‘Private property’ signs go up at formerly public beach on Lake Washington

"Private property" signs recently went up at a beach that for nearly 80 years was public.

“Private property” signs recently went up at a beach that for nearly 80 years was public.

“Private property” signs were recently staked into the ground of a piece of waterfront property that for nearly 80 years was used as public access to the water of Lake Washington. Marks on the ground show where a sign that was announcing improvements planned by the City of Seattle was dragged away.

Lake City Live has been following the controversy and the court’s ruling that gave ownership of the property at the end NE 130th Street to the adjacent property owners. You can see our coverage here and here.

Neighbors advocating to keep the land public have been organizing via a Facebook group. They are asking the City of Seattle to condemn the property so it can be returned to public use. And in a Wednesday report, KIRO/7 said that the effort seems to be gaining traction with City of Seattle leaders.

KIRO/7 visited the site on Wednesday and filed this report. In the video below they try to talk to one of the property owners without success.

Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle DOT, Seattle PD launch traffic safety initiative at Lake City Library

Mayor Ed Murray in front of the Lake City Library

Mayor Ed Murray in front of the Lake City Library

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle City Council members and officials from the Seattle Police Department and Department of Transportation announced “Vision Zero Seattle” during an event outside of the Lake City Library on Thursday afternoon.

Vision Zero Seattle is a program with the aim of ending traffic deaths and injuries in Seattle.

From the Mayor’s office:

While Seattle is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in the country, more than 10,000 traffic collisions occur each year. In 2014, 3,449 injury collisions were reported to the Seattle Police Department. Fifteen people died in traffic crashes, including five who were walking or riding a bike.

At the core of Vision Zero is the belief that death and injury on city streets is preventable. The Vision Zero approach emphasizes smarter street designs – forgiving streets that account for human error. When paired with targeted education and enforcement, the effort will save lives.

The effort will include:

Pedestrians run across State Route 522, aka Lake City Way. (LCL photo)

Pedestrians run across State Route 522, aka Lake City Way. (LCL photo)

  • Reduce the speed limit in the downtown core to 25 mph by the end of 2015.
  • Improve safety at 10 high-crash intersections downtown by eliminating turns on red lights, installing leading pedestrian intervals to give walkers a head start, eliminating dual turn lanes and other engineering improvements.
  • Install 20 mph zones on residential streets in up to ten areas near parks and schools with documented collision histories.
  • Enhance safety on arterials — like Rainier Avenue S, 35th Avenue SW, Fauntleroy Way SW and 5th Avenue NE where 90 percent of serious and fatal collisions occur — by installing speed reductions, radar speed signs and enhanced street designs.
  • Add twelve new school zone safety cameras in six school zones to improve safety for kids as they make their way to and from school.
  • Add seven miles of protected bike lanes, more than 40 crossing improvements and 14 blocks of new sidewalk to make travel safer across all modes.
  • Conduct targeted enforcement throughout the city for school, pedestrian and bike safety, along with enhanced DUI enforcement.
  • SDOT and SPD will work together to educate people in advance of these patrols, so everyone will expect enforcement and better understand the rules of the road.

The Seattle Bike Blog reports that this is the second time City of Seattle leaders have gathered press for an announcement to end traffic injuries and deaths. The previous plan announced, the Road Safety Action Plan, had a similar goal. From the Seattle Bike Blog:

Since that plan, the city has launched a brilliant and successful school zone speed camera program, which slows down traffic and helps to fund safety projects like Safe Routes to School. The city also crafted a new Bicycle Master Plan.

But more must be done. Will the new Vision Zero plan be bolder? Will there be serious funding? Stay tuned for details.

Hip Hop and healthy food Tuesday at Lake City Presbyterian Church

Hip Hop Green Dinner

Hip Hop Green Dinner

Want to see some “groundbreaking Hip Hop performances” and eat a healthy meal?

Lake City Presbyterian Church is hosting a Hip Hop Green Dinner on Tuesday, February 10th at 5 pm.

What Happens at the Hip Hop is Green Dinner?

The Green Dinners serve as a unique way to reach out to the community to deliver a vegan dining experience geared towards urban youth and young people who identify with Hip Hop culture. The dinners are designed to be a perfect combination of information and entertainment. By breaking bread and sharing information in a relaxed and entertaining environment, the Hip Hop Green Dinners help youth and their families make the connection between their diet, lifestyle and their health.

1. A beautiful dining presentation
2. To taste some of the best vegan food available in their area
3. To witness some groundbreaking Hip Hop performances and meet the artists involved
4. To meet and learn about healthy eating and living from leading health professionals
5. To network with agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals in their area who can help them transition to a healthier lifestyle

Click here to register and learn more.  The Green Dinner will be held at the Lake City Presbyterian Church (3841 NE 123rd Street).  There is only room for 150 people, and seats are limited.

Here is a video explaining previous Hip Hop Green Dinners.

Flyer below

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February at Lake City Community Center

LionFebruary 6  7PM-9PM  Lunar New Year Celebration!
We are pleased to announce our 2nd annual event will include a Lion Dance by the Northwest Kung-Fu and Fitness Club and Martial Arts demonstrations by SAMMA (Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts). SAMMA and John Bastyr Naturopathic College will offer information on Asian Medicine. Join in for the interactive Qi-Gong! Tea and Fortune Cookies will be served. Be sure to arrive early. We open with the Lion Dance!

