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Gas Works Park has drawn Seattleites and curious tourists to its unconventional site since it became an official city park in 1975. Photo by Sarah Radmer
Gas Works Park has drawn Seattleites and curious tourists to its unconventional site since it became an official city park in 1975. Photo by Sarah Radmer
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Monday, September 22, 2014 2:19 PM
For newcomers to Seattle, it’s unlike any place they’ve ever seen. For Seattleites, it’s another quirky dot on the map that is our city. But it’s known worldwide for its ingenuity and its uniqueness.
  • Gas Works Park: Seattle’s strangest park has an equally weird history
    For newcomers to Seattle, it’s unlike any place they’ve ever seen. For Seattleites, it’s another quirky dot on the map that is our city. But it’s known worldwide for its ingenuity and its uniqueness. 
  • The level of toxins in the algae at Green Lake has increased and has prompted parks and Public Health officials to close the lake to swimming and water contact for people and dogs. 
  • Northbound traffic on Meridian Avenue North at North Northgate Way (on the south side of the intersection) will reduce to a single lane from Tuesday, Sept. 16, for approximately one month.   
  • Gardeners from the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry section will begin maintenance work on the Sand Point Way Northeast median beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 16. They will prune plants, pull weeds and apply mulch. 
  • Beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, all state Route 520 lanes across Lake Washington will shut down in both directions between Interstate 405 and Montlake Boulevard for striping of the new lanes and other work. They will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15. 
  • The King County Council has unanimously approved an agreement between King County Metro Transit and the City of Seattle that assures continued operation of “Night Owl” bus Routes 82, 83 and 84.  
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation will begin the final phase of its repaving project on North Northgate Way next Monday, Sept. 8. Construction crews will repave the one-block section of Northgate Way, immediately to the west of Interstate 5. 
  • Seattle Department of Transportation crews will repair the pavement in the southbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North between North 40th and 41st streets on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  • Paving crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will work on 40th Avenue Northeast just north of Northeast 75th Street on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and Wednesday, Sept. 10, weather permitting, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • The Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27 invite the community to check out the completed seismic and safety upgrade of Seattle’s Fire Station 24 in the Bitter Lake neighborhood during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. 
  • One westbound lane on Northgate Way Northeast between Fifth and First avenues Northeast will close this Sunday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., to allow Seattle Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry crews to perform landscape work. 
  • Seattle garbage, food and yard-waste and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. Seattle Public Utilities customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection. 
  • Puget Sound Energy (PSE), in cooperation with Seattle Parks and Recreation, is working on a soil-cover project at Gas Works Park (2101 N. Northlake Way) that will close Kite Hill from Tuesday, Sept. 2, to Memorial Day 2015. 
  • Next week, the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin a series of lane closures for painting the Fremont Bridge, a project that will last into February. These closures will occur during off-peak travel hours, but heavier traffic should be expected, regardless. 
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is scheduled to begin the last phase of its current repaving work on North Northgate Way on Thursday, Sept. 4. 
  • Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will close Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day. 
  • Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum along the shores of Green Lake; however, the lake is not closed and remains open to most activities. 
  • Picnic in the North Precinct takes place every year to provide an opportunity for the University District’s business and residential communities to enjoy a day of celebration with the local police. 
  • King County Metro Transit is warning riders to prepare for upcoming transit delays and reroutes on state Route 99 and Aurora Avenue North as the state closes sections of the roadway for construction from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, through 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. 
  • First Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 112th to 117th streets, will receive a new asphalt surface next week. 
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