Donate to Friends of Green Lake in Memory of Taiga Brant Hinckley

The Hinckley-Jardine family invites you to consider making a donation to Friends of Green Lake in memory of their brother and son, Taiga Hinckley. Taiga was a junior at The Evergreen State College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree, and spent his summers working at the Green Lake Boathouse. One of his favorite activities was kayaking and spending time on the lake, and he was a beloved fixture in the neighborhood. Please visit the family’s GoFundMe page here to make a donation and help secure a healthy Green Lake for generations to come.

CityStream Reports on Green Lake

City Stream video link

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.

Come to a Green Lake Work Party Saturday, December 8th, 9AM to Noon!

Thanks for coming to the November Work Party!  Here’s the scoop on December:
Date:  December 8, 2018
Time:  9 to Noon
Meet:  East End of the Small Craft Center Docks, near the old Aqua Theater and the Pitch and Putt Golf Course.  Look for wheelbarrows, tools, signs and people wearing orange vests.

We will be grubbing out invasive non-native Himalayan Blackberry Vines (which are actually Armenian, not Himalayan, but that is another story) along the west side of the lake adjacent to where West Green Lake Way North merges with Aurora Avenue North.  This will be muddy work.  Dress for weather.  Wear close-toed shoes. Bring a bottle of water.

If you would like to join us you can register at:
or RSVP at:
Questions?  Call Rob Hutcheson at 206-854-1654.  You can also find more information on Green Lake Stewards Work Parties on Friends of Green Lake Calendar at any time.

Lake Monitoring Report - December 8, 2018

Here are today’s readings.

Secchi Depth: 3.5 Meters (11.5 feet)
Water Temp: 6.8 degrees C (44.2 degrees F)

Monitored at East Green Lake by Jeffrey Howard. The sample was taken from the T-dock near the Green Lake Community Center. Jeff will continue sampling weekly from the same site and also report the data quarterly to King County using their format. The quarterly report will be available here as well.

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”.

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.

Agenda for Friends of Green Lake Meeting November 27, 2018


Here’s the Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Robert’s Rules Workshop Summary (Karen Schurr)
  • King County’s University Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project – Impacts on Green Lake (King County staff Dana West and Debra Bouchard)
  • Taiga Hinckley memorial project Update (Rob Zisette)
  • Green Lake path emergency marker project update (Rob Zisette)
  • Milfoil status and clean-up work party (Karen Schurr)
  • Treasurer’s report (Karen Schurr)
  • Website Update (Ellen Hewitt)
  • Other Business
  • Next Meeting Topics
  • Adjourn

Hope to see you Tuesday November 27!
We are meeting in the board room at The Hearthstone, 6720 E. Green Lake Way North, from 7 – 9:00 PM.

Next meeting will be on January 22, 2019.