Remember, what you put in that drain does go somewhere


Now that weather is warming, people are cleaning winter grime off their cars and pressure washing the moss off of their homes.

But remember, all that chemistry you are including in the wash solution does not just disappear once it goes down a drain. Often it will drain into our urban streams and lakes.

A neighborhood resident that lives near Lake Washington sent us this photo Monday. It shows foam from what appears to be soap coming out of a culvert, about to enter Lake Washington.

A resident uphill was later discovered to be using a pressure washer.

Northeast Seattle’s Thornton Creek is among Seattle’s most damaged streams, with dangerous levels of fecal coliform bacteria discovered in the water. And much of the runoff from our community drains into Lake Washington and in some areas into the creek. You can read more about the damage to Thornton Creek here in this post.

EarthCorps organizes vounteers for Jackson Park Trail cleanup


Volunteers gather up ivy and invasive species along the Jackson Park Trail.

Local volunteer groups, including Girl Scouts and area church members, joined with EarthCorps members and the Green Seattle Partnership to clean up and restore areas around the Jackson Park Tail on Saturday.


A side trail from the Jackson Park Trail to the Jackson Park P-Patch is shown.

The community-based group Friends of Jackson Park Trail has been working hard to maintain the new urban trail and improve the health of the forest with monthly cleanup events every third Saturday. But their efforts were joined by dozens of new volunteers during the April 12th cleanup.

The Jackson Park Trail includes approximately 2.2 miles of off-street trail along the perimeter of the publicly-owned Jackson Park Golf Course. About 50 bird species have been seen along the trail that features an area along Thornton Creek.

EarthCorps has started a program to manage volunteers helping along the trail. Their first year of work in 2014 will include removing invasive plants and later planting native plants in the wintertime.

EarthCorps supplied gloves, tools, water, light refreshments and volunteer education during the work party.

Another pair of Earth Day weekend work parties have been organized for April 19th and April 22nd.

You can find more volunteer opportunities at the park by checking here.

Lake City Starbucks moved into trailer during remodel


The Starbucks Coffee on Lake City Way near NE 120th Street has moved into a small trailer as the store kicks off a major remodel.

The coffee shop can be a buzzing spot some evenings, with dozens of people camped in the location’s comfortable chairs, doing school work, using the Wi-Fi or socializing.

But the seating area is now a few outdoor chairs under umbrellas in what used to be the parking lot. A chain link fence surrounds the store as construction crews take over the location.

Walk up and drive up service continues at the location, but the comfortable atmosphere is now a construction zone.

The project is expected to take about two months.

Meeting to discuss relocating bus stop in front of Romio’s scheduled for April 16th


The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro Transit (Metro) are seeking community feedback on a proposal to relocate the bus stop currently in front of Romio’s Pizza. SDOT and Metro will present this proposal at the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s public lunch meeting, April 16th, 1pm at the Elliott Bay Brewery on Lake City Way.
This proposal responds to outreach from the Lake City community to the City of Seattle and King County regarding loitering and safety concerns at the northbound bus stop on Lake City Way in front of Romio’s Pizza.

This led to conversations between SDOT and Metro with representatives of the North Seattle Chamber regarding bus stop relocation. SDOT and Metro recognize that relocating the stop could improve access to transit and pedestrian safety as well as alleviate the loitering and safety concerns highlighted by the Chamber.

At the meeting on the 16th, SDOT and Metro will discuss the factors that influence selection of bus stop locations, including:

• Stop spacing (Are stops placed at regular intervals along the corridor?);
• Transfer points (Are stops placed to facilitate transfers to intersecting routes?);
• Lane position (Do buses stop within a travel lane, or do buses pull out of traffic to stop?);
• Lighting
• Adjacent businesses
• Shelter
• Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
• Pedestrian safety
• Law enforcement
• Art

Metro and SDOT want to coordinate effectively with business and community interests, as they assess whether relocating the stop will alleviate some of the concerns that have been raised with the current location. Please encourage everyone you can to attend this meeting.>

Family Center Open House

North Seattle Family CenterThe North Seattle Family Center recently relocated to the Lake City Professional Building. This Thursday, April 10th, you’re invited to join the center in celebration of their new space and Parent-Child Home Program.

Thursday, April 10th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lake City Professional Building
2611 N.E. 125th St., Suite 145

Enjoy complimentary refreshments, door prizes, and fun activities for the kids. There will also be program information on hand and an opportunity to register early for the center’s Summer Youth and Family Programs.

RSVP’s appreciated, please call (206) 364-7930 or via e-mail at

Lake City Farmers Market at Risk

SignThe Lake City Farmers Market will open June 12 for its 2014 season, Thursdays 3-7:00 pm through October 2. However, 2014 may be the market’s last season in Lake City.


