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Salmon Return to Carkeek Park

The salmon are beginning their return to Pipers Creek in Carkeek Park. This happens every November when the rains start, assuming there are enough salmon who survived four years in the “great big world” of the Pacific Ocean to be able to return to their home ground and spawn.
On Wednesday, November 30, starting at 10 a.m. the Park naturalist will lead a salmon walk to view the habitat, the creek, and the overall Park. Starting point is the McAbee entrance on NW 100th Place just behind the QFC.

Come out for our ‘Hood Hunt

Crown Hill 'hood hunt

NOTE: this is now over, please visit the Wrap Up article for the event.

The Crown Hill ‘Hood Hunt is a map-based scavenger hunt with checkpoints that you must find using a map that has no street names. Use your map reading skills to keep track of where you are.

Here’s how it works: Come to the Crown Hill Center at 10 a.m., get a map and question sheet. The map covers about a square mile and contains twenty-five checkpoints from 85th Street to 100th Street. Find as many checkpoints as you can on foot in 75 minutes, and return to the finish. There are no items to “scavenge”, only a question to answer about something you will see at each checkpoint. Afterward, participants will gather for refreshments and share routes, stories, and answers.

You can go solo, or with a team of friends and family. It’s a great event for people who like to walk or jog and it’s a way to get to know your neighborhood and neighbors.

Prizes donated by Swanson’s Nursery and Holy Grounds Coffee Shop will be awarded to the top scoring finishers.

Start and Finish at the Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW
$5 donation per team requested, but not required

Crown Hill Neighbors Annual Meeting

Save the date, Saturday morning, May 14, 2011. 10 a.m. to Noon. 9250 14th Ave NW.

Annual meeting for the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association. Mark your calendar today!  Open to the entire community.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop

Self-reliance and neighborhood support will be important when a big event overwhelms our City services. Let’s get ourselves informed and motivated to make emergency kits: food & water items, blankets, phone numbers, crank flashlights, etc. Make a plan with your family on meeting places and points of contact after a disruptive event whether power outage, earthquake, or other emergency. JoAnn Jordan from the SPD Office of Emergency Management will speak.


  • Update on Community Activities: 1) renovation of Crown Hill School building; 2)  construction of new Crown Hill Park; 3) paving of NW 85th Street;  4)  tree walks and ‘hood hunt
  • Election of Board Members for 2011


  • Emergency Preparedness Workshop from Seattle Office of Emergency Management


Crown Hill Natural Area gets TLC

It was a wonderful convergence of a beautiful day and a hearty group of volunteers at the Crown Hill Natural Area on December 4.  Fourteen members of the UW National Honor Society came out to refurbish the ADA walkway, clear the trails of debris, cutwork party volunteers from UW back overgrown shrubs, and pick up litter in the natural area at the end of 19th Avenue NW at NW 89th Street.  Joyce Ford and Nancy Gruber have been the stalwart neighbors leading periodic work parties to take care of this little haven for birds, wildlife, and people enjoying a moment with nature.

Joyce Ford
Joyce Ford, one of the primary leaders in caring for this area.

The Crown Hill Natural Area was acquired by Seattle Parks in 1998. For a bit of history of this former Victory Garden, read this article from the Ballard News-Tribune of March 18, 1998.

Holiday gift ideas from CHNA

T shirt in stockingAs the year winds to an end, and holiday gift shopping reaches a fevered pace, your Crown Hill Neighbors have great ideas for stocking stuffers or gifts which help you enrich your community while putting something nice under the tree for family and friends.
We’ve lowered prices to fit tight budgets, and hope you’ll find these deals irresistible.

Crown Hill T-shirts: Identify your community with pride on a high-quality, cotton blend t-shirt.  Originally $20, we’ve reduced the price to $15 for this holiday sale.  This is a wonderful stocking stuffer or perfect present for a friend or good neighbor.  Quantities and sizes are limited.  Some are in brown with blue logo and some are in white with red logo. Email Deb Jaquith at to check on availability and purchase these one-of-a-kind tees that you can’t get anywhere else!

Crown Hill Neighborhood Association Annual (CHNA) Membership: This tax-deductible membership provides your neighborhood association with the funding to advocate on your behalf for better community services , as well as to host and participate in a variety of community events.  We’re knocking $5 off our $25/year annual membership fee through December 31, 2010.  That’s right, for only $20 you can make a real difference in the Crown Hill community—whether it’s successfully advocating for our new Crown Hill Park, which is slated to be completed in 2011, or helping secure our Crown Hill School Community Center—your membership dollars are spent on making your community a better place to live.

Already a member? You can take advantage of the discount by extending your membership for another year.  Want to buy more than one year at the discounted price?  Absolutely.  Sign up today at the Membership link that is in the left column under the heading “Information”.
If you’d like to give a gift membership, send an email to  She’ll handle the invoicing and send you a membership certificate to use as a stocking stuffer or present.