Kids-at-Heart Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

Part 2: Recently three Pinehurst crafters got together to make art somewhat in the manner of beautiful art of the Huichol people in Mexico. You glue yarn down and outline shapes with contrasting colors. This month’s art in the pocket park is the second in the series, by Nancy. Check it out in the kiosk at the pocket park – NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork (or yours) for the Pocket Park kiosk, please email 

Pinehurst Pocket Park Spring Work Party

Pinehurst Pocket Park Work Party

9:30-11:30 am, Sunday, March 15, 2020

Please come on out if you want to help with the annual sprucing up of the PPP! A couple hours of work make a big difference in the appearance of our local park. The pocket park is at the corner of 19th Ave NE & NE 117th St.

We’ll spend some time weeding and then spread  fresh bark mulch. Bring your favorite weeding tool and a bucket. A pitchfork and wheelbarrow could also come in handy.

All are welcome, see you there!

Garth Ferber

2019 Crime Stats (With Caveats)

Here is a 2019 summary of crime in our neighborhood. However, since Pinehurst lay partly in the SPD’s Northgate area and partly in its Lake City area, I’ve included both neighborhoods in the data selection. Pinehurst’s actual crime rates would be less, since this summary includes the parts of Northgate and Lake City that we don’t think of as Pinehurst. The dashboard doesn’t let me get more refined than that. I encourage you to report all crimes so data like this is more accurate. SPD uses data to deploy patrols in the areas that most need them. You can play with the dashboard here:

North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes – February 2020

This month’s guest speaker was SPD Chief Carmen Best. She laid out SPD’s six priorities, talked about the budget and enumerated other priorities such as gun and gang violence, car theft and officer recruitment and retention.

Our Crime Prevention Coordinator still has some free steering wheel clubs – contact her if you want one –

Captain Sano, our precinct head, reports that Lake City has been one of the shots fired problem areas. He is working on identifying known shooters, and is using the gang unit and major crimes task force in that area.

90% of crime in the north precinct is property crime. Right now car theft is a big problem, with Lake City one of the hot spots. SPD is working to get prolific car thieves identified and arrested. Work trucks and Isuzus seem to get stolen frequently right now. Many stolen vehicles are being abandoned near where they were stolen.

SPD is doing extra emphasis by the traffic unit on Lake City Way for traffic enforcement, especially at rush hour and at night.

Read all the news in the minutes here.

Kids-at-Heart Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

Recently three Pinehurst crafters got together to make art somewhat in the manner of beautiful art of the Huichol people in Mexico. You glue yarn down and outline shapes with contrasting colors. This month’s amazing art in the pocket park is by Amy. The heart shape is perfect for February, the valentine month! Check it out in the kiosk at the pocket park – NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork (or yours!) for the Pocket Park, please email 

Name New Parks in Lake City

Seattle Parks and Recreation Seeks Names for New Parks

March 27 deadline for submitting names

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the public to submit potential names for parks in the Lake City neighborhood. Suggestions for names are due to the Park Naming Committee by Friday, March 27, 2020.

We are seeking names for the following parks, characterized here by their working names:

  • Lake City Landbank Site: SPR purchased property located at 12510 33rd Ave. NE in 2010 with funding from the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy to provide additional open space for the Lake City community. SPR demolished the building on the property and worked with the community on the design for the park. The new park will offer a multi-generational appeal with a wide range of activities and green space in this urban neighborhood. The park will include a half-basketball court, climbing structures, ADA pathway, picnic areas, open lawn, and bike racks. The park will include public art sculptural work by artist Elizabeth Gahan funded by the 1% For The Arts program. Construction is anticipated to start in March 2020 and we anticipate the park will be open by late summer.
  • NE 130th Street End: This tiny beach is accessible by foot or by bike and is most easily reached by the Burke-Gilman Trail. The site had been a public small street-end beach property used by the community as a public park and an access point to Lake Washington since the early 1900’s. In 2013, it became clear that the land was not, in fact, publicly owned. Neighboring community members rallied the City to help restore public access to this waterfront property. In 2015, the City Council authorized the acquisition. The City initiated a condemnation process in 2016, and a settlement was reached. SPR finalized the purchase of this property in May 2019. The little park totals 13,736 sq. ft, mostly water, with a small shoreline area of 3,653 sq. ft.   


Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge Construction to Start

SDOT has approval to begin construction of the Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge Project from January 27 onward.
Upcoming work
Once work begins, they’ll start on the east side of I-5 at 1st Ave NE and NE 100th St, where crews will be installing erosion control, clearing vegetation, installing drainage, and preparing for drilling for the bridge shafts. While work will generally move from east to west, clearing and grubbing will begin on the west side on the North Seattle College campus as soon as February.
What to expect during construction
  • Dust, noise, and construction vehicle activity, including cranes
  • Some nighttime and weekend work
  • Detours for people walking and biking
  • Lane reductions on Northgate express lane on- and off-ramp
  • 2 freeway closures, on weekends and at night only, with detours
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the construction sites, including on the North Seattle College campus on the west side and NE 100th St (at 1st Ave NE) on the east side
  • Closure of the North Seattle Park & Ride on 1st Ave NE
Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge project team, (206) 905-3620

If you need this information translated, please call (206) 905-3620.

Hands On! Skills Fair – February 8

The 10th annual Hands On! Skills Fair is an annual event that brings together the community to share and learn skills. Presented in partnership with NE Seattle Tool Library and the Meadowbrook Community Center, this Fair is called “Hands On” because it is based on actually doing skills to learn them. Folks from our neighborhoods step up to share skills such as food preservation and preparation, basic plumbing and electrical, seed saving, soap making, tool repair, carpentry, pruning, gardening, simple bike maintenance, and making lotions, just to name a few. Through the Skills Fair, we share the joy, satisfaction and security of being able to provide for our own needs, shifting from dependence on giant corporations to a healthy interdependence with our local community.

The class schedule can be found here:

Each year this event is held in winter as a way of kicking off the new year. It requires many volunteer hours in teaching, organizing and day-of helpers, so if you are interested in being involved contact, Subject: HandsOn

Things you should know about the HandsOn

  • FREE all day. 10 am – 5 pm
  • Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle
  • Lunch provided with a panel discussion
  • Get there early for best chance to get into the classes.
  • Check the schedule before you come to see if there are any items you need to bring for your class; tools to sharpen, tools that need a new handle, clothes to exchange, fermentation starts to give away, bike that needs repair, etc

Stop the Bleed Class

“Stop The Bleed” is a national campaign with the goal of teaching bystanders to recognize, and stop, life-threatening bleeding, giving the injured person more time to get to the hospital for definitive care.  This class is very well-received and, most say, easier to learn than CPR.
“Stop The Bleed” can save a life…
Stop The Bleed website…
Here is the website where you can find a class that works with your schedule.
Two upcoming classes in our neighborhood (there are more in April):

Wednesday, Feb 12

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE
Sign up HERE!Saturday, Feb 15

10 am – noon
Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE
Sign up HERE!

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ann Forrest,  Admin, Lake City Stops The Bleed

(360) 550-2234
The group will also bring this training to your work site (location dependent).

Northgate Pedestrian Bridge Update – January 2020

A little update on the Northgate Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Project:

  • Construction to begin early in 2020, to end in fall of 2021
  • 1900 ft long, 16 ft. wide, 4% grade
  • East terminus will be at NE 100th & 1st NE, with a spur directly to the Northgate Light Rail stop
  • West terminus will be at a paved trail leading  to N 100th St & College Way (Meridian) N
  • Bridge will parallel the south edge of Bartonwood, just south of the gravel access road and north of the old ball field and parking lots
  • Northgate Park and Ride on 1st NE (west side of 1st only) will be closed and used for staging.  The area on west side of I-5  (Bartonwood/N Seattle College) will also be used for staging.
  • Southbound I-5 will be closed for one weekend night, and closed northbound for one other night, while pre-assembled bridge halves are erected over the freeway
  • On the west side, removed trees are to be replaced at an “at least” 2:1 ratio and with native species.
For more info, or to sign up for updates:
or call 206 905 3620.