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Lost keys found at Maple Leaf Park

February 9th, 2017 by Mike


My name is Kyle Spangenberg and I found some keys on a lanyard on the east
side of upper Maple Leaf Park at around 12:30 am on Feb. 8th (night of Feb.
7th). They were on the walking path. They are easily identifiable with many
distinct keys and unique lanyard. Get in touch with me on facebook if they
are yours.

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A week to save the Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes?

October 19th, 2015 by Mike

It’s now less than two weeks before Halloween (Saturday, Oct. 31st) and we  have had several readers inquire:

“What about the hugely popular Parade of Costumes?”

Rachel, for example: “Hi. Do you know when the Halloween parade will be this year?”

The answer is no. At the moment there does not appear to be a plan for what would be the Seventh Annual Maple Leaf Parade of Costumes, an event that has drawn hundreds in the past.

Donna Hartmann-Miller, the ubiquitous force behind the parade for the past six years, emails that she can’t handle it this fall.

“I had put out a call for someone to take this over this year, but no one has stepped up for it. Typically it happens the Sunday before Halloween, but it would be up to the person who wants to organize it.

“If anyone contacts me, I will put it out on our email, on our Facebook page, there will probably be a poster at the park kiosk and I assume you will put it on Maple Leaf Life, yes?

“If you hear of anyone interested, they can contact me and I will tell them what was done in the past and provide whatever support I can.”

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Finding public art in Maple Leaf

September 27th, 2013 by Mike

There’s some unlikely public art in our neighborhood, though it takes a little looking to find it.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story today, with an interactive map citywide.

Art in Maple Leaf includes:

* The gazebo in the Maple Leaf park playground.

* Buoys in the swale at Thornton Place.

* Glass art at the Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

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Community meeting on crime, Maple Leaf park, Northgate development is Wednesday night

January 24th, 2012 by Mike

Update 1:30 p.m.: The community council has just emailed an agenda. No mention of public safety/crime, although it was on the list in this month’s council newsletter.

1. Introductions & Announcements

2. Emergency Preparedness and Maple Leaf Neighborhood Disaster Response

3. Maple Leaf Reservoir Park update

4. Northgate density and transportation changes

5. Community Q&A/Guidance – Tell us what you want us to work on in 2012


The January general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council has, in the past two years, put a spotlight on crime in the neighborhood.

The second big issue has been the development of the Maple Leaf Park. (Is there really going to be a 90-foot zip line there?)

For Wednesday night’s meeting, add development at Northgate.

In the community council’s newsletter, which came out earlier this month, the emphasis is placed on Northgate, where apartments are expected to bring thousands of new residents in addition to the redevelopment that’s coming with LINK light rail.

“If the development is done poorly, it will mean the beginning of the end for livability and quality of life in the Maple Leaf neighborhood,” David Miller, chair of the council’s Transportation and Land Use Committee, writes in the newsletter and at a special online page the council has created.

We also expect an announcement about Maple Leaf’ acquiring our own radar gun and hi-tech speed sign.

The meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25th, at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free, licensed day care is provided.

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New boot camp in Maple Leaf Park

January 1st, 2012 by master

Chances are you weren’t among the brave polar bears who took the plunge into Lake Washington this morning, but there are plenty of other ways to ring in the New Year with a healthy resolution.

One new opportunity is the Orbit Fit Boot Camp that takes place at 4:45 and 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Maple Leaf Park, 1020 N.E. 82nd St.

The classes are geared toward all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels, and your first class is free if you haven’t checked it out yet. Otherwise prices vary depending on how many classes you plan to attend. Just show up to participate or you can pay online.

And please let us know what you think about the class!

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Photos from the Maple Leaf Life tour inside the reservoir

December 12th, 2011 by Mike

All photos courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

The photographs from Saturday’s tour inside the Maple Leaf Reservoir are in, and they are stunning.

We’re posting some of them here, the rest are at Dane Doerflinger’s photo sharing site, here.

Our thanks to Dane, a neighbor, who also has supplied Halloween photos to Maple Leaf Life, and who shot the Maple Leaf Summer Social for us this year and in 2010.

On the right (in safety vest) is Stephanie Murphy, Seattle Public Utilities’ project manager for the site, addressing one group Saturday morning. It was raining lightly outside, with temps in the 30s, but down under it was 44 degrees and dry.

Here’s some information from the fact sheet Seattle Public Utilities was handing out Saturday:

  • In 1994 the state Department of Health required all water systems to submit plans and schedules for covering open reservoirs.
  • Post 9/11 concerns heightened scrutiny of the reservoirs, and in 2002 then-Mayor Greg Nickels advocated burying them as opposed to devising floating covers. The City Council approved that plan in 2004.

