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Seattle Mayor, local leaders participate in Lake City ‘Find it, fix it’ walk

Mayor Ed Murray and community members at the Lake City Mini-Park before the walk. (LCL photo)

Mayor Ed Murray and community members at the Lake City Mini-Park before the walk. (LCL photo)

Local leaders came to Lake City Monday night for Mayor Ed Murray’s sixth “Find it, Fix it” community walk. Previous walks have visited other Seattle neighborhoods and crime hotspots.

Murray, along with Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean, Sen. David Frockt, and other officials and City of Seattle department representatives, toured the neighborhood with about 50 local residents. The tour highlighted troubled areas and elements of the community that are in need of improvement.

The walks, as described in a press release, allow community residents, police, and city officials to “walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it.” The goal of the walks is to help Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities to make improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods.

As noted during the walk, city departments often rely on reports from residents about transportation problems, crime, derelict properties and other issues in a community. One speaker said that if a problem area is not continually reported by the community, it is more difficult to deal with because it has to then be noticed by a department employee. And that can take much longer.

Community members gather near the intersection of 30th Avenue NE and NE 130th Street. (LCL photo)

Community members gather near the intersection of 30th Avenue NE and NE 130th Street. (LCL photo)

Reporting a safety or crime concern is easy to do with the City of Seattle’s Find it, Fix it mobile app (the app can be downloaded by clicking here for iOS and Android.) The app allows users to easily report graffiti, potholes, illegal dumping, abandoned vehicles, and other issues. You can also use the City’s website to report problems by clicking here.

During the Monday walk, plenty of those reportable items were found, and eight large trash bags of litter were gathered by volunteers from the North Seattle Family Center and Hunger Intervention Program.

Mayor Murray watches as young volunteers gather piles of trash from a lot at NE 130th and Lake City Way. (LCL photo)

Mayor Murray watches as young volunteers gather piles of trash from a dump site on a lot at NE 130th and Lake City Way. (LCL photo)

The walk with community members —and an earlier walk with members of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and city leaders— gave people a chance to air concerns about the community.

When a speaker from the City stood in front of the dilapidated Aqua Dive site to talk about graffiti removal, the structure provided a strong backdrop for the way some property owners have allowed their buildings to become eyesores and contributors to behaviors that negatively impact the community. The Aqua Dive and neighboring structures are know to be popular places for drug users and others that have been kicked out of homeless housing projects in the neighborhood. At one point, one of the leading advocates for Lake City’s homeless community shouted out that the structure needs to be torn down.

The dilapadeted Aqua Dive provides a backdrop for a talk about graffiti removal. (LCL photo)

The dilapadeted Aqua Dive provides a backdrop for a talk about graffiti removal. (LCL photo)

The walk also meandered over to the old Fire Station 39 and the Lake City Community Center —both city-owned properties in the core of Lake City that debate has swirled around their future use.

The City has proposed leasing the old fire station to the Pierre Auto Centers for two years, delaying development of the property. A previous proposal was to build transitional housing for formerly homeless people on the site. That proposal generated significant opposition and some would say was a catalyst for the formation of some of Lake City’s current active community groups.

City leaders and Lake City residents gather at the old Fire Station 39. (LCL photo)

City leaders and Lake City residents gather at the old Fire Station 39. (LCL photo)

The walk ended at the Lake City Community Center, where Mayor Ed Murray thanked community members for taking the time to walk around the neighborhood. Earlier discussion with the Mayor and Lake City leaders centered around the future of the building, its lack of amenities, and spaces that are not ADA accessible. The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance earlier sent a letter to the Mayor’s office advocating for a new, full-service Lake City Community Center to support the youth, families, and seniors in the Lake City Hub Urban Village.

People gather at the Lake City Community Center during the walk. (LCL photo)

People gather at the Lake City Community Center during the walk. (LCL photo)

The walk gave community members a brief moment to point out issues in the core of Lake City, a likely more effective way than trying to explain a problem in a meeting environment. General topics such as our overall lack of sidewalks —a topic that historically dominates community meetings here— was only discussed a few times as other specific problem areas prompted residents to enter discussions with representatives from the City of Seattle Departments.

Residents speak to the Mayor. (LCL photo)

Residents speak to the Mayor. (LCL photo)

The walk was led by Seattle Police officers and roads were shut down by officers for the group of pedestrians to safely walk on the streets —something that one resident pointed out is not available to pedestrians that regularly have to walk in Lake City streets.

