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Two community events at Green Lake

November 18th, 2016 by Mike

Luminaries at Green Lake Dec. 10th.

The annual Pathway of Lights returns to Green Lake from 4:30-7:30 p.m. “rain or shine”.

From Seattle Parks and Recreation:

Join thousands of families, friends and neighbors for this beloved Seattle tradition. Travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria, music and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

For more information visit their Facebook page.

Join Hands Around Green Lake Saturday Nov. 19th from 12:30-2 p.m.

Inspired by the Hands Around Lake Merritt solidarity protest in Oakland, this event aims to get enough people (2,700, they say) to join hands all the way around Green Lake (2.8 miles) in “a single loop of unity…against racism, sexism, homophobia, and Islamophobia.”

For more see The Stranger post here.

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Active search for man who fired shots near Northgate

July 15th, 2016 by Mike

Update from Seattle Police:

Officers arrested the suspect in today’s shots fired call at Woodlawn Ave. Northeast & Second Ave. Northeast. Medics took the suspect to the hospital for injuries sustained during today’s incident. Detectives continue to investigate this case and will provide updates when available.

Update: KOMO reports the man has been arrested.

The Seattle Police Department headline, within the hour (3:33 p.m.) reads: “Man Crashes Green Volvo Near Greenlake After Firing Shots Near Northgate.”

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired near 5th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

Police arrived quickly and located the suspect, but when he saw the officers, he sped off in his green Volvo, with police in pursuit.

The suspect lost control of his car and crashed in the 100 block of Northeast 80th Street, so he took off running.

Multiple police resources and a police K9 are in the area looking for him now.

Officers have not located any victims or any received additional reports at this time.

Officers believe that the man pictured here may be the shooting suspect due to fact the he left his driver’s license in the car.

Anyone with information about this man or this incident should call 911.

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No piano in our park this summer

July 16th, 2015 by Mike

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Photo courtesy Dan Mortensen.

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park won’t get its own piano this summer.

Unlike last year.

The locations of Pianos in the Parks were announced at noon today.

The closest piano to us is at Green Lake.

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Green Lake path to be re-striped today

May 7th, 2015 by Mike

Thursday morning: Stripe plus 10 minutes.

That big truck on the Green Lake paved path today?

The Seattle parks and transportation departments have teamed up to repaint the center stripe on the path.

Visitors to Green Lake Park will see an SDOT crew painting the center yellow line on the Green Lake pedestrian path. SDOT will begin work at 9 a.m. and anticipates the project will take 6 to 8 hours.

The lines on the Green Lake path define the rules of use for many thousands of people per year and help regulate congestion on the path. The City asks park visitors for their patience and cooperation during the painting.

Seattle Parks and Recreation contracted with SDOT for the work. This city collaboration provides a more efficient way to paint the path and will minimize the amount of time the path is closed to the community.

Use of the SDOT truck will enable completion of this work in a shorter time frame than is typical and will provide more visible, long lasting lines.

On Thursday, SDOT will provide a pilot truck for the paint truck and staff will tail the paint truck to warn pedestrians as the wet paint is applied.

The path will remain open and visitors using the path will be detoured around the painting project vehicles.

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Green Lake luminaries are tonight

December 13th, 2014 by Mike

The annual Green Lake  luminaries – path of lights – starts at 4:30 tonight.

Singers, musicians and thousands of people will stroll the 3.5 mile paved path at the lake.

Earlier tonight outside the Boathouse.

It appears that Real candles have returned! (We stopped going during the LED candle years.)

AND there’s no rain in the forecast. (We have been to some very soggy luminaries. And one memorably so-thick-you-can’t-see-six-feet-ahead foggy one.)

Details are here. If you can, bring non-perishable food bank donations.

Many species mingle at the luminaries.

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Green Lake water closed – even for dogs

September 12th, 2014 by Mike

This from Seattle parks this afternoon:

‘The level of toxins in the algae at Green Lake has increased and has prompted parks and Public Health officials to close the lake to swimming and water contact for people and dogs.

People and pets should not swim, wade or play in the lake. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to go in or drink from the lake. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

The lake remains open to fishing (though fish should be thoroughly cleaned) and boating in stable boats. Avoid areas of scum when boating.

A warm, dry summer has promoted the algae bloom, and continued warm weather continues to promote it. Blooms have been known to last into November in particularly warm autumns, and typically disappear as the weather gets colder.

For more information on cyanobacteria, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

An earlier warning was released on Aug. 22nd.

