News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


Maple Leaf Summer Social is next Wednesday! Followed by Night Out

July 12th, 2018 by Mike

The 23rd Annual Maple Leaf Summer Social is next Wednesday, followed by National Night Out the following Tuesday, Aug. 7th

The Social is a neighborhood tradition. This year it will again be held at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park (Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 85th Street) from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information try the Maple Leaf Community Council’s Facebook site.

For more on National Night Out, or to register your block for an evening party, go here.



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National Night Out!

August 4th, 2015 by Mike

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Tuesday is not only election day, it’s Night Out

August 2nd, 2015 by Mike

Close your street, enjoy potluck food and music with your neighbors.

It’s National Night Out from 6-10 p.m. Tuesday. Or, locally, Seattle Night Out Against Crime.

Follow the above link for more details.

Last year, over 1,400 events were registered to participate.

A few of the Maple Leaf participants are shown on the map. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.

(Oh, and don’t forget to post your primary election ballot by Tuesday.)

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A musical Night Out in Maple Leaf

August 5th, 2014 by Mike

Music from improv jazz at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park…

…to raucous covers of bands of yore (Go-Go’s. Yes!), at this Night Out party on Northeast 88th Street.

Seattle’s 30th Annual Night Out Against Crime is over.

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Was that the last Night Out in Seattle?

August 4th, 2010 by Mike

UPDATE AUG. 5: The Stranger has more information on the crime prevention coordinators here.

Wednesday evening thousands of Seattle residents joined in the giant block party that is National Night Out against crime. Our news partners The Seattle Times reports more than 1,000 blocks in the city celebrated.

It might be for the last time.

Night Out in Seattle is a function of the city’s six civilian crime prevention coordinators, who work directly with the neighborhoods but could see their positions axed, as we reported earlier.

Seattle faces a multi-million dollar budget shortage, and the six, including North Precinct coordinators Diane Horswill and Neil Hansen, have been told they’ll lose their jobs next spring.

Today Marc Phillips, president of the Maple Leaf Community Council, let us know that “this is likely the last year (for Night Out) due to budget cuts.”

Horswill confirms: “I think it is important for neighbors to know that the services we provide including block watch, community meetings, security consultations, personal safety and Night Out will be gone,” she e-mailed today.

“Although the budget won’t be official until late Fall we (Crime Prevention Coordinators) were told that the 3-year-grant that we have been working under for the past year or so will be applied  to other positions/programs as of 3/31/2011.”

The crime prevention coordinators do the time-consuming administrative work of orchestrating the neighborhood programs under their city contract, in addition to working directly with residents doing everything from setting up block watches to going door-to-door to warn about recent crimes. They were part of the police budget up until last October, when the positions were funded with the federal grant money.

“We’re encouraging folks to contact the mayor, Councilperson Burgess, and Chief Diaz to fund this vital service,” Phillips said.

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Scenes from a Night Out in Maple Leaf

August 4th, 2010 by Mike

Tuesday night was National Night Out against crime, and hundreds of Seattle neighborhoods participated.

In Maple Leaf, musicians were a big draw. As was food.

Dozens of families gathered as the sun went down.

But for sheer kid appeal, it’s hard to beat a fire truck.

Got any Night Out photos from your block? E-mail them to and we’ll post them here.

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Tonight is Night Out

August 3rd, 2010 by Mike

Tonight after work is National Night Out, and we want to know how many of you are planning on closing your street and visiting with neighbors.

We wrote about Night Out before, but we might have been a little early. Send us photos of your block.

Our news partners, The Seattle Times, will be compiling stories and pictures from Seattle Night Out block parties. You can tweet a report and photo (via Twitpic), and use the #nwnightout hashtag so they can see what people are up to.

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