Get a Grant to Improve Walk/Bike to School Options for Kids

Have an idea for getting more kids to walk and bike to school? Maybe it’s getting crosswalk flags, starting a student safety patrol program, pulling together a Walk to School Day event (which you now have a full year to plan 😉), painting an intersection, or organizing a walking school bus or bike train program. Whatever your idea is (well, as long as it supports our overall goal of safety education and encouragement for walking/biking to school), SDOT can help you make it happen!

SDOT is currently accepting applications for its Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program, which provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools, PTAs, and community groups for education and encouragement programs for walking and biking to school. All public and private K-12 schools within the City of Seattle, PTAs, and other school-related nonprofit groups are eligible to apply. It’s a great way to support Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts to improve safety for all travelers! In 2016, SDOT awarded 24 Mini Grants to schools and community organizations serving public and private schools throughout Seattle.

How to apply
• Head to the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program page, where you can download the application or apply online
• You’ll also need to include a letter of support from the school principal (mailed or emailed by the application due date)

Completed applications are due on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, by 5 PM. SDOT will notify applicants of awards the first week of December 2017, and distribute funds in January 2018.

For more info, contact Ashley Rhead at

Pedestrian Safety Improvements on 5th Ave NE

Late 2017/early 2018 SDOT is making safety enhancements on 5th Ave NE between NE 115th St and NE 127th St to reduce crashes and make it easier to walk and bike in the Pinehurst neighborhood. This Vision Zero spot improvement project is part of SDOT’s plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

The planned improvements include:

  • New painted parking lanes between NE 115th St and NE 127th St
  • New flashing beacon at NE 115th St
  • New painted curb bulb on NE 125th St
  • Bike box upgrades at NE 115th ST
  • Four-hour parking restriction removal, lighting improvements, and updated street signs and markings between NE 115th St and NE 127th St

SDOT is also installing new flashing crosswalk lights to warn drivers when a pedestrian is crossing at NE 115th St. With the new Hazel Wolf K-8 school now in session on Pinehurst Way NE, flashing crosswalk lights can improve the visibility of students walking and biking to school across this busy street.

During this work, expect temporary parking restrictions and detour routes for people biking and walking. SDOT will provide advanced notification to adjacent residents and businesses prior to construction starting.

If you have questions or comments about this transportation safety work, please contact Chris Svolopoulos at (206) 684-5312 or

Annual Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 3rd annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making our neighborhood safer and more secure.

The survey is accessible at  from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please circulate this information to friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

TCA Meeting on Natural Drainage Systems

Come and learn all about Natural Drainage Systems with Luis Ramirez of Seattle Public Utilities.  These projects collect street runoff in swales for biofiltration into the ground, and already exist in parts of Pinehurst and other locations in Seattle.

Thursday, October 19

Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005  32nd Ave. NE

Social time: 6:30 pm

Meeting begins:  7:00

Following the presentation will be a short business meeting.


Open to the public – all welcome!

Upcoming Lake City Events

Here are some upcoming events in Lake City that Lake City Neighborhood Alliance send us:

October 15th – Lake City Future First “Fall Clean” – Join the Lake City Community in its clean up event from 3-4:30 pm. Free t-shirts while they last, snacks and refreshments and we provide all you need to take part. Details here.

The weather is looking great! Let’s have a great showing for our last Clean Up of 2017.

October 23rd – LCFF Business Luncheon at Hellbent Brewery – The guest will be Mayoral Candidate Cary Moon. They hosted Jenny Durkan in September. Ticket purchase required:

October 27th – Children’s Home Society and LCFF’s Trick-or-Treat Walk 5:15-6:15 pm walk begins at the Lake City Mini Park – Treat bags and maps available at the Mini Park.
Also join the Lake City Lion’s for the Annual Fright Night Party at the Lake City Community Center at 6:30-8 pm on this day.

October 29th – 2nd Annual “Lake City Pumpkin Palooza” – Join LCFF, Kaffeeklatsch, Hunger Intervention, the Lake City Library and the LC Farmers Market for kid’s activities, kids pumpkin decorating and treats. 2-5 pm at the Kaffeeklatsch.

