FOGL Fully Supports Petition to Protect People, Parks, and Our Shared Environment

Act now to provide safe, hygienic places for people experiencing homelessness and address this crisis at Green Lake. 

To Seattle and King County Residents –

In pursuit of our mission to protect recreational and wildlife uses of Green Lake, the Friends of Green Lake fully supports the petition to protect people, parks, and our shared environment.

Homeless camps at Green Lake Park are impacting our much-needed recreational uses and wildlife habitats in the park and on the lake. Contamination of the lake with human waste and garbage is a real threat to public health, camps in the shoreline wetlands are impacting our restoration efforts and the many wildlife uses, and burning of our ancient trees is destroying decades of care and critical bird habitat.

We recognize that homelessness is a complex and growing problem that needs solutions to a multitude of causes. We believe there are better places in Seattle for homeless camps than our highly used and environmentally sensitive public parks. We urge Seattle and King County to find alternative locations where homeless camps will not be so impactful to human and wildlife uses of environmentally sensitive areas. Please sign the petition if you agree.

Rob Zisette, President
Friends of Green Lake

Projects! Projects!

by Rob Zisette

Taiga rowing

Project funding provided in part by donations in memory of Taiga Hinkley.

Friends of Green Lake is currently working on projects to benefit Green Lake and its users. Come to our meeting or click on the following projects to learn more about them.

heron on artificial wetlandFloating Wetlands
Install two floating wetlands in shallow areas of the lake to provide native waterfowl habitat on the surface and fish habitat underneath, and to improve water quality by their nutrient uptake. Three alternative sites have been proposed with the preliminary design of each wetland to be approximately 66 feet long by 8 feet wide. Click here to read more.

G L zero zero

Concept for a flat marker, starting with GL followed by a 2 digit number.

Path Emergency Markers
Install small markers every 150 feet along the Green Lake footpath with unique numbers whose locations are registered with Seattle Emergency Services. The markers would greatly shorten 911 call response time from current locating problems associated with the lack of visible street signs or landmarks. Click here to read the emergency marker project document.

Green Lake Stewards Work Party - Saturday July 10, 9 AM - 11 AM

Green Lake Work Party Saturday morning July 10, 9AM to 11AM

Hello Stewards…

Happy July! Hope this email finds you well and staying cool!

We are posting the July work party, limited to ten volunteers, for the second Saturday in July, (7/10/21) from 9 am to 11am.
I know that there have been some expected changes with King County guidelines and we will let you know if we heard and what the changes mean for work parties from Green Seattle Partnership.

As usual:

If you arrive late, follow the Event signs to find the work site:

Date: July 10, 2021
Time: 9 am to 11 am
Meet: Beside the Aqua Theater at the east end of the Small Craft Center (5900 West Green Lake Way North)

Dress for the weather and the dirty work, wear close-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water.

Hope to see you there!
Dan Kujawinski (773) 629.2516 or

Our mailing address is:

Green Lake Water Quality - July 25, 2021

Secchi Depth: 1.9 meters, (6.2 feet)
Water Temp: 23.5 C,  (74.3 F)

Lake Water Quality is monitored weekly by Jeffrey Howard at East Green Lake from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center or from a boat at the deepest part of the lake. The weekly data are reported quarterly and uploaded to the King County Lakes website available here. Select “Green-1” and “View Data”. General lake information, water quality data, and reports are available here.

For continuous Green Lake Water Level and Temperature Gauge data tracked by King County, go to the King County Hydrologic Information Center website where you can search for both temperature (in C) and lake elevation. Here are instructions:
1. Click on either Water Temperature or State Only Gage to get a map of monitoring sites.
2. Click on the red dot at Green Lake.
3. Click on View Graph. (The graph is currently being updated to improve visibility.) More data selections are listed left of the graph.

Green Lake Park Users Helping the To Do List Get Done!

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).  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.

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.

Very high steps at West Beach

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 expect other Park users will join in these discussions.

Friends of Green Lake VIRTUAL MEETING July 27, 2021



  • Introductions
  • Homeless Water Quality Impact Analysis Update
  • W. Green Lake Way N Closure – Vote to Support Opening; sign petition here:
  • Aurora Park Path Project – Re-Vote to Support; sign petition here:
  • Brazilian Elodea Management Plan Proposal Update
  • Floating Wetlands Project Update and Support Request
  • Lake Water Quality Monitoring Update
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Other Business and Next Meeting Topics

Reminder – this meeting will be VIRTUAL – online via Zoom

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