As city officials and residents dispersed after the evening walk, another crowd started to fill in the Lake City Mini Park. The usual suspects were out there drinking tallboys, with one man pacing back and forth yelling at passing motorists. Officials from the walk watched the scene unfold as they returned to their cars near the Mini Park.

Photos: Lake City celebrates SalmonFest Seattle and Pioneer Days Parade

Lake City’s SalmonFest Seattle kicked into high gear Saturday —after a brief thunderstorm brought a bit of excitement to festivalgoers. And the grand Pioneer Days Parade wrapped up a day of fun in Lake City.

The popular annual salmon bake, a fundraiser for the Community Center, started serving tasty fish from Loki Fish Co. at noon as people browsed the street fair and car show that lined NE 125th Street and part of 28th Ave NE. The street fair will return Sunday from 10-5 pm —for the first time as a two day event— and the salmon bake will continue serving the tasty fish from 12 to 5pm.

On Saturday the Pioneer Days Parade brought thousands of spectators to Lake City Way. And the evening properly wrapped up with a spectacular sunset over Li’l Ol’ Lake City (see last photo.)

You can see all the fun in the photos below.

Brayden and Payten at SalmonFest Seattle

Brayden and Payten at SalmonFest Seattle

Tom works the salmon grill

Tom works the salmon grill

Dancing in the street

Dancing in the street

Anya enjoys bubbles at the festival

Anya enjoys bubbles at the festival

The car show

The car show

A wild Rainier

A wild Rainier

The Vigilantes

The Vigilantes

The SalmonFest street festival

The SalmonFest street festival

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The Pioneer Days Parade

The sun sets in spectacular fashion over Lake City.

The sun sets in spectacular fashion over Lake City.

National Geographic brings free ice cream, conservation pledge to NE Seattle

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Update: The location of the National Geographic Ice Cream truck was changed to Magnuson Park. It is still scheduled for 1 p.m.

As part of a way to inspire the next generation to explore and protect their world, a National Geographic-sponsored ice cream truck will make a stop in Northeast Seattle on Friday, July 25th.

From the vegetable oil-powered vehicle, three recent college graduates will hand out free ice cream and encourage youngsters to take a pledge of conservation.

The truck will stop at the Seattle Audubon Society, 8050 35th Ave NE, Magnuson Park at 1 p.m. Details via a National Geographic press release are below:

On a mission to inspire the next generation to explore and protect their world, three recent college graduates will be driving a biodiesel ice cream truck across the country this summer, giving out free ice cream to children and encouraging them to take a conservation pledge. Caleb Kruse, Cameron Kruse and Jordan Fatke will embark next week on an Ice Cream Expedition and will be filming a documentary about how conservation is seen from a child’s point of view. The expedition received funding from a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant, and the trio is partnering with National Geographic Kids to spread the word and share the journey digitally with kids around the world.

The Young Explorers will drive a retrofitted ice cream truck that runs on vegetable oil across 33 states. Sharing a free scoop of Magnolia Tropical Ice Cream as a conversation starter, the team will make stops at parks, museums, aquariums and other venues to talk to children about the importance of exploration and ways to help preserve natural areas. They will also encourage children to sign a pledge to explore and protect a place that is meaningful to them, such as a local pond or a backyard garden. Magnolia will be donating all of the ice cream for the trip, and the available tropical flavors will be avocado, mango, guava and a mix of purple yam and coconut.

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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B-17 buzzing over north Seattle as part of Wings of Freedom Tour

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Have you noticed the unusual airplane buzzing over north Seattle in recent days?

The airplane is a restored B-17 bomber, touring the country and offering rides from Boeing Field. The plane is one of three offering rides. A B-24 and P-51 are also part of the tour. Sunday is the final day the $450 flights.

You can find out more about the Collings Foundation, organizer of the flights, and the airplanes on their site by clicking here.

Design ideas unveiled for Olympic Hills community park

A proposed schematic design of the Olympic Hills community park. (click for larger)

A proposed schematic design of the Olympic Hills community park (Johnson+Southerland Landscape Architecture) click image for larger

Proposed design ideas for the Olympic Hills community park were unveiled during a gathering at the site Tuesday evening.

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Residents gather to learn about park design proposals.

The park, formerly a pathway through a tangle of bushes on property set between 27th Avenue NE and 28th Avenue NE, has been a project adopted by numerous residents in Olympic Hills. The community park has emphasized community as it has brought together residents to work on the project. The work they have done so far has transformed the site.

The park is planned to be a feature of a future 27th Avenue NE greenway. A Neighborhood Matching Fund grant has helped the park steering committee hire a design firm to plan the park.

