About Friends of Green Lake

Friends of Green Lake is a group of lake users, from both within and beyond the Green Lake neighborhood, working to secure a healthy lake for wildlife and recreation.

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

We are a grass roots organization of citizens devoted to doing what we can to support our mission. This group evolved from a small core who worked hard to obtain signatures from the community to bring a focus to the problem at the time, which was a horrific blue algae bloom. We set up A-frames near the bike/walk path with a document explaining what we were doing and why we needed community support. At other times, we attended events at Green Lake to ask passer bys for their support. As a result of these efforts, enough signatures were gathered to make an impression on the then superintendent of the City of Seattle Parks department to get us an audience with the mayor (Greg Nickels).

The group has grown and evolved through the years. We now participate yearly in the Open Swim at Green Lake and the Milk Carton Derby where we set up informational booths.

In addition to this, we have given back to our neighborhood in other ways. Some of these other activities include: organizing work parties the first Saturday of each month to clean up the shoreline and remove blackberry canes and roots, plant native foliage to preserve bird habitat, and remove the non-native Asiatic milfoil fouling areas of the shoreline (many people from around the lake participate in this effort); sponsoring bird walks around the lake for the population of bird lovers who enjoy learning more about the natural wildlife at Green Lake; presenting a program at monthly meetings designed to provide educational information about topics pertinent to wildlife, flora and fauna around our city treasure, Green Lake.

We also encourage participation from the students from Billings Middle School who have presented monitoring reports to our group.

A Friends of Green Lake member explains the alum treatment funding petition to a Park visitor. FOGL collected 1,500 signatures, enough to persuade the Mayor and City Council to include the 2004 alum treatment in the City Budget.

FOGL members standing on a Green Lake dock use the Secchi disk to measure water clarity.

Photos: Bradley Enghaus, North Seattle Herald-Outlook

Neighborhood Outreach

This is truly a neighborhood group that outreaches to the community for continued support of keeping Green Lake a keepsake for everyone in the city of Seattle.

What We Do

  • Lobby for consistent and thoughtful lake management and stewardship.
  • Work with lake water management scientists, engineers and professionals to research and plan long-term solutions to Green Lake’s water quality problems.
  • Encourage community involvement in issues regarding Green Lake’s water quality.
  • Involve local teachers and students in lake science and monitoring.
  • Inform local media and the community about the lake’s water quality issues.

Friends of Green Lake Officers

Chair:
Richard Fleming

Vice Chair:
open

Treasurer:
Gayle Garman

Corresponding Secretary:
Ellen Hewitt

Recording Secretary:
Brian DeLuca