Take the 2020 Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 6th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey, which 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.

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 help them better understand our neighborhood’s safety and security concerns.

More information on the Seattle Public Safety Survey that helps inform the SPD Micro Community Policing Plans can be found at:

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

November’s drawing in the park is by 12 year old Niko. Take a stroll to the pocket park at NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE to see it in the kiosk. Very cool cat, Niko, thanks!

If your child (or you!) would like to show art in the park, contact

Photos From 2020 Pinehurst Doggo and Kids Halloween Parade

Our first (maybe a new tradition?) Halloween parade was a big success! Most photos are not ready yet, but below are a few. Eventually The Puppyhurst Doggo News will be publishing some, since Ceiba Bunny was there to document the event. By mid-November, probably, try here:

Social distancing was very good despite how the camera captures – collapses – distance in the first photo. The parade strung out along several blocks. All the dogs were very well behaved, and had killer costumes. The kids were happy and wore wonderful costumes. And many adults wore costumes, too! Two neighbors played music in the pocket park and on the parade route, adding to the festive feeling. A kindergarten class from Hazel Wolf attended. I saw one relaxed looking cat in the parade, snuggled in its owner’s arms. A big thank you to Amy for organizing this!


Pinehurst Walking Craft Fair November 14, 2020 1-4 pm

We have many talented crafters/artists in Pinehurst. The pandemic has canceled most fairs this year, so here’s an opportunity to support them AND get some lovely handcrafted goods.

PINEHURST WALKING CRAFT FAIR, November 14th, 2020, 1 – 4 pm.

Crafters will set up tables or canopies outside to show their goods. Please plan on mostly cash transactions.

Here is an interactive map. Click on a purple mark for crafter, address and type of goods.

And here’s a flyer:

Skeletons Carving Pumpkins

Among all the other cool Halloween decorations out there now, our beloved skeletons, who have been entertaining us throughout the pandemic, are nevertheless still there. Making a mess carving their pumpkins….

Extra Yard Waste Allowed in November

If you subscribe to Seattle Utilities’ yard waste program, extra yard waste fees are not charged in November, when customers are asked to keep fall leaves out of drains to reduce the risk of flooding. Households can put out up to 10 bags of extra yard waste per collection day for free from November 1 to 30.

Halloween Doggo and Kiddo Parade – October 31

Almost time to dress up the dogs and kids and come out for our safe parade! Or just watch and cheer as it goes by! Masks required (but costumes not required). Below are the poster with info, and the safety guidelines sheet. See you there!



Community Prevention & Wellness Initiative Survey

Non-profit coalition Prevention Works In Seattle (aka Prevention WINS), works to prevent adolescent substance use in the community of NE Seattle.
It is disseminating the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative survey that’s run by the Washington State Healthcare Authority. It collects valuable data about our community and its members’ perceived issues surrounding substance abuse and access among adolescents.
The survey is a simple online link you can find here:
The questions are short and take about 5-10 minutes. The questions cover topics such as the perceived issues around substance use in the community and ease of access for the community and for youth.

Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge Update

October 23, 2020
The following construction activities will be taking place over the next several weeks:

Long-term single-lane closure of I-5 express lane off-ramp (at 1st Ave NE and NE 103rd St)

A long-term single-lane closure of the express lane off-ramp at 1st Ave NE and NE 103rd St will remain in effect for approximately 9 months. One lane on the express lane off-ramp will remain open during the regularly scheduled express lane daytime hours of 8 AM to 11 PM.

