Lake Union Park Launches Permanent Free WiFi During Wooden Boat Show –

Lake Union Park Free Wi-Fi Service turned on at the start of The Center for Wooden Boats 36th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival -Free WiFi is just one more reason not to miss the fun, free boat rides, free concerts, and other activities jamming Lake Union Park June 30th through the 4th of July.

SEATTLE (June 29, 2012)  —  As The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) opens this year’s 36th annual Lake Union Wooden Boats Festival on Saturday, June 30th, Seattle based internet service provider Cascade Link, is permanently turning on free WiFi service at CWB and throughout Lake Union Park.


Now dads (or moms) addicted to boats and to their computers don’t have to give one up for the other. They’ll be able to stay connected to their electronic toys, and still enjoy the heritage boats, new events, and a new musical treats at the Wooden Boat festival running June 30th, July 1, 2, 3, and 4at the South end of Lake Union. In fact, CWB is setting up a special station where you can check in and take pictures of you and the family at festival and post them to Facebook and Twitter.  Anyone can join the online fun by posting on our comment board or online! Use #WoodenBoatFest to tag your post!


“We’re thrilled to roll this new free service to the community out at the Wooden Boat Festival,” said Laura Nielsen, Cascade Link Development Director.  “The Center for Wooden Boats has been giving service and fun to the city for decades, and we’re proud to help serve their guests, and the guest of all the other non-profits operating in the park.” Cascade Link, which started in a house in Bothell to deliver WiFi to major marinas has expanded to serve small to medium sized businesses, condo’s and apartments in Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland with high speed internet and phone solutions.


The five day Wooden Boat Festival has new features in 2012, including a new partnership with One Reel, the non-profit producer of the Gas Works Park based Family 4th at Lake Union, Presented by Starbucks.  One Reel will present a special day of live music in both Gas Works Park and at the Wooden Boat Festival in South Lake Union Park on the 4th, and broadcast the National Anthem and synchronized fireworks soundtrack live in both parks for spectators around the lake to enjoy.


The FREE Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival opens daily at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30th through the 4th of July fireworks.   In addition to being able to board dozens of historic sailing and rowing vessels, people coming to the festival will be able to take free boat rides, build toy boats, and explore the many styles of boatbuilding in the Northwest.


New this year on opening day June 30th, will be a special Dragon Boat Race put on by the Seattle Flying Dragon Boat Club. It’s special because spectators are invited to join the race, and because it will be a barrel race around a tight three turn course.  These boats normally race in a straight line.   You and your friends can sign up to join a team today at the Flying Dragons web site:


Another new event tied to this year’s festival is Mariners Night at the Mariners. The Seattle Mariners Baseball club is supporting CWB by offering special reduced price tickets to their game on Monday, July 2 at 7:10pm against the Baltimore Orioles.  CWB and Mariner fans can go online and purchase a $20 ticket for only $15 and almost half of the ticket price comes back to CWB as a donation! Purchase tickets today at


Activities for the kids at the Wooden Boat Festival include Toy Boat Building where they can build and decorate their own model boats; and Pirate Storytime aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss, featuring the nautical yarns of Pirate Lou. Kids will also be able to build a kite and fly it from the festival grounds, and sail model boats in the park’s new boat pond.


Jillian’s Billiard is back again to run the beer garden and as a special new treat this year, Jillian’s has organized a Northwest Microbrew and Music Night on the evening of July 3rd.  You’ll be able to buy a passport for $8 to taste the work of some of the Northwest’s best brewing minds, and all the money raised goes to support the Center for Wooden Boats.


The Center for Wooden Boats gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors in making it possible to bring so many wonderful boats and boat lovers together over the holiday. Sponsors include: Vulcan Real Estate, Holland American Line, Jillian’s Billiards, Safeco Insurance, West Marine, Pemco Insurance, The Seattle Mariners, Virgin Mobile, Thain Boatworks/Earthwise Ventures, KPLU-FM, KUOW-FM, Classic KING-FM, The Shelton Mason County Journal, Port Townsend Foundry, Orca Creative, The Drachen Foundation, Seafair, 4Culture, The City of Seattle office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation,  Pilgrim Media Services, and @ Lake Union Park.   We would also like to thank Family 4th at Lake Union Presenting Sponsor Starbucks and major sponsors Microsoft and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for their support, and One Reel for producing the MOHAI-designed Cheshiahud Challenge, a spectacular fireworks display, and the special day of live music in both Gas Works Park and at the Wooden Boat Festival in South Lake Union Park on Independence Day.


Dates:             Saturday, June 30th through Wednesday, July 4


Time:              10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday July 3rd

10 a.m. to Fireworks on Wednesday, July 4

Location:        The Center for Wooden Boats at Lake Union Park

1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA‎  98109


Cost:              FREE!  Donations gratefully accepted.


Getting There: Park downtown and take the Seattle Streetcar to South Lake Union or drive via Interstate 5, take the Mercer Street exit, turn right onto Fairview Ave N., left onto Valley Street. Metered-street parking and several parking lots are available the area. For Metro Transit routes contact Metro at 206-553-3000 or visit


More Info:  Log on to or call 206-382-2628


About The Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats (, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with year round locations both at South Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit. To learn more about year-around maritime activities at Seattle’s Lake Union Park visit

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