The Cloud of Mystery is Lifted

Train tests are under way at the scenic Angle Lake park-and-ride station, as Sound Transit announces  Angle Lake Link light rail will begin service on Saturday, September 24th.


Welcome to Angle Lake Station. This elevated station is located just south of Sea-Tac Airport, near Angle Lake in SeaTac. The 1,050-stall parking garage connects to the train platform via a covered pedestrian walkway. Modern elevators and escalators connect riders to the pedestrian plaza at street level. From here, you can ride congestion-free to Westlake Station in downtown Seattle in 41 minutes and to the UW in about 48 minutes. Trains will arrive every six minutes during peak hours. 

The Angle Lake Station was approved by voters in 1996 and promised by 2006. But Sound Transit grossly underestimated costs and wound up building the 21-mile corridor in five phases. The 1.6-mile Angle Lake segment is $40 million under the $383 million estimate when construction started in 2013, CEO Peter Rogoff said.

Passengers who will to depart from the Angle Lake area can choose from five ways to arrive at the Link light rail station: park-and ride lot; the Rapid Ride Bus A Line; car or taxi drop-offs; walking from home; or bike lanes going west into Des Moines.

From the station platform above, riders can see Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, or gaze upon the Federal Detention Center, down the hill. While waiting for the next train, riders can check out the unique artwork and station design.

Artist Laura Haddad created the public art sculpture “Cloud” above the station platform. Wind activates thousands of individual discs while sunlight makes them shimmer and glow. The Cloud serves as a sculptural barometer of local weather. Additionally, artist Jill Anholt’s piece “Immerse” appears to hang weightlessly in the portal of the plaza’s grand staircase, with the sculpture’s four delicate arcs transferring light into the parking area below.

Refer to Sound Transit's website for additional rider information.

Corrective Notice - Angle Lake Boat Races

The following is a supplemental notice regarding some incorrect statements included in a recent flyer:

FRANK HANSEN MEMORIAL RACE REGATTA
PRESENTED BY THE SEATTLE OUTBOARD ASSOCIATION
FEATURING OUTBOARD HYDROPLANES & RUNABOUTS

As a courtesy to the residents living on and around the Angle Lake Community, the Angle Lake Shore Club recently distributed a flyer announcing Hydroplane Races scheduled for September 10th & 11th.

This BULLETIN is to correct a few misstatements and expand on a couple other items included in that flyer so that we are all on the same page:

1. Hours of actual racing are from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on both Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th

2. The statement that “The Seattle Outboard Association has obtained a Park Use Permit” is not correct.  The current status is that the City of SeaTac has approved amending the existing ordinance regarding speed limits on Angle Lake for this single event.  Subsequently the City of SeaTac is currently working on adapting a Special Use Permit to accommodate this event.  In talks with Council Members, City Staff and The Seattle Outboard Association we feel confident that everyone is on board to make this happen.

3. Park Restrictions and Lake Closure will be formally addressed in the Special Use Permit for the event.  However, until such time as we hear differently here are some guidelines for those private property owners along the shoreline to consider:
   a. While the East / West leg of the lake will most certainly be closed to public during the event some type of barrier will be in place to separate the north / south leg of the lake that we believe will remain open for public use.  
   b. We recommend any water activity at private waterfront lots be limited to between the shoreline and dock areas and that all children are under constant adult supervision to avoid anyone from encroaching past the dock lines.
   c. Make sure that all privately owned boats, equipment, toys, etc. are fully secured to minimize that chances of drifting into the race course.

4. This special event is fully operated and funded by The Seattle Outboard Association and is NOT an ALSC event, however the ALSC does endorse this event.

5. We ask everyone to pay attention to the following points for objective consider in the event that the ALSC board of directors remains in favor of this event and goes around with another survey to see if a majority still want the event for future years.

6. We want this to be a fun event for those that supported it and a safe event for everyone.

Sincerely
The ALSC Board of Directors

Get Onboard Now - Or You'll Miss the Boat!

If you have not yet signed up for the Tasty Tapas Float Around, our late summer lakeside main event, you must act now to reserve a spot otherwise you may very well miss the boat as seats are filling fast! The fun starts at 4 PM SHARP and runs until 8:00 PM. 

Open to ALSC Members Only and their invited guests. Cost is $30 per person.
To access a copy of the Order Form, CLICK HERE

During years prior, Tapas have been attended by Gilligan and his fellow castaways; Cleopatra returned from the dead to join us with her minions; a group of gondoliers gathered to give out goodies to arriving guests; and even a Tropical Island populated with Pacific Islanders floated onto the scene – one can only imagine who, or what, might appear this year!

Tasty Tapas has proven to be an evening full of fun, food, and a great opportunity to meet with neighbors and make new friends. Participants will be assigned to start at one of four dinning stations set up around the lake for guests to visit only by way of boat. Each of the four locations will present a themed selection of appetizers and liquid libations to tickle your taste buds. Throughout the evening at set intervals, groups will receive a signal to depart for another station until all four stations have been visited. Be sure to pace yourself and save room for the grand finale fifth station where all participants will come together to enjoy a bonfire, dessert and coffee where all can mingle.