Neighbors have been out in force during work parties, removing invasive species, blackberries and trash, planting native plants and spreading mulch over part of the land. A small creek usually flows through the property and would be incorporated into the design of the park.

On Tuesday, people that have been part of the park building process gathered to see design proposals and to continue planning for the space. You can see a pair of panoramic photos of the park-in-progress below.

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The park, looking east.

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The park looking west

Below is a map showing the location of the park.

Below is a photo from a November 2013 work party at the park.

PHOTOS: Lake City Farmers Market kicks off 2014 season

Thursday was the first day of the 2014 Lake City Farmers Market. Opening day crowds bought up most of the food at the prepared food vendors, with some completely running out. The market was buzzing with shoppers browsing rows of booths for much of its run from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Concerns over the future of the market, which in recent years has been challenged with attendance and sales, have led to discussion about it being moved from the neighborhood. However, if crowds like the opening day crowd can continue to show up through the season —and spend money— the market should have a strong year.

You can see photos from the 2014 opening day below.

Customers browse the market.

Customers browse the market.

A salmon burger from Fish Basket N.W. is shown.

A salmon burger from new vendor Fish Basket N.W. is shown. The vendor is part of a rotating food truck space that will bring other food options to the market.

314 Pies are shown.

314 Pies are shown at the new vendor. 314 Pies plans to be a regular at the market with their tasty pies. But get them early as they mostly sold out on opening day.

Young buskers perform music for shoppers.

Young buskers perform music for shopper.

Jasmine Harrick, 10, paints faces at her booth Jazz Paints.

Jasmine Harrick, 10, paints faces at her booth Jazz Paints. The young artist surprised many at the market with her considerable art skill.

A family enjoys some books from the Lake City Library while spending time at the market.

A family enjoys some books from the Lake City Library while spending time at the market.

A customer buys berries.

A customer buys berries.

Pasta from La Pasta.

Pasta from La Pasta is shown.

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Lake City Farmers Market opens Thursday, June 12

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Get ready for lots of the above each Thursday. (LCL photo)

Thursday afternoon the colors, smells, tastes and fun of the Lake City Farmers Market will return to northeast Seattle for another season. The market runs each Thursday from 3-7 pm.

The annual market brings a selection of local vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, flowers, eggs, berries, baked goods and hot ready-to-eat food to the heart of Lake City.

Earlier this year it was reported that the market was at risk because of attendance and sluggish sales. If both do not increase, the market may relocate in 2015.

However, the farmers market is regularly praised for its location and strong sense of community it brings to the neighborhood. It was also named last week by ParentMap Magazine as one of the best local markets to bring kids to. From ParentMap:

It’s low-key enough that you can wander without losing your kids. Just up the steps from the market you’ll find a park with a small play area and grassy lawns; a perfect place to picnic on market-fresh goodies while your kids climb. There’s usually a smoothie seller that offers the option to pedal your way to deliciousness.

Opening Day activities for the 2014 season will include music from Bonnie Birch (4-6 pm), Spanish and English story telling from the Library (5:30- 6:30 pm), kids craft projects with librarian Nancy, Elliott Bay Brewing Co. with beer tasting and growler sales.

New vendors for the 2014 market include:

  • Family Pepper & Produce – produce from Eastern WA
  • Fish Basket N.W. – Fish N Chips!
  • Terra Fleur Mushrooms – cultivated mushrooms
  • Tribal Taste Afghan Delicious – authentic Afghan cuisine
  • 314 Pies – British-inspired savory pies
  • Britt’s Pickles – pickled and fermented foods
  • Poke’ to the Max – Hawaiian food truck

So why not pack your picnic supplies and head over to the market for your Thursday dinner?

You can follow the Lake City Farmers Market on Facebook by going here.

Have Rummage?

rummage saleEvery year at Lake City’s summer festival the Lake City Lions hold a fundraising rummage sale. They are short on rummage this year! Last year we had dishes, toys, tools, silver, jewelry, art, teapots, serving trays, vases, a working printer, posters, ceramics and MORE! Do you have rummage you are ready to part with? This year’s event is August 1-2, 2014. Please call the Lions at 206.639.8813 to drop off your items. The Lake City Lions are the “good deed All Stars” of Lake City! They are hosting a Spaghetti Feed on June 7 for Oso Families, and on an almost daily basis work to help local residents and kid’s with all kinds of needs and projects. Please support the Lions by bringing your rummage for them to sell!