East side of I-5: 1st Ave NE (between NE 92nd St and NE 107th St) 

  • Intermittent lane closures along 1st Ave NE
  • Bridge deck and electrical work
  • Foundational concrete work
  • Backfilling for pier column
  • Removal of shoring
  • Pouring concrete for curb ramp
  • Installation of catch basins
  • Potholing

West side of I-5 (north side of North Seattle College and along N 100th St) 

  • Demolition of existing asphalt
  • Electrical work

Northbound I-5 express lane

  • Concrete work for pier columns
    • Placing forms and rebar cages
    • Placing concrete
    • Allowing concrete curing time
    • Removing the forms
  • Electrical work

1st Ave NE street improvements 

When the project is complete, the street will include a new two-way protected bike lane (PBL) between NE 92nd St and NE 103rd St, along the west side of the street. A PBL separates bikes from motor vehicle traffic lanes by using planters, curbs, and/or parked cars as barriers. PBLs also improve safety for riders and make riding a bike a pleasant and practical way to get around. At NE 103rd St, people biking will use the crosswalk to access the east side of the street, where a multi-use path or widened sidewalk will continue north to Northgate Way (see map below).

View the full factsheet about 1st Ave NE improvements at the project webpage under “Materials.”

What to expect during construction

  • Some 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 and detours (on weekends and at night only)
  • Construction staging and parking impacts near the construction sites, including at the north side of North Seattle College along N 100th St and on NE 100th St at 1st Ave NE
  • Closure of the North Seattle Park & Ride on 1st Ave NE

Questions during construction? Contact:

Darrell Bulmer
(206) 905-3620

Halloween Tips for 2020 – Safe Trick or Treating

By Public Health – Seattle & King County Staff

Holidays are going to be different this year, no question about it. But we all need to have some festivity, especially in the midst of the all we’ve had to deal with this year. Halloween has some good celebration options since many activities can be outside and mask wearing is part of the holiday, but there are still some risks with COVID circulating. Public Health has tips to prevent illness, help our community stay on track for reopening, and still retain some of the spooky and sweet flavor of Halloween.

First, the basics: when planning your Halloween activities, follow the fundamentals of COVID prevention. Limit close contact with other people, limit touching points, and practice good hand hygiene.


During the pandemic, trick-or-treating presents some new challenges. Door-to-door trick-or-treating will likely bring people into close contact, especially if people gather and cluster on doorsteps and walkways. It’s also difficult to ensure that everyone is wearing the right face coverings or masks. Trunk-or-treating (when people go from car to car instead of door to door) may also be difficult to do while keeping adequate social distance. While we have continued spread of COVID-19 on our community, Public Health is encouraging other options.

If you are thinking about trick-or-treating, here are some things to consider:

• If you want to give out treats, understand the level of risk you’re willing to take. Packaged food is not considered a common source of coronavirus exposure, but it’s not without risk. If you put out a bowl of candy, a larger number of people will touch the bowl and candy. If you hand out candy out individually, fewer people touch the candy, but they come into closer contact with one another, especially if children line up outside the door. It’s close contact with others that creates the greater risk of COVID spread..

• Reduce risk in how you hand out treats. Options to reduce (but not eliminate) risk include:

  • Use tape to mark waiting spots 6 feet apart on the way up to your door.
  • Use fun ways to give the candy while staying 6 feet apart, like slide the candy down a wrapping paper tube into their trick-or-treat bags. Or individually wrap goodie bags and line them up for families to grab and go while staying social distanced (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).
  • When you answer the door for trick-or-treaters, wear a mask.

• Wear masks that snugly covers the nose and mouth as part of the Halloween costume. Kids can decorate cloth face coverings with fabric markers or embellishments to go with their costumes! Avoid plastic masks with holes—commercial costume masks won’t provide the same level of protection unless they are made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that fit with no gaps around the face. Make sure kids wear their masks while trick-or-treating.

• Make sure children (and adults) stay at least six feet apart from others. If you can’t keep physical distance, it’s best to avoid activities like trick-or-treating or going to a crowded pumpkin patch.

• Wash your hands thoroughly when you get home. Carry hand sanitizer so that kids can wash their hands while trick-or-treating.

• Set aside any candy that comes from outside your household for 24 hours before allowing children to handle it. Reality check: we know that it’s too much to ask of kids to wait to eat their candy. You might purchase a small amount of candy in advance so that you can have candy on hand that your kids can eat immediately on Halloween.

For safer Halloween options, and all-ages Halloween tips, click on

Halloween Tips from Public Health