Green Lake is a happy place and the center of attraction for the community year round. Residents flock to walk/jog/skate around its 2.8 mile track, swim and kayak in it, and engage active sports on the play fields. "Back in the day” it occasionally froze over in dead of winter and became a skating rink. Really. The lake is surrounded by a vibrant, eclectic business community, a "short nine" golf course, and prime residential real estate neighborhoods. Downtown Seattle is but six miles away.