Monthly Archive: December 2010

Green Lake Pathway of Lights Glowed in the Rain on Sat December 11

The 3.1 miles of the Green Lake path twinkled with over 5,000 candles in luminarias on December 11, 2010 at the 34th Pathway of Lights, as local musicians performed in the rain under tents at sites around the lake: the Green Lake Community Center on the east side, the Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side, the Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theater) on the north side and The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

looking down the pier at night with luminarias

Luminarias on the dock at 2008 Pathway of Lights.

The music at the community center was provided by Green Lake United Methodist Church, as well as members of Sustainable Wallingford, singing “Green Carols.” and The Phinney Neighborhood Chorus singing at the Aqua Theater.

Carolers and candles at the Pathway of Lights 2009.

Carolers and candles at the Pathway of Lights 2009.

Warm drinks and treats were also provided at those locations, as donation bins for non-perishable food items for Northwest Harvest filled up. It was possibly the last celebration of this beautiful event for some time due to budget constraints.

See more Green Lake Community Center activities at the Community Center website.

December 4 Work Party at Green Lake – Pulling Out Those Blackberries, Roots and All

Friends of Green Lake is sponsoring volunteer work parties the first Saturday morning of each month, from 9:00 to noon, in partnership with Seattle City Parks.

On Saturday, December 4, 2010, eighteen energetic volunteers cut down chest-high blackberry bushes along the Green Lake shoreline, a couple of blocks east of the Rowing Center, near the Pitch and Put Golf Course. After cutting the blackberries down to the ground, and hauling the vegetation to the Parks Department truck, the hard-working volunteers hacked and dug out the roots to reduce re-growth.

Work parties in the spring will plant the area with native plants to keep people and dogs away from the nesting areas of waterfowl such as pied-billed grebes. The grebes build fragile floating nests in the near-shore areas of the lake.

We greatly appreciate all the hard work our many volunteers have donated to improve Green Lake’s shoreline habitat. Photos courtesy of Karen Schurr and Kevin Lince.

No work parties January or February – we’ll have another chance to dig in March 2011.
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