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Head To Green Lake And Get Your ‘Gobble’ On!

When you think of Thanksgiving, it’s pretty common to envision a beautiful table overflowing with piles of delicious, home cooked foods, a living room filled with family and friends, and of course, stretch pants, because one plate on Turkey day is NEVER enough.

If you’re interested in preemptively negating some of those holiday calories (or, maybe adding to them), the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is the event for you!

Heralded as Seattle’s premier Thanksgiving themed run/walk event, the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off includes a 10K run/walk, and 5K run/walk, kids dash and a super eventful after run party featuring a beer garden and the much-loved Mashed Potato Munch Off. For those of you wondering, yes, the munch off is indeed a competitive mashed potato eating contest!

The fun starts bright and early at 8 AM in Green Lake Park on Sunday, November 20th with registration and packet pick-ups. Once you’re all check in, head over to the beer garden (opening at 9 AM…. because it IS Sunday-Funday, after all!)  and settle in to watch the (free!) kids dash at 9:10 AM. If you plan to run or walk the 10 or 5 K course, you’ll get started at 9:30 AM and are encouraged to join the post-race celebration, which starts at 10 AM.

If mountains of mashed potatoes are on the menu for you, be sure to purchase a raffle ticket (for only $1!) as soon as you get to the park, and bring a lucky charm along to help your ticket be chosen, making you one of 8 randomly selected contestants. The drawing for contestants will be at 10:30 AM and the Munch Off itself begins at 10:45 AM.

Contestants will have 4 minutes to gobble up as much of the creamy, carby goodness as they can before a winner is crowned. If you win this prestigious (and delicious) event, you will not only have bragging rights, but will take home all the money raised from raffle ticket sales and have earned life-time free entry to the 5K portion of the event. You must be 18 or older to engage in the eating contest, and we advise that you come dressed to gorge yourself, as these potatoes will be provided by The Green Lake Bar & Grill (who are also helping to sponsor the event), so you know they’re going to be good!

If you’re not one of the lucky 8, you’ll still have plenty to do at the post-race celebration. The party will be near the finish line of the race so you can cheer on your fellow racers (or the people you’ve come to support!) to a strong finish and see all the action. Have a beer in the beer garden, featuring brews from local favorite Fremont Brewing, and a few wines too, if that’s more your style.

The Beer garden will have a great view of the Mashed Potato Munch Off and it will be covered in case of rain and heated in case of cold. Be sure you bring your photo ID and cash money if you plan to imbibe, as the bar will be cash only. The celebration will also feature a number of health and fitness related vendors and exhibitors to explore and learn more about.

Since Thanksgiving is a holiday that encourages being grateful and also giving, feel free to bring canned foods (or a cash donation) to donate to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. The Union Gospel Mission has been helping needy, homeless gospeland hurting people in the community for over 80 years. They serve to help our neighbors in need with hunger, emergency services, shelter, addiction recovery and more. If you are in the mood to give, your gift of food or money will go directly to help people in need right here in our community.

The Green Lake Gobble is sure to be a great time for everyone who gets involved. Spectator, participator or mashed potato eater, everyone is guaranteed to have a fun and festive time, all while enjoying the beauty of Green Lake in the fall and our wonderful community. Bring the family, get some exercise and some beer, and dash into the holiday season!

Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off

Green Lake Park (5900 W Greenlake Way N, Seattle)

8:00 AM –  Race Registration & Packet Pickup
9:00 AM – Beer Garden opens
9:10 AM –  Kid’s Dash begins
9:30 AM –  5K & 10K run/walks begin (register here!)
10:00 AM –  Post-race party begins
10:30 AM – Drawing for Mashed Potato Munch Off Contestants
10:45 AM – Mashed Potato Munch Off begins

To learn more about The Green Lake Gobble and Mashed Potato Munch Off Click here.
To learn more about Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission click here.

City Council Reviews Proposed Plan to Allow Camping in Queen Anne Parks

The Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks and Recreation recently prepared two maps that outline areas throughout the city that could be suitable for use as camping sites for homeless individuals. This Friday, October 14th, the Seattle City Council is reviewing the maps in preparation to approve or deny a new ordinance that would allow camping in the city.