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PCC's new store at Green Lake to open June 4

March 24th, 2014 by Mike

Just before noon we heard from PCC that its long-anticipated new Green Lake store – which will be the closest PCC to Maple Leaf – will open June 4.

It will be just down Fifth Avenue Northeast at the location of the old Vitamilk Dairy, which closed a decade ago after 60 years at Green Lake.

It’s a bit behind schedule. The store was originally expected to open in 2013.

The new PCC will be part of the Green Lake Village mixed-use development between Northeast 72nd and 71st streets along Woodlawn and Fifth avenues northeast.

The existing Greenlake PCC, on Aurora Avenue North, will remain.

Long-time residents will remember when the PCC at Greenlake was a block west of the south end of the lake, just off Northeast 65th Street.

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PCC’s new store at Green Lake to open June 4

March 24th, 2014 by Mike

Just before noon we heard from PCC that its long-anticipated new Green Lake store – which will be the closest PCC to Maple Leaf – will open June 4.

It will be just down Fifth Avenue Northeast at the location of the old Vitamilk Dairy, which closed a decade ago after 60 years at Green Lake.

It’s a bit behind schedule. The store was originally expected to open in 2013.

The new PCC will be part of the Green Lake Village mixed-use development between Northeast 72nd and 71st streets along Woodlawn and Fifth avenues northeast.

The existing Greenlake PCC, on Aurora Avenue North, will remain.

Long-time residents will remember when the PCC at Greenlake was a block west of the south end of the lake, just off Northeast 65th Street.

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iBurger & Shake on Lake City closes

March 11th, 2013 by master

Despite the recent spate of new businesses opening in Maple Leaf, including LeBlanc Floors and Espresso Repair Experts, there also are some area closures to report in addition to the drastic changes under way on Northgate Way.

On the far southeast end of Maple Leaf, there is now a for lease sign posted at iBurger and Shake, which had a good run in the parking lot of Maple Leaf Village after opening in June 2010 at 8000 Lake City Way.

And a “Roosevelt Dad” tipped us off to an article in seattlepi.com about the closure of the Baskin & Robbins at Green Lake, which had been a fixture at the popular park since the 1970s. Although the Northgate location still is open, at 826 N.E. Northgate Way, its view of a parking lot on Northgate Way lacks a bit of the ambiance compared to the former store directly across the street from Green Lake.

Roosevelt Dad adds: “I think the new Green Lake frozen yogurt store and the trend toward healthier treats (or at least ones perceived as healthier) must have put the final nails in BR’s coffin.”

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Update: Suspect arrested. Green Lake-area schools, all community centers being locked down after shooting

March 8th, 2013 by Mike

Update: SPD: At approximately 4:49 p.m. Seattle Police officers located and arrested the suspect in south King County.

Developing: Police are searching for 46-year-old Carolyn Piksa in connection with this case. (Image courtesy SPD) |

All Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities and parks are closed this afternoon; shooting suspect has keys to them.

So is North Seattle Community College.

Seattle Times is updating here.

Police are searching for a Parks and Recreation Department employee after she allegedly shot a man in the chest at a department maintenance building north of Green Lake.

The victim, 65-year-old Bill Keller, was shot just before 2 p.m. at the building at North 82nd Street and Densmore Avenue North, police said. He is at Harborview Medical Center in critical but stable condition, according to police.

Keller is the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council (ARC), a non-profit that runs the city’s community centers. ARC is based in the building where the shooting took place.

The suspect has been identified as Carolyn “Zoom” Piksa, 47 46, a Parks Department employee since 1986. Police say she may have keys to all of the city’s community centers, so all have been locked down.

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Various news organizations and fire and police are responding to a reported shooting just north of Green Lake.

The shooting may have occurred in a Seattle Parks and Recreation office, our news partner The Seattle Times is reporting.

There are unconfirmed reports that the suspect may be an employee of the Parks Department. Police are looking for her near the Bitter Lake Community Center.

The shooter is described as a white female, 47, with blue stocking cap and beige or Army green jacket. She may be driving a dark-colored SUV.

Police say Broadview-Thompson School, Bagley Elementary and Wilson Pacific are in shelter in place during the search for the shooter.

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A 70 -65-year-old man is reported injured, and officers are looking for a woman with a gun. Schools and the Green Lake Community Center locked down. Developing.

The incident occurred at Northeast 80th Street and Densmore Avenue North, two blocks north of the lake.

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