  • Burying the  Beacon Hill reservoir (50 million gallons) was started in May 2006 and finished in February 2009.
  • The Myrtle Reservoir project (5 million gallons) started in July 2006 and finished in July 2008.
  • In West Seattle, construction on that reservoir (30 million gallons) started in July 2008 and finished in July 2010.

The Maple Leaf Reservoir was originally built in 1910. The current project to bury it began in September 2009 and is to end in April 2012.

It is the largest of the four reservoirs to be buried, at 60 million gallons in two separate “cells,” divided by a concrete wall down the center of the tank. We’ve been reporting on the project since the winter of 2010.

Total cost for the Maple Leaf project is $49 million; for all four reservoirs it hits $140 million.

According to Seattle Public Utilities, the Maple Leaf Reservoir:

  • Is 494 feet wide by 666 feet long.
  • Has 768 underground columns, 20 feet apart.
  • Each column is 2 feet in diameter and 25-35 feet tall.
  • The walls are 22 inches thick.
  • Will have 11 inches of drain rock and 10 inches of topsoil on top of the lid, along with grass.
  • Will add 16 new acres to the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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Update on tour inside the Maple Leaf Reservoir

December 11th, 2011 by Mike

Our news partners The Seattle Times have posted 13 photographs from Saturday’s tour here.

We’ll have more photos and videos probably later today. (You won’t have to sit through an ARCO ad to see ours.) For earlier photos underground at the Maple Leaf Reservoir, click here.

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Visit Maple Leaf Life at the Summer Social!

July 26th, 2011 by master

It was great meeting many of you at least year’s Maple Leaf Summer Social, when Maple Leaf Life was still just a few months old and unknown to many neighbors.

We’ll have a table again Wednesday, and hope you’ll stop by and tell us (us being co-editors Mike and Mai Ling) what you love most about living in Maple Leaf. We’re taking a page from our sister blog Queen Anne View, where attendees at a recent event were encouraged to snap a photo with an instant camera, then write on the bottom of the photo what they like best about their neighborhood.

We’ll provide the camera, markers and poster board, but you’re going to provide the creativity and love of Maple Leaf!

In addition to the 50 booths that will be at the Maple Leaf Summer Social, from 6:30-8:30 tomorrow night at the Maple Leaf Playground, 1020 N.E. 82nd St., a few highlights include:

  • Frozen custard courtesy Peak’s Frozen Custard and ice cream sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace
  • Marimba music from Tumbuka
  • Music Center of the Northwest will have a small fiddle group composed of children who will play during Tumbuka’s 7:30 p.m. break
  • There will be one face painter and two balloonists
  • Seattle Electric Vehicle Association will have up to three electric cars to show off
  • There will be greyhound dogs for adoption from
  • UW Experimental College will have the class catalog with current offerings

Other tables to stop by include: [

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Questions about church bells and tire tracks

February 13th, 2011 by Mike

Two questions have popped in that we didn’t immediately have answers for, but thought other residents might.

Beth writes: “I’m a Maple Leaf resident. I’m wondering which church has the bell that rings around 12 and 6? Is it the one on 5th or St. Catherine’s? I love hearing it, but I can’t figure out where it’s coming from.”

And Christian wonders: “I know you’re not supposed to enlighten us neighborhood residents with police reports but does any one know in any detail about who made the tire tracks in the middle of Maple Leaf Park, or when?”  (The police sites are not enlightening on this issue.)

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Maple Leaf's biggest event of the year is tonight

July 28th, 2010 by master

UPDATE, 1: 30 p.m. Setup at the playground has begun! And, it’s not 103 degrees, like it was last year.

Photo courtesy Dane Doerflinger Photography

The event we’ve been waiting for all year is here.

Tonight, from 7-11, is your chance to get to know your neighbors as well as many of the issues that involve your community at the annual Maple Leaf Summer Social, which takes place at  Maple Leaf Playground, 1020 N.E. 82nd St.

During the first half of the evening, there will be ice cream bars sponsored by Maple Leaf Ace Hardware, music by marimba band Tumbuka sponsored by Maple Leaf Life (that’s us), face painting sponsored by the Maple Leaf Community Council, a clown/balloon artist sponsored by neighborhood resident Dawn Porter, and balloons by residents Cathy and Richard Boyce.

And if all those festivities aren’t enough for you, Sidewalk Cinema will show the 2006 romantic comedy “Outsourced” starting around 9:30 p.m., including free popcorn and prizes.

As many as 40 tables are expected to be at the event, but please find time to stop by the Maple Leaf Life booth and introduce yourselves. Hope to see you tonight!

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