The route will cover the East-West Leg this year with stopped planned for the following locations
  • Station 1 – Esmond's (Redneck BBQ)
  • Station 2 – Patton's (Hawaiian) 
  • Station 3 – Hill's (American Fast Food)
  • Station 4 – Reith (Cowboy)
  • Dessert – Yorozu 

You are encouraged to take your own boat around the course (No drinking and driving please!) For those who do not have a boat, cannot find a ride or require assistance there will be pontoon boats acting as taxis to ferry tasters from stations to station. If you require a pickup please call Jim Todd at 206-226-9965 or emailing him at jimmjett@gmail.com or Sandy Goulet at bsonthelake@comcast.net

When Is Too Much - Too Much?

Stressed Out - Who Us?
Your Angle Lake Shore Club Board of Directors has been extremely busy these past few months working their “to do” list. Dividing attention (or more appropriately, multiplying focus) among the hydroplane race proposal; securing barge commitments and drafting build schedules; and now planning the Tasty Tapas, as well. The following is a quick status update on each of these initiatives:

Hydroplanes at Angle Lake
Sub-committee members from the ALSC attended several Land Use and Planning (LUP) Committee Sessions and held various meetings with SeaTac City Manager and Parks staff. A lakefront homeowners survey was created and responses were collected. With 97% of all the waterfront homes accounted for, the final numbers revealed 77% strongly in favor; 9% indifferent; with 14% against.  These survey summary results were shared with the City Council and Staff Leadership. A good number of residents showed up and delivered positive comments during the July 26rh Regular Council Meeting in show of support for the event. After some council deliberation, an ordinance to revise park code was introduced waiving the 5 knot (8 mph) speed limit for a one time, single permitted event to occur prior to November 2016, after which time the revision will be automatically repealed. This allows for the trial event to be executed and re-evaluated before any extension of the ordinance is considered.  The races are scheduled for the weekend days of September 10th and 11th.

Fireworks Barges
Design plans have been received and evaluated. Material costs have been calculated and through the diligence of several Barge Committee Members, the costs are coming in around $1,200 per barge less than forecast (a savings of around $8,500 total)!  It’s now come time to run down the list of homeowners who had previously expressed interest and confirm their commitment through a paid deposit. The first of two barge builds are scheduled for late August.  Please contact Jonathan Standridge before August 20th if you are interested in assisting in the construction of the initial barges or if you can help in some other way.

Tasty Tapas – August 13th! (…maybe)
Right now, the Tapas Committee Chair is reporting that the event is one station short and no commitment yet on a host location for the dessert station. A Go / NO Go decision will be made on August 3rd. The grim reality is that with time running short the Tapas may be forced to be canceled this year.  If you are interested in hosting a tapas station or have the ability to host the dessert station (accommodate approximately 90 people), please do not hesitate to call Jim Todd before August 3rd.

Busy – you bet! But we do it because we enjoy knowing that our community is a better place because of what we do!  Thank you for your support.

The Cleanest ALSC Event of the Year!

It only happens once a year. The Cleanest, Most Family Friendly Event on the Angle Lake Shore Club calendar is happening this Saturday, July 23rd. That is when Shore Club Members and neighbors are invited and encouraged to join together with other volunteers for the Annual Angle Lake Clean Sweep.


The ALSC will be helping all lakeside residents with property clean-up and trash removal. We will also be clearing our streets of trash and are hoping for enough volunteers to cover the area between International Blvd on the west to Military Road on the east, and from S 188th Street on the north to S 200th Street on the south. Last year we were able to clean 8 miles of streets and with your help, we look forward to doing that again.

Date: Saturday, July 25th
Clean up: 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
VOLUNTEER LUNCH AND RAFFLE PRIZE DRAWING 
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING

If you live in this area, please considering meeting at the Angle Lake Park Dock at 9 AM to grab some heavy-duty trash bags and a trash grabber and join your neighbors in the fun. We are hoping all residents will volunteer to help their neighbors, and band together in cleaning up our neighborhood. 

We will also be doing clean-up of the shore line and lake bottom at the public park and are looking for divers to help with the junk on the lake bottom. If you know anyone who dives, please contact Judy Williams at (206) 419-4637. We will pay for the air in their tanks and invite them to join us afterward for our picnic lunch and raffle. 

After the clean-up from 9AM to noon, we will provide a picnic lunch at the Angle Lake Manor Club Beach with food and a raffle of ALSC shirts. We hope to make this a grand day that will show real benefits for all SeaTac residents who love our neighborhood and the lake and enjoy using it. In the meantime, please feel free to survey your area of the lake, lake-bottom and surrounding streets and open spaces and think about any problems that may need to be addressed in your area.  

A special note of appreciation toward the City of Seatac who will help with the disposal of all the trash collected from the lake and our streets.