Lake Forest Park City Hall with Rainbow
Photo credit: K. Zech

City of Lake Forest Park

17425 Ballinger Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

Welcome to Our eNewsletter!

The City's Communications Team is happy to share with you our inaugural issue of the LFP eNews. Our goal is to bring LFP residents a monthly publication with helpful news and notes about timely information to supplement the quarterly print newsletter, LFP Times.

The eNews will be sent at the end of each month, so watch your email and/or text for the latest issue. Thank you for your interest in the City of Lake Forest Park!

Winter, Snow, and Cold Temperatures are Here!

When snow and ice storms are in the forecast, our Public Works Department is here to prepare and respond. During a snow storm, City crews work around the clock. Designated Citywide priority routes are cleared first to accommodate emergency response, bus routes, and main arterials (including Bothell Way/SR 522 and Ballinger Way/SR 104). If snowfall is continuous, the arterials may require repeated plowing and sanding before crews can work to clear neighborhood streets.

Click here to view the Priority Snow and Ice Routes Map.

Public Works crews do their very best to minimize the depositing of snow on driveways; unfortunately, it is unavoidable when clearing the streets. 

Reminder, residents and business/property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice on their own driveways, sidewalks, and curbside mailboxes near their property, including the ridge of snow left along the edge of driveways by the snow plow. If snow is removed from your property, make sure the snow is not placed in the right-of-way. Catch basins must also be kept clear to accommodate melting snow to avoid pooling or flooding of water. 

See the diagram below for the appropriate way to clear snow from your driveway.

This diagram demonstrates the appropriate way to remove snow from your driveway.
How to remove snow from your driveway
City Council Committee of the Whole meeting

City Council Corner

The LFP City Council will soon develop a detailed work plan for 2020. Work will begin as the Council retreat is discussed at a special Committee of the Whole meeting, scheduled for February 10, 6:00 p.m., at City Hall. At this meeting, Council will discuss a draft agenda. Once the retreat agenda is finalized, it will be posted on the City’s website.
The Council retreat is scheduled for Leap Day—Saturday, February 29, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Northshore Fire Station in Kenmore, 7220 NE 181st Street, Kenmore, 98028. The Council is also planning a dinner on Friday February 28, to discuss initiatives individual councilmembers wish to pursue over the coming year. The time and location for the dinner meeting are to be determined. Both meetings are open to the public, as are all meetings of the Council. The meetings will be posted on the City website at least one week prior to the meeting. Click here to view the meeting calendar. 

Tree Board planting project
Tree Board Member having fun at a planting event

The Tree Board has Openings--Are You Interested?

The City is seeking applications for several positions on the Lake Forest Park Tree Board! The Tree Board provides outreach and education to the community on tree-related issues, organizes and facilitates public events involving trees, and provides advice to the City Council on policy and regulatory issues involving trees. 

Tree Board meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., at Lake Forest Park City Hall. More information about the Tree Board is on the City website.

Board members should live within the Lake Forest Park city limits, but it is not required. Interests or backgrounds in urban forestry, horticulture, and habitat enviroscaping are encouraged but not required.

If you are interested in applying or have questions, email Assistant Planner Lauren Hoerr

ID2020 Washington

What is REAL ID?

You may have heard of REAL ID. It’s a U.S. law established in 2005, requiring all states to comply with new identification standards for air travel and entrance to some federal facilities like military bases.

Here’s what Washington residents should remember:  ID2020. That’s right, REAL ID starts on October 1, 2020, and you’ll need more than a standard Washington driver’s license to fly domestically. Options include a passport, an enhanced driver’s license (EDL), green card, and many others. Go to to find out if you’re ready for October 2020.

Protect the Puget Sound - Take Your Car to a Car Wash

Winter Car Washing

After winter snow and storm events, our PNW cars tend to be a little dirty, which means cars need to be washed. But, did you know there is no filtration system between you and your storm drains? Everything done on streets, parking lots, and at home goes straight down the storm drain and dumps to the nearest outlet of a stream, Lake Washington, or Puget Sound. We all enjoy a nice shiny clean car, but home car washing can use excessive amounts of water and send lots of pollutants like oils, heavy metals, detergents, soaps, and grime into the storm drains. 

The great news is there are ways you can help! The best way is to use a commercial car wash. They are required to send their soapy, dirty, grimy water to the same wastewater system as our showers, sinks, and toilets for treatment to be cleaned. If you cannot make it to a car wash, it is best to divert your dirty car wash water to grass, soil, or gravel and not your driveway or concrete. Grass, soil, and gravel can help filter the dirty water, so not all the harmful pollutants are entering a stream, Lake Washington, or Puget Sound.

Car Seats

Important Changes to Washington's Child Restraint Law, Effective January 1, 2020, RCW 46.61.687

The Lake Forest Park Police Department would like to keep everyone up-to-date on the recent child restraint law. This law outlines requirements to ensure you are correctly using the right seat for your child’s age and size. Following these requirements greatly reduces the chances of death or serious injury in a crash.

Children up to age 2 must be properly secured in a rear-facing car seat. Children aged 2-4 years must ride in a car seat with a harness, rear or forward facing. Children 4 and older must ride in a car seat or booster seat until they are 4’9” tall. Children over 4’9” must be secured by a properly fitted seat belt. Children up to age 13 must ride in the back seat, when practical to do so.

For more information, check out the Target Zero website.

For information about King County 2020 Car Seat Inspections, click here.

You're the type to help save lives

BloodMobile is in Town Monday, February 17!

Did you know that one out of four people needs a blood transfusion in their lifetime? That’s 25 percent of the population! Bloodworks Northwest is in Lake Forest Park on Monday, February 17, from 12:00-6:00 p.m. The bus will be in the lower parking lot, near Starbucks, next to Bothell Way. Walk-ins are welcome, but to save time, make an appointment by calling 800-398-7888; or, sign up online here. Your donations mean a great deal to the community. Thank you for being a life-saver!

Coffee with the Mayor

Join Mayor Johnson for Coffee

  • When? Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Where? Lake Forest Park City Council Chambers
  • What? Coffee with the Mayor
Mayor Johnson would like to hear from you! Bring your interests, comments, concerns and praises to chat with the Mayor over coffee. Whether you are a business owner, community member, or just an interested neighbor, he would love to see you there. All coffee hours are informal and open to the public.
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