February 14  9AM-4PM  Lion’s Flea Market
If you love garage sales, you’ll love our Flea Market. Come down and sort through the treasures. We think this is the longest running, indoor flea market in Seattle. Grab your Sweetie and stroll through the show!

February 20  5-8 PM  North Helpline’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner
North Helpline’s  Annual Spaghetti Dinner is a fun, fundraiser to attend! The Lake City Lions are cooking again, serving Spaghetti, Salad, Roll and Dessert. There will be raffles and activities. Bring the kids to dinner for a good cause! $10/Adults, $5 Kids under 12.

very vintage dressFebruary 28  9AM-5PM  A Very Vintage Market
Shabby Chic rules! This is a beautiful show, a must attend for anyone who loves a fancy flea market. Lovely items for sale at great prices. Very Vintage is a featured exhibitor at the Northwest Home and Garden Show February 11-15, 2015.

 

 

 

Lake City Community Center Center is managed by the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 12531 28th Ave NE, between the Lake City Library and Two Dog Yoga.

 

 

 

35th Avenue Northeast reopens after months long closure

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After a seven-month closure, 35th Avenue NE has reopened to traffic. The road will still have periodic lane closures as finishing touches are put on the Thornton Creek Confluence Project. The reopening of the road will allow for the return to normal of Metro routes 64 and 65.

We drove the route soon after it was announced that it was reopened. The road surface still needs some obvious work as uneven surfaces make for a rough ride in spots. But the project significantly transformed and improved the route for Thornton Creek. The new culvert and flood plain will be put to the test on Saturday evening after the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for King County

The project included:

  • Landscaping.
  • Completion of a new two-acre floodplain and meandering channel for the creek.
  • A new bridge where 35th Avenue NE crosses Thornton Creek.
  • Improved fish and wildlife habitat.

There’s more happening at Lake City Community Center!

ZUMBA! Starting Thursday, January 15
Treena Burnton 206.795-6043

  • 10AM For the Young At Heart $5 Drop in
  • 11AM An ultimate Dance-Fitness Party  $7 Drop in

Drop-in Conversation for Seniors  Starts January 26 11-2 PM  “Aging in Place”
2nd and 4th Mondays
Hosted by Wallingford Community Senior Center at LCCC

Community Meeting and FREE Pancake Breakfast  
January 31  9AM-11AM
Have a delicious breakfast (courtesy Lake City Lions) and tell us what you’d like to see happen at Lake City Community Center.

Lunar New Year Celebration February 6  7PM-9PM  “The Year of the Goat
In partnership with North Seattle Family Center
Sponsored in kind by Seattle Asian Medicine and Martial Arts (SAMMA)

  • Lion Dance!
  • Kung Fu Demonstrations
  • Tai Chi and Qi Gong, too!

Seniors Creating Art  Starts February 9 for six weeks, 10AM-12PM  FREE
Register at 206.386.9106

 

 

Seattle’s Largest Clothing Swap – Sunday, January 18 1pm-6pm

At Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE

Enjoy a HUGE clothing swap, vendors, DJs, live painting, masage, healers, hair services, door prizes and MORE.

Bring clean, like-new, fashionable, scent-free clothes and accessories for men & women. Focus on clothes for winter/spring and costumes. (Worrn out pieces rejected at the door.)

COVER

  • $10 with 20+ items
  • $20 with 6-19 items
  • $30 with 0-5 items

Every entry = free door prize ticket

CASH only & bring enough for tips, vendors and service providers.  We have an incredible day in store for you!

RSVP on Facebook and invite your fun-loving, fashion forward, funky friends!

RSVP and more info: http://www.tinyurl.com/janswap2015

After 82 years, public beach ruled to be private property; neighborhood groups advocating for public access

 

This Lake Washington access point was ruled to be private property at the end of NE 130th Street.

This Lake Washington access point was ruled to be private property at the end of NE 130th Street.

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New stairs were constructed to the beach before the lawsuit.

The only public access to Lake Washington in Lake City and Cedar Park was ruled to be privately-owned property, and the State Supreme Court recently upheld the ruling. This after 82 years of paddling, swimming, wading and enjoyment for land-locked folks in the community. After a unanimous vote by the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, a network of organizations are now advocating to keep the beach access public.

The lawsuit came just as funding was secured and improvements were made to the park via a recent Parks and Green Spaces Levy. Lake City Live first reported about the legal dispute in April 2013. Click here to read story.

From the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance:

This small, local, Cedar Park community beach, established 82 years ago, is the only water access in the Lake City neighborhoods. It is the only public access to Lake Washington in the 5-mile stretch from Matthews Beach to Log Boom Park in Kenmore.

Since 1932 this beach has been open to public use. Nobody questioned the public nature of this property until it was purchased in October of 2010 and then 2 years later, the new owners and an adjacent neighbor sued King County and Seattle for ownership. By exploiting a technical procedural error made 82 years ago, they were able to take this property away from the public. There is no question that this beach was intended to remain public in perpetuity. Only a legal loophole allowed the adjacent landowners to succeed in their court case.

Resident David Pope has been working for years to bring awareness of the loss of the beach to the community. He regularly contributes to the Facebook Group “Friends of NE 130th Beach.” He will make a presentation to the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance in February.

You can read the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance letter to City of Seattle leaders below.

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You can see a Google Street view of the area below:


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