The Pathway of Lights at Green Lake returns Saturday, Dec. 13

Volunteers Needed!

Seattle Parks and Recreation presents the 38th annual Pathway of Lights at Green Lake on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 from 4:30-7:30 p.m., to take place rain or shine.

Join thousands of families, friends and neighbors for this beloved Seattle tradition. Travel the 2.8-mile path around the lake, taking in the warm glow of the luminaria, music and refreshments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake:

  • The Green Lake Community Center on the east side
  • The Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side
  • The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side
  • The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool.

This fun event is free, but community members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to benefit neighbors in need through the FamilyWorks food bank.  Food donation bins, as well as warm drinks and treats, will be available at the locations listed above.

Volunteers are needed to help place and light the thousands of luminaria and to clean up after the event. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and school and scout groups are welcome to participate. Setup takes place from 2:30–4:30 p.m., and the lighting of the candles takes place at 4:30 p.m. Cleanup is from 7:30- 9 p.m.

This Seattle tradition is presented in partnership with the Green Lake Advisory Council and with help from community partners, the Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 and PCC Natural Markets.

Become a fan of the Pathway of Lights Facebook page,, to get updates about the event and find out where your favorite music group will perform.

For more information, please contact the Green Lake Community Center at 206-684-0780 or email Jeff Skinner at


April Volunteers Live Up to Public Service

Public service means just that, serving the public. This April, dozens of City Light employees put the walk in the talk, volunteering their own time to restore sensitive river waterfront and to rehabilitate the home of an elderly Korean War veteran.

On April 19, City Light employees returned to the Duwamish River to help with cleanup and restoration of the river’s shoreline, teaming up with the group Forterra. Volunteers removed weeds, mulched, worked on irrigation and erosion controls, and made other important improvements to the Duwamish Hill Preserve  in Tukwila.

The preserve is part of a larger regional effort to restore habitat and to clean up the Duwamish River and waterway. This marked the third consecutive year that City Light contributed to the Earth Day Duwamish clean up.

Then on April 26, City Light and McKinstry volunteers added a little sweat equity to the home of an elderly man in Ballard as part of this year’s Rebuilding Together Seattle project. Volunteers tore off and replaced back and front porches at the home, fixed plumbing and wiring, landscaped the yard, installed a new washer and kitchen stove, painted, and removed debris and trash. The owner of the home, an Air Force Korean War veteran and English literature teacher, also received a new bed and a framed and signed historical picture of his house. All the work was completed in less than a day.

The home in Ballard was one of 25 different rehabilitation projects sponsored by Rebuilding  Together Seattle this year.