News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood


All-day kids’ camp if teachers strike Wednesday

September 5th, 2015 by Mike

The Northgate, Meadowbrook and Ravenna-Eckstein community centers will hold all-day camps for school-age kids if Seattle teachers strike next week.

The three locations in northeast Seattle are among 16 throughout the city that will stay open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 9-11 in the event of a strike.

The Northgate Center, the only one in Maple Leaf proper, is at 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.

There will be no costs to parents.

Details from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are here.

Additionally, all locations of The Seattle Public Library are open regular hours and Library staff members are ready to support students and families with resources and programs. Visit or call 206-386-4636 to find out the nearest library, the hours of operation and scheduled programs.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story, complete with illuminating comments, here.

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Science, Santa and heart health this weekend

November 15th, 2013 by master

The community is doing its best to make sure the winter rain doesn’t get you down with events for all ages tomorrow:

Santa Arrival Event at Northgate Mall
8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 16
Bring the kids for free treats and activities as Santa arrives at Northgate Mall!

Caspar Babypants Fall Concert
Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16
Caspar Babypants returns to Northgate Community Center for a fall concert for ages 1 and older. Cost is $5/person.

Healthy Heart Fair
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, 1550 N. 115th St.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16
You’re invited for a day of fun and learning as Northwest Hospital celebrates the opening of UW Medicine’s Regional Heart Center at Northwest Hospital. Participate in free hands-on activities:

  • Health screenings – know your numbers
  • Heart healthy exercises
  • Try CPR and learn how to use a portable defibrillator
  • See your own heart rhythm and amazing images of the human heart
  • Explore the new heart center
  • Meet our physicians and providers

Learn about:

  • Nutrition, healthy eating and heart-healthy recipes
  • Heart disease and women
  • Cardiac risk in children and teens
  • Lowering cardiac risk by reducing stress

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important things you can do to ensure overall long-term health, whether you’re a child, teen, adult or senior. The good news is, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of heart disease, and trying even one will make a lasting difference.

Jane Addams’ Environmental Science Carnival
Jane Addams K-8, 11051 34th Ave. N.E.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16
Jane Addams’ second annual Environmental Science Carnival is all the fun of a regular school carnival with a science twist! Come explore stream life, make a paper owl, throw a penguin, race a snail and pet a chicken. Concessions will include baked treats and healthy lunch options served on compostable products. The event will be in the school gyms (enter at the SW corner of the building). Tickets, good for all booths and concessions, will be sold at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Jane Addams’ PTSA. Get free tickets by bringing non-perishable food items which will go to the school’s winter break food drive. One can is good for 1 ticket (up to 5 tickets per family).

On top of all this fun, the Lake City Way branch of All the Best Pet Care (8050 Lake City Way N.E.) is celebrating its grand re-opening by offering 10 percent off everything this weekend.

Anybody know of any other area events we should add to this roundup?

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Northgate, Ravenna-Eckstein picked as day care centers in event of Seattle teacher strike

August 31st, 2013 by Mike

As negotiations continue over whether Seattle schools will open as planned Wednesday, the city has announced it will open 20 community centers to provide free day care for some children during the work day.

They include the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., and the Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6536 Ravenna Ave. N.E.

Although the city is characterizing the service as “drop-in,” it is limited to children on free or reduced lunch programs, and registration is required.

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted as space permits each day. All students must have a completed registration form, which can be obtained at open community centers starting this weekend, at the community centers the day of the drop-in service, or online at A registration form still must be printed and brought to the community center if registration has been done online. Parents can secure a spot for their child in advance by going to beginning Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., but those spaces will not be held past 9:00 a.m. each day of the drop-in service.

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Book swap at Northgate Community Center on Friday

November 1st, 2012 by Mike

Seattle Parks is hosting a book swap Friday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northgate Community Center.

“Bring a book, Trade a book. Already dozens of good titles to choose from,” the Parks Department writes. “If you don’t have a book, it’s a buck a book.”

The community center is at 10510 5th Ave. N.E.

View the book swap flier here.

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Parking, bike lane saga continues at open house Tuesday

August 23rd, 2012 by master

Have you made your opinion known about the addition of bike lanes/elimination of parking on Roosevelt Way Northeast?

Presentation from Seattle Department of Transportation including comments from the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board.

A second open house is planned from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., giving you one more opportunity to learn more about the current plans by the Seattle Department of Transportation and lodge your support/complaint of the proposal.

Summary of proposed changes from the news release:

  • On-street parking would be restricted all day (“No parking anytime”) on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE from NE 75th Street to NE 85th Street
  • 13 parking spaces would be restricted (“No parking anytime”) on the east side of Roosevelt Way NE near NE 75th Street and NE 80th Street to improve traffic signal operations
  • 71 parking spaces would be retained on the east side of Roosevelt (which is more than enough to accommodate the peak demand for on-street parking).
  • A dedicated bicycle lane would be added in the uphill (northbound) direction so that slower moving people on bicycles do not hold up traffic.
  • Shared lane markings (sharrows) would be installed in the downhill (southbound) direction
  • The new parking lane on the east side of the street would be wider than the current parking lanes
  • The new bicycle lane would also serve as a buffer between parked cars and cars traveling on the street

Here are a few issues the Maple Leaf Community Council has with the current proposal:

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Community yard sales need your trash/treasures!

July 31st, 2012 by master

With prime yard sale season in full swing, both the Northgate Community Center and the Eagles Mother Aerie No. 1 have planned community garage sales that are in need of your “trash,” otherwise known as somebody else’s treasure.

On Friday, Aug. 3, you can rent a table for $20 to sell your goods from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Yard Sale at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E. For more information, contact the center at 206-386-4283.

