Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Park

This month’s art in the pocket park is not by a kid; it is a collage by Victoria Raymond, Pinehurst artist. She made this as a sample for one of her workshops for homeless women at Mary’s Place. This photo of her beautiful art is in the kiosk at Pinehurst Pocket Park, at the corner of NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE.
Victoria Raymond offers group art lessons from her Pinehurst studio for both youth and adults.
If you would like to submit your child’s artwork (or yours!) for the Pocket Park, please email

Northgate Mall Area Redevelopment Update – October 29, 2019

Here is an update on Northgate Mall redevelopment, including housing near light rail, from the minutes of the October 29, 2019  ReVisioning Northgate meeting:

Stephen Antupit, consultant for the Northgate Mall developer, gave an update on changes and plans at the Northgate Mall which is being redeveloped into a “neighborhood”. He noted the open house for NHL Seattle that was held Oct. 2 at the mall. The hope is that the NHL team will kick off league play at Seattle Center by fall 2021.  At the Northgate site will be three ice rinks, one for the NHL team practice and it will include seating and probably merchandise store, and the other two for community use. The three rinks will serve as anchors for the Northgate neighborhood development.

The next phase will be hotel development, then mixed use apartment buildings.  The Food Court will continue to be open during construction but the routes for getting to the Rack and Food Court will probably shift as different phases of construction occur. Other phases of development will include office spaces, other housing, open spaces, and a supermarket.  Retail will continue but unsure which businesses as of now. The northern portion of the mall will remain more or less intact. Eventually, it is anticipated there will be 350,000 sq. ft. of retail but it is NOT envisioned to be a University-Village replica. There will be no more large “anchor” department stores there.  That may be of concern to those, especially the older generation that remains a significant part of the local population for which RVN has expressed support, who have not embraced the paradigm of buying most things on-line.  Some of them might not even be on-line.  A communication plan will eventually be rolled out. Development of the spray park was discussed.

Simon Properties continues to own the land and is planning leases for the vertical developments (although the NHL site is a separate arrangement)

Jeremy Wilkening of Capitol Hill Housing talked about Transit-Oriented Development in the Northgate area in association with the light rail station environ.  CHH is a public corporation organized by the City of Seattle and started about forty years ago (see website above).   CHH has various projects for housing around the city. At the Northgate site, it is required to partner with a market-rate housing developer and is working in partnership with Stellar Holding (the owner of Thornton Place) & Lowe Enterprise.  CHH then provides the low income housing. Current negotiations and purchase rule agreements are in progress though King County-METRO has not been speedy from its end. CHH will build 232 units of affordable housing on the site near the light rail station, using varying degrees of low-income criteria/measurements for rentals. CHH received a grant to get the planning underway from King Co/METRO.  The site will also have an early ed. childhood facility that will be for people in the community, not just residents on site. CHH is hoping for a 2023 opening. It will not build parking but residents will be eligible for reduced rate ORCA passes. Required bicycle spots will also be available, one per unit. CHH will undergo a Design Review process as it moves ahead.

NHL Seattle:

METRO North Link Connections Mobility Project:


Capitol Hill Housing:

Extra Yard Waste Accepted in November

Again this November, Seattle Utilities is accepting extra yard waste at no cost. See poster below for guidelines:

Neighborhood Treekeepers Community Meeting

Neighborhood Treekeepers Community Meeting – Monday, October 21, LAKE CITY LIBRARY, 6 PM. Learn why we need to protect mature trees in Seattle and how you can get involved.

Every day we lose more and more of our mature tree canopy as Seattle grows in population and density. Trees in the “emerald city” benefit public and environmental health in numerous ways, and significantly off-set areas of impact from climate change.

The objective of the Save Our Trees campaign is to persuade the mayor and city officials to adopt stronger tree protections in Seattle in 2020.

2019 Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 5th 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 your 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.

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting October 17th

Remember when the lovely large property on the north side of NE 125th St and 23rd Ave NE with the red house and creek running through it was for sale? It’s being turned into a park. Learn how a coalition of groups and the city and county brought about this purchase at the upcoming Thornton Creek Alliance meeting:


North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for October 2019

This month we invited all the city council candidates for the districts that are in the North Precinct (4, 5, 6) to answer our questions about their stances on public safety. Unfortunately, by the time of the meeting, only 1 candidate could come, and 1 sent a statement via campaign manager. But, we got reports from Community Police Team and NP leadership. Read the minutes here.

Fall Festival Events

Here are fall festivities hosted by Parks and Recreation

  • Friday, October 4


Meadowbrook Community Center Parking Lot | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.| All Ages| FREE
Celebrate the Fall Harvest with your community
and enjoy freshly pressed apple juice and $5 PONY RIDES!

