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North Seattle Picnics in the Precincts is This Saturday!


Did you know the only Police Station in all of North Seattle is right here in Licton Springs? Now is your chance to meet them! This Saturday, August 18th from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Seattle Police Dept-North Precinct (10049 College Way N) the police department will be hosting a picnic. Come check out various booths (including!), enjoy music and meet with the many Department units including K-9, Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad, and SWAT. Precinct Picnics provide opportunities for each precinct’s surrounding neighborhoods to come together and enjoy an afternoon of celebration with the officers that protect their families and businesses. Businesses financially support the event through donations and community groups assist in the planning and execution of each picnic.

Here are some images from last years picnic:

Precinct Vehicles Horses! More Horses! Tents Dog At Attention Robot Delivering Lolipops! Soft-serve! Live music

(See all images here.)

For more information about the event, please see the Police Department's website.

For sponsorship information, please contact [email protected] or 206-733-9372.

To register for a booth at the picnics, please contact [email protected].

Hope to see you there!


Licton Springs chosen for Home Zone pilot

We're excited to announce that Seattle Neighborhood Greenways has selected the southeastern corner of Licton Springs for its pioneering home zone pilot in North Seattle! Home Zones represent an innovative and inexpensive approach to increasing walkability, safety, and the sense of community in neighborhoods that lack full sidewalk coverage. The pilot will cover the area north of 85TH, south of 92ND, west of I5 and east of Wallingford Ave. N Below is a map of the area, as well as some of the ideas that have already been proposed for the pilot:

This area was chosen, in particular, because it represents a small well-defined area in which to prove out the concept. If the pilot is successful: it could be expanded both to other areas in Licton Springs and throughout greater North Seattle.

Why are home zones something to get excited about?

It is known by many that Seattle has a sidewalk, or rather lack thereof, problem. As shown in this map prepared by SDOT in 2015, over a quarter of Seattle is laking sidewalk.

Sidewalk Coverage

Most of the need is concentrated in North Seattle, predominantly north of N 85th. And while Licton Springs is lucky to have the best sidewalk coverage of any neighborhood this far North, it still has less sidewalk coverage than any of the communities immediately to the south of it.

There's an often repeated claim that Seattle promised all these areas sidewalk when they were annexed so many decades ago. And, while I haven't definitively been able to determine if that claim is fact or folklore, the city is slowly keeping that promise. The only problem: starting at around $500K+ per a single block, sidewalks are expensive. At the current rate of expenditure, it will take over 300 years for all of Seattle to have sidewalks.

What are Home Zones and how do they aim to solve this problem?

A Home Zone is an area that is protected from lots of fast moving traffic so that streets are safe enough to walk on. Home Zones keep local access for residents, emergency access, and deliveries while discouraging cut-through traffic. Home Zones can use a variety of street improvements to accomplish this but focus on improvements that have the best “bang for our buck” recognizing Seattle’s pedestrian budget is stretched very thin.

Home Zones are meant to:

  1. Make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to walk in a neighborhood
  2. Reduce cut-through traffic and speeding by keeping this traffic on the arterials (not increasing traffic on other neighborhood streets), while allowing neighbors to get to their homes, emergency access, deliveries, etc.
  3. Enhance the quality of life for neighbors and strengthen our community (one way to do this is by integrating community art).

In essence: Home Zones aim to offer a drastically less expensive alternative to improve the walkability of currently unsidewalked streets, while also achieving a greater and more cohesive sense of community than can be made with sidewalks alone.

Can I donate to the effort?

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways which is a local nonprofit working to make every neighborhood a great place to walk, bike, and live, is currently supporting this project with staff time and resources. You can donate to help make this a reality at Or contact [email protected] for more information.

What happens next? How can I get involved?

If you live in or near the pilot area or want to give input on the very first North Seattle home zone, you can find more information about the details of this project here. Additionally, we encourage you to fill out the survey here or email us at [email protected] to be kept up to date on the project.

The first public in-person meeting to provide feedback will be held at the Meridian Health Center (10521 Meridian Ave) starting at 6:30 PM September 13th. If able, please register your intention to attend the meeting on Seattle Greenways home zone website.

We hope to see you there!


Night Out Success!

Thank you to everyone that came out across Licton Springs to meet with your neighbors and make 2018 another great success! Across the Licton Springs area, hundreds of neighbors got to know each other across over seven block parties.

Packed! Packed! Bubble Man Community Board Emergency Preperation Board

Many community resources were shared at these block parties, including:

  • Smart 911 - A way to add the information you want responders to know in case of an emergency before one happens.
  • Alert Seattle - The official emergency notification system used by the City of Seattle to communicate with city residents during emergencies.
  • Block Watch - Instructions on how to start an officially recognized neighborhood block watch.
  • Emergency Event Calendar - Upcoming events that teach crucial skills needed in the case of an emergency.
  • Emergency Hubs - A map of all the nearby emergency hubs to meet at after an emergency strikes.
  • Licton Springs Community Calendar - A shared calendar for all the events happening across the Licton Springs area.

Here's to hoping the community connections made at Night Out continue to grow over the next year!


Night Out is TODAY!

Reminder: TONIGHT all across Licton Springs and Seattle is Night Out! Come together with your neighbors for good food, activities, and conversation! Below is a map of all the publically listed night outs in the Licton Springs area:

If your direct area isn't getting together, the Densmore Block Watch Barbecue is open to the entire neighborhood and is holding its night out at Licton Spring Park. Densmore Block Watch Barbecue

Click here for a map of all the Night Out celebrations being held accross Seattle.

Did we miss your Night Out celebration? Let us know in a comment below!


Mineral Springs Park is Bringing Community Together

Mineral Springs park has had a busy and successful month! See below for a summary of July's events and some ways to get involved this month.

Community Connection:

On July 3rd, the community around Mineral Springs park met to discuss future events and initiatives in the park. If you'd like to get involved, the next Seattle Parks community meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 14th from 6-7pm at Meridian Center for Health, room 110.

Disc Golf:

Did you know that the Mineral Springs Park is the only disc golf course in the city of Seattle? On July 12th, Seattle Parks department met with the disc golf community to discuss needed improvements to the disc golf course in Mineral Springs Park. Additionally, on July 17th, held its second "Learn to Disc Golf" event in partnership with the local disc golfers. The event was a resounding success! We will be holding our next beginner's disc golf event on Tuesday, August 21st from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Beginner's Disc Golf Beginner's Disc Golf Event Flyer

Clean up:

On July 19th, the community came together for a Mineral Springs Park work party to help increase visibility in the park and clear tremendous amounts of brush and blackberries, primarily from the southeast corner along the walkway. You can really see the difference!

Neighborhood comes together to clean up Neighborhood comes together to clean up Neighborhood comes together to clean up

the next cleanup will be held on Thursday, August 16th from 5-7pm.


On July 21st, the community, in partnership with Seattle Parks, held their first event - a free BBQ! Lawn games, live music, food, and neighborhood bonding! Lots of fun was had by all. Thanks to How Short for keeping us entertained with live jazz and our neighborhood volunteers who tended to the grills! Look out for our next event later this summer/early fall. BBQ

It's been amazing meeting so many wonderful people from the area and seeing the community come together around this Licton Spring's gem. Let's keep up the community engagement! Hope to see you at some of the upcoming events.

August Events