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Minutes for May 23, 2017 Meeting

Friends of Green Lake Meeting, Tuesday May 23, 2017, Hearthstone Boardroom

Convened at 7:00 PM

Attendees:
Elizabeth Riggs, guest speaker
Richard FlemingGayle GarmanAlice PoggiBob MartinKaren SchurrRob ZisetteMarcia NormanTim RoodEllen HewittGina HarmonPeter NestingenAnita Gras BryantGene WilliamsLynn BurnettBev LarsonJim BeckerDon DeibertCarl WesterBrian DeLuca

Following around the table introductions, Karen S chaired the meeting.

There was initial discussion about Seattle Parks & Recreation (SP&R) focus on tree trimming/pruning. The first priority is to prune/remove branches/limbs/trees which present an immediate safety hazard to park patrons. Concern noted that excessive time elapses between a tree falling on open green belt space and SP&R managing its removal, thereby allowing a safety hazard/attractive nuisance to linger on park grounds.
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Agenda for FOGL Meeting May 23, 2017

Join us Tues. May 23, 7 p.m.

in the Hearthstone Board Room, 6720 E. Green Lake Way N

Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Current tree cutting and trimming in the Park
  • Privatization of Evans Pool and Community Center – Ellen Hewitt
  • Michael O’Brien’s outreach to FOGL
  • GPS/emergency path marker system – Karen Schurr
  • Crosswalk striping near the rowing facility and elsewhere in the Park
  • Safety for cross-lake swimmers
  • Park projects submitted: Review and Response by Parks’ Dept*
  • Future meeting dates (July 25?)
  • Candidates sought for President, Vice-President, and Treasurer
  • AdjournThanks to the Hearthstone for sharing their meeting room.

*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

Minutes for April 25, 2017 Meeting

Friends of Green Lake Meeting, Tuesday April 25, 2017, Hearthstone Boardroom

Convened at 7:00 PM

Guest Speakers:
Jason FriskMike StanleyDavid Graves

Attendees:
Richard FlemingGayle GarmanAlice PoggiKaren SchurrPeter NestingenRob ZisetteDon DeibertEllen HewittBrian DeLuca

Following around the table introductions, Ellen H chaired the meeting.
The first presentation was by Jason Friske of the Green Lake Small Craft Center (GLSCC).
Jason provided hard copies of the Center’s comprehensive brochure, with its detail available on their website. Review the brochure for the numerous programs offered by the GLSCC.
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Agenda for FOGL Meeting April 25, 2017


Learn about the Green Lake Small Craft Center and about the 2016 alum treatment’s impact on the lake’s water quality.

Join us Tues. April 25, 7 p.m.
in the Hearthstone Board Room, 6720 E. Green Lake Way N

Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center activities and building plans – Jason Frisk, Manager and Mike Stanley, President
  • “Evolving Alum Treatment Strategies with Adapting Cyanobacteria in Green Lake” – Rob Zisette, Herrera Environmental Consultants
  • Business
    • FOGL Location Marker system report – Karen Schurr
    • Parks Dept response to GL To Do List* 11/23/16
    • Future meeting dates
  • 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.

Minutes for February 21, 2017 Meeting

Friends of Green Lake Meeting, Tuesday May 23, 2017, Hearthstone Boardroom

Convened at 7:00 PM

Attendees:
Richard FlemingAlice PoggiGayle GarmanGina HarmonKaren SchurrKent NarumEllen HewittBrian DeLuca

This was called as a Special Meeting to discuss our FOGL input to:
Your Voice – Your Choice, Seattle City activity:
Help Decide How to Spend $2 Million of the City’s Budget.
Details are found at: http://frontporch.seattle.gov/2017/02/06/your-voice-your-choice/
Questions about how to get involved in any of the phases, please contact Jenny Frankl at 206.233.2044 or Jenny.Frankl@seattle.gov. Karen will contact her to discuss FOGL’s input.

Gayle described the nature of this program and how FOGL became involved, when asked by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) to provide inputs. This meeting was a winnowing of the larger list we previously submitted, to focus on those items we thought most needed.
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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.

Meeting Minutes Are Now Online

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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.

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.

Minutes for January 24, 2017 Meeting

Friends of Green Lake Meeting, Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, Hearthstone Boardroom

Convened at 7:00 PM

Attendees:
Richard FlemingGayle GarmanKaren SchurrEllen HewittMarsha NormanAlice PoggiRob ZisetteMichael CuadraBrian DeLuca

Introductions and initial comments by Richard, then first order of business:

Ellen began discussion of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s (SPR) response to our “To Do” list for suggestions on Green Lake/Upper Woodland Parks’ general improvements and budget use. Karen assisted by operating the slide show which covered the “To Do” topics.
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