CityStream Reports on Green Lake

Friends of Green Lake President Rob Zisette reports that Seattle Channel published a CityStream video story August 23, 2018 that includes an interview with him done right at Green Lake talking about the lake’s wonderful water quality and how FOGL has contributed to it, as well as stories on the legendary Aquatheater and the uplifting annual August 6 event at the lake “From Hiroshima to Hope”. Plus more about Seattle people and events. Here it is for you to enjoy. Rob’s interview starts minute 11:50, although you might enjoy viewing the whole program.
City Stream video link

Friends of Green Lake Applauds Green Lake Stewards

Green Lake Stewards are on the job in good weather or bad, year round, to remove invasive species of English Ivy and blackberries that proliferate around the lake.  In November 2016, they planted 150 native plants on the west side of the lake.  Here is their story, told by Garet Munger and Andrea Watts.

Green Lake Stewards are on the job in good weather or bad, year round, to remove invasive species of English Ivy and blackberries that proliferate around the lake.  In November 2016, they planted 150 native plants on the west side of the lake.  Here is their story, told by Garet Munger and Andrea Watts.

by Garet Munger and Andrea Watts

Green Lake is the beloved lake in the heart of Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood that people from all over the city come to visit. On any given day, you can find runners running laps along its outer path, families with strollers, and fisherman fishing from the lake’s edge. Unfortunately, blackberry and English ivy have invaded the shoreline habitat around the lake. Green Lake Stewards is a small but growing group of volunteers who are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the natural areas around the lake by removing invasive plants where they are coming to dominate the shoreline habitat. Our intention is that our work to control the non-native plants will help to give native plants a chance at the lake.

Green Lake Stewards Hard at Work

Green Lake Stewards Hard at Work

We work in partnership with the Seattle Parks and Green Seattle Partnership, and since July 2015, we have hosted monthly work parties to remove the invasive plant species, such as Himalayan and evergreen blackberry and English ivy, from around the lake. Removing these invasive plants provides more growing space for native plants and creates a healthier ecosystem. In November of 2016, we planted 150 native shrubs and trees along the west side of the lake north of the small craft center. Work parties are regularly scheduled on the third Saturday of each month.  Check the Friends of Green Lake calendar for time and place.

Contact Rob Hutcheson at hutcheson@seanet.com with questions or to volunteer.

Lake Report - August 24, 2018

Secchi Depth: 2.2 Meters
Water Temp: 23.5 degrees C

Monitored at East Green Lake by Sally Abella

Through a combination of efforts by volunteer lake monitors and King County staff, the King County Lake Stewardship Program analyzes data to track long-term water quality trends in small lakes in western King County, including Green Lake. To go to the King County Lake Information Page for Green Lake, click here.  Choose “Green Lake-1”.

Meeting Minutes Are Now Online

Minutes for previous meetings are being posted in the blog, retroactively. Click here for a minutes-only archive.

Thanks for Helping Us Make the New Green Lake To Do List!

Click to view To Do List

At the Friends of Green Lake (FOGL) meeting on January 26, 2016, FOGL was joined by several staff from the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation (SDPR). We had a long and productive discussion about Green Lake Park and its various assets, issues and problems. At the conclusion of the meeting it was suggested by SDPR that FOGL prepare a list of items we felt should be addressed in the Park.

Alder tree growing between blocks of the shoreline wall on east shoreline.

We discussed this topic at the next two FOGL meetings, after suggesting that member bring a list of items needing attention. At the May meeting we went through the suggested items and possible solutions/actions. At the June meeting a draft of the “To Do” List was presented and subjected to an extensive discussion. The July 20th document is the product of all of this activity.

Very high steps at West Beach

The To Do List identifies issues or problems, provides location information if appropriate, and suggests possible corrective measures. Where possible, one or two photographs are included to illustrate the issue/problem, as shown above. The list was kept to less than 20 issues that we felt could reasonably be done in the near future. We did not prioritize the items.

FOGL hopes that the “To Do” List will stimulate discussions about the needs of Green Lake Park and we hope to participate in these discussions. We hope other Park users will join in these discussions.

Green Lake Meetings

Friends of Green Lake meets at 7:00 PM on the 4th Tuesday of select months, at:

Boardroom, The Hearthstone
6720 East Green Lake Way N

NEXT MEETING
SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

The Green Lake Community Council also meets there, in the chapel, at 7:00 PM on 2nd Wednesdays of odd numbered months. Visit their website.

Agenda for Friends of Green Lake Meeting September 25, 2018


YOU’RE INVITED! JOIN US AT 7 PM TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 AT THE FRIENDS OF GREEN LAKE MEETING AT THE HEARTHSTONE.

Here’s the Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Preceding meeting minutes
  • Taiga Hinckley memorial
  • Green Lake path safety markers
  • By Laws revision to update the mission statement and meeting frequency (click here)
  • Website Update
  • Other Business
  • Next Meeting Topics
  • Adjourn

Hope to see you Tuesday September 25!
The meeting is in the board room at The Hearthstone, 6720 E. Green Lake Way North, from 7 – 9:00 PM.

Next meeting will be on November 27, 2018.

THANKS TO THE HEARTHSTONE FOR HOSTING OUR MEETINGS!