Scenes from Pinehurstfest

 GFerber 20110716 06 Pfest 2nd bandThe second of three bands, 420 Flight, featuring Jack Cook & fellow musicians from Pinehurst


















Playground, tie dye, Merlin falcons in Pinehurst.


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Table for kids to draw pictures to display in Pinehurst Pocket Park.

Photos courtesy of Garth Ferber.

Land Use Notice Update

There’s an update on the previously posted Land Use Notice in Pinehurst. It looks like it’s just an updated date (August 1st) for the meeting.


Project: 3012001
Address: 11714 PINEHURST WAY NE
Area: Northeast
Zone: NC2-40 Overlays: NG – Northgate Overlay District
Contact phone: (206)361-6133
Planner: Colin Vasquez
Planner phone: (206)684-5639
Conditions: The Director of DPD is convening the Design Review Board for an early design guidance meeting.


To propose a mixed-use structure with 12 residential units above 1,400 square feet of commercial use with at grade accessory parking provided within the structure.


The applicants have applied for Design Review related to development of this site.  At the early design guidance meeting, the applicants will present information about the site and vicinity.  The public may offer comments regarding the design and siting ofa development on the subject site; and the Design Review Board members will also offer comments and identify those Citywide Design Guidelines of highest priority in developing the site.


Date: Monday, August 1, 2011

Time: 6:30  p.m.

Location: University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE
Room 209


For more information regarding this application or the Design Review process, you may contact the Land Use Planner listed above.  If you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to be informed of future meetings, please call the Land Use Planner to become a party of record.

The top of this image is North. This map is for illustrative purposes only. In the event of omissions, errors or differences, the documents in DPD’s files will control.

Rash of Car Thefts in Maple Leaf

This summer there is unusually high number of car prowls and car thefts in Maple Leaf, our neighbors to the south. See article in Maple Leaf Life.

This is a good reminder to take precautions. What attracts car thieves is opportunity. Don’t make it easy for them.

  • Don’t leave your car unlocked or the windows down.
  • Don’t leave anything of value in your car, especially within view.
  • Don’t leave you rkeys in teh car, or a spare key hidden in the car.
  • Don’t leave your car running and unattended.
  • Don’t park in a poorly lit place with low visibility; more than two thirds of auto thefts occur at night.

If your car is stolen or vadalized:

  • Call 9-1-1 if it happened recently and the suspect may still be in the area.
  • Call the police non-emergency number 206-625-5011 if you discover your car is missing or vandalized after a significant amount of time has passed.
  • If your insurance company requires you to provide a copy of the police incident report, you may request this in person at Seattle Police Headquartes Public Request Unit or by mail. More about police records is at

Pinehurst Playfield Shelter House Celebrated

The opening of newly remodeled Pinehurst Playfield Shelter House was celebrated at Saturday’s Pinehurstfest. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony, short speeches by dignitaries involved in the project, and delicious carrot cake. In addition, Garth Ferber stood by during Pinehurstfest to talk to people interested in the project. You can see a fact sheet on this blog’s shelter house page here. The shelter house is in the park at NE 120th St and 14th Ave NE.

You may notice in the photo below that the doors are sort of funky. We’re still awaiting the new doors. 2011-07-16Shelterhouse ribbon cutting2011-07-16  ShelterhouseDignitaries

Above, ribbon cutting ceremony.

Left, dignitaries from left to right: Eric Friedli (Parks Deputy Superintendent), Terri Burns (Parks – Meadowbrook CC), Phillip Duggan (Pinehurst Community Council President) , Lorna Mrachek (Pinehurst Community Council), Veronica Sherman-King (Dept of Neighborhoods Director of Community Building and Planning).








Photos courtesy of Garth Ferber

Thanks For Pinehurstfest Raffle Items

We’d like to thank once again the local businesses who donated items for our Pinehurstfest raffle, and to encourage you to shop local:

– Seattle Musical Theatre, Warren G. Magnuson Park

– Great Dog Shoppe, 11333 Roosevelt Way NE

– Screenprint Northwest, 11514 15th Ave NE

– Treehouse Coffee Co., 12303 15th Ave NE

– Starbuck’s, 540 NE Northgate Way

LED Streetlights are Coming to Pinehurst

Seattle City Light is beginning the second phase of replacing all streetlights with new LED bulbs. This phase will include Pinehurst. The new lightbulbs reduce maintenance costs by lasting longer. They are also brighter and whiter, allowing for better visibility and identification of colors. Please see this flyer for more information.

Rick’s Nightclub On Lake City Way Auctioned

In late June, notorious Rick’s Nightclub on Lake City Way was sold at auction. Though it is not confirmed, another bidder at the auction, the recent operator of Jiggles, said that the winner was associated with another strip club business, Deja Vu. See PI article for more information.

7/21/2011 update – someone just reported seeing a sign there, “Coming soon, Dreamgirls at Rick’s”.

August 2nd Seattle Night Out Graffiti Removal Idea

Have you registered your block party for August 2nd’s Seattle Night Out?

The block party is a great way to meet your neighbors. Also, here’s an idea to fight graffiti on your street: put out a donation jar during the party and collect money to buy things for a graffiti kit. Then you have a kit all ready next time you spot a tag on your street. You can either rotate the clean up job, or keep the kit at someone’s house so it can be picked up by anyone who sees graffiti.

A kit can include:

  • backpack or box to hold the materials
  • paper towel
  • lacquer thinner
  • water-soluble citrus-based paint stippper
  • wire brush
  • razor blade and razor blad holder (to remove stickers)
  • neoprene gloves

The Fine Diner Is Open

The Fine Diner, on the corner of Northgate Way and Roosevelt Way, opened thiw week. It’s a ‘soft opening’ – they haven’t done any advertising yet. They’re testing their processes with walk-in traffic that happens to notice the OPEN sign so that everything is smooth by the time they advertise. This means WE can be among the first to try the new neighborhood restaurant!

The prices are modest. For instance, the Fine Diner Burger is $7.75, “seasoned and broiled to perfection then topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and mayo on a grilled potato bun”, and it includes your choice of cheese. There are also chicken wraps, a philly steak hoagie, and other sandwiches, as well as salads and French onion soup and clam chower (cup $3.99/bowl $5.99).

Dinners include spaghetti & meatballs for $9.89, a 12 oz rib eye for $19.45, and others in that range. Dinners include a cup of soup or small house salad, seasonal vegetables, and choice of fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries or coleslaw.

There are some vegetarian offerings such as grilled cheese sandwich, quesadilla, and jumbo garden burger. There’s a ‘kiddies eats’ section, too.

There are free refills on some of the beverages. AND they offer Mexican Coke – no high fructose corn syrup (but no refills on that)!

If someone wants to scout, I’ll post your review. Send it to

Bon appetit!

Art At Pinehurst Pocket Park


This week five year old Edda is gracing our pocket park with her art. It’s a fun self-portrait of Edda watering her…cat!  Oh, and her flowers.  See it up close in the kiosk at the park – at NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE.

Thank you Edda!

At Pinehurstfest, July 16, there will be a table where kids can draw pictures for the pocket park. FrameIt on Northgate Way has donated matt board for this project. Come on by Pinehurstfest and create art for the park! If your child already has a work we can display, or wants to create one at home, please contact