Monthly Archives: June 2009

A June evening in Eastlake

We’ve lived in Eastlake for 8 years and have always enjoyed taking walks and exploring the neighborhood (especially this time of year when the days are so long).  Sometimes I like to bring a camera along.  I took these one evening a couple of weeks ago.

Noise wall celebration is Wednesday

The Eastlake Community Council is holding a free picnic and cookout, and everyone in the neighborhood is invited!

ECC has been working since the 1970s to reduce I-5 noise, and now we can celebrate the recently completed I-5 noise walls and hear about proposals to extend them to the Ship Canal bridge and do a noise retrofit of the bridge itself. At 6:30 we’ll recognize WSDOT, its contractors, and others who have made the project possible.

There will be free soft drinks, cookies, cake, hot dogs, hamburgers, and gardenburgers — or bring something else to barbecue (or your own beverage). Longtime residents Harvey and Hisako Nakaya are kindly hosting the event on their beautiful (and newly quiet) front lawn.

Time: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 24

Place: 2623 Boylston Ave. E.

Information: Chris Leman, ECC Vice President (206) 322-5463,


The Eastlake P-Patch is growing!

Your friendly community garden, the Eastlake P-Patch, is beginning an expansion project!

The Eastlake P-Patch is a community garden located at 2900 Fairview Ave E. The garden currently has 27 plots, and the expansion project will add 20 more. The P-Patch provides a space for organic, pesticide-free gardening of vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

We’ve just scheduled the first work party for June 27, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We’re going to be clearing vegetation from the area in which the new plots will go. If you’d like to come, contact Rebecca Partington (contact information below) and don’t forget to bring your gloves!

If you want to help but can’t make it to the work party on June 27, don’t worry – there will be more work parties, and the dates will be announced as soon as possible.

We are also in need of materials, so if you or someone you know would like to donate rebar, plumbing supplies, concrete, cash, food for volunteers, or plants (especially blueberry bushes), we’d love to hear from you.


Woman and child survive Roanoke Park rollover accident with minor injuries

Capitol Hill Seattle has the story and photos on this morning’s rollover accident on E. Lynn in Roanoke Park:

The two occupants of the black Land Rover were extracted from the vehicle and taken to Harborview with minor injuries, Seattle Fire Department spokesperson Dana Vander Houwen told CHS.

The driver apparently lost control after rounding a turn while heading downhill on E. Lynn, the vehicle slamming into the curb and then into bushes and brambles on the nearby hillside before coming to a rest on its side.

UPDATE: Neighbors of this stretch of Delmar Drive/East Lynn have been worried about the number of accidents for years. They have established a Google group to track the problem and have brought it up with Seattle Department of Transportation director Grace Crunican. Capitol Hill Seattle has more on their post.


Accident blocking E. Lynn near Boyer Avenue E.

A rollover accident is currently blocking East Lynn Street near Boyer Avenue (Portage Bay side of the hill). A small SUV was lying on its side. I’m not sure if other vehicles are involved. Seattle Police and rescue vehicles are on the scene.

Traffic is being re-routed down 14th Avenue East. Please post a comment if you have any more information.

UPDATE: Looks like the accident has been cleared.

Our map details Eastlake’s July 4 traffic restrictions

Click for larger map

The neighborhood and Seattle Police are bracing for a larger than usual July 4th fireworks crowd this year. Ivar’s has canceled its Elliott Bay fireworks show and the Chase Family 4th on Lake Union will be the only major display in Seattle.

Seattle Police will have extra personnel and resources on hand to deal with the anticipated record crowds (see our post of June 8). They’ll be restricting access to different parts of the neighborhood at different times of the day and evening in an effort to ensure safety and prevent the streets from being jammed with illegally parked cars.

If you’re wondering where you and your guests can drive and park on the Fourth, check out our full-color map showing traffic and parking restrictions (click the PDF link or the map at right). The map can be downloaded to your desktop and will print on an standard letter-sized piece of paper.

Our thanks to Officer Mark Wong of the East Precinct for his help in getting the map details correct. He’s patrolled Eastlake for 14 of the last 16 Fourths and he’ll be here again this year.