  • Friday, October 18


Lake City Community Center | 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.| All Ages| FREE
Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights,
which is celebrated every autumn. One of the most popular
festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory
of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over
ignorance. Join the Lake City Community Center and Library as
we learn more about and enjoy this tradition. This free event
will feature story time, crafts, games, music, and food.

  • Friday, October 18


Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.| All Ages| $5 per person, family 4+ $20
Get the whole family together to join us for an 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. Parental supervision required.

  • Friday, October 25


Lake City Community Center | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.| All Ages| FREE 
Join the Lake City neighborhood for a full evening
of fun! Start in the mini park to get a map of local businesses
participating in trick-or-treating from 5:15-6:15. After your
bags are full, head over to the Community Center for an all
ages party from 6:30-8:30p.m. hosted by the Lake City Lions
Club. The celebration will include food, crafts, games, and a
Haunted House put on by the Lake City Vigilantes.

  • Friday, October 25


Montlake Community Center | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.| All Ages| FREE
Bring the whole family down to our Halloween
Carnival for a beWITCHing night of fun. Enjoy carnival games,
face painting, arts and crafts, and collect some candy! We will
also have a toiletry drive if you would like to donate!

  • Friday, October 25 & Saturday, October 26


Magnuson Community Center |7 p.m. – Midnight| May not be suitable for children under the age of 10 without an adult.| $6 Adults $3 Youth under 12
Can you make it through our tour of the abandoned basement
of building 47 in the former Sandpoint Naval Air Station gym?

  • Friday, October 25


Magnuson Community Center | 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.| Ages 1-5 | FREE
Just like our regular tot gym but Halloween themed.

  • Saturday, October 26


Magnuson Community Center | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Ages 1-5 | $20 for
scarecrow + 25 tickets for games

Get ready for the annual Scarecrow Mini Fest! We’ll
be inside this year with the same great games, kids
activities, kiddie tractor ride corral, and of course, scarecrow
making! You bring the clothes and a pillow case for the head,
and we’ll supply the rest. Put your scarecrow on display during
the Mini Fest for a chance to win grand prize!

  • Friday, November 1


Lake City Community Center | 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.| All Ages|FREE
Dia de Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a celebration of loved ones who have passed. During this colorful tradition we will be making sugar skulls along with other crafts and games.

  • Friday, November 1


Miller Community Center | 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.| All Ages|FREE
Come celebrate and learn about a Mexican tradition, Dia De
Muertos! Also known as Day of the Dead. Watch a performance
by traditional Mexican dancers and get your face painted with
traditional sugar skull designs. We will also be playing a movie
on the big screen! Chips and salsa will be provided during the

  • Friday, November 15


Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center | 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.| All Ages|$5 per person, family 4+ $20
Why go to the zoo when the animals can come to you! The
Reptile Man will be coming to our community center to show
off his reptile friends. Join us for a fun filled evening of bonding
with cute cold-blooded creatures flicking their tongues and
hissing in scaly solidarity.

  • Monday, November 25


Magnuson Community Center | 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.| All Ages|FREE
Can’t get enough turkey? Join us and your friends
and family in the community for a shared meal.

  • Tuesday, November 26


Lake City Community Center | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.| Ages 12 and Under|FREE
Kids are out of school, time for some crafting fun! The Lake City
Library and Community Center are teaming up to bring a day
of messy, creative, and hands on fun.

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

October’s drawing in Pinehurst Pocket Park’s kiosk is by eleven year old Thamila, who drew it at Pinehurstfest. It is actually a small button she created at Nancy the Childrens’ Librarian’s table. Then she brought it to the pocket park table and suggested we take a photo of it for the park. Great idea! This is not the first time she has given us a drawing for the park. Thanks, Thamila, for continuing to help us make our little park a nice place to visit!  The pocket park is on the corner of NE 117th St & 19th Ave NE.

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


Pinehurst Community Council Meeting September 25, 2019

Come to the Pinehurst Community Council Meeting and learn about emergency preparedness and local emergency hubs. We’ll also have a speaker talk about the street safety hazard around NE 127th and 15th Ave NE.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:30

Location: Amante Pizza & Pasta, 12319 Roosevelt Way NE, (206) 362-6666. The meeting is in the back room.


Topic Presenter Time
Introduction All 6:30 – 6:40 PM (10 min)
Emergency Hub  Ann Forrest, President

Victory Heights Community Council

6:40 – 7:40 PM (60 min)
Pinehurst Street Safety Rachel Lipsky, Pinehurst neighbour 7:40 – 8:10 PM (30 min)
Future Topic Brainstorming Daigoro Toyama 8:10 – 8:20 PM (10 min)


If you have any questions about the meeting or agenda, please contact

Pinehurst Community Council meetings are open to the public.