Lake City Summer of Fun

Summer of Fun

A community wide effort is underway this summer in Lake City to make Fun available for Free to families. Eight Lake City-based social service agencies have been collaborating all year and recently received a $15,000 grant from United Way King County’s New Solutions Program to create a “Summer of Fun”. The result for the community is a jam packed summer of free crafts, games, reading, camps, meals and more for youth and teens this summer throughout Lake City.

At the North Seattle Family Center, every Monday and Wednesday youth and teens can learn a new skill like sign language or emergency safety skills at the Lake City Emergency Hub. Wednesdays are arts & crafts days. Next Wednesday July 23, families can learn to make their own candles. Fridays are family field trip days to different locations throughout the city like the Zoo, Aquarium, and Green Lake.

This past week families stomped out that beat with Introduction to Drill Team on Monday with Coach Renee. Tuesday they got out of the sun and went to the see the Lego movie at Northgate. Wednesday was a full house for a Card Making and Rubber Stamp craft.  And on Friday, Lake City families headed on a field trip to the Woodland Park Zoo! All activities are free for families. Advanced registration is recommended by calling the Family Center at (206) 364-7930.

Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) is again offering summer meal sites at four popular spots in the Lake City/NE Seattle area. Here kids and teens 18 and under can not only get a free meal every Monday through Friday, they can also take part in games and activities. All of the meals are made fresh by HIP’s volunteers and even feature produce from the Lake City Farmers Market like fresh blueberries and blackberries generously donated by Hayton Farms. No advanced registration is needed to participate in the summer lunch program. Just show up! Check out each week’s menu and specific site locations and times on HIP’s blog.

Nancy Pew, children’s librarian leads story time every Tuesday at the Lake City Court lunch site.

This year HIP’s meal sites at the Lake City Community Center and Lake City Court are also offering an afternoon snack from 3- 3:30 pm. Thanks to special funding, parents can enjoy a lunch at these two sites while their kids eat as well. Also at HIP’s meal sites, you can find Lake City’s own children’s librarian Nancy Pew, who is sharing her infectious love of books and reading each week.

Many Lake City kids are off at summer camp this month thanks to the University YMCA, which offered generously discounted weekly camp rates to Lake City families this year. The Y is also providing free transportation to youth from Lake City to the camp sites at Magnuson Park.

STEP Event -- Play in the Park July 21stTen North Seattle teens are building up their leadership and job skills by participating in Seattle Parks & Recreation’s Student Teen Empowerment Program (STEP). These teens applied and were selected from Lake City and other north end neighborhoods to participate in the 6 week long program. You may have seen Lake City’s STEP team already hard at work with several projects, including their first activity held Monday June 21st at Virgil Flame Park. The STEP team will also be working on a mural at Lake City Court and a multimedia project to capture the ideas of Lake City’s teens on their vision for Lake City.

As we promised, it’s a jam packed summer! To stay informed on upcoming activities, check out our calendar for all of the Lake City Summer of Fun listings.



Go to the Head of the Line at the SalmonFest Salmon Bake!

Grill from LCLBuy advance tickets for yourself, your family or your employees and go to the head of the ticket line when you arrive for your Wild Salmon Dinner August 1-3!  We are featuring wild salmon from Loki Fish Co., a local, family owned and operated company.

Salmon Bake Menu

Alder Smoked Wild Salmon
with Lemon Balasamic Sauce available

Traditional or Asian Cole Slaw
Festival Baked Beans
Potato Roll & Butter
Ice Cream
Coffee or Cold Beverage

Adults $10
Seniors $9.50
Fish Only $6
Hot Dog Plate $6

Tickets available at Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE through August 31, 2014 and at the Lake City Farmers Market August 24, 2014. For more information, please call 206.362.4378 or email

Armed, masked man robs Rick’s at DreamGirls strip club

The Seattle Police Department reported on their Blotter website that a masked gunman robbed Rick’s on Lake City Way on Friday. From the Blotter:

Just before 10:30 AM on July 4th, the suspect approached the manager of Dreamgirls club as he was standing outside the business—which had not yet opened—in the 11300 block of Lake City Way.

The suspect pulled out a handgun and forced the manager to let him inside the business, where the suspect ordered the manager and a custodian to lay on the floor as he ripped phone lines out of the club’s walls and stole a large amount of cash.

The suspect—described as a white male wearing all black clothing, gloves, sunglasses and a bandanna over his face—then fled the scene in a blue or gray SUV.

