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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 HistoryLink.org: 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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A look back at the rabbits of Green Lake

Not long ago, our neighborhood’s parks were crawling with rabbits. The feral rabbits were descendants of cast-off pet bunnies.  Hundreds of them made their home in an outcropping of rocks in Woodland Park and in a small meadow on the west side of Green Lake Park. The bunnies first appeared in the mid-eighties.  By 2005, the population had exploded. While the Green Lake rabbits were popular with many park visitors, they created a host of problems.  They damaged tree roots and destroyed native wildlife habitat. Some rabbits carried parasites and diseases. They infiltrated Woodland Park Zoo, burrowing holes in the…

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Scenes from today’s 100th anniversary celebration at the Green Lake Library

The Green Lake Branch of The Seattle Public Library (7364 E Green Lake Dr N) celebrated its 100th anniversary today (Saturday, July 31, 2010). Visitors were treated to live piano music from the early 1900s and an exhibit of vintage clothing and hats from Goodwill’s Vintage Fashion Collection: Written stories from patrons about their favorite Green Lake Library experiences were on display: The library in July 1987:

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The Fourth of July in Green Lake: A history

For 60 years, from 1920 until 1980, Green Lake was a prime Fourth of July destination, offering a spectacular fireworks show to crowds that descended on the neighborhood from all over Seattle. Seattle’s Post No. 1 of the American Legion sponsored the show from the event’s inception in 1920 until 1972.  The fireworks, which began at the north shore of Green Lake and then moved to Duck Island, were traditionally preceded by naturalization ceremonies at Woodland Park or the Green Lake Aqua Theater. A 1952 Seattle Times article about the show quoted Col. Ralph H. Hall of the American Legion:…

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Construction stalled due to hazardous contamination at the empty lot at Woodlawn and Latona

Updated Thursday, May 5, 2011 with corrected information about the height of The Hearthstone. A recent request from for some historical information has led us down an interesting path, ending at the muddy lot at Woodlawn Ave NE and Latona Ave NE.  It turns out that there is a high level of hazardous contamination at the site.  Read on for all of the details. My Green Lake reader Victoria sent us this query: I am looking for information regarding the laundry that existed in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s. It was across from the Albertsons store and I think the…

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