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. If you are interested in learning more about Green Lake Stewards, or being notified of future work parties, visit our web site at greenlakestewards.org. We are looking to grow our volunteer group, and our website, and we would appreciate your help!

Our next work party will February 11.  After February, work parties will be regularly scheduled on the second Saturday of each month.  Check the web site for time and place.

Contact Garet Munger at garetpeter@comcast.net with questions or to volunteer.

Lake Report 1/23/17

Secchi Depth: 4.5 m / 14.8 ft
Water Temp: 5.0 C / 41.0 F

After over two weeks of ice cover, the lake is ice-free. 2.3 inches (60 mm) of rain January 17/18 brought the lake up ~2 inches. The lake is returning to its lower winter level.

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!

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
FEBRUARY 21, 2017

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 FOGL Special Public Meeting February 21, 2017

Come to a special Friends of Green Lake meeting this Tuesday evening, February 21st, to select one or two Green Lake Park projects to submit to the City’s capital budget competition Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets.

In July FOGL submitted a “To-Do” list to the Parks Department, and the projects will be selected from that list. A copy of FOGL’s “To-Do” list can be found at friendsofgreenlake.org in the center column, third article.

Please note that this meeting is being held a week earlier than usual since the City’s deadline for submission of ideas is February 26th. Everyone is welcome.

Room opens for socializing and conversation at 6:45 PM

  • Introductions
  • Projects for Green Lake Park
  • Old Business and then New Business
  • Adjourn

*The To Do List was drawn up by the Friends of Green Lake and submitted to Seattle Parks and Recreation Department in July.  It includes 24 items such as Improving Path Safety, Remodeling West Beach Changing Rooms, and Removing Trees in Shoreline Wall.  For the complete list visit http://friendsofgreenlake.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2016-July-To-Do-List.pdf

Thanks to the Hearthstone for hosting our meeting.

Friends of Green Lake (FOGL) is a non-profit group in Seattle, Washington, whose mission is to ensure a healthy Green Lake for wildlife and recreation, for today and tomorrow.