If you have any information about this case, please call the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535

Lake Washington beach access at end of NE 130th St no longer public, appeals court rules

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.

A Washington State Appeals court ruled on June 30th that a beach on Lake Washington is private property and not a place the public can access the water. The ruling may change nearly 80 years of public use of the small property.

The court ruled 3-0 against the City of Seattle and King County and sided with property owners on either side of the land at the end of Northeast 130th Street.

Lake City Live first reported about the dispute in April 2013 after signs were placed on the property announcing coming improvements as part of a Parks and Green Spaces Levy. When the sign was erected announcing the street end improvements by Seattle Parks and Seattle’s Department of Transportation, the adjacent property owners filed a dispute of title, saying the land was private property. As the case made its way through court, the project at the site was put on hold.

The dispute stems from the 1926 purchase of property from the Puget Mill Company. In 1932 King County vacated the street that separated the properties. The timing of the street vacation led to the dispute.

Some residents advocating for public Lake Washington access have expressed their disappointment via a Facebook group, and are now advocating for the City of Seattle to condemn the property for public use.

Area resident David Pope wrote in letter to City leaders, “The North end of Seattle has very limited access to Lake Washington and it would be irresponsible to let this public beach be taken over by two land owners who already enjoy water access.”

The beach is the only public access to Lake Washington between Matthews Beach and the Log Boom Park in Kenmore.

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

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You can see the Washington Court of Appeals ruling below.

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Schedule of July events at Lake City Farmers Market

The Lake City Farmers Market has planned for a month of fun activities and special events for the month of July at the market. The market runs Thursdays from 3-7 pm at Northease 125th & 28th Avenue Northeast. Aside from the fun of having a picnic at Albert Davis park with food purchased at the market, this month the market will also feature:

  • 7/3: Live Music from Marc Smason,Cherry Pit Spit Contest for kids of all ages,Face-painting 3-4:30, Seattle Preschool movement in the park from 3-7 pm
  • 7/10 Live Music from Brett Gadbois on Piano and Salmon Fest Seattle Cooking Contest from 4-6, Elliott Bay Brewery Sampling
  • 7/17: Live Music from Brad and Valerie, Salmon Mask Making with Salmon Fest Seattle
  • 7/24: Live Flamenco Music and Dancing from 4-5 pm, Seattle Preschool movement in the park from 3-7 pm, Salmon Mask Making with Salmon Fest Seattle 3-7, Jam Town in Albert Davis Park 4-5 pm
  • 7/31: Live Music from Tinkers Dram
  • Most Thursday from 3-7 pm: Farmers Market story time and outdoor reading with the Lake City Library.
  • North Seattle Helpline will be collecting non-perishable donations for the food bank and Baby Cupboard. Stop by the Farmers Market for more information about their needs.
  • Kids activities from Preschools and other community partners
  • Northeast Seattle Tool Library

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Taco Time restaurant planned for Lake City


tt_contact_357x389The former site of Pierre Auto Center’s fleet and commercial sales and leasing is slated to become a Taco Time restaurant, according to permits filed with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

In recent weeks the fleet vehicles were moved from the location and workers have been seen preparing the building. Permits issued by the City of Seattle are for the building to be demolished and replaced with the new business. The proposal is for a 2,096 sq. ft. restaurant. No changes to the parking lot are noted in the application. The site is adjacent to Thornton Creek, where it flows under Lake City Way, see map below.

Greenways Letter to City

Greenways logoGreenways logoGreenways logoAfter news like the permitting of Ricks’ street sign, we often hear from readers asking what can be done. When writing to city representatives, articulate and compelling arguments are more likely to be heard than angry rants. Here’s a great example of an advocacy letter written by Lake City Greenways in response to the recent permitting of digital pole signs along Lake City Way.

You can lend your support to a letter like this by simply copying and pasting it, adding a small section expressing your own views on the matter, and emailing it to council members (addresses below).

Mayor and City Council email addresses:

Wind gusts bring down large tree branch across 35th Avenue Northeast

A branch is shown after it fell on 35th Avenue Northeast. (LCL photo)

A branch is shown after it fell on 35th Avenue Northeast. (LCL photo)

A tree branch fell onto a van during gusty winds on Friday. The end of the branch landed on the van with a woman and dog inside. They were uninjured but the van had some dents and scratches from the tree.

The branch was first reported about 11:45 after it fell near Northeast 123rd Street.

The traffic impact from the branch was minimal as 35th Avenue Northeast is already closed south of there for the Thornton Creek project near Nathan Hale High School.