more information please contact Garrett Farrell at garrett.farrell@seattle.gov or 206-233-7921.

More information for both projects can be found here http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/green-lake-community-center-projects.”

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Juneteenth March For Justice & Independence

June 18, 2020 10:45pm

The group Justice For Black Lives has organized a Juneteenth March for Justice tomorrow at 10 a.m. starting at Woodland Park Playground (Phinney Ave N & N 59th St). The event commemorates the freedom of slaves in Texas who were freed two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Here’s the schedule:
Friday, June 19, 2020
10:00 AM Speakers/Guest
11:30 AM March to Ballard
2:00 PM Rally end Bergen Place Ballard

For more about this event, go to the Facebook page.

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Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Performs “Juice” By Lizzo Virtually And You Have To Hear It

May 18, 2020 9:28pm

We received an email today that made us smile. It was from John Aguilar, Director of Bands at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School in Seattle, WA.

“I just wanted to share with you a virtual performance that my students did recently of “Juice” by Lizzo. As you know, we have been out of school for two months now, and along with that comes numerous concerts/festivals/competitions/parades that the students will no longer get to experience this school year. It is with that in mind that my students decided to come together “virtually” during these uncertain times, as we try to send the message that music truly is one of the best medicines for the soul and that we can still make music together, although physically apart. We also want to share the message that the love and joy of learning a subject does not necessarily have to only occur in a classroom.”

Thanks John and thanks to the amazing students at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School! This is what we all needed.

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Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool Redevelopment Online Open House Now Available, Public Meeting Moved to May 13

May 5, 2020 3:17pm
via Wikipedia pre social distancing

 Seattle Parks & Recreation has launched an online open house for the Green Lake Community Center & Evans Pool redevelopment project. Visitors can learn more about the project and provide feedback about possible relocation sites, priorities and what they want to see at the new center. The open house will be live until May 22nd.

The Seattle Parks & Recreation Department will also host an online public meeting May 13 at noon that includes a Q&A session. Registration information is available on the online open house.

One thing to note is that the current location of the Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool is an option for the redevelopment. But also on the table are several locations around Green Lake. By going to the online open house you can see each site and the benefits and challenges associated with each.

According to a Seattle Parks Department press release,

“The purpose of these presentations is to offer the community an opportunity to learn more about this redevelopment project, review the benefits and challenges of each potential location and provide feedback on which locations work best for the community.

“Green Lake Park, Green Lake Community Center, and Evans Pool are some of the most popular and treasured spaces in our city,” said Jesús Aguirre, SPR Superintendent. “We are turning our focus to the future location and design of the community center and pool and look forward to hear how the community will help us re-envision this center that serves both neighbors and our growing city.”

The Green Lake Community Center is one of twenty-six community centers owned by SPR. It is one of several public amenities located within Green Lake Park and is open to the public year-round for program related and drop-in recreational use. The center was constructed in 1928 and the pool was added in 1955. The community center and pool need to be reconstructed to better serve the needs of both the immediate neighborhood and the broader city.

To ensure that the current facility remains usable and useful to the community for the next 5 to 7 years, SPR is undertaking building stabilization work which involves replacing the boilers and the air handling system in 2020.”

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Cinco De Mayo: Green Lake Edition

May 3, 2020 10:40pm

Tuesday is Cinco De Mayo, and let’s face it, right now it feels pretty good to have something on our calendar, even if it is just food to bring home and enjoy with our family. Here’s a few Cinco de Mayo inspired options that are right here in Green Lake.

Frelard Tamales offers pickup or delivery of frozen (make later) or hot and ready to eat tamales. Fresh horchata and agua fresca available.
6412 Latona Ave.

Rosita’s Mexican Grill, the 41 year-old Mexican restaurant is available for delivery or takeout. They also have margaritas to go. For Cinco De Mayo they will be open extended hours starting at 11:30 am – 8:30 pm.
7210 Woodlawn Ave NE

Tacos Guaymas
Available for takeout or delivery through Grub Hub.
6808 E Green Lake Drive
(206) 729-6563

Cocina Oaxaca says they will have specials just for Cinco de Mayo ( with more info TBD). Call for delivery or takeout.
7900 E Green Lake Drive N Suite 107
Open 12:30 – 8 p.m.
(206) 729-0980

Mendoza’s Mexican Mercado sells imported food from Mexico as well as a selection of to-go, ready to eat food. In addition to offering in store shopping, they are currently available for delivery.
7811 Aurora Ave N
(206) 245-1089

And a pro tip if you are wanting a margarita but don’t want to go to the grocery store, Bartell Drugs sells liquor. (419 NE 71st Street)

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No Seeds? Seed Lending Library Is Here To Help

April 27, 2020 3:25pm


Photo from kingcoseed.org

The current quarantine has whipped up such a frenzy for gardening, especially food gardening, that seed companies nationwide have been swamped with orders and many have closed or temporarily stopped taking orders. Nurseries are experiencing shortages of supply as well.

If you are looking to grow some fresh vegetables, feed your local pollinators, or have a project for yourself and/or the kids, the cusp of spring is a great time to start, with cool overcast weather and regular rain to help keep new seedlings get a foothold in the soil. However, if you can’t find seeds, the King County Seed Lending Library is offering its resources to its Northwest Seattle area – no membership required.

The seed library, which is run out of locations like the Tool Lending Library at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, says on its web site that it “devised this pilot program to help get our seed supply to neighbors who can use them” since their locations are currently closed. Their free seed bank is replenished with voluntary donations of fresh or saved seed. 

All you need to do is check out the list, send an email to the seed library requesting up to ten packets (you may get some substitutions if necessary), and you’ll be notified when and where to pick them up.

The list includes flowers like alyssum and sunflowers, which are pollinator magnets, and edible calendula, which looks gorgeous in a salad and makes a soothing salve. Veggies range from beets to zucchini, not to mention a host of greens and even a cover crop pea. 

Why not choose a mix of seeds?  Start summer flowers, or cool-loving lettuces, kales, spinach, beets and legumes outside now. Many of those cool crops can also be sown again in August for a fall/winter harvest. Limited outdoor space? Grow lettuce, greens, broccoli, and beans seeded closely in a shallow tray as microgreens – giving you repeat harvests of super-nutritious baby leaves or sprouts.

Save long-season heat-loving crops like tomatoes, cucumber, and squash to start seeds inside under lights for next February or March. For this season, look for started plants at your local nursery, many of whom are doing versions of remote ordering, shopping-by-appointment, and curbside pickup. 

Sky Nursery suspended plant orders as of Sunday (4/26). Ravenna Gardens, City People’s Mercantile (on Sand Point Way) and Swansons Nursery are still taking orders. Many may have seeds as well as plants. Don’t forget your seed-starting mix, pots and potting soil, and fertilizer.

In the fall, you can let a few flowers go to seed and dry them to donate to the seed bank for next year’s crops. Check out the web site’s guide to seed saving on its Resource page.

Thanks to Lincoln High School PTSA’s newsletter for tipping us to this great resource.

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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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