The Lake City Farmers Market was founded in 2002 by the non-profit Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA), with help from the Lake City Chamber and volunteer community stakeholders. The market thrived through 2008, but as the economy fell the market saw a precipitous drop in shopper counts and vendor sales. Since then, market growth has remained flat.



A vendor awaits customers at the Lake City Farmers Market in 2013. (FFLC photo)

Last year, NFMA redesigned the market layout, reactivated the park, added new farmers, and expanded the vendor mix as part of a remediation plan to improve market performance. However, the shopper counts and sales to farmers remained flat. In contrast, other NFMA markets saw significant growth in 2013.

Other concerns about the Lake City location compound the issue. Repeated theft of market equipment and squatting in the market shed and parking lot raised safety concerns for staff throughout the 2013 season. Unless shopper attendance, sales to farmers, and staff safety improve in 2014, the market will be re-located in 2015.

The NFMA has undertaken remediation efforts in other neighborhoods with success. Collaboration with community volunteers and the local business association helped Columbia City’s market thrive despite an adjacent development project. In Magnolia, significant sponsorships, hours of on-site volunteer help and a relocation helped the Magnolia market grow by 25%.



A Lake City market vendor sorts greens during the 2013 season. (FFLC photo)

How Can You Help?

  • Complete this Lake City Farmers Market survey (it only takes a few minutes) to help volunteers assess what’s happening at the Lake City market
  • Distribute market signage, fliers, and posters
  • Attend and shop at the market & encourage others to do so
  • Outreach to community groups to advertise the Fresh Bucks (SNAP incentive) program
  • Organize community groups to come to the market each week and put on free kids and cooking events
  • Help with live music booking for the market each week


*Update: To volunteer with the market, please contact

Pancake Breakfast Saturday, April 5th, to benefit Sacajawea Elementary

Hot pancakes are served up at the Lake City Community Center (photo courtesy of LC Lions Club)

Hot pancakes served at the Lake City Community Center (photo courtesy of LC Lions Club)

The Lake City Lions Club is hosting a Pancake Breakfast at the Lake City Community Center this Saturday, April 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  This fundraiser will benefit Sacajawea Elementary. All money raised goes directly to the school, which plans to use the money to offset the cost of science camp for 4th & 5th grade students.


The Lions Club hosts similar events for all Lake City-area elementary schools throughout the year, including: Olympic Hills, Sacajawea and John Rogers. The Lions provide the venue, food and all the cooking. This Saturday, look for 3rd and 4th graders from Sacajawea to also be hard at work, as they’ve volunteered to help bus tables and serve as waitstaff.


Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Each school sets their own prices, so the cost varies with each event, but typically ranges around $8 for adults and $5 for children.

JAMS Launches New PTSA

JAMSThe new comprehensive Jane Addams Middle School is having its charter PTSA meeting this Wed. April 2nd at 7:00pm in the cafeteria of the Jane Addams building.


If your child will attend this new school, please help get JAMS underway with strong parental involvement – a known factor in student success!


The meeting will include coffee, tea and treats provided by Nathan Hale High School parents.  If you’re unable to attend but would still like to become a charter member, You can download the membership form hereContact information is available on the form for further information.

For more information, visit the JAMS PTSA website –


Lake City awarded funds, welcomed into ‘Only in Seattle Initiative’ program

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray makes the announcement on Tuesday. (courtesy photo)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray makes the announcement on Tuesday. (courtesy photo)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday that Lake City will become part of the Only In Seattle Initiative.

Lake City was awarded $30,000 by the program to hire Brian Douglas Scott consulting to formulate a strategic plan for the Lake City business district. The Only In Seattle Initiative is a multi-year program with multiple steps for Seattle neighborhoods to strengthen and improve their business districts.

“This investment in neighborhood business districts is critical to our city,” said Mayor Ed Murray in a statement. “Healthy business districts equate to thriving businesses, stable jobs and overall success for our city.”

City data shows that small businesses employ 72-percent of the local workforce and contribute 35-percent of the city’s business tax revenues, totaling $55.4 million. Local neighborhood business districts are the incubators for many of the city’s small businesses, the statement said.

Some of the strategies used by the Only In Seattle program include:

  • Business and retail development (supporting businesses, enhancing business mix);
  • Marketing and promotion (events, social media, district advertising);
  • Clean and safe (graffiti removal, dumpster free alleys, lighting);
  • Streetscape and appearance (catalytic development projects, façade, public art); and
  • Business organization development to sustain the effort, including participation of an existing
  • Business Improvement Area (BIA) or exploration to form one.

New funding was also announced for other neighborhoods involved in the program. Including Lake CIty’s $30,000 award, the total award across the city announced Tuesday is $2 million.

The goal of the program for Lake City would be to create a self-sustaining Business Improvement Area (BIA) and to strengthen Lake City businesses.

You can read more about the program below:

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