Join Neighbors to Reclaim and Restore our Urban Forest

Trees Reaching

This Saturday be part of a community effort to restore a forgotten neighborhood greenspace! Trees for Seattle needs our help to continue their work with the community to reclaim our forgotten greenspace by spreading mulch and removing blackberry. The weather looks excellent for the event, but please don’t forget to wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and appropriate layers to keep you warm and dry. Make sure you bring your rain gear just in case - we will work rain or shine!

When: Saturday, March 23rd, 2019; 9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Look for the event on the northeast corner of N 85th St and Meridian Ave N.

What: Blackberry removal, spreading mulch and freeing trees!

Where to park/how to get there: Near the bus stop for the 45, 355, and 994. There is street parking in the neighborhood where we are working, and Bishop Blanchet, the high school directly across the street, has generously opened their parking lot our volunteers, which can be accessed from 82nd Street. The school will also be hosting a sports event, so there may be limited spots. Please use the crosswalk at 85th and Wallingford to safely cross 85th Street. Trees for Seattle should be easy to spot - the group with hot coffee and lots of shovels!

At the event, there will be coffee, water, light snacks, tools, gloves and instructions for everyone.

Together we can improve our neighborhood greenspace!


comments Celebrates One Year

One year ago today, with a simple post highlighting the beauty of the Licton Springs park as spring came into view, my wife and I started Licton Spring's first community blog; Since that time we've met so many wonderful neighbors and inspiring community groups. We've helped to host countless events, and joined all of you to fight for causes important for our neighborhood. We couldn't feel more lucky to be a part of this community and hope to continue to do our part to keep it a great place to live.

We hope this is the first of many years!

You're neighbors,

~Timothy and Amanda Crosley


What's next for Nesbit?

Nesbit Ave N. between N 85TH and N 90TH street has seen more than its fair share of change and disruption over the last few years. A tiny house village opened on the street 2 years ago, while reports indicated that crime was concentrating in the area. Then, after months of escalating tensions, a homeless man was shot and killed on Nesbit. While all of this was occurring, a large seemingly abandoned lot, and 2 large construction projects left few eyes on the street.

Tiny Houses Abandoned construction

This led Seattle Neighborhood Group to create a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) report on the 8800th block of Nesbit at the end of 2017, and then survey neighbors about the area last year.

Since then, the tiny house village has announced its permanent closure, to be replaced with a 112 unit affordable housing project built by LIHI:

Tiny House Replacement

On the street, branches have been trimmed, new lights installed to improve visibility, and sharps containers planned. And of course, construction projects are getting closer to completion:

new_lights 88th construction

Seattle Neighborhood Group wants to keep this momentum going, and is hosting a community meeting to discuss the survey and improvements this Thursday:

Nesbit Meeting

The meeting will be held at the nearby Cascadia Elementary School, January 17th, 6-7:30 PM. Hopefully, as neighbors, we can impact the future of Nesbit together.



New Life Being Breathed into Oak Tree Market

Following the remodel that occurred at the next door Oak Tree Cinema a few years back, HT Market is now also being remodeled. Once the remodel is complete, around 1/4 of the market will be dedicated to Real Plaza Latina, which will provide Latin groceries, baked goods, and a deli.

Changes Coming

A Mediterranean section is also being added to HT, helping transform it into a truly international market.

Mediterranean Section

Finally, Fun DJ appears to have closed, and is set to be replaced by a new dumpling restaurant:

Fun DJ Dumplings

All of this, while Pilgrim Coffeehouse continues expanding its presence in the plaza, now open 5 days a week:

Fun DJ

With one of Seattle's most comfortable theaters, a truly international market, phenomenal inexpensive teriyaki, and a local coffee roaster: Oak Tree is becoming not only a great community resource but a place worth the stop.