Seattle Park District funds swimming beach piling replacement projects at Green Lake and Lake Washington

Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded Quigg Brothers, Inc. the construction contract to replace the pilings at seven swimming beaches along Lake Washington and two swimming beaches at Green Lake. The project will replace selected wood pilings used to secure swim area ropes and floats with steel helical pipe piles. The piling replacement will improve safety at these public beaches.

This project includes both the west and east swim beaches at Green Lake Park and the beaches along Lake Washington: Seward Park, Mount Baker Park, Madrona Park, Madison Park, Matthews Beach Park and Magnuson Park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is working to minimize construction impacts and manage environmental impact issues. All Lake Washington swim beach work will be done from the water. The projects at Green Lake Park will require temporary closure of the trail near the Small Craft Center. On the morning of Tues. Nov. 22, there will be intermittent closure of the trail to launch the barge and crane. We anticipate closing the trail again on the morning of Tues. Dec 6 to remove the barge and crane.

The Seattle Park District provides $500,000 in funding for these swim beach improvement projects. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and will include funding to tackle the $267 million major maintenance backlog; and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of the urban forest; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

For more information, please contact Kent Scott, Sr. Capitol Project Coordinator, at kent.scott@seattle.gov or 206-386-4388.

12th Annual Green Lake Open Water Swim

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Green Lake Park

Green Lake Open Water Swim
The event includes the ½-mile straight course and the 1-mile oval course. All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt and cap. There will be prizes for the top male and female in age group categories.

First Open Water Swim? Read up on tips here..

For more information, please call 206-684-4961

Past Race Results:

2016 Green Lake alum treatment to begin on April 4

In order to preserve the health and safety of Green Lake, Seattle Parks and Recreation is treating the lake with aluminum sulphate or alum. Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the contract for the alum treatment to HAB Aquatic Solutions. The contractor will close the parking lot north of the Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 West Green Lake Way N. to stage alum treatment equipment. Staging and treatment is anticipated to take two weeks beginning Monday, April 4 and be completed by Monday, April 18, 2016.

The 2016 alum treatment is intended to reduce phosphorus levels in the lake, limiting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms and improving recreational use of the lake. The alum treatment is applied from a barge on the lake.  The treatment is pumped from a truck staged in the parking lot through hoses that will run over the Green Lake path to the barge. These hoses will require a small ramp to allow Green Lake path users to travel safely over them.

The alum will be applied near the water surface and it removes phosphorus from the water column as it forms small clumps and settles. It then covers the bottom sediments to further prevent the internal release of phosphorus from the sediments. The alum treatment is effective immediately upon application.

Previous lake-wide alum applications in 1991 and 2004 effectively limited algae blooms and improved water quality. The alum treatment is expected to be effective for up to 10 years. The alum treatment plan was developed as part of the 2016 Green Lake Phosphorous Management Plan.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/green_lake/alum.htm. If you have additional questions about the project please contact Chris Mueller, Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager at chris.mueller@seattle.gov or 206-684-0998.

 

Seattle Parks and Recreation moves forward with spring 2016 Green Lake alum treatment

Green Lake Alum Barge

Green Lake Alum Barge

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Green Lake invite the community to learn about the Green Lake alum treatment at a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Hearthstone, 6720 E. Green Lake Way N. At this meeting Seattle Parks and Recreation and Herrera Environmental Consultants will present information about the implementation of the alum treatment and answer community questions.

The 2016 alum treatment is intended to reduce phosphorus levels in the lake, limiting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms and improving recreational use of the lake. Previous lake-wide alum applications in 1991 and 2004 effectively limited algae blooms and improved water quality. In order to preserve the health and safety of Green Lake, Seattle Parks and Recreation is treating the lake with alum again this spring. The alum treatment plan was developed as part of the 2016 Green Lake Phosphorous Management Plan.

Seattle Parks and Recreation would like to thank the Friends of Green Lake for their continued stewardship of the lake and The Hearthstone for meeting accommodations. Friends of Green Lake (FOGL) is a nonprofit group in Seattle, whose mission is to ensure a healthy Green Lake for wildlife and recreation, for today and tomorrow. For more information please visit http://friendsofgreenlake.org/.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/green_lake/alum.htm. If you have additional questions about the project please contact Chris Mueller, Seattle Parks and Recreation project manager at chris.mueller@seattle.gov or 206-684-0998.

If you would like to request special meeting accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Karen O’Connor at karen.o’connor@seattle.gov or 206-233-7929.

Pathway of Lights returns to Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 12

Volunteers needed!

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents the Pathway of Lights at Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

Join thousands of families, friends and neighbors for this beloved Seattle tradition. Travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria, music and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Aqua Theater on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

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Pathway of Lights glows across generations

Luminaries line Green Lake

Luminaries line Green Lake

The city is dark. The air is cold. But Green Lake Park is aglow.pathway of lights 2015

Since the 1980s, on the second Saturday of December, neighbors, families and tourists have celebrated the Pathway of Lights.

The idea was brought to Green Lake Community Center by a woman who was inspired after seeing a similar event on a trip to the southwestern U.S. The named was coined through a community contest.

In its inaugural year, luminaries encircled only the community center and the event was marked with horse-drawn hayrides. Throughout the years the event continued to expand. While guests used to light the luminaries by passing candles to one other, large community groups are now needed to help with set up. Local performers and artists are stationed around the lake to entertain walkers. [Read more…]

Freshwater fish contaminant monitoring and water quality testing to take place at Green Lake this month

The State Department of Ecology will be collecting fish from Green Lake during the week of Oct. 5, 2015 as part of its statewide Freshwater Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program. The work involves collecting fish using an 18 foot electrofishing boat and will likely be completed in two days. Fish collection will be done in late night hours.

Fish tissue will be analyzed for various contaminants such as: pesticides, PCBs, flame retardants, dioxins/furans, and mercury. Results from laboratory analyses will help state and local health departments assess risks to human health from eating contaminated fish. [Read more…]

Work to update Green Lake Park’s Meridian outfall vault

Please pardon our dust!

What?  Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with Seattle Public Utilities, is updating the outfall vault (the vault structure that lets water leave Green Lake and enter the stormwater system, located on the lake’s north side near Meridian Ave. N).  We will replace the vault lid to improve maintenance access, and install an internal weir gate to help regulate the lake’s level when needed. [Read more…]

Windermere Summer Splash comes to Green Lake Aug. 15

Green Lake

Green Lake

Come experience the Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15!

In addition to featuring corporate crew races, the event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families. There will be food vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and opportunities to experience rowing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Windermere Summer Splash is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate in partnership with George Pocock Rowing Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Most activities will be located on the southwest corner of the park near the Green Lake Small Craft Center.

For more information, please visit www.windermeresummersplash.com.

Green Lake Small Craft Center offers beginning sailing

This summer Seattle Parks and Recreation and Green Lake Small Craft Center are offering weeklong youth sailing camps. The center is located at 5900 W Green Lake Way N.

The camps will be held from noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and sessions will be held from now until Aug. 14. Participants will learn sailing skills using the Topper boats available at Green Lake. Beginners will learn the basics of sailing, rigging, safety and boat handling. [Read more…]