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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.

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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Nathan Hale Urban Farm, first design meeting Dec. 14

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An urban farm is planned near Nathan Hale High School. And the first design meeting for the project is being held on December 14th. The public is welcome to attend.

Nathan Hale Urban Farm First Design Meeting

Sunday, December 14, 2014
9:00am-9:30am, tour at the Greenhouse, north of Jane Addams Middle School (11051 34th Avenue NE)

10:00am-2:00pm, Community Forum at Nathan Hale High School (10750 30th Avenue NE)

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by clicking here.

‘World of Tastes’ in Lake City Passport Winners announced

Lake City Future First recently wrapped up their first ‘World of Tastes’ passport program where people that visited neighborhood businesses received stamps on a “passport.” Those that completed the passport were then eligible for a prize. The goal of the program was to encourage people to discover some of Lake City’s diverse neighborhood offerings. (Previous coverage here.)

Participating businesses included Mania Manila, Elliot Bay Brewing Co., Pho An, Erawan Bankok Thai, Lake City Gyros, Beer Authority, and Kaffeeklatsch.

From Lake City Future First:

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From Left to Right – Brent Norton from Elliot Bay, Joseph and Larissa, Annette Heide-Jessen from Kaffeeklatsch, Chris Leverson with Lake City Future First.

Congratulations to Larissa and Joseph, the winners of our very first “World of Tastes in Lake City” passport program. Larissa and Joseph will enjoy their $50 gift cards courtesy of Kaffeeklatsch, Elliot Bay Brewery, and Lake City Future First as well as 10 free yoga classes from Two Dog Yoga.

A special thanks to all the businesses and the people of Lake City who participated. Be on the lookout for our second “World of Tastes in Lake City” in the next few months featuring new tastes and more prizes.

Lake City Lions to host Pancake Breakfast for Olympic Hills Elementary on December 6

 

The Lake City Lions Club is sponsoring the 9th annual Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for Olympic Hills Elementary School. The breakfast takes place at the Lake City Community Center and will include pancakes, turkey sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. Live entertainment provided by the Taiko Drummers and the P4 Singers; a Comic Book Club display, and a book give-away for all children.

Olympic Hills Elementary is a small, neighborhood school with a rich and diverse population of students, representing 30 different countries and 18 languages. Their vision for the community is for all its members to embrace and value the worth, dignity, and diversity of all people. Their commitment is to provide a differentiated and rich educational program that promotes self-respect, respect for others, encourages social responsibility, and prepares students to be intrinsically motivated leaders in an interdependent global community.

The Lake City Lions Club has supported a number of local schools over the years and is part of an international service organization founded with a desire to serve their community. The club has many fundraising projects for both adults and children alike and meet the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

When: Saturday, December 6, 2014 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Where: Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE

Tickets are $6.00 for adults; $4.00 for children, to be purchased at the door.

Street trees cut down in front of Rick’s, replaced with much smaller trees

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Back in May we reported that DreamGirls at Rick’s trimmed back street trees in front of the business. At the time the pruning seemed severe. It prompted complaints from the community.

They were then required by City of Seattle arborists to replace the trees along Lake City Way that were pruned, because at the time it was thought the trees may not survive the pruning or were damaged. The city determined then that topping of the trees was illegal.

From a KIRO Radio report at the time:

The strip club will have to pay for the city to replace the five trees on SR 522 and restore the area to its former appearance. The city won’t say how much it will cost to remove the damaged trees and replace them with new trees of similar size. “The cost will be ‘substantial.”

But over the summer the previously pruned trees recovered and filled out with new branches and leaves, regaining some of their previous size. They survived just fine and looked healthy.

Now those trees that survived the shears, have been cut down. They have been replaced with much smaller trees. The new trees are shown above. The previously pruned trees below.

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Your help needed to advocate for new community center, Monday deadline

This message comes from the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and is an important one. The deadline to write the City Council to advocate for a new community center is Monday, November 10:

The current Lake City Community Center

The current Lake City Community Center

IF YOU HAVE JUST FIVE OR TEN MINUTES TO DO SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY—DO THIS. We need you to write to the Seattle City Council in support of a full-service Lake City Community Center. Please do this by Monday, latest!

Background

Over the past several weeks, the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance has been steadily advocating for a full-service community center in Lake City, to serve children, youth, seniors, and all of us. Lake City offers pitifully few services for our children, youth, and older adults. Those of us with means and mobility can go to other neighborhoods, but our many neighbors who don’t are left behind. We need and deserve the recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities that come with a full-service facility here in Lake City.

