Lake City is a fascinating enclave of history and changing demographics. Here are a few random tidbits you may not have known. If you have others to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lake City Professional Center used to be the local elementary school?
City Councilmember Jean Godden served on the PTA when her own children attended school there! Virgil Flaim park (aka the Lake City Playground) located behind the professional center used to be the fields for the school. In fact, that park was created with the city’s very first Neighborhood Matching Fund grant.
The Lake City Community Center was donated by the Lake City Lion’s Club?
The Lake City Lion’s Club originally built the facility, then later donated it to Seattle’s Dept of Parks and Recreation. Parks owns the property, but it is run by an independent group – the Lake City Community Center, Inc. (LCCC), with no Parks employees. The LCCC’s lease ended in May of 2012. The city recently awarded the Chamber of Commerce the new lease for the facility. The Chamber will take over operation of the facility in January of 2013.
The murals you around the community center are a direct result of one residents efforts?
Local resident, Chuck Dickey, is a tireless community advocate and volunteer. From his efforts, the mural at Albert Davis park was painted by Community Court offenders. Learn more about this innovative program: www.seattle.gov/communitycourt/docs/09Dec_SCCN_Fall.pdf. Other murals around the Lake City Community Center are also a result of Mr. Dickey’s efforts to recruit and organize volunteers.