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Tis The Season: December Community Events

Come celebrate the holiday season with friends and neighbors at our upcoming events in Mineral Springs Park & Licton Springs Park!

LoveLicton Sponsored Events:

  • Saturday, December 15th, @ 1PM-4PM, Card Making & Holiday Drive, Mineral Springs Park, 1500 N 105th St
    Come join us at Mineral Springs Park on Saturday, December 15th from 1PM to 4PM for a FREE holiday event including music, holiday card-making activities, festive games, hot beverages and snacks. Food and clothing items will be collected for local non-profits. All are welcome!

Tis The Season Event Poster

Community Engagement Events:

  • Sunday, December 2nd, @ 10AM-2PM, Help Mulch for Oak Tree Village Art Installation, Oak Tree Village, 10002 Aurora Ave N
    Mulch has been donated to cover the bulbs we planted at the Oak Tree Village pedestrian overpass. Need some hands to help spread. BYOR (bring your own rake).
  • Wednesday, December 5th @ 7PM, SPD North Precinct Advisory Council, Cascadia Elementary School’s library 1700 N 90th St
    At the December meeting, there will be the usual 5 minute reports and the Captain's report, but instead of a guest speaker we will have a social and poster session where attendees can list neighborhood public safety concerns and successes. Please consider bringing a holiday snack to share! Coffee will be provided.
  • Saturday, December 8th @ 10AM, Friends of Licton Springs Park Clean Up, Licton Springs Park
    Join FRIENDS OF LICTON SPRINGS for the last work party of 2018. We have over 100 new plants to place in the ground. Come join us!
  • Sunday, December 9th @ 10AM, 4th Annual Haller Lake Craft Fair to benefit Mary’s Place, Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave N
    Come to the 4th Annual Haller Lake Craft Fair for holiday shopping and entertainment! $2 suggested donation to Mary's Place.
  • Thursday, December 13th @ 7PM, ALUV Monthly Meeting, Epic Life Church 10510 Stone Ave N
    ALUV stands for Aurora Licton Urban Village and seeks to build a pedestrian-safe, visually vibrant, economically sound, livable, and welcoming urban village using sustainable-growth principles.
  • Saturday, December 15th, @ 10AM, Licton Lights, Licton Springs Park
    We'll be doing Licton Lights again this holiday season to light up Licton Springs park! We could use some help morning of Dec. 15 10 AM at the park. Rumors that there might be cookies.
  • Monday, December 17th, @ 6:30PM, Northgate Early Design Guidance Meeting, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 202
    Design Review Early Design Guidance for 4, 6 to 8-story buildings with 1,164 apartments, 25 live-work units, and retail. Parking for 1,346 vehicles proposed. Existing structures to be demolished.

To stay up to date on other activities coming up, check out LoveLicton's calendar.

Hope to see you at an upcoming event! Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below!

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Open Source Meetup Tonight 6PM

Join us tonight at North Seattle College, for our first ever Open Source development meetup:

OpenSource Event

There will be free food and coffee (from Pilgrim Coffeehouse!).

Hope to see some of you there!

~Timothy

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Neighbors!

We at LoveLicton wanted to wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for this year:

  • Our readers and community members that together make this a great place to call home.
  • Licton Springs Community Council as they've continued their great work of giving a unified voice to all community members and helping to lead community events (including the phenomenal Halloween event at Licton Springs Park).
  • ALUV who has been working tirelessly to improve the Aurora Corridor. Their latest work can be seen on the Aurora Ave N. pedestrian bridge art project.
  • Licton Springs P-Patch leadership really making our p-patch not only beautiful but a cornerstone of the community.
  • Licton-haller Greenways / Seattle Neighborhood Greenways working to make North Seattle and Licton Springs walkable and bikeable. They've been crucial in the creation of many Licton Springs Greenways such as the one nearing completion on N 100TH street, and have been working on North Seattle's pioneering Home Zone Pilot right here in Licton Springs.
  • Epic Life Church has consistently been there for the community. Allowing community meetings to be hosted in their church, leading a cleanup down along Aurora Ave N., and hosting community events.
  • Meridian Health Center which has served as the closest thing to a Licton Springs Community Center. They've hosted all the Licton Springs Community Council meetings, Mineral Springs Park meetings, and even community events such as Saturday's board game event.
  • Friends of Mineral Springs Park, Mineral Springs Disc Golf Club, and Seattle Parks and Recreation as they've worked to bring a strong sense of community to Seattle's only Disc Golf Park. This has lead to many events being held at the park and increased / more varied usage.
  • Pilgrim Coffee set up in Oak Tree Plaza when we needed them most and have been roasting and brewing excellent coffee for the community.
  • North Seattle College who've worked with the city and local community members to ensure a safe, appealing, and environmental conscience bridge is built from Licton Springs to the upcoming Northgate Lightrail Station. They've also been working with us to ensure Licton Springs and North Seattle College become a hotbed of Open Source innovation.
  • Northwest Danish Association beyond all the great work they do for our Danish residents, they opened up their doors on many occasions for community-wide events.
  • Buy Nothing Licton Springs who has done more than just provide a venue for the exchange of items, providing a forum for constructive community conversation, and the sharing of community events.
  • All the other countless local businesses and non-profits in Licton Springs.