The maps include several sites on and around Queen Anne, including Kerry Park, Rodgers Park, and Bhy Kracke Park, as well as sidewalk locations such as the area at the base of the Galer Stairs at Galer and Queen Anne Avenue North.

The proposal opens up 167 miles of sidewalks and about 5,200 acres in parks and greenbelts for camping. It still has a 30-day eviction notice (versus the 72-hour law that is currently in place), but also outlines suitable and unsuitable sites for camping. As reported by King 5 News, “Examples of public space which may not be unsuitable for purposes of removal, depending on the circumstances, may include portions of greenbelts, portions of unimproved City lands, safe spaces under certain overpasses, bridges and structures, portions of surplus City property not currently subject to active use and those locations formally identified by the City of Seattle for use a temporary encampments.”

In a statement, Councilmember Tim Burgess (who also lives on Queen Anne) said, “This new law is not the balanced approach we all deserve, an approach that weighs and balances compassion with our public health and safety obligations. This proposed law is not balanced and will do absolutely nothing to move people from homelessness to safe and appropriate housing. Nothing.”

Just recently, a man was stabbed near Woodland Park when he tried to assist a woman who was being assaulted.

Councilmember Mike O’Brien supports the law. “What we have right now is a system that’s not working for anyone,” he said. “Right now, we have people that are outdoors, thousands of people, no shelter for them that works for them. While we’re building those shelters, while we’re building that housing, if we’re saying simply there is nowhere in our community for them to go to, we’re chasing them around, and we’re wasting money.”

The community has until Friday, October 14th to submit their comments. The Queen Anne View has a comprehensive list of contacts.
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Dog Owner? Don’t Miss Thursday’s Public Meeting About the Dog Off-Leash Master Plan

Last summer, Seattle City Officials issued a survey to get feedback from dog owners on their demographics and desires for dog parks and off-leash areas. Officials wanted to use the survey to inform their plan for off-leash policies into the next few decades. This Thursday, dog owners have another chance to make their voices heard in a public meeting to assess the city’s Draft People, Dogs, and Parks Plan.

Seattle’s first off-leash area (OLA) was established in 1997, and since then, the OLAs across the city have increased to 14, covering a total of 28 acres. There are approximately 150,000 dogs in the city, and although many Queen Anne residents have dogs, our only off-leash area is in Lower Kinnear Park and it is very small. “There are an estimated 8,000 dogs in Seattle’s Queen Anne Neighborhood. They share one dog park,” according to the group, Seattle Queen Anne Dogs (SQAD). The OLA in Lower Kinnear Park is only 0.1 acre.

Despite the dismally small amount of space for dogs to run freely, the city’s Master People, Dogs, and Parks Plan does not include additional OLAs or increased acreage for OLAs. Instead, it increases the Seattle Parks’ maintenance of the existing OLAs and additional enforcement for animal control.

The meeting this Thursday will be the last chance for dog owners to speak their piece for the future of dogs and parks. It will take place at the Miller Playfield and Community Center at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, September 22nd.

Community Council Meeting Tomorrow Regarding Bhy Kracke Park Renovations

The Bhy Kracke Park project is planned to begin next summer and the first public meeting is on the calendar for tomorrow, with an opportunity for residents and community members to attend, ask questions and offer feedback.

Set on the eastern ridge of Queen Anne hill, Bhy Kracke Park (pronounced “bye crack”) offers a scenic view of Downtown, South Lake Union, and Lake Union. From the top of the park, with benches and a small grassy area, down the hill to a playground and pergola, the park is an enjoyable space for kids, adults, and canines.

The public meeting will take place Wednesday, September 7th at Queen Anne Manor, starting at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will learn more about the planned renovations for Bhy Kracke Park, which include installing new retaining walls, widening some paths and removing others, restoring plants, and more. There will also be a discussion about options for the arbor located south of the play area, and time for questions, comments and feedback.

A total of $261,000 has been provisioned by the Seattle Park District for planning, design, and construction of the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2017, with a planned completion date of Fall 2017.

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