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A look back at the Green Lake Bowl

This story comes to us via Kat Chow. Kat is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory, an advanced reporting class in which students produce news stories and packages for local neighborhood and ethnic newspapers and online sites. The Green Lake Bowl, which was first opened in 1950 at the intersection of NE Ravenna Blvd & Woodlawn Ave NE, was a neighborhood hotspot until it struck out and closed down in 1982. The bowling alley’s actual structure was built way back in 1923 and was 9,070 square feet, according to tax records that Ed Carlos, who grew up…

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Woodlawn Ave NE at 1st Ave NE, 1956 and now

The Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection contains two shots of Woodlawn Ave NE at 1st Ave NE, taken in April 1956. Here they are, juxtaposed with views of the same, much leafier, location today:

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The Arabian Theater building: 1956 and 2011

In the past we have shared historical photographs of the Green Lake Theater (now the home of Pacfic Color Inc and La Escuelita) and the Bathhouse Theatre in Green Lake Park. Today, via, here are some archival photos of another Green Lake theater of days past: the Arabian Theater: The Arabian Theater operated as a movie theater at 7610 Aurora Ave N. It opened in 1925 and stayed running for more than 30 years. The above photographs were taken in 1956, the last year the building was an operating movie theater. According to Casey McNerthney at, the nearly 7,200-square-foot building was renovated…

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The 1955 opening of Green Lake’s Evans Pool

This story comes to us via Casey McNerthney at My Green Lake and are news partners.   Today from the archive we have a February 1955 article about the opening of what’s now Evans Pool at Green Lake. The pool was opened that year with a Feb. 11 ceremony and dedication, marked by music, speeches and the inaugural dive into the pool, done simultaneously by 56 boys and girls from 38 Seattle schools. Seattle Mayor Allan Pomeroy spoke about recreational swimming in Seattle, and Mrs. H.W. Barragar, chair of the North End Pool Committee, also briefly spoke. “William…

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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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