We hope you enjoy the holiday with your family and loved ones!

And after the holiday and Black Friday shopping is over we hope to unwind with some of you over coffee and board games:

Board Game Event

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Home Zone Pilot Moves Forward

Significant progress has been made since we originally introduced the Licton Spring's Home Zone Pilot back in August. Just recently the City passed $350K in funding for Home Zone Pilots (the Licton Springs pilot being the first such in North Seattle), following an article about the project on Crosscut. If all goes well, some of this funding will help to compliment the Small Sparks grant the community was awarded for the project as well as funding received from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. All of which, was accomplished after the community gave valuable input, shaping what such a project would look like in Licton Springs.

After discussion with the community and collection of initial traffic counts, we've coalesced on some simple initial steps:

  • Intersection / Street Art
  • Planters placed along the roads without sidewalks
  • Pedestrian Wayfinding / newsletter signs
  • A professionally performed traffic study

Despite the progress that has been made - walking around the neighborhood, for the most part, everything still looks untouched. While the community has identified many locations that they believe would be suitable for street art, it is not feasible to paint the street during Seattle's rainy season, leaving such work to wait for next year. And, while there have been some areas identified as potentially suitable for planters, this work will not begin until permits are secured and impacted households are contacted and give their direct approval.

Meanwhile, there is at least one physical reflection of the project, as the first prototype wayfinding sign was installed at the corner of N 88th and Burke Ave N right before Halloween:

Prototype wayfinding sign

The sign was constructed by volunteers using basic material and equipment:

  • A standard pre-treated 4 x 4 inch x 8 feet post.
  • Outdoor & weatherproof resilience paint from the Licton Spring's Sherwin Williams (6797 Jay Blue, 6740 Kilkenny, & 7077 Original White)
  • 2 inch and 1 inch white vinyl letters
  • 2 1/2 x 4 x 8 Hemlock Boards cut into 2 foot sections (for the direction signs)

During the construction of the sign, which costs well under $200 to build, significant lessons were learned that will be applied to any future wayfinding signs:

  • The directions were painted on one side of each direction sign, with a solid color on the other, this can lead to the wayfinding sign seeming blank from some angles. Future signs will be 4 inches longer and have the locations printed on both sides.
  • Some of the direction wood pieces split slightly where they were attached to the main post. Having the directions not use the 4 inches where the connection needs to be made, as well as making pilot holes into the connection points, should remedy this issue for future signs.
  • Over-sized rubber bands are an amazing tool to line up letters.
  • Stencils tend to bleed, and even if they don't they have an amateur appearance. Vinyl letters are cheap, easy, and if done right, resilient.
  • A clear coat, such as Polyurethane, should be applied after letters are placed to ensure they stay in place and offer extra protection against the elements.
  • These really are fun to make!

Finally, to both this wayfinding sign and future ones, we will be adding a brochure box where community members will always be able to physically pick up a community newsletter and know about upcoming events and happenings in the neighborhood.

Want a wayfinding sign in your lawn strip?

As part of the Home Zone project, there is an opportunity to get a wayfinding sign installed on your lawn strip! If you are interested, please sign up here. This opportunity is available to any homeowner within Licton Springs.

Want to help out?

Want to help move the project forward? Have artistic ability or are willing to help build planter boxes or signs? Willing to reach out to neighbors or host a meeting? Please sign up here!

What's next?

Over the next few months expect to see the first prototype planter/traffic calming measure installed. Expect opportunities to provide feedback on the initial traffic calming measures, as well as initially proposed street art. Then as, weather permits, expect street art painting to begin.

What do you think about the Home Zone project? Have any feedback on the initial wayfinding sign? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Make your mark on the Aurora Bridge Art Project

If you are as excited about the ongoing art project on the Aurora Pedestrian Bridge as we are, you will be thrilled to hear there is now an opportunity to meet neighbors and help enhance the project! This coming weekend (Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th), neighbors will be meeting 10:00am-4:00pm to prepare the soil and then plant over 3 thousand daffodil bulbs.

Daffodils

The project will be completed in two steps, first preparing the soil on Saturday and then planting on Sunday:

Wear heavy gloves and yard shoes. Bring your own planting tools: shovels, trowels, hand clippers (for cutting ivy roots). Rain gear if it is wet!

You can find out more on ALUV's website, who first alerted us to this community project.

Hope to see you there!

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