Big changes are coming to the Fremont Troll (much to Knute Berger’s chagrin).
Back on December 6th, Seattle Parks and Recreation announced that the plans for Troll’s Knoll was among the possible recipients for their Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund grants.
On March 10th, Troll’s Knoll received that funding, which includes $685,000 to turn the land on both sides of the Troll into a new park space featuring a community P-Patch, pathways, wildflowers, new seating and more.
The City of Seattle will be implementing the project and they anticipate the planning and design to begin in 2012, with construction in 2013.
There will be at least 2 large public meetings to discuss the conceptual and schematic designs which the PAT will be integrally involved with.
The George & Dragon Pub in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood will also be showing a tape of the wedding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Ladies wear your hats, and gents wear your suits” declares the pub’s fliers. In addition to the pub’s usual fare, there will be cucumber sandwiches, sausage rolls and meat pies.
Enjoy, though please, please, please, for the sake of any British ex-pats in Fremont, please keep your poorly-accented outbursts of “tally ho!,” “spot of tea,” and “‘allo guvnah” to a minimum.
Seattle Met and the experts at Best Companies Group recently used the results of a survey to decide the 20 companies in the area that do the best job fostering “a work-hard, play-hard culture.” One Fremont-based company made the cut.
Groundspeak (501 N 34th St.) is a tech company that monitors a global geocaching community engaged in round-the-clock, modern-day treasure hunts. Their employees are charged with ensuring that the game keeps running smoothly for their many customers. That can be tough work with long hours, so the benefits at Groundspeak have to be good…
Their Fremont office comes equipped with an Xbox, and a fridge stocked with sandwiches from Homegrown fuels picnic lunches along the Burke-Gilman trail. They play kickball and poker on Friday nights, take off the occasional Wednesday to use their free lift tickets at Stevens Pass, and go group geocaching…well, whenever. But how do they slip past the bosses? “The founders are the ones who initiate it,” says Reini Chipman, head of HR. “Our finance manager beat our CEO in poker last week.”
The Muse’s Market is a nationally touring, carbon neutral, theatrical concert presenting inspired musicians, educational speakers, spoken word poetry, and fine art in performance arts spaces where listening is the priority. The show is making its stop in Seattle amidst a 5-week West Coast tour this Friday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m.
This Thursday, April 28, is the 18th annual Dining Out for Life event. Throughout Puget Sound, restaurants will donate a percentage of each diner’s bill to support Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
Participating Fremont restaurants are Blue Moon Burgers, Caffe Vita and Kylie’s Chicago Pizza. You can book a reservation on the Dining Out for Life site.
You can also enter for your chance to win amazing prize packages (packages will be announced in April) when you dine out at a participating restaurant on Thursday. To enter, simply ask your restaurant’s staff for a raffle envelope and drop it in the Dining Out For Life donation box.
On Saturday, April 23, the sun shone brightly at Gas Works Park. Families and friends gathered to enjoy the warm weather, while the Washington Environmental Council, Climate Solutions, Sierra Club, CoolMom, and Earth Ministry hosted an Earth Day celebration.
The event highlighted the Coal-Free Washington Campaign, a movement to phase out coal power in Washington State and transition into renewable energy sources. According to the Sierra Club, the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia is the largest source of global warming pollution in Washington. To help educate the public, the event featured speakers from different organizations, such as City Councilman Mike O’Brien, State Representative Marko Liias, and Andrew Rose of Sierra Club.
Andrew Rose of Sierra Club addresses the crowd
“Since we are the Evergreen State, we should champion environmental causes more like this one,” said one of the attendees. “More people need to realize that they can help out on many levels. We got to lobby, call our representatives, or just spread the awareness and be educated. Otherwise, the corporations will just roll over right on top of us.”
In addition to the speeches, guests also enjoyed a free barbecue, live musical entertainment, and kite-making activities.
Moon Drops performs
According to Robin Everett, the event’s organizer, the next step in the campaign is to reduce coal exports. “There has been a good chance to keep the neighborhood involved, with events like this,” said Everett. “But we’ve got a long way to go and we have to all work together to keep the campaign moving forward.”
For more information on the campaign, visit www.coalfreewashington.org.
Ivana Cheong is the My Wallingford intern and studies Communications at the University of Washington.
The fire broke out sometime after 3 a.m. Monday morning. According to the Seattle Fire Department, there was nobody inside and no one was hurt.
The fire apparently started near the rear of the laundromat but all you have to do is look at the front to know it made its way through the entire building. The windows are smokey and one of the front doors was damaged, possibly by firemen entering the building.
The cause had not yet been determined as of Monday afternoon. No word on how long the laundromat will be out of commission.
You can see a photo of the fire trucks at the scene in the early morning here.
Should we get rid of the Fremont Troll? Even suggesting as much within the Fremont neighborhood limits is tantamount to treason. So it’s probably a good thing that Crosscut’s curmudgeon Knute Berger wrote his “Icons we could do without” elsewhere.
Fremont is a trove of questionable local icons. The Fremont Troll is ugly and charmless. I say this as someone who grew up on Scandinavian folk stories and learned that trolls are not cuddly forest denizens but creepy serial killers who lie in wait. The Fremont Troll is a bearded Ted Bundy.
Oh dear, someone’s not going to be elected King Faerie of the Solstice Parade anytime soon…
Of course the Troll is ugly. Trolls are supposed to be ugly. But trolls are fun. I have taken out-of-town visitors there several times, day and night, and there is almost always somebody else there, climbing on it, taking photos of it or just gawking at it. That’s not true of most public art in Seattle, but it is true of the Troll. Kids especially like it.
Berger also hates the Lenin Statue (obviously), though he also points out a rebuttal to his own disdain.