Monthly Archives: August 2010

Eastlake history: Gas Works and Eastlake in 1971

Gas Works and Eastlake are seen in this 1971 image. (Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives)

The Seattle Municipal Archives are a treasure trove of historical images which, fortunately, the department has decided to share on Flickr.

A recent image is of particular interest to Eastlake residents. It shows Gas Works in 1971, pre-park. Across the lake behind the gasification plant can be seen a number of Eastlake landmarks, including:

  • a rather broad-looking and well-paved E. Hamlin Street
  • the Wards Cove fleet headquarters (much modified since)
  • the Anchor House building on Fairview
  • the Coronado Apartments on Eastlake Avenue
  • the Shelby Apartments on Boylston E.
  • and the L’Amourita Co-op on Franklin E.

Seattle writer Benjamin Lukoff notes in a comment on the Flickr post that Gas Works Park would have been under construction in 1971.

“At this time, it was still going to be called Myrtle Edwards Park,” he writes. The waterfront park in Lower Queen Anne was later named for Mrs. Edwards, a city council member from 1955 to 1969.

Go to Flickr to see a larger version of the photo and see notes on the image identifying the landmarks mentioned above. Be sure to look at the large, original version of the image.

Weekend traffic warning: 520 bridge closed for maintenance

If you’re planning on driving from Eastlake to the Eastside this weekend, don’t plan on taking 520.

The bridge will be closed for its annual maintenance from 11 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday. The closure runs from Montlake Blvd. in Seattle to 92nd Avenue NE on the Eastside.

According to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website:

During the closure, WSDOT bridge engineers will conduct in-depth mechanical and electrical inspections on the main power supply to the bridge and the mechanical systems. Bridge engineers also will perform ultrasonic testing to analyze the condition of the drawspan’s steel vertical guide rollers. The guide rollers are a key part of the drawspan and are used to open and close the bridge for vessels or to relieve pressure on the bridge during heavy winds.

Eastlake crime report: two car thefts, two car prowls and more

Two car thefts (both over night on Sunday, Aug. 15) highlighted Eastlake police reports for the past week. These crime reports are for the week from Aug. 9 to 16:

  • Aug. 9: Threats in a home in the 100 block of East Edgar Street, 9 p.m.
  • Aug. 9: Car prowl in the 2500 block of Yale Avenue E., 10 p.m.
  • Aug. 10: Car prowl in the 2300 block of Fairview Avenue E., 7 p.m. Car was in a parking lot/garage.
  • Aug. 13: Burglary in the 1900 block of Eastlake Avenue, 11 a.m.  A locked bicycle was stolen from a basement laundry room.
  • Aug. 13: Car prowl in the 1500 block of Eastlake Avenue E., 7:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 15: Car theft, 1800 block of Fairview Avenue E., 10 p.m.
  • Aug. 15: Car theft in the 2300 block of Franklin Avenue E., 10 p.m.

See the complete Seattle Police crime report map here.

"Up" screens Saturday at Rogers Playfield in Eastlake

It’s showtime for the Eastlake Movie Night!

Up,” the Disney/Pixar animated film about a 78-year-old man who ties thousands of balloons to his house and floats to South America, will be screened at Rogers Playfield on Saturday evening starting at dusk.

The film features the voices of Ed Asner as Carl Fredericksen, the aging adventurer, and Christopher Plummer as the bad guy, Charles Muntz. Plus, there’s a group of evil, talking dogs, one good dog (Dug), and a giant bird named Kevin.

This year’s Movie Night poster was designed by Mary Hansen (see attached image). Mary, who also designed last year’s poster, has done several posters for Eastlake events. [Full disclosure: Eastlake Ave. is one of the sponsors of the event.]

Kate Dulemba is heading the group of volunteers who will be making Movie Night happen. The Eastlake Community Council is sponsoring the event.

Bring your picnic to the playfield to enjoy before and during the movie. There’s a rumor of popcorn and maybe some other food treats. We’ll have more details later in the week.

See you at the movies!

Rogers Playfield swings: Gone temporarily, back soon

The swings at the Rogers Playfield are missing but they will return, according to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.

There is a manufacturer’s recall on the swings. They’ve been removed to fix the fasteners. Signs at the park say the swings will be operational by late September.

At least one mom who talked to me over the weekend was distressed to see the swings missing and she noted it was hard to explain the problem to a 2-year-old.

