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Community Garden Survey

community garden site photoHave you ever noticed that empty strip of grass just south of Fred Meyer? (You know the one pictured here… arguably a bit of an eyesore?) Would you like to see that space transformed into a community garden?

Lake City Future First and Fred Meyer are working in partnership to do just that – create a community garden in that space. Please give input on how you’d like to see this space developed. Would you like to see chess tables? Or beds filled with edible plants? A mural?

Please share your thoughtful ideas by responding to this quick Community Garden Survey. It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete and could help shape the future of that space.

Inspired? Feeling passionate about this project? Visit Lake City Future First’s volunteer page and sign up if you’d like to help see this project to fruition.


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You’re Invited!


Last year’s attendees shared their visions for Lake City and now many of these ideas are underway. Come learn more about what’s going on and how you can get involved.

More than 150 people attended last year’s Community Conversation at Elliot Bay Brewery. Come join us for another Community Conversation happening April 29th, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Lake City Community Center. This time around, enjoy free food and entertainment provided by Manila, Manila, our fabulous local Phillippino restaurant and market.

This free event continues the work of Lake City Future First (LCFF). Last year you shared your ideas and visions, and now it’s time to see them come to fruition! The event will include opportunities to learn more about a variety of Lake City actions, including:

  • A new community garden in the works
  • Ideas to activate the mini-park at 125th and Lake City Way
  • The new Urban Design plan for Lake City (spearheaded by the Department of Planning and Development)
  • Learn more about neighborhood greenways and other changes to address traffic safety
  • Meet members of LCFF and the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance – get connected with your local community groups
  • Provide feedback
  • Get involved
  • Did we mention free food?

The invitation includes a tear off RSVP form. Return the completed form to Kaffeeklatsch and receive a $1 off any Kaffeeklatsch item.

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Egg Hunt Festivities


Children hunt for eggs at Cedar Park Playground

Neighbors in the Cedar Park area of Lake City celebrated Easter yesterday with an egg hunt and potluck at Cedar Park Playground. The event began last year, with an egg hunt hosted by two residents, Tyler Stroud and Bridgette Kolias. This year, Bridgette carried on the tradition.


Bridgette credited her neighbors with helping to fill the plastic eggs. She said she’d drop off a dozen empty plastic eggs and receive three dozen filled eggs in return. Altogether she had 600 eggs to hide by the time Easter rolled around. About 35 kids participated, and many neighbors stayed for the potluck afterward.


It was a great example of an effective community event, conducted completely on volunteer effort.


Now that’s an egg!


Neighbors socialize during egg hunt.

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Walk for Safety along Lake City Way

Join your neighbors this Wednesday, March 18 from 4:00-5:00 pm as they gather to remind everyone that Lake City Way is a place for walking, biking and rolling, not just a pipeline for vehicles. Lake City Greenways and the Lake City Way (LCW) Traffic Safety Project are staging another “crosswalk action”


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Lake City neighbors joined together for a crosswalk action.

Walkers will gather in the southwest corner of the Fred Meyer parking lot and will cross and recross the intersection at LCW and 130th. Crossing is done legally, with the light and in crosswalks, for an hour during rush hour. Walkers carry signs with messages like those seen here. Signs and safety vests will be provided!


LC Greenways represenative, Janine Blaeloch, has helped organize several of these crosswalk actions along LCW. “I know it sounds about as much fun as crossing the street, but it’s more fun, because you are hanging with neighbors and educating everyone around you. We are re-branding LCW, folks, one action and one engineering improvement at a time.”


The LCW Traffic Safety Project kicked off over a year ago, in response to data compiled between January 2007 and December 2011 that shows that on this 3.7 miles stretch of roadway there have been:

  • 717 crashes (143/year)
  • 21 serious and fatal crashes (4/year) and
  • 438 total injuries (88/year)

The project involves a three-pronged approach to reduce collisions and injuries, including: 1)education, 2) enforcement (which can be seen with increased patrols along LCW), and 3) engineering. The action plan below identifies all the intersections which will be re-engineered to increase safety.


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Lake City Skate Park

SkateparkSignSMALLIf you’ve visited Virgil Flaim Park in the last few weeks, you may have noticed this sign. It’s a forward step in a several-year process to fund and build a skatespot at the park (also known as the Lake City Playground).

During last year’s Opportunity Fund (part of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy), the project was allocated $750,000. The project had been largely on hold since then, waiting for a lead staff person to become available.  That person is now in place and the sign shows a clear design and construction timeline:

  • Planning: Fall 2014 – Winter 2015
  • Design: Spring 2015 – Summer 2015
  • Permitting/Bidding: Fall 2015 – Winter 2016
  • Construction: Spring – Summer 2016

SkaterScooterA Request for Proposal or RFQ to landscape architecture firms already went out and proposals were due yesterday. The selection committee, which includes local residents, will decide the finalist on March 18th. Stay tuned for more information, as these projects always include an opportunity for the public to comment.


For more information on the project visit Seattle Parks and Recreation’s website. This Lake City Skatespot is part of Seattle’s Citywide Skatepark Plan, seen in the map below:

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