Right now

Three of our City Council members, Sally Clark, Tim Burgess, and Mike O’Brien, are sponsoring a “Statement of Legislative Intent” that calls upon the Parks Department to report back to the Council by August 2015 with alternatives, including funding plans, for rehabilitating or rebuilding Lake City Community Center. Council Member Nick Licata has been the driving force behind this, but because he is the council budget chair and needs to be a neutral negotiator, he did not sign on—although he can still vote to support.

What we need from you

As an individual or a representative of a group, write an email to all of our City Council members, expressing in your own words why we need a full-service community center in Lake City. We need these communications to go out as soon as possible. You can do it over the weekend, but do it by Monday!

Here are some factors:

  • A growing population of children and youth
  • Many older adults with few senior services
  • Very little park space
  • No consistent programming such as that found at other neighborhoods’ community centers

What would you like to see—sport courts? A pool? A senior center? A community kitchen? Meeting rooms? All of the above? Tell the Council!
We have an historic opportunity, here. We must show a groundswell of support for the current council action, as it is a critical first step on our way to getting a full-service community center in Lake City. We want all of the Council members to vote in favor of this project!

You can send just one email to all the council members at once. Cut and paste these addresses into your recipient line and write your unique request:

sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov

sally.clark@seattle.gov

bruce.harrell@seattle.gov

nick.licata@seattle.gov

mike.obrien@seattle.gov

kshama.sawant@seattle.gov

jean.godden@seattle.gov

tom.rasmussen@seattle.gov

tim.burgess@seattle.gov

Thank you, friends! Let’s make this happen together.

 

Fright Night Trick-or-Treat walk, party October 31st

The Fright Night haunted house from 2012

The Fright Night haunted house.

It’s that scary time or year again! And once again, neighborhood organizations are stepping up to provide some fun —and fright— to trick-or-treaters.

The Children’s Home Society of Washington’s North Seattle Family Center and the Lake City Lions have teamed up for the 22nd annual Fright Night.

This event is fun for the entire family, especially children ages 2 to 12.

The walk takes place 5:15-6:15 pm.. You can begin the walk and pick up a map and treat bags at CHSW’s North Seattle Family Center (2611 N.E. 125th St., Suite 145 in the Lake City Professional Building) or Lake City Court Computer Lab (12536 33rd Ave. N.E., Seattle).

The walk ends with the Fright Night Party from 6:30-8 pm. at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle). Sponsored by the Lake City Lions, the party includes games, food, crafts, costume contest, prizes and a haunted house.

Old Aqua Dive building demolished

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Many longtime Lake City residents learned to swim in the pool at the old Aqua Dive Swim and Fitness Club.

A few months back, a Facebook thread about the old swim club had people waxing nostalgic about the sound of kids echoing from the ceiling, swimming lessons, parties there, and of course the strong smell of chlorine that came from the facility.

There were lots of memories made in that old facility.

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Today, the forgotten Lake City swim club, where generations learned to reach, pull and kick, was turned into a pile of rubble.

The building sat vacant for years after it was closed. The building had become a sort of magnet for illegal activity and had regular homeless encampments inside. A neighborhood effort got the attention of the current owner of the property, who agreed it needed to come down.

From a blog post when the facility permanently closed in 2006:

Lake City has lost a warm and welcoming community gathering place –not to mention the cleanest and clearest pool water found in our city.  Nothing like a huge, over-sized sand filtration system (built when land was cheap) for clean water.  Your locker rooms might have seen better days, but they had accumulated decades of stories and friendships.  Your hot tub might have been intermittently hot in recent years, but it was always full of friends when your boilers ran full steam.

RIP AquaDive. You are irreplaceable to so many of us.  We relied on your calm, warm water for rehab and friendship. We’ll miss you.

$75,000 Camaro stolen, crashed through showroom windows at Lake City auto dealership

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A rather dramatic theft took place at a Lake City auto dealer early Tuesday morning in the 11300 block of Lake City Way. A thief made off with a Chevrolet Camaro Z28 after crashing the car through the locked showroom doors.

From the Seattle Police Department:

At the scene, police found tire tracks on the dealership’s tile floor, and evidence that a burglar had smashed their way into the business, grabbed a set of car keys, and then crashed the $75,000 Camaro through the locked front doors of the building. Both the brand new Camaro and the dealership were badly damaged during the suspect’s hasty retreat.

The suspect ditched the car just half a mile from the dealership in the driveway of a home. After recovering the car, officers called for evidence specialists to search the vehicle for any evidence that might lead police to this lead-footed larcenist.

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