Featured Community: Green Lake

Green Lake is a neighborhood in north central Seattle, Washington (map). Green Lake, the namesake lake of the Green Lake neighborhood, is a freshwater lake in north central Seattle, within Green Lake Park. Its boundaries are Interstate 5 to the east, beyond which lie Roosevelt and Maple Leaf; N 85th Street to the north; Aurora Avenue N (State Route 99) to the west, beyond which lies Phinney Ridge; and N 50th Street and Woodland Park to the south, beyond which lies Wallingford. It has a hip culture with many trendy restaurants and entertainment venues.iStock_000020097988_Full

Its main thoroughfares are the circumferential road around the lake, known at different points as East Green Lake Way N, East Green Lake Drive N, West Green Lake Drive N, Aurora Avenue N, and West Green Lake Way N; N 65th, N 71st, and N 80th Streets (east- and westbound); Wallingford Avenue N and 1st, 5th, Latona, and Woodlawn Avenues NE (generally north- and southbound but following the contours of the shoreline at some points); Green Lake Drive N and NE Ravenna Boulevard (northwest- and southeast-bound); and Winona Avenue N (northeast- and southwest-bound).

There is an extensive variety of housing types in Green Lake. Since 1995, the neighborhood has undergone significant redevelopment. Many houses have been completely remodeled and enlarged, often with the addition of another floor. This is a consequence of Green Lake’s easy access to Downtown via both Interstate 5 and Aurora Avenue N.iStock_000013652213_Large

The Green Lake Library, a Carnegie library that occupies 5,000 square feet is part of the Seattle Public Library system. Green Lake is home to Green Lake Elementary School in the Seattle School District, Bishop Blanchet High School, and Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s Green Lake Small Craft Center (GLSCC). GLSCC is the site of both Green Lake Crew, a public rowing program, and the Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club.

There is a well-utilized 2.8-mile path around the lake for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming.