New Rules About Trees in Seattle

In a move to preserve and increase Seattle’s tree canopy (good for the environment, health and quality of urban life), there are some new rules passed in Council Bill 120207 that went into effect.
Property Owner Requirements
  • Starting November 11, property owners must hire a registered tree service provider to complete most tree work on their property. You will be able to view the list of registered providers on the SDCI Trees & Codes webpage in October. 
  • Starting November 11, property owners must post a public notice of major pruning or removal of trees on the property. The notice must be posted at least three days before a tree service provider starts the work. To create the public notice, complete the “Public Notice” form which will be available on the Seattle Services Portal beginning in October.
  • Property owners completing routine pruning and tree maintenance are not required to register or post a notice.
The bill requires tree service providers to register with the City of Seattle before conducting commercial tree work and consultations on private property. The list will be on the Trees & Codes webpage.
SDCI will host an informational webinar in September to help us understand registration requirements, property owner responsibilities, and Seattle tree codes. Check the Trees & Codes website for up-to-date information.

Transit – Kids Ride Free

Beginning September 1, riders 18 and younger can ride for free on many transit systems across Washington, thanks to millions in funding included in the Move Ahead Washington transportation package approved by lawmakers earlier this year.
Riders 18 and younger can take free rides via Sound Transit, King County Metro, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar, Pierce Transit, Community Transit, Snoqualmie Valley Transit, Kitsap Transit and Kitsap Ferries. Everett Transit began zero youth fares in July, and Washington State Ferries will join suit in October.

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

Two of the chickens that were at the feet of Green Piggy have moved across the park into the Pinehurst Pocket Park kiosk. They’ll reside there through September.
If your child (or you!) would like to show art in the park, please contact

Olympic Hills Home Zone Feedback Meetings

Starting in late August, neighbors are welcome to join SDOT on one of four community walks to discuss safety improvements in the Olympic Hills neighborhood. Information provided to SDOT and the Home Zone Steering Committee during these walks will be used to develop potential projects for consideration.
For any questions please contact SDOT at
See map below for the area under discussion. For community walk dates, times and locations please refer to the flyer here.

Block Party at Zylberschtein’s Deli – 9/18/2022

It’s just a month out from the Pinehurst Block Party + Zylberschtein’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration! It will be on Sunday September 18th from 10am-2:30pm.

For three years, Zylberschtein’s Delicatessen and Bakery has found a welcoming home in Seattle’s beautiful Pinehurst community. Please join in celebrating its third anniversary!

Our Pinehurst neighbor Blue Kettle Books will be on site with their gorgeous, teal bookmobile offering craft activities for kids as well as a curated selection of new books and gifts for all ages, plus readings and book signings from two local children’s book authors.

Plus, Lil Tiger Ice Cream, Hellbent Brewing and local musical Guihereme, Klezmer Music and more!

Pinehurst Picks – Hawaiian Dragon

Vision Zero Seattle and Speed Limits

This is why Seattle lowered our residential street speed limits to 20 mph and many arterials to 25 mph – at 20 mph 9 out of 10 pedestrians who are hit by a vehicle survive; at 30 mph 5 out of 10 survive; at 40 mpg only 1 out of 10 survives.

Vision Zero Seattle has a goal to end traffic deaths & serious injuries on streets by 2030.

Starting a Block Watch

Have you and your neighbors formed a Block Watch?

Why Have a Block Watch?

Neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime.

How Does Block Watch Work?

Block Watch requires two basic commitments:

  1. A commitment to be concerned about your neighbor’s property and well-being as well as your own.
  2. A commitment to report suspicious activity and take action by alerting your neighbors and calling 9-1-1.

Getting Started

  • Think of a location for your first meeting. It could be your home, or a neighbor’s home, library or community center, etc.
  • Contact the Crime Prevention Coordinators in our North Precinct for dates and times to meet with you and your neighbors. gov/police/crime-prevention/crime-prevention-coordinators.
  • Invite your neighbors to come – it helps to invite them in person.
  • The first meeting will discuss local crime trends, prevention measures and the proactive ways neighbors can work together.
  • The designated Block Watch Captain will act as primary contact for Seattle Police, and communicate to the neighborhood.

Pinehurst Community Information

Here’s an up-to-date flyer on Pinehurst Community Information. North Precinct now has two Crime Prevention Coordinators. Their contact information is on the flyer.

Ask SPD Short Videos Have Answers

Here’s a very short video from SPD explaining why reporting minor crimes, such as car prowls (even if nothing was stolen) is important and useful.

To see all the Ask SPD videos, click on and then search for ‘Ask SPD’. You don’t have to have a Facebook account to see the videos.

Submit a question here: