Friends of Lakewood Moorage are a group of concerned tenants and neighbors of Lakewood Moorage, with a mission to preserve the history, character and charm of Lakewood Moorage. We advocate for its environmental sustainability, and work to enlist public funds for its maintenance and repairs. We believe Lakewood Moorage is best operated as a public facility. We believe it to be a unique Park within DPR, and believe it presents an unique opportunity for unique Parks programming. We are concerned that a private entity with the amount of money Parks is seeking to repair the moorage will not act in the people’s best interests. A private entity will capitalize on its investment with no regard for the middle class boating community at Lakewood. Parks programming will be absent, as will be the opportunity for young adults in Southeast Seattle to share in the joy of boating on South Lake Washington. Join us to encourage restrained, low impact repairs and restoration, instead of expansive redevelopment. To get important updates, click on the follow button in the lower right hand corner of this page, or send an email to FriendsOfLakewoodMoorage@gmail.com.
Our membership has grown since our meeting in April of 2015 when we first officially organized to take action against Parks. In the 5+ years since Parks announced this privatization plan, we have yet to figure out why. Parks continues to ignore our very reasonable requests: explain to the public why the lease with Marina Management is the only way to get our docks fixed, and show us the numbers! Why can’t Parks use debt financing and pay it back with moorage revenues? Why does Parks want to give away one of the very few revenue producing park properties for 40 years? And only receive 3% of rent in return? Why didn’t they spend the $4 million obtained by us in 2013 for emergency repairs instead of condemning the outer docks at Leschi and having them removed?
Right after the court’s ruling April 6, the onsite Marina Management Manager evicted one of the long time live aboard tenants without notice, in violation of the city’s landlord tenant laws. Since then, other long time tenants have been threatened with eviction for arguing with the onsite manager, and a tenant who served on the Project Advisory Team is being evicted for being late in his rent this summer, even though he is presently current. The current lease allows for Marina Management to evict any tenant for any reason or no reason at all, and the eviction is legal as long as 30 days notice is provided.
Our court challenge to Citizen’s Initiative 42 is the first of its kind. There is no case law to draw from, because most citizen groups don’t have the money to challenge the city when they don’t follow the rules. The whole point of the law is to provide public oversight before Parks acts in a way contrary to the public interest. It’s time that the city followed the rules set by the citizens! Lawsuits are expensive – if you’d like to join the Friends of Lakewood Moorage, click below to the Lakewood Seward Park Neighborhood Association’s page to make your tax deductible donation, online or by mail. Thank you!
- Our Founding Members
- Klaus Brauer, Capitol Hill
- Pete Hoagland, Seward Park
- Jeannie O’Brien, Lakewood
- Karen O’Brien, Southlake
- Marty Oppenheimer, Seward Park
- Bill Rosen, Mount Baker