November 3rd – World Dance Party – A fantastic Community Event – free and fun for all ages. Potluck and dances from around the world – Lake City Community Center – 6-9 pm.

November 11th – 2nd Annual Lake City Pub Crawl to benefit North Helpline.This event was an absolute blast last year. Tickets and information here:

November 15th – LCFF Community Conversation – Topic “Disaster Preparedness” in Lake City. Join them for this important conversation and meet your friends and neighbors while learning about how you can best be prepared for a disaster. All ages welcome. Free food provided by Lake City Future First. Doors open at 6:30 pm, discussion at 7 pm.

Lake City Branch of the library is going to be closed the first six months of 2018for remodeling.

Learn about the plans at an Open House with Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner.

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23
Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E.

  • See the architectural designs
  • Learn more about expanded spaces and improved services
  • Get branch closure information
  • Find out where to receive Library services during construction

The six-month construction project is expected to begin in early 2018.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for October 2017


The guest speaker at NPAC was Assistant Chief Steve Wilske, SPD Patrol Operations Bureau. He talked about SPD staffing, patrol priorities (officer safety, crime reduction, compliance with the DOJ settlement agreement.

The North Precinct Commander updated us on crime statistics.

The annual sock drive has begun. If you’d like to donate new socks, hats, gloves, scarves, take them to the North Precinct, 10049 College Way N. They will be distributed to social services such as family shelter Mary’s Place, a medical clinic for homeless, etc.

All the minutes can be read here.

Community Center Halloween Events 2017

Friday, October 6

Harvest Festival, Meadowbrook Community Center Parking Lot, 5-7 p.m. | All Ages – FREE ENTRY
Celebrate the Fall Harvest with your community and enjoy freshly pressed apple juice and $5 pony rides!

Friday, October 20

Funky Family Fall Festival
Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. | All Ages – $3/Person or $12/Family (over 5 people)
Get the whole family together to join us for this annual evening of treats and a few tricks. Come in costume and enjoy carnival style games, crafts, haunted mini-golf, and more! Meet your neighbors, let your kids loose in the gym and have fun. Funky family costumes encouraged.

Saturday, October 21

Spooky Sprint
Magnuson Park Beach and Kite Hill, 10-11 a.m. | Ages 3-12 – $20
It’s time for ghosts and ghouls, zombies and spiders to lace up their sneakers and run through our haunted race course! Ages 6-12 choose between a 1 or 2-mile fun run, while ages 3-5 start the event with the special Tot Sprint. Race check-in begins at 9 a.m. and is located south of the swim beach. Please register by October 16. Cost includes t-shirt, award, prizes, and refreshments for all. Costumes welcome!

Friday, October 27

Pumpkin Carving
Northgate Community Center, 4:30-7 p.m. | All Ages – FREE
Kick off Halloween weekend with family pumpkin carving and decorating! We’ll have pumpkins of all sizes with safe carving tools and paints to create your spooky or funky jack-o-lantern. Enjoy cookies, candies, and hot cider while you carve; stick around for the jack-o-lantern contest to win prizes!

Tuesday, October 31

Halloween Make-Up Headquarters
Magnuson Community Center, 3-5 p.m. | Ages 2-12 – FREE
Complete your Halloween ensemble by getting your face painted! Stop by Magnuson Community Center before trick-or-treating on the biggest dress-up event of the year! Reservations strongly suggested. Call 206-684-7026 for make your appointment.


Volunteers Needed! Pocket Park Planting Party

We’re still looking for volunteers to make this community event happen! If you can help, please contact us at We can use people to:

  • put posters up at businesses and on telephone poles ahead of time
  • put small handbills on porches near the park ahead of time
  • bring snacks
  • help plant!
  • take photos of the party and the resulting plantings

Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill October 19, 2017

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to
Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:19 a.m. on October 19* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills.

Washingtonians can join them today by registering for the 2017 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

For more information on how to get prepared for the next earthquake, visit the Seattle Office of Emergency Management website

* If you cannot hold your ShakeOut drill on 10/19, you can select another day when you register