And the following weekend, on Aug. 11, the Eagles order at 8201 Lake City Way N.E. is bringing back the community-wide Maple Leaf Garage Sale. President Dan Kerege is hoping households throughout the neighborhood will participate as they have in past years, but the Eagles also will have its own garage sale that day that will be open to sellers who don’t have the space for their own garage sale.

You can either rent a table for $15, or donate items to the Eagles to add to their own sale. For more information, contact Faye at 206-762-5125.

If you would like to join the community-wide garage sale, email and we’ll add you to the list:

  • 9101 Roosevelt Way N.E.: “We are in the process of moving from a three bedroom house to a boat, so there will be MANY items for sale.”
  • Block-long sale on 14th Ave. N.E. between 82nd and 85th will include the home numbers 8232, 8228 and 8224
  • 1219 N.E. 96th St.
  • 814 NE 80th Stree (starting at 9:30 a.m.)

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Restoring Beaver Pond Natural Area a balancing act

January 12th, 2012 by master

More than 50 people gathered at Northgate Community Center on Wednesday night to discuss the future of Beaver Pond Natural Area, and how best to spend $500,000 on a restoration project to protect the green belt while still meeting the needs of the community.

Safety was on the minds of many of the attendees after nearly 50 trees were illegally pruned in the southwest side of the park last month, with opinions running strongly on both sides of the issue. A neighbor who lives adjacent to the park on Northeast 104th Street says although he realizes that the tree trimming was illegal, he and his neighbors like it that people can see better into the park.

“Before it was completely sheltered from any sort of observation,” he said. “I think that really encouraged the activity that was going on there. I like nature, but there’s a balance.”

In contrast, multiple attendees seemed more supportive of the natural area remaining natural. A few urged those who believe criminal activity is taking place in the park to be proactive about putting a stop to it by forming watch groups that coordinate with the police and Parks.

Janet Way, who has been involved with the creek’s restoration since the Thornton Creek Alliance was formed in 1994, says she has dealt with many of the same issues in her section of the watershed in Shoreline.

All it took was a few months of regular patrols that reported their findings to police, and the illicit activity quickly disappeared, she said. “If you see a problem, call 911,” she added, a theme that was repeated throughout the night.

The safety theme also remained a constant, with Parks arborist Mark Mead explaining that this is the community’s opportunity to shape the natural area into a space that makes them comfortable. He noted, however, that it’s doubtful the trees are the cause of any crime that could be linked to the neighborhood.

“The reality is that the topography is what is causing the problem, not the trees,” Mead said. “I haven’t heard of a tree yet causing a crime.” [Read more →]

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Help plan future for Beaver Pond Natural Area

January 9th, 2012 by master

After the unprecedented number of comments from our readers (90 as of Monday  morning), it’s safe to say that there’s plenty of interest in the future of Beaver Pond Natural Area, which is located at the north end of Maple Leaf and just east of Northgate Mall.

Want to help guide the future for the park? You’re invited to add your 2 cents at a planning meeting for the park’s restoration project from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Avenue N.E. Even if you aren’t ready to state your opinion, the meeting will offer a good opportunity for you to learn more about the plan with presentations on background studies and site analysis from Seattle Parks and Recreation and The Watershed Company. From the meeting announcement:

This project modifies the existing park, refines and completes channel work in portions of the park by relocating two portions of Thornton Creek, removes invasive plants and restores native habitat. 

Beaver Pond Natural Area on Thornton Creek consists of several contiguous parcels located near the Northgate Community Center and continues northeasterly into the Maple Leaf neighborhood. It is bordered by NE 103rd and NE 107th streets to the south and north, by 5th Avenue NE to the west, and by Roosevelt Way NE to the east. The park includes the South Branch of Thornton Creek, wooded areas, wetlands, and several trails. Visitors will see a wide variety of wildlife including an active beaver pond. There are several major access points located at the south end of the park, on NE 105th Street, and at the corner of NE 106th Street and 9th Avenue NE

This project is one of 15 projects to receive funding through the first round of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. The Opportunity Fund provides $15 million in funding for community initiated park development or property acquisition projects. To view other projects that received funding please visit

A second meeting that will incorporate feedback from this initial meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.

For more information, visit the project website or contact Emily Lofstedt, parks planner, at 206-684-7047 or

UPDATE: Because of the recent illegal tree-trimming that took place at the park, believed by some to help decrease area crime, Seattle Parks has added to the agenda plans to address safety concerns in the Natural Area.

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Hat, sock drive under way to help Northgate families

November 7th, 2011 by master

Want to do your part for those in need who live in the neighborhood?

Northgate Community Center, with help from the North Precinct, is in the midst of a hat and sock drive to benefit homeless and low-income men, women and children in the Northgate area.

New socks or hats can be dropped off at the center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E., by Dec. 7. For more information, call the center at 206-386-4283.

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Soup It Up benefit dinner Friday at Northgate CC

November 3rd, 2011 by master

If you’ve been craving soup as the days have been growing colder, Northgate Community Center has the perfect remedy for you.

Tomorrow, Nov. 4, the center at 10510 N.E. Fifth Ave. is inviting the community to its Soup It Up benefit dinner from 6:30-8 p.m., featuring a variety of home-cooked soups, salad, bread and dessert that will warm your bones as well as your heart, since proceeds will go toward the Northgate Community Center’s  scholarship fund.

Entry is $25 for a family of four, or $8 per person.

Although pre-registration was requested by Monday, Assistant Coordinator Cara Brown says you still can attend the Friday night event, she just requests that you call the center at ahead of time at 206-386-4283 to let them know how many people will be in your party.

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