Community celebration draws scores to Wards Cove, P-Patch (with video)

UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Names of P-Patch volunteers have been added.

Video of the celebration, including Mayor McGinn’s comments, is embedded below.

Under brilliantly sunny skies, Eastlake neighbors strolled a community celebration Saturday that featured music, pets, classic cars, ribbon cuttings and and an appearance by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

The occasion was the Eastlake Community Celebration to mark the completion of the Wards Cove green street and beach and the dedication of new plots at the Eastlake P-Patch.

Pets paraded on Fairview as visitors looked at classic cars gathered by resident Tommy Eggleston. At Fairview Park, a violin and cello duo (Jen Kozel on violin, local resident Paige Stockley Lerner on cello) played under shady trees to an appreciative audience.

Visitors had a chance to view and vote on the Eastlake walking fish decorating contest. The winner was Pam Farrow’s pirate themed fish. She’ll get a $100 gift certificate to the Eastlake business or non-profit of her choice.

At the Wards Cove parking lot, non-profit groups offered information on everything from proper bike helmet fit (Cascade Bicycle Club) to neighborhood issues (the Eastlake Community Council), water quality (People for Puget Sound) and the PARKing Day project (Feet First).

Mayor McGinn arrived on his bicycle around 2 p.m. and toured the street and P-Patch before the official ribbon cutting for both projects. McGinn noted that he often rides his bike up Eastlake but hadn’t been down this stretch of Fairview for several years. He said he was really surprised by the dramatic improvements in the area.

In his remarks to the crowd, he put in a pitch for filling in the gap in the Chesiahud Lake Union Loop to make it easier for bike riders to access the section of Fairview between Hamlin and Furhman.

McGinn noted the city was becoming more dense and that that is something that happens in cities. Places in the city like Eastlake, where you can walk to work or a coffee shop or catch a bus, are becoming more popular, he said. “So, projects like this are just absolutely essential” to preserving the character of a neighborhood.

“This is a great example,” McGinn said, pointing to the street. “I was kind of blown away coming down here … because I haven’t been down this street in a few years. To see these changes and the beautiful park, the P-Patch and the new walkway, it’s just amazing. So kudos to everyone here who made it work.”

McGinn then cut a ribbon to officially open the new walkway and beach at Wards Cove. He walked down the street to cut a ribbon marking the completion of the new plots at the Eastlake P-Patch, then toured the garden to see the improvements. The Department of Neighborhoods handed out t-shirts to Eastlake residents who were instrumental in the expansion project, which was funded with a mix of city and private money. Honored with shirts were Barb Donnette, Jean Johnson, Valerie Margulis, Rebecca and Bryan Partington, Lisa Hummel and Mary Jones.

The day included a chance to tour the renovated office building at Wards Cove and check out the display of historic images and memorabilia in the downstairs hallway. The afternoon finished with a Brazilian beat as the samba band Batucada Yemanja played in the Wards Cove parking lot.

Welcome our newest advertisers: Pazzo’s and Lake Union Mail

I’d like to welcome our newest advertisers:

  • Pazzo’s, 2307 Eastlake Ave. E.: This Eastlake restaurant and bar isn’t exactly new. They’ve been advertising for a few weeks and I apologize for not saying “thanks” earlier. Pazzo’s has been on Eastlake Ave. seemingly forever, serving pizza, salads, calzones and alcohol. They routinely get raves on sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon. Oh, and they deliver. Pretty cool!
  • Lake Union Mail, 117 Louisa St.: This venerable business has been at the geographic and community center of Eastlake for over 20 years. And that’s mainly because owner Jules James is at the center of the Eastlake neighborhood. He knows everyone and everything that’s going on. Lake Union Mail has rental mailboxes, does shipping, receives and sends faxes, hosts a visiting notary service and more.

Thanks for being Eastlake Ave. advertisers! If you’d like to advertise with us, check our self-service page. Advertising on Eastlake Ave. is inexpensive and effective. You’re directly reaching an audience this lives in, works in and cares for Eastlake.

Weekend roadwork: 10th Ave. closure, pavement repairs on I-5

If it’s a summer weekend, it must be time for road repairs. This weekend’s roadwork isn’t exactly in Eastlake but its impacts may be felt here:

  • 10th Avenue E. partial closure: The delayed paving on 10th Avenue E. is now scheduled for this weekend. 10th E. will be closed to northbound traffic between E. Boston Street and E. Roanoke from 7 a.m. on Saturday until about noon on Sunday. Northbound traffic will head to the eastern fringe of Eastlake. It will be detoured to E. Roy, then Belmont E., Lakeview E. to Boylston E. and then onto E. Roanoke.
  • I-5 paving: State paving crews will be working on I-5 again this weekend, from 4 to 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings. They’ll be patching the northbound lanes just north of the 520 exits. Lanes will be closed and they’ll be using concrete saws, jackhammers, air compressors and “other noisy equipment,” WSDOT says in an e-mail. The good news is that they say drivers will notice a smoother ride once the work is done. If you live close to the freeway, wear your earplugs to bed this weekend.

Thanks to neighbors, Eastlake tree gets life-saving pruning

An ailing tree in the Hamlin Street-end park was given a second chance at life today after it received a professional pruning thanks to its neighbors.

As we previously reported, the tree suffered badly during the cold winter of 2008-09. Parts of it were badly damaged and the tree was in danger of being removed. The city said it would replace the tree with a new one, but agreed to let neighbors try to save it with a professional pruning.

Two neighbors of the tree, Ruth Kunath and April Boyd, took on the project and gathered donations from neighbors to pay for the pruning. Mark Herkert of Madison Park Tree did the pruning between 10 and noon Thursday morning. A nearby crabapple tree was also trimmed.

In an e-mail, Kunath thanked Madison Park Tree for its work. “The eucalyptus is now pruned of dead wood, allowing the remaining energy of the tree to focus on new growth,” she writes. “Best trees in any neighborhood now!”

Kunath praised the street end neighborhood for coming together to help preserve the eucalyptus tree.

The tree looks remarkable better. The numerous dead branches are mostly gone, allowing the healthy green leaves to show.

Donors to the project were:

  • Chris Christensen
  • Kathy and Steve Strawn
  • Yong-Joo and Harry Hsiung
  • Jamie Ziegler
  • Mike Dederer
  • Toby Diamond
  • Marty Burkland
  • Betsey and Bob Blossey
  • Yvonne and Dave Jones
  • Ed Peterson
  • Michael Monnahan
  • Rick and Joyce Miner
  • Ruth Kunath
  • April Boyd

Saturday’s Eastlake Community Celebration adds events

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. The time for the event has been corrected and more details have been added about the event.

The program is growing for the Eastlake Community Celebration on Saturday.

The event, sponsored by the Eastlake Community Council and Wards Cove, will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday on the stretch of Fairview between Hamlin and the P-Patch and Fairview Park, 2900 Fairview Ave. E. The event will celebrate the completion of the new plots at the P-Patch and the beach and street renovations along Fairview.

Mayor Mike McGinn is scheduled to arrived around 2 p.m. to tour the block and cut ribbons at the P-Patch and the beach starting at 2:30 p.m. Others on the ribbon-cutting program include Laurie Ames from the Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Program, Joel Blair from Wards Cove and a representative of the Eastlake P-Patch.

Other events on the schedule include:

  • A pet parade at 1 p.m. Gather at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Washington Employers Trust.
  • Judging of the Eastlake walking fish decorating contest at 4:30 p.m. The winner gets at $100 gift certificate to the Eastlake business or non-profit of their choice.
  • Music: A violin and cello duo (violinist is Jen Kozel; cellist is local resident Paige Stockley Lerner) performs at 1 p.m. by the P-Patch. Samba group Batucada Yemanja plays in the Wards Cove parking lot after the ribbon cutting. One member is local resident Janet Yoger.
  • Classic cars organized by Fairview resident Tommy Eggleston
  • Food for purchase from a local taco truck
  • Booths featuring local non-profit organizations, including Feet First (PARKing Day), People for Puget Sound (info on keeping the Sound clean), Eastlake Community Council (info on Lake Union and emergency preparedness) and the Cascade Bicycle Club (fitting bike helmets for kids and adults).
  • P-Patch tours and information: P-Patch volunteers will have pamphlets explaining how they did the expansion, a sign-up sheet for volunteers and hand-outs on the P-Patch and Department of Neighborhoods programs.
  • A display on the history of Wards Cove and the debut of a new history of the houseboats by will be available as will the history display in the Wards Cove office building.
  • Free water and t-shirts while they last will be available at the Wards Cove table.

For more information contact Chris Leman at or 206-322-5463.

Eastlake residents are encouraged to bring their own picnic and enjoy it in the park. Eastlake Ave. will be on the scene Saturday. See you there!