Green Lake is a neighborhood in north central Seattle. Its centerpiece is the lake and park after which it is named. Pioneers first settled at Green Lake in the 1860’s, and the area was annexed into Seattle in 1891. The water level was lowered in 1911 to form more park space, cutting off the water inflow and outflow routes. Now it is fed only by rain water and Seattle’s water supply. There is also a constant battle to keep the native algae from taking over (hence the name of the lake, by the way).
Because of its close proximity to downtown Seattle and the great number of things to do there, Green Lake is a highly popular neighborhood. In the past 15 years or so there has been a great deal of development–new condos and town homes, remodeling of houses, and many new businesses.