Water access re-opened at Magnuson Off-leash Area

Good news! Seattle Parks and Recreation has re-opened access to the water at the Magnuson Park dogs off-leash area.

Earlier this month, toxic algae had been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the off-leash area.

Tests of the water this week by the King County Water and Land Resources Division show that the toxin levels are normal and the lake waters are now safe for dogs and humans. Water access had been closed at the popular dog park since Jan. 14, 2015.

For more information on toxic algae and symptoms of toxic poisoning, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.


Toxic algae scum found near Magnuson Park shore

Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum in Lake Washington along the shores of the Magnuson Park off-leash area.

King County Department of Natural Resources collected water samples and submitted them to the State Toxic Algae Program. The information was reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County. At this time, areas of clear water are still open for activities. Tests have revealed that the toxins are currently found in the scummy algae that accumulate in some places along the shore.

People and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

Keeping the Lights ON in the View Ridge Neighborhood — Public Meeting to Discuss Electric Service Reliability Improvement Project

Seattle City Light crews will begin work Oct. 13 to upgrade the underground electrical system in a southern section of the View Ridge neighborhood in order to improve the system’s reliability and better serve customers.  The boundaries for the project are approximately: NE 65th Street on the north, NE 55th Street on the south, 33rd Avenue NE on the east, and 45th Avenue NE on the west. The project is projected to last through April 2015, and will employ methods that both mitigate cost and minimize disruption to the surrounding neighborhood.

Initial construction will involve the installation of new underground conduit, which crews will pull cable through at a later date. This work marks the next step in a series of efforts taken by Seattle City Light to improve the system’s electric reliability. Previously, City Light crews tested the vitality of cables in the area in order to identify sections that needed replacing.

During the construction period, crews will use a small-diameter boring method called horizontal directional drilling (HDD), a more cost-efficient and less intrusive alternative to open trenching. All work will be kept within city ordinances and standards, however customers should expect some noise, traffic, and dust during construction. While power outages will be required to ensure safety, all affected customers will be notified in advance of the date and time, as well as expected duration of the outages.

City Light will be hosting a community meeting to explain the details of the project on Oct. 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Magnuson Park, The Brig (6344 NE 74th St.), Seattle, WA 98115.

For more information about this and other City Light construction projects, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/light/aboutus/construction/.

About Seattle City Light
Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States. It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents. City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.

Remember Sand Point’s first flight around the world on Sept. 28

The community is invited to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first flight around the world from Seattle’s Sand Point Airfield at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. The event takes place at the former Naval Air Station Sand Point, now known as Magnuson Park (7400 Sand Point Way NE).

Ninety years ago, more than 50,000 people and a 21-gun salute greeted the returning bi-planes and U.S. Army airmen when they landed at 1:28 p.m. on Sept. 28, 1924. The 175-day flight was tracked by millions of people around the world. The pilots were met in many countries by kings and heads of state.

A reenactment of the landing will take place at Sand Point’s North Shore, now Sand Point Naval Air Station Historic District. Public officials will greet the pilot and the audience will be entertained with an interview about the exploits of the journey. The Sedentary Sousa Band will play and a base tour will follow.

This event is part of a Naval Air Station Sand Point reunion weekend and is open to the public. A symposium on the first flight and Sand Point’s place in this military and aviation history will be held at the Museum of Flight (9404 E Marginal Way S) at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.27. Dan Hagedorn, chief curator; Capt. Ron Miller, U.S. Navy (retired), former Commanding Officer at Sand Point; and Commander Cori Parker, leader, U.S. Navy Centennial Celebration are keynote panelists.

Interested members of the public will be invited to share memories and be videotaped as part of the “Sand Point Remembered” oral history project.

For more information, please visit www.sandptnavsta.org or email info@sandpoint.webreg.us.

This event was planned by the Friends of Sand Point and is funded in part by grants from 4Culture and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.




Magnuson Park welcomes the Seattle Waldorf School to Building 11

Magnuson Park will welcome a new resident partner organization this month when the ribbon is cut outside of Seattle Waldorf School’s new high school campus in the historic landmark Building 11. The grand opening celebration will take place from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28. The event will include campus tours, games, lemonade and dessert.

The Seattle Waldorf School is an independent school enrolling nearly 400 children ages 18 months to 18 years old. Its innovative curriculum is rooted in the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner engaging children’s heads, hearts and hands to develop their innate talents and abilities.

Since April, crews have been working hard to transform 15,000 square feet Magnuson’s Building 11 into science labs, art and dance studios, and humanities classrooms.

School representatives said they’re excited to be in a place as vibrant and spacious as Magnuson Park with views of Lake Washington, and an array of opportunities for collaboration with other park members.

“We think the Seattle Waldorf School will be a great addition to the park,” Magnuson Park Manager Brian Judd said.

The new Seattle Waldorf School location will be at 7777 62nd Ave NE inside Magnuson Park’s Building 11.