News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Radio controlled plane lost near Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

March 20th, 2017 by Mike

This morning David emails:

Yesterday I lost my white and blue plane N of Maple Leaf park, near the Roosevelt
side, it fell somewhere in the first few streets there. So basically NE of the water tower.
Please post.

 617 513 6938

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Snow fun at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

December 9th, 2016 by Mike

Photos by Caroline Young Ullmann

Johnathan and Natalia


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Neighbors want action against park graffiti

March 26th, 2016 by Mike

We do have a mural in the park, but also:

“Speaking of art in the park, how about the new 3 graffiti tags on the hitting wall, on the river stones on SE corner, and one stone on path outward to 88th? ‘GI’ is the tag. Kind of a bummer,” says Jarvis  on our previous post.

On the same post, An Observer says: “I have seen an uptick in tagging along Northgate Way, and Lake City Way close to Nathan Hale. Seems every five years or so a new crop of taggers comes along only to be otherwise engaged (jail, work, or adult responsibilities) soon enough.”

And over at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf, Grace is leading the charge:

I am so sick of seeing graffiti on everything now. Idiots tagged one of the beautiful rocks at the north entrance of the park that leads to 12th. The more we get used to graffiti the more it will proliferate.

Before I wait around for city officials to clean up graffiti I’m ready to do it myself to get rid of it before more people get ideas. I’m happy to try to clean off that rock if anybody can suggest to me what I can get that will do it.

And she’s getting support, from these and eight other responses:

I would happily offer up some elbow grease, i.e. join in on efforts to clean it up, just name the time this weekend and I should be able to be there. I agree with the comments about being persistent with getting rid of it; if left it looks like no one cares it is there. Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point has a fascinating chapter all about graffiti – best way to combat it is quickly and consistently remove it.

I have a hand held water jet cleaner. Works quite well for cleaning rough surfaces. If you get your hand in front of the pinpoint stream you can draw blood and much language.. Is the approximate address NE 89th and 12th Ave NE ?

Here’s the best way to report graffiti at the park.

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It’s Spring – and we have new art to say so

March 25th, 2016 by Mike

The mural at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Spring returns today, followed by rain Saturday night.

Remember the community Easter egg hunt here Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Good morning, Maple Leaf

February 7th, 2016 by Mike

Mostly cloudy, calm. High near 51 degrees.

Rain returns … Wednesday night.

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The park Christmas duck has found a mate

January 15th, 2016 by Mike

The Mallard drake spotted in north Maple Leaf Reservoir Park on Christmas Day has apparently found a mate.

They were together Thursday and this afternoon.

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It’s 2016! Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2016 by Mike

Mount Rainier, Lake Washington, Cascades, from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Jan.1, 2016.

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A Christmas duck for Maple Leaf

December 25th, 2015 by Mike

On Christmas Day one of the ponds in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park hosted a Mallard.

(We saw one on Easter this year, too. It’s on the park bird list.)

Earlier this fall, just at dusk, we saw a shorebird in this same pond, which we’ve listed as a Dunlin.

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Maple Leaf, Scout trees, survive 9+ inches rain

December 23rd, 2015 by Mike

In an email Tuesday the Scouts behind the Maple Leaf tree lot (a 70-year tradition) wrote:

Boy Scout Troop 151 has finished a successful Christmas Tree sale. We earned enough to finance our program for the upcoming year.

We would like to thank all our returning customers who tracked us down, and for their ongoing support. We want to thank all our new  customers, many who told us they found about our tree lot from Maple Leaf Life.

In a separate post on their Facebook page the Scouts thanked members for “their time and commitment to the many hours everyone spent in the rain at the tree lot.”

How much rain, you ask.

Here at Maple Leaf Life South we know the answer: During the time the tree lot was open – Nov. 28th to Dec. 22nd – it rained 9.13 inches in the neighborhood.

During that time the single wettest day was Dec. 9th, at 1.36 inches.

Cliff Mass is predicting possibly the wettest December in Pacific Northwest history.

The Scouts go on to say:

We would like to thank the following Maple Leaf businesses  for their support this year:

Maple Leaf Life – for help us promote our Tree Lot and program.

Glo Cleaners – Owner Steve has been a longtime supporter.

Maple Leaf Property Management – Owner Kit MacPherson provided signs and has been a longtime customer.

Father Mark, St. Catherine’s Church and School – They have been a great partner for our Troop for many years and  when we need a space for the tree lot, they were there with open arms.

Troop 151 is a parent-sponsored Boy Scout Troop. “We offer and outstanding leadership and outdoor education program for Scouts 10-17.

We meet Mondays at St. Catherine’s at 7 p.m.. All interested families can attend.

Thanks to all our customers and supporters.

This year’s Maple Leaf Park Solstice tree came from the Scout lot, we’re told.

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Lost: Chicken. Found: cell phone, Mazda keys

November 23rd, 2015 by Mike

Sharon emails: “Missing chicken: We are missing a brown and gold Americana hen. If you see her please call: 206-992-4383. Thanks! We live on the corner of 12th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 98th Street.”

Another neighbor emails: “We found a phone in the lower area of Maple Leaf Park on Sunday night around 5:30 p.m.”

The battery is dead, so if somebody’s missing it let us know.

Finally, a set of keys to a recent-model Mazda was found this morning at the north entrance to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

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