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.
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:
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!
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.
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:
Thank you, friends! Let’s make this happen together.
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Proceeds support free job training and education!
There will be designer, vintage, and unique one-of-a-kind items clothing and accessories for sale. Designer pieces include Burberry, Prada, DVF, Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Betsy Johnson, Trina Turk, Coach, Michael Kors and more. This year there will also be a small selection of wedding dresses and an expanded selection of silver jewelry for sale.
Goodwill will be repeating the numbering system so that customers do not need to stand in line for prolonged periods of time. Upon arrival at the sale, customers should go to the table outside the store to get their number. The number is both entrance to the sale and the number to access the jewelry counter. For more information about the Glitter Sale please go to http://www.seattlegoodwill.org/sales-and-events/glitter-sale.
Racks will be restocked throughout the weekend.
Preview items from the sale including clothing, jewelry, accessories and other glam attire on Goodwill’s blog, Cup of Goodwill. Individuals can sign up to receive blog posts at www.seattlegoodwill.org/blog.
All sales from the Glitter Sale benefit Goodwill’s free job training and education programs that help individuals in our community get the skills needed to gain employment
Shop and donate at Goodwill and help us help others.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you read it right. Our annual tree lighting, our Union Bank 7th Annual Tree Lighting, will be held at Lake City Community Center instead of the Lake City Mini Park. There will be cookies, cider and coffee, caroling, music and of course, Santa!
We are looking for a throne-like chair for Santa. You may have one in your attic or garage! If so, and if you would be willing to part with it, please give us a call. (We have an offer from Doran’s Upholstry to give Santa’s throne a face lift.)
Please put it on your calendar now: December 3, 7 PM, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.363.3287.