Lake City Loses A Hero

Chuck Dickey Was the Definition of Civic Dedication

Our Friend and Neighbor, Chuck Dickey, passed away peacefully at home this last week shortly after his 86th birthday. He was the model of dedication and service to Community. While we will be posting more information about his life in the days to come, I wanted to share just a bit about him and encourage others to do the same.

Chuck will never be replaced in our Community and everyone that knew him will miss his love of Lake City, his commitment to the neighborhood and his infectious laugh. Whether Chuck was stocking planters, organize clean up crews, hanging flags along LCW, venturing out to the pumpkin patch to pick up pumpkins for local families or working with the Lion’s Club on their many efforts in the Community, Chuck stayed busy.

I site Chuck as one of the primary reasons I got involved in the Community about seven years ago. Chuck was going door to door in the neighborhood to let people know there was a public meeting happening in Lake City. That was when I first really talked to Chuck about his work in the neighborhood and he helped me to realize that Lake City needed to be better connected. I had the honor to work alongside Chuck on graffiti removal (Chuck stored gallons upon gallons of paint for this purpose), planting flowers in LCW planters with local youth and several clean ups. Whenever I ran into him he had ideas on how to address challenges and work to make things better. I had the good fortune to spend time with Chuck talking about Lake City and his life on several occasions and I will miss him greatly as will the Lake City Community.

If you would like to share a picture or story about Chuck Dickey please send it along to as we will be creating a page on the in his honor.

Reporting Stray Shopping Carts

Addressing Lost Shopping Carts is Just a Phone Call Away

Shopping carts are expensive loses for local retailers and they are glad when they are able to retrieve those that go missing and left  abandoned in the community. The below phone numbers for local Lake City retailers that often have lost carts are provided below. If you seen an abandoned shopping cart, please consider calling the appropriate number once you have identified where the cart is from and be prepared to provide the approximate location of the cart.



Bartell Drugs   (206) 362-7571

Fred Meyer.    (206) 440-2400  (Press 2 for Departments then press 7 to speak to store representative)

Safeway  (206) 306-0504

Value Village   (206) 365-8232

Last Regular Sunday Clean Up for 2018

Thank You to the Volunteers Who Came  for Our 9/17 Clean Up

Big thanks to the three Hazel Wolf Students who came out to help as well as “Clean-Up regulars”  Nancy Blase, Molly Burke and Muriel Lawty.

A very special thanks to annie stocker (Two dog yoga) and Annette Heide-Jessen (Kaffeeklatsch) for leading these efforts throughout the year.

Mark your calendars for our “Fall Clean” event on October 15th. Details soon!

Director’s Review of 2016

2017 Here We Come!


Lake City Future First is proud of our accomplishments and the leaps forward in 2016. It has been an honor and a privilege to be in the position of Director for just over a year now. We believe we have seen great benefit in having increased our capacity.

Earlier this year we listened as Mayor Murray identified Lake City as the pilot neighborhood to work with the newly organized Office of Community Planning and Development. While Lake City continues to work with the City to develop and understand this new model, we know that the City has recognized our community as one that needs support. Lake City is poised for a great deal of growth and now is the time to get involved. A group from Lake City standing with the mayor.

Following is a short list of projects that we are particularly proud of for 2016:

  • With neighborhood partners the Children’s Home Society of Washington and the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance we applied for and received a $100K planning grant. The effort has been branded “Imagine Lake City Together”.

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