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Green Lake then and now

Casey McNerthney of has posted an excellent “then and now” gallery on the Big Blog, featuring buildings around Green Lake. Casey writes: Gregg’s Cycles and Spud Fish and Chips are two of the longest-remaining businesses around the lake, each being around for more than 70 years. Starbucks wasn’t always at a prime location there – that space was home to a gas station for several years. The space that now holds the Blu Water Bistro was home for years to Ray’s Pharmacy, though many Seattleites remember it as the first home of Secret Garden Bookshop, with the brick floor that would rattle when you…

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‘Pork Neckbones, Sauerkraut & Rutabagas: Memories of my Green Lake Girlhood’ available soon

Pork Neckbones, Sauerkraut & Rutabagas: Memories of my Green Lake Girlhood, a new book of neighborhood history by Dorothea Nordstrand, will be made available at a book launch on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, 2-3 p.m., at the History House of Greater Seattle (790 N 34 St). Nordstrand’s four children share the following on an event flier: This book of memoirs is the culmination of 25 years of story writing, begun when Dorothea was 70, and put together in humorous, heartwarming details from her vivid memory. Despite the many hardships that her family endured during her childhood, the love and respect, sense of adventure and heartfelt enjoyment…

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Model boats at Green Lake Park, 1934 and 2011

Green Lake has long been a destination for model boaters. This photo of boys sailing their model boats in the Green Lake wading pool was taken during the summer of 1934: David Carlos shared the following photo on the MyGreenLake Facebook page today (Sunday, August 28, 2011): “A group of radio-control sailboaters meets the last Sunday of each month around 10 am, at the northeast part of the lake,” David reports.

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Is Green Lake’s Duck Island open to the public?

A reader wrote to us recently with a question: Is Green Lake’s Duck Island open to the public, or is it a wildlife sanctuary? We put this question to the Parks Department and learned that no, Duck Island is not open to the public, but, contrary to popular belief, the island is not a wildlife sanctuary or a game reserve. First, a little history, via Louis Fiset, writing for The island was constructed in 1936 as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project to clean up Green Lake and make improvements to it. The lake was partially dredged, and the…

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When Green Lake froze: A look back at winters past

Updated at 11:45 a.m. with some additional links – thanks seattler0cks! Updated at 12:55 p.m. with a memory from a reader of the winter of 1972 – thanks James! It’s a chilly Thanksgiving here in Green Lake. This weather is balmy, however, compared to some winters past. In a essay surveying the history of severe weather in Seattle, Paul Dorpat cites the winter of 1893. 45 inches of snow dropped between January 27 and February 8. A temperature of 5 degrees below zero was recorded at Woodland Park, and Green Lake froze over. The ice was six inches thick. …

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