Location Options

Location Options

Aerial view of the Green Lake area, showing all potential community center locations.

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 Green Lake Park and Woodland Park boundaries

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We have developed six potential site locations for the home of the new Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool. Technical evaluation and community input will help us to identify up to three potential sites to study in further detail over the summer.

Listed here are the possible site locations and some information about each location. Please make sure to share your thoughts and tell us your preferred location in the survey questions below.

Site A: Current Location

Aerial view of the Green Lake area, showing the Site A location and nearby amenities and businesses.

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 Green Lake Park boundary

 Other greenspace

 Approximate building location*

 Commercial area

Park amenities:

APlayground

BHistoric Allee (row of trees)

CGreen Lake Ball Fields

DBasketball Courts

ESwimming Area

FBoathouse

GTennis Courts

Community amenities:

1Green Lake Seattle Public Library

2Fire Station

3The Hearthstone

4Green Lake Elementary

5John Marshall Alternative High School

6Daniel Bagley Elementary School

7Swedish Medical Group

Commercial amenities:

aSpud Fish & Chips

bPCC Community Market

cSafeway

*Footprint of the existing 31,000 SF building is shown to scale, for comparison purposes

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The center and pool are currently located at the northeastern corner of Green Lake. This site borders the commercial district of the Green Lake neighborhood. This area provides many amenities, including retail, restaurants, and grocery, as well as the historic Green Lake Public Library. This area is served by one parking lot for approximately 90 vehicles, as well as some on-street parking. Several transportation options connect this site to nearby neighborhoods. In 2021, the Sound Transit Roosevelt Station for light rail will open and will be about a 20-minute walk to the current center location.

Benefits

  • Views to the lake
  • Relatively flat, easily accessible
  • Sun exposure
  • Minimal change to park features
  • Close to commercial core and public transit

Challenges

  • Disruption to current building and area due to construction


Site B: Pitch & Putt

Aerial view of the Green Lake area, showing the Site B location and nearby amenities and businesses.

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 Green Lake Park and Woodland Park boundaries

 Other greenspace

 Approximate building location*

 Commercial area

Park amenities:

ASoccer Field

BSoftball Field

CTennis Courts

DOff-Leash Area

EPicnic Shelter

FLawn Bowling

GBoathouse

HAqua Theater

*Footprint of the existing 31,000 SF building is shown to scale, for comparison purposes

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The Pitch & Putt site, located at the south end of Green Lake, is the existing home of a Par 3, nine-hole golf course that gently slopes down towards the lake. Surrounded by East Green Lake Way North, West Green Lake Way North, and the Green Lake Trail, the triangular site is accessible via bus, car, and foot. The site is served by a small parking area and shared by those visiting the lake and boathouse. Nearby amenities include the historic Green Lake Aqua Theater, as well as water sports and athletic fields to the south.

Benefits

  • Relatively flat, easily accessible
  • Sun exposure
  • Surrounded by large, mature trees
  • Close to ball fields, boathouse, and other amenities
  • Connected to vehicle and pedestrian routes

Challenges

  • Displaces Pitch & Putt amenity
  • Some mature trees would need to be removed or replaced


Site C: Lower Woodland Tennis Courts

Aerial view of the Green Lake area, showing the Site C location and nearby amenities and businesses.

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 Green Lake Park and Woodland Park boundaries

 Other greenspace

 Approximate building location*

Park amenities:

APitch & Putt

BSoccer Field

CSoftball Field 1

DSkate Park

ESoccer Field 2

FBaseball Field

GPicnic Shelter 1

HOff-Leash Area

IPicnic Shelter 2

JLawn Bowling

KBoathouse

LAqua Theater

*Footprint of the existing 31,000 SF building is shown to scale, for comparison purposes

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The Lower Woodland Tennis Courts are nestled between Woodland Park Off-Leash Area and ballfields and are accessible from West Green Lake Way North. The existing landscape and nearby woods create a natural shield from outside noise and traffic. This site is close to many ballfields and offers more parking than other sites. King County Metro is adding a new bus route running on Green Lake Way and NE 56th Street. The site is also near Woodland Park’s many hiking trails and natural wooded environment, connecting to other recreational opportunities focused on health and wellness.

Benefits

  • Relatively flat, easily accessible
  • Connection to trail network and woodland to the west
  • Connection to playfields to the east
  • No impacts to historic features
  • Shaded in the afternoons
  • Connected to vehicle and pedestrian routes

Challenges

  • Finding a new tennis complex location and rebuilding courts


Site D: Woodland Park Lawn Bowling

Aerial view of the Green Lake area, showing the Site D location and nearby amenities and businesses.

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 Green Lake Park and Woodland Park boundaries

 Other greenspace

 Approximate building location*

 Commercial area

Park amenities:

APicnic Shelter 1

BBoathouse

CAqua Theater

DPitch & Putt

ETennis Courts

FOff Leash Area

GPicnic Shelter 2

*Footprint of the existing 31,000 SF building is shown to scale, for comparison purposes

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The Woodland Park Lawn Bowling site is located northwest of the Pitch & Putt. The existing lawn bowling courts overlook Green Lake to the east and are easily accessible from Aurora Avenue North. The location also offers a connection to the Phinney Ridge neighborhood commercial district via North 63rd Street. This site offers access to the trails and natural wooded areas of Woodland Park, as well as lakeside facilities for water sports. Due to its elevation above the lake, this site offer offers notable exposure to sunshine and impressive views.

Benefits

  • Scenic lake views
  • Sun exposure
  • Connected to Lower Woodland Park
  • Close to Phinney Avenue commercial core

Challenges

  • Isolated from pedestrian traffic
  • Adjacent to Aurora Avenue North
  • Displaces lawn bowling
  • Steep topography
  • Difficult access for vehicles, transit, bicycle, and pedestrians
  • Isolated from neighborhood activity
  • Impact to historic landscape


Site E: North 50th Street and Aurora Avenue North

Aerial view of the Green Lake area, showing the Site E location and nearby amenities and businesses.

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 Green Lake Park and Woodland Park boundaries

 Other greenspace

 Approximate building location*

 Commercial area

Community amenities:

1St. Benedict Catholic Church

2St. Benedict Catholic School

3Northwest Montessori School

Park amenities:

AWoodland Tennis Courts

BPicnic Loop

CPedestrian Knoll

DLower Woodland Tennis Courts

EPitch & Putt

FSoccer Field 1

GSoftball Field

HSkate Park

ISoccer Field 2

JBaseball Field

*Footprint of the existing 31,000 SF building is shown to scale, for comparison purposes

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The North 50th Street site is located at the southern edge of Woodland Park and adjacent to the Picnic Loop on Woodland Park Avenue North. This site is currently a gravel lot that provides overflow parking for the zoo, rose garden, and other activities. This site offers access to Woodland Park trails and picnicking structures. This site is a ten-minute walk to Wallingford’s commercial areas and transit connections. This site benefits from rolling topography and the immediate connection to Woodland Park’s natural landscape.

Benefits

  • No parks program displacement
  • Views of Woodland Park and Picnic Loop
  • Natural separation of pedestrian and vehicular access
  • Close to natural area and walking trails
  • Possibility of adding underground parking

Challenges

  • Isolated from pedestrian traffic
  • Disconnected from Green Lake
  • Adjacent to Aurora Avenue North


Site F: Bathhouse Theater

Aerial view of the Green Lake area, showing Site F (the current location) and nearby amenities and businesses.

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 Green Lake Park boundary

 Approximate building location*

 Commercial area

Community amenity:

1Historic Bathhouse, to remain

Park amenities:

ATennis Courts

BWading Pool

*Footprint of the existing 31,000 SF building is shown to scale, for comparison purposes

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The Bathhouse Theater, at the northwest edge of Green Lake, is the current home for the Seattle Public Theater. At this site, a new center would be built to the south, leaving the Bathhouse Theater undisturbed. The Aurora Avenue commercial core is a 10-minute walk from this site, providing amenities such as grocery, retail, and restaurants. The site is close to the Green Lake wading pool and the East Green Lake commercial area and is walking distance from transit options on Aurora Avenue North, as well as NE 80th Avenue. This location also offers notable exposure to sunlight and proximity to the lake itself.

Benefits

  • No parks program displacement
  • Connection to lake trails
  • Views of lake

Challenges

  • Limited area for building and parking
  • Impact to historic landscape features


Transit and parking options

Aerial view of the Green Lake area, showing Public Transit, bicycle routes, and parking in the vicinity of all potential community center locations.

The map above shows transit and current parking options for each site. Solid lines represent current transit lines and dashed lines represent future lines.

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 [Solid line] Current transit lines

 [Dashed line] Future transit lines

 Public Transit

 RapidRide

 Light Rail

 Bicycle Routes

 Parking

Parking Availability

Site Parking stalls Nearby street parking spots
A: Current Site 160 310
B: Pitch & Putt 110 130
C: Lower Woodland Tennis Courts 340 30
D: North 50th and Aurora Avenue North 190 120
E: Woodland Park Lawn Bowling 180 150
F: Bathhouse Theater 110 120

 

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Tell us what you think.

SitePreference

Let us know here what you think about these location options.

Which of the following elements are important to you when selecting a location for the new community center/pool? Select all that apply.

Dislike

Which of the six options do you dislike? Select all that apply.

Ranking

How important is it to you that the new facility be at or near the shoreline of Green Lake? Select one.
How important is it to you that the community center and pool be in the same location? Select one.