Monthly Archives: June 2012

Eastlake police reports include narcotics possession, accidents and more

Seattle Police reports from Eastlake for the week include a case of narcotics possession, several accidents and a burglary:

  • June 19: Disturbance, I-5 and Eastlake Ave. E., 10:11 a.m.
  • June 19: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 2500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:41 p.m.
  • June 20: Property lost, 1100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12:01 a.m.
  • June 20: Accident investigation, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:04 a.m.
  • June 20: Narcotics possession, heroin, 1100 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:23 p.m.
  • June 20: Accident investigation, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:02 p.m.
  • June 20: Accident investigation, 2000 block of Yale Ave. E., 9:13 p.m.
  • June 20: Suspicious circumstances, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 11:39 p.m.
  • June 21: Disturbance, Eastlake E. and E. Roanoke, 12:24 a.m.
  • June 21: Dispute, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9 p.m.
  • June 23: Mischief, nuisance complaints, E. Lynn and Fairview E., 4:46 a.m.
  • June 23: Auto theft, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12 p.m.
  • June 24: Property found, 2100 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:25 a.m.
  • June 24: Theft, other, Eastlake E. and E. Nelson Pl., 11 a.m.
  • June 25: Burglary, residential, unoccupied, 2200 Minor Ave. E., 9:27 p.m.

See the map at 911Seattle.com.

SPD plans detailed: Where to drive and park in Eastlake on July 4

The Fourth of July is next week and Eastlake is getting ready for the annual onslaught of fireworks enthusiasts coming for the Gas Works show.

Officers with the Seattle Police Department say their plan for controlling traffic and parking in Eastlake on the Fourth is essentially unchanged from last year. You’ll find the basics on where not to park, when and where access is controlled, and how to get out of the neighborhood after the show is over on the attached PDF map.

The fireworks show starts a little after 10 p.m. and runs about 20 minutes.


Three points stand out:

  • Take a bus to get here if you can. Parking is tight and it’s always easier to get in and out of the neighborhood on Metro. Buses will run on a holiday schedule,  which is the same as the usual Sunday schedule.
  • The best time for guests to arrive in the evening is 6 to 7 p.m., says Officer Chris Kelley of the SPD. And the best time for them to leave is after 11 p.m. when the bulk of the traffic is gone.
  • Cellphone coverage in Eastlake can be spotty to non-existent in the July 4 evening hours as thousands of people and their phones jam the area. You should have a backup plan (such as a landline or an Internet-based service) if you know you’ll need to make a call.

SPD will be limiting vehicle access to the area from Eastlake Ave. west to the water to try to control the number of people and cars in that part of the neighborhood. After the show, SPD’s goal is to move people and vehicles out of the neighborhood as quickly as possible. Things usually move fairly smoothly after the show but have some patience or wait until the traffic thins out.

If you have guests coming SPD will be checking to make sure they where they’re going and where they’ll park, especially in the evening. They don’t need a written invitation. The city will post notices on parking restrictions three days before the Fourth. The attached PDF also shows where not to park. (And yes, you will get ticketed and towed if you pick the wrong spot.)

More details:

Click here to see July 4 traffic/parking PDF.

Parking along Eastlake Avenue: It’s tight. Parking is totally prohibited on both sides of Eastlake from Hamlin south to Newton from 11 a.m. to midnight on the Fourth. North of Hamlin, you won’t be able to park on the east side of the street. Warning signs will be up and officers will be out and ticketing people on the Fourth.

Pre-show limited access: The area west of Eastlake to the water will have limited access during the day (gray zone on the ). During the day, SPD officers will check with people attempting to drive in to that area to make sure they have a place to park and are aware that they’ll be towed if they park illegally.

Traffic barricades along Eastlake: On the , you’ll see orange barricades marked on Newton and along Eastlake. Officers will start staffing those positions around 6:30 p.m. Around 7:30 to 8 p.m., they’ll begin to assess the traffic and around 8:30 p.m. they’ll close car access to that area until after the show. You can always walk or ride a bike in to this area. After the show, barricades move from the west side of Eastlake to the east (blue circles on the map).

I-5 off ramps: They’ll be closed from 9 to 11 p.m. The Mercer, Boylston and Roanoke ramps are all closed at this time by the State Patrol. The Patrol will reopen them as quickly as possible after the fireworks. The Lakeview overpass will also be closed to cars and pedestrians during the show.

Street flow after the show: Big changes after the show is over. The two blocks of Lynn from Eastlake to Boylston become a one-way street heading east. If you want to go south on I-5, get in the right-hand lane. Want to go north? Get in the left-hand lane. Harvard E. from Roanoke to Eastlake becomes a one-way street going north. The goal of SPD after the show is to move people out of the area, Officer Kelley says.

Who ya gonna call? In past years, SPD has told me that if you see someone parking in front of a fire hydrant or blocking a driveway, call the police before the fireworks begin and they’ll take care of it. Don’t call the East Precinct; just call 9-1-1 to report it.

Fireworks: They’re illegal inside the city limits. But, folks have them and, as the SPD has said in the past, they just don’t have enough personnel to respond to every incident. If fireworks are potentially causing a fire or a safety hazard, Kelley says to call 9-1-1 to report it and police will take care of it.

I’ll be posting the list of Eastlake businesses that are open on the Fourth later this week. If your business will be open, please send me details and I’ll add you to the list.

Police reports in Eastlake this week include several car accidents, a burglary and more

Police reports for Eastlake this week include several auto accidents, a burglary and more:

  • June 12: Driving under the influence, E. Lynn and Fairview Ave. E., 7:44 p.m.
  • June 12: Disturbance, 1800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 11:50 p.m.
  • June 13: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 2100 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:41 a.m.
  • June 13: Disturbance, Eastlake E. and E. Louisa, 1:19 p.m.
  • June 13: Mischief, nuisance complaints, 2700 block of Yale Terrace E., 2:40 p.m.
  • June 13: Trespass, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:50 p.m.
  • June 14: Car prowl, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 3:48 p.m.
  • June 15: Disturbance, Harvard E. and E. Shelby, 12:14 a.m.
  • June 15: Motor vehicle accident, Franklin E. and E. Lynn, 10:31 a.m.
  • June 15: Accident investigation, E. Newton and Eastlake Ave. E., 2:41 p.m.
  • June 15: Noise disturbance, 3100 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:24 a.m.
  • June 16: Accident investigation, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 1:46 p.m.
  • June 16: Lewd conduct, 2500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:40 p.m.
  • June 17: Property damage, 2800 block of Franklin E., 5:46 p.m.
  • June 18: Accident investigation, University Bridge and Eastlake Ave. E., 1:42 p.m.
  • June 18: Accident investigation, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:53 p.m.
  • June 18: Burglary, residential, unoccupied, 2000 block of Yale Ave. E., 7:28 p.m.
  • June 19: Driving under the influence, Eastlake E. and E. Hamlin, 2:16 a.m.
  • June 19: Disturbance, I-5 northbound and Eastlake E., 10:11 a.m.

See the map at 911Seattle.com.

Two Eastlake events mark the start of summer

Feel like celebrating the start of summer during the solstice on Thursday, June 21? You’ll have two events to choose from in Eastlake that evening:

Eastlake P-Patch Summer Solstice Celebration – Eastlake’s favorite garden will be the scene of this solstice celebration. The evening will include live music, refreshments, $7 garden dinner plates by Balabuste catering, slug races, fitness and yoga demos, garden tours and a silent auction. Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable food item as a food bank donation. Time: 4-8 p.m. Location: Eastlake P-Patch, 2900 Fairview Ave. E., next to Olmstead Park.

Roanoke Stree Mini Park Opening CelebrationRenovations were recently completed at the Roanoke Street Mini Park, Fairview Ave. E. and E. Roanoke St. The renovation was a project of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Perkins+Will, the Eastlake Social Club and the Seattle Conservation Corps. The park is part of the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop, a 6.2-mile pathway around the lake that highlights access to the water. There will be light snacks and refreshments and a chance to explore the park. Time: 5:30-7 p.m. Location: Roanoke Street Mini Park, Fairview and Roanoke.

Eastlake Fourth of July plans: Traffic map, events around the lake and more

It’s just a bit over two weeks until the Fourth of July fireworks show brings thousands of people to Eastlake, Gas Works and Lake Union for the day. 

Officers from the Seattle Police Department say their plans for traffic control and pedestrian access in Eastlake remain essentially unchanged from last year. As SPD Officer Chris Kelley told a public meeting last year, their goal is to limit vehicle traffic west of Eastlake Avenue to the water to try to control the number of people in that area.


Kelley told the Eastlake meeting last year that the best time for Eastlake residents to have guests arrive was 6 to 7 p.m. and the best time to leave was after 11 p.m. That advice hasn’t changed. The fireworks show begins about 10 p.m. and will last for 21 minutes, according to the show’s producers.

I’ll write in more detail about traffic plans closer to the Fourth. For now, refer to last year’s post for details. The attached PDF shows all the closures and no parking zones at a glance and can be printed or forwarded to your guests.

According to a press release from One Reel (also attached), producer of the Family 4th, new events this year will encourage “revelers to enjoy attractions around the entirety of Lake Union on the 4th of July.” 

In addition to the fireworks and activities at Gas Works Park (music, food, kids events), the Wooden Boat Festival will be ending its five-day run at Lake Union Park at the south end of the lake. You’ll be able to tour historic boats, build toy boats, take free boat rides and see a 24-hour boat-building challenge. There will also be live music. Get all the details at the Wooden Boat Festival’s website.

New this year will be an interactive history tour of lake Union built around the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop. Participants will walk the loop with special game maps highlighting 15 History Trivia stops. Read the clues at each stop, write down your answers and turn in your map at either Gas Works or Lake Union parks to be entered to win two three-day Gold Passes to Bumbershoot.

Game maps will be available at the MOHAI booth in Lake Union Park, at the information booth at Gas Works and at Starbucks in Eastlake, Wallingford, Fremont and on Westlake Avenue. They’ll also be available online closer to the event. (I’ll post links when they go live.)

Starbucks, the presenting sponsor of the Family 4th, will be helping to clean up on Thursday, July 5. Volunteers will gather at Gas Work and Lake Union parks starting at 9 a.m. on July 5. There will be coffee, pastries and t-shirts. Theyll have all the supplies you need to help with the cleanup. Space is limited so register in advance at Starbucks’ website.

I’ll be posting a list of Eastlake merchants who will be open on the Fourth later in June as well as more detail on traffic plans. If your Eastlake business will be open, please let me know at curtmilton@comcast.net.

Eastlake police reports include three accidents

Eastlake police and fire reports this week include three accidents and one fire:

  • June 5: Property destruction, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:49 p.m.
  • June 7: Accident investigation, Franklin E. and E. Allison, 7:32 p.m.
  • June 7: Accident investigation, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:36 p.m.
  • June 8: Mental complaint, E. Lynn and Fairview E., 1:19 a.m.
  • June 8: Mental complaint, Harvard E. and E. Roanoke, 5:49 a.m.
  • June 8: Accident investigation, Eastlake E. and Fuhrman E., 2:41 p.m.
  • June 8: Lewd conduct, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7:32 p.m.
  • June 9: Liquor violation (intoxicated person), Fairview E. and E. Garfield, 10:17 p.m.
  • June 11: Fire, 2300 block of Boylston Ave. E., 7:50 p.m.
  • June 12: Driving while under the influence, Boylston E. and I-5 southbound off ramp, 3:29 a.m.

See the map at 911Seattle.com.

Eastlake police and fire reports include boat fire, 2 car prowls

Eastlake police reports for the past week include a boat fire on North Northlake Way Saturday evening and two car prowls:

  • May 29: Theft, 2600 block of Yale Ave. E., 6:04 p.m.
  • May 29: Car prowl, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:30 p.m.
  • June 1: Accident investigation, Eastlake E. and Fuhrman E., 6:20 p.m.
  • June 1: Accident investigation, Eastlake E. and E. Lynn, 8:24 p.m.
  • June 2: Car prowl, 1200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:30 a.m.
  • June 2: Burglary, commercial, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:08 a.m.
  • June 2: Fire response, food on the stove, 2000 block of Boylston Ave. E., 7:16 p.m.
  • June 2: Boat fire, 50 feet from shore, 2301 N. Northlake Way, 8:30 p.m. – See our previous post.
  • June 3: Noise disturbance, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:38 a.m.

See the map at 911Seattle.com.