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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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Mayor Murray Comes to Lake City for ‘Find It, Fix It’ Walk

Photo courtesy of Office of Mayor Murray

Photo courtesy of Office of Mayor Murray

This Monday, August 25th, Lake City becomes the sixth neighborhood visited by Mayor Murray’s ‘Find It, Fix It’ campaign. This is one of a series of community walks by Mayor Murray focusing on crime hotspots. If you’d like to join, Lake City’s walk will begin Monday at the Lake City Mini Park. (To view a map of the walking tour, click here). The agenda will be:

7:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Short program featuring Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Sen. David Frockt, Seattle Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole, and department representatives.

7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Walk commences along the following route:
Head East on on NE 125th
North on 33rd Ave NE
West on NE 130th St
South on 30th Ave NE
West on NE 127th St
South on 28th Ave NE
East on NE 125th St

8:30 p.m.
Walk concludes and department representatives are available for follow-up questions.

From the Office of Mayor Murray – “At the walks, community residents, police, and city officials walk together to identify physical disorder and solve it. As a result of these walks, Seattle City Light, the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Department of Planning and Development, and Seattle Public Utilities have worked – and continue to work – to make improvements in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Watch videos, view photos and read actions taken as a result of these walks at: http://murray.seattle.gov/finditfixit”  

The walking route is similar to walks conducted by Lake City community advocates over the last several years. Working through the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, community residents came together to invite City Council members and then-Mayor McGinn on walking tours to discuss some of Lake City’s challenges and possible solutions. The walks helped build relationships with departmental staff and improvements in drainage, pedestrian safety, etc. over the last few years have been a direct result of these walks. Since Mayor Murray took office back in January, the LCNA has worked to establish those same advocacy relationships developed under former Mayor McGinn.

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SalmonFest Coming Soon!

LogoSalmonFest Seattle is almost here and there’s really, truly something for everyone at this year’s revamped Lake City street festival. Events run Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd. Where to start?


Market goers sample salmon sauces for the upcoming Salmon Bake

Market goers sample salmon sauces for the upcoming Salmon Bake

Salmon! This year’s salmon bake features a new salmon supplier. Loki Fish Co. is locally-owned and known for it’s sustainable harvesting and direct-marketing of wild fish. Festival organizers also field-tested three exciting new sauces at the Lake City Farmers Market this month, polling market-goers for their favorite to be used alongside the Loki salmon this year.

Salmon Bake
(Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE)

  • Friday, Aug. 1st – 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday, Aug 2nd – 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 3rd – 12:00pm-5:00pm


Music!  This year’s main stage line-up includes a wide array of music, from big band swing to folk music, acapella, rock, gospel and more, including Pacific Northwest favorites Reilly & Maloney. Visit the SalmonFest site for the maintstage entertainment schedule.

salmon masks

Kids make salmon masks in preparation for SalmonFest

Entertainment!  The weekend kicks off Friday evening with a contra dance at the Lake City Community Center. If you’ve got youngsters, don’t miss famed Reptile Man on Saturday, Aug. 2nd at 3:30pm. Look for other performances likely to captivate audiences young and old – including ballet and martial arts.

Art Show!  This year’s street festival is also expanding to include a juried art show. Artisans will share a range  of wares from fine wood and metal working to wearable art and delicate baked goods, like those from Thumbprint Baking Co. Visit the SalmonFest site for a list of vendors.

Street Festival
(along 125th between Lake City Way & 25th Ave NE)

  • Saturday, Aug 2nd – 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday, Aug 3rd – 10:00pm-5:00pm

Old favorites, like the Seattle Gymnastics tumbling area and classic car show will be back. But new traditions are joining the festivities – including a beer garden hosted by Elliot Bay Brewery.


Clowning aroundParade!  For long-time residents, no need to worry, the traditional Pioneer Days Parade is still the highlight of Saturday’s events. And as always, any child or family can dress up and participate in the Kiddie Parade.

Pioneer Days Parade, Saturday, Aug. 2nd
(Lake City Way between 125th and 135th)
Kiddie parade 6:00pm
Main parade 7:00pm


Animals!  The new Sunday addition to the street festival provides fun for pet owners, with the Petalooza. The Palooza Stage will feature dog contests, K-9 demonstrations and high fashion doggie wear. Bring your pets and come enjoy the day!


SalmonFest 2014 Street Map

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Reading Day: Photos

Lake City librarians were hard at work yesterday during the day of reading at Albert Davis Park. There were all kinds of activities, from musical performances with Jamtown’s John Hayden to crafts and tactile explorations. Here are a few photos from the event, in case you missed it! To stay informed about upcoming events specific to the Lake City Library, visit the Lake City Library events page.

Lake City librarians help kids sign up for the Seattle Library's Summer Reading Program

Lake City librarians help families sign up for the Seattle Library’s Summer Reading Program. Program comes with a free book!

Young and old alike enjoy playing with a variety of magnets

Young and old alike enjoy playing with a variety of magnets

Lake City Children's Librarian hard at work!

Lake City Children’s Librarian hard at work!



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