2017 SPD North Precinct Picnic

Come out for music, free food, raffle prizes, and to meet SPD officers and special units, such as K9 and bomb squad. This year the picnic is back at the precinct building. It’s July 8 from 1 – 4 pm at 10049 College Way N, near North Seattle College.

World Dance Party at Lake City Community Center

There will be dance performances, and dance instructors will be on site to teach dances from around the world. It’a a potluck, too. Last year it was at Meadowbrook Community Center, and by all accounts it was a great success.

Pinehurst Picks

Mystery garden. Anyone have a clue what these are for? And do you know what street they’re on?

Please send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – that you see on your walks around the neighborhood, to



Crime & Safety Focus Groups

Share your public safety concerns and suggestions at one of these focus groups. Seattle U is hosting them, and SPD won’t be there, so you can say whatever you want! The two meetings we would go to are Lake City (if you live east of 15th) on June 14 and Northgate (if you live west of 15th) on June 28. More details below:

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting – Witness Tree

We live in the Thornton Creek watershed. The watershed covers roughly 11.6 square miles in northeast Seattle and Shoreline. Over 90% of the creek’s main channel, more than 15 miles, flows above ground through more than 700 backyards and through 15 parks and natural areas.

Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) is an all-volunteer grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring an ecological balance throughout the Thornton Creek watershed. Its goal is to benefit the watershed by encouraging individuals, groups, schools, businesses, and government to work together in addressing the environmental restoration of the creek system including:  water quality, stabilization of water flow, flood prevention, and habitat improvement through education, collaboration, and community involvement.

New members are always welcome. The larger the group, the greater the voice for a healthier watershed! But you don’t have to be a member to go to the meetings to hear the speakers. Here is the next meeting agenda:

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes – June 2017

This month we learned about the plans for re-funding SPD’s Community Service Officer program. The program ran from 1971 to 2004, then was de-funded due to city budget cuts. CSOs are civilian, unarmed, uniformed SPD staff trained to respond to low-level calls, such as minor property crimes, landlord-tenant disputes, runaway kids, emergency services and nuisance crimes like public intoxication.

There will be about 15 CSOs; so far it hasn’t been decided whether they will be centralized, or assigned to specific precincts. The idea is that this program will result in regular police officers having more time to respond to emergency 911 calls and to do their patrols.

If you have ideas for what CSO duties should be, or what skills and knowledge you think they should have, please contact Angela Socci at Community comments are being sought. Planning is due to be finished by December.

Residential burglary in the north precinct is down 19% YTD. Auto theft is down 27%! But sexual assault and domestic violence are up, 12% and 25% respectively.

For all the north precinct news, read the minutes here.

Volunteer – Weeding at Hazel Wolf K8

Great volunteer opportunity! Hazel Wolf K-8 at Pinehurst School is having a weeding party Tuesday, June 13, from 3:30-4:30 pm. Bring your gloves and favorite gardening tools, but there will also be weeding tools available to use. And there will be refreshments! The school is in the triangle made by NE 117th St, 12th Ave NE & Pinehurst Way. For questions, contact Libby at

May 2017 Pinehurst Crime Map

Here is a partial picture of Pinehurst property crime for the month. Click on the map to enlarge it.

You can see ALL the types of crime at Select the North neighborhood and enter a date range.

Free Children’s Theater Schedule

For the second summer, the North Seattle Arts Initiative is bringing free (by donation) theater for children at parks in Pinehurst, Lake City and surrounding neighborhoods.  Theater for Young Children is an outreach arm of Sweet Pea Cottage Enterprises and this summer’s productions are sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture. 

They will be at the Pinehurst Playfield the weekend of Aug. 12th, performing two tales from Africa (Two Ways to Count to 10 & Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears) with colorful characters and live music.  

Saturday July 12th at 6 PM they will be performing next to the playfield, and Sunday July 13th they will be performing at 1:30 PM.  They will also be at Albert Davis Park, behind the Lake City Library Branch, on Thursdays Aug. 10th and Aug. 17th.  All shows are free with a suggested donation of $5.

New Crime Stoppers App

Reporting crime tips is now even easier. PC Tips is a free smartphone app you can use to submit anonymous tips about crimes. You can also use it on a PC or tablet. For more information, go to

You can also submit anonymous tips by phone by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.

If you have crime or safety related information that may be deemed useful in your community, submit a tip